Category Archives: Local Community

Let’s Get Talking

The Mozart Community Champions will be delivering a workshop based around managing stress, via Zoom at 2pm on Tuesday, 23rd July.

The workshop is free to attend for those living in and around the Mozart and Queen’s Park estates in Westminster.

They hope to explore ways to manage stress; share tips and ideas; create personal plans for managing stress. They will also discuss ways to support friends and families by reducing their stress.

If you would like to join in, please click here to send an email expressing your interest (kimberley@nullpdt.org.uk). or phone 07704 157 098.

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New Dog Class

Crissie will be holding one of her dog workshops next weekend. The class is strictly limited to SIX owners only, in order to maintain responsible physical distancing. This class must be booked in advance.

Please click here to send an email expressing your interest.

DUE TO LOCKDOWN RULES, during the DOG WORKSHOP, the DOG RUN will be UNAVAILABLE FOR ONE HOUR (11:30 – 12:30) to those not booked to attend the class.

APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE

Covid-19 May 2020

  • Covid-19: Our park is still open at the moment but no group community gardening is currently taking place.
  • If you use the Wildlife Area, please respect those who are seeking a quiet area, free from joggers and dogs.

STAY ALERT

Read the Prime Minister’s address for the latest information and this document for clarification about what you can and can’t do (correct at time of blogging).

  • Stay at home as much as possible but if you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times.
  • Work from home if you can.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds as soon as you get home & regularly thereafter.
  • Limit contact with other people.
  • You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
  • You can remain infectious for a period after you seem to have recovered.
  • You may not be immune if you have had the virus. We are waiting for conclusive research.

Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

Cover your face if you’re in enclosed places like the supermarket.

There are still many unknowns about this virus. Seek out the provenance of advice you hear or read. Try to stick to first hand, substantiated facts.

In line with the most recent government directives regarding the Coronavirus, we will review our plans with regard to community gardening when the appropriate stage is reached. Please watch for updates.

Whilst our activities could be regarded as the allowed, we do not want to risk endangering the health of our wonderful, dedicated band of long-standing volunteers and we must protect the lives of the NHS carers upon whom we depend by promoting, encouraging and exercising social-distancing.

We are doing what we can to control the spread of COVID-19 and we hope you will join us.

Luckily, our park has remained open but do not attempt to use the outdoor gym.

Stay safe. Go out if you must, but be careful and mindful of others.

More information is available from Queen’s Park Community Council’s webpage.  The official government pages, including all the press conference transcripts, are here.

Staying Safe Outside your Home (click).

Staying Alert and Safe (click).

The Westminster City Council’s Residents newsletter (subscribe here) is another great way to stay up-to-date with the latest news, offers and events. These updates used to be weekly but are much more frequent at the moment. For more regular updates on their services and activities, follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

More options are here.

The work of the Queen’s Park Gardens Community and Sports Hub is dear to our hearts. They are currently assisting the most vulnerable and shielded residents in our community with hot food (from supplies provided by The Felix Project and meals created by Ida) and care package support. If you feel you can contribute to the great work they are doing, please visit their Just Giving page to make a small donation (they’ll accept a large one too!).

Just Living

  • Covid-19: Our park is still open at the moment but no group community gardening is taking place.
  • If you use the Wildlife Area, please respect those who are seeking a quiet area, free from joggers and dogs. Read our notes here.
  • Stay at home
  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (if you can’t work from home).
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times.
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds as soon as you get home.
  • Do not meet others, even friends or family.
  • You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
  • You can remain infectious for a period after you seem to have recovered.
  • There are many unknowns about this virus. Seek out the provenance of advice and try to stick to substantiated facts.

Our park has so many treasures during April and May. The trees are enjoying their new leaves and blossoms. Wild flowers are blooming and birds are caring for their hungry chicks.

Be kind to your neighbours and community. We are all dealing with varied and difficult challenges.

Some familiar faces are doing remarkable things to keep everyone going.

The work of the Queen’s Park Gardens Community and Sports Hub is dear to our hearts. They are currently assisting the most vulnerable and shielded residents in our community with hot meals (from food provided by The Felix Project and meals created by Ida) and care package support. If you feel you can contribute to the great work they are doing, please visit their Just Giving page to make a small donation (they’ll accept a large one too!).

You might also like to investigate some of the uplifting personal tales being told by customers and staff on Ida’s Instagram account, a beloved restaurant in our community.

Dog Socialising Session

Crissie is holding another FREE dog socialising session this month, in the dog run by Ilbert Street: Dog Training Workshop Sunday, 23rd February 2020 from 1pm to 2.30pm.

Crissie – Dog Trainer – 07949 523 710 I canineculture@nullgmail.com I Canineculture.co.uk

Free dog socialising classes funded by Queen’s Park Community Council

 

2020 Bird Count


We would like to thank Andrew Peel for his expert guidance during our count again this year. His knowledge and observational skills were invaluable.

Thank you to all the Friends who came along to help, too.

Blackbirds
Blue tits
Goldfinch
Great tit
House sparrows
Robin
10 Wood pigeons
37 Feral pigeons
1 Magpie
1 Wren
1 Mistle Thrush

The national count will be published in April.

We were also visited by a squirrel and saw a cormorant flying overhead.

Recycle Week 2019

It is Recycling Week again. Many of the people who read this page will live in Westminster, where our park is located*.  Every borough has slightly different recycling requirements but Westminster has it’s own particular issues related to the transient nature of a proportion of its occupants in the more central areas. The different wards of the borough cannot have tailor made routines for individual needs, so the council tries to make it easier for residents by providing mixed recycling  collections across the borough. Improvements and trials are happening on a weekly basis to address the changing habits of our communities.

It’s always handy to check their online guide if you are unsure about what to do with an item of rubbish and they have produced these helpful flyers too.


Fly tipping is a big problem in our area and whilst it is easy to get angry at people’s lack of consideration or even exploitation, some older members of the community or visitors from places who deal with rubbish differently, put certain items on the street in the genuine belief that the bin men will take them, like they used to many, many years ago!  There are a multitude of reasons why it is impractical to do that nowadays some of which are financially based out of consideration for most residents.

For instance, the vehicles that collect our black bags are not designed to crunch down larger items that may also contain toxic elements.  Furthermore, if those trucks fill up with larger items they have to return to base for emptying sooner than they should, which means additional journeys to collect the rest of the black bags in the streets, costing more time, fuel and vehicle wear & tear. It is for this reason they have a fleet of special vehicles for the big or specialist things but they do not think it is fair for everyone to pay for running these trucks, so they make a charge if there are bulky items to collect (book one here). So when you see fly tipping in your street, it is not only unsightly but the cost of removing it is impacting on your pocket – money that could be better spent elsewhere in the community.

If you are fed up to see items dumped on your street (or any issue that needs the council’s attention), the revamped reporting portal allows you to pinpoint the problem on a map and do so without bothering to log in. It is also available as an app for your phone (scroll down for the links).

Finally, if you have something you no longer need but might be useful to someone else, think about swapping it with friends or you can attend one of Westminster’s popular Give & Take events. Check the events portal here.

*Brent Recycling site.

Kensington and Chelsea site.

A New Academic Year

Not wanting to wish the weeks away, a new term is about to start and it is time to look at fresh activities.

Thanks go to the QPG Community Hub for bringing the ETACS scheme to our attention.

Many short courses are completely free and conclude with certification.  Read more here and here.

Check the QPG Community Hub website for updates about the new term’s activities in the park and Kilburn Lane site.

The Avenues Youth Project will resume their Monday to Friday, after-school, term-time activities next week During the day, Open Age will resume their programme for the Autumn term with new additions and exciting trips for those in the community who are over 50 years old.

This page covers all the Open Age hubs in the tri-borough. Many (even most) can be attended regardless of which of these boroughs you live in.

Open Age Art Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery

Due to highly anticipated attendance numbers (lol), the dates for this exhibition have been extended!

It may not be the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition but one of the Friends has a piece in there and it is a great opportunity to visit a lovely gallery to see what people in our neighbourhood get up to when they allow their creative minds to express themselves.

Location: In the Education Room, Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4RY.

Dates and times:
Tuesday 6th August—10am-6pm
Wednesday 7th August—1pm-6pm
Thursday 8th August—10am—2.30pm
Friday 9th August—10am-1pm / 3-6pm
Sunday 11th August 10am-6pm
Monday 12th August 12-6pm

Getting to the Saatchi Gallery:
By Underground:  The gallery is 3-4 minutes walk from Sloane Square Underground (District and Circle lines) and 10-12 minutes’ walk from Victoria (Victoria, District & Circle lines).
By Bus:  11,19,22,49,211,319 (King’s Road), 11,137,211 (Lower Sloane Street).
By Train: The nearest mainline railway station is Victoria. It is 10-12 minutes’ walk from the gallery.

Assisted or ramp access is available at the Gallery’s main entrance. All floors have lifts and there is level access between the galleries on each floor. Wheelchairs are available upon request.