Volunteers wanted to water the pots outside Queen’s Park station


With the warmer weather, the pots and planters that QPARA maintains will need frequent watering for them to look their best, especially the ones outside Queen’s Park station. The watering team are putting together a rota and would love some extra help please. The watering is best done in the evening.
 If you would like to help please contact Helen for more information: durnfordhelen@hotmail.com.
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Use this link to get e-alerts from Brent

At the last QPARA meeting, someone recommended registering with Brent to receive emails about planning applications in Queen’s Park. Here’s how:

  • Use this link http://brent.gov.uk/ealert  and choose “email alert sign up”.
  • Then fill in the details requested to register: username, password, email address etc.
  • Then press “proceed” and work through each screen to provide your address and the kind of information that you want to receive.
  • One option is to hear about all planning applications within a chosen radius of your address. Choose that.

It probably takes longer to explain than to do. So, good luck!

Here’s that link again: http://brent.gov.uk/ealert

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The countdown to Queen’s Park Day 2015 has begun #QPD15

Arena events 2

Queen’s Park Day is still three months away, but the organising  team are already working hard to make it as big a success as is was last year. Applications for stalls have closed; competitions are being planned and attractions are being booked.

This year’s arena events will include: The Blue Falcons Gymnastic Display Team from Chelmer High School in Chelmsford, the strongman Mighty Smith, Van Buren Magic Show, Savage Skills Mountain Bike Display Team. There will also be a dog show to be judged by Queen’s Park Vets and last, but not least, look out for the annual  Tug of War between neighbouring Residents’ Associations.

Queen’s Park Day is Sunday 13th September 2015.

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Our planter at St Eugene’s Court is looking great (pity about the discarded water bottle!)


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Volunteers please for St Anne’s First World War history project


To   mark the centenary of the First World War, St Anne’s church is inviting individuals, families or small groups each to research one name from the brass plaque which commemorates 31 men from the parish who died in, or as a result of, the war. The plaque was taken from the old church, is now at the top of the stairs in St Anne’s. It is hoped to collect the research together into a book.

If you are interested in doing some detective work and volunteering to take a name, please use the following link to find out more: World War 1 Commemoration Project.


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Queen’s Park tree walk on Sunday, 14 June

John Blandy Queen's Park 6.8.04


Jonathan Meares, City of London Corporation’s Conservation and Trees Manager for Hampstead Heath and Highgate Wood will do a tree walk in Queen’s Park on Sunday, 14th June.

  • Meet:  Queen’s Park Cafe
  • Time: 11.00am
  • Duration: 90 – 120 mins

Jonathan manages an Ancient Woodland site (Highgate Wood), and Conservation and Tree Management operations on Hampstead Heath. He has developed a particular interest in the historical and conservation importance of trees.

Image courtesy of John Blandy.

Read about Jonathan Meades’ work in this article from the Ham and High: Tree disease spreads to Hampstead Heath as staff braced for deadly ash dieback


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Come and play in The Nonesuch Orchestra


Are you free on Thursday mornings? The Nonesuch Orchestra is an amateur string orchestra with professional conductor and leader. We welcome enthusiastic players. Grade  8 standard recommended.

We meet on Thursday mornings from 10.15 -12.15 at St Anne’s and St Andrew’s Church, 125 Salusbury Road NW6 6RG

Contact gillian.hallifax@tesco.net  for details.


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Know your PPGs from your CCGs? See our Health Action Group update – Clinical Commissioning two years on

In Queen’s Park we are in the Kilburn Locality. The s chaired by Robin Sharp.

Robin Sharp, QPARA lead on Health and Chair of the  Kilburn Patient Participation Group (PPG) has written a very clear and comprehensive update on Clinical Commissioning for our website.


The next Kilburn Locality PPG is on Tuesday 21 July at 6.30pm at St Anne’s rotunda, Salusbury Road.


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Bird Walk report

QPARA Bird Walk 2015

Last Saturday 23rd May was the day for QPARA’s annual birdwalk around Queen’s Park and Paddington Cemetery. The weather was sunny, the company of nine good and the birds were singing as we set off from the cafe. Seeing a blue tit popping in and out of what must have been a nest site in the corner of the cafe roof made a good start. The Quiet Garden was not quiet when it came to bird song. It also produced a greenfinch – a species that has been scarce recently due to disease – a splendid song thrush and a flock of starlings, including many young. Indeed we saw a lot more starlings in similar flocks of around 20 than we have ever done on previous walks. 6 walkers made it round the Cemetery as well, two of whom spotted a goldfinch as they were leaving.

2015 Bird Walk report

Mistle thrushMistle thrush

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QPARA newsletter out now!


Produced and delivered twice a year to all households and places of business in the area, free of charge, by the Queen’s Park Area Residents’ Association, the newsletter is full of local news, views and dates for your diary. See our website for the latest news.

View newsletter here

QPARA is a non-sectarian, non-political, non-profit making community organisation established to promote a better quality of life in the Queen’s Park area. You are welcome to join us – see our website for details.

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