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.

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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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Last year, 15% of Brent children left primary school not reading well enough for secondary school. Can you help?

Beanstalk copy

Beanstalk is a charity that responds to this need by recruiting and training people to volunteer in a local primary school to support children who are struggling with their reading and prevent them from falling behind. Reading Helpers provide regular one-to-one reading support to three children for a whole year to help them read, grow and succeed. With Beanstalk’s support the child’s approach to reading is often transformed.

Children in Brent urgently need more volunteers to become Reading Helpers. Beanstalk Reading Helpers are trained to recognise what challenges these children face and work through them. By becoming a Reading Helper you can make an outstanding contribution to a child’s reading ability, self-confidence and love of reading. With access to a library of books and games at their local branch, they can tailor their sessions best to support the children they work with.

This opportunity runs throughout the school term time and you will be at the school for two 90 minute sessions a week. You can sign up at any time during the school year and will full training and expenses will be provided.

To find out more, please visit beanstalkcharity.org.uk , call the North West London office on 020 8349 8095, or email londonnorthwest@beanstalkcharity.org.uk .

“We are very happy with [our Reading Helper] and her children. They love having the sessions with her and are making good progress.” -Deputy Head of a Queen’s Park Primary School.
“They can make me learn more words that are hard.” -a child in Queen’s Park, asked about her Reading Helper.
“Every time I come in [to school] I learn something.” –a Queen’s Park Reading Helper.

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Come along to the QPARA Monthly Meeting on Thursday

Thursday 14 May 2015, 7.30pm refreshments, 8.00pm meeting begins

St Anne’s and St Andrew’s Church, Salusbury Road

Agenda ​

1. Apologies

2. Police Report

3. A Short Presentation followed by Q&As: Beanstalk’s Reading Helpers (about reading volunteers in local schools by Rachel Ellis)

4. Minutes – matters arising from meeting held on 9 April 2015 – Action Committee Reports

5. Councillor’s update

6. Main topics (focused discussions) for forthcoming meetings.

7. Any other business

A number of Planning items will be discussed

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A little reminder about the “Cleaner Brent” App

You can report all sorts of local problems to the council from your phone and send in a pic of the broken paving, fly tipping, graffiti etc.

They seem to respond pretty quickly to messages sent this way.

Download Cleaner Brent App

Cleaner Brent

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Two weeks left to apply for a stall at Queen’s Park Day

Don’t miss the opportunity to apply for a stall at Queen’s Park Day 2015. The closing date for applications is 17th May.

This year Queen’s Park Day is Sunday 13th September.

To apply for a stall, please read the general stall regulations and information. Then download and complete the application form and return it by email.

Community Stall form

Trade Stall form

General Regulations


We’d love stall holders to tweet your photos and thoughts about Queen’s Park Day using the hashtag #QPD15

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Look out for Woodpeckers and Swifts on the QPARA Bird-walk on 23rd May

Everyone is welcome to join the annual QPARA Bird-walk covering Queen’s Park and Paddington Cemetery. We are planning to start at the park cafe at 9.30am on Saturday, 23rd May. The walk will take about 90 minutes, but people can join or leave at any time.

We will be looking out especially for Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers and Swifts. Please bring binoculars if you have them. We will also need a volunteer to make a note of the birds spotted.


Male Great Spotted Woodpecker

Male Great Spotted Woodpecker

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Fritillaria in the Quiet Garden, Queen’s Park

Many thanks to Robin Sharp for these photographs.

Fritillaria in the Quiet Garden, Queen's Park

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Bulldozers move in at Tiverton Green! (@tivertongreen)

It is great to see that work has begun to turn the Tiverton Green tennis courts back into a space for exercise and recreation after 27 years of disuse. See tivertongreen.org for the latest on the Tiverton Green open space project. Well done to all involved in making it happen.
Tiverton Green


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The garden at Kilburn Library before, during and after. Great work @KilburnLibGdn!

March 2008

March 2008

Making a start clearing the ground in March 2008

Making a start clearing the ground in March 2008

Transformed after much hard work - April 2015

Transformed after much hard work – April 2015

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Thursday nights are hustings nights in Queen’s Park!

If you missed the QPARA hustings on Thursday 9th April or if you want to continue the conversation, there are two further opportunities coming up to meet the candidates for the Hampstead and Kilburn constituency. They are: next Thursday, 16th at QPCS and Thursday, 23rd at Salusbury School. Here are the details.

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