About QPARA

Welcome to residents and friends of the Queen’s Park area

QPARA was set up over 40 years ago by local residents as an entirely voluntary organisation keen to preserve the integrity of the conservation area … and that’s what we still do, but now so much more besides!

Over the last few years QPARA has headed up and contributed to many initiatives that help our community on  a daily basis. These include Queen’s Park Day, campaigning for lifts at our local tube station and ensuring the area remains lush and green by working with the park and the team based there.

Our area

Here’s the area we cover. Click on the map to enlarge it.

We are in the area of the London Borough of Brent bounded on the north by the London Overground railway line, on the south by the main railway line into Euston; on the west by the properties on the Queen’s Park side of Chamberlayne Road; and on the east by Donaldson Road/Woodville Road, the boundary of Paddington Cemetery and the properties on the west side of Willesden Lane

Our constitution

We are a democratic voluntary organisation, but not a charity. No members get paid for the work they do for the Association. The formalities are in our Constitution (amended November 2012) which you can download and read at your leisure.

Becoming a member

If you’d like to show your support please think about joining as a member.  Even if you live outside this area you can join us as an Associate member – you can’t vote meetings or be an officer, but other than that, you are a fully fledged member. Go to ‘Join us’ on the website menu for details of how to join.

Meetings

St Anne's Church, Salusbury RoadWe encourage people to come to our monthly meetings held  between 8.00 and 10.00pm at St Anne’s church, Salusbury Road, NW6. They are on the second Thursday of every month, except August. See ‘Monthly Meetings’ on the website menu for details of future meetings.

We make meetings as interesting as possible and often invite guests to speak on local issues.  The atmosphere is open and friendly. Members who come can ask questions and be involved in decision making. The meetings also give people a chance to meet friends and neighbours. Refreshments are available, usually from about 7.40pm.

All members receive well drafted minutes of the meetings.

Even if you can’t make it to meetings, you can support the Association in other ways. We always need volunteers to help with or organise the events we run, like Queen’s Park Day, Open Gardens or the Book Festival.  Another good way to get involved is through the Action Groups. There is more information on this website about all of these – click on the menu for details.

Contact us if you are interested.

Officers

Officers are elected at the Annual General Meeting in November.

Name Role
Chair Janis Denselow
Vice-chair Kevin Barrett
Hon. Treasurer Andrea Szalanczi
Hon. Secretary Vacancy
Membership Secretary Marika Szalanczi

 

Street Representatives

Each street within the area has its own street representative who is a support point for residents, recruits new members and gives residents information about the association. The street rep also distributes the minutes, by hand or email, to the members in their street.

If you would like to get in touch with your street rep, please contact Marika Szalanczi, the Membership Secretary, at szalanczi@hotmail.com,