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4 February 14

6 February at 6.30 at St Anne’s – next meeting of the Kilburn Patient Participation Group. Patients registered with the Lonsdale Practice would be glad to know that after strong representations the Practice had called a meeting of their patient group just before Christmas, but had unfortunately failed to invite 18 people on their list, including most of those who had been pressing for a meeting. There was currently a series of Brent-wide meetings to enable the public to contribute to shaping Brent Clinical Commissioning Group spending plans for 2014/15

Lifts at Queens Park Station
A significant number of signatures have been obtained to the petition in support of Queen’s Park Station Lift Campaign, including that of the leader of Brent Council, but a further 300 are required before the petition can be submitted. Please sign up here

Salusbury World seeks Educational Mentors. At the January meeting David Hodge presented details of this scheme which provides Educational Mentors to support the refugee and asylum seeking pupils at the Capital City Academy and Queens Park Community School. If anybody can spare an hour a week to provide these young people with the support they need to succeed academically by giving them extra guidance to encourage and foster their individual skills and abilities please email Lucy Elgood at or Violeta Hulme at

9 January 14
First QPARA monthly meeting of the year today from 7.30pm, meeting begins 8.00pm at St Anne’s and St Andrew’s Church, Salusbury Road. Everyone welcome.

Richard Gentry and his team in the Park are standing by to shred your Christmas trees and turn them into useful mulch. Just leave your tree inside any of the park gates, off the path, and it will be collected. Please don’t just abandon trees on the street and expect them to make their own way to the park.
12 November 13
QPARA AGM on Thursday 14 November 2013, 7.30pm refreshments, 8.00pm meeting begins at St Anne’s and St Andrew’s Church, Salusbury Road. Everyone welcome. Only members can vote. Join here or at the AGM or complete the paper application on the latest October 2013 Newsletter.

The Harvest Supper and Barn Dance is back! Saturday 23rd November at the Salusbury Rooms, Salusbury School, from 7pm to 11pm.
Delicious local food courtesy of Tania Simeone and Field to Fork, followed by dancing a Ceilidh with a band called Hoolie
Tickets are £15 each (£12 concessions) and can be bought from:
Queens Park Books (Salusbury Road)
Minkie’s Deli (Chamberlayne Road)
The Olive Tree (Willesden Lane)
Friends of Salusbury School
also available online from Eventbrite
29 October 13
posterQueen’s Park Junior Singers performance of Britten’s Noyes Fludde at St Mark’s Church, Hamilton Terrace on Saturday 16th November at 4pm and 6.30pm. Tickets now available. Read more


18 October 13
Muharram Parking Changes from 5th or 6th November for 11 days, affecting Winchester Ave, Dunmore Rd, Carlisle Rd, Radnor Rd, Brooksville Ave and sections of Kingswood Ave and Chevening Road and Salusbury Road. Check street signs before parking unless you have the right residents’ parking permit.
Any comments to transportation and
18 October 13
Brent Council extends deadline for visitor parking scratchcards to next year
The date for which scratchcards can be validly used in the borough for visitor parking has now been extended until 31 August 2014, Brent Council has announced.
The original deadline for parking scratchcards was they would remain valid until 31 October 2013; however, this has been extended if residents still wish to use them.
New scratchcards will not be on sale because scratchcards could only be bought from the parking shops and the last parking shop in the borough closed in May 2013. The scratchcards allow residents’ visitors to park all day in a resident permit holder bay in Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs) across the borough.
Since last year Brent Council has also given residents the option of paying for visitor parking either online or by phone rather than using the old paper-based system.
Councillor Jim Moher, Lead Member for Highways and Transportation, said:
“There are some people who need more time to make the transition to the online or phone system we have offered as part of changes to parking services. That’s why we’ve listened and made this significant change to a scheme which is otherwise now working well.”

10 September 19
If you use Queen’s Park Station and support the campaign for the installation of a lift, please sign the petition

10 September 13
Queen’s Park Day Programme now available, with details of all events – here
2 September 13
New Queen’s Park Day competitions announced. Apple pie (ages 15 and over) – using home made pastry, four fruit scones (ages 14 and below) and Edible Celebrity Competition (adults only). And of course our wonderful Edible Monster Competition.Read more

8 July 13
Ramadan Parking Arrangements start tomorrow – 9th July. Read more

fairtrade_borough_200wideFairtrade Brent – Event on Tuesday 16 July at Brent’s new Civic Centre, Engineers’ Way HA9 OFJ, 7-9pm entitled After Dhaka is cheap fashion worth the cost? Speakers from Marks and Spencers, Pants to Poverty, Birmingham University and the Fairtrade Foundation in what looks like a fascinating evening. Read more and reserve a place.
QPARA is proud to be a Brent Fairtrade Organisation.

Epico the dragonQueen’s Park Day. New 2013 events announced. Epico the Dragon. Inch Perfect Motorbike Display team, Eagle Heights Bird of Prey Display in the arena.

NEW EVENT – Tug of War.

Read more

4 July 13
A5 e-flyer 300dpiLost Nation Theatre Project for Brent. The work is site-specific taking place around the Borough of Brent for 6 days at the end of July. Read more and book tickets.
Lost Nation is a story of modern day heroes. A story of survival in 2013.
Based on interviews with real people, Lost Nation is a gritty site-specific drama about Londoners battling against the odds, who overcome the challenges and pressures of society and a Government who brand them skivers and shirkers. Set in the streets of London.
Spread over five days featuring 4 different actors: every day each actor will tell one individual story in a different revealed location in the London Borough of Brent

The next BRENT CONNECTS Kilburn & Kensal Area Forum is scheduled for 7pm on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 at St Gabriel’s Church, Walm Lane, London NW2 4RX.Please find directions here.
Brent’s priorities over the next decade: at a time of tough economic environment and budget tightening, there are no quick or easy solutions to ensuring delivery of continued, excellent front line services to all Brent residents.
You are invited to come along and put your questions on this topical subject to Cllr Mohammed Butt, Brent Council leader and other senior public sector officers.
Please email your questions – should you wish – in advance of the meeting to A full agenda is attached for your reference.
You can complete an online soapbox form for a three minute slot to have your say at the forum.
For more information, contact Bola Olatunde on 020 8937 1073 or email

Brent Council Community Engagement Focus Groups
Brent Council is currently employing external consultants to review its Community Engagement and Consultation Service. The consultants are interested in getting a resident perception on how best these services could operate to serve everyone in the Brent community.
Three focus groups are planned for Friday 19th July. Each group will last approximately 1½ hours and will take place in the new Brent Civic Centre at a time to be confirmed – but between 9.30 and 5.00 pm.
If you are interested in participating in one of these groups, please reply to me in the first instance – stating whether you have a preference for am or pm.
I will confirm detailed times/venues etc., in the week beginning between 8th July.
Please send replies to

2 July 13
QP 20mph zone consultation – deadline to send comments is 18 July (reference to 5th July on Brent’s website appears to be a mistake), though members have the option of sending comments to Robin Sharp to be included in a QPARA response (before QPARA 11 July meeting).

2 July 13
Monthly meeting Thursday 11 July. All welcome. Refreshments from 7.45pm, meeting starting 8pm. St Anne’s church, Salusbury Road.

12 June 13
On Sunday 23 June there will be an information and fundraising stall about the next phases of the playground redevelpment by the Park cafe. The City of London is working with Land Use Consultants to break down the next two phases of the redevelopment into a series of smaller phases to aid completion and fundraising.

11 June 13
Monthly meeting Thursday 12 June. All welcome. Refreshments from 7.45pm, meeting starting 8pm. St Anne’s church, Salusbury Road. Agenda includes focused discussion on Queen’s Park Day.

22 May 13
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Chelsea Fringe comes to Salusbury Road! Local Group
Transition Kensal to Kilburn have worked with local shops and businesses to turn Salusbury Road into an “Edible High Street” as part of the Chelsea Fringe. Spot fruit trees outside participating businesses. See more of Jonathon Goldberg’s great photos on Transition Kensal to Kilburn’s website.

21 May 13
nomadThe Lexi Cinema presents The Nomad : A glorious outdoor cinema screening at Willesden Sports Centre
Announcing a new Summer fixture: in addition to their regular local open air screenings, on Friday August 30th the Lexi Cinema will also be popping up at Willesden Sport Centre. Bring a picnic and share some movie magic with your neighbours!
Take 30 seconds to vote online for the film you’d like us to screen – on the racetrack, under the stars – and be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets and a Lexi Cinema membership.

12 April 13
8haz_birkbeck_4Birkbeck, University of London will be at Kilburn Library on Tuesday 30 April, 12:00 – 3:00pm Come along and meet one of the Birkbeck, University of London Outreach Team to find out about their evening university courses in central London and Stratford
11 April 13
Monthly meeting today. All welcome. Refreshments from 7.45pm, meeting starting 8pm. St Anne’s church, Salusbury Road. Agenda includes Police Report, Focused discussion on: Transport – 20mph Zone
Main topics for forthcoming monthly meetings.

Open Meeting on The Future of Kilburn High Road – Wed 17th April 7 pm at the Gaumont State Theatre 197-199 Kilburn High Road NW6 7HY. This is a joint Brent and Camden Forum Meeting.

1 April 13
Queen’s Park Day stalls application forms now available to download here.

31 March 13
DSC05230Tree Walk in Queen’s Park on Sunday 7th April. Meet at the cafe at 10am. Walk led by City of London expert Jonathon Meeres based at Highgate Wood, who has responsibility for all trees in the City’s North London Open Spaces (which include Queen’s Park).




19 March 13

trees-in-situLocal group Transition Kensal to Kilburn to bring Chelsea Fringe to Salusbury Road in May.
“One of last year’s standout successes [of the Chelsea Fringe] was the edible high road in Chiswick, in which fruit, vegetable and seed-producing plants lined the streets. This year it’s expanding to different areas, including Queen’s Park, in north-west London.
“There will be trees in tubs outside the shops on either side of Salusbury Road,” explains Michael Stuart, part of Transition Kensal to Kilburn, which is helping to organise the event.”
“We ask them if they want to sponsor a tree – and then they have an option to keep it or give it away to a school or park or community growing space. Around 25 shops have agreed in principle. Estate agents were the easiest.
“The Fringe is more democratic and innovative than the formal Chelsea Flower Show, and there’s such a range of things going on.”
Read the rest of the article from the Daily Telegraph

18 March 13

Mayor in park March 2013On 1st March The Lord Mayor of London, the Right Honourable Roger Gifford, and the Mayor of Brent, Councillor Michael Adeyeye, had a historic meeting in Queens Park. Pictured here with their wives and children from Hopscotch playgroup.

The last time a Lord Mayor visited Queens Park was for the Park’s Centenary Celebrations 26 Years ago! The visit was to acknowledge and celebrate the value that Queens Park brings to the local community and the shared pride and partnership that both the City and the Council have for the park.

QPARA was represented by Richard Brindley (Chair), Janis Deneslow (Secretary) and John Blandy (Park Liaison). QPARA was praised for its long standing active engagement and contribution to the Park (such as Queens Park Day events and £10,000 contribution to the play equipment) which the Mayors considered unique compared with all the other parks and open spaces that Brent and the City Corporation are responsible for.

The Park Staff were also rightfully praised for the excellent work they do in the upkeep and development of the park as well as their involvement with the local community

24 February 13
Exciting news from the Park – 3 pieces of equipment for the next phase of the playground re-development have been ordered – hexagonal tyre swing, cradle nest swing and a rotating disc. Funding from Brent’s Ward Working scheme contributed to the cost.
Park manager Richard Gentry plans a volunteer work weekend in March to plant hornbeam hedging at the top of the playground. More details here shortly.

DSC05234Saturday March 16th 12-3pm SPRING BIG DIG in the Park at Transition Kensal to Kilburn’s vegetable plot (behind the cafe) with FREE refreshments (kindly provided by the park cafe) followed by a shared lunch at the end of the session). Lots to do and learn including composting, bee hotel construction, pea, bean and flower seed planting, path repair and mulching. Read more on TT K to K’s website



There’s lots going on at the re-opened Charteris Sports Centre (evenings and weekends) – see the website for details

23 February 13
Fairtrade Fortnight Event at The Library Lab, Willesden Green library March 9, 2013 from 2pm to 5pm organised by Brent Fairtrade Network.
“Exercise your natural creativity and help build an installation with this free activity. All materials are provided and children must be accompanied by an adult”

6 January 13
Anya at Kilburn Library
Kilburn Library Artist in Residence
Anya Beaumont, Kilburn Library’s first Artist in Residence spent October to December developing her own artistic work in the Library and engaging with library users and local residents. An exhibition of work created by Anya during her residency is now on display in Kilburn Library along with work produced by young people from Granville Plus Youth Arts Centre and residents of St Mungo’s. You can see the exhibition until the end of February.

4 January 13
Next Kensal and Kilburn “Brent Connects” Forum, 7pm Tuesday 8 January, Kensal Rise Primary School (corner of Harvist and Chamberlain Roads). See Agenda which includes a Policing update and “Housing- are we pricing the poor out of Brent?”

Next QPARA monthly meeting Thursday 10 January. Refreshments from 7.45pm, meeting starting 8pm. St Anne’s church, Salusbury Road. Agenda includes update from Brent’s Lead Member for Transport, Jim Moher, on transport strategies and the proposed 20mph zone and from a Brent Parking Officer on the new online/phone system for visitor parking permits and the phasing out of scratchcards.

14 December 12
CAROL SINGING – Queens Park Singers will be taking to the streets for the 26th year in aid of a local registered charity. West side of the park on Sunday 16th December (to sing/ help collect donations meet at 7.30pm outside 7 Kempe Road with Carols for Choirs Book I). East side Tuesday 18th December (meet at the corner of Summerfield/Kingswood at 7.30pm equipped with the book). Or stay at home and listen out for the singers and have a donation ready.

10 December 12
All welcome to this Thursday’s largely social QPARA monthly meeting on 13th December which will be another good chance to meet your neighbours and catch up on local news. Refreshments from 7.45pm, meeting starting 8pm. St Anne’s church, Salusbury Road.

Say goodbye to Kilburn Library’s Artist in Residence Anya Beaumont on Monday 17th December 6-8pm at Kilburn Library. Anya has been based at the library for 9 weeks and has produced work with local residents during that time. At 6.30pm Anya will talk about her work and experiences. Drinks and “festive treats” provided.

Also at the library, on Sunday 16th December “join our Sunday Fun Club between 12.30 and 1.30pm for ages 5+ to make Christmas decorations to display in the library. No need to book”.

And on Wednesday 19th December Father Christmas himself will be dropping in to the library between 10.30 and 11am. Does the library still have a chimney after the renovation works? Will Santa need a Residents’ Permit for his sleigh?

27 November 12
Two chances to hear Queen’s Park Singers’ Venetian Christmas Concert. 6.30pm Sunday 2nd December at St Anne’s Church, 125 Salusbury Road and 7.30pm Sunday 9th December at St Augustine’s church, Kilburn Park Road. Read more

26 November 12
Great to see so many members at the AGM earlier this month. The next meeting on Thursday 13th December will be another good chance to meet your neighbours and catch up on local news. Refreshments from 7.45pm, meeting starting 8pm. St Anne’s church, Salusbury Road.

6 November 12
QPARA AGM this Thursday 8th November. All welcome at 8pm St Anne’s Church, Salusbury Road, refreshments from 7.30pm. Agenda includes Chair’s report,Treasurer’s report and accounts, Membership Secretary’s report, Election of Officers, of Liaison Group members, of Street Reps and of Action Committee members. See Agenda here.

1 November 12
Planned garden workday tomorrow Saturday 3rd November in front playground Salusbury School. All welcome. Bring garden tools if available. If not just turn up and lend a hand.

19 October 12
Message from our local Safer Neighbourhoods Team to beware of “bogus builders” preying on older residents by turning up uninvited and offering to do unnecessary roofing work, or saying they need access to the loft in relation to work next door. Please warn your neighbours and call the police if you are suspicious of a caller.

Lots more Queen’s Park Day Competition photos now available for viewing

16 October 12
Public Meeting 4:45pm-7pm today organised by Brent LINk to discuss the Brent Draft Health & Wellbeing Strategy. Contact Jacky Darly Main office: 020 8965 0309 Mobile: 07794 502447.

11 October 12

Salusbury School pupil wins prestigious scholarship from Mayor’s Fund for Young Musicians. Well done Tahya Lawrence on the clarinet.

Time Capsule competition. Brent council seek ideas for objects to be placed in a time capsule to go in the foundations of the new civic centre. The capsule measures 45x 15 x12cm and items should “reflect life in Brent and commemorate what was going on as the centre was constructed”. Send ideas to by Friday October 26.

10 October 12
Brent Connects is the new name for the Area Consultative Forums and the next one for Kensal and Kilburn is next Tuesday, 16 October, at 7pm at Granville Plus Community Centre
80 Granville Road, Kilburn NW6 5RA. On the Agenda:
“Will the Olympics leave a legacy of good health? How do we broaden the range of Olympic and Paralympic sports available to Brent residents?” The second half of the meeting will be devoted to a ‘Question Time’ style session on Olympic Legacy: Sports and Health. Other items: “Equalities – new duties and monitoring” and “Reaching out and empowering hard to reach/disadvantaged communities”

9 October 12
QPARA meeting this Thursday 11th October at 8pm St Anne’s Church, Salusbury Road, refreshments from 7.45pm. All welcome. Agenda includes review of 2012, plans for 2013 and preparation for the AGM (November).

Kilburn Library has an Artist in Residence from Thursday 11th October until Thursday 29th November. Anya Beaumont “will be developing her work with cut paper, creating intricate, layered pieces. The work will highlight features of the library and the surrounding area, combining photography, cut work and collage – ustilising any waste paper tht the library produces or visitors care to donate. Art produced by Anya and by workshop participants will go on display in the Library.” See Anya’s blog

19 September 12
URGENT – if you were at the meeting last Thursday please read the Draft QPARA response to the NHS NW London consultation document “Shaping a Healthier Future”. Any comments to Robin Sharp please by 27th September Thanks to Robin for drafting this.

17 September 12

Queen’s Park Day was a fantastic event (probably the Best Ever). Thanks to Queen’s Park for hosting, and the Park staff for cheerful hard work from Friday and continuing today, our amazingly dedicated team of QPARA volunteers, all the local groups which took part and everyone who came and enjoyed the day. If you didn’t have time to come and sign up as a member yesterday, you can do it on-line here. Jonathon Goldberg’s excellent photos here over the next few days.

15 September 12
Read about the NHS Developments affecting our area (Agenda item at the QPARA meeting last thursday) including how to comment on the proposals.

14 September 12
The portaloos have been delivered, the stalls pitches marked out, the hired tables and chairs have arrived as the Queen’s Park Day Team prepare for the best ever Queen’s Park Day on Sunday

If you didn’t enter one of our competitions before why not have a go? From chutney or pickle to Best Dressed Buggy, from banana bread to Children’s Fancy Dress, from the dog show to the Pushiest Daddy, and our favourite – the children’s Edible Monster competition. Read more



11 September 12
Monthly QPARA meeting this Thursday 13th September at 8pm St Anne’s Church, Salusbury Road, refreshments from 7.45pm. All welcome. Agenda includes item on National Health Service issues including proposed changes in North West London (developments in primary care, new patient participation arrangements, and consultation on reshaping hospital services)

Hampstead and Kilburn Labour Party are holding a meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday 12th September in the Salusbury rooms, Salusbury Primary School “about how we can Save Our NHS”. Speakers include Shadow Health Minister Andrew Gwynne MP, and a member of Brent Council’s Health Committee.

Art installation “Nowhere Less Now” by artist Lindsay Seers in Kilburn’s amazing 19th C Tin Tabernacle on Thursday to Sunday until October 21st. Read more and book tickets

10 September 12
Kilburn Library has re-opened today. Books borrowed before it closed for repair and refurbishment need to be returned by Monday 17th September. Celebrate the reopening with a day of fun and activities from 10.30am to 4pm on Saturday 15 September, the day before Queen’s Park Day. The Mayor will launch proceedings, author Adele Parks and author and illustrator Salvatore Rubbino are guest speakers. There will be art and craft activities, face painting and storytelling for children and families. Read more on Brent’s website

Two more new competitions announced for Queen’s Park Day – Best Dressed Buggy 2.45 at the Bandstand and Pushy Daddy Challenge – a multi-tasking obstacle course for dads at 3.15 in the Arena. Read more. See the full timetables

7 September 12
If you can’t wait for Queen’s Park Day and feel like a festival this weekend head up to Gladstone Park from 12 to 7.30pm on Sunday (9th September). Read more about “Brent celebrates a Golden Summer”

Read novelist Zadie Smith’s local recommendations in today’s Evening Standard magazine

It looks like being perfect weather for Nomad cinema’s outdoor screening of the Graduate in Queen’s Park tomorrow evening (Saturday 8th September) at 8pm Read more and book tickets

6 September 12
If you made a pledge to Save Kensal Rise Library after reading about the campaign here, thank you. Pledges now at £70,101 one day before the deadline. Fingers firmly crossed that All Souls College Oxford accepts the campaigners’ proposal to take over the library.
£73,351 at 11.30am. Message from Margaret Bailey “Oh, you wonderful, wonderful people! We have together done it.
Raised over 70k!!!!!!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Kensal Green, Kensal Rise and the rest of the world.”

5 September 12

All stalls have now been allocated for this year’s Queen’s Park Day and there is no space for any more! It’s not worth contacting us to ask if there is a last minute space as we already have a waiting list.
Sorry if you were disappointed, but please come and enjoy the day, enter the competitions and plan for next year. Read more about Queen’s Park Day


The Save Kensal Rise Library campaign now stands at £60,244 (at 10.30am), so less than £10,000 to go over the next couple of days. Find out how to make a pledge and read a thank you message from Margaret Bailey written earlier today.
And at 12.30pm pledges have reached £64,119. They won’t mind if they exceed £70,000

4 September 12
Nomad cinema screening of the Graduate in Queen’s Park on Saturday 8th September at 8pm. Read more and book tickets

New local choir Vocality meeting at St. Anne’s Inter Faith Centre, Salusbury Road on Monday evenings 8-10pm from 10th September. Make new friends and increase your wellbeing by singing uplifting songs from around the world. No auditions or sheet music. Free taster session. Find out more

3 September 12
Final week to pledge to Save Kensal Rise Library. If you love libraries and want to help Kensal Rise residents in the final stage of their campaign to re-open their library read more here £20 will sponsor a book, for £300 you can name a shelf, or pledge any other amount you wish. You only make the donation if the campaign to re-open the library succeeds.


Thanks to local resident Jonah Rees for sharing his excellent photos of the Paralympic Torch passing down Salusbury Road on Wednesday 29th August



25 August 12
Just announced for this year’s Queen’s Park Day – a Community Performance Area for boxing, cheer-leading, swing dance, tumbling and Irish dancing- in addition to all the other attractions

22 August 12
Perfect weather for Nomad’s screening in the park of The Goonies last Saturday. 1,200 people enjoyed it. Next up – The Graduate on Saturday 8th September.


NEW COMPETITION at Queen’s Park Day this year – chutney or pickle (as well as the baking competition – banana bread). Entries to the QPARA tent by 1pm latest.



Calling all early birds. Between 8am and 8.10am on Wednesday 29th August the Paralympic torch relay will pass down Brondesbury Park and Salusbury Road, heading south to Carlton Vale. Local people are encouraged to line the route, bearing in mind that “times are approximate and subject to change”.

17 August 12
QPARA’s £10,000 contribution to the new playground equipment in Queen’s Park is a news item in today’s Kilburn Times (page 5). Rush to the newsagent while copies are still available, or read the e-edition of the paper here

Ramadan Parking Changes – the yellow signs are back in some streets saying that on Sunday 19th and Monday 20th August, Residents’ Parking restrictions will apply between 8.30am and 10pm in those streets.

9 August 12
You may have noticed some small aluminium boxes, fixed recently to streetlamps in our area. These are discreetly marked FOREST RESEARCH. A bit of research by an eagle-eyed QPARA member has revealed that they are moth traps, part of a survey to see how far the Oak processionary Moth has spread from its initial presence in the Surrey area. It is a serious defoliator of oak trees and can cause allergic reactions in animals and humans.Read more

31 July 12

Ramadan Parking Changes – confusing yellow signs have now been placed in the streets affected. They seem to be saying that on 7th, 9th and 11th August, Residents’ Parking restrictions will apply between 8.30am and 10pm in those streets. This has now been confirmed by letter.

30 July 12

Free City of London Nature themed Family Events in Queen’s Park. Every Monday in August between 12 and 4pm. 6th August – Wild and Wacky Olympics, 13th August- Wild Play Day, 20th August – Brilliant Bugs and Butterflies, 27th August – Para-Nature Challenge 2012.

Nomad Summer Film Screenings in Queen’s Park. Saturday 18th August – The Goonies, Saturday 8th September – the Graduate and Saturday 22nd September – The Big Lebowski. Read more and book tickets

23 July 12

New planting scheme in the park’s Quiet Garden, with explanatory information boards. Have a look next time you’re there. A welcome move to more sustainable (but still very attractive) planting, with benefits for insects.




21 July 12

Ramadan 2012 parking arrangements
Although Ramadan has now begun, changes to Residents’ Parking will only apply between 6th – 11th August and 18th- 20th August, and will apply to fewer streets than before. Read more

19 July 12

Read about a local swarm of bees, quickly collected by a local beekeeper thanks to our network of members – here




17 July 12

Event at Queen’s Park Books today. Long-term peace and environment activist and editor of Resurgence Magazine since 1973, Satish Kumar. “Join us here at Queen’s Park Books on Tuesday 17 July from 7pm to hear Satish in conversation with Polly Higgins, barrister, environmental lawyer and author of Eradicating Ecocide.

No charge – drinks and nibbles provided.”

Read a write-up of the event here

FREE YOGA IN THE PARK with local yoga teacher Divya
To celebrate the start of London 2012 Olympics
where: Queens Park, London NW6
when: Friday 27th July 2012
time: 6.15 – 7.15pm (please arrive in the park before 6.15pm to find your spot)
what: I will be leading a fun session of yoga stretches to get us in the mood for the start of the world’s greatest sporting event taking place on our doorstep.
who: anyone & everyone invited!
bring: a towel (or yoga mat if you have one)
weather: rain will not stop play

14 July 12

Great progress with the playground work in the park. Once ROSPA have done their safety check the new equipment will be open for use.

QPARA chairman Richard Brindley giving Queen’s Park manager Richard Gentry a cheque for £10,000 which is QPARA’s contribution towards the redevelopment of the playground.


12 July 12

QPARA monthly meeting tonight. Andy Bates from Brent’s Planning Department is attending. All welcome. 7.30 pm refreshments – meeting begins at 8pm. St Anne’s Church, Salusbury Road

27 June 12

Kilburn History Festival. Four walks and four talks all in July
7.30pm, Wednesday 4th July – Kilburn’s 2000 year history – St Mary’s Parish Church, Abbey Road, Kilburn
7.30pm, Wednesday 11th July – The Gaumont State cinema and theatre – St Mary’s Parish Church, Abbey Road, Kilburn
11am, Sunday 15th July – History Walk up the Kilburn High Road – meet at Kilburn Park tube (Bakerloo)
2pm, Sunday 15th July – History Walk down the Kilburn High Road – meet at Kilburn tube (Jubilee)
7.30pm, Wednesday 18th July – Kilburn Priory, where was it and what do we know – St Mary’s Parish Church, Abbey Road, Kilburn
11am, Sunday 22nd July – History Walk up the Kilburn High Road – meet at Kilburn Park tube (Bakerloo)
2pm, Sunday 22nd July – History Walk down the Kilburn High Road – meet at Kilburn tube (Jubilee)
7.30pm, Wednesday 25th July – Lived here and Loved it (Famous of Kilburn) – St Mary’s Parish Church, Abbey Road, Kilburn
Read more on Ed Fordham’s website

25 June 12

Have you received your starter roll of caddy-bags for use with food waste? These corn starch bags will easily break down into compost and are designed to line the food caddy and make the whole process of recycling food waste less messy. But if you are happy using newspaper to wrap food waste then carry on with that system. Get more bags from or by phoning 0844 472 1871. If you don’t have a caddy you can collect one from the Abbey Road Reuse and Recycling Centre while stocks last.

21 June 12

Another Brent library has been stripped of its books and fittings – it was Cricklewood’s turn this time. Brent council claim that the books from the six closed libraries will be shared among the remaining libraries. Read more in the Kilburn Times

Meanwhile Brent is trying to revive its “Valued Customer Panels” for libraries. These will “Help shape the future of your library service. We value the opinions of all our customers. To help us make sure you get the services you need we are looking for library members to join our Valued Customer Panel”. If you want to try to influence the future of Brent’s library service the Kilburn Panel’s meeting dates are 20 September (6-7pm), 14 November (4-5pm), 14 Feb 2013 (6-7pm). Join by speaking to a staff member (once the library re-opens on 10th September or by calling 0208 937 5350. Read more on Brent’s website
While the library is shut you can always download an e-book

18 June 12

Yesterday’s Open Gardens and Studios Day was a great success. Thanks to the visitors, the gardeners and artists, the QPARA volunteers, the Tea Garden Team, the cake-bakers, the ticket sellers, the sponsors (particularly Brondesbury Estates), Richard Gentry and the City of London, the Children’s Activities organisers, the singers and musicians, the plant sellers, the bees and the weather.
Read the Kilburn Times report of the day.


15 June 12

Open Gardens and Studios Day is on Sunday! The gardeners and artists are ready, so please support this great event even if there’s a risk of the odd shower. Save money by getting your ticket in advance from Queen’s Park Flowers, Worldly Wicked and Wise or Brondesbury Estates on Salusbury Road, or Scarlet and Violet on Chamberlayne Road. Read more

Book Fest photos uploaded (many more to come) and a really great short film
And read about the event in the Kilburn Times

10 June 12

Sara Raeburn and John MacAulay selling Open Gardens and Studios tickets at the Farmers’ Market today and providing information.

Work has started on phase one of the re-design of the older children’s playground in Queen’s Park.





4 June 12

Open Gardens and Studios Day 12-6pm Sunday 17th June
Tickets now available at Brondesbury Estates, Queen’s Park Flowers and Worldly, Wicked and Wise, all on Salusbury Road. Also Scarlet and Violet, Chamberlayne Road. In advance adults £5, children £1 (5-12 years old), concs £3.
On the day tickets available at the Reception Garden 155 Chevening Road, Brondesbury Estates and Queen’s Park Farmers’ Market (10am-2pm only). Adults £6, children £2, concs £3.50.
Ticket gives entry to all gardens and studios and includes tea and homemade cake in the Tea Garden (a highlight of the event!). Read more


3 June 12                                                                                                                                                             

CORRECTION the Lexi’s free screening of the King’s Speech on Saturday went ahead in spite of wet and blustery weathe, and a hardy audience enjoyed it. Street parties also went ahead under QPARA tents and included coconut shies, mini cars and bikes for children, cardboard cut outs of the Queen, and Jubilee themed food



1 June 12                                                                                                                                                              

Friends of Kensal Rise Library will be hosting a fund raising poetry night on Sunday 1st July at The Paradise – by way of Kensal Green.
Tamsin Greig, Haydn Gwynn, Ben Miles and many other local talented actors will be reading from their favourite poems then taking questions in aid of the Kensal Rise Library Campaign.
Tickets can be bought for £7 from the usual outlets: L’Angolos, Minkies and Queens Park Books.


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