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31 May 12

Street parties over the weekend in Hartland, Creighton and Radnor Roads.





30 May 12

Community picnic to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the opening of the park 7pm Saturday 2nd June in the park (bring a dessert to share) and free screening at 9.30pm of “The King’s Speech” – a great film if you haven’t seen it (or even if you have). Read more on Lexi website



Bird Walk in the Park and Paddington Old Cemetery also on Saturday 2nd June. Meet outside the cafe in Queen’s Park at 9.45am. If you’re late, join the walk in the woodland walk, or in the Paddington Old Cemetery, Willesden Lane. Total time about 90mins. All welcome, but under 8s may get bored. Bring binoculars if available. Children please bring an adult with you. If you can, let Robin Sharp know you’re coming (tel 0208 969 0381 or We might see this greater spotted woodpecker.

Bio-bags for Brent food waste collection Message from Brent council:
“From 11 June 2012 we will be delivering a roll of 26 kitchen caddy liners to you with a guidance leaflet.
These kitchen caddy liners will help you to easily separate your food waste from the rest of your household waste.
Please continue to wrap your food waste in newspaper or paper until you receive your delivery of free kitchen caddy liners from us.
Do not use any types of bags to wrap your food waste until you receive your free delivery. The guidance leaflet will provide you with a step by step guide on how to use your new kitchen caddy liners and what to do when you run out.

29 May 12

Kensal Rise Library stripped of books, historic murals and Mark Twain plaque by Brent council at 2am. Campaigners shocked and betrayed. Read more



21 May 12

Kilburn Library closed for refurbishment until 10th September. Books not due back until 17th September, but you can return them to another Brent library (if you can find one still open – try Willesden Green Library Centre). Another possibility is to join Camden Libraries (with proof of address and your Brent Library card) and use the new Kilburn Library Centre at 12-22 Kilburn High Road. Just go in and fill in the form online. Very helpful staff.


17 May 12

Nicolas Kent, Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre for 28 years, was the first person to be given the Freedom of the Borough of Brent. This was in recognition of his transformation of the Tricycle into an internationally renowned venue, particularly for the political reconstructions. Read more on Kilburn Times website


New Mayor of Brent appointed. None other than one of our councillors, Michael Adeyeye. His chosen charities for his year in office are The Brent Association for Disabled People, the Sickle Cell Society and Rays of Sunshine, a children’s charity.

Book Festival 19th and 20th May.

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15 May 12

Great piece in the Kilburn Times online about the Book Festival. Thanks to reporter Tara Brady and enthusiastic students at Queen’s Park Community School

Blog post about the Book Festival

11 May 12

Book Festival tickets on sale at QPARA’s stall at the Farmers’ Market TODAY Sunday 13th May, 10am to 2pm. £15 for a weekend ticket (advance only), or £10 (£8 concs) for a day ticket. All under 18s free.

9 May 12

Book Festival Opening Gala at the Lexi Friday 18th May. The Remains of The Day

To launch the Book Festival, local actress & writer Jessica Hynes (formerly Jessica Stevenson) will be presenting her personal choice of The Remains of The Day at the Lexi cinema on Friday May 18th. The film, from 1993, stars Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins and is a wonderful adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel. Book tickets before they sell out. Read more

23 Apr 12

Queen’s Park Book Festival tickets now on sale at Queen’s Park Books. Tickets consist of Festival Wristbands and programmes. Don’t miss the amazing value weekend ticket – only £15 – in advance only and only from the Bookshop. If you can’t easily get to the shop, phone them on 020 7625 1008 and ask for a Weekend Ticket to be reserved. Payment by cash or cheque only please.

And if possible, order your Festival books in advance. Read more

Today is World Book Night. Join campaigners for a candle-lit event between 7.30 and 9.30pm this evening at Kensal Rise pop-up library. Junction of College Road and Bathurst Gardens.

Brent Libraries apparently want suggestions of books, cds and dvds to stock. Not that they normally take any notice of consultation responses, but there’s a short survey if you want to try to make your views known

11 Apr 12

Shocking news on Kilburn Times website about Kensal Rise and Cricklewood Libraries. Please contact our councillor James Denselow if you disagree with the step Brent council has taken

9 Apr 12

Willesden Green Library Centre Re-development

Today is the last day to sign the e-petition calling on Brent council to “pause the Willesden Green Library Centre regeneration plans to allow for full consultation with residents in order to ascertain their views on how the area should be developed and the amenities that should be provided or retained”

On the Agenda at the QPARA meeting on Thurs 12th April

Re-development of British Legion/ Albert Road Day Centre area – Ben Martin to present LB Brent outline proposals

Brainstorming session on membership Who should we be trying to recruit? How should we go about it?

6 Apr 12

7 new bike stands installed on Salusbury Road opposite Fitness First

The hosepipe ban means that we will not be using our hose to water the olive trees in the terracotta pots on Salusbury Road. We usually water them once a week during the warmer months. If you can help us to water the trees outside the Police Station using watering cans, please contact Elaine

Beware of turning right into Harvist Road from Chamberlayne Road (there is a “no right turn” sign, sometimes illuminated), as one QPARA member has recently been fined for this manoeuvre

3 Apr 12


Kensal and Kilburn ACF on Wednesday, 4 April 2012

at Kensal Rise Primary School, Harvist Road, London NW6 (new venue). 7pm prompt.

“The council’s ward working team would like your ideas to help shape their funding priorities in the new financial year – 2012/13. Attendees will be invited to break into their respective wards to share their suggestions. This is an excellent opportunity for residents and service users to contribute positively to their local area”. Come along and see if you get that opportunity!

For further information, please contact Bola Olatunde on 020 8937 1073 or email

1 Apr 12


Queen’s Park Day Stall Application Forms now available to download and print on this site


31 Mar 12

Quiz Night success

The Quiz night to launch the Book Festival was a great evening all round. Excellent questions – tricky but not too tricky and across a broad range of topics by Simon O’Hagan, delivered with style by Jamie Newall, while around 16 teams battled it out sustained by snacks and drinks. Some photos already on twitter, more on the Book Festival page.

30 Mar 12

Book Festival Quiz Tickets on sale at Queen’s Park Books

Still a few tickets remaining. £10 (£8 concessions). Make up a team of up to 6 or just come along and join a team on the night. Ticket price includes glass of wine and nibbles. More wine and soft drinks on sale. We will be announcing author names for the Book Festival. 7.30pm at Salusbury School Electric Hall (corner of Lonsdale Road). See you there later!

24 Mar 12


Transition Town team grow Queen’s Park allotment

Local group, Transition Town Kensal Kensal to Kilburn have just made the allotment in Queen’s Park bigger. Watch them at work!

16 Mar 12

Book Festival Quiz Tickets on sale at Queen’s Park Books

The Quiz is at 7.30pm on Friday 30th March in Salusbury School’s Electric Hall. Tickets £10 (£8 concessions) to include a glass of wine and nibbles. More drinks on sale. General knowledge with a slight bookish bias (but not as fiendishly difficult as last year). Teams of six – organise in advance or join a team on the night. We’ll be announcing some of the authors appearing at the Festival. We’d also love you to sponsor us by joining as a Festival Friend for £25 either at the Quiz or any time at the bookshop. Hurry and your name will be listed in the Book Festival Programme.

Brent Borough Biking Project. HGV Exchanging Places Event

Brent and Camden Councils are jointly organising an Exchanging Places event on Thursday 22 March between 2 and 5:30pm at the College of North West London (Kilburn Campus), Priory Park Road, NW6 7UJ.

Exchanging Places events are aimed at cyclists and involve an HGV parked in a location that allows cyclists to climb into the cab and watch another cyclist ride up the left side of the vehicle to see the restricted view from the driver’s seat. The aim of these events is to raise awareness of HGV drivers’ blind spots and reduce the number of accidents involving cyclists and HGVs.

In addition to the HGV, there will be a couple of stalls with Dr Bikes, Cycle Security Marking and general cycle promotion and information materials.

Brent Streetwatchers scheme update

Message from Chris Whyte of Brent’s Environment and Neighbourhood Services:

“A number of you have asked about the current status of the Streetwatchers scheme. The officers who administered the scheme chose to leave during the council’s recent restructuring programme. The scheme, therefore, no longer enjoys dedicated officer support and cannot be administered in the same way. That means that whilst we are still keen that you make us aware of any street scene problems in your area, we are no longer in a position to recruit new members, to host the Streetwatcher conference or to issue newsletters and organise trips.

I hope this helps explain the situation. Your regular contribution will still be helpful and if you have any issues that you would like to raise, please continue to do so. These should now be directed to And can be marked as ‘Streetwatcher Issue’.”

Brent’s draft Food Growing and Allotments strategy

This time a message from Aine Ryan, Strategy and Service Development Officer in Brent’s Sports and Parks Service:

“Brent Council is undertaking a programme of public consultation on its draft Food Growing and Allotments Strategy from 12th March to 31st May. The draft strategy unites food growing and allotment provision in Brent under a single vision, set of objectives and action plan. It covers all 22 Council owned allotment sites and 30 independent food growing spaces in the borough and seeks to provide a range of opportunities accessible to all parts of the community. Stakeholders will be able access a copy of the strategy, action plan and give their views online at In addition you can hear more about the draft strategy at the council’s Area Consultative Forums in April or attend a drop in session on Wednesday 28 March from 4.30pm to 6.30pm in Committee Room 4, Brent Town Hall, Forty Lane, Wembley, HA9 9HD.

Paper copies of the strategy, action plan and questionnaire will be made available on request by telephoning Support Services on 020 8937 5619.”

14 Mar 12

QPARA Traffic, Transport and Parking Report

QPARA has now prepared a Report summarising our views. It covers traffic and road safety, the CPZ and public transport serving our area. Read the QPARA Transport Report March 2012

43 Lonsdale Road (formerly Lonsdale Press), Planning Applic ref 12/0049

Approved with one ammendement that relates to the storage of waste. It should be such that it doesn’t allow odours to pass up to NY Pilates Studio upstairs. The force with which the exhaust kitchen gases/smells is/are emitted is said to be such that they are unlikely to spill in Hartland Road gardens. The opening hours are as in the report (8am-11pm)and not extended as requested by the applicant.

13 Mar 12

Jubilee Sports Centre closure/ Moberly expansion

I am writing from Westminster City Council to let you know about our plans to merge Jubilee and Moberly Sports Centres. We will create one new improved centre at Moberly for all residents and businesses in the area.

The new centre will be larger than both Jubilee and Moberly combined offering a new swimming pool and improved facilities including an eight-court sports hall, dedicated learner pool, health and fitness suite, exercise and dance studios, a synthetic turf pitch and boxing hall. There will also be community facilities.

The £18 million redevelopment will be funded by the sale of residential properties at both sites.

Jubilee Sports Centre will remain open whilst Moberly is being refurbished, which is expected to take approximately 18 months. We aim to reopen Moberly in 2014.

You can find out more about our proposals and let us know what you think of them at our drop-in session:


16th April 2012

12.30 – 2pm

6.30 – 8pm


17th April 2012

12.30 – 2pm

6.30 – 8pm

You can also email with your feedback on our plans or visit for more information.

Ward Working Fund doubled to £40,000 per ward

Although Brent Council’s 2012/13 budget aims to make savings of £14m, the Ward Working Fund has been doubled from £20,000 to £40,000 per ward. Read more in the Kilburn Times

Feb 12

Parking Shop Closures

Brent’s latest money saving idea is to close the two remaining Parking Shops, including the one which is very useful for us at 84 Walm Lane. They intend to enable permits to be applied for online and scratch cards online and by post. Read more and give your views in the Consultation which runs until 11th March

25 Feb 12

Queen’s Park Farmers’ Market wins award

Our local Farmers’ Market joint winner of Farmers’ Market of the Year. We know it’s the best. Now it’s official. Read more

Jan 12

Library Closures

The decision of the Court of Appeal on the Judicial Review application was handed down on Monday 19th December at 2pm in Court 72 Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand. The Appeal was dismissed, but the fight goes on read more. To refresh your memory about the grounds of the Appeal read more.

Meanwhile the team within Brent Council who masterminded the “Libraries Transformation Project” were named “Team of the Year”. Read more about this extraordinary decision in the Kilburn Times

You’ll remember that Kilburn Library had a narrow escape from closure as its user figures were lower than Neasden’s, but special considerations were found to apply, so we need to keep an eye on this topic. Keep supporting Kilburn Library by borrowing books there – as part of the Libraries Transformation Project it’s now open 7 days a week.

DROP-IN LIFE DRAWING CLASSES thursdays at the Tricycle read more


Overflowing bins on Brondesbury Road

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