Smooth transfer of power as QPARA Chair steps down after three successful years

Janis Denselow delivered her final Chair’s report to warm applause and congratulations from a packed QPARA Annual General Meeting on Thursday and welcomed her successor Virginia Brand who will take the Chair at the next meeting on 8 December.

She Tweeted: Thank you ALL for the fab flowers. It’s been a great 3 years as QPARA Chair. Still big challenges ahead! We are def up for them!

Although stepping down as Chair, Janis will continue to be an active QPARA member and will be supporting Virginia as she takes on her new role.
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Forthcoming events announced at QPARA AGM


8 – 20 November

Festival of Non-Violence

The London Inter Faith Centre, 125 Salusbury Road, London NW6 6RG

17 November

Public debate on Fair Trade 

7-9pm at St Martin’s Church, Kensal Rise, Mortimer Road, NW10 5SN.

1 December

Brent Patient Voice: Public meeting on planned NHS ‘transformation’ for how GPs operate

The Learie Constantine Centre, 40-47 Dudden Hill Lane, NW10 2ET. Refreshments from 6.45. Meeting starts at 7.30.

10 December

Make your own Christmas Wreath or Table Centrepiece

10am – 1pm, St Anne’s and St Andrew’s, 125 Salusbury Road, London, NW6 6RG

All materials provided but you will be asked to buy what you have made, to take home. Wreath starting price £10 (concessions available). Please book your place on this course by emailing or phoning 020 7372 6864 by 5 Dec.

10 December

Christmas gathering in Queen’s Park

2pm to 6pm. Come along,  hear the band play and see the Christmas tree lights turned on.

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QPARA AGM Thursday, 10th November, 7.30 for 8.00, St Anne’s and St Andrew’s, Salusbury Road,

It’s AGM time again – but don’t be put off by the title, QPARA AGMs are celebrations. An opportunity to meet your neighbours and share a drink and delicious home-made food. During the year, QPARA spends a lot of time on weighty local issues that affect us all – air pollution, planning, parking and local NHS services, to name just a few.

But this night is a time to welcome new and current members to celebrate our achievements and reflect on how much we add to our vibrant community. Please join us at St Anne’s and St Andrew’s in Salusbury Road. If you are not yet a member, you can join on the night.

Oh yes, and we do have to go through the business of electing a new Chair. After three amazing years, it is my turn to stand down and open this position up to a new face. So please do join us at 7.30pm on Thursday.

St Anne’s and St Andrew’s Church, Salusbury Road, 7.30pm refreshments, 8pm meeting begins.

Janis Denselow

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Read all about it in QPARA’s November Newsletter


All households in the QPARA area should have received a copy of the November Newsletter through their letterbox.

If you haven’t received one, you can download it from our Newsletter Archive.

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Still time to get your entries ready for the all of the Queen’s Park Day competitions

Baking, Junior Baking, Edible Vehicles, Wooden Spoon, Dog show, fancy dress and seven legged race and don’t forget the strawberry Jam! More details here

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Queen’s Park Day programme published – competitions, events, stalls, food, music and much much more


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Fine weather for Queen’s Park Open Gardens and Studios

A2 Olive Tree PosterTickets and programmes are available at the Reception Garden, 155, Chevening Road.

Browse the programme here

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CAPS – Combatting Air Pollution on Salusbury Road – project update


The CAPS project has moved forward rapidly since our first posting. Brent has confirmed that they can let us use their big mobile monitoring machine either in July/August or later if we need time to agree a suitable site close to Salusbury Road. This machine measures NOX and particulate pollution from diesel by time of day. We will also hang small diffusion tubes on lampposts. The tubes record NOX only over a period.

Friends of the Earth (FOE) will help with a project in the autumn that involves children and parents. We are also liaising with Transition Town Kensal to Kilburn and Brent FOE. We have been pleased to learn that the new Mayor of London plans to launch a major consultation on combatting air pollution soon and that Brent will be consulting on a revised Air Quality Action Plan. When we have results from our monitoring project we expect to make recommendations for action by individuals, Brent, the Mayor and probably national government too.

The CAPS group met on 1st June with officers from Brent Council and national FOE in support. You can find a link to the notes of that meeting and more information about CAPS on our Environment Action Group page.

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Annual bird walk report

Fortunately the birds in the park were undeterred by overcast and windy weather that greeted the smaller than usual number of walkers that joined us on 21st May. The birds were active everywhere and altogether the five walkers spotted 17 species. It was good to see a pair of Blue Tits flying to and from a nest entered via a tiny hole in the soffit board above the café. Less surprising were another pair in a purpose-built suspended nest box in the woodland walk, close by a hole in a tree from which Parakeets were coming and going. The pitch and putt course yielded three handsome Mistle Thrushes, two Goldfinches and a Great Spotted Woodpecker which seemed to have been using the cut-off section of a newly pruned willow branch for drilling practice. Finally a quick recce of Chevening Road east produced the hoped for Swift. Here is a full list of the birds spotted.

Name Number
Blackbird 4 male and female
Chaffinch 4
Crow 4
Goldfinch 2
Blackbird 4 male and female
Chaffinch 4
Crow 4
Goldfinch 2
Gull, Herring (Black-Headed) 2
Magpie 2
Parakeet 4
Pigeon, Feral Many
Pigeon, Wood 1
Robin 2
Starling Many
Swift 1
Thrush, Mistle 5
Tit, Blue 4
Tit, Great 2
Woodpecker, Great Spotted 1 female
Wren 2


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Queen’s Park Open Gardens and Studios tickets on sale at Farmers Market

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This year’s Queen’s Park Open Gardens and Studios Day is on Sunday, 19th June 2016.

Tickets and programmes will be on sale tomorrow at the Farmers Market and on 12th June. Find out more about the day and where to buy tickets on the Open Gardens page of our website.

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