QPARA newsletter correction: PC Christopher Lewis email address

In the April edition of Queen’s Park News we printed an incorrect email address for PC Chris Lewis one of the Queen’s Park Safer Neighbourhood Team. This has resulted in a colleague with the same name receiving emails meant for PC Lewis. Please send all enquiries for PC Lewis to:

Christopher.Lewis@met.police.uk  or P242664@met.police.uk .

Thank you 

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Full programme for Queen’s Park Book Festival now available

Click me to go to the Queen's Park Book Festival website.

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More trees for Queen’s Park streets this Autumn

Street trees are an important local amenity, providing clean air, shade, a home for wildlife. Well-maintained trees make our streets attractive, helping to enhance community pride and to reduce anti-social behaviour, but they don’t last for ever and there are currently some streets in the Queen’s Park area with large gaps where trees have been removed. QPARA members have voted to donate £4,000 to Brent Council to replace many of them, close to their original locations. We have also been granted £4,000 for the project from the neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). This will enable us to fund a total of 32 street trees around our conservation area and Brent Council’s contractors will start planting them in October.

In addition to the QPARA donation and CIL money, some residents are clubbing together to pay for trees on their streets. Each tree has a one-off cost of £250; if you would like to discuss having a tree planted in your road at the same time as the QPARA street trees project is being delivered, please email hussain@khan.cc, the QPARA street tree lead.

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QPARA Newsletter distributed


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

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

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Diary date: The annual QPARA bird-walk in Queen’s Park on Saturday 2nd June

Please join us for a stroll through Queen’s Park and Paddington Cemetery. Meet at the park café at 9.30am. 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. Last year a record 18 walkers spotted or heard 22 species. Bring binoculars if you have them, but if not, just bring yourself!

Male Great Spotted Woodpecker

Male Great Spotted Woodpecker

PS We have had over 100 redwings in the Park at any one time during the last three months but they have now returned to the Continent.

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Next Clean Air for Brent meeting is on Wed 18th April, 7-9pm, Harlesden Methodist Church

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Potential stall holders are getting excited about Queen’s Park Day 2018

Plans for our much loved Queen’s Park Day are progressing well. This mid-September family fun day will take place this year on Sunday 16th. As usual there will arena events, competitions, music, food and stalls. And also as usual, we are receiving enquiries every day from individuals, businesses and community groups who would like to have a stall. The good news is that applications for stalls will be open from 1st April until 19th May. You will be able to download an application form from the QPARA website along with guidance on how to apply. We would be really grateful if you would hold back your enquiries about stalls until after 1st April, as we can’t accept any applications before then.

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This year’s “Open Gardens & Studios” will be on Sunday June 17th 2018 between 1-6pm

This wonderful biennial event will take place in the area surrounding the park, with some 15 private gardens open to the public as well as some 14 local artists/ceramicists showing their work. Entry is by ticket only which can be purchased in advance or on the day.

This event is in its 16th year and is a wonderful way to be part of the local community, be inspired with ideas for your very own terrace or garden, and see some of the inspiring and brilliant local Art talent.

We are looking for new gardens to include in our event, so if you have recently moved to the area, or have never taken part and would like to be part of this unique event, please do get in touch with us by 21st march 2018 by writing to rbudwig@aol.com

If you are a local artist and would like to take part, please email us by the 21st march 2018 to jb@johnblandy.co.uk

Please put the 17th in your diaries and we look forward to seeing you then. Happy spring

The Open Gardens & Studios team 15.02.18

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Queen’s Park station ticket office – use it or lose it

Several Overground ticket offices have closed recently following installation of smarter ticket machines. Queen’s Park ticket office is still on the danger list. New machines have just been installed and their use will be monitored for 3 months. If this falls below a certain threshold, the axe will fall. So keep buying your local and long distance rail tickets there if you want to keep the ticket office open. Weekdays are your best bet, as the it sometimes closes at weekends.

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Would you like to help QPARA?

If you would like to become more involved our work to make the Queen’s Park area an even better place than it already is, we would love to see you at our Annual General Meeting (AGM).

  • Meet your neighbours and mingle over a drink and some food before the meeting starts.  
  • Put yourself forward to help out in any way that you can, by volunteering practical help, joining action groups, or helping to running our events or meetings.

You can join the Association at the AGM, but you are also welcome to come as a guest.

We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday.

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