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QPARA Zooms ahead

Queen’s Park Councillors, Ellie Southwood and Neil Nerva, the Vicar of St Anne’s, Mother Christine Cargill, and Queen’s Park Manager, Richard Gentry, joined QPARA members on 11th June for our first monthly meeting since lockdown and first Zoom meeting. Discussions were particularly wide ranging and informative with updates on such diverse subjects as:

  • the impact of Covid-19 across Brent and the action being taken by the council;  
  • community support coordinated by QPARA for residents vulnerable to Covid-19 in the Queen’s Park area;  
  • the Keslake Road project to address anti-social behaviour at the Chamberlayne Road end of the street;
  • the ‘virtual’ Queen’s Park Open Gardens and Studios event that was taking place on Instagram;
  • Ark Franklin school’s application to build an art studio next to Harvist Road;
  • the use of the park during lockdown and plans for the coming weeks;
  • opposition to replacing paving slabs with asphalt around the area;
  • support for local business and the suggestion of a car-free day possibly in September;
  • the need watering new street trees in the summer months, plans to cut down mature trees and efforts to get new trees planted; and
  • the latest news on the Corrib Rest site on Salusbury Road.

 It was great to have more than 50 people online, especially those who don’t usually make it to monthly meetings. Members commented how smoothly the meeting ran with great contributions from a wide range of people.

Full minutes are being finalised and will be emailed to all members next week with an invitation to July’s meeting which will take place at 8pm on Thursday 9th. 

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Queen’s Park staff have installed QPARA funded swings in the children’s sandpit area

Although the sandpit is closed, the City of London Corporation hope that this play area can safely be reopened safely soon, subject to government guidance.

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Queen’s Park Open Gardens and Studios 2020 is happening on Instagram!

Our Virtual Open Gardens and Studios event is happening on Instagram on Sunday 14 June.  Use #qpopengardensandstudios2020 to look at photos and video posted by our gardeners and artists.
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Queen’s Park Day 2020 is cancelled

We are sorry to announce that we will not be holding Queen’s Park Day on Sunday 13 September 2020.  In light of the Coronavirus pandemic and the likelihood of social distancing continuing for some time into the future, we have decided that it will not be possible to go ahead with the event this year.  We send best wishes to everyone for good health and safety in the coming months.  Let’s all look forward to September 2021!
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Queen’s Park Day stall applications put back by one month

Application forms for stalls for Queen’s Park Day 2020 will not now be made available for downloading until 1st May 2020.  The deadline for submission of applications has been revised to 17th June 2020 and applicants will be informed of the outcome during the first week of July.
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Queen’s Park closing at 7pm each evening

Park manager, Richard Gentry, has circulated this communication outlining the City of London Corporation’s ongoing measures in response to COVID 19. The park will be closing each evening at 7pm. 

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Message from the Friends of Paddington Old Cemetery

Dear Friends

Earlier this week we faced the prospect of Paddington Old Cemetery closure. From the end of this week all cemetery staff will be based at Carpenders Park and as a consequence POC was set to remain closed.

FOPOC has been in contact about this with Brent Council. The Council has agreed that from this weekend POC may remain open, if FOPOC open and close the gates and ensure everyone leaves by the normal gate time. We could consider offering a reduced opening timetable if public management becomes problematic, as may occur as the number of users increases. 

We need FOPOC members to help ensure that everyone adheres to Government guidance on safe distancing etc. If this guidance is not followed POC will be closed. So it’s up to all of us to help ensure the rules are followed – no close contact, no handshaking, we all need to be responsible. Brent will be hit hard as the virus infections accelerate, but for the moment we have somewhere we can exercise and relax. This will change if Brent feels it isn’t working.

We also need FOPOC members to assist in the “end of day closing” process. Who is able to offer an hour between 5:30 and 6:00 PM so we can create a rota.

Please help ensure everyone in POC stays responsible and safe!

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Queen’s Park News – a message from our newsletter editors

We started preparing the QPARA spring newsletter just before the coronavirus emergency escalated.  Whilst we would love to have a lively QPARA newsletter popping through your letterbox in a few weeks’ time, we have decided that sadly, it does not make sense to produce one just now. The newsletter takes some time to write, design, print and distribute to your door, so we feel we it’s impossible to produce an edition with up to date content.

Please keep looking at this website for news of QPARA’s activities. We have many dedicated members who work for the good of Queen’s Park in a variety of spheres. These working groups will continue to function as best they can during this crisis.

Queen’s Park is a strong community. This is a time to make our community even stronger – and to draw on the strength that community brings.  

And look out for the next edition of the newsletter in the Autumn!

Keep safe, Editors, QPARA Newsletter (

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Beautiful morning in Queen’s Park

Lots of joggers and walkers out this morning – all observing the 2 metre rule. We are very lucky to have the park to take our daily exercise in.

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New local support network to help those most at risk and those self-isolating with symptoms in the QPARA area. Please contact our coordinators if you need help with shopping or can offer help. We will be delivering this leaflet door to door across the area in the next few days

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