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Elections 2017

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Westbourne Forum Committee Meeting

Westbourne Forum exists to promote and improve the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of Westbourne and to influence planning and development of the neighbourhood.

We strive to be representative and accountable to everyone who lives, works, studies or has an active interest in Westbourne.

On the 7th October we will be holding elections for the management committee.

If you are interested in applying to become a Forum committee member please download the .pdf, fill out the application form, then send it to us by the 31st August 2017.

The Westbourne Forum has served Westbourne for 12 years

People from across different parts of the ward have engaged with each other on common issues and in building a stronger sense of community, including organising the annual Westbourne Summer Festival.

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Under the Localism Act 2012, local communities are encouraged to have a Forum designated by the local Council, to enter into dialogue with the Council, particularly for matters of local planning.

Westbourne Forum gained its’ designation from Westminster City Council in 2015.

Over the last year we have been continuing to consult with local people to develop a neighbourhood plan in line with the needs of local people. The plan will set out principles and criteria to inform planning and development in order to promote:

  • a good mix of facilities and amenities, including those that bring people together and foster community
  • an attractive character and identity
  • a more healthy environment
  • a good quality physical environment
  • a low carbon footprint
  • local employment and enterprise
  • good place to live for people of different ages, ethnic & cultural groups

The plan will need to be agreed by a public vote, to be recognised by Westminster City Council, which we aim to do in 2018.

So we are looking for local people who are committed to supporting the work of the forum in building a stronger community and with influencing local planning and development.

Is that you?

If so, please download and fill out the form, then send it to.

Westbourne Forum, Stowe Centre,
258 Harrow Rd, London, W2 5ES

by the 31st August.

Alternatively email the requested details ( or scan the form and send the file ) to the Forum Secretary.

We will not be able to accept any applications after this date.

The elections will be held at the Stowe Centre
from 2-5pm on 7th October 2017.

Westbourne Has Voted

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Ballot box and ballot papersWestbourne Forum Elections for the Forum’s Management Committee took place last Saturday 15th of November in the Stowe Centre. 17 candidates were battling for the 12 spaces on the committee. The decision was down to the local people to choose their representatives.

The votes have been counted and we are pleased to announce that the12 candidates with the highest numbers of votes, who will be joining the Forum’s Management Committee, are:

Residents: HARRAULT, Lawrence
MUIGUA, Naomi
WINNEY, Jane
SWERLING, Jason
CULLEN, Shona
DHARAMSEY, Abby Jan
Young People: TAHA, Fatima
BETTACHE, Noumeira
Voluntary and community organisation representatives: BIGGS, Geoff
GALE, Toby
AHMED, Manahil
HERSI, Shamsa

Congratulations to all successful candidates and we look forward to hearing about the next steps of the Forum towards developing a Neighbourhood Plan!

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Westbourne Green regeneration vote

Monday, July 28th, 2014

The result the public vote in June on the Westbourne Green regeneration proposals was:

Yes: 414 (48.6%)
No: 438 (51.4%)

Westminster Council has stated that the proposals will not now go ahead.

Based on discussion at its July meeting, Westbourne Forum has written to the council about the result, stating its disappointment. The scheme had its weaknesses, and certainly needed more work. But in the Forum’s view it was a lot better than nothing, and if done well, with the involvement of local people, it would have brought many improvements that the neighbourhood needs.

The Forum believes that the scheme was closer to the aspirations of the local community than a ‘no change’ option. This view is based on:

  1. the Forum’s years of experience of working with residents from right across the Westbourne Green community on a host of issues;
  2. the community consultation carried out during 2011-2012, which identified a majority of roughly two-to-one who felt that change was needed.

However, the end result was ‘no’. According to the Forum this was because:

  1. The benefits of the scheme were not explained well enough.
  2. A number of known concerns were left unanswered, or at least the message that they would get serious attention after the vote was easy to miss.
  3. Community engagement in the year up to the vote was not as skilful or effective as it needed to be.

The Forum’s concern now is that the area should not suffer neglect in the years to come.

Regardless of the vote there are pressures for change which will only increase with time. In terms of population the wider Westbourne ward is one of the largest and youngest in Westminster. With wellbeing measured at 612th out of 625 wards in London it inevitably remains a focus for public services.

Meanwhile its location adjacent to Paddington – at the knot where Westway, railway, canal, and the Harrow Road meet – creates a dynamic for development. Given these social and economic realities, it is important that Westbourne remains at the heart of the council’s programmes.

In the immediate future any impetus for change and improvements may depend more on the community, and the continuing work of local organisations like the Forum. But the council has a key part to play, and the Forum’s letter to the council stressed that notwithstanding the vote, its involvement in Westbourne Green is needed as much as ever.

Jack Petchey Awards in the Stowe

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

jackpetcheyfoundation.org.uk logoThe Stowe Centre runs the Jack Petchy Achievement Award Scheme where young people vote for their peers and decide who gets awarded £200 which then they can spend on training or equipment for the youth club.

Here are the stories of this year’s winners:

Corey, 17, has been a member of the Stowe Youth Club for the past three years. When Corey first started, had confidence issues mainly because of his weight . Corey joined the cooking class which operates every Tuesday, where young people are taught how to cook a healthy meal on a budget. Corey has been volunteering in the cooking sessions for eight months and has changed his eating habits, which lead to weight loss and increased confidence. Since then, Corey has supported and inspired other young people who had similar issues.

Corey used the £200 he was awarded by the Jack Petchey foundation for cooking equipment.

Brenton, 19, has been a member of the Stowe Youth Club for six years. During that time he has taught himself how to write and produce music. He has been volunteering in the MAC room each Thursday and Friday evening for the last 2 years and supporting a member of the youth team in delivering music production classes to young people who attend the youth club.

Brenton has become an accomplished teacher who delivers his support with confidence.

Brenton was awarded £200 and decided to spend the money on new keyboards for the music production class.

Jorden, 17, has been a member of the Stowe Youth Club for 3 years. During that time he has developed a passion for sports, which has helped him to overcome his shyness. In the past 6 months Jorden has been volunteering in the junior group every Monday and Friday, and has grown as a person and gained a lot of confidence. Jorden is now going to college to study sport science.

Jorden was awarded £200 and decided to spend the money on sporting equipment for the youth club.

Laughter is in the air this spring! At the Westbourne Meet-Up this month!!!

Saturday, March 1st, 2014
When? Tuesday 4th March
Time? 6.00 – 8.30pm
Where? The Stowe Centre,
258 Harrow Road, W2 5ES

The December Westbourne Meet-Up – was simply wacky, fun and very Christmassy! Hosted by Paddington Development Trust and The Westbourne Forum. Residents of all ages gathered over some mince pies, mulled wine, and food and discussed key issues in the area with updates from the community. They also had the chance to enjoy a special performance from STUART FROBISHER – Singing songs like you’ve never heard before, including our very own song dedicated to Westbourne Green. Written, composed and played for the very first time at the Meet-Up!

Don’t miss this months’s event, as we have plenty in store for you! Free food, drink, and some soup! Local news, socialising and participate with Kalpana Doshi – a trained laughter Yoga leader. Laughter Yoga is a unique concept where you laugh for no reason. Laugh your heart out and feel HAPPY & ENERGISED!

YOU WILL BE IN STICHES BY THE END OF THE NIGHT! Come along and feel young again, It’s definitely one not to be missed!

Kalpana-Doshi-eventIt’s an open event and all are welcome, so please pass this invitation to your friends and neighbours. We look forward to seeing you on 4th March. RSVP is not required but will help us to get an idea of how many to cater for.

I look forward to an evening of fun and laughter. Just make sure you come prepared to laugh your heart out!

It’s going to be Wacky, Christmassy Fun! At the Westbourne Meet-Up this month!!!

Friday, December 6th, 2013
When? Wednesday 11th December
Time? 6.00 – 8.30pm
Where? The Stowe Centre, 258 Harrow Road

September Westbourne Meet Up– was simply magical! Hosted by Paddington Development Trust and The Westbourne Forum. Residents of all ages gathered over food and drink and discussed key issues in the area with updates from the community. They also had the chance to enjoy a special magic show put on by the Magic Circle.

Don’t miss this months’s event, as we have plenty in store for you! Free food, drink, and some mince pies! Local news, socialising and live performance from STUART FROBISHER – Sing songs like you’ve never heard before! Including songs about apple tree seed, hope for the future, living the moment and arguing. Yes, arguing! EVERY MINUTE WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH. It’s definitely one not to be missed.

Just make sure you come prepared to laugh your heart out! If we don’t see you, we hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year from Paddington Development Trust and Westbourne Forum.

Residents gather for evening social in Westbourne

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Westbourne Meet-Up logoLast month saw a gathering of local residents for the first ever Westbourne Meet Up; an evening of socialising, music and entertainment hosted by Paddington Development Trust and The Westbourne Forum.

The evening held in the heart of the local community at The Stowe Centre, Harrow Road saw a great turn out which brought residents of the Westbourne area, both new and old of all ages together to meet their neighbours over free food and drinks. In addition, residents discussed key issues in the area with information from The Westbourne Forum and updates from Vital Regeneration on The Futures Plan and as well as discussion on proposed plans from Thames Water.

Music from folk duo Benny and the Cheesegrinder also brought some free cultural entertainment, which will feature at each future meet up, to the evening which was well received by attendees with one resident claiming ‘it was good to engage with other residents and let them lead the discussions on community issues.’

The next Westbourne Meet Up is scheduled for Wednesday 18th September. If you would like to find out more please E-mail Monika@pdt.org.uk

Westbourne Meet-Ups

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Date: Wednesday 24th July, 6.30pm-9pm  Venue: The Stowe Centre foyer, 258 Harrow Road W2 5ES  What’s on: Local news, plenty of socialising, free food & drink and… special performance from Benny and The Cheesegrinder – fusion of folk music from all around Europe!Westbourne Forum and Paddington Development Trust would like to cordially invite you to the first ever Westbourne Meet-Up, which will be taking place on Wednesday 24th July from 6.30 pm in the foyer at the Stowe Centre, 258 Harrow Road W2 5ES.

These social events will be taking place on a bi-monthly basis to help people keep in touch, meet new neighbours and get involved in their local area, with a touch of free culture!

What to expect?

  • Plenty of information about what’s going on in your neighbourhood, with updates about the regeneration, Crossrail, and other local matters
  • A chance to meet your neighbours in a social and informal environment over FREE food and drink
  • An evening of art and culture – with new and quirky performances, screenings and exhibitions

July Meet-Up: Local news, plenty of socialising, free food & drink and… special performance from Benny and The Cheesegrinder – fusion of folk music from all around Europe!

Please RSVP: Email Monika@pdt.org.uk or phone: 020 7641 6449.

We look forward to welcoming you on the 24th!

Youth Services at the Westminster Society for People with Learning Disabilities

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Youth Club graffitti style logoMonday at Stowe Community Centre is for young people with learning disabilities who are transitioning into adult life and independent living. One of the main focuses is integration into the community. Stowe enables interaction with other youths from all walks of life and provides a great base for socializing for the teens.

Activities in the Stowe Community Centre have opened facilities and classes to youths, enabling them to use the gym, take part in Zumba classes, and spend time with IT equipment. The centre also has more specialised studios for specific projects giving users the chance to try out different activities such as music production, costume making, t-shirt printing and photography to name a few, increasing their skills and broadening their horizons.

The service is free of charge and runs every Monday evening from 6:30-8:30pm. Transport to and from home may be available depending on individual circumstances. It’s also available every Thursday and Friday during Holiday and Half Term.

• Who can access

Youth services can be accessed by any young person aged between 13 and 20 who has a learning disability.

• How to access the service

Applications to access the youth services can be made directly to the Team Manager by young people themselves (aged 13-20) or through referral from family, schools or internal and external professionals such as Westminster Youth Referral Group.

• Contact details

If you would like to find out more about any of the Youth Services please contact Nicola Griffiths on 07581101524 or ngriffiths@wspld.org

Winter events

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

All are welcome to our two winter and Christmas events. First off is the winter craft day for all ages, a chance to make tree decorations, festive cards and gifts and bird feeders for the garden, on Saturday 3rd December from 12.30-3pm.

Then, on Monday 5th December from 6.30-8.30pm, we are hosting a neighbourhood meeting a get together. This is a chance to catch up with your community, and find out what has been happening here as well as plans for the future.All are welcome, there will be mince pies, mulled wine and hot chocolate as well as winter craft activities for all ages.

Both held at the Stowe Centre, 258 Harrow Road, W2 5ES. All are welcome!