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Westbourne Summer Festival

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

Come and celebrate HAPPINESS together!

Join us for this year’s Westbourne Festival by the canal. As always it will be an afternoon of entertainment run for the community by the community!

There will be something for everyone: LIVE STAGE with music & dance performances, drumming and juggling, children’s games and family activities like Petting zoo, Bouncy castle, the Floating showroom with the creepy crawlies shows, Paddle boarding and canoeing, Sports competitions, the Health area with free checks & treatments from 20 organisations, raffle prizes, barbecue and food stalls… and much more!

Last year festival was fantastic: join in to make this year festival even bigger and better!

Also if you can give a helping hand on the day, please contact Paola 07923379841 to volunteer a few hours, get time credits in return and free lunch!
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Paddington Festival Gala Awards

Friday, December 18th, 2015

The inaugural Paddington Festival Gala Awards event took place on Wednesday 14th October, at Paddington Arts in Woodfield Road W9 2BE.

Paddington Festival Gala 'All the world's a stage' award to Westbourne Forum with particular reference to the Beach Festival.Westbourne Forum won an “All the world’s a stage” award for best festival 2015, and was noted for our previous Beach Festival. These awards cover a variety of events in different wards over the summer of 2015.

Paddington Festival Gala 'Linda Heavy' award to Westbourne Forum Committee MemberThere were also awards for other people associated with Westbourne, including Jason Swerling who received a “Get Involved” Linda Heavy Award.

The Gala Awards is a free event that has been designed to celebrate the talents of our local performers and the opportunity to offer public thanks to individuals & organisations that contribute to our local community. The well attended event included the Westbourne Councillors and Karen Buck, our local MP. Next year should be even better.

Westbourne Festival 2015 – the biggest one in the history !

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Westbourne Summer Festival took place on 7th June and was attended by over 2,000 people, which is over twice as many as in the previous years!

People of all ages came together to enjoy all that the festival had to offer – and there was plenty to choose from.

Once again the petting zoo and the bouncy castle were a huge success. The drumming circle which featured fifteen drums which festival-goers played with the guidance of teachers was a hugely popular activity and created a lovely beat as people were entering. Acrobats and balloon artists helped entertain the children and there was a range of activities that also took place on the Electrical Barge.

The visitors could also find out about local projects and services at the information stalls, and unwind in the holistic marquee with some yoga and massages. What a day it was!

We can’t wait for the next year!

Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan – A big step forward

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Westbourne forum logoAs can be imagined, preparing the Neighbourhood Plan for Westbourne is not a small task, and the Working Group formed to draft this important document is not idle, even over the summer months.

Not only did Westbourne Forum organise the Summer Festival as we do every year, but it had a stall that conducted a consultation as to what local residents liked and disliked in Westbourne as it is now, and what they would like to see improved. Interestingly, environmental issues such as air and canal pollution have now come to the top of the list of people’s concerns, ranking equal only to the presence and behaviour of gangs in the estates’ area.  While more people than ever see Westbourne as a friendly area, there is still a sense that Westbourne needs to find its identity, and that access to green spaces, community facilities and leisure and sports are aspects that need addressing to achieve this goal.

This outcome of the Festival consultation will help inform the choice of planning options to be studied and pursued, now that, with the support of Locality, an organisation dedicated to helping communities who work on their local plans, and the appointment of an urban planning consultant, AECOM, things are taking a big jump forward. The Forum Committee will meet in September to examine the consultant’s report and endorse the lines of action it will recommend. So the autumn will be rich in progress. Watch this space…

Westbourne Festival 2015

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Mark Sunday 7th June in your diaries for an afternoon of fun and sun at the canalside by the Warwick Estate. As always it will be a day of entertainment run for the community by the community!

There will be something for everyone with food, live music, drumming, yoga, exotic petting zoo, family activities, raffles, face painting, bouncy castle, stalls and much more!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Westbourne Festival 2015

Westbourne Neighbourhood Forum at work

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Westbourne_forum_logoSince the first meeting of the Forum Committee in January, things have been steadily moving in Westbourne.

  • The Committee has held three meetings so far.
  • An Events Working Group was set up and has been meeting monthly to prepare for Westbourne Summer Festival, to take place on the Canal side on 7 June.
  • A Neighbourhood Planning Working Group was created and has started the critical task of drafting the Neighbourhood Plan to be submitted to public vote sometime in 2016.

In the last couple of months, Westbourne Forum has supported actions to prevent the former Prince of Wales pub to be turned into yet another betting shop. The way through this has been to have the pub registered as a community asset or, failing this, to ensure that the local community has a say in what sort of trade would be conducted in the premises.

Over the coming months the forum will be seeking your views on what changes you would like to see locally and what priorities a neighbourhood plans should address. To get involved please contact the forum’s secretary Lawrence Harrault lharrault@gmail.com

New life for Westbourne Neighbourhood Forum!

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

The summer of 2014 brought exciting news to those of us who worked for the future of our Forum. Westminster City Council decided to designate us as the new Forum for Westbourne, with specific responsibilities in the field of local planning.

We held elections to the new Management Committee in November, and the Committee held its first meeting in January.

Throughout 2015, the Committee will be chaired in rotation by Geoff Biggs, Toby Gale and Shamsa Hersi. The Secretary is Lawrence Harrault. Meetings of the Committee take place every two months, and observers are welcome at any meeting, subject to prior email to:

lrharrault@gmail.com