People Show presents show number 128: The Crypt Project in collaboration with The Paddington Development Trust, ALRA (Academy of Live and Recorded Arts) and The University of Roehampton featuring a choral sound piece created by Phil Minton.
Created and performed in and around the beautiful crypt of St Mary Magdalene Church in Paddington, the piece will explore how rituals define our modern sense of community, and will feature contributions from local residents.
The Crypt Project promises to be a very special promenade site-specific show in a magical space that is shortly due for redevelopment.
Due to the nature of the space, please be aware that it is not accessible for people who struggle with mobility nor is it disabled friendly. Audiences must be aware that there are no toilets in the venue and are encouraged to visit a nearby cafe, pub or restaurant prior to or after the performance.
The Westbourne Forum has recently been designated by Westminster Council, for the Westbourne Neighbourhood area, under the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations.
This means that the Forum will have a key role in planning (ie.what does or doesn’t gets built or developed), shaping what gets decided and enabling local people to be proactive rather than just responsive to council or developer plans. We also want to continue strengthening the community through bringing people together and being a voice for all.
So we are looking for local people who want to give their time and knowledge to bringing these ideas to a reality.
On Saturday 15th November from 2-5 pm at the Stowe Centre we are holding elections for local residents, business, voluntary and community organisations to fill the 12 places available. 6 local service providers, such as schools or housing organisations, and the 3 locally elected councillors fill the other 9 places to give a total of 21.
If you would like to know more about the new forum or are interested in standing for elections please contact Monika Pawlowska on 020 7641 6631 or email Monika@pdt.org.uk
Plans are afoot to open a new heritage centre of national quality at the magnificent St Mary Magdalene Church, where you will be able to discover the history of Paddington and all its communities, and enjoy arts, performance and other cultural activities.
Come along and tell us what you think about our plans so far.
Meet the architects and activity planners and enjoy arts, performance and cultural activities for all the family.
Music and dance
Free food and refreshments.
Free face painting & Henna art
Family arts and crafts activities
Free Family Learning Make and Take workshop – inspired by tiles and patterns in the building.
This will be a day for the whole community to enjoy and come together to help shape the future of the most historic building in our area.
Help us make it central to our community life by giving us your views and suggestions on the proposals for Paddington’s new Heritage and Arts Centre at St Mary Magdalene’s Church and see the architects’ model of the new Heritage Wing.
TELL US :
what you think about the proposals
what activities you want to take place here
what you want to know about the history of Paddington and its communities
Congratulations to Matinur Rahman and Andrea Santi who have had their volunteering achievements recognised by Westminster County Council at the Community Awards 2014.
At the awards ceremony in Paddington, Andrea, Year 12, was awarded Highly Commended in the Young Volunteer Award for her volunteering including on the Westbourne Forum, where her work helps to improve community cohesion and communication between young people and adults.
Matinur, Year 12, was in the top two in Westminster for the Sir Simon Milton Award for young people who have made ‘an outstanding contribution to the community by working with older people or disadvantaged young people’. He achieved Highly Commended for his role leading on the partnership between Open Age and Westminster Academy. Matinur was heaped with praise by Open Age and Lisa Milton from the Sir Simon Milton Foundation. The Foundation was so impressed, that even though he didn’t win, they have offered to make a donation to Open Age as a result of being inspired by Matinur. Matinur was also offered congratulations by Westminster’s new Lord Mayor, Cllr Audrey Lewis, and Cllr Steve Summers, who also gave him some tips on entering a career in politics.
Westminster Academy was delighted to see our friends and partner organisations also earning Highly Commended in the following categories for their hard work with WA and the community:
Bringing People Together Award – Michael Dibble, The Stowe Centre
Outstanding Organisation – Mosaic
Partnership Award – M&S and WA
Better City, Better Lives – Time for Paddington
Matinur said “It was a spectacular event and I was so proud to be there. I love volunteering with Open Age and am very thankful to them for supporting me.”
Co-ordinated by Westbourne Forum the annual Westbourne Festival took place on Sunday 22nd July, and Westminster Academy was very proud to support the event. We were lucky enough to enjoy glorious sunshine for the whole day, and it was a wonderful event for the local community.
There was live music (including Ionie Johnson, Zakri Zulkurnain and Joanna Charafeddine-Akar; all Year 12 students), several food stalls, lots of information stands and community groups, and even a zoo and a bouncy castle!
All the stall holders were extremely friendly, and the canal side venue created a very laid back and relaxed atmosphere. There were lots of families attending, and it was lovely to see people from such an incredibly diverse range of families mixing and sitting together on the grass.
I spent the day interviewing guests and stall holders with the WA Camera Crew, and every single person commented on what a great day it was, and how many friendly faces there were (even the ones painted to look like tigers!).
A big thank you has to go to the absolutely wonderful stewards (ten of which were WA students) for running the event so smoothly and ensuring that everyone was having a good time. And especially to those involved in the planning and organisation, particularly Sara and Geoff. Overall, it was a fantastic day and I really enjoyed being involved in it. Bring on 2015!
The Westbourne Summer Festival is back on Sunday 22nd of June 1pm – 5pm.
After last summer’s beach party, we are moving even closer to the water for this year’s day of fun.
Since Westbourne Green is currently occupied by the Thames Water’s works, the festival will be taking place next to the canal.
Local resident Sara Hamid has been appointed as a Events Coordinator by Paddington Development Trust, and will be very busy over the next months to ensure this year’s festival will be one to remember. Sarah will be working alongside local residents and community organization, as well as City West Homes.
Expect plenty of fun activities for the whole family, sport activities, bouncy castle, musical performances and plenty more!