Posts Tagged ‘Events’

WA young volunteers awarded Highly Commended in Westminster Community awards

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

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.”

Student Review of the 2014 Westbourne Festival

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

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!

Noumeira Bettache

Year 12 student, Westminster Academy

Westbourne Summer Festival 2014

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Westbourne Festival Summer 2013The 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!

Eggs..traordinary Easter Party

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Over 130 people attended Westbourne Park Family Centre’s Early Years Easter Party on April 10th .

Our normally spacious hall was jammed packed with excited and chatty children and adults.  Creative activities, a dance and movement session, the Easter story and food and drink were shared with a small Easter egg given to every child.

People from all and no faith backgrounds were able to mix, socialise and learn about the Easter Story in a relaxed and fun environment.

Westbourne Park Family Centre provides a warm welcome to children and their parent carers of 0-4 years old every Tues – Friday from 10.00am-12.00pm during school terms.  There is a toy library with 300 toys to play and borrow on Tuesday and Friday, a creative session with a dance workshop on Wednesday and a general play session on Thursday.  The drop in sessions cost £1 to attend and is open to all.

WPFC logoWe are located in the downstairs hall of Westbourne Park Baptist Church which is accessed next to the entrance of the Children’s library on Porchester Road.

Email: info@westbourneparkfamilycentre.org.uk Tel: 020 7727 6019 for more information

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!

Report from Optimise

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Part of the flood alleviation work that Optimise (Thames Water’s contractors) needs to carry out, will be in local parks – Westbourne Green and Tamplin Mews Gardens. The start of the work in the parks has been delayed for a number of reasons but Thames Water are hoping to start work shortly.

Optimise and Active Westminster are working together to provide alternative activities while there are construction works in both parks. In April, Step Up to Fitness classes and other activities will be ongoing.

The Pit 1Optimise is working with Westminster City Council to landscape The Pit on Harrow Road. They would like to have your opinion about the plans, and will be holding a drop in from 4.30pm until 7.00pm on Tuesday 25 February at the Warwick Community Hall, 300 Harrow Road, so drop by and give your views about these proposals.

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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.

Last week’s Westbourne Meet-Up…

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Make sure you don’t miss the next one in November!

Westbourne Meet-Up September 2013 collage

There’s something magical about this month’s Westbourne Meet-Up

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

top hat and cane picture

When? Wednesday, 18th September
Time? 18.30 – 21.00
Where? The Stowe Centre, 258 Harrow Road

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

Residents of all ages gathered over free food and drink and discussed key issues in the area with information from Westbourne Forum and updates from Vital Regeneration on the Westbourne Green Masterplan, as well as discussion on proposed plans from Thames Water. They also had the chance to enjoy a special performance from a folk duo, Benny and the Cheesegrinder.

Don’t miss this month’s event, as we’ve got plenty in store for you! Local news, socialising with your neighbours, food & drink and magic! A member of the Magic Circle will put on a show specially for the Westbourners. You can’t miss it!