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!
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.
We 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.
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.
Following positive feedback from last year, Westbourne’s local councillors have again used their ward budget to provide Christmas lights to help brighten up Harrow Road between the canal and Bourne Terrace.
Please do give us ideas for other schemes to support with our ward budget.
Wishing all Westbourne Residents a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Cllrs Adam Hug, David Boothroyd and Papya Qureshi.