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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

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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Countdown to the Westbourne Forum Elections 2014!!!

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

If you would like to stand for election please download an application form from here.

Please complete and return the form by the 8th of November, with a picture if you have one available.

Westbourne Forum Elections

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

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

A new era for the Forum

Monday, July 28th, 2014

These are exciting times for Westbourne Forum… through years Westbourne Forum has continued to reflect on the future of the community and to work with local people and organisations to improve the quality of life in Westbourne, but new things are to come.

The Localism Act 2012 provides for local communities to create their own Forums, with recognised planning competences which will make sure that local people always have a strong say in any building work, renovation or public realm changes that require planning.

The first step towards the birth of our new Westbourne Forum was taken in March, when our neighbourhood area was defined and recognised by Westminster City Council. The second step took place in April, when a group of local residents and representatives of local community organisations accepted to become founding members of the new Forum

A Constitution was drafted and, together with a mission statement explaining what the founders proposed the new Forum to be in the community, was sent to the Council, and our accreditation as the new Neighbourhood Forum for Westbourne was officially announced on 25 July. The next step is for the new Forum to prepare a neighbourhood plan to be submitted to the local community for approval as a statutory document which will inform all future planning procedures.

In the autumn, all members of the existing Board will step down, and there will be a call for candidates to stand for election to the new steering body, the Forum Committee. This is planned to happen at a Community event, and preparations for that will begin presently.

We hope to have as many candidates as possible, and we wish to have a diversity of backgrounds represented, to reflect the multicultural character of our area and ensure that the Forum continues to work effectively for greater community cohesion.

Preparations will soon be on their way. So… watch this space!

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.