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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.

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!

Decision time!!

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

It’s not every day you get to decide the future of your neighbourhood!

Westbourne will be voting at the end of June on the most important changes to the neighbourhood since the Warwick and Brindley estates were built 50 years ago.

Westminster Council’s plans aim to deliver new housing, new community facilities, upgraded parks and open spaces, and changes to improve the Westbourne stretch of the Harrow Road.

The council has promised that it really is a decision for residents. If residents vote no, the plans won’t go ahead. If they vote yes, work will begin on the real detail, and change will follow.

Look out for the vote information coming through your door, and at the Vital Regeneration office at 284 Harrow Road.

WHATEVER YOUR OPINION, MAKE SURE YOU VOTE!!!

For more information call Vital Regeneration on 020 7245 2861.

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!

Westbourne designated as a Neighbourhood Area

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Westbourne has now been officially designated as a new Neighbourhood Area within the City of Westminster.

In January Westminster Council’s cabinet approved the application made in 2012 by Westbourne Forum.

This is the first step of three in line with new powers provided by government for local people to play an active and formal role in shaping planning priorities for their neighbourhoods.

Step two involves recognition as the official Neighbourhood Forum for the area. Over the last 10 years working on behalf of local people, Westbourne Forum has built up knowledge and a track record, and is now seeking support to add this new responsibility to its established role in the community. It plans to submit an application to the council before the summer. Signatories to the Forum’s application will be recognised as founding members of the new neighbourhood forum.

Then comes the third and most important step – the production of a Neighbourhood Plan for the area.

The boundary of the new Westbourne neighbourhood area, shown on the map below, largely follows the boundary of the ward, though it does include Westbourne Terrace Road (in the east), or Wessex Gardens Estate (in the west).

If you are interested in finding out more about Westbourne Forum’s application, please get in touch

Westbourne Designation Map

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