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Message from Susan Quinn
Dear Members and Friends
The next pub evening of the Hyde Park Estate Association will take place on Tuesday 19th February. I am pleased to say that on this occasion we will have as our speaker, Tim Downes, Development Director of British Land who will tell us about their proposed new development at 5 Kingdom Street in Paddington Central. The site is currently being used by the pop up food venue known as Pergola next to the Novotel Hotel. Tim will tell us about the plans that British Land has for the site and how it will contribute to the whole Paddington Central offering. He will of course be very happy to answer any questions you may have,
We will meet as usual in the upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria Pub on the corner of Sussex Place and Strathearn Place W2 from 6.15 – 8.00pm. Please do come along to meet and chat with other members and to find out about this proposed new development in our area. Although the formal ‘meeting’ finishes at 8.00pm you are very welcome to stay on for a drink or a meal, taking advantage of the wonderful ambience of our local pub.
With kind regards
Our Chairman Dr Allen Zimbler has prepared his Christmas newsletter and you can read or download it from the link below.
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We wish all of our members and friends a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
Pub evening, Tuesday 20 November
Message from Susan Quinn
Dear Members and Friends
At our next pub evening on Tuesday 20 November the topic for the evening will be quite far removed from our usual concerns of planning, traffic congestion, short lets, vice and crime. Instead we will be hearing about something which contributes to the wellbeing of our community rather than detracting from it. I am very pleased to announce that our speaker will be Alan Herdman, a member of our association and a world renowned expert in the Pilates Method, who teaches right here in his studio in Seymour Street and who lectures and trains others in many other locations both in the UK and worldwide. As I am sure Alan will tell us, Pilates is something that can benefit everyone, from age 9 to 90 so whether you have ever tried it or not, or even if you have never heard of it, I think you will be intrigued to find out how it began, how it works and what benefits it can bring.
For those of you who don’t know Alan, here is a brief introduction.. Alan studied at the London School of Contemporary Dance and was working as a teacher and dancer when, in the late 1960s, he was invited to New York to learn about the Joseph Pilates Method. There he worked intensively with two instructors who had been trained by Pilates himself.
Although well-regarded amongst New York’s dance fraternity, Pilates was unknown in the UK at that time and Alan returned in 1970 to set up Britain’s first-ever Pilates studio. Among his first clients were actors, dancers and singers, but word soon spread as doctors and physiotherapists began recommending Pilates to patients struggling with chronic injuries.
Alan now lectures on Pilates around the world, and he has written several successful books, including The Pilates Directory (2004), The Gaia Busy Person’s Guide to Pilates (2003), Pilates for Men (2007) and The Complete Pilates Tutor (2014). He runs a training course for Pilates instructors in London and supervises courses in both Athens and Istanbul. As well as running his own studios, he and his assistants teach in dance schools and designated Pilates studios internationally.
As you can see from this short biography, we are very fortunate indeed to have Alan amongst our midst and I am sure that you will find his talk most interesting.
As usual we will meet in the upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria Pub on Strathearn Place from 6.15 – 8.00pm. Although we have to finish our meeting by 8.00pm anyone who wishes to stay longer to have a drink or a meal is of course very welcome to do so. Please feel free to invite any of your neighbours or friends who may wish to join our association. New members are always welcome and this is a good opportunity to introduce the HPEA to others who live in our area but have not yet joined us.
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the 20th.
CHANGE OF DATE: SEPTEMBER PUB EVENING WILL BE THURS 20TH
Message from Susan Quinn
September is now upon us and with that our first pub evening of the new season. The date for our next meeting will be Thursday 20th September and not the third Tuesday of the month which is our usual date. It was originally planned that our speakers for our September pub evening would be our three Westminster City councillors but due to unexpected conflicting meetings our councillors cannot attend but will be joining us instead on Tuesday 16th October. However I am pleased to say that we do have another speaker for that evening and I hope as many as possible of you will be able to come along.
Our speaker will Stephen Spavin, the Outreach and Befriending Support Co-ordinator for Age UK Westminster. As I am sure you are aware Age UK does a great deal of valuable work in the community and Stephen will speak to us about some of the activities, services and projects that they provide. In particular he is involved in the Befriending programme but will also be able to provide a broad overview of the other work that is done by Age UK in our community.
We will meet as usual in the upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria Pub on Strathearn Place from 6.15 – 8.00pm on Thursday 20th September. It will be a good opportunity to meet up with friends and neighbours after the summer break and to enjoy a drink or two in a most convivial atmosphere. As this is our first get together after the summer we will also devote some time to discussing any issues that you would like to raise with the HPEA or would like us to be aware of. This is the place to air your views and help us to make our community the best possible place to live.
So please NOTE THE DATE – and I look forward to seeing you at the Victoria on the 20th.
Many of us who live and work in the Hyde Park Estate are aware of the
significant changes taking place to all forms of transport in the area.
We are fortunate to have long-standing local resident Mr John Walton,
Secretary of PRACT ( Paddington Residents Active Concern on Transport )
to take us through a summary of recent, planned & proposed transport
changes to: buses, trains; Paddington mainline & local TUBE stations,
Crossrail, Cycle Super-Highways & Quietways, local roads, streets &
The purpose of this meeting is to inform members as to what is happening
now and in the future to enable your HPEA Committee to properly represent
your views and any concerns to our Westminster City Councillors, TFL & others.
Sally Martin, HPEA Transport Committee will Chair the meeting and a question and answer session at the end of John’s briefing.
Many HPEA members are already signed up to the proposed Hyde Park and Paddington Neighbourhood Forum. Westminster City council are now carrying out formal consultation on the establishment of the Forum and you are invited to take part. Here is the information from the Forum’s website, http://www.hydeparkpaddington.org:
“An application to designate the Hyde Park and Paddington Neighbourhood Forum was made to Westminster City Council on 22 December 2016. Following the application’s validation the City Council is inviting formal responses from businesses and residents. The role of the Hyde Park and Paddington Neighbourhood Forum will be to lead and undertake neighbourhood planning. This will give the community, both businesses and residents, a chance to influence development and change your neighbourhood.”
The consultation is open until 6pm 20 April 2017 and HPEA members are encouraged to give feedback which you can do as outlined below. The WCC website page is http://www.westminster.gov.uk/neighbourhood-planning-resources#news
You can view or download the flyer about the consultation at this link.
If you would like to make any comments in relation to the proposed Hyde Park and Paddington Neighbourhood Forum, please send them to the postal/email address below by 18:00 hours on Thursday 20th April 2017.
Policy and Strategy,
Westminster City Council,
15th Floor East,
Westminster City Hall,
64 Victoria Street,
London SW1E 6QP