November pub evening

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.

Best regards
Susan Quinn

October pub evening: Tuesday 16 October

Message from Susan Quinn:
The Hyde Park Estate Association will hold its next monthly pub evening on Tuesday 16th October.  We are now back to our usual third Tuesday of the month time slot and I hope that this will make it easier for you to remember the date.  At this meeting we are pleased to be be hosting all three of our Hyde Park Ward Councillors,  Heather Acton, Antonia Cox and Ian Adams.  Ian has been newly elected as one of our ward councillors this year but many of you will know him already as he has been a past Lord Mayor of Westminster and he lives in the Hyde Park Estate.  All three Councillors will be updating us on Westminster City Council activities and especially those that affect us in our area.  They will of course also be happy to answer your questions and to hear your views and concerns.  This should be an extremely interesting and valuable evening and I do hope that as many of you as possible will try to come along.
We will meet as usual in the upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria on Strathearn Place, starting at our new earlier time of 6.15 as we have to vacate the room at 8.00pm.  Anyone wishing to stay on for a meal or other refreshments after that time is welcome to do so but it will be open to other members of the public at that time.
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Pub evening Thursday 20 September

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.

Best regards
Susan Quinn

Pub Evening – Wednesday 17 January 2018

Our first pub evening of 2018 will take place on Wednesday 17 January, not Tuesday 16 as would normally be the case.  On this occasion we are pleased to have as our speaker Jay Miller, a resident of our area and keen user of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens who has been campaigning about the problems some cyclists inside the parks pose for pedestrians and their pets.  Jay has taken to filming his outings in the park and would like to share his experiences with us.  This should be a very interesting presentation and discussion, so please do come along to hear what he has to say.
We will meet as usual in the Upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria pub on Strathearn Place from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.   This is a good opportunity to meet up with your friends and neighbours in the New Year so we hope to see you there.  Please also feel free to extend this invitation to others in our area who may wish to find out more about the HPEA and to join our association.

Our June pub evening – Tuesday 20 June

Our next pub evening will take place on  Tuesday 20 June.  On this occasion we will have as our speaker Andrew Scrivener, Chief Executive of European Land and Property, who will speak to us about the important developments that are being planned for Merchant Square in the Paddington Basin. He will be able to tell us about the efforts his company is making in establishing a “destination” in the Basin with various year-round and summer events and also the extent to which affordable housing is playing a role in the development of the area. 
There are exciting plans afoot so please come along and enjoy this final pub evening before the summer break.
We will meet as usual in the Upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria Pub on the corner of Strathearn Place and Sussex Place from 6.30 – 8.30pm.  And as always please feel free to invite any friends or neighbours who may be interested in joining our association.  

Pub evening – Tuesday 16 May

The Hyde Park Estate Association will be holding its next pub evening on Tuesday 16 May.  The topic for the evening will be transport on the Hyde Park Estate.

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 & 
pedestrian areas.

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. 

We will meet as usual in the Upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria Pub on Strathearn Place from 6.30 – 8.30pm, and we look forward to seeing you there.

Consultation on Hyde Park Paddington Forum

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.

Neighbourhood Planning,
Policy and Strategy,
Westminster City Council,
15th Floor East,
Westminster City Hall,
64 Victoria Street,
London SW1E 6QP

E-mail: neighbourhoodplanning@westminster.gov.uk

Horseman’s Sunday at St John’s Hyde Park

Our friends at St John’s have asked us to publicise this very popular event as follows:
49th Horseman’s Sunday
18th September 2016 (10am to 2pm)
St John’s Hyde Park

Running since 1967 in the Hyde Park Estate, the horses of our local stables will once again gather for their annual blessing outside St John’s, Hyde Park. This festive occasion gathers the horses that use Hyde Park, including horseguards, the police and carriages. Once assembled in front of the church, the vicar appears on horseback fully robed for a traditional blessing. Surrounding all the horsing around is a traditional village fete including refreshments, jazz music, cake stall and many children’s activities. A great day for the whole family it is not to be missed. A festival eucharist starts at 10am including Bach’s Jesu joy of man’s desiring, with outdoor fete, service and cavalcade following. It’s all packed up by 2 o’clock, so don’t be late.

Contact telephone: 020 7262 1732
www.stjohns-hydepark.com

Launch of the Hyde Park Paddington Neighbourhood Forum Wednesday 22 June

All HPEA members are invited to a special meeting to launch the Hyde Park and Paddington Neighbourhood Forum.  It will be held at the Victory Services Club on  Wednesday 22 June at 6.30pm.  

We will be looking at the special arrangements needed to gain agreement and understand the constitutional and key organisational issues.  Our Chairman Nick Johnson will be introducing our business partners and asking for your views and agreement to the application we need to make to the Council.  We hope you can come to this important meeting.

Please see the Hyde Park Paddington forum website for more information http://www.hydeparkpaddington.org/