Pub evening – Tuesday 15 March

At our next pub evening on Tuesday 15 March we will be having a speaker from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust to talk to us about their vision for St. Mary’s Hospital and to update us as to the current state of their plans for future development.  As this is our local hospital and something that affects the lives of all of us in this area, it should be a most interesting evening.

We will meet in the Upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria Pub on Strathearn Place from 6.30 – 8.30pm. The talk will start at 7.00pm but do get there early to have a drink and a chat with friends beforehand, and of course to get a seat!  As always please feel free to invite any friends or neighbours who may be interested in joining our association.

Pub evening Tuesday 17 November

At our next pub evening on Tuesday 17 November we are very pleased to welcome Andrew Alchin, one of our local residents, who has kindly agreed to give us a talk entitled  ‘A History of Paddington in Maps’ .  Andrew has had a lifelong interest in maps and is a collector of antique maps and city views. He has lived in the Paddington area since the early 1970’s.  In his Powerpoint presentation he will describe the development of Paddington, including the Hyde Park Estate, over the centuries, using a wide variety of maps and diagrams as illustrations. He will demonstrate the key role that transport has played in Paddington’s history from the beginning and which continues to the present day.
As Andrew will be illustrating his talk via a TV screen in the Bar please do come early to get a good seat.  We will meet as usual in the Upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria Pub on the corner of Strathearn Place and Sussex Place W2 from 6.30 – 8.30 pm.


HPEA Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 13 October

The HPEA  Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 13 October  at 7.00pm at the Lancaster London Hotel.  Our special guest speaker will be Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor of London who will speak on Community Safety and Policing.
Please also note that the doors will open at 6.30pm and that the meeting will start promptly at 7.00pm.  This will give us more time for refreshments following the meeting and for the opportunity to chat informally with your fellow members.
The Agenda for this meeting and the Minutes of the 2014 AGM can be downloaded by clicking on the links below.
We would be most grateful if you could have a look at these BEFORE coming to the meeting so that we can get the formal business of the meeting over as quickly as possible and have more time for the presentations, questions and discussion.
Would you please note that only members who have paid their subscription for 2015-16 will be able to vote. (The membership year begins on 1 April.)  If you haven’t yet joined or renewed your subscription for this year please send a cheque made out to the ‘Hyde Park Estate Association‘ to our treasurer William Quinn, 12 Somers Crescent, London W2 2PN.  To remind you, subscription rates are £15 for Individuals, £25 for Couples/Households and £50 Corporate.

Pub evening Wednesday 13 May – Church Commissioners

On Wednesday 13 May the speaker at our monthly pub evening will be Mark McKeown, Residential Asset Manager for the Church Commissioners.  As most of you will  be aware the Church Commissioners are the freeholder of much of the commercial and residential property in our area and are therefore very involved in the look and feel of the community in which we live. Mark has kindly agreed to update us on the Church Commissioners plans for the area and its vision for the future. This topic will doubtless be of great interest to many, and Mark will of course answer any questions that you may have.  So do come along and feel free to invite any neighbours who you think might be interested in joining the HPEA.  
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.  Mark will probably begin to speak at about 7.00pm but do come early to have a drink and chat beforehand.  

Pub evening Wednesday 11 February

At the next HPEA pub evening on WEDNESDAY 11 FEBRUARY  we are very pleased to welcome as our speaker Christa Scholtz, Scheme Manager of Home Start Westminster, a charity supported in part by Westminster City Council.  Home Start Westminster trains volunteers who visit and befriend families in difficulty who have a child under the age of five.  Volunteers offer help and support and if necessary refer on to other appropriate services, for example  if there is a medical or housing problem.  Two of our members are trustees of this charity and they thought you would be interested in hearing more about its important work for vulnerable families in our area.
We will meet as usual in the Upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria Pub on Strathearn Place between 6.30 – 8.30pm.  Please do come early to have a drink and a chat with other members before the talk starts.  Also as anyone who came to our January pub evening will know, seats can be limited!
As a follow up to our last meeting, which was our most well attended ever, we have been told that the revised East West Cycle superhighway proposals will be published on the Transport for London website in the next few days.  New consultation dates have also been published and these have been sent out to members in a separate email.
We hope to see you at the Victoria on 11 February.

Annual General Meeting Tuesday 21 October

The HPEA Annual General Meeting  will take place on Tuesday 21 October at 7pm at the Lancaster London Hotel, Lancaster Terrace, W2 2TY.  Formal notification of this meeting has already been sent out to members and you can read a copy below.

After the formal business there will be a panel presentation and discussion on ‘Public Services – Challenges Ahead’  led by our Chairman, our MP, local Councillors and the Police.


Pub evening Wednesday 14 May

At our next pub evening on Wednesday 14 May  we are pleased to have as our speaker one of our own members John Malthouse who is Chairman of the Star Street Association.  The Star Street Association is the residents’ association for Star Street and the surrounding area and of course they are also part of our own amenity society,  the Hyde Park Estate Association.  As you know every part of our area has slightly different problems and issues to deal with and we thought it would be of interest to members in other parts of the Hyde Park Estate to hear what the Star Street Association has been up to and to find out about the particular issues that residents in the streets north of Sussex Gardens are facing.  John has kindly agreed to give us a short talk to this effect and of course to answer any questions that you may have.
We will meet as usual in the Upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria Pub on Strathearn Place from 6.30 – 8.30pm.  Please do join us and meet up with your friends and neighbours for a drink and a chat.
We look forward to seeing you on the 14th.

Sussex Gardens 16 months closure!

We have been given this information by Councillor J-P Floru:

“At a Crossrail Liaison Panel meeting on 11 March I heard that Thames Water intends to close Sussex Gardens for a whacking 16 months!  Admittedly each lane in turn (the other remaining open) – but with diversions in an already crowded area the nuisance will be substantial.

I am trying to press Thames Water to have the period reduced.  They are proposing to line the inside of five water mains underneath Sussex Gardens which suffered damage from the Crossrail works.  All five pipes cannot be closed at the same time, but need to be done in turn, hence 16 months.  However, if they close more than one at any one time then it would be possible to reduce the period.  These mains do not serve the adjacent houses; the five pipes supply areas further afield.
Access to the houses and hotels on Sussex Gardens will remain open.
The works are said to start on 9th June.
All residents should receive a notification from Thames Water.  I have also asked that Thames Water contact the HPEA directly.  PRACT (John Walton) are also on the case.”


February pub evening – Wednesday 12 February

As you may be aware the Hyde Park Estate Association made donations just prior to Christmas to three charities that provide help for disadvantaged people across Westminster, St. Mungo’s, Crisis and The Advocacy Project.  We are very fortunate to have as a speaker for our February pub evening a representative from St. Mungo’s to tell us about their work.  St Mungo’s is a long established charity helping homeless people since 1969. Not only do they provide accommodation for the homeless but they also provide a wide range of support services and I am sure you will find it interesting to find out more about what they do for people in our local area.
We will meet in our usual venue, the Upstairs Theatre Bar at the Victoria Pub from 6.30 – 8.30 pm on WEDNESDAY 12 FEBRUARY and I very much hope to see you there.  Come early to be sure of a seat as our get togethers are becoming more and more popular. It also means you will have time for a drink and a chat before our speakers start.  There will also be plenty of time for questions and discussion afterwards.