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.
MESSAGE FROM SUSAN QUINN
The next HPEA pub evening will be held on Tuesday 19th June at our new time from 6.15 – 8.00pm. Our speaker for the evening will be Chris Peers, Manager of the Paddington BID (Business Improvement District). Many of you will know Chris and everyone will be very interested in what he has to tell us about the latest happenings in the area including their new Community Safety Team and their 2018 entries to London In Bloom and Britain In Bloom. Chris will be very happy to take questions and to fill you in on all the news related to developments in the Paddington BID area.
We may also be welcoming some members of the new Westminster Council SWAT (Street Waste Action Team). They are about to start a pilot project to reduce rubbish dumping across the ward and would like input from residents – so this will be your chance to have your say on what you think needs to be done about this persistent problem.
It should be a very interesting evening and I do hope that as many of you as possible will be able to come along. We will meet as usual in the upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria, corner of Strathearn Place and Sussex Place. Please feel free to invite others in the area who may wish to join our association.
Unfortunately I will not be able to be there on the 19th but Maria Parpou, our Treasurer, will be hosting the evening and I am sure she is looking forward to welcoming all of you.
As many of you will know our usual venue for our monthly pub evenings, The Victoria, has been closed for refurbishment and will not reopen until the end of March.
We have therefore decided not to hold a pub evening this month but will resume in April once the Victoria has reopened. Susan Quinn will confirm the date and time of the April meeting shortly, and also let you know what the topic for the evening will be.
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 next pub evening of the autumn season will take place on Tuesday 21 November. On this occasion we will have as our speaker Sue Price, Chairman of the Friends of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Many of you will know Sue and will be interested to hear what has been going on in our local park in recent months and what is being planned for the future. The Friends of HP and KG do a great deal of work to make our park the wonderful amenity it is for our community – please give this evening your support!
We will meet as usual in the upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria Pub on Strathearn Place from 6.30 – 8.30 pm. Sue will speak at 7.00 but please come early to have a drink and a chat with your neighbours beforehand. As always there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion following her talk. We also are happy for you to invite any neighbours who may be interested in joining our association to come along.
At our first pub evening of the New Year on Tuesday 17 January we are delighted to have as our speaker a member of the Royal Parks policing team who works in our ‘local’ Hyde Park. PC Stephen Barnes will be giving us a short talk on ‘Policing in the Parks’ covering all those issues which are dear to our hearts – cycling, dogs, rough sleepers, etc – and of course any others which you may wish to raise with him.
As most of us make regular use of this wonderful amenity right on our doorstep, you will doubtless want to hear how the Parks Police look after it and keep it safe for our enjoyment. So please come along armed with questions and as usual a lively discussion will follow.
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 7pm but do come early to have a drink and chat with friends. Please feel free to invite any of your neighbours who may like to hear PC Barnes and who may be interested in joining our Association.
A very happy New Year to all our members!
Dates for your new 2017 diaries – our pub evenings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, up to and including June, at which point we take a summer break.
The dates for 2017 are:
We are very sorry to have to let you know that the HPEA will NOT be holding its usual pub evening at the Victoria this month. There was to be a public meeting on Tuesday 17 May at the Victory Services Club to launch the application for the new Hyde Park and Paddington Neighbourhood Forum. As this was the same night as our usual monthly pub evening we were planning to invite members to attend this important meeting instead. However due to last minute problems with the venue at the Victory Services Club that meeting has had to be postponed and there was not enough time to rearrange our own meeting for the same night.
Please accept our apologies for this and for the short notice of the cancellation. We hope to hold our June pub evening as planned on Tuesday 21 June. More information will follow regarding a speaker etc. In the meantime would you please let any of your friends or neighbours who normally attend our meetings and who is not on email know of the cancellation.