Issy Mason

Volunteers Return to Paddington Street Gardens

This November, after a period of time away, a group of volunteers from local community action group, One Westminster spent time improving the surroundings at Paddington Street Gardens.

The old adage, ‘many hands make light work’ proved to be true and the volunteers managed to tidy up over 250 rose bushes, before enjoying a light lunch.

The team worked enthusiastically throughout and the overwhelming consensus from the volunteers was how much they enjoyed getting out and contributing to the local community.

One Westminster works with local organisations to source volunteering opportunities in the City of Westminster for people of all ages, in addition to catering to business employees who want to be matched with local charities to carry out projects to benefit the Westminster community.

Westminster City Council also provides opportunities for residents to volunteer for leisure, libraries and community projects. Those interested in getting involved can do so by visiting the Westminster City Council volunteer pages.

Paddington Recreation Ground Strikes Gold in Annual Green Space and Horticultural Awards

Paddington Recreation Ground retains impressive accolades from two annual green space and horticultural awards: London in Bloom and the Green Flag Award. 

The grounds, which are managed by leisure contractor Everyone Active, retained Green Flag status for another year and were awarded a gold award in the London in Bloom competition for the 7th consecutive year after a mystery site visit. 

The awards are an excellent achievement for the whole team who work hard to keep Paddington Recreation Ground at its best for everyone to enjoy. Stephen Scott, Landscape and Security Manager said, “It’s been a very difficult year for the team and everyone involved at Paddington Recreation Ground but everyone has worked extremely hard to achieve this incredible result.” 

Seven members of the ground maintenance and security team at Paddington Recreation Ground holding their 2021 green flag
The Landscape and Security Team at Paddington Recreation Ground are proud winners of the Green Flag Award.

When asked about the London in Bloom award, Stephen Scott said that feedback from judge Mark Wasileweski MVO was promising, adding that on the first day of judging he was “concerned at first … as Mark informed me he’s usually sent in to make sure parks and gardens are at the standardof the awards they won previously. I’m glad we met those standards and retained our gold award.” 

The Landscape and Security Team at Paddington Recreation Ground showing off their London in Bloom certificates 

Cllr Mark Shearer, Deputy Cabinet Member for City Management said: “Westminster City Council are thrilled to once again retain both its Green Flag Award status following a mystery visit, AND the London in Bloom Gold award for Paddington Recreation Ground. We saw during the pandemic just how vital our parks and open spaces are to the physical and mental health of our community, and we’re delighted that they’ve been independently judged as being at the highest standard.” 

Paddington Recreation Ground is the earliest public athletic ground of its kind in London, located in the Maida Vale area just north of Paddington. In addition to providing visitors and residents access to a variety of sports and recreation facilities the grounds the site was selected as a non-statutory Site of Local Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) in 1995.

The Green Flag is the benchmark international standard run by Keep Britain Tidy and given to publicly accessible parks and open spaces in order to promote standards of good management and best-practice amongst the green space sector.

The “in Bloom” campaign is the largest horticultural campaign in Britain that allows groups to compete on a regional or national level by using gardening to transform their communities.

Find out more about our parks and open spaces.

Tennis Court Floodlight Upgrade at Paddington Recreation Ground

Work to upgrade the tennis court floodlights at Paddington Recreation Ground is due to commence in coming weeks, contributing to Westminster City Council’s wider commitment to becoming a carbon neutral city by 2040.

Works will involve upgrading the floodlights of both the synthetic and tarmac tennis courts and will take place at staggered intervals to help ensure alternative provision is available.

Court Closures

  • Tarmac Tennis Courts – Monday 20 September – Friday 24 September
  • Synthetic Tennis Courts – Monday 27 September – Friday 1 October

The old floodlights surrounding the courts will be replaced with new, energy efficient LED lighting, which is durable and has a long life-span.

In 2019, Westminster City Council declared a climate emergency and is committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions from council operations by 2030 and across the city by 2040.

You can find out more about the council’s commitment on climate emergency pages of the main council website. If you have any queries about the works going on at paddington Recreation ground, please get in touch.

The ActiveWestminster Weekend is Back for Free End-of-Summer Fun

The ActiveWestminster Weekend is back, for the second time this year, with a fresh line-up, giving you and your family or friends a chance to try out some of the activites on offer across the City of Westminster.

Activites are taking place at a selection of our leisure centres and are free to attend for all. If you enjoy them, why not sign up for a FREE ActiveWestminster Card as either a resident or someone who studies in Westminster, to get fantastic discounts on activities including group exercise classes and racquet sports, all year round? 

Leisure CentreActivityDayTimeAge Group
Moberly Sports CentreGEXSaturday2pm16+
Gym Taster10am – 5pm16+
Public Swim12pm – 5pmAll ages
(2:1 ratio for under 8s)
Virtual Spin12pm, 1pm & 3pm16+
GEXSunday2pm16+
Gym Taster10am – 5pm16+
Public Swim9am – 12pm & 3pm – 5pmAll ages
(2:1 ratio for under 8s)
Virtual Spin12pm, 1pm & 3pm16+
Seymour Leisure CentreBoulderingSaturday12pm – 4pm5+
Gym Taster10am – 4pm16+
Public Swim10am – 3:30pmAll ages
(2:1 ratio for under 8s)
Virtual Spin11am, 1pm & 3pm16+
BoulderingSunday12pm – 4pm5+
Gym Taster10am – 4pm16+
Public Swim12pm – 2pm & 4pm – 6pmAll ages
(2:1 ratio for under 8s)
Virtual Spin11am, 1pm & 3pm16+
Porchester CentreBODYCOMBAT™Saturday8:45am & 11am16+
BODYPUMP™12:10pm16+
Group Cycling10am16+
Gym Session8am16+
HIIT10:15am16+
Yoga10:10am16+
BODYCOMBAT™Sunday10:15am16+
BODYPUMP™11:30am16+
Gym Session8am16+
Salsa5pm16+
Yoga9am – 9:30am, 10am-10:30am,
11am -11:30am, 3pm – 3:30pm,
4pm – 4:30om, 5pm – 5:30pm
16+
Queen Mother
Sports Centre
BadmintonSaturday12pm – 2pm & 3pm – 4pm
PT Taster Sessions9am – 9:30am, 10am-10:30am,
11am-11:30am, 3pm – 3:30pm,
4pm – 4:30om, 5pm – 5:30pm
16+
Table Tennis1pm – 4pm
PT Taster SessionSunday9am – 9:30am, 10am-10:30am,
11am-11:30am, 3pm – 3:30pm,
4pm – 4:30om, 5pm – 5:30pm
16+
Squash9am – 1pm
Table Tennis12pm – 4pm

Places per activity are limited. To avoid dissapointment, and help keep staff and particpants safe, participants should arrive at least 20 minutes prior to sessions in order to complete a registration with a member of staff. Under 16s should be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

You can find each of the leisure centres taking part in the ActiveWestminster Weekend by using the map on our leisure centre page.

If you have any questions about the ActiveWestminster weekend, please contact us.

Project Balance Brings Winter Sports Skills to Westminster Students

This June, ActiveWestminster are working closely with GB Snowsport to help launch Project Balance, a pilot progamme that is part of a wider drive to build interest in snow sports ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The pilot programme is being offered to children who attend the Westminster Academy in Westbourne Green and will enrich mainstream PE delivery while offering students a new and exciting opportunitiy to experience both the physical and mental wellbeing benefits of snowsports.

To support the programme, ActiveWestminster have facilitated the use of the nearby Royal Oak Skate Park. During the sessions, students will be instructed by snowboarding coaches leveraging the transferable skills of skateboarding to establish new connections between young people living in urban areas and the country’s snowsport programme.

While sessions take place parts of the skate park may be unavailable for use by casual users.

Session times

Tuesday 15 June, 3pm – 4:30pm

Tuesday 22 June, 3pm – 4:30pm

Tuesday 29 June, 10am – 12pm

Subsequent Tuesdays, 3pm – 4:30pm

To find out more about the programme, including part of the announcement by Vicky Gosling, Chief Executive of GB Snowsport, head to the GB Snowsport website.

ActiveWestminster Launch Active Communities Survey

ActiveWestminster’s newly developed Active Communities Survey launches this week, following the free-to-attend, bi-annual ActiveWestminster Weekend that saw leisure centres open their doors for people to attend activity sessions for free.

The survey has been designed to help build a better understanding of how members of the Westminster community engage in physical activity, leisure and/or sport within the City.

The survey is launching after people across the nation have experienced some sort of disruption to their usual routines in various areas of their lives, including their levels of physical activity. It is hoped that participants who complete the survey will help the council to better tailor the support and resources it provides towards play, physical activity, leisure and sport to the needs of the community.

Made up of 8 sections, it should take approximately 15-20 minutes for participants to complete the survey. Questions in the survey ask participants to share their levels of physical activity before, during and after the pandemic as well as the types of activity they enjoy doing most and whether or not they face any barriers to participantion.

The survey is open to all Westminster residents over the age of 16, including those with no fixed abode and should also be completed by those who work, study or regularly visit and make use of Westminster’s public facilities. Participants who complete the survey can opt-in to the prize draw to win free activity passes to use at any seven of Westminster’s leisure centres. Paper copies of the survey can be requested via the ActiveWestminster contact page.