Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch-On: 21st November

This year's Oxford Street Christmas lights switch-on event is being held on Thursday 21st November.

To find out more please click here.

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Regent Street Christmas Lights Switch-On: 14th November

This year's Regent Street Christmas lights switch-on event is being held on Thursday 14th November.

The event will start at 5pm. To find out more please click here.

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Dance Westminster

Westminster City Council and Everyone Active is teaming up with local inclusive dance company Step Change Studios to launch Dance Westminster, an innovative initiative which encourages more disabled people in the community to be active.

Open to people with disabilities aged 11 and over who live, study or work in the borough, Dance Westminster will give people the opportunity to attend 1 of 3 free workshops where they can experience an inclusive, engaging dance class and learn a dance routine.

For more information please visit westminster.gov.uk/dance-westminster

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The 2019 Marylebone Service- 26th November

The 2019 Marylebone Service is being held on Tuesday 26th November.

The service is being held at St. Marylebone Parish Church and will start at 6.45pm.

To find out more information, including how to RSVP for the service, you can view the leaflet here.

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Apply for a primary school place for entry in September 2020

If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016, they will be starting Reception in primary school from September 2020.

The closing date for applications is 15th January 2020.

For more information, and to start the process of applying, click here.

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Apply for a secondary school place for entry in September 2020

If your child is in Year 6 of primary school, you will need to be thinking about which secondary schools you would like to apply to for your child to start their secondary education from September 2020.

If your child was born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009, you will need to apply for a secondary school place by 31 October 2019.

For more information, and to start the process of applying, click here.

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Westminster City Council 20mph Consultation

Westminster City Council wants your thoughts on the proposal to have 20mph speed limits across Westminster.

You can find out more here and submit your views by visiting the survey here.

The consultation will close on Tuesday 10th December. 

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Working To Deal With Beggars and Rough Sleeping Constructively

Begging and rough sleeping are a huge issue in our area, and my colleagues and I have been working to deal with these issues constructively.

Physical barriers have been erected to stop items being stored on top of the caretakers shed in Cavendish Square, and the police are dealing with those beggars that are part of organised crime.

All the local benches have now been screwed down as well, so they can’t be moved around, and they have also had divisions added to them so people are unable to sleep on them.

It is very important that residents and others give to charity as opposed to the individuals so that services can be made available for all those who need them.

Westminster City Council spends over £7m per year on rough sleeping – more than any other council in the country. Of course, it’s a bigger issue here, too, with people from all over the UK, mainland Europe and beyond, finding themselves sleeping rough.

To find out more about what is being done to deal with rough sleeping you can visit my article here.

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Westminster City Council’s Hidden Network of Heroes

Westminster City Council spends over £7m per year on rough sleeping – more than any other council in the country. Of course, it’s a bigger issue here, too, with people from all over the UK, mainland Europe and beyond, finding themselves sleeping rough.

In response to the problem, Westminster City Council has launched the ‘Hidden Network of Heroes’ campaign to raise awareness of the work done to help more rough sleepers off the streets and turn their lives around. An army of staff and volunteers already helps rough sleepers who may be suffering mental illness, battling addiction, family breakdown or abuse, but without sufficient recognition.

The dedication of these staff and volunteers enables over 80% of rough sleepers to avoid a second night out. It’s worth noting that less than 3% of rough sleepers in Westminster have links to the area and 97% of those that engage with our services find their way off the streets for good.

The ‘Hidden Network of Heroes’ is a priority for Westminster Council. To find out more about the Hidden Network, the services available to rough sleepers and to donate please visit their website here.

Westminster Council has also recently set out a draft homelessness strategy, and you can find out more about this by visiting https://www.westminster.gov.uk/housing-strategies

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Apply for up to £10,000 to spend on community projects

Local groups are invited to apply for up to £10,000 to spend on community projects across Westminster as part of the #MyWestminster Fund. 

The fund is open to all voluntary organisations, resident, faith and community groups within Westminster, which includes schools and other establishments which care for Westminster residents (such as residential care homes). 

The closing date for the current round of applications is Friday 8th November. To find out more please click here. 

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Come Along To Our Silver Sunday Event On 6th October

Senior Soho residents and those from elsewhere in the West End and St James's are invited to a tea dance from 3-5pm on Sunday 6 October in recognition of Silver Sunday.

We will be delighted to offer tea, refreshments and music to dance to for those who will join us and we may have a few surprises on the day!

Organised by the Conservative Councillors from the West End and St James’ Wards, we are grateful to Zedel’s in Soho, who have provided the Crazy Coq’s, 20 Sherwood Street, W1, for the event.

If you would like to join us please register here or email Mark to let us know.

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Hold Crossrail To Public Account

Following local concerns about Crossrail, I have relaunched the Tottenham Court Road Community Liaison Panel.

This will be an opportunity for local residents to hold Crossrail to account.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, 10th September, at Oxford Circus House, 245 Oxford Street, and will start at 6.30pm.

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PopUp Business School in Westminster from 16th-27th September

The PopUp Business School is in Westminster from Monday 16th September to Friday 27th September, based at Churchill Gardens Residents' Hall.

To find out more about the support they offer for businesses please click here.

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Find Out About Your Local Police Team

You can find out about meetings and events being held by your local police team, as well as the locations of your nearest police stations, on the Met Police's website.

The website also allows you to voice your concerns to your local police team, and subscribe to receive updates from them.

To find out more visit the Met Police website here and enter your postcode or address, or click 'Use current location'.

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