At the end of June as part of InTransit Festival (17th June – 26th June) we will be hosting tea on the Green and running a series of workshops asking people what improvements to the public realm they would like to see on the Green and the surrounding Portobello area. The workshops are informal and designed to provide people with opportunities to draw, write or design their view of what could be realised on the Green and the surrounding area.
Westway Trust welcomed volunteer gardeners to Maxilla Gardens to dig three brand new flower beds on the open space off St Marks Road.
About twenty volunteers from the Institute of Languages and Culture at Regent’s University London spent the day digging the soil and planting the beds as part of the Westway Trust gardening team’s corporate volunteering programme.
A free exhibition celebrating the history of the Maxilla Nursery Centre will be open at The Tabernacle on Portobello Road from 10th to 15th May. Former parents of children who attended Maxilla Children’s Centre have been trained in oral history interviewing techniques and have been conducting interviews with the founders and former children, parents and staff as well as the wider community to capture their memories of Maxilla and to build a picture of its history and what it has meant to so many people in the community.
Westway Trust is delighted to welcome Sheraine Williams to its board of trustees. Sheraine lives in the shadow of the Westway and has long been an active member of the community. She is a full-time mother and takes an regular role in local life. She has been involved in the design and management of many community projects as well as in equality and diversity issues and local consultations.
Apprentices, employers and supporters joined together at the Electric Cinema on Portobello Road to celebrate the first year of the local Creative Employment Programme led by Westway Trust. The event, on Thursday 14th April, was a chance to congratulate the apprentices and thank the organisations who were involved.
Residents living near the Westway flyover as well as creative locals and business owners came together to start the design process for new spaces on Thorpe Close, the road under the Westway which connects Ladbroke Grove and Portobello Road.
Over fifty people took part in the sessions organised by Westway Trust and run by Studio TILT the London-based design studio which has built an international reputation on its dedication to working directly with the eventual users of spaces in the design process.
Westway Trust has resolved to develop a new and improved Community Riding Centre at the western end of the estate, significantly redeveloping and refurbishing the current site and creating a new arena adjacent to it.
Based on the independent reviews carried out into horse riding at Westway, the Board’s vision for a new Community Riding Centre is that it will: