Sun and fun at #MyWestminster Day
Held on possibly one of the hottest days of the year thus far, the second #MyWestminster Day held in leafy Paddington Recreation Grounds on 1 July was abuzz with activities great and small from start to finish. From bungee-jumping to bicycle repairs, from dancing displays to lessons in juggling, at least 3,000 local people enjoyed a sun-filled day out packed with free entertainment, food and activities, all chosen to showcase Westminster’s many diverse neighbourhoods.
Cllr David Harvey, Deputy Leader of Westminster City Council, said: “It was wonderful to see so many people from all across Westminster and from such a wide range of community organisations in attendance. It was great to have so many conversations with so many different people.”
Lena Choudary-Salter, CEO of Mosaic Community Trust, whose charity offered free head massages, said: “The event was a huge success. The spirit of #MyWestminster was well demonstrated – the event brought diverse communities together as Westminster residents rather than separate ethnic groups.”
Staffed mainly by our volunteering team, One Westminster’s stand concentrated on signing up new volunteers and also ran a highly popular T-shirt painting activity for the under 10s. By the end of the day some 50 T-shirts had been painted – and remarkably we still had some paint left! Volunteer Manager Nigel Barber said: "It was fantastic for One Westminster to be part of such a great community day in Westminster. We talked to more than 70 Westminster residents about volunteering and other aspects of services we provide at OW."