HCRA street party brings neighbours together

Residents of all ages enjoyed HCRA’s street party to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The event in Rosslyn Crescent on Sunday, 5th June, saw neighbours share food and take part in games and activities.

The road was closed for the occasion – with the permission of Harrow Council – with cars making way for marquees, tables and chairs.

Children enjoyed face-painting, arts and crafts and drawing on the pavements with chalk.

The event was attended by officers from Greenhill Safer Neighbourhood Team, local councillors and past mayor Ghazanfar Ali.

Games included several hard-fought rounds of musical chairs and a competition to make a royal outfit out of sellotape and brown paper.

Residents made or decorated cakes “fit for a Queen” and brought delicious home-made savoury and sweet dishes.

Heavy rain had been forecast but thankfully it stayed dry.

HCRA chair Brett Lake-Benson said the party had been a big success.

‘This was community spirit in action,’ he said. ‘I want to thank everyone who helped organise the event, who came along and supported it and helped clear away afterwards.

‘It was fantastic to meet new people and see children riding their bikes and scooters up and down the road. We hope to organise more events in the future.’

HCRA street party – what to expect

HCRA residents are getting ready for our Jubilee street party on Sunday, 5th of June. This is what is happening:

What time is the street party? We have permission to close a section of Rosslyn Crescent from 10am to 7pm. The party itself starts at 12.30pm and finishes at 5.30pm.

Do I have to move my car? If you live in numbers 6-38 or 39-79 please move your car out of the party zone the night before or before 10am on the 5th.

Who is invited? Everyone who lives in Rosslyn Crescent, Frognal Avenue and Woodlands Road plus friends and family.

What should we bring? Bring a table and chairs to help create a giant lunch table, if you can. Residents are also encouraged to bring food to share. If you have food allergies or special dietary requirements please bring food you can eat.

Can we light a BBQ? If you live in Rosslyn then why not have a BBQ in your front garden? BBQs should not be set up on the pavement or in the road.

How do I enter the cake competition? The cake competition is open to children and adults. There are no rules – all you have to do is bake (or simply decorate) a “Cake fit for a Queen” to be in with the chance of winning a £25 shopping voucher.

Will there be activities for children? Activities for children will include face-painting, a royal treasure hunt, pavement drawing and craft activities.

What happens if it rains? The street party will go ahead no matter the weather. We will be setting up a marquee so there will be some shelter from the elements.

Can you bake a cake fit for a Queen?

Residents have the chance to show off their baking skills in a competition to make a cake “fit for a Queen”.

The competition is one of the activities taking place at the HCRA Jubilee Street Party in Rosslyn Crescent on Sunday, June 5.

Would-be Mary Berrys are being asked to bake – or decorate – a cake to be in with the chance of winning a £25 shopping voucher.

There are no rules – only that the cake must be “fit for a Queen”. Any type of cake is acceptable, including cupcakes and tray bakes.

The competition is open to bakers of all ages and will be judged by HCRA chair Brett Lake-Benson.

The street party – from 12.30pm to 5.30pm – will also feature activities for children including face-painting and craft activities.

If you would like to get involved then please email chair@hcra.org.uk.

We are looking for local musicians and DJ interested in providing some entertainment on the day. If you can help, please get in touch.

HCRA to host Jubilee street party in Rosslyn Crescent

Harrow Civic Residents Association is planning a street party to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The event is set to take place in Rosslyn Crescent on Sunday, June 5 and will involve part of the road being closed.

HCRA held similar events in Frognal Avenue and Woodlands Road to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016 and Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

This will be the first street party to be staged by the association in Rosslyn Crescent.

Details of the event are still be finalised but residents will be encouraged to bring and share food for a community lunch. There will also be activities and games for children.

Anyone who would like to get involved or has any suggestions can email chair@hcra.org.uk

Watch this space for more details!

HCRA volunteers shift tonnes of junk

A team of residents helped clean up our neighbourhood by shifting truckloads of junk at HCRA’s Dump Run.

The event on Saturday, 23 April, saw volunteers clear mounds of fly-tipping and dispose of many unwanted items from people’s homes.

This included moving piles of rubbish that had been illegally dumped in the passage that runs between Rosslyn Crescent and Woodlands Road.

The event was supported by Harrow Council who supplied equipment and provided access to the dump.

HCRA hired a truck and borrowed a van from local businessman Paolo Arrigo who runs Franchi Seeds based at the Phoenix Business Centre in Rosslyn Crescent.

Residents provided refreshments to the volunteers who also picked up litter and cleared weeds.

The popular event is usually held every year but was put on hold due to Covid, which meant rubbish had mounted up.

The team continued working on Sunday to get rid of it all.

HCRA chair Brett Lake-Benson said: “The Dump Run was a real team effort and everyone worked really hard.

“A big thanks to everyone who took part, gave donations and supported the event.”

The next HCRA community event will be a street party in Rosslyn Crescent on Sunday, June 5, to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.





HCRA is once again offering residents the chance to get rid of unwanted junk with the return of its popular “dump run” event.

A team of volunteers will be collecting rubbish and ferrying it to the dump on Saturday, April 23.

The event, which is supported by Harrow Council, is a chance to have a good old clearout and dispose of bulky items that can be hard to get rid of if you don’t have your own transport.

The service is free although we will be collecting donations towards the hire of a tipper truck as well as annual subscriptions to HCRA, which cost just £3 per household per year.

Residents who wish to get rid of any junk are asked to leave it outside their properties – but NOT on the pavement – the night before the event or first thing in the morning.

We will be collecting rubbish between 9.30am and 3pm.

Please label items to be dumped and ensure any items you DON’T want us to take are also clearly labelled.

We are keen to recruit people to help out on the day, even just for a short time. If you are able to join in then the team will be meeting at 9am in Woodlands Road.

We cannot take commercial waste, rubble, car tyres, batteries, oil or hazardous materials.

If you have a particularly large or awkward item you want to dispose of then please call or message Sonia Moore in advance on 07516 402025 to see if we can help.

Residents invited to switch-on of new festive lights

Residents are invited to attend the switch-on of new festive lights in Wealdstone high street on Wednesday, December 8.

The event will be held at Wealdstone Square, High Street, Wealdstone, from 5.00pm with the big switch-on timed for 5.30pm.

Mayor of Harrow – and Greenhill ward councillor – Ghazanfar Ali will be pressing the button. The event will also featuring dancing and drumming.

Walk-in Covid jabs available at Civic Centre this weekend

Residents can get Covid vaccinations and boosters at the Civic Centre this weekend – without having to make an appointment.

The walk-in service is open from 9am to 6pm on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th of November.

People can either get their booster jabs or their first or second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The pop-up service is open to those who are 12 and over and have not yet had their first or second dose. Or those who are 40 and over and have not had their booster jab.

Those seeking a second dose must ensure it is 8 weeks or more since their first jab.

Anyone wishing to get a booster must be 40 or over and it needs to be 5 months or more since their second dose.

All vaccines on offer at the centre are Pfizer.

People can just turn up with no need to make an appointment. Parking is free.

Greenhill residents urged to get Covid vaccine

Residents are being urged to get vaccinated after it emerged take-up of the Covid-19 jab in some parts of Greenhill ward was low.

Harrow Council is calling on all residents living in our three roads to get their first and second doses of the vaccine in order to protect themselves, family and friends from severe infection.

Vaccination is free and you don’t have to be registered with a GP.

Those aged 16 or 17 can walk in to any vaccination site. The nearest vaccination centre to HCRA’s three roads is at Byron Hall in Christchurch Avenue.

Those aged 18 and over can walk in or book their vaccination online via the NHS website.

All vaccines on offer are Pfizer.

Children aged 12 to 15 will be offered a single dose vaccine through their school.

Meanwhile some people – including those who are older or have an existing health condition – will be invited to get a booster jab this winter.

The council said it was important for those who have got their first job to get their second dose to ensure the best protection from Covid.

“Millions of people have been safely vaccinated with no or minor side effects, such as sore arm, headache or tiredness,” said a council spokeswoman.

“It is also safe if you are pregnant and does not affect your fertility. The Covid vaccine has been rigorously trialled on people from all backgrounds.”

More information on vaccination in Harrow is available via the council’s website.


New sponsorship scheme for street trees

Residents are being invited to sponsor trees in local streets as part of a scheme supported by Harrow Council.

Under the Harrow – Sponsor a Street Tree scheme, families can pay for a tree to be planted near their home.

Residents can choose where the tree will be planted – as long as the location is suitable – and will be encouraged to look after their tree.

The cost of sponsoring a tree is £195 if you take on the job of watering it.

Or you can make a sponsorship donation of £295, which means Harrow Council will water the tree.

The sponsorship package includes a 3-4 metre staked tree with a wire mesh tree protector.