Welcome to The Pimlico Million April Newsletter. We are excited to share our news about the Ebury Bridge Estate Residents’ Association, Peabody Avenue & Close Gardening Club, local classes and workshops, SouthWestFest and grants we have given out to support events and projects in the local community.

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The Pimlico Million area is located in south Westminster. The area is bordered to the north by Sutherland and Lupus Streets,the south by the River Thames and to the west and east by Ebury Bridge Road and Claverton Street. The railway line runs through the middle of the area.


March 2018 saw The Pimlico Million award another round of grants to groups and projects in the local community. The money will support events and initiatives that benefit a diverse range of local people from young to old. In this round we have funded the local Scouts Association, guitar lessons, a concert involving local youngsters, cooking classes, a coach trip for sporting activities, the ever-popular SouthWestFest, a photography club, a local radio station and events that will help bring people together in the local area. There will be more opportunities for local people with great ideas to bid for funding later in the year. So if you have a burning desire to run an event or project that would benefit local people but you need a bit of financial support to get it started, look out for news about our grants application process. Follow us on Twitter – @pimlico_million Facebook on/ Website –



The Pimlico Million are proud to support the work of SouthWestFest, which is a local community and cultural festival for the people of South Westminster. This year the festival will feature events between the 29th of June and the 21st of July. The festival launches with a free Proms in the Park on the 29th of June, followed by a free community Parade and Festival day at St Georges Square on the 30th of June between 12pm – 6pm, you can expect live performances, circus performances, activities for all ages including a Rock Climbing Wall, Healthzone, Workshops Zone plus stalls, great food, fun fair rides and more.

On the 1st of July the festival will be celebrating My Westminster Day with Tate Britain and Art Collective Shambush! Offering an afternoon of creative workshops in the Clore Studio. From the 2nd of July to the 21st of July there will be an incredible programme of free and low cost events with local organisations and activities at venues all over South Westminster, so keep an eye out for the full festival programme which will be launched at the beginning of May and posted on the Festival website the festival finale will be on the 21st of July with a Block Party daytime event for young people (celebrating the start of the school holidays!) produced in conjunction with The Pimlico Million.


SouthWestFest is a charity and all festival events are led by festival trustees and volunteers who live and work locally. There are lots of ways to get involved in the festival, from taking part in our street team promoting the festival, to coming along to live events and helping out or joining our steering group in the planning and producing of the event. They welcome all volunteers, so if helping organise an amazing community and cultural event is something that interests you get in touch with the SouthWestFest team by emailing and they will tell you more about how to get involved and take part.


By Peabody Avenue & Close resident and The Pimlico Million Partner Brendan Parker

Big News!  The Peabody Avenue and Close Garden Club will meet every other Tuesday, starting on 24 April, at 6:30 PM in the Thamesbank Centre.  Additional activities are planned for weekends, a calendar will be posted with more details. Please check the club’s Facebook page for news and updates.

There are lots of projects in the works, such as a prairie garden, a vegetable garden, and a houseplant surgery.  The club also plans to coordinate activities with other groups in Pimlico. These will be geared towards gardening enthusiasts of all ages.  

We want to thank the Pimlico Million and Westminster Council for their continued support.



The Pimlico Million’s Administrator Neil March explains how you can be involved.

The Minister for Civil Society Tracey Crouch MP has launched the government’s Civil Society Strategy, kicking off with a wide-ranging engagement exercise. The Pimlico Million is one of the stakeholders who will have the opportunity to feed directly into that process.

In my other role as Policy & Research Manager for the Small Charities Coalition I have been in almost daily contact with the Minister’s team in the Office of Civil Society. I have arranged to take them to meet representatives from small charities in workshops I have set up so they can hear the issues people face day to day.

I have also made sure they are aware that the Pimlico Million has an equally  important voice that needs to be heard in this debate. We will be submitting our views to this first round of consultations before the deadline in mid-May 2018.

That’s why we want to hear from people involved in social projects and community activities in the Pimlico Million area. It is your experiences, your feelings about what could be done to make things better and how government can help that are important. So if you have ideas you think should influence the Civil Society strategy, email us using the address This is your chance to tell the government what they should be doing to support, empower and enrich our communities.


By Ebury Resident and The Pimlico Million Partner – Sheila Martin

As of 21 March 2018 the Ebury Bridge Estate Residents Association was formally recognised by CityWest Homes. The Residents’ Association is very grateful to CityWest Homes and to David Larkin in particular for his support and guidance.

Setting up the Residents’ Association has taken a lot of hard work by the Ebury Bridge Estate residents. We achieved this by engaging with our community and successfully organising a fun day last summer as part of the publicity. We could not have done this without help from outside community groups who assisted with publicity, funding, advice and support.

Popular activities on offer during the well-attended fun day included Safari Pete and his Exotic Animals, African Drumming workshops, Pot-a-plant to take home, Afternoon tea for the over 50s and Face painting. The fun day really brought local residents together in a time of uncertainty.

We have made a good start and with the continued support of the Ebury Bridge `Estate Residents, the regeneration team, and the wider community. We hope to build a strong and active community on the Estate which will last far into in the future.


Free Sewing Course for Women organised by London Asian Welfare Services and funded by The Pimlico Million. Learn basic sewing techniques, alterations, patterns and cutting. 5-week course.

Every Tuesday between the 17th of April and the 15th Of May, 10.30am – 12.30pm at Dryburgh House, London, SW1V 4 4ET. For more information or to book call or text Roxy on: 0748 317 2128 Email:


Join London Asian Welfare Services for a Free Cook and Eat workshop course. Meet a motivational and supportive group and cook a healthy meal together. A healthy diet can help you lose weight & lower your cholesterol, blood pressure or triglycerides.

5-week course, every Tuesday from the 17th of April until the 15th of May. Between 12.30pm – 14.30pm at Cherry Court Hotel – 23 Hugh St, Pimlico, London SW1V 1QJ

Irresistible, recipes full of flavour, nutrition basics and portion sizes and cook healthy meals on a budget. These workshops are being organised by London Asian Welfare Services and funded by The Pimlico Million. For more information or to book call Roxy on 07483172128 Email:



By Churchill Gardens Estate Resident and The Pimlico Million Partner Jo Hines

Reading Round – a reading group with a difference. No pens, no paper, no homework – just a chance to hear and discuss stories and poems. We meet every Wednesday evening at St Gabriel’s Hall. Call Jo Hines 07947 019690 to find out more.


The Pimlico Million will be hosting a day course – Safeguarding Children and Young People – suitable for those who come into contact with children as part of their working role, including voluntary work and those who work with children on a daily basis such as teachers, dental staff, nursery nurses, child-minders, foster carers, teaching assistants and administration staff.

We are also offering a Level 2 National Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace course and qualification designed to provide learners with the knowledge to identify workplace hazards and contribute to the positive health and safety culture within the workplace. The qualification contains subjects which are essential in maintaining a safe working environment.

The Safeguarding Children and Young People course will take place at The Thamesbank Centre, on the 12th of May from 10.00 am – 17.00 pm and the Health and safety in the Work Place course will be on the 28th of May from 09.00 am. If you would like a free place on either of these two courses email we have limited places available. Keep an eye out on our website for news about new courses available through out this year