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In October 2017, we were granted £10,000 by the National Lottery Awards for All scheme to run a pilot programme of activities for the residents of Cricklewood. We had intended to run these events from our newly opened library, but since we still don’t have access to the building, we’re “camping out” in friendly organisations around Cricklewood and borders.

How to get in on the fun

Our activities are free! But we need you to sign up for them. Use the booking links below to choose and book your activities. Scroll down for a full calendar of events.

Toddler Rhyme Time

Starts Tuesday 12 June, 0930-1030 for six weeks St Gabriel’s Church Hall, corner of Anson and Chichele Roads

Come along and sing your favourite songs and action rhymes, meet new mums and enjoy a coffee afterwards. Suitable for 0-3 years. Free activity. Led by Julie Lyons, our librarian.

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Creative Art for Adults

Starts Tuesday 12 June, 1100-1300 for six weeks St Gabriel’s Church Hall, corner of Anson and Chichele Roads

Come and join a weekly creative drawing session with local artist Francine Lawrence. Express your creativity, experiment with different mediums and develop your drawing technique in a relaxed and supportive environment. Everyone is welcome – even if you haven’t done any drawing at all – or you might have done a little drawing and want a reminder of the basics. We’ll start in pencil and charcoal and then experiment with pastels. In a short time you’ll learn to capture a range of still-life objects, understand the fundamentals of proportion and light and shade, and begin to create creative and colourful artwork. All materials provided. Just bring an apron!

About Francine Lawrence

Francine trained as a graphic designer at art college, and has worked in publishing all her life – designing and editing several high profile UK magazines including Country Living. She now teaches journalism at City University but her idea of relaxation is to sit down in a cafe or a garden and just draw what she sees around her. She takes a small sketchbook wherever she goes and uses it like a diary to make visual notes almost every day and then make larger paintings in her studio. She loves teaching people to draw – especially the ones who think they can’t.

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Sculpture for Young People (11-14)

Starts Wednesday 27 June, 1800-2000 for six weeks
Venue: 20th Willesden Scout Hut, next to Anson Primary School, Anson Road Suitable for ages 10-14

A chance to work outside creating sculptures from natural materials: wood, willow, bamboo and cane. Learning skills and techniques: sawing, drilling, carving, shaping and joining in different ways. Exploring creative approaches to constructing totems and collaborative abstract sculptures to be displayed locally. We will be working outside (under cover), so please wear appropriate clothing such as sturdy shoes and old clothes / jeans.  Bring works gloves and of course sun hats! Basic refreshments provided.

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About Alistair

Alistair Lambert is a sculptor who often works with wood. Locally known for the timber sculptures on Cricklewood Millennium Green, the big red lettering outside the station and his popular creative stalls at the Cricklewood Festival. Alistair runs practical creative workshops with all ages and abilities in schools and with community groups as well as working to commission and showing his own work. This is a great opportunity to work alongside an artist, to use your hands and eyes to see what you can do in a pleasant local green space. No experience necessary!

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Beginner and Improver Yoga

Starts Thursday 14 June, 1000-1100

St Catherine’s Church, Neasden, NW10 1QB

Join Susie Blackie for six weeks of beginner and improver yoga classes for the community once a week in the Church Hall. Some mats are provided but if you have your own, please bring it, its nicer to have your own. Wear relaxed, light clothing to explore traditional yoga classes in a friendly environment, building strength and stamina and perhaps seeing the world in a slightly different way. These classes aim to balance the mind and body with the exploration of physical postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama) and the calming of the mind through relaxation.

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Walk to Run (women only)

Starts Tuesday 10 July for six weeks

Meet outside Cricklewood Library at 152 Olive Road at 8am

Leader: Sofia Ali

Have you always wanted to run but felt that you couldn’t? Have you watched everyone on Saturday run around Gladstone Park and wondered what it would be like to do that? Would you like to get fit, make friends and do something amazing for free? If so, why not join our Walk to Run 6 week course. We will meet once a week and start with some gentle stretching and a walk around the park gradually moving to jogging with the aim of developing your confidence to join Parkrun on Saturday or just to enjoy the joy of running. Sessions will be once a week meeting outside Cricklewood Library.

About Sofia Ali
Session leader Sofia Ali started running ten years ago and has found that running is wonderful for maintaining health and fitness, clearing the mind and dealing with stress. Through running Sofia has met a wonderful group of people who enjoy being outdoors and who want to challenge themselves to be the best they can be. Starting as a total novice to running, Sofia runs three times a week and regularly enters races for the joy of running through a finish line and thinking: “I’ve got this!’. There is no smile wider.

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Walk to Run (mixed group)

Starts Tuesday 12 June, 7pm

Meet outside Cricklewood Library at 152 Olive Road

Course Leader: Joe Keating

At 69 years old, I’m well past my peak as a runner but still get a kick out of trying as hard as I can in the weekly run. For this, I’m very grateful to parkrun for giving me the chance to engage with the sport again after years away. Currently, my tally for the 5km runs stands at 229 with exactly 100 sessions as a volunteer. Giving time freely is a vital part of parkrun. As a ‘no fees’ movement, each run relies on having sufficient bodies to time and register the runners as well as marshalling the course. One important aspect is the inclusive nature of parkrun. I’ve accompanied one of my granddaughters around the course when she was six years old. Every week we have people running with their dogs or pushing buggies. A particular feature at Gladstone is that we regularly have three vision-impaired runners who run with sighted guides. I train twice a week with one of them, Malachy, who lives in Olive Road. Suffice it to say that I was nearly as pleased as he was when he ran a personal best last weekend. For me, parkrun is a very sociable affair. It’s not so easy to meet new people and make friends once you’ve retired but I’ve made so many positive contacts as a result of these Saturday runs.

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Cricklewood Tales: An informal oral history

Start date Tuesday 12 June, 7.00pm
Ashford Place, Ashford Road, London NW3

Course Leader: Susan Feldman

About Susan Feldman

Susan studied Social Anthropology, worked in film and in print journalism/newspapers for many years. She has also trained as a potter. A course at UCL cemented her interest in oral history.

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Interactive Stories for Children and Families

Start date tbc

Venues tbc

Leader: Tyan Archer Indoor Interactive storytime treats! Come along and listen to your favourite stories come to life. All children are required to get involved in the action. Suitable for 3-8 year olds!

St Catherine’s Church, Neasden 12-1pm

Monday 23rd July: We’re Going On A Bear Hunt. Bring your bear along!
Monday 30th July: The Rainbow Fish
Monday 6th August: The Hungry Caterpillar
Monday 13th August: A Squash and a Squeeze

Gladstone Park (meet by the Cricklewood Library entrance. Please bring along empty toilet/kitchen rolls for recycling activity) 12-1:30pm
Friday 27th July: i-spy nature bingo
Friday 3rd August: Bird Watching
Friday 10th August: i-spy nature bingo
Friday 17th August: Bird Watching
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Drawn Stories

More information to follow – starts September 2018 Course leader: Andrea Morreau

  • Toddler Rhyme Time

    12 June 2018  09:30 - 10:30
    St Gabriel's Church Hall, Chichele Road London NW2 3AQ

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  • Creative Art for Adults with Francine Lawrence

    12 June 2018  11:00 - 13:00
    St Gabriel's Church Hall, London

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  • Walk to Run with Joe Keating (mixed group)

    12 June 2018  19:00 - 20:00
    meet outside Cricklewood Library at 152 Olive Road

    For men and women

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  • Susie Shanti Yoga

    14 June 2018  10:00 - 11:00
    St Catherine’s Church, Neasden Ln, London NW10 1QB, UK

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  • Toddler Rhyme Time

    19 June 2018  09:30 - 10:30
    St Gabriel's Church Hall, Chichele Road London NW2 3AQ

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  • Creative Art for Adults with Francine Lawrence

    19 June 2018  11:00 - 13:00
    St Gabriel's Church Hall, London

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  • Walk to Run with Joe Keating (mixed group)

    19 June 2018  19:00 - 20:00
    meet outside Cricklewood Library at 152 Olive Road

    For men and women

    See more details

  • Susie Shanti Yoga

    21 June 2018  10:00 - 11:00
    St Catherine’s Church, Neasden Ln, London NW10 1QB, UK

    See more details

  • Toddler Rhyme Time

    26 June 2018  09:30 - 10:30
    St Gabriel's Church Hall, Chichele Road London NW2 3AQ

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  • Creative Art for Adults with Francine Lawrence

    26 June 2018  11:00 - 13:00
    St Gabriel's Church Hall, London

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  • Walk to Run with Joe Keating (mixed group)

    26 June 2018  19:00 - 20:00
    meet outside Cricklewood Library at 152 Olive Road

    For men and women

    See more details

  • Sculpture for Young People (Key Stage 3 10-16)

    27 June 2018  18:00 - 20:00
    20th Willesden Scouts, 81 Anson Rd, London NW2 4AB, UK

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  • Susie Shanti Yoga

    28 June 2018  10:00 - 11:00
    St Catherine’s Church, Neasden Ln, London NW10 1QB, UK

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  • Toddler Rhyme Time

    3 July 2018  09:30 - 10:30
    St Gabriel's Church Hall, Chichele Road London NW2 3AQ

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  • Creative Art for Adults with Francine Lawrence

    3 July 2018  11:00 - 13:00
    St Gabriel's Church Hall, London

    See more details

  • Walk to Run with Joe Keating (mixed group)

    3 July 2018  19:00 - 20:00
    meet outside Cricklewood Library at 152 Olive Road

    For men and women

    See more details

  • Sculpture for Young People (Key Stage 3 10-16)

    4 July 2018  18:00 - 20:00
    20th Willesden Scouts, 81 Anson Rd, London NW2 4AB, UK

    See more details

  • Susie Shanti Yoga

    5 July 2018  10:00 - 11:00
    St Catherine’s Church, Neasden Ln, London NW10 1QB, UK

    See more details

  • Toddler Rhyme Time

    10 July 2018  09:30 - 10:30
    St Gabriel's Church Hall, Chichele Road London NW2 3AQ

    See more details

  • Walk to Run with Joe Keating (mixed group)

    10 July 2018  19:00 - 20:00
    meet outside Cricklewood Library at 152 Olive Road

    For men and women

    See more details

  • Sculpture for Young People (Key Stage 3 10-16)

    11 July 2018  18:00 - 20:00
    20th Willesden Scouts, 81 Anson Rd, London NW2 4AB, UK

    See more details

  • Susie Shanti Yoga

    12 July 2018  10:00 - 11:00
    St Catherine’s Church, Neasden Ln, London NW10 1QB, UK

    See more details

  • Toddler Rhyme Time

    17 July 2018  09:30 - 10:30
    St Gabriel's Church Hall, Chichele Road London NW2 3AQ

    See more details

  • Walk to Run with Joe Keating (mixed group)

    17 July 2018  19:00 - 20:00
    meet outside Cricklewood Library at 152 Olive Road

    For men and women

    See more details

  • Sculpture for Young People (Key Stage 3 10-16)

    18 July 2018  18:00 - 20:00
    20th Willesden Scouts, 81 Anson Rd, London NW2 4AB, UK

    See more details

  • Susie Shanti Yoga

    19 July 2018  10:00 - 11:00
    St Catherine’s Church, Neasden Ln, London NW10 1QB, UK

    See more details

  • Walk to Run with Joe Keating (mixed group)

    24 July 2018  19:00 - 20:00
    meet outside Cricklewood Library at 152 Olive Road

    For men and women

    See more details

  • Sculpture for Young People (Key Stage 3 10-16)

    25 July 2018  18:00 - 20:00
    20th Willesden Scouts, 81 Anson Rd, London NW2 4AB, UK

    See more details

  • Walk to Run with Joe Keating (mixed group)

    31 July 2018  19:00 - 20:00
    meet outside Cricklewood Library at 152 Olive Road

    For men and women

    See more details

  • Sculpture for Young People (Key Stage 3 10-16)

    1 August 2018  18:00 - 20:00
    20th Willesden Scouts, 81 Anson Rd, London NW2 4AB, UK

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  • Walk to Run with Joe Keating (mixed group)

    7 August 2018  19:00 - 20:00
    meet outside Cricklewood Library at 152 Olive Road

    For men and women

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  • Walk to Run with Joe Keating (mixed group)

    14 August 2018  19:00 - 20:00
    meet outside Cricklewood Library at 152 Olive Road

    For men and women

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  • Walk to Run with Joe Keating (mixed group)

    21 August 2018  19:00 - 20:00
    meet outside Cricklewood Library at 152 Olive Road

    For men and women

    See more details

  • Walk to Run with Joe Keating (mixed group)

    28 August 2018  19:00 - 20:00
    meet outside Cricklewood Library at 152 Olive Road

    For men and women

    See more details

Map of Venues

The library is at 152 Olive Road, opposite the entrance to Gladstone Park. Meet here for Walk to Run with Joe Keating, Tuesday evenings at 7pm, or Walk to Run with Sofia Ali (women only), Tuesday mornings at 8am.

St Catherine’s is the massive church on Neasden roundabout. It’s easy to find, and there’s parking on Dollis Hill Lane (except on match days) when the yoga is on.

Be aware – we’re using the church itself and not the Church Hall. The lovely high vaulted ceiling makes yoga even more of an experience.

Ashford Place (formerly Cricklewood Homeless Concern) is at 60 Ashford Road. For the Cricklewood Tales class, we’ll be using the night time entrance, to the right of the main entrance. You should ring the bell to let the receptionist know you’ve arrived, then come up to the 3rd floor meeting room. The view’s worth the climb!

Toddler Rhyme Time and Art for Adults are both in St Gabriel’s Church Hall (not the church itself). The Church Hall is on the corner of Chichele Road and Anson Road, right where the crossing is. You can’t miss it.