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.
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.Book place
Walk to Run (women only)
From Tuesday 10 July to 25 September
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.
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.Start Running
Interactive Stories for Children and Families
Venues: Monday – St Catherine’s Neasden Lane, Friday – Gladstone Park – meet outside the library at the start time
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
Drawing on our Stories
Starts Tuesday 11 September at St Catherine’s, Neasden. Time 1330-1500.
In this 6 week workshop series you’ll enjoy combining drawing and writing to get an insight into illustration and creative writing. These playful, fun sessions will explore the relationship between words and pictures and how each can inspire and enrich the other. Unleash your creative potential and surprise yourself with what you can achieve.
No previous writing or drawing experience necessary, and all materials provided.
Andrea Morreau Is an artist, illustrator and art educatorBook Place
Short Story Workshop
Start date: 14 September
Finish date: 19 October
Venue: St Gabriel’s Church Hall, corner of Chichele Road and Anson Rd.
Do you have a story which you are burning to tell? Whether you have a mapped out idea or a whisper of inspiration join local writer Michelle Inniss during six weeks of short story workshops where you can explore how short stories are written and give it a go. Discover your voice as you delve into characterisation, plot, place and premise through looking at short stories, creative writing exercises and of course producing your own short story.
Michelle Inniss is a playwright and short story writer. In 2014 she co-founded Pitch Lake Productions and is the Artistic Director and resident playwright. Her debut play She Called Me Mother toured nationally in 2015 and 2017 with Tara Arts for Black Theatre Live.
She studied Creative Writing with author Jacob Ross from 2005-2010. She also studied an MA in Creative Writing at Brunel University in 2015. Her short story Whatever Lola Wants, has been published in an anthology of short stories entitled Closure, by Peepal Tree Press in 2015.
Michelle’s prizes include: Longlisted for the Alfred Fagon Best Play of the Year Award 2016. She Called Me Mother was also nominated for the Alfred Fagon Audience Award 2016. Longlisted for Angle at the Bush Theatre 2012. Shortlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize 2009/10. Decibel Penguin Runners-up Prize 2006.
Michelle is also a co-producer with Circles Productions of ‘The Arts Night’ in Kilburn since 2017, a tri-monthly event which celebrates local talent in NW London.Book Place
Start date: 15 September
Finish date: 22 September
Venue: St Gabriel’s Church Hall, Corner of Chichele Road and Anson Road.
Come and discover the magic of the Photography. Watch everyday objects become magical.
Make your own Camera Obscura and learn the mechanism of the camera.
Create beautiful images layering Kaleidoscope, Drawing and Cyanotype (a sun print technique – weather permitting!)
Bring along a small object and transform it in to something special.
The workshop is suitable for all ages.
Sayako Sugawara is a London based artist working with photographic processes, moving image and installation.
Previous workshops and courses at Photofusion, Camden Arts Centre and the British Library.Book place
Nothing from 13 December 2019 to 12 March 2020.
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.