Public Meeting – Fair Funding For All Schools

This event may be of interest to local parents and all those concerned by forthcoming cuts to the education budget.

Fair Funding for All Schools is holding a public meeting at All Saints School, Cricklewood Lane, on 29 March at 1830. All are welcome.

Speakers include Jo Yurkey, Founder, Fair Funding for all Schools
Andrew Baisley, NUT, expert behind schoolscuts.org.uk
Jacques Szemalikowski, Head Teacher, Hampstead School
Councillor Barry Rawlings, Leader Barnet Labour Group

https://www.channel4.com/news/schools-lose-out-from-new-funding-formula

Library Funding Falls

According to CILIP (the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals), investment in public libraries fell again in 2016.

The figures obtained from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) show that over the past year:

  • Total expenditure on library services in Great Britain fell by £25m, from £944m (2014/15) to £919m (2015/16)
  • The number of FTE paid library staff fell by 964, from 18,028 (2014/15) to 17,064 (2015/16)
  • 67 libraries closed, from 3,917 (2014/15) to 3,850 (2015/16)
  • Total visits dropped by 5.5%, from 265 million (2014/5) to 250 million (2015/16)

http://www.cilip.org.uk/news/spending-public-libraries-falls-cilip-calls-urgent-investment

Vote for Us!

We’re very excited to announce that we have been nominated for an Aviva Community Fund award. https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/16-926. If we get enough votes, our application will go to a panel of judges who will decide whether we win or not. If we’re successful, it could mean up to £25,000 worth of funding for the new library, which would go a long way towards providing shelving, seating, flooring, books and other necessities for your new community library.

Here’s the link: CLICK TO VOTE FOR US

It takes a minute or so to register and when you’re done, you get 10 votes – PLEASE give us all your votes! And once you’re doing voting, please share the link with family and friends. Only the projects with the most votes are considered. It will take a minute or two of your time, but it could mean the world to us.

Thanks and happy voting (and sharing!).

The Cricklewood Library Team

Olive Road Street Party on Sunday 5th June, 2016, 12-7pm

Olive Road Street Party
Sunday 5th June, 2016 – 12pm to 7pm
Location: Olive Road, NW2 6UT

Come and join our neighbourhood party on Sunday 5th June, 2016, from 12pm to 7pm. Get to know your neighbours while enjoying great live music, poetry, literature and film, dance sessions, street games, loads of kids activities and more! Do this all in the knowledge that you will be supporting our new Cricklewood Library that will be launching soon.

Our live music includes professional and local musicians Red Box, Rubber Banned, Pen Parker, Emiliano & Marta, Drum Circle by Love to Drum, Elisa Jeffery, Daniel Woods and Zimmy van Zandt playing a variety of styles from pop to folk to jazz, psychedelic and an Iranian bag pipe player! For those of you who want to seriously move your feet, our stage area will also host Zumba Maggie, Adele’s Dance School and Fit4less instructors. For those of you who want to move your mind, you will be able to hear from authors and storytellers, Orna Ross, Anoushka Beazley, Jean-Marc Pierson and Ely.

We are hosting a fantastic kids zone that will include craft activities and street games for children of all ages. For our children’s fancy dress competition, kids are asked to come to the party dressed as their favourite book or film character!

All you need to do is gather your family and friends, bring food and drinks and if you have them, bring garden/folding chairs. We will be supplying tables, cups and paper plates. No glass and no BBQs are allowed.

If you live on Olive Road between Sneyd/Agave and St Michael’s, please can move your car off the street by 10am on the day of the party.

We would like to thank our fantastic NW2 Residents’ Association and our very generous sponsors who are making the party possible:

We are going to have a great party!

Marco & Galya
(On behalf of the organising committee)

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