Funds Secured to Begin Completion Works on Library

We are over the moon to announce that we’ve been granted £125,000 by the Garfield Weston Anniversary Fund to pay for the finishing works on the library. The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded charitable grant-making trust which supports a wide range of charitable activities across the UK. Established in 1958 by Willard Garfield Weston, the Foundation has donated over £960million, becoming one of the largest and most respected charitable institutions in the UK. In the last financial year the Foundation has donated over £62million. The Trustees are descendants of the founder and the Weston Family takes a highly active and hands-on approach. Over 1900 charities across the UK benefit each year from the Foundation’s grants.

We were chosen from over 2,200 applicants to the anniversary fund, which is completely amazing. Garfield Weston were particularly impressed by our level of proactivity and committment to supporting our local community.

The money will kick start the work that we’ve been dying to do for two years, ever since the building was completed. Now all we’re waiting for is a signed lease, which is in the hands of our landlords, Octavia Housing, and the lawyers. We had hoped to be in by Christmas, but it’s looking like work will start in the new year. But this is a real shot in the arm for the campaign. Thanks for sticking with it guys! Our community’s in it for the long haul!

If you want to be sure to hear about how we spend this money, make sure you head over to our mailing list and sign up. Monthly mailings always include a section on the library building.

We need your help today! Please spare 10 minutes of your time.

Brent Council are consulting residents on how to prioritise spending on Neighbourhood CIL funded projects. CIL funding comes when developers receive planning permission for some larger, new developments. When this happens, they’re required to make a payment to the council. This helps fund local infrastructure improvements. This payment is called Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Of this, between 15-25% of the funds has to be allocated by the Council as Neighbourhood CIL.

On the basis of feedback received from this consultation, the council will decide how to prioritise spending in our neighbourhood. The council could allocate funds to local community groups where it believes that these groups can deliver the projects themselves. We are a perfect example of this, and we believe the new Cricklewood Library community hub is the best possible use for these funds. You can access the consultation here:

When answering the consultation, you could say some of the following:

  • The library and Gladstone village have generated a lot of CIL money
  • Besides those of us already here and missing our old library, there will be a lot of new residents who will require access to amenities and the new library will be on their doorstep
  • There has been no investment in our neighbourhood in recent years
  • The nearest library is two bus rides away
  • A little investment would go a long way – it is a relatively inexpensive development, and will be sustainable in the long term

The library post-code is NW2 6UY, and our official name is Cricklewood Library. The deadline for completion is midnight on Thursday 30 March, so don’t delay!

Thanks so much for your help. Please spread the news too!

Vote for Us!

We’re very excited to announce that we have been nominated for an Aviva Community Fund award. 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

We got Paypal!

1Great news! You can now use Paypal to send us a donation in support of the Save Cricklewood Library Campaign!

It’s easy – just click on the Donate button on the Donate page and help us carry on the work of re-fitting and running the new library. No need for a Paypal account – you can pay by credit card.

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