Unbelievably, it’s one week to go until the Blenheim Triathlon. Even more incredibly, we’re part of the biggest ever team at Blenheim – Kensal Tri – with an incredible 197 members. Between us, we’ve raise £55,744 for a range of good causes across Brent – including
Brent Centre for Young People, Gift Your Neighbour, 9Kitchens, The Lexi Cinema, Elders’ Voice, The Avenues Youth Project, Laurence’s Larder, and of course, Cricklewood Library. Collectively, the library fundraising team have reached nearly £4,500 – can you help us get to £5k? The link to sponsor some of these over-active people is here: https://bit.ly/2VgvyIL
We now have FOUR Super Sprint athletes for the Blenheim Triathlon.
The team page, explaining why we’re doing it is here.
and three relay entrants:
Sally Long 750m swim
Alan Carter 5k run
Lewis Foti, 20k cycle
We met up with Giles Deards, the Kensal Tri Team organiser, to collect our Tri Team T-Shirts and pose ridiculously for the cameras. Please support our efforts! We’re all doing things we’ve never done before to raise money for this library, and we could do with a cash boost!
Alan Carter writes:
The New Library is a Project with a long history which you can read about here : https://www.cricklewoodlibrary.org.uk/welcome/history/
The New Library is designed as a community hub with 2 activity rooms that can be hired out for any socially acceptable purpose. There are bookings already made for the activity rooms and the library space has mobile bookcases that can be rolled into a storage area so the main library hall is also available to be hired for other purposes.
The Active members of Friends of Cricklewood Library have been working for the last 10 years to get the new library open and their efforts have almost got the project finished. Sadly, due to a run of very bad luck and delays resulting from the Covid pandemic, they have now run out of money and needs help to cross the finishing line.
I have helped occasionally, in the past, at fund raising events for the new community library but a few months ago I volunteered to organise a team of other helpers to decorate the library and fit out the bookcases that had been donated by others.
All the rooms were bare plastered walls and ceilings without skirting boards and with broken plasterboard sills to doors and windows (don’t ask) .
Over 4 months of lockdown working socially isolated shifts a small group – mainly 3 pensioners – have decorated all the rooms, repaired the sills and fixed all the permanent bookcases in the library.
You can support the crowdfunder here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/help-kick-start-cricklewood-community-library-1
If you like your exercise to be sociable, why not get yourself down to our fundraising ceilidh at the Crown Hotel on Friday 13 April? We’ll be dancing to the rousing tunes of the Wraggle Taggle ceilidh band. They’re awesome – but don’t take our word for it! Here’s a review from their website:
“Everyone was dancing”
“Amazing!!! The band was superb. (16th September 2017 Saturday Granta, 14 Newnham Rd, Cambridge CB3 9EX) The songs were performed to the highest standard, and they were FUN. Our guests had an amazing time, and by the end, everyone was dancing. At one point, the band even called a miniature impromptu ceilidh dance: we don’t know who initiated this, but it was a fantastic read of the crowd, who adored it. Again, we received so many compliments on the band” Morgan & Scott Shepard 28th Sept 2017
You can check them out for real by buying a ticket here: http://buytickets.at/cricklewoodlibrary/153658. There’s a limited number of concession tickets available, so don’t be slow!
Time for another ceilidh (kay-lee) folks! Get your dancing shoes on, get your tickets (at buytickets.at/cricklewoodlibrary) and get down to the Clayton Crown to dance the night away to the fab Wraggle Taggle Ceilidh Band.
It’s upstairs in the Sala Suite, Clayton Crown Hotel, 152 Cricklewood Broadway, NW2 3ED.
Friday 13 April, from 8pm. Limited number of concessions available, so book fast!
See you there!
The Brent and Kilburn Times is out today, and we’re in it, talking about how various local businesses have really got behind our campaign and are rooting for us to reach our Spacehive fundraising goal by next Monday (25 September). If you know of a local business who could get involved and give us some cash, please talk to them, and put them in touch with us. We’re so close, but there’s still so much left to raise, in just over a week. We’d love to hear from any business that can offer us a leg-up to reach £114,000 by a week on Monday.