Poster – Updated

Hi all. Thanks again to the lovely Francine for making us a striking poster. This one is updated with our latest news – we have a pledge from the Mayor of London, taking us halfway to our target. We have 36 days left to raise the remaining money.

Please help us by sharing this post as widely as possible. If you can help us DELIVER these leaflets, we could do with your help. Please email us with your availability. I can deliver leaflets to your door and you can do the streets around where you live.

BUSINESSES – we need you! Can you put a poster in your window to show you support us? Or take some leaflets for your counter? Download A3 poster in pdf form Crick Lib text poster V15.

We’re open to any offers.

Big love.


Fundraising Council of War

The Trustees of Friends of Cricklewood Library met for a council of war on Thursday to thrash out plans to raise the remaining £53,421 to reach our target of £114,908 by 25 September. We have reached 52% of our target, with 213 backers for our project, but with only 46 days to go to raise the remaining amount, it’s all hands on decks.

We are so close to reaching our target and having our library back – can you help make it happen? Email us if you can.

Another Successful Fundraising Venture!

Our librarian, Steven Cary, took himself off to the Preston Road Library Table Day today, and sold off some pre-loved items in favour of the library. He made over £150! Here he is on the day, and with his well-earned cash.

Could you run a similar yard sale and give us (some of) the profits? All fundraising ideas welcome to help us reach our ambitious but achievable target.

Mayor of London Pledges £40k to our Crowdfunding Campaign

The Trustees were at City Hall tonight to receive a pledge from the Mayor of London for our Crowdfunding Campaign. Campaign Chair Sally Long did an amazing and very persuasive pitch. There were 78 projects from all over London, and there was some pretty tough competition from some fantastic, inspiring projects. We’re very proud to say that we were awarded £40,000, the largest pledge made on the evening and we are very grateful for the Mayor’s confidence in our campaign and in our plans.

This takes us almost halfway there to our target of £118,000, together with your generous individual pledges. This really puts the pressure on now – if we don’t reach the total, we don’t get any of the money. Not one single penny. And we only have until 25 September to do this! PLEASE help us get there. Share our Spacehive page link with as many people as you can, and really encourage people to give whatever they can. It’s all or nothing!

Music Recital by Sonja Nerdrum and Mark Packwood – Fundraiser

We’re very pleased to announce that our own Sonja Nerdrum, who runs the pop-up library at Willesden Green, will be performing at a fundraising concert for the library on 14 June. She will be performing works by Quilter, Thiman, Strauss, Grieg and Satie, and will be accompanied by pianist Mark Packwood.

About the Artists

Sonja Nerdrum began her singing career as a mezzo and later retrained as a soprano.

Her roles have included Rosina; Mirtillo (title role Il Pastor Fido); Dorabella; Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro); La Baronne (La vie Parisienne); Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus); Carmen; Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda; Tosca,   Opera and concerts in U.K., Norway, France, Turkey, Middle and Far East. Sonja is on the coaching staff at the Royal Opera and has performed in the lunchtime concerts there with Mark Packwood. She also coaches at Royal College of Music.

Mark Packwood was educated in Worcestershire and North Wales and studied composition with William Mathias. After leaving the National Opera Studio, he joined the music staff of The Royal Opera and has worked for many English companies. Among artists he has played for are Angela Gheorghiu; Dimitri Hvorostovsky; Leontina Vaduva and François Le Roux. Mark is a composer of songs, choral and instrumental music and enjoys performing cabaret.

The performance will be at Rosslyn Hill Chapel on Friday 14 July, from 7.30pm. Refreshments will be available in the interval. Tickets are priced at £15.00 (full) and £8.00 (concs). They will be available on the door, but you can also buy them in advance online at Billetto.