Good news! In line with the latest government advice, we will be opening up the library for hire from Monday 17 May. While we finish work on cataloguing the book stock and fundraising to build the cafe/reception area, the activity room is now ready for use. We have three bookings already, so if you are interested in hiring, don’t delay – availability is limited, and we’re hiring on a first come, first served basis. Check out our online availability calendar, and if you’d like a quotation for hiring, please use this form.
Hirers should have their own liability insurance, and we will be requiring all hirers and attendees at events to check in for Test and Trace purposes. For an informal chat, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and have your questions answered.
In case you have missed it, or are not on the mailing list, here’s Brent’s latest Covid-19 advice and guidance.
Council is organising a Be A Councillor! event for residents in the
London Borough of Brent who are interested in becoming more involved in
event on Tuesday 15 October from 6.30pm will offer information about
what is involved in becoming and being a councillor. It will feature a
panel discussion with three current members of
Brent Council, and there will be the opportunity to find out more about
the role and responsibilities of a councillor. The event is taking
place during Local Democracy Week 2019.
6.30pm Registration and refreshments
7pm Welcome and Introductions
7.05pm Presentation: Councillors and Local Democracy in Brent
7.15pm Councillors’ Panel Discussion
To register please book a ticket on Eventbrite at:
Alternatively you can email
StrategyandPartnerships@brent.gov.uk or call 020 8937 1068. If you have any questions contact James Diamond on 020 8937 1068.
We are so happy to announce that the building contractors are on site NOW to start the work of turning the empty shell at Chronicle Heights into a functioning library. Sally Long, Chair of Friends of Cricklewood Library, handed over the keys today, with work anticipated to take four months. With luck and a following wind, we hope to have a finished library some time before the end of the year.
Now is the time to think about how you might light to get involved. Some of you have already volunteered for painting duties, and we’ll be coming back to you as soon as we have a date for that to start. Others have said they’d like to put their names down for a shift running the library. And some of you have said you’d like to volunteer to run a course at the library when it’s up and running. We’re seriously compiling a list of all volunteers now, and will be calling for you to register your availability on our volunteering management platform. There will be more on this in a future newsletter.
It’s officially the end of the beginning. We’ve agreed the terms of, and signed the lease with All Souls College. Now the work on fitting out the library that you’ve all been waiting for for so long can finally begin.
Work will begin on site week beginning 24 June, and is scheduled to take four months. We’d love to be open by Christmas, but for this we’re going to need your help.
We have an Amazon wishlist – can you help us out by buying us something we need? You can find our wishlist here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201503180
While you’re shopping on Amazon, don’t forget to shop using smile.amazon.co.uk and choose us as your charity.
If you’re excited at this news, and want to get involved, please volunteer on our website. We’re always looking for more hands on deck.
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.