Could You Be a Councillor?

Brent Council is organising a Be A Councillor! event for residents in the London Borough of Brent who are interested in becoming more involved in local government.

The 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.

Programme:

6.30pm Registration and refreshments

7pm Welcome and Introductions

7.05pm Presentation: Councillors and Local Democracy in Brent

7.15pm Councillors’ Panel Discussion

8pm Q&A

8.30pm Close

To register please book a ticket on Eventbrite at:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/be-a-councillor-tickets-75130793225

Alternatively you can email email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 020 8937 1068. If you have any questions contact James Diamond on 020 8937 1068.

Brent CCG Palliative Care

Brent CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) are inviting people to participate in the on-going development of this work by joining the ‘Patient & Public Palliative Care Working Group’.

If any attendee at a Dementia Café or anyone you know would be interested in this they can:

·         Attend a workshop – WORKSHOP 3  ‘Aftercare & bereavement’- 3-6pm, 24th October 2019 , Museum of Brands – 111-117 Lancaster Road – London W11 1QT  click here to Register to attend

·         Sign up to a newsletter to stay informed – email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

·         Join a working group – see information attached

·         Contact the project team at: email hidden; JavaScript is required  or call 0203 350 4366

10 German books you have to read before you die

Ten classic German novels that will enrich your life. Once you’ve done these, try Why We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf.

These ten novels, ranging from the late 19th century to the last couple of years, are modern German classics. Earning international acclaim, each one is essential reading.

Source: 10 German books you have to read before you die – The Local

New homes in London: communities from Camden to Cricklewood and Barnet to Battersea telling developers what they want | Homes and Property

Can-do communities are growing rapidly across the capital, driven by residents who feel increasingly “cut off” from their local government. There are now 79 officially recognised London community

Source: New homes in London: communities from Camden to Cricklewood and Barnet to Battersea telling developers what they want | Homes and Property

Finishing Work Has Started!

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.

The Lease is Signed

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.

Ceilidh Time

It’s that time again! We’re dancing for fun, and funds. Join the throng at the Crown Hotel, Sala Room, on Friday 10 May, 2000-0000, for another fun ceilidh and fundraiser. We’ll have the marvellous Wraggle Taggle Ceilidh Band again, with caller (so you don’t need to know all the moves).

There will be a brief update on progress with the library (yes, there is some progress to report), but the focus is on the dancing and general merry-making. We’ve listened to what some of you said last time, and introduced a limited number of family tickets so you can bring the kids without breaking the bank. To get your tickets, click here: http://buytickets.at/cricklewoodlibrary/255138/r/website-24-april 

Doors open 1900, bar opens 1930 (with extra staff this year!) and band starts 2000 sharp. Chucking out time midnight. It’ll be a blast, do come.

3rd Annual Fundraising Ceilidh

Excited to announce it’s that time again – back by popular demand, or annual ceilidh event. Last year it sold out, so get your tickets quick to avoid disappointment.

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Kids Table Sale

Well, that was fun! We held our first event actually in the library on Sunday – a table sale of kids’ stuff, with coffee, cakes and entertainment for the kids thrown in.

The marvellous Alec and his team did a great job of getting the sale organised, tables delivered, set up and all the electricals logistics sorted. Luckily it wasn’t too gloomy a day (for November) so when the fuse blew we still had enough light to work in to get the emergency cables sorted out and the lights (and the coffee machine!) back on.

It was a very jolly event, and we made some money, and although I don’t think anyone’s going to retire on the proceeds, it was lovely to see the community come out and support the library, meet the neighbours and have a cuppa. It was particularly nice to see all the little ones in the library – we’re so looking forward to the day when we have a nice, bright, comfy, well-stocked children’s reading nook for them to enjoy, listen to stories in and discover the joy of reading for themselves.

A big thank you to Alec and Nadia, to all those who donated buns and biscuits to sell, to James from Cricklewood Coffee for his cheery refreshing beverage ser

Carols by Candlelight 2018

It’s that time of year again! We’re carolling by candlelight on Sunday 16 December, from 5.30pm. We’re hoping, by then, to have a key to the library and be able to carol indoors, but failing that, we’ll be huddled round the glühwein as usual, freezing our toes off and singing lustily.  It’s a great family affair, so wrap up warm, bring your candles and your reindeer horns and join us for another round of carolling in support of the library. There will be the usual refreshments of glühwein and mince pies.

If you’re up for a bit of harmony singing, email info@cricklewoodlibrary.org.uk to let me know and I’ll mail over the sheet music we’re using. Tenors and basses particularly welcome!

Some photos from last year’s extravaganza to give you inspiration.

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