Cricklereaders May Meeting

A highly topical read for the months of April/May. We’ll be reading A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka. Why not read along with us and then join us in the library to discuss?
We’ll meet between 1030 and 1130 in the library on Sunday 15 May.

Spaces still available in our book group. See here for details on joining.

Council Tax Rebate Available

Just a little heads-up for everyone in Council Tax bands A-D (taken from the Brent Council website):

From 1 April 2022, the energy price cap will rise and many households will struggle to pay higher energy bills and to heat their homes.

To help households with rising energy costs, the Government has announced a £150 Council Tax rebate (payment) for households in bands A to D.
Who will receive this £150 payment (rebate)?
Properties in bands A to D
Most households in Council Tax bands A to D will qualify for a payment (rebate) of £150 from April 2022. The council will make a payment to households. This won’t have to be repaid.

If you pay less than £150 Council Tax, or you receive single person discount, or do not pay because you receive Council Tax support, you will still be entitled to the payment.

The payment will not be made for empty or second homes. It must be your main residence to get the money. If you don’t know which band your property is in, look on your latest bill or check your Council Tax band online.

Tri for Cricklewood!

If you’ve seen the posters and leaflets in the library trying to tempt you into joining in the fundraising efforts but still need another bit of persuasion, take a look at this video. Last year we raised nearly £6000 for the library – can you help us do the same again this year?

Cricklereaders April Meeting

The April meeting will meet on Sunday 3 April at the library, from 1030-1130. The book for this month is The Forty Rules of Love, by Turkish author Elif Shafak.


“A novel within a novel, The Forty Rules of Love tells two parallel stories (The technique placing two story together is called juxtaposition in literature) that mirror each other across two very different cultures and seven intervening centuries.” It starts when a housewife, Ella, gets a book called Sweet Blasphemy for an appraisal.. This book is about a thirteenth century poet, Rumi, and his spiritual teacher, Shams. The book presents Shams’s Forty Love Rules at different intervals. The story presented in the novel is basically on “love and spirituality that explains what it means to follow your heart”.

The letter “b”

Every chapter of the book starts with letter “b”. It is because the secret of Quran lies in Surah Al-Fatiha and its spirit is contained in the phrase Bismillah ir Rehman ir Rahim (In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent and the most Merciful). The first Arabic letter of the Bismillah has a dot below it that symbolizes the Universe as per Sufism thoughts.

If you’d like to join in, drop us a line to, or just read along with us and let us know what you think!

Cricklesingers Choir

Fancy joining a friendly, welcoming, local community choir? I know some of you do, as you’ve told me. We have a potential voiunteer choir leader and are hopeful of starting a choir in the next few months. To do this, we need to work out what the demand for this activity would be.

To help with our planning for this, please complete this questionnaire to help us work out what the choir should look like.

Tell Me a Story

We are delighted to announce that, as from first week in March, we’ll be offering a free story time session twice a week in the library, run by our crack team of story telling volunteers.

The session will take place on Thursdays, between 0930 and 1000. This session is suitable for pre-school children. On Fridays Tell Me a Story will happen between 1550 and 1620, and is for all ages.

Our volunteers are fully DBS checked.

Please note, numbers are limited to 10 children/parents (or carers) due to space constraints, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. The volunteers will not wear masks as this would interfere with the story telling, but we would appreciate it if other adults could wear masks in line with the library’s current Covid-19 policy. Parents/carers should remain with their children at all times – this is not a drop off session.

As an added bonus, we’ll be offering a book borrowing session at the end of both story times. Come along and join the fun!

Oh, and Tell Me a Story is completely FREE!


We’re hoping to extend our opening hours every week by offering a session on Fridays in the after school slot between 1500 and 1800. We’ve had a lot of demand from local parents and carers of school age children for more time for borrowing after school. At the moment it can be a bit rushed to get to the library after school and to have enough time to browse before borrowing. So we hope this slot will do that. It should also give people on the way home from work a chance to pop in too, with luck.

At the moment we don’t have enough volunteers to operate a cafe service at this time, but we’ll get there as soon as we can. In the meantime, we could always do with more volunteers – sign up here.

Winter Concert Recap

Unfortunately the Winter Recital had to be cancelled due to Covid and volunteer availability. It was enormously disappointing for all concerned. Still, the performance was recorded by the musicians and they offer it here for the interest of anyone who would have like to attend but was unable. If you’d like to listen and contribute to the artists’ work, you can do that here:

First Half

Second Half

If you like what you hear, a limited number of Tara’s CDs of Debussy’s Children’s Corner Suite are available to purchase directly from her for £7.50 (inc. postage/packaging within the UK). Email to order your copy.


Winter Piano and Cello Recital

We’re excited to announce our first event in the library – a piano and cello recital given by Clare Graham and Tara Clifford

Saturday 18th December 2021
Cricklewood Library, 6.30pm

‘Clair de lune’ from Suite Bergamasque – Debussy
‘Traumerei’ from Kinderszenen – R. Schumann (arr. Barrie Turner)
Children’s Corner Suite – Debussy
‘La Fille aux cheveux de lin’ from Preludes Book 1 – Debussy
Moments Musicaux No. 5 in D flat major – Rachmaninoff
Vocalise Op. 34 No. 14 – Rachmaninoff (Ed. R. Wallfisch)
‘The Swan’ from Carnival of the Animals – Saint-Saens
Cello Suite No. 1 in G major – Bach
‘Prelude – Fantasia’ from Suite for Solo Cello – Cassado
The Snowman Suite – Howard Blake (arr. P. Legg and A. Gout)

For tickets, follow the link.

Carols by Candlelight

We missed it last year, and we expect you did too. So we’ll be back this year and singing lustily. We’ll sing outside, as group singing generates a lot of exhaled breath and potentially germs! Then inside for a mince pie and a glass of something cheering.

Expect the usual mulled wine and mince pies. The perfect start to your Christmas season.

Download the songsheet we’ll be using to print at home or view on your mobile device – saves sharing!

:Carols by Candlelight 2021.docx

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