Blenheim Triathlon



Would you, family and friends like to help us get our library open and have some fun with us by helping us form ‘Cricklewood Library’ Relay Teams at beautiful Blenheim Palace on Sunday 13th September?

You would either swim 750 metres, bike 20km, or run/walk (5.4km) as part of a Blenheim Triathlon Relay Team that will take on other charity teams from around Kensal Rise, Queens Park & surrounding areas.

The Relay leg can be done without training or you can train over the next few weeks with lots of local people. You can also just come for fun on the day – the Palace also makes for a lovely picnic spot!

Team members could be 16 to 76 years old (the oldest two team members last year were 65) and be in any shape fitness-wise. You can go for super-quick times or just get-around. Our emphasis will be on having fun and ‘giving it a go’. We can arrange a wetsuit or bicycle – otherwise you don’t need any ‘special’ kit.

We can offer a Relay place for just £19 – a 70% discount if you promise to raise at least £60 in sponsorship from family, friends, work colleagues. Thanks to kind sponsorship from Daniels Estate Agents on Walm Lane, there will also be a £25 donation to your fund for the first 10 people to sign up and commit to raising money for us.

You’d get these unique benefits:

  1. 70% off entry price – the “Cricklewood Library Team” unique discount!
  2. A ‘month at the Moberly’ Sports Centre to get into shape.
  3. Free ‘Swimming Nature’ swimming lessons at the Maqam
  4. Free strength and mobility “MOT” with Gym Locomotive
  5. Free Lizzie Barker Group Training on Tiverton Green
  6. Free lifts to Denham to try open-water swimming (or lots of team runs + cycle practices, if you’d like them)
  7. “Kensal Tri” training top
  8. A guaranteed profound, warm fuzzy feel for supporting us + being part of a unique (& the largest) team at Blenheim!

If you prefer to do all three Triathlon legs yourself instead of a Relay, you can instead enter the Blenheim Sprint or Super Sprint individual events. Thanks to Daniels, we can also offer these at a 70% discount (£39) with the same benefits – and commitment to raising £100 in sponsorship. The Daniels offer applies to this too!

There will be LOTS of local teams (and others from across the country) taking part, as explained at Our area of NW London took 100 people last year, forming the largest team at Blenheim!

There are duathlon (non-swim) events for children 6-12 years old, making it an inclusive fun family day out.

Opening Soon

We’re aiming to try and be open for the launch of the Museum of all Brent Life on 16 May. There will be a launch event with our Brent 2020 artist, and no doubt there will be a few choice refreshments too. It’s free. Do drop in.

Paint the Library

We’re painting the library on Saturday 1 February, starting at 1000. We’re looking for anyone who’d like to help to get in touch.

If you can bring your own materials, fantastic – but some will be provided. Just wear comfortable old clothes.

We’ll provide tea, coffee and biscuits, and there will be a few laughs along the way.

To sign up, please send your full name, postcode and mobile number by email to,uk and say you want to volunteer for painting duty. If you think you’re ever likely to do a shift in the library when it’s open, please also say so.

We are especially keen to hear from people who have experience of leading teams on physical activities like this – you’ll need humour, tact, patience and a firm demeanour! Please get in touch!

If you can’t paint, but would like to contribute, we have a wish list over at Amazon. Even if you’re not an Amazon fan, you can view the items there and buy from somewhere else, we don’t mind.

Warm and Toasty

Visited the library today to explore the new alarm settings and view the fittings up close. It’s looking lovely, peeps, and I’m happy to report it’s nice and warm and toasty in there! The spaces are now more defined with the walls and doors up. The only bit missing is the acoustic screen separating the meeting room from the activity room at the back, but I’m happy to report we have funding for this from the Bernard Sunley Foundation, so this should be in place before we open. Which for those of you wondering [They’re ALL wondering – Ed], is likely to be around March. Ish. We’ve announced opening dates too often now for me to fall into that trap again.

Don’t forget to sign up to our volunteering pool to help paint this space soon, peeps! The link is here:

Happy New Year to all from the library team. See you in there in 2020!



Brent Community Lottery

Have you heard about the Brent Community Lottery? You can be in the running to win up to £25,000, while supporting a worthwhile cause – US!

To view our page and buy your ticket, head here:


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.


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:

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

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.