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.
Grab yourself a table for a tenner and flog your unwanted kids’ stuff at our Table Sale on Sunday 4 November, 1030-1330. This exciting event will take place INSIDE THE LIBRARY, so there’ will be a chance to have a poke around and see the space.
There will be free kids entertainment from Monkey Music and Tyan Archer, and we’ll be selling cakes and refreshments. Cake donations welcome!
Entry £1 per adult with all proceeds to Cricklewood Library. Donations for sale also welcome. To book your table use the button below. You do not need an account with Paypal to do this.
Book Your Table
Someone recently kindly donated to us two huge (and I mean HUGE) boxes of children’s books. They were lovely books, in good condition, despite being ‘pre-loved’ by someone’s little darlings. And there were loads of them, which is fab, as our children’s books collection is somewhat underfed. Sadly, though, instead of calling or emailing us to say there was a donation coming our way, the donor left the books outside the library. By the time I found out they were there, the local low life had started using the boxes as bins for their empty booze cans and fag packets. Not so nice.
So, the books will not be going into the library collection after all, which is a great shame.
If you have books to donate, we’d love to have them. If they’re a bit tatty, please donate them directly to any one of the pop up libraries around the borough. We have off-shoots now at Cricklewood station, Willesden Green Station and at St Catherine’s Church in Neasden. If the books are a in good nick, we’d love them for the library when it opens. Please email Sonja on firstname.lastname@example.org, and she’ll arrange to collect them or tell you where to bring them, whichever is most convenient.
But please, PLEASE, dear book lovers, don’t just leave books on the doorstep of the library. They’ll get ruined, and become an eyesore, which is not going to make us popular with our new neighbours upstairs in “Chronicle Heights”.
Tree Walk This Thursday 16 August at 6.30 pm
With Lawrence Usherwood Principal Tree Officer, Brent, a tree enthusiast and a fount of knowledge.
MEET at the green railways bridge opposite 1 Kendall Road. Donations welcome.
We’re in the news! The Brent and Kilburn Times recently covered the issues we’ve had with Octavia Housing taking forever to complete the remedial works we need in order to get into the library and begin our fit out. They were supposed to start at the beginning of the year and take just a few weeks, but here we are nearly in August and we’re none-the-wiser about when they’ll be finished.
We’re very excited about all of our summer courses (for details see CCT) but none more so than Cricklewood Tales, the informal oral history group that’s happening on Tuesdays at Ashford Place. We’ll be building a bank of Cricklewood memories of the ordinary and extraordinary people who live, work and play in Cricklewood. Could one of them be you? Check out some first memories of Cricklewood below – and why not share your own?
If you like your exercise to be sociable, why not get yourself down to our fundraising ceilidh at the Crown Hotel on Friday 13 April? We’ll be dancing to the rousing tunes of the Wraggle Taggle ceilidh band. They’re awesome – but don’t take our word for it! Here’s a review from their website:
“Everyone was dancing”
“Amazing!!! The band was superb. (16th September 2017 Saturday Granta, 14 Newnham Rd, Cambridge CB3 9EX) The songs were performed to the highest standard, and they were FUN. Our guests had an amazing time, and by the end, everyone was dancing. At one point, the band even called a miniature impromptu ceilidh dance: we don’t know who initiated this, but it was a fantastic read of the crowd, who adored it. Again, we received so many compliments on the band” Morgan & Scott Shepard 28th Sept 2017
You can check them out for real by buying a ticket here: http://buytickets.at/cricklewoodlibrary/153658. There’s a limited number of concession tickets available, so don’t be slow!
Have you noticed the road narrowing outside the library? They’ve been at it for a few weeks, and, according to the lone chap working there last Monday, he’ll be at it for another 8 weeks to finish it off. I’m not surprised, if he’s doing it all on his lonesome. It will make a substantial difference to the library surroundings and access to the park will be much easier for pedestrians. No more whizzing round the corner at top speed, motorists!
Time for another ceilidh (kay-lee) folks! Get your dancing shoes on, get your tickets (at buytickets.at/cricklewoodlibrary) and get down to the Clayton Crown to dance the night away to the fab Wraggle Taggle Ceilidh Band.
It’s upstairs in the Sala Suite, Clayton Crown Hotel, 152 Cricklewood Broadway, NW2 3ED.
Friday 13 April, from 8pm. Limited number of concessions available, so book fast!
See you there!
It’s the second birthday of our pop-up library at Willesden Green Station. Yes, it’s been two whole years since TfL allowed us to install our shelves and publicity materials at the station. In that time, we estimate we’ve placed over 1000 books. The library gets an approximately 500 visits a week, which is pretty amazing. Most of the stock is provided by Sonja, who also houses our larger collection of around 15,000 books in her garage, and has done for the last four years. The stock is topped up by donations to Sonja (who can also arrange to collect books locally), and by kind and generous supporters who drop books off on their way through the library.
In the time since the Willesden Green pop up was established, two more outposts have sprung up – one in Cricklewood Thameslink station forecourt, and the other in Kilburn Station. Both are restocked by volunteers, and are also very busy and much appreciated by visitors.
Recently, we’ve noticed that replenished stock has been cleared out very quickly – possibly by people not borrowing the books to read, but taking them to sell. There’s not a lot we can do about this, as the books are open access, but if you spot this kind of thing happening, please let the station staff know. Be assured that no-one from the library organisation will ever clear books out of the pop up libraries – we have enough books to stock our library when it finally opens, honest!
In order to help reduce theft, we’re thinking of introducing a stickering system, to make the books less saleable, but this will be labour intensive. If you’ve a better idea, please share! We really want the library to carry on, even after the permanent library is restored opposite Gladstone Park as we know it’s very much valued by residents and commuters. Please help us by continuing to borrow and return books and keeping your library alive.