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In view of the virus not sure yet which of these events are still running.


Queens Park Singers, 22 March (6.30pm) will perform JS Bach's St John Passion, accompanied on period instruments by the Asyla Ensemble, sung in German with selected chorales in English to enable audience members to participate, if they wish, as they did at the first performance on Good Friday 1724! St Martin's Church, 134/6 Mortimer Road NW10. Click here to book tickets.


Stories about Cricklewood and Willesden. One of our members has launched BROADWAY, an immersive photographic and video exhibition, celebrating the often unseen working community in Cricklewood and Willesden. The exhibition is at Willesden Library upstairs gallery until April 4th. They are also running two free workshops and keen to invite people who have stories to share about the area ( past and present). Details


Diversity. Exhibition at Willesden Gallery 95 High Road 10-28 March. By John Thorogood.  John has been a stalwart and leader of the team working to improve the four triangle gardens. Flyer

Quiz night at WestHampstead. Next Quiz is Sat 21 March. See flyer

Fundraising concert. Saturday 16 May (4pm and 6pm)Maggie and Peter Chambers are holding a concert for the Amber Trust, a charity which supports blind musical children, at their home 66 Dartmouth. Both concerts are followed by wine and refreshments. Derek Paravacini will be playing – one their earliest beneficiaries and now a world famous pianist.  He is blind and autistic and quite amazing.  Other young beneficiaries will be playing for us.  Tickets are £20 including refreshments.

Please see the flier.  Please support this very worthy charity. Contact Maggie Chambers on 020 8452 9524, 07957110 562 or maggiechambers@btinternet.com

Parkrun. Gladstone park. 9am each Saturday. Now in 8th year. More at:  http://www.parkrun.org.uk/gladstone/

St Cuthbert's Fordwych concerts, new series of concerts, These are exceptionally talented up-and-coming musicians, Dates are:
Saturday 29th February – Masayuki Tayama (piano)
Saturday 28th March – Toby Hession (piano)
Saturday 25th April – Barry Solomon (oboe) and Masayuki Tayama (piano)
Saturday 30th May – The Tanza Quartet: Jim Willis (baritone), Maria Thomas (oboe), Peter Wakefield (flute) and Julian Cable (piano)

Tickets (£12) in advance online, or at the door (cash only, or cheques payable to St Cuthbert’s Hampstead PCC). A discounted Series Pass £40 is available. Seats are unreserved, but we can make spaces for any special needs if advance notice is given.
Clare Sunderland and Rhiana Henderson

Exercise class started again on Thursday 9 Jan. Jenny’s class at Willesden Sports Centre. Thursdays 12pm to 1pm. 'Slow the aging process, improve your strength, energy levels, balance and all over fitness in a friendly session for the older adult. Free – just turn up. Flyer


Kilburn tube gardening: Sun 2 February (and the first Sunday of every month) from 11am-12.30pm. Join the volunteers who tidy and look after the beds – no gardening experience needed. Tell staff so you don’t need to use your Oyster card to get in and meet up at the beds on the platform.  Email Michael.stuart6@gmail.com or join http://ttkensaltokilburn.ning.com/group/kilburnstationplanters

Letter from Mark O'Brian about fly-tipping and litter

Cat Feeding Circle. A small group of Mapesbury residents have set up a cat-feeding circle. If you’d like to join, or find someone local to feed your cat while you’re away, please email steve.mcc@virginmedia.com

Local Pilates classes.

  • Fridays  9.15 - 10.15 @ West Hampstead Community Centre (CAWH), 17 Dornfell Street (off Mill Lane)

  • Saturdays   - 10.30 - 11.30 in the Reading Room @ Willesden Green Library, 95 High Road

For details and to book a place call or email Miranda 07973 158 138/ mirandahands@btinternet.com


Free Guitar lessons at Ashford Place from Tuesday 30 may. Flyer


Keyes Rd/ Walm lane cycle scheme. diagram

Walking Wednesday. Initiative from Ashford Place. Join them for a weekly walk for wellbeing. Meet outside Ashford Place, 60 Ashford Road at 12.00. Walk to Gladstone Park and back to Ashford Place for a healthy lunch. Poster

Coles Green Tennis club

We are a small friendly local tennis club with three courts, a clubhouse and bar. Every Sunday we have social tennis from 2.30 and welcome potential new members to come down and have a game.

Every Saturday morning there are tennis lessons at only £3 for children, starting at 9.30 10.30 for 5-7 years, 10.30-11.30 8-10 years and 10+ at 11.30-12.30.  Alex 07973 417936


Website http://www.colesgreen.moonfruit.com/


Yoga for beginners and improvers; Ashford Place. 60 Ashford Road. new classes starting 24 May (6pm-7pm) and 27 May (1030-1130). Yoga classes for the community twice a week. Wear relaxed, light clothing to explore traditional yoga classes in a relaxed, friendly environment, building strength and stamina. (first class free, then £5). More

Dementia Café in Ashford Place. (60 Ashford Road) Drop in Tuesdays 2pm-4pm. The aim is to provide people who live with dementia as well as other mental health issues, their carers and families an opportunity to gather in an informal, relaxed and friendly atmosphere and meet other people in similar circumstances. For more information contact Danny Maher  Tel : 020 8208 8591 Mob: 07595 631 167 

Email : danny.maher@ashfordplace.org.uk.

See flyer


Service guide to refuse collection. (note 7meg)


Cricklewood Market; Friday and Saturdays; Cricklewood Lane. Tropical fruit; organic fruit and juice (Friday only). Fashion and accessories stall by a Cricklewood resident. Bakery, Organic meat, poultry and veegetables, artisan cakes, street foods, floral, fashion and holistic stalls. Alistair Lambert has artistically dressed the public square in vibrant colours  Your local market needs your support.


The Side Door. New Community Cafe for Ashford Place. 10am-4pm Weekdays. Picture>>. more on their site

Citizen advice surgery Every sat At 10 30 to 12. In Pakistan Community centre Marley walk Station parade NW2 4PU Free Everyone welcome Pakcc47@yahoo.co.uk  updated 8/2/15

"Shut up and Write" is moving. To the Crown Moran Hotel. They have provided a private room for each Monday a6 6.15pm (either Camden or Brfent Room). If you are interested in being part of Creative Cricklewood's writing group, to meet weekly to write together for 90 mins; register on the meet-up page and come along any Monday..


Indoor tennis for Children. At uPlay tennis, we are working alongside Brent Council to try to get people out playing our sport in the borough. We are running free courses for schools and we're running programmes at some of Brent's park sites. At the moment during the Winter period, we are running indoor tennis courses for children at Willesden Sports Centre. To find out more details about coaching and to book a court in Brent, please visit our website www.uplaytennis.com. Andy Wicks (updated 10/10/14)

Capoeira in NW2: Give it a try! Capoeira, the Afro-Brazilian martial art, will make you fit, fast and flexible. Beginners welcome, experts too, in this new group. First session (free) on Thursday 31 July, 6-8pm, at Gladstone Community Centre, 162 Anson Rd. London NW2 6BH. Wear flat trainers, loose cotton trousers, and a t-shirt. Contact Andre (Monitor Macaco Velho) on 07908607705. See you there. Received 1/8/14 

Irish dance classes. Run by local member Katie Hefferan. From Beginners to Advanced (4 years and above). Tuesdays 6.15-7.15pm; Saturdays 10.30-11.30am. At Manor School, Chamberlayne Road, NW10/ Details Katie on 07854 151654  (received 2/3/13)


Guitar lessons. Friendly, encouraging and experienced teacher. All ages welcome. Beginners welcome. Electric or acoustic. Teaching is designed to suit you. You will learn at a pace you are comfortable and happy with. Learn your favourite songs. Styles covered include rock, reggae, blues, indie, punk and ska. 
Theory and songwriting is also covered, enabling you to develop
your full potential across rhythm and lead. Contact Charlie Minnion.
07843 006007 / charlie@guitardude.co.uk /
http://guitardude.co.uk/ (received 31/1/13)



car boot sale. Every Sunday 9am - 2pm. By 110 Walm Lane (opposite WG tube). Entrance 50p children free. contact 07549 100 760 (from leaflet)

Volunteering opportunities

Free debt counselling available in Cricklewood. Christians Against Poverty (CAP) has a debt-counselling centre in your residents area. CAP provide this service in partnership with St. Gabriel's church, Cricklewood. CAP is an award winning charity that offers free, face-to-face debt counselling to all (you do not have to be a Chrisitian to use the service). We help 2,000 people become debt free each year through 600 churches across the UK. We are passionate to help clients and see the chains of debt lifted off their shoulders, empowering clients to get out of debt and learn budgeting skills to control money in the future. The need is great in our local area, Debt can have a devastating effect on people’s lives, families missing meals regularly to pay bills, rent arrears, eviction, relationship breakdown or even suicide. CAP’s vision, in partnership with the local church, is to help the lost and the broken, specifically those who are struggling due to the effects of unmanageable debt.  To find out more please visit http://www.capuk.org or alternatively to make an appointment call freephone on 0800 328 0006.

Whilst the service is free for clients, there is an annual running cost to manage each centre. At St Gabriel's our funding is not secure or sustainable and we really want to continue making a difference to the lives of people struggling with debt in our community. if you wish to give a donation to support the running of our local Centre, please click 

The CAP Manager for the Cricklewood Debt Centre is Debbie Thomas (received 06/11/2019)

Mentoring renters. Many people are living in difficult conditions and need help to manage.  Advice 4 Renters is a local charity based in Kilburn, who are running a mentoring programme to help residents be more independent.  Some may need help with budgeting, others with making phone calls or just need someone sympathetic they can talk to as they have no-one else. See flyer. More on mentor role

Cocktails in Care Homes. Cocktails started as pilot project in Tower Hamlets in 2010. Now run monthly cocktail parties in 16 care homes and extra care schemes across 9 boroughs of London. The parties run on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6-7.30pm and encompass themed décor, stimulating and sensory props, musical performances, dancing and games. There is something for everyone. The main aims of the Cocktails project are to reduce social isolation and loneliness within both young and older people, tackle ageism and build stronger local communities. We aim to transform the care home environment and create an enjoyable space for people to meet, chat and socialise.


We work in both care homes and extra care schemes. Residents who join us at our parties may live with dementia, illness, physical and mental impairments and disability. With this, we aim for our parties to be inclusive environments accommodating a variety of needs. 'Magic me' are an arts organisation and have been running intergenerational projects bringing together young people in schools and older adults living in care homes and in the community for almost 30 years in Tower Hamlets. More on their website Cocktails in Care Homes  


The volunteering role on the Cocktails project is simple - attending the party as a volunteer guest, chatting with residents and other volunteers. All of our new volunteers must attend a short volunteer induction session which covers a short introduction to the project and training in communication and dementia. We are currently running these sessions monthly in East London (where we are based) and would be very interested in welcoming along more people interested in volunteering at our Willesden Green session specifically.

More information contact. Sarah Watson, Project Coordinator, Cocktails in Care Homes, Magic Me
18 Victoria Park Square, London E2 9PF, 0203 222 6064
www.magicme.co.uk, Twitter: @magicmearts

Volunteers Supporting Families. Hannah Scotten, Project Officer, Brent Volunteers Supporting Families (contact 07808 862 091) is looking for volunteers. The volunteers come from all walks of life and would  be supporting and empowering others which in turn will help to build stronger communities.  

"This is a great way for people to build their skills and to help others" Below is some further information about the project  

"We recruit, train and support volunteers to mentor and support families with complex needs, such as alcohol or substance misuse where children are at risk of significant harm through neglect. They make weekly visits to the families building up a strong relationship with the parent/s, listening to problems and offering practical help. Run in partnership with Brent council to target families most in need of support, our volunteers help keep families together and reduce the number of children being put on child protection plans and child in need plans. By improving parenting skills, reducing isolation and improving the quality of family life the reliance on social care services is reduced." More information

Become a diabetes community champion.

Brent is working in partnership with Diabetes UK to launch an exciting project to recruit and train 15 residents as volunteer diabetes community champions. As a champion you will:

  • learn about the signs, symptoms and risk factors of Type 2 diabetes

  • learn how individuals can reduce their risk

  • raise awareness at local events, amongst friends, family and the local community and signpost to local Brent services.

If you are looking to improve your skills and gain experience in a health promotion role, then we would love to hear from you. Out of pocket expenses will be provided. To register your interest email Casey Collyer or call 07595 201 990.

New Community cafe "Side door" at Ashford Place

Crowd funding support for Ashford Place. Rough sleeping in Brent has increased 671% in four years. 20 people are found sleeping rough every week in Brent by our outreach team. There is no direct access accommodation in the borough for them. AP is  raising funds for an all-year-round shelter, so that AP services can offer a complete route from homelessness into independent living. Please circulate to friends, relatives, anyone you think might help our project. Any contribution is much appreciated.  tinyurl.com/roughsleepingbrent. Received 1/9/14


Fostering and adoption appeal. Could you change the life of a child? See info (received 19/9/12)