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Concert at St Cuthbert's Church,  Fordwych Road Mayuko Ishibashi Piano Recital, Saturday 19 May 2018 at 7.30pm. Programme and details: see website
Tickets £12/ Reservations 07721 592869. (Includes a glass of wine or fruit juice) No booking fee / Wine bar open from 7pm


Air Quality Champion. Brent Council is looking for volunteers to take part in its Community Air Quality Champions Programme. It aims to raise awareness of local air quality initiatives and the steps people can take to help improve local air quality.

Champions will help members of their local community to engage with local air quality initiatives, and take part in major air quality events in the borough. This includes Clean Air Day in June and sustainable travel options throughout the borough such as car clubs, cycling, and electric vehicle charging points.

Anyone living in the borough with an interest in improving the local community can join, and give as much or as little time as they wish.

Training will be provided to Air Quality Champions by the council's Environmental Monitoring Team on local air quality issues and useful information for volunteers. Overview, FAQs, Registration form


Brent Private rented sector Community chanpions.  In June 2018, Launch meeting 27 June 3pm. Initiative to help community groups share information with private tenants and landlords.


Nearly a third of tenants in Brent rent from a private landlord or agent. Private renters may not be aware of their rights or the services in place to support them. Similarly, landlords who let out properties may be unaware of their regulatory duties.


Private Rented Sector community champions will be:

  • People from Brent's voluntary/community sectors

  • Interested in supporting private tenants and/or landlords in their communities, and improving housing conditions.
  • Not experts on the PRS, or formal advisors – but empowered to share specific information with their communities, and signpost to further advice and support.

To find out more about the initiative, contact programme coordinator Jo Wilson: jolwilson2018@gmail.com

Babelonia in Cricklewood. start Thursday 22 March 12-1pm, Ashford Place. Have some fun and learn to speak some common phrases that we can use to greet our neighbours. Learn a few key words in 12 different languages. Apply by email info@ashfordplace.org.uk

Queen's Park "Open Gardens & Studios” Sunday June 17 1-6pm. This biennial event will take place in the area surrounding the park, with some 15 private gardens open to the public as well as some 14 local artists/ceramicists showing their work. Entry is by ticket only which can be purchased in advance or on the day. More

Exercise class. Jenny’s class at Willesden Sports Centre. Thursdays 12.45 to 1.45. '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.

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

Kilburn tube gardening: Sun 6 May (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

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

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

Anthya Cohen's Autobiography "Overture and Beginners Please. An Autobiography in Five Movements" is available for sale on Amazon. Anthya, who has lived in Mapesbury for 30 years is also known as the international pianist Anthya Rael. The book tells the story of her childhood in South Africa, how her family, friends and teachers, together with turbulent historical events, shaped her life and led her in 1950 to bomb-damaged London.  Here she met and married the violinist Raymond Cohen and developed a successful concert career.

The book is available from Amazon, both as a paperback and an e book but can also be purchased from Anthya Cohen at 07791 622 527 or anthyacohen@googlemail.com

Local Choir. The Fortune Green choir (started off as a MapRA choir and still has many of our people in it) starts new term on Tuesday Jan 9th. But can still join. Tuesday nights 7pm to 830pm.  Wide range of music; no audition – all welcome. Emmanuel church in West Hampstead. Details on their website:

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/


Parkrun. Gladstone park. 9am each Saturday. Now in 5th year. More at:  http://www.parkrun.org.uk/gladstone/

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.

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.

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)

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

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)


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


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. Our personal and long-term approach empowers people to get out of debt and learn budgeting skills with great success. Almost 90% of our clients pay all their bills and debts on time every month, with the same number saying that our help was life transforming or a great help.

We assist people to become in control of their finances and start paying back their debts. Debt can have a devastating effect on people’s lives, causing rent arrears, eviction, relationship breakdown or even suicide. CAP’s vision is to help vulnerable people and specifically those who are struggling due to the effects of unmanageable debt. Debbie Davies (received 3/07/12)

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