Vaccine text scam. Passing on information from Local Police about a scam text which advises the user that they are eligible to apply for the vaccine and to click on the link in the text message. The user is then led to a webpage, which looks very convincing and asks them to complete some details, in order for them to be able to apply for the vaccine. The details asked for: • Name • Address • Date of birth • Proof of address • Card payment details With the recent approval of multiple vaccines in the UK, these types of scam attempts are likely to continue, as fraudsters continue to take advantage of the rollout to some many people. Please see an article on the Neighbourhood Watch website: 

Covid Testing. I’ve had good reports of the Covid testing at the Central mosque, Marley Walk. Well organised, clean, welcoming.  It is open for testing Monday to Sunday 8am-6pm. Book test online; For further information contact; Dr Raja Amjid Riaz, 07989 – 443172, or Abdul Raul 07956 223411. However, I think you can just turn up. The pilot ends  on 21 January and it would be a pity if it closed for lack of demand. We all need to get tested even if you feel well, as 1 in 3 people who have COVID-19 show no symptoms but could be sharing the virus around the community without knowing. 

Brent Climate emergency workshop. Brent is holding a virtual workshop today to discuss its draft Climate Emergency Strategy. This event is being held specifically for residents with a disability, their carer(s) or a representative from an organisation that supports people with disabilities and/or carers. Link is the invitation to the workshop, which has also been sent out via the Disability Forum. Please send this on to anyone you feel may wish to attend:  The zoom meeting to discuss the draft plan will take place today, Wednesday 13 January 5pm – 6.30pm on Zoom. (sorry for short notice – missed it before)/  Please send an email to if you would like to receive the easy read plan and have link to attend the Zoom workshop. 

Cricklewood Post office is closed until further notice due to Covid outbreak. Kilburn PO is still open 

Brent Mencap have a flu engagement campaign across North West London. They have developed this website giving details in English and other languages. This year, it’s more important than ever that residents that are at risk from the flu are vaccinated.

Triangle Garden at Exeter, Teignmouth and Dartmouth triangles. As you may have noticed they have been radically improved from efforts of MapRA Gardening group. However, we’ve noticed that someone is doing some cutting back of perennials and shrubs at the triangles.  This help is very welcome but the clippings are being left in piles on the road and we would like to offer blue bags to this gardener for disposal of these.  The group have agreed with Brent that the triangles would always be kept as neat as possible and they want to stay on the right side of the council. If you are working on the triangles please get in touch and we can supply you with blue bags to clean up.

Cricklewood’s Got Talent (Show). Cricklewood community library group are organising an online talent show to take place at the end of Jan / early Feb. So if you can sing, play an instrument, recite a poem or a monologue, juggle, tell a (clean) joke, perform a puppet show; now is your chance? Hope to raise some cheer (and hopefully some funds) for the library and give the community something to look forward to through the dark days of January and beyond.

The event will take place on Zoom, early evening, from the end of January/early February, depending on everyone’s availability. Each act will have 5 minutes to deliver their “party-piece”. Each performer will need to have access to an internet-enabled device with a camera/microphone and be able to install Zoom on it (the library group can give some remote support on that if required). Mobile phones are fine, though a desktop/laptop gives a better Zooming experience. Performers will need a quiet space to perform in, with a neutral backdrop – no dogs/kids/noisy flatmates barging through while you’re performing please! This is a family friendly event, so please ensure your material, surroundings and demeanour are appropriate! The audience will make a donation of their choosing to attend. The audience will not be visible – only performers will appear on screen. The library will provide a moderator to introduce acts and start/finish the evening

If you think you’d like to take part, please send a short (no more than 90 sec) sample video to Federica on as soon as possible. She’ll be in touch when we’ve reviewed all contributions. Please be sure to indicate your availability when you get in touch with her.

If you’re too shy to perform, you can still take part – in the audience – I’ll be posting more info about that in due course.

History Talk. For those interested in West Hampstead. Talk on history of a house in Sumatra Road; 22 janu organised by Community Association; West Hampstead. Friday 22 Jan – 7.30pm by zoom. Details and booking