Sad news

David Gee died last Sunday, having contracted Covid just after Christmas. Gloria caught it soon after but recovered quickly.  David was not so lucky and was admitted to the Royal Free two weeks ago.  Because of his leukaemia and other health problems, David and Gloria were very careful to shield themselves and avoid any unnecessary contact with the outside world.  Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, the doctors were unable to save David.

Many of you will have known David, who was variously chair or secretary of MapRA for 4 years from 2012. He was also well respected as a serious ceramicist. He organised the Open Studio event in 2014 and several subsequent exhibitions in his house and garden. I treasure his memory; he was a good friend to me and many people; a lovely man, a real gentleman who bore his illnesses without complaint.

Vaccine Webinar

Brent Council are running this webinar (presentation and discussion; like a zoom meeting but viewers can communicate only by text) to talk about the facts in relation to Covid Vaccinations. Monday, 25th of January 2021, between 6pm and 7.30pm. It will include a panel of community representatives and a local Doctor and will be hosted by Cllr Promise Knight, Brent’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Engagement. Sign up to attend the webinar at: For more information about the rollout of the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme in the borough, visit

Low traffic Neighbourhood

Reminder of online meeting on evening Monday 1 Feb to discuss it. I’ll send details when I have them next week; or contact Cllr Lia Colacicco at

HMRC scam call.

A member has twice had a very unpleasant call from purporting to come from HMRC. A man in a very threatening tone says that because of a tax fraud, and if she doesn’t press 1 a warrant will be issued in my name and will be arrested immediately. The number it came from was 07212120727. Obviously a scam, but could be quite frightening, especially as the Jan 31 tax deadline looms.

Holocaust Memorial Day Link

Wed 27 Jan, a day to commemorate the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur – as well as present-day situations around the world and closer to home.

Murder and two stabbings in Neasden

Good news that a man has been charged for the Neasden lane of Leon Street; the attempted murder of a man in Neasden Lane North and GBH with intent against another man.

Pride of Brent youth awards.

Nomination process extended until 26 February 2021. Link

NCIL relaunch consultation.

NCIL is Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy. Brent would like comment on the impacts of anticipated developments in your neighbourhood. (includes a  brief summary of anticipated development in each area) Complete online


This is my first email out using the Mailchimp system; thanks to Wendy Tyrell of Cricklewood community library for help in setting it up. However, subsequent errors are all mine.

Current local Planning applications

(For details search Brent Planning. New items in red)

App: 20/4309, 57 St Gabriel’s Road. Comments by 8 February, Replacement of existing front door

App: 20/4041, 41-43 Cricklewood Broadway. Comments by 25 January, Proposed single storey front extension with associated alterations to ground floor


Virus Support information. Book free covid test.
Guide to tradesmen and services & Local restaurants/cafés Under devt; if you need inf from it reply to me.
Ashford Place;
Cricklewood Library
Latest from Brent Council: importance of regular testing
Culture in Brent: Holocaust memorial day

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