MapRA email 4 April

help to Ukraine

Some 8 of us from MapRA plus several others from around the country heard Yuliya describe via zoom the work her NGO is now doing to help people in Ukraine. (Yulija is a work contact of MapRA member Doug Brodie.) She runs a social enterprise called NGO-Girls which was provides health and hygiene guidance, direction and education for school age girls in Ukraine. The project partners with UNICEF; click on the link to see more.

At this time of war, Yuliya and her team have immediately changed their work and focus. she has found a derelict community farm building that she and her volunteers are converting from scratch into a refuge. As soon as she can provide a bed, there’s a queue of women & children to take it.

As a result of the zoom meeting, people were enthused to help, and Marcus Liberman of St Gabriels church has quickly set up a site to be able to collect any donations to help her work; - it allows:a Gift Aid claim. The link is: Donors will receive a simple email confirmation of their donation.

and homes

St Gabriel’s church have been approached by a church contact about 2 young ladies; both called Olga looking for someone to sponsors under the Homes for Ukraine scheme. Maybe there is a member of MapRA who is registered already on the scheme who might be up for sponsoring one of them. If you can I can put you in touch with the contact at the church. They have send brief introductions:

  • “Hello, I'm Olga, 32 years old Ukrainian. I have fled Kyiv after the war started. looking for a cat-friendly host in UK. My cat is a house cat and doesn’t need to go out. My English level is ok, the last IELTS score was 7.5. I have worked in Data science, Data Analysis field, currently working in a Data Engineering role. At the moment I'm in Belgium.”
  • “Hello! My name’s Olga and I'm 44 years old. I'm forced to look for a safe place for me and my daughter, Katherine, and our dog, Mickey (breed bichon frize) due to the war in my country. In Ukraine, we lived with my daughter and our dog in Bar, Vinnytsia region. We are very friendly and we like going for walks, travelling, doing sports and cooking. In Ukraine, we have a big friendly family. We used to meet and spend weekends together. I worked as the head of an insurance company. I enjoy running, playing table tennis, and reading and I speak very little English.  My daughter, Katia, aged 13, is really keen on drawing, studying English, playing tennis and cooking. We need a roof over our heads and we are ready to answer all your questions.“

Charity Tour or Wembley Stadium and Park

Our Mayor and councillor, Cllr Lia Colacicco would like you to join her for an exclusive tour or Wembley Stadium and Wembley Park. This Wednesday 6 April. Meet at 1.15pm. Will have refresments overlooking the pitch, private tour or areas within  the stadium and optional tour of the new Wembley Park devt. Cost is £50 to support the Mayor’s charities; Parkinson’s UK and Cricklewood Community Library. Places are limited – book by email to or phone 020 8937 1086

Windmill Court and Watling Gardens developments ...

.. were both approved by Brent’s Planning sub-committee last Wednesday.

Members in Chatsworth Road

ask for support from neighbours and MapRA residents to oppose yet another planning application for an extension to the Star Hotel at 132 Chatsworth Road (appn: 22/0933, link), This is another attempt by the same owner to reinstate the abandoned property as a "Bed and Breakfast" (or rather hotel for the homeless), after their first two attempts were widely opposed by the community and declined by the Council. Deadline for comments is the 6th of April.

Sandra Westbrooke

You may be aware of that Sandra died 2 weeks ago (much missed by many members). I understand that the funeral is to be held at the West London crematorium on Tuesday 12 April at 3.15pm. For those who can't make it, the ceremony will be webcast and people can watch it for 28 days. Let me know and I’ll pass on details from John

Next vaccination bus

11am-5pm on 7 and 14 April Oaklands Road. No need to book appointment, bring an ID, have NHS no or be registered with a GP.

Scam – fake Cadbury ‘Easter Chocolate Basket’ message

A fake message posing as Cadbury is spreading quickly on WhatsApp. It's inviting people to grab a ‘Cadbury FREE Easter Chocolate Basket’ by clicking through to a site that has nothing to do with Cadbury. More details from 'Which'

Current local Planning applications
(For details search  Brent Planning New items in red)

  • Appn 22/0539  153B Dartmouth Road.  Comments by 7 April
Replacement of existing windows with double glazed white timber framed units to first floor flat


Brent vaccination schedule. Link
Virus Support information.
Guide to tradesmen and services.
Ashford Place;  
Cricklewood Library update; Including crowd-funder appeal for new cafe 
Latest from Brent Council  local elections
Culture in Brent: Shakespeare week and Jane Austen
Brent Environment Network. Climate – what next
London National Park City Network Newsletter

MapRA Facebook page.

Gerry Weston

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