UPDATE JULY 2016

Library Campaign Update July 2016

Hi Everyone,

Great news!

We are £3,582 off our first phase target of £80,000.

Thanks to your generosity and two grants (one from the Foyle Foundation for £5,000 and one from Garfield Weston for £15,000), and our latest fundraisers – A Soul Music Night which raised over £1,600 and Dinner at Ida’s which raised nearly £500, we have almost achieved our target for the first phase of works for the fit out of the library. It has been hard work but worth it and great to know that we are well on our way to putting a library at the heart of our community.

If you have not donated yet, but would still like to, please go to our fundraising page at Mydonate:  https://mydonate.bt.com/events/kensalriselibraryappeal

If you would like to contribute in another way please contact me at kensalriselibraryusers@hotmail.co.uk   

We have until the 31st July to reach our target!

Please help us to achieve this. This amount will allow us to get into the library and commence the works to make it safe and useable.  We hope to be starting these works in the next few weeks. We will then have our meanwhile space – a space where we can hold events to raise the rest of the funds to kit out the library.

Thank you so much to those of you who have helped.

It is not too late to help, if we all contribute we will get the amount we need.

Regards,

Margaret Bailey

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FUND RAISER IS A ROOF RAISER! OVER £1,600 RAISED!

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Jon Scott and Space UK blew the roof off last Sunday and got everyone up and moving to their funky beat! They played  soul covers, as well as their own new numbers at our Live Soul Night on July 17th, in aid of our  Big Fundraising Drive to refurbish, equip and operate Kensal Rise Library.  Much dancing, drinking and fun had by all – taking us even closer to achieving our phase 1 fundraising target of £80,000.
Thanks to everyone who supported the event, to our lovely volunteers and to Berkmann Wines for donating some of the fine wine.
 
Special thanks go to Queens Park Community School’s retiring Headteacher, Mr Mike Hulme, for hosting us – and for  all the other 100-and-1 things he has always done to help our events run super-smoothly and have such impact on the night. (Mike even found time to rig our stage lights!) We deeply value our partnership with QPCS and look forward to it continuing and expanding.  Meanwhile, we send Mike our warmest wishes for his ‘retirement’, and are delighted that he has agreed to continue being an FKRL Trustee.  
We also thank  Daniels Estate Agents for their generous and continuing sponsorship and support.
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Live Soul Music Fundraising Night

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On Sunday 17th July at Queens Park Community School, Kensal Rise Library presents an evening of live soul music. Tickets cost just £10 and all the proceeds will go to the big fundraising campaign to refurbish the library.

Buy your ticket online here

Alternatively, tickets are available for purchase from C & D Food and Wine (62 College Road, Kensal Green, NW10 5ET) and Daniels Estate Agents (77 Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, NW10 3ND).

The evening features Afro-Soul singer songwriter Jon Scott, and contemporary eight piece band Space UK.

Jon ScottNigerian-born London-based Afro-soul optimist Jon Scott describes his music as feel good pop-soul. Scott’s musical journey began as a child in Lagos, taking in the kaleidoscopic clash of sounds that engulfed him as he walked through the Nigerian city streets. ‘Its not records in stores and supermarkets like it is here. If you’re walking down a Lagos street the shops are cheek to jowl. One minute you’re hearing hi-life, the next minute Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Abba… you’re hearing everything at once, including the local Afro-Beat’.

Space UK are an eight-piece band made up of players, singers, writers and producers at the very top of their game. They are the only band of their kind to offer a MOBO winner and international number 1 chart-topper as a core member featured vocalist. Space UK’s founder members are long established songwriters and producers for all the major labels, with a long list of pop, dance, classical, TV and feature film credits.

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Buy Tickets

£10 (plus booking fee when bought online)

7.30pm, Sunday 17th June

Venue: Queens Park Community School, Aylestone Ave, NW6 7BQ London

 

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Our First Ever Joint Event with Brent Libraries – Saturday 2nd July

Kensal Rise Library is participating in our first joint event with the Brent Library Service!
Come along and hear about our plans for re-opening the library, and about community libraries in Preston, Barham Park and Cricklewood, as well as news from the Brent Library Service. Share your views on the library service in Brent.
Saturday 2nd July 2016 at Willesden Green Library from 10.30am to 1pm, library news update11am to 11.30am.
Roald Dahl craft workshop for children at 11.30am. Chance to visit the Brent Archive Search Room 12.30pm. Free prize draw.
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Dine Out at Ida for Kensal Rise Library

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Ida Restaurant is hosting a very special evening in aid of Kensal Rise Library on Tuesday, July 12th 2016.

Enjoy a three-course meal with vegetarian options for £35 and Ida will donate £10 from every meal to the library. 

PLUS Berkmann Wines will donate ALL wine proceeds to the library.

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Pasta from Ida Restaurant
 The menu will consist of a mixed starter with several vegetarian options. Guests choose a main course, and dessert will be a selection for all to share.
Award-winning Ida is a neighbourhood Italian restaurant that daily makes its own hand-rolled pasta.  It’s situated in a pretty, Grade II listed, ex-corner-shop in Queen’s Park.
Please come at 7.30pm for drinks; dinner starts at 8.00pm.

To make a reservation phone Ida: 020 8969 9853

Ida’s address: 167 Fifth Avenue, Queen’s Park W10 4DT
Part of the Big Fundraising Drive to refurbish and open Kensal Rise Library.

 

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Our Fundraising Drive is Now Live!

Our fundraising drive is up and running! Together we can open the library.

After five years of campaigning we have secured two thirds of the ground floor to operate a community library and public space. We need your support to transform this empty shell into a library that the community can be proud of and which they deserve after fighting for so long.

We need £200,000

  • Phase 1 – The Fit Out:  £80,000

For flooring, utilities, plumbing, boiler, re-wiring, all internal decoration, creating reception, adults’/children’s sections, office, kitchen, disabled access

  • Phase 2 – The Kit Out:  £80,000

For shelving, books, broadband, computers, furniture, fittings, equipment, audio visual system, lighting (inc for sight-impaired), heating system, consumables

  • Phase 3 – First Year Operation:  £40,000 by January 31st 2017

Total = £200,000 by January 31st 2017

UPDATE: We have now raised £76,417.71  (including Gift Aid)!

We are on our way! Thank you to all who have contributed.

Help us to achieve our goal – a library at the heart of our community.

Follow the progress of the appeal on the Shelf-O-Meter outside the library.

How to donate:

Press the Mydonate button on the website and remember to fill in the Gift Aid declaration. 

Go direct to our fundraising page at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/kensalriselibraryappeal

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Actors’ Night for Shakespeare’s Anniversary

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Local actors come together again to create a star studded cast performing Shakespeare readings. This popular event will take place on Sunday 24th April at Queens Park Community School. Buying a ticket will be essential and are available for £10 from C&D Food and Wine and Daniels Estate Agents.

Performers include Tamsin Greig, Paterson Joseph, Ron Cook, Ben Miles, Emily Raymond, Richard Leaf, Tim Lott, Allen Samuels and Stephanie Schonfield.

This event will be part of the big fundraising launch weekend. All proceeds from the ticket sales will go directly to the library – which will be opening this year.

For updates follow us on facebook and twitter.

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Fundraising Launch Weekend 23rd April

KENSAL RISE LIBRARY

FUNDRAISING APPEAL

LAUNCH WEEKEND

23rd / 24th April 2016

After five years of campaigning and dedicated support from the community we have a rent free space on the ground floor of the library, and we plan to open in autumn 2016. Please join us at our launch weekend to mark the start of our fundraising appeal.

Unveiling of the Shelf-O-Meter, 3pm Saturday 23rd April 2016 Kensal Rise Library, Bathurst Gardens, NW10 5JA

Come and join us on World Book Day and Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary for the unveiling of the Shelf-O-Meter created by Brent Artists’ Resource, www.brentartistsresource.org.uk, which will fill up with books as donations are made.

Fundraising Appeal Launch at the Actors’ Night

7.30pm Sunday 24th April 2016 at Queen’s Park Community School Aylestone Avenue NW6 7BQ

 

HOW TO DONATE

Online at

mydonate.bt.com/events/kensalriselibraryappeal

from 23rd April

Friends of Kensal Rise Library registered charity no. 1141606

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MARCH 2016 UPDATE

March 2016 Update

 As spring arrives, these are interesting and busy times for the campaign.

The objective of re-opening our library is now in sight, but, and it’s a big but, there’s a financial hill to climb.

We will be able to take possession of our space in the building in the next month or two.

We will then have a rent-free space covering two-thirds of the ground floor – most of the area the old library had. But we will need to fit it out and furnish it to turn it into a working library and a public space.

Our priority is to raise the money to do that. We’re applying to trusts and foundations for funding, and we will continue to hold fundraising events. We are also hoping to launch a fundraising drive – calling in the pledges that were made when we first appealed for funds to run the library and also appealing for help from our supporters everywhere.

 In the meantime we have had, and, will have, some great fundraising events.

 The Actors’ Evening at the Paradise in Febrary was a wonderful night of poetry, literature and laughs which raised over £2000. Actors such as Tamsin Greig, Patterson Joseph, Haydyn Gwynne and others performed and we truly appreciate their support.

On 12th  March the Brent Symphony Orchestra gave a concert  in aid of the Friends of Kensal Rise Library. It was a wonderful evening with a terrific programme and we are so lucky that the orchestra has made its home in Kensal Rise at St Martin’s Church. We hope to have many more events to share at St Martin’s and inside the library when it opens.

The Actor’s Evening at QPCS. 24th April 2016. Once again the actors who performed at the Actor’s Evening at the Paradise will be returning and giving of their time and talent – this time an evening of Shakespeare.

Art Exhibition and Auction: date to be confirmed, as we may be holding this event in the library. We have had a Peter Blake print donated and we will have the support of local Brent artists.

In November our third Annual Mark Twain Lecture will be given by author Ali Smith, author of, amongst other books, Public Libraries and Other Stories and winner of both the Bailey’s Prize (2015) and the Goldsmith Prize (2014). Ali Smith is a great defender of libraries and her talk promises to be very interesting.

Our library should be a force for good……

 Yes, a shared public space with books, free WiFi and computers, classes, events  etc is a beautiful thing but we also want the amazing asset we have there to be a broader force for good in Kensal Rise.

That means using it to help those in our area who have the most acute needs – whether teens, single parents, migrants, refugees, people with disabilities or the elderly. We already have partnerships in place with several local groups who tackle those needs but we would love to hear from more, so if you think the library space may be a good resource for work that you do – please get in touch.

Regards,

Margaret Bailey

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Brent Symphony Orchestra Charity Concert in aid of the Friends of Kensal Rise Library

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Saturday 12 March 2016 at 7.30pm at St Martin’s Church, Mortimer Road, London NW10 5SN
Schumann, Genoveva Overture; R Strauss – Horn Concerto No 2; Sibelius – Symphony No 2
Tickets: Adults: £10, Concessions: £8, Under 12′s: FREE, Family Ticket £30 (for 4, max 2 adults). Tickets at the door, or book online: www.ticketsource.co.uk or by phone on 07530 904584

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