WE HAVE DONE IT!

Crowds of residents outside Kensal Rise Library

We have raised the £80,000 needed to complete the second phase of works – the kit out of the library – and well before the December 31st deadline we had set ourselves.

We have just been told that our application for £75,000 to Power to Change (PTC) has been successful!

PTC is an independent charitable trust set up with an endowment from The Big Lottery Fund. The PTC grant augments the funds that we have already raised from our events and donations.

We have already raised £80,000 for the initial works.

This means that altogether we have raised £160,000 in just under seven months – a remarkable achievement by The Friends of Kensal Rise Library and with the generous support of the community, an anonymous donation of £10,000, the Foyle Foundation, The Garfield Weston Foundation, Brent Council and our sponsors Daniels Real Estate, Kensal Rise.

This is a wonderful early Christmas present and we will be celebrating with you all!

Regards,

Margaret Bailey

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ANOTHER ACTOR’S NIGHT

Kensal Rise Library Poetry Evening

Kensal Rise Library Actor’s Night

Back by popular demand – Sunday 27th November

Audiences have loved our star-studded, live performances of poetry and literature by award-winning local actors. So we are very pleased to welcome them back on Sunday 27th November at The Masons Arms pub, Harrow Road. Doors open 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.

Performers include Tamsin Greig, Haydn Gwynne, Samantha Spiro, Ron Cook, Richard Leaf, Stephanie Schonfield, plus Radio 6 Music DJ Gideon Coe, award-winning writer and Guardian columnist Tim Lott, and Allen Samuels.

There will also be a raffle!

Tickets at £10 are available in advance from C&D Food and Wine (opposite Kensal Rise Library) and Daniels Estate Agents (Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise).

All proceeds will go directly to the library.

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Third Annual Mark Twain Lecture with author Ali Smith – 6 November 2016

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For our third Annual Mark Twain Lecture we have Ali Smith, author of Public Libraries and Other Stories, (Kensal Rise Library gets a mention) and winner of the Bailey’s Prize for Literature in 2015 for her book, How to be Both.

This lecture will take place at 7pm in St Martin’s Church, Mortimer Rd, Kensal Green on Sunday 6Nov.

Tickets are available from Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/annual-mark-twain-lecture-with-ali-smith-tickets-27367533028 …

Tickets, £10, also available locally at: Daniels Real Estate, 77 Chamberlayne Rd, NW10, and Queens Park Books NW6.

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SEPTEMBER 2016 UPDATE

  Hi Everyone,

  1. Fundraising Phase 1: thanks to your generosity, the success of two of our grant applications, The Foyle Foundation and Garfield Weston, a Brent Council Ward Working award, and our events, we have achieved our goal of £80,000 for the fit out of the library – flooring, wiring, electrics, plumbing, heating etc. It has been hard work but very heartening to have so much support.
  2. Fundraising Phase 2: we now need £80,000 to kit out the library – desks, computers, lighting, storage, wifi, furniture, etc.

    We have raised £3,863 so far, thank you!

    Every contribution, no matter how small, has helped and we are on our way to creating a library and public space.

    If you have not donated, and would like to, please visit our website: www.savekensalriselibrary.org and press the Mydonate button or go direct to: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/kensalriselibrarykitout/334830

     

  3. Our fit out works are due to commence soon. Handover day from the owner, Uplift Property Ltd, is 21st October. There have been many delays but they have given us a chance to get the funding we need to commence the refurbishment works. The space will be left as a very basic shell and we have to start from scratch to make it, not only beautiful and practical, but safe for public use. We hope to begin using the ‘meanwhile’ space for fundraising and events while we raise the finance we need to complete the works.

     

  4. Events:

    For our third Annual Mark Twain Lecture we have author Ali Smith, author of Public Libraries and Other Stories, (Kensal Rise Library gets a mention) and winner of the Bailey’s Prize for Literature in 2015 for her book, How to be Both.

    This lecture will take place at 7pm in St Martin’s Church, Mortimer Rd, Kensal Green on Sunday 6Nov.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/annual-mark-twain-lecture-with-ali-smith-tickets-27367533028 …

    Tickets, £10, also available locally at: Daniels Real Estate, 77 Chamberlayne Rd, NW10, and Queens Park Books NW6.

    We have other events planned for autumn. We will let you know details when they are finalised. Other events we are lining up include a Comedy Night, and a Music celebration for Christmas and we hope to continue with our Cake Sales outside the library. We may be holding our first ever event in the library too if our building works go to plan.

     

  5. If you would like to volunteer to help in the library, especially if you have financial, IT, website or marketing expertise, please come along to our next monthly meeting. We have three committees, Finance, Operations and Communications, which meet on the first Thursday of each month in The Long Room behind St Martin’s Church in Mortimer Rd, Kensal Green, NW10 The next meeting is at 7.30pm on 6 October.

    All skills and enthusiasm welcomed. For more information about how you can help email: kensalriselibraryusers@hotmail.co.uk

     

    December 2016 marks the sixth year of our campaign to restore the library. We have always been able to rely on the support of the community and those beyond. We have come a long way and it is gratifying to hear that the Leader of Brent Council, Cllr Muhammad Butt, at the September Cabinet meeting announced plans to formulate a strategy to work in partnership with all the Community Libraries in Brent. That is a dramatic change and we are looking forward to working in partnership with the council for the benefit of our community.

    For the moment, we are planning the design and refurbishment of the library space and continuing to raise the necessary funds to accomplish this. We have a tall order to fill – but with your continued support we will get there.

     

    Regards,

    Margaret Bailey

    Chair

    Friends of Kensal Rise Library

     

     

     

 

 

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£80,000 TARGET REACHED BY DEADLINE!

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TRULY WONDERFUL NEWS!!!!
We have achieved our Phase 1 refurbishment target of £80,000 by July 31st, a deadline we set ourselves just three months ago.
We thank Daniels Estate Agents for their very generous £2,500 cheque, which Daniels presented at the volunteers’ tea party on Saturday 30th July. The cheque is in addition to Daniels’ sponsorship and support of FKRL events.
Daniels’ cheque, together with donations from our fantastic supporters, revenue from our events, plus grants from Brent Council’s Ward Working Fund, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Foyle Foundation have all contributed to this remarkable achievement.
It will let us start work on fitting out the library space (currently a bare shell requiring flooring, heating, plumbing etc etc), as soon as the developer hands us the keys.
Our heartfelt thanks to all who helped achieve this outstanding result.
We now look forward to working towards our Phase 2 target to kit out the library.

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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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£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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