Actors’ night for Kensal Rise library Sunday 28th February 2016

A star-studded cast of local actors, an author and a BBC Radio 6 DJ will perform readings and take questions from the floor. Plus a raffle!

Tamsin Greig, Paterson Joseph, Haydn Gwynne, Ben Miles, Danny John-Jules, Samantha Spiro, Richard Leaf, Emily Raymond, Tim Lott, and Gideon Coe and more…

Sunday 28th February 2016 - Starts 7.30pm Doors open 7.00pm

Tickets £8 (plus voluntary £2 library donation) on the door and advance  tickets available at C& D Wine College Rd NW10 and Daniels Real Estate, Chamberlayne Rd, NW10

Upstairs at The Paradise (by way of Kensal Green) 19 Kilburn Lane W10 4AE

KRL Actors night printA3

 

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NEW YEAR UPDATE – 2016

At a meeting of the Trustees of the Friends of Kensal Rise library in December a representative from Uplift Properties – the company that is developing the library building - reported that the development is on track and the scaffolding may be ready to come down in February and the Friends may be able to have access to the building from the end of March. Very exciting!

We have a lot to do, not only with organising how the library is to be run but also with the fitting out of the library space. The space that we will have will be left in a ‘shell and core’ condition when the building works are complete. This means we will be responsible for getting the building from this basic condition to one which is ready for use as a library and public space. We will be asking our supporters for help with this as well as applying to trusts and charities for funds to make the work achievable.

Working together we can achieve this.

The next meeting of the Volunteer Committees is on Thursday 7 January in the Long Room, St Martin’s Church, Mortimer Rd, Kensal Green. 7.30pm – 8.45pm. Please come along and help create a great library, run for the community by the community.

 We need as many local people as possible to help secure funds for the library and get it ready to re-open in 2016.

 YOU have skills we need. We have fought long and hard to save our library and as a result we have a great space on the ground floor of the building, rent-free.

 When it re-opens, the service will be run by volunteers as a lending library with free internet access.

But it will be more than a space with books and computers ……

 We plan to run classes and workshops and activities and projects that meet the needs and interests of all in the community. 

 We want to make the library a force for good. Our campaign has shown what we believe to be important and what we have spent five years fighting for – a library and public space at the heart of our community

 To do that we need people who can lend a hand with fundraising, communications, and the practicalities of how the library will operate. No experience necessary: enthusiasm and a small amount of time are all we need…

We look forward to working together and thank you for your continued support.

Regards,

Margaret Bailey

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Message of support from Melvyn Bragg to Friends of Kensal Rise Library

“Libraries are the essential oxygen of the mind”.

Mark Twain 2nd Annual Lecture 8th November 2015

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 2nd Annual Mark Twain Lecture

Sunday 8th November from 7.00pm

Melvyn Bragg

St Martin’s Church, Mortimer Road NW10

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Brent Council honours Kensal Rise library campaigner

 The London Borough of Brent announced Margaret Bailey, Chair of the Friends of Kensal Rise Library, as one of its 2015 Community Champions at its awards ceremony on 4th November at the Civic Centre in Wembley .

The Brent Community Champions Awards are held annually by Brent Council to honour and recognise individuals who have given outstanding community and voluntary service in Brent. For the last five years, Margaret Bailey has led the campaign to save the library service in Kensal Rise. In a fight that has drawn local residents together in defense of a beloved institution, Ms. Bailey has been a tireless champion of community values. Since then FKRL has fought to restore the library service under the building’s subsequent owners. Campaigners, led by Ms. Bailey, have now secured a guaranteed space on the ground floor for a volunteer-run library. That space will be rent-free in perpetuity, while the rest of the building will be converted into residential units. Margaret Bailey, Chair of the Friends of Kensal Rise Library commented: Im delighted by this award but it should really go to everybody in Kensal Rise and beyond who has worked over the last five years to save our precious library. Above all, we now need to raise the funds to make our new community library viable, so I appeal to businesses, donors and trusts to help us secure our future…

 www.savekensalriselibrary.org

 

   

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FRIENDS OF KENSAL RISE LIBRARY

 QUIZ

NIGHT

TUESDAY 3rd NOVEMBER

THE MASON’S ARMS

665 Harrow Road NW10

TICKETS £5

play your joker for £5

DOORS 7:30   QUIZ STARTS 8pm

TEAMS OF UP TO 7

TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR

(brought to you by the 7th Heaven team)

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The Friends of Kensal Rise Library invite you to

 JOIN A LIBRARY COMMITTEE

Meeting at the Long Room,

St Martin’s Church,

Mortimer Road NW10

Thursday 1st October 2015

7.30pm to 8.45pm

(followed by refreshments)

 and on these Thursdays:

5th Nov & 3rd Dec 2015 – 7th Jan; 4th Feb & 3rd March 2016 at the same time and place.

 The library may be ready for opening by around March 2016 and there is a lot to do before then! Please come and join a library committee (finance/fundraising, communications and operations) to help us prepare.

If possible let us know that you are coming, or just turn up. If you can’t get to a committee meeting but would like to be involved, please get in touch. Enthusiasm and the ability to give us your time are just as important as skills and experience.

Thank you for your support.

kensalriselibraryvolunteers@hotmail.com

 

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Queens Park Day

12-5pm Sunday 13th September 2015

The Friends of Kensal Rise Library will be at Queens Park Day on Sunday.

Come along and find out where we are with our plans for the library; volunteer your skills and time; buy good quality nearly new books; buy one of the last few remaining and limited edition numbered Jamie Reid prints made for the campaign by Sex Pistols artist Jamie Reid.

Looking forward to seeing you.