As well as over 20 stalls and a ‘mini-massage retreat’, the May Market will include an exhibition of QPCS and Capital City students’ entries for our library-card competition. Entries were judged by Paul Stolper, who represents some of the country’s most famous living artists e.g. Damien Hirst, Peter Blake and Brian Eno.The library-card competition is sponsored by Queen’s Park Books.This is an exciting collaboration between Kensal Rise Community Library, local schools and business – and the contemporary British art scene.
Kensal Rise Community Library receives no public funding, but has to generate its own revenue – so with the May Market on Saturday May 5th, it is joining other community businesses around the country to celebrate the third annual Community Business Weekend.
Aimed at shining a light on the 7,000 community businesses across England, Community Business Weekend offers a unique opportunity for local people to visit and see how they can get involved.
1. November 30th 2017: we signed our lease – on Mark Twain’s birthday.
Signing our lease.
2. December 2017: our library refurbishment works began.
First phase of works to be completed by end of February 2018. This means all the basics will be in place, including flooring (we have restored the original parquet), heating, lighting, plumbing, the ceiling, etc. The Second Phase will then begin and will be completed dependent on funding. The library space, though not yet fully furnished, will be useable and available for hire from March 2018.
Fully appointing and furnishing the library may take a little longer, but we will use the space to continue fundraising to meet final refurbishment requirements.Our newly restored parquet floor.
3. Our Operations Committee continue to meet at 7.30 pm on the first Thursday of each month in the Long Room behind St Martin’s Church on Mortimer Rd. Kensal Green. This group works on the operational needs of the library; books; policies; volunteers; cataloguing; supporting events; IT; communications.
We particularly need more IT support and website design expertise.
Please contact: email@example.com if you would like to become involved.
4. Events: ‘Lionel Shriver In Conversation with Tim Lott’ on Sunday January 28th was very successful, raising over £1000 for the library refurbishment. Attended by over 120 people it was thought-provoking and sparked some lively debate.
Lionel Shriver signing books at our January event.
Thanks to Graham Noyce for letting us have the event at St Martins, Alex at Berkmann Wines for donating the bar and all the volunteers who helped on the night. We are also grateful to the raffle prize donors: Tulip Siddiq MP, The Paradise, Jivita Ayurveda and Straker Hair.
Other events are being planned and we look forward to holding our first in the library.
5. Funding applications and grants: We have been successful with our bids for funds to both the Community Infrastructure Levy and the Harvist Trust. From the former we have two grants totalling £95,000 and from the latter £5,000. All will go towards the refurbishment of the library space, computers and books.
6. Support from local businesses, schools and organisations: we would like to thank the incredible generosity of all our local friends, including: Daniels Real Estate; The Paradise Pub Kensal Green; The Royal Oak Pub Harlesden; The Whippet Inn Kensal Green; MDS Builders London; Topps Tiles; Cresswell Carpets; Curry Nights; Messapica; Tesco; Nandos; The Parlour; Nuffield Health;Howdens Kitchens; Rajvel Deco (paint); Jivita Ayurveda; Gracelands; Scarlet & Violet; Bel and Nev; Berkmann Wines; Borough Wines; St Martins; Kensal Green Under Fives; Malorees Parents; QPCS; Princess Freds Parents; Brent Library Service; our Ward Councillors from Kensal Green, Brondesbury Park and Queens Park.
A prolific journalist, Lionel Shriver has authored twelve novels, including the bestsellers The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047, Big Brother, So Much for That, The Post-Birthday World, and the Orange-Prize winner We Need to Talk About Kevin (a 2011 feature film starring Tilda Swinton). She won the 2014 BBC National Short Story Award. Her novella and story collection Property is scheduled for spring 2018. Her work has been translated into 30 languages. Lionel will also answer questions and sign her books.
On Mark Twain’s birthday, 30 November 2017, we signed the lease for the library.
Thank you to all those who have helped us get to this point, especially our local community who have supported the campaign to save the library for almost seven years. Proud of all of us!
(Pics Brendan Bailey)
A starry cast perform their favourite seasonal readings and song.
Actors: Lucy Cohu; Ben Miles; Tamsin Greig; Haydn Gwynne; Rick Leaf; Emily Raymond; Stephanie Schonfield.
Radio 6 DJ Gideon Coe; Guardian columnist Tim Lott
Singers: Robin Tyson; Janice Kelly.
Plus Allen Samuels.
7.30 pm St Martin’s Church 132 Mortimer Rd NW10 5SN
Bar, refreshments, raffle.
Tickets £12 on the door and at Eventbrite Poems and Song Night Dec 3rd 2017
All proceeds go towards the refurbishment and running of the library.
5 November 2017 – A terrific feeling of community as residents use the library space.
Local residents thronged the soon to be refurbished library space selling and buying – from cakes and coffee supplied by the Kensal Green Under Fives Community Nursery to delicious pumpkin soup from Nadia.
Vintage clothes, crochet, plants, jewellery, books – there was a bit of everything!
We raised nearly £1000 towards the library refurbishment.
The space, both indoors and out, was vibrant – a great community turnout!
(Pics: Allen Samuels and Pedro A Perez)
1st July Open Day in the library 2nd July Actor’s Night Fundraiser.
Open Day in the library. The local community gets to view the library space before our works begin. Very emotional being inside after so long.
Actor’s Night Fundraiser: brilliant night of words and music. We raised over £3,000 for the library. Thank you to all the cast for such a wonderful performance and their continued support.
Tamsin Greig, Paterson Joseph, Ron Cook, Rick Leaf, Haydn Gwynne, Lucy Cohu, Stephanie Schonfield, Ben Miles, Emily Raymond, Gideon Coe, Tim Lott, Robin Tyson and Friends.
(photos: M Bailey and F Mulaisho)
SATURDAY, JULY 1st 12 – 3pm!
You are invited to see inside before the refurbishment works begin. Come and tell us what you think.
Refreshments and new merchandise available too.