November Update

Hi Everyone,

1. Open Letter to Warden and Fellows of All Souls College

After meeting with the Bursar of All Souls College, and the developer that the College wants to sell the building to, we have written an Open Letter to the Warden and Fellows of All Souls College. You can read this letter on our website It has information about the entire negotiation process with the College and our subsequent meeting with the developer.

2. Proposal from The Friends of Kensal Rise Library to All Souls College Oxford

Our proposal for a library and community space can now be accessed from the website.

3. The Save Kensal Rise library campaign goes to Oxford!

On Saturday 10th November we will be going to Oxford and would like as many of you as possible to join us. We will be appealing to the Fellows of the College to come and speak to us. Buses (free) will be leaving from the Kensal Rise Library at 9.30 and will be returning about 4pm.If you would like to come please leave your name here:

Only put your name down if you definitely plan to come as we need accurate numbers for the bus company. Should be a good day out and we would like to see as many imaginative placards as possible. It is important to let Oxford see how important our library is to us.

4. Leaflets at Kensal Green Underground Station

We will be distributing leaflets at Kensal green tube with an update and details of the Oxford trip on Thursday morning from 7.30-9am. If you can help let me know.

I can assure you that we are trying as hard as possible to find the best solution for our library and community.

We are trying to negotiate with both the College and the developer but I won’t pretend it is easy or plain sailing.

We are hoping the College will be willing to listen to us, they have said they have been impressed by the strength of our campaign and our desire to save our library. They have said they want to see a library remain on the site.

We hope to achieve more than a small library space overshadowed by flats and parts of the building demolished.

So we need to continue to fight for this. The support of the community is vital.

I hope as many of you as possible will come to Oxford.

I hope the desire to make money out of this community’s assets will not be the lasting legacy of this campaign.


Margaret Bailey 

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