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
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.
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KENSAL RISE LIBRARY
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
from 23rd April
Friends of Kensal Rise Library registered charity no. 1141606
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
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
We met yesterday with the Bursar from All Souls College, Thomas Seaman and their property agent from Cluttons Sam Graham.
The College has rejected our proposal for running the library.
Disappointingly and surprisingly the college has gone for a developer who wants to develop the building by putting in flats and would be willing to offer a small space to us.
When we met with the College in August we had the impression the College wanted to keep the building in community use and was not prepared to see it developed into flats and we tailored our proposal accordingly.
We will meet with this developer next week to see if there is any room for negotiation.
There is also another bid being prepared by a developer that would be much more generous to us (in terms of space and terms) and this will be with the College on Monday.
Once we know what is on offer we will be having a public meeting to share these details with you and to find out how you want to proceed,
The Guardian has an article on the latest from the campaign.
Following on from the success of our Parliamentary lobby day in March, Speak Up For Libraries are pleased to announce that we will be holding a conference in central London on 10 November 2012 to champion public library services and library staff, which is open to all to attend.
The day-long event will pull together library campaigners and supporters from across the UK and give them the opportunity to build on their existing campaigning skills and tactics, share ideas and strategies, and focus on a way forward to make their local campaign as effective as possible, with the goal of ensuring library services are supported and protected, now and in the future.
- Time: 10.00am to 4.30pm
- Venue: CILIP, 7 Ridgmount Street, London WC1E 7AE
- Cost: £20.00 per person