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Actors’ Night for Shakespeare’s Anniversary

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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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Brent Symphony Orchestra Charity Concert in aid of the Friends of Kensal Rise Library


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: or by phone on 07530 904584

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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

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2nd Annual Mark Twain Lecture

 2nd Annual Mark Twain Lecture

Sunday 8th November from 7.00pm

Melvyn Bragg

St Martin’s Church, Mortimer Road NW10


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…



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November Quiz Night!






665 Harrow Road NW10


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(brought to you by the 7th Heaven team)

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Join a Library Committee!

The Friends of Kensal Rise Library invite you to


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.


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Queens Park Day 2015

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.