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Maggie Gee talks ‘Blood’ – 3pm April 13

Join distinguished, award-winning author Maggie Gee in a discussion of her new novel, “Blood”. 

13th April 3pm at Kensal Rise Library.

Tickets £4 on Eventbrite: and at C&D Food & Wine College Rd NW10.

“…violent, sardonic, funny and fierce … written with style and dash, without pity, without fear.” Hilary Mantel

Audience Q&A, book signing, refreshments.

FKRL Maggie Gee website Apr 2019

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FKRL Low key event 1 July June 18 024SATURDAY, 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.



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  Hi Everyone,

  1. Fundraising Phase 1: thanks to your generosity, the success of two of our grant applications, The Foyle Foundation and Garfield Weston, a Brent Council Ward Working award, and our events, we have achieved our goal of £80,000 for the fit out of the library – flooring, wiring, electrics, plumbing, heating etc. It has been hard work but very heartening to have so much support.
  2. Fundraising Phase 2: we now need £80,000 to kit out the library – desks, computers, lighting, storage, wifi, furniture, etc.

    We have raised £3,863 so far, thank you!

    Every contribution, no matter how small, has helped and we are on our way to creating a library and public space.

    If you have not donated, and would like to, please visit our website: and press the Mydonate button or go direct to:


  3. Our fit out works are due to commence soon. Handover day from the owner, Uplift Property Ltd, is 21st October. There have been many delays but they have given us a chance to get the funding we need to commence the refurbishment works. The space will be left as a very basic shell and we have to start from scratch to make it, not only beautiful and practical, but safe for public use. We hope to begin using the ‘meanwhile’ space for fundraising and events while we raise the finance we need to complete the works.


  4. Events:

    For our third Annual Mark Twain Lecture we have author Ali Smith, author of Public Libraries and Other Stories, (Kensal Rise Library gets a mention) and winner of the Bailey’s Prize for Literature in 2015 for her book, How to be Both.

    This lecture will take place at 7pm in St Martin’s Church, Mortimer Rd, Kensal Green on Sunday 6Nov.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite: …

    Tickets, £10, also available locally at: Daniels Real Estate, 77 Chamberlayne Rd, NW10, and Queens Park Books NW6.

    We have other events planned for autumn. We will let you know details when they are finalised. Other events we are lining up include a Comedy Night, and a Music celebration for Christmas and we hope to continue with our Cake Sales outside the library. We may be holding our first ever event in the library too if our building works go to plan.


  5. If you would like to volunteer to help in the library, especially if you have financial, IT, website or marketing expertise, please come along to our next monthly meeting. We have three committees, Finance, Operations and Communications, which meet on the first Thursday of each month in The Long Room behind St Martin’s Church in Mortimer Rd, Kensal Green, NW10 The next meeting is at 7.30pm on 6 October.

    All skills and enthusiasm welcomed. For more information about how you can help email:


    December 2016 marks the sixth year of our campaign to restore the library. We have always been able to rely on the support of the community and those beyond. We have come a long way and it is gratifying to hear that the Leader of Brent Council, Cllr Muhammad Butt, at the September Cabinet meeting announced plans to formulate a strategy to work in partnership with all the Community Libraries in Brent. That is a dramatic change and we are looking forward to working in partnership with the council for the benefit of our community.

    For the moment, we are planning the design and refurbishment of the library space and continuing to raise the necessary funds to accomplish this. We have a tall order to fill – but with your continued support we will get there.



    Margaret Bailey


    Friends of Kensal Rise Library






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Click to read this open letter to All Souls yesterday outlining our response to their offer.


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Thanks to our web host

A big thank you to our web host Vidahost for supporting us, in particular at the moment when we’ve had a big increase in visitor traffic from around the world as a result of the pledge drive.

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