Ida Restaurant is hosting a very special evening in aid of Kensal Rise Library on Tuesday, July 12th 2016.
Enjoy a three-course meal with vegetarian options for £35 and Ida will donate £10 from every meal to the library.
PLUS Berkmann Wines will donate ALL wine proceeds to the library.
To make a reservation phone Ida: 020 8969 9853
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)!
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/
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.
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
March 2016 Update
As spring arrives, these are interesting and busy times for the campaign.
The objective of re-opening our library is now in sight, but, and it’s a big but, there’s a financial hill to climb.
We will be able to take possession of our space in the building in the next month or two.
We will then have a rent-free space covering two-thirds of the ground floor – most of the area the old library had. But we will need to fit it out and furnish it to turn it into a working library and a public space.
Our priority is to raise the money to do that. We’re applying to trusts and foundations for funding, and we will continue to hold fundraising events. We are also hoping to launch a fundraising drive – calling in the pledges that were made when we first appealed for funds to run the library and also appealing for help from our supporters everywhere.
In the meantime we have had, and, will have, some great fundraising events.
The Actors’ Evening at the Paradise in Febrary was a wonderful night of poetry, literature and laughs which raised over £2000. Actors such as Tamsin Greig, Patterson Joseph, Haydyn Gwynne and others performed and we truly appreciate their support.
On 12th March the Brent Symphony Orchestra gave a concert in aid of the Friends of Kensal Rise Library. It was a wonderful evening with a terrific programme and we are so lucky that the orchestra has made its home in Kensal Rise at St Martin’s Church. We hope to have many more events to share at St Martin’s and inside the library when it opens.
The Actor’s Evening at QPCS. 24th April 2016. Once again the actors who performed at the Actor’s Evening at the Paradise will be returning and giving of their time and talent – this time an evening of Shakespeare.
Art Exhibition and Auction: date to be confirmed, as we may be holding this event in the library. We have had a Peter Blake print donated and we will have the support of local Brent artists.
In November our third Annual Mark Twain Lecture will be given by author Ali Smith, author of, amongst other books, Public Libraries and Other Stories and winner of both the Bailey’s Prize (2015) and the Goldsmith Prize (2014). Ali Smith is a great defender of libraries and her talk promises to be very interesting.
Our library should be a force for good……
Yes, a shared public space with books, free WiFi and computers, classes, events etc is a beautiful thing but we also want the amazing asset we have there to be a broader force for good in Kensal Rise.
That means using it to help those in our area who have the most acute needs – whether teens, single parents, migrants, refugees, people with disabilities or the elderly. We already have partnerships in place with several local groups who tackle those needs but we would love to hear from more, so if you think the library space may be a good resource for work that you do – please get in touch.
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
NEW YEAR UPDATE – 2016
At a meeting of the Trustees of the Friends of Kensal Rise library in December a representative from Uplift Properties – the company that is developing the library building – reported that the development is on track and the scaffolding may be ready to come down in February and the Friends may be able to have access to the building from the end of March. Very exciting!
We have a lot to do, not only with organising how the library is to be run but also with the fitting out of the library space. The space that we will have will be left in a ‘shell and core’ condition when the building works are complete. This means we will be responsible for getting the building from this basic condition to one which is ready for use as a library and public space. We will be asking our supporters for help with this as well as applying to trusts and charities for funds to make the work achievable.
Working together we can achieve this.
The next meeting of the Volunteer Committees is on Thursday 7 January in the Long Room, St Martin’s Church, Mortimer Rd, Kensal Green. 7.30pm – 8.45pm. Please come along and help create a great library, run for the community by the community.
We need as many local people as possible to help secure funds for the library and get it ready to re-open in 2016.
YOU have skills we need. We have fought long and hard to save our library and as a result we have a great space on the ground floor of the building, rent-free.
When it re-opens, the service will be run by volunteers as a lending library with free internet access.
But it will be more than a space with books and computers ……
We plan to run classes and workshops and activities and projects that meet the needs and interests of all in the community.
We want to make the library a force for good. Our campaign has shown what we believe to be important and what we have spent five years fighting for – a library and public space at the heart of our community
To do that we need people who can lend a hand with fundraising, communications, and the practicalities of how the library will operate. No experience necessary: enthusiasm and a small amount of time are all we need…
We look forward to working together and thank you for your continued support.
Message of support from Melvyn Bragg to Friends of Kensal Rise Library
“Libraries are the essential oxygen of the mind”.
Mark Twain 2nd Annual Lecture 8th November 2015