Proposed Kilburn Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL) bids for December 2018

We have a favour to ask of Kilburn locals. Can you please write an email of support in favour of the below three NCIL bids for December? Money is available to help improve our local neighbourhood but we need businesses and locals to help support these bids to make them happen.

Unfortunately the deadline is today BUT….. it won’t take you long to do.

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What’s happened this fortnight 18th November 2018

What is the link between Kilburn and Elton John, Jeff Beck, U2, Eric Clapton, Roxy Music, Simply Red, Oasis, Robbie Williams, Suede and the Biograph Cinema? Well, it is 248 Kilburn High Road.

The ticket windows in Kilburn Park Station got a green make-over. What a great idea!

“White Teeth” at the Kiln Theatre has been receiving very good reviews and not only from us. We were pleased to see Zadie Smith’s mother at the community day yesterday. A significant number of people enquired about the possible return of children workshops and children Saturday theatre shows. We were told that both would be returning soon, which is great news.

Bradley Wiggins mentioned his childhood in Kilburn.

Maison de la Vie cafe celebrated their first birthday on 10th November, with cake and music. Continue reading

A cinema? Master Rock Studios? at 248 Kilburn High Road.

Master Rock Studios and the Biograph Cinema, by Dick Weindling

Many buildings in Kilburn have interesting stories, but few can match No.248 Kilburn High Road. The site is now demolished and permission has been given for two blocks of flats. They may not be aware, but the new residents will be living on top of a slice of media history.

The Biograph Cinema

In October 1908, American-born George Washington Grant and two partners formed the Biograph Theatre Company. They saw cinema as the growing medium and opened two Biograph cinemas in the Holloway Road and Peckham in 1909. The busy working-class area of Kilburn was a good place for their next venture. In May 1910, The Biograph Theatre with 600 seats opened at No.236 Kilburn High Road. The trade newspaper, Era, said, ‘It is doing remarkably well and is prettily decorated in brown and gold and is very cosy.’ Continue reading

What’s happened this fortnight 4th November 2018

Somebody else agrees with us that Kilburn is getting fabulous food places but needs tender loving care.

Maison de la Vie are hosting live music every Friday. Worth a visit.

The Philippine Consul visited Philip San who have been getting great reviews. If you have not done so, please go and visit, great food and nice staff.

Have you eaten at Zero 75 in Belsize road?

Northwest trading at 106 Kilburn High Road took street trading to the new level of bus lane trading, while Inspire dental Care finally got a new sign.

A strange structure appeared by Kilburn tube station raising speculations about its purpose.

Friday 26th October was the first preview night of “White Teeth” at our local theatre. The set is Kilburn High Road  and Mary, a well known character to those who have lived in Kilburn for some time, is at centre stage. The play is excellent and a celebration of Kilburn’s quirkiness. Do go and see it, you will not be disappointed and you may learn the song about Kilburn High Road.

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Island Records at 108 Cambridge Road from 1963 to 1967 (by Dick Weindling)

Island Records was formed by Chris Blackwell who was born in London, but grew up in Jamaica. In 1958 after trying various jobs and using money from his parents, he decided to record Lance Hayward, a young, blind jazz pianist who was playing at the Half Moon Hotel in Montego Bay. The record was released in 1959, and this was the beginning of what would later become Island Records. The following year Blackwell had a hit with Laurel Aitken’s ‘Boogie In My Bones’. Using the money from the sales he set up a small office in Kingston. In 1962 Blackwell moved to London and began selling records to the West Indian communities in London, Birmingham, and Manchester from the back of his Mini-Cooper.

Blackwell took the name of Island Records from Alec Waugh’s novel ‘Island in the Sun’. Island Records Ltd began in May 1962 with four partners who invested a total of £4,000: Chris Blackwell, Graham Goodall, an Australian music engineer living in Jamaica, the Chinese-Jamaican record producer Leslie Kong and his brother.

From March 1963 to 1967 Island Records had their office at 108 Cambridge Road, (since demolished as part of the South Kilburn redevelopment plan). Continue reading