What’s happened this fortnight 7th July 2019

Is pink the new colour trend in Kilburn? Delightful window display and gentleman. Let’s hope however that this red and this yellow do not take over our streets.

Did you know that George Orwell was a Kilburn resident? We also have a plaque for him! Here’s an article from Orwell Jr when the plaque went up.

This shop was opened in 1884 by George Arnold as a pawnbroker/jeweller. He also had a branch in Kentish Town. Still a jewellers today!

Unfortunately Tara Leigh Tearoom closed down.

We went on a 2 hours walk down the Kilburn High Road with Shama Tatler Town Centre Manager, and Brent Planning Enforcement. Hope you will see the results soon. We will be attending a meeting on 16th July regarding improvements to the Kilburn High Road. So watch this space.

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What’s happened this fortnight 27th May 2019

The sky in Kilburn provided a great display, on 26th May, just before the European election results from Camden and Brent.

Maryam Eslamdoust, Kilburn Camden Councillor has been appointed to Labour’s head office. Now 2 of our Councillors have very influential posts in the Labour Party. Additionally she has become the new Mayor of Camden. Will this lead to the implementation of much needed improvements to Kilburn High Road? We have started to collate a history of promises made about improvements to the Kilburn High Road. Here is the start of the story, from 2013 to 2016. Revealing read we hope! We will add more recent developments later.

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What’s happened this fortnight 12th May 2019

The two brothers who caused a night of chaos and no less than 3 helicopters to hover above Kilburn until the early hours of the morning have pleaded guilty in court.

And on crime…. a lot of shop windows have been smashed along the high road in the past few weeks. Those damaged in this fortnight include the new Tex Ann restaurant and Maison de la Vie.

…And there were thieves at the North London Tavern…in 1946.

The “Tin Tabernacle” will be opening its doors on 31st May for a night of music. If you’ve never been inside, please attend and discover a gem of Kilburn.

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What’s happened this fortnight 17th March 2019

Great news! The planning application to the new adventure playground in Grange Park has been approved.

We’re happy to report that all Estate Agents signs on the Camden side of the High Road should now have been removed. If you spot any left, please let Camden Council know with a pic.

Ruchi at the corner of Messina Avenue and Kingsgate Road has closed down.

Want to know where the food editor of the Sunday Times shops? At Hilal food store in Kilburn of course!

We are delighted to share with you the “Guide to Paddington Old Cemetery“, written by Kevin Barrett, a useful resource to fully appreciate this site on Willesden Lane. And if you want to help preserve the Cemetery please do join the Friends of Paddington Old Cemetery on 21st March. Or why not learn all about foraging on the 14th April?

Read about this murder in Charteris Road, Kilburn, by local historian Dick Weindling.

Live in Camden and own a car? There are proposed changes in residents car parking. Comments until 29th March.

Incredibly frustrating that the Kilburn liveable neighbourhood scheme has been rejected by TFL. For the third time in a row, bids have failed.  We would love to know why? Continue reading

What’s happened this fortnight 3rd March 2019

We found the resting place of the creator of Paddington Bear, Michael Bond, in Paddington Old Cemetery in Kilburn off Willesden Lane.

We also attended and helped run workshops at the first meeting for helping to improve Kilburn’s night time economy. In attendance were officials from both Brent and Camden, the police, local businesses and representatives of local residents association. We hope this is the first of more to come and look forward to sharing the outcomes and improvements that will come to Kilburn. During this meeting, it was confirmed that Brent have approved 2 pots of money to improve wayfinding and lighting under the bridges by Kilburn station and to commission street art at key locations.

Have you got tickets to see Kiln’s latest production The Son? It’s been recommended by the Guardian, Metro, Evening Standard and New Statesman!

The best shop window display goes to Traid again this fortnight with an homage to Karl Lagerfeld. The Three shop window was a strong contender. Continue reading

What’s happened this fortnight 3rd February 2019

Relieved that our Santander Branch proudly displaying St Augustine’s Church will not close despite numerous branch closures around the country.

The new NatWest Branch on the high road is almost open.

There’s an interesting story about the  late president of Malawi, Hasting Banda, and his mistress who lived in Kilburn from local historian Dick Weindling.  Also of interest is the story of 2 influential women with links to our neighbourhood. Continue reading

What’s happened this fortnight the 16th December 2018

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…… and Christmas trees have certainly taken over outside Kilburn tube station. And we’re loving the light decorations on this house opposite the tube.

The Kilburn History walk led by Alan was attended by more than 40 people and took us from St Cuthbert’s to St Augustine’s. Do not miss the next one!

Please do go and visit the wonderful interiors of St Augustine’s, the Cathedral of North London. Here are the opening times for this month. Continue reading

What’s happened this fortnight 2nd December 2018

In news this fortnight we were incredibly saddened to hear that a man died in a fire along with his pets in a flat in the Sidings Estate.

A child, who is a pupil at Kingsgate school, was also hit by a car last week. Will Camden council do anything to make our roads safer?

And in final bad news, a pensioner was taken to hospital after trying to tackle a thief in the EE store.

Kilburn used to be called the music mile. Our local historian, Dick Weindling, has been trying to compile a full history of 234 Kilburn High Road. With acts as famous as Bowie, Nirvana, the Pogues, it would be great if you could send us a list of acts you have seen there and pictures of programmes or tickets to complete the events record of one of Kilburn’s musical landmark.

Grange Cinema in 1930’s

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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 7th October 2018

We went to check out the new plans for the Kilburn Grange adventure play area. What do you think?

This week we were very sad to read that yet another pedestrian was killed while crossing the road in Kilburn. Detectives are appealing for witnesses. Pedestrian safety improvements are urgently needed by Camden and Brent councils.

Have your say on how Kilburn could be improved with a liveable neighbourhood bid. Sustrans are running survey days on the Brent Side and have a quick survey online that all can asnswer.

Finally all the the old  estate agents signs on the Brent side of the Kiburn High Road have gone. What a difference!  Now we just need Camden Council to follow suit on the other side. One small step to cleaning up the high road….

The new wayfinder sign out the front of Brondesbury station is already out of date. It refers to the Kiln theatre as the Tricycle and signposts the Netherwood Day Centre that closed a while ago and is set to reopen as a Youth Centre.

The police horses were out exercising in Kilburn Grange Park in the lovely autumn sunshine

If you want to report antisocial behaviour in Kilburn Grange Park we have the contact details here

There has been a decision to remove the ticket offices from our two overground stations. Click here if you want to have you say.

Have a great idea on how to spend the CIL (Community Infracstructure Levy) money on the Camden side of Kilburn, please have your input, takes 2 mins and is important to ensure that this money does not disappear somewhere else and the pot stands at £163,000

Music legend Bob Harris had an evening of conversation and performance at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

Need somewhere to work for a few hours? Piccolo cafe at the northern end of the high road is getting a good rap.

A Xfactor contestant visited Kilburn Park School, while no less than Princess Kate visited Paddington recreation grounds and met with some of Kilburn’s children.

After a bite to eat? Funky Burgoo had some positive feedback this week as did The Sweet Spot. New Japanese restaurant Philip San Sushi continues to get good reviews.

Maison de la vie have introduced a loyalty card and the cafe/restaurant at the Kiln is fully opened.

A new shisha cafe is opening at 11 Kilburn High Road.

Unfortunately Aldi post refurbishment is still not proving popular, would help if they had more staff on the tills.

Will it be another Costa or a dentist? These are the current rumours but we’ll have to wait and see.

The Caribbean restaurant Soul Kitchen has closed for good

A 5 star west end play came to Kilburn with tickets for only £6 at the Kingsgate community centre.

Unfortunately 2 shops had their windows smashed this week-end. Ariana II was one of them and on the day after the visit of Stanley Johnson. who loved the Kabuli Palow.

Is the Sir Colin Campbell your favourite London pub?

Mapesbury Dell won another gold bloom award.

Kiln Cinema finally reopened and here is the full screening schedule.

Dick Weindling wrote an other piece on an actress with links to Kilburn and Oscar Wilde.

The community association for West Hampstead is after a part time worker

Need to relax? There are now yoga classes at the Granville every Monday night at 6pm. There are also yoga classes starting at Templar House every Tuesday evening.

Rubbish woes on the high road continue. Thanks to some vigilant and vocal locals for continuing to report the issues.

In our last newsletter we brought you Brent’s promotion video of Kilburn, now is the text. Enjoy.

Regular Events

Monday Nights: comedy/show nights at the North London Tavern, Open Mic at Sir Colin Campbell

Tuesday Nights  quiz at the Black Lion Kilburn and at the Priory Tavern.

Wednesday nights:  open mic  at the Earl of Derby, Swing dance at the North London Tavern

Thursday nights: Open Mic at the North London Tavern, Karaoke at the Earl of Derby

Friday nights:  Live Irish Music at Sir Colin Campbelllive music at the North London Tavern, Karaoke nights at the Cock Tavern, band night at Earl of Derby and Live Music at Maison Vie.

Saturday nights: Live Irish Music at Sir Colin Campbell, retro evenings at the North London Tavern, DJ night at Earl of Derby.

Sunday nights:  quiz at the North London Tavern, Live Irish Music at Sir Colin Campbell

Saturday from 11am to 1pm Gardening in the St Cuthberts garden

What is happening this fortnight

9th October 11am-1pm junction of Willesden Lane and Kilburn High Road- Sustrans survey Your chance to say that you want safer crossings, better pavements.

10th October 7-9pm Brent Kilburn  Safer neighbourhood Ward Panel

13th October 12-6pm South Kilburn Youth Consultation at the Granville

13th October at 7.30pm Immersive sound projection in St Augustine Church.

13th October 12pm – 4pm – Sidings Community Centre heritage fair

17th October – The next Fordwych Residents’ Association meeting will be held

19th October 2.30-4pm JUnction of Willesden Lane and Kimberley Road- Sustrans survey.

20th October – Yoga and brunch at Quartieri

What is happening a bit later

27th October- Musical History of West Hampstead and Kilburn walk

27th October  Restart Party at Kingsgate Community Centre

10th November- Repair Cafe at the Granville. Learn how to fix your clothes.

17th November – next BRAT AGM at 7pm

1st December 12pm to 3pm Restart Party get your electronics fixed at the Abbey Community Centre

4th December 6.30 to 9PM AGM and Members meeting of the Kilburn Neighbourhood Plan Forum

If you have news, an event, some local history or just a favourite corner of Kilburn you’d like to share please email us news@lifeinkilburn.com or tweet to @lifeinkilburn.