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 3rd February 2019

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 the 16th December 2018

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.

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

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.

What’s happened this fortnight 9th September 2018

The big news this week is that, after 2 years of refurbishment, the Kiln (formerly Tricycle) theatre has reopened! Love or hate the new name (The Guardian did an opinion piece on it here), we’re glad to have such an amazing cultural venue available on our doorstep. We saw Holy Sh!t on opening night and thought it was excellent and recommend you attend.

Once upon a time, when Kilburn was the music mile, the Smiths recorded their first album at the National Ballroom in Kilburn.

Continue reading What’s happened this fortnight 9th September 2018

What’s happened this fortnight 12th August 2018

Wingmans keeps going from strength to strength and have been awarded 1st place for best buffalo wings at Wingfest!

Philip San Sushi and Japanese restaurant at 227 Kilburn High Road received a good review.

Ever been interested in pottery or ceramics? You can do classes here in Kilburn.

Continue reading What’s happened this fortnight 12th August 2018

What’s happened this week 29th July 2018

School is out, but there is plenty to do at most Community Centres. Here is a link to ARC offering free activities in Rowley Way

Want to learn more about where you live? There is a FREE guided tour on 19th August to learn about Kilburn’s history and secrets. Highly recommended.

Continue reading What’s happened this week 29th July 2018

What’s happened this week 8th July 2018

This week was about… Football, and next week will be about Football…

It did not stop us attending both the Jester Festival on Fortune Green and the mini festival at Grange Park, where the highlight, apart from the talented ICMP students was our tennis coach turning into a singer.

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What’s happened this week 1st July 2018

Today was Wild Day at the Mapesbury Dell. It was nice to see so many locals turn up with their kids to see Safari Pete, the petting zoo and enjoy a drink and BBQ.

There were also many reports that the Queens Park Book Festival was a great success in this weekend’s sunny weather.

Tuesday the 3rd, is the next Kilburn Neighbourhood Plan Forum members’ meeting. Turn up to have your say on the future of Kilburn.

On the same day at 7pm is the BRAT NW6 meeting, everyone is welcome to attend. Might be of interest since a representative of the Kiln (Tricycle) will be there.

Need a creative outlet? There is a FREE creative workshop every Monday at SHELL centre

What was living in Kilburn like back in the 1900’s? This replica dolls house at the V&A museum of childhood shows you.

New burger restaurant Funky Burgoo is opening soon and recruiting for staff

Damas Gardens will soon become a  restaurant called Maderos. We have heard it will become a Mexican restaurant but we’ll have to wait and see.

And not only are Charcoal Grill expanding next door but they’re applying for an alcohol license

The Black Lion is now offering Tapas again.

It has been confirmed that Vince Power is bringing back live music to Kilburn. WillVan Morrison appear? They have in the past as this is the act traditionally opening all of his venues.

If you have a child aged 6+ check out the FREE creative classes available for young people at the Granville

The hut in Grange Park turned into a Pop Up art studio this week. The Friends of Grange Park are organising a festival in Grange Park on 8th July from 12pm to 7pm.

If you like basketball there’s a 5 a side weekly game happening. Free for south Kilburn residents or if you’re an LBA member.

A new billboard in adorning the Kingsgate Workshops, and a new exhibition started this week.

There still isn’t any action by Brent Council to clean up the murals under the bridge near Kilburn tube station which is very disappointing as this mural highlights Kilburn’s historical importance.

Also on the theme of items not happening. Brent Council published that the Kilburn High Road would be closed from the 20th July for 90 days for major resurfacing work. And then tweeted that the information was incorrect. So we will have to put up with the potholes in the road for longer instead. Both residents and businesses are rather upset at the lack of action from Brent Council to make the road safe and reinstate line painting. Weekend work will however happen to do anti skid works south of Willesden Lane.

Another lovely then vs now picture comparison of the Kilburn High Road. This time at the bottom end.

It was sad to see that emergency services were called to nearby West Hampstead tube station on Friday. Reports were that a man suffered serious head injuries and was rushed to the hospital.

Regular Events

Sunday nights at 7pm are quiz nights at the North London Tavern.

Monday Nights are comedy/show nights at the North London Tavern.

Tuesday Nights are quiz nights at the Black Lion Kilburn- not this week because of football.

Thursday nights are Open Mic nights at the North London Tavern

Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights have an in house DJ at the Brondes Age pub

Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9pm, Live Irish Music at Sir Colin Campbell.

Friday nights – live music at the North London Tavern from 7pm and Karaoke nights at the Cock Tavern from 9PM

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

Saturday – retro evenings at the North London Tavern from 9pm

The first Wednesday of every month there is a board game night at the Alliance pub on Mill lane in nearby West Hampstead

The first Sunday of every month is gardening at the Kilburn Tube station 11am – 1pm. No tap in required, just tell the tube staff you’re there to garden

What is happening this week

3rd July- BRAT meeting with the presence of a representative of the Tricycle (KILN).

4th July – American 4th July celebration at the West Hampstead library

7th & 8th July. 12-5pm – Jester festival at Fortune Green in West Hampstead

8th July -12-7pm Mini Festival at Grange Park

What is happening a bit later

13th July at 7pm- Irish music and poetry at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Quex Rd, Kilburn, London NW6 4PS Free entry – donations gratefully accepted

14th July from 7pm  – Park Life Singers Choir in Mapesbury Dell. A jolly evening of wine and song.

18th July- Live screening of Juliet and Her Romeo at the Kiln (Tricycle) Cinema.

21st July 3-6pm  Restart Party at Kingsgate Community Centre. Save your electronics and electrical gadgets!

21st July – The West Hampstead Hockey Club is having an open day if you’re considering playing or getting back into hockey

28th July 3-5pm  – there is a pizza and pasta cooking course at Quartieri

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.