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.

Remember when we got excited about the ‘Big Clean Up’ that was supposed to happen in Kilburn but no one including us seemed to notice any difference? Well after we made a freedom of information request it appears that the reason is most likely because it did not happen! Brent council don’t seem to know where the £57,000 that was allocated for it were spent….

Duck Duck Goose at 238 Kilburn High Road are opening on 28th May and are offering a 20% discount for one whole month.

Building works have started in earnest at the Good Ship site. A few doors up at 271 Kilburn High Road, the promised Iroko Cladding and door have morphed into poor brick work and a cheap door with gold trims, while Day Lewis Pharmacy moved into 273 Kilburn High Road.

Bistro 267 next to the Kiln theatre didn’t last too long. It’s already up for sale.

Amir Jewellers was robbed. 5 people were arrested. And Tesco of Willesden Lane were also at the receiving hand of a armed moped gang. Luckily nobody was hurt!

Did you know the inventor of the wind up radio was from Kilburn? And yes, Kate Moss was a Kilburn resident in 2008….and the Daily Mail founder lived at 77 Iverson Road!

Did you know Kilburn had a Casino?

If you’re craving live music check out the gigs happening regularly at the Fiddler.

Good news! Our Kilburn M&S store is not on the list of planned store closures.

In nearby West Hampstead we were very sad to hear that John, a well known character on West End Lane, selling books with his late dog “Sugar” has passed away. A wake was held at the Alliance Pub and was very well attended. There’s a Go Fund Me set up to help his 3 children and the charity they help build awareness of FASD.

A hapless criminal tried to steal some bottles of juice from Kilburn Starbucks unaware that there were policemen sitting there.

New and refurbished restaurant Somar which serves shawarma and Iraqi food opened.

Supper Clubs were pioneered in Kilburn. A chance for you to attend one locally on 21st June.

Are you a Camden resident? Please get involve with the Camden Alive project, aimed at recording our area’s history.

Is this the end of pigeon poo under the Kilburn bridges?

Thames Water have again created chaos in Kilburn High Road. They replaced the chamber outside 207 Kilburn High Road in March 2018. The covers are moving dangerously and we witnessed a cyclist falling off as a result. This time the works started on 23rd May outside the State, the repair to the pipe was completed on 23rd May, yet they did not bother te reinstate the road. So they created days of traffic chaos that could have been avoided.

We’re sad to report that we’re STILL waiting for the Kilburn tube sign to be replaced

The CEO of the South Kilburn Trust is moving on.

KIAZ Afro Cosmetics has become Cosmetic Hut

If you want to host a play streets event on the 22nd September, Brent council is waiving the £200 road closure fee

A new clothing store called Exmix is opening on the high road.

Happy 36th birthday to Sidings Community Centre!

Poor old Palmerston road continues to be a dumping ground for rubbish and again here.

Watling Gardens have opened a new dementia cafe, all welcome, and are also running yoga sessions.

Waltham Forest are investing £17 Millions to restore an old Cinema as they are the Borough of Culture 2019. We wish, and most of you agree, the same would happen to our Gaumont State. For those who missed it before, here is a link to the history of the building. Do visit on Wednesdays between 12 and 2pm when the building is open to all.

Have you seen the massive creepy crawlies in Netherwood Street?

What are your plans on 10th June? We suggest taking part in the Clean Up of Maygrove Peace Park and then straight after attending the free Foodcycle Community Lunch at nearby St Cuthbert’s. And why not visit the Kingsgate Project Space exhibition running until 15th June?

Magicmearts run a monthly “Cocktail Party” at Lawnfield House Care Home, Coverdale Road to cheer up residents. They are lookng for volunteers. Could you volunteer 2 hours a month?

A knit for Naz party is being organised on 3rd June at 6pm for the free Nazanin Campaign.

The Cottage, at 1 Kingsgate Place is up for sale at auction. It used to house the workers at the stables of Kingsgate Mews, housing around 200 horses for the London General Omnibus Company.

Another less than satisfactory South Kilburn Building? NOMA

Have you seen those on our pavements? Please report using the Clean camden or Cleaner Brent apps.

And because we all need a good laugh sometimes there is a Comedy night on 31st May at the North London Tavern and on 2nd June at the Kiln.

Most importantly you need to review and respond to the proposed development of the so called hotels in Priory Park Road. Application number 19/1279. Deadline is 29th May. More details here.

What is happening this fortnight

28-31st May – half term STEM fun for Science, Technology and Mathematics at Masefield House

31st May Music at the Tin Tabernacle

31st May First night of “Wife” at Kiln Theatre

31st May Comedy at the North London Tavern

2nd June Kiln Upfront Comedy

3rd June 6pm Knit for Naz at Emmanuel Church

5th June Family day in Grange Park

6th June- “As it was” special screening at the Kiln Cinema.

9th June- Historical Kilburn Walk. Book early.

10th June Maygrove Peace Park Clean Up from 10.30am to 12pm

What is happening a bit later

15th June – Midsummer opera evening at Mapesbury Dell

15th June is the next Restart Party at Abbey community centre. A chance to get your electrical/electronics devices fixed!

15th June Maygrove Peace Park clean up.

2nd June Upfront Comedy at the Kiln.

29th-30th June – Queen’s Park Book Festival

7th July – Family wild day at Mapesbury Dell

16th July open day at the Netherwood day centre from 4pm to 8pm.

11th August a Hampstead to Kilburn walk led by Alan, our local Camden tour guide. “Walk Hope and Charity”

19th September “Abbey Autumn Festival£ at Abbey Community Centre.

12th October Heritage Fair at Sidings Community Centre.

Regular Events

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

7pm-8:30pm Kingsgate readers group at the Kingsgate Community Centre (not on the 15th or 22nd April or bank holidays). Email for more info

Chess night at the Abbey Community Centre

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

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

Thursday Day:  Watling Gardens gardening club 10am -11:30amThursday nights: 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 day from 11am to 1pm Gardening in the St Cuthberts garden

Saturday 1.15pm Free Foodcycle Lunch at St Cuthbert’s Church- All welcome.

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. Live Irish music at the Black Lion pub 6pm – 8pm

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.

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