What’s happened this fortnight 29th September 2019

Sadly there was a stabbing on the 21st September in Kilburn square. A 16 year old boy was stabbed. A further 3 stabbing incidents happened on 22nd September in Kilburn. If you have any information please contact Crime Stoppers on 0800555111 or here. We wish that the promise made in September 2018 by Inspector Berns to have more cooperation between Policing units in Kilburn finally materialises. Please help keep our commuity safe and report crime (including drug use and dealing, reselling of stolen goods, shop lifting and Anto Social Behaviour). This can be done using 999 or online here. IT IS IMPORTANT, AS IF IT IS NOT REPORTED IT DOES NOT EXIST AND SCARCE POLICE RESOURCES ARE DIVERTED TO OTHER AREAS.

Graham Norton revealed that he was even once stabbed in Kilburn…

The Traid shop in Kilburn was featured in British Vogue. Read about the window dresser who creates amazing designs on the mannequins here. We spotted the master in action here.

Our local theatre, Kiln received a wonderful 5 star review by Broadway World UK for their latest production. We were happy to see their community day held on the 28th September was popular and well supported by other local businesses.

The Red Lion Pub at the bottom of Kilburn High Road will reopen soon. Our local historians Dick and Marrianne have done a write up of its history here.

Don’t miss the ‘Friends and Influences’ exhibition at the Ben Uri Gallery and Museum until October 18th. Looks like opening night was very popular.

Please comment on the above new planning application for the Peel Precinct in South Kilburn. The Planning Application number is 19/3259. The plan is to increase dramatically the height of all buildings, increase the number of housing units to 308 (currently site has 44 units), the replace the 14 current shopping units and pub with 3 shopping units including a Tapas Bar, to add a GP surgery, an art centre managed by ‘Bow Arts’ and a Gym. We think that this is an over development of the site that will fail to create a welcoming ‘Civic/town Centre’.

We went to the Granville centre to watch a film on South Kilburn that was very powerful, demonstrating the importance of inclusive community spaces. It was full of warmth and despair from a community that does not seem to be heard. Read more about it in the Brent & Kilburn Times newspaper write up here. The South Kilburn Community needs your support to save their inclusive community spaces.

Rumi’s cave are hosting a series of monthly themed films that illustrate issues facing our planet and health. Tickets £3. They also have martial arts classes. Have a look here for the events they are hosting.

Fancy singing in a choir? This Tuesday evening session might be for you

We went to check out one of the poetry nights at local cafe Sweet N Savoury. It was packed!

Holland and Barrett closed on Monday the 16th because one of the shop assistants died of a heart attack. She had worked at the store for 10 years and is leaving behind a 14 year old child. The store manager will organise a collection for her family.

There are loads of activities happening at the Abbey Community Centre. More info here. Also lots going on at the Kingsgate community centre with activities listed here.

When you walk under the bridges in Kilburn, watch out for falling dead pigeons! Let’s hope TFL sort this mess out soon.

The crumbling Brondesbury bridge was inspected this Saturday, and this created traffic chaos. We could not help but to point out some problems to the surveyor!

Looking for a job? Abbey community centre are looking for someone to be the Activities and Volunteering Lead for our 50+ projects

Brent are also looking to hire a Marketing Coordinator to support the delivery of the Brent 2020 programme.

The good news is that the pump for the water feature in Grange Park is finally being replaced/repaired. Bad news is that it’s a bit late. Hopefully it is working for next summer.

Nice to see that the Friends of Paddington Old Cemetery are helping to protect the chapel. Let’s hope that Brent Council put in place emergency covers on the grade II listed chapels roofs so that there is not another winter of damage. If you’re interested in the preservation of Paddington Old Cemetery and to learn about its history, join the Friends of Paddington Old Cemetery mailing list.

Piccolo is now opening in the evening on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Do you own a business on the Brent side of the Kilburn high road? Nominations are now open for the Brent Small Business Saturday Awards 2019. You can enter your business here.

Did you know we have a pub with no beer?

And because Kilburn is Kilburn we love these and have a laugh each time we pass by this.

What’s happening this fortnight

30th September Free Mind, Body and Spirit event at Rumi’s cave 7pm

2nd October 11am-12 noon local history talk at Kilburn Library

4th October Paul Astles & Bobby Valentino performing at The Fiddler

5th October live music at the Priory Tavern by Ellie Dixon, @apriljaimusic & @BevSoga

5th October- Free Live Music at the Fiddler

9th & 10th October exclusive screening at the Kiln of the movie ‘This is Nicholas – Living with Autism

12th October Heritage Fair at Sidings Community Centre.

What’s happening a bit later

16th October find out about the massive street party that will close the Kilburn high road on the 11th July 2020

16th October Leonard Cohen Koans at the Fiddler.

17th October ‘Skrizzly Adams’ at the Fiddler

18th October live music nights ft. DJ’s Alex Pink & Patrick Allen at the Fiddler

20th October First Female Black Bishop to lead Black History Month Celebrations in Kilburn and Hampstead

21st – 25th October Half term school holiday activities at Sidings community centre. Also fencing classes for kids at St Mary’s church.

29th October 7-9pm Brent Connects Kilburn meeting

31st October The Franklin Electric at The Fiddler

12th November Camden Green Gym will be at Maygrove Peace Park

24th to 26th November Kingsgate Open Studios Weekend.

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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