What’s happened this week 29th April

The old Minkies in Kilburn tube station will reportedly re-open soon as Costa.

Did you know that the Primark site on Kilburn High road used to be an old BHS store? The foundation stone of the Burton Store next door is now half covered up…

The demolition of the South Kilburn Housing Estate continues, bringing nostalgia for some.

A T-shirt company is celebrating the musical history of Kilburn.

This week Traid charity shop had a late night shopping event to raise money for garment workers in Bangladesh.

After last week’s speculations, we’ve found out that the new offices being fitted out opposite Moran’s will be a shared office space. Opening sometime in May.

The Mazenod Centre held a 12 HOUR Irish Céilíthon on Saturday 28th and free salsa classes on Tuesday 24th.

Sadly, there have been a couple of reports of break ins or attempted break ins. Please be vigilant and look out for your neighbours. Report anything suspicious to the police.

Last weekend saw the top of Kilburn High road invaded by rowdy football fans. They blocked the high road and one even managed to do ‘the worm’ in front of the Brondes Age pub…. The police will ensure this does not happen for the FA cup final we are told.

There are lots of free or very cheap exercise activities hosted at the Abbey Community Centre. Have a look here for their timetable

There are also still places available for summer courses at the Sidings Community Centre

You’re never too old to take up art. Have a look at this lovely sketch of the Kilburn Tube station by a 70 year old learner
Want to see what Kilburn used to look like before the slum clearance? Have a look at footage of a street that no longer exists called Cardigan Road

Some more local history…. have you spotted the blue plaques that show where the 1770’s Kilburn Wells Spa used to be? And are they in the right place?

Estate Agents continue to classify Kilburn addresses as West Hampstead. We may soon send them all a handy map as a famous map enthusiast lives in Kilburn.

Speaking about maps, have a look at theundergroundmap.com to find out how our neighbourhood has changed over time. There is a time slider underneath the map.

Unfortunately Brent Council have not been able to help the homeless persons living at the top of the Kilburn High Road and have not answered the tweets of numerous concerned residents. We hear that The Kilburn Times may run a story this week and hope this will raise the profile of the issue so that help can be provided.

Kilburn may no longer be the music mile but it’s nice to see the North London Tavern pub had some live music this week

Brent council have ‘love where you live’ grants available for local community projects. Apply here. Maybe there’ll be a bit more guerrilla gardening in the neigbourhood?

Do you also know of a local charity or social group that could do with some volunteer help?

Cheap £6 cinema tickets at the Kiln Cinema on Mondays and Tuesdays. Even cheaper for Brent residents. Wish all Kilburn residents could get a discount.

And finally here’s a local Kilburn artist we found called Yog N the Milk Bottle Gang.

What’s happening this week

Want to learn a trade? There’s a free construction course starting on the 30th April at Kingsgate Community Centre

Want to play some board games and meet other locals? Head to the Alliance Pub in nearby West Hampstead on Mill lane. Next meet up is the 2nd May

Thursday 3rd May: Local elections. Not sure where your polling station is? Check here.

Using the bank holiday for a spring clean? Bring your unwanted books to the Kilburn tube station book exchange shelves.

May is “walking month“…Get those walking shoes out weather permitting and tweet/send us your pictures of the places you like in Kilburn.

Need some help with everyday computer skills? The Kilburn Library (the one on the Kilburn High Road) runs workshops every Tuesday

Want to help with some gardening? There is a gardening session at Kilburn tube station on the 6th May at 11am. The Almond tree is bearing fruit already.

Every Saturday the Abey Community Centre Kitchen turns supermarket unwanted food into delicious meals.

And a bit later on

9th May KOVE (Kilburn Older Voices Exchange) are having a walk for over 60’s about the Beatles history in Camden.

11th May is the deadline for applications of interest to run the Cafe at Kingsgate Community Center.

The next Restart party where you can fix your broken or tired gadgets is on Saturday 12th May.

On Sunday 13th May, the Webheath Estate are having a street party to celebrate the 50th year of the Estate. Please contact Lynda (l.stuart.55@btinternet.com) for more details or to help.

Want to check out the new community space in South Kilburn opening soon called the Granville? They’re hosting a tour on the 17th May.

Kingsgate Studios are having an open studios weekend on the 22-24th June showcasing local artists and makers.

The Queens Park book fest is on 30th June – 1st July. See local author Zadie Smith (who wrote the book NW about NW London) among many others. Her book “White Teeth” will be a theatre adaption later this year at Kiln.

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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