What’s happened this week 3rd June 2018

Spring has sprung. It’s nice to see that the flowers planted by volunteers at the Kilburn tube station have bloomed

Bistro 267 at 267 Kilburn High Road opened on 2nd June. The actual premises and menu do not ressemble their website though.

Damas Gardens restaurant at 222 Kilburn High Road closed and is being refurbished to open as a Mexican restaurant in about 4 weeks time.

Wingmans are organising a soft launch on Thursday evening. They had unforeseen issues with the building.

This week we visited the Gaumont State Theatre (which is now the Ruach City Church). Unfortunately the free drop in event every Wednesday from 12pm-2pm wasn’t easily accessible. It took 3 phone calls and over half an hour of waiting. We were finally given access. It was worth the visit.

Still on Rauch City Church, their promises of planting trees, and providing bicycle parking when they applied for their change of use back in 2009 hasn’t been honoured.

Offside books on West End Lane had a good trading day on Saturday. A treasure of second hand books and a nice place to stop for a coffee and ice cream.

We were relieved to see that the hygiene rating of the well loved Spicy Basil increased to 4. Ciao-Ciao, continues to have a hygiene rating of 1 however…

A good day was had at the Fordwych Road Residents Association summer fair on Saturday.

We see all kind of fly-tipping on Kilburn High Road, but this one under the bridge at Brondesbury Station had a nice note “please take me home”.

The opportunity to comment on the Good Ship redevelopment closed last week. Thank you to everyone who commented. There were 15 comments and all were objections. For some reason comments are no longer visible on the Brent Council website, only the addresses of those who have commented are. We have asked Brent Council to comment on why this change has been made but have not yet had a response. Local Labour Councillors have also now thrown their support behind the campaign including Tom Miller who previously held the responsibility for licensing and culture within Brent.

A fruit stall is available outside the Kilburn tube station

Have some time to volunteer? Help older people get internet smart at the Abbey Community Centre.

You can also volunteer to plant some tree pits if gardening is more your thing

Want to get involved in some local rugby? The Kilburn Cosmos are on the lookout for new players for 2018/19 season

We love a bit of nostalgia. Here’s another then and now comparison of the Kilburn high road, where the Brondes Age pub is now.

The Mayor of London chose not to stop the construction of a freight superhub in Cricklewood that could significantly increase HGV traffic on the Kilburn High Road.

Let’s hope the strike on the Jubilee Line on 6th June is called off. Be prepared just in case.

The Alexandra and Ainsworth estate is apparently the largest listed building in England.

The new business replacing ‘Belvedere Traditional’ hasn’t got a name yet but will be selling juices, coffee and sandwiches. If they don’t get overrun by just furniture first…

How long is the Kilburn High Road? You will have to wait for next week’s newsletter to find out.

What is happening this week

4th June There is a FREE 10 week art course 

4th June – See two dark comedies – ‘Group’ by Pearl David and ‘Instructions not Included’ by John Hill, at the North London Tavern at 7.30pm.

7th June, 1.30pm  at Kingsgate Community Centre screening of “Moulin Rouge” for £0.50 organised by KOVE.

7th June 7.45pm at Kingsgate Community Centre- Open meeting of Transition Kensal to Kilburn– Join to find out about possible projects to improve our neighbourhood.

9th June Open square week-end- A chance to visit the Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate gardens

9th June Breaking the Fast Community gathering at Templar House (Shoot-Up Hill

10th June- Camden Cyclists are organising a bike ride to Lea Valley. 10am start from Sidings Community Centre

Weekly 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

Thursday nights are Open Mic nights at the North London Tavern

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

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

What is happening a bit later

Starting 12th June  spoon carving course in Grange Park

Saturday 16th June 7-9pm – listen to some tango music in the beautiful Mapesbury Dell park. Admission is free, £5 to reserve a bench seat

17th June nearby Queens Park is launching a tennis for kids programme. More info here.

Saturday 23rd June from 1pm to 3pm free guided walk of Kilburn, but you need to register. It’s titled “Kilburn surprises and secrets- a rich history and cultures”. Places are going fast…

23rd June. There is another open day at the West Hampstead Hockey Club for members and non members.

23rd June 12pm – 5pm the Cricklewood festival is on outside B&Q. Live music, stalls, food, art and more

22-24th June Kingsgate Project Space open studios weekend. Great events and workshops are planned (make a musical instrument, try some pottery or etching, hear some talks or do a tour), a full list here. Additionally there will be a street party on Kingsgate Road.

25th June see local author Zadie Smith at the Clayton Crown Hotel in Cricklewood reading from “The North West London Blues” and doing a Q&A

30th June-1st July Queens Park book fest. Local author Zadie Smith will be attending. Tickets  are now on sale.

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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