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Brownies are best Celebrating 100 years of Girlguiding

Brent Adult Learners’ Week Offering courses for everyone

Contents Features Welcome to The Brent Magazine

Election day Your guide to voting on 6 May

A taste for learning Adult Learners’ Week starts soon in Brent

Readers’ rewards

Welcome to all readers. There is a lot happening in our north-westerly corner of the metropolis in May. The warmer weather and lighter evenings make this month a lovely time to explore the borough on foot. Fortunately for any keen walkers, local historian Philip Grant is leading two walks to discover the strange and wonderful buildings of EG Trobridge – the architect who lived for many years in Kingsbury and whose legacy lives on today. However, if you prefer to spend your leisure time indoors then Adult Learners’ Week is approaching. Brent’s libraries are hosting seven days of taster courses in May so you can try out anything from learning a language to flower arranging, or computers. Finally, this year is the 100th anniversary of Girl Guiding; as our feature shows it is a thriving movement still.


Brent’s success in six-book challenge

Doing their best Marking 100th anniversary of Girl Guiding

A helping hand New social care project helps independence

Sign of success Supporting deaf people in the borough


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Walks to discover architect’s legacy


Update Brent people All in a day’s work


Secret history Competitions Time out

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New Civic Centre gets go ahead Brent Council’s Civic Centre has got the final go ahead after plans were approved by the planning committee in March. The Civic Centre, which will be the greenest civic building in the country, should be complete by 2013 with work starting in late 2010. Its site will be just off Engineers Way in the regeneration area opposite Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena. The nine-storey building will fit around 2,000 Brent Council staff, allowing the council to deliver most of its services from the same building for the first time in its history. Half the building will have facilities for residents such as a multi-purpose foyer with

grand civic steps, a community hall for up to 1,000 people, library and learning centre, a winter garden and a smaller civic hall with an external terrace and a café. Brent Council Chief Executive Gareth Daniel said: “The Civic Centre will be more than just a town hall with office space. It will be a democratic hub and an important venue. We are building an exciting community centrepiece in the heart of Brent.” The building has been designed by Hopkins Architects and will meet high standards of environmental building, visit for more information.

5k for voluntary groups

Artist’s impression of the new Civic Centre

Tributes to Jim the gymnast

Edward Harvist Trust Fund has £5,000 to give as grants to voluntary groups to help with their projects, events, or activities in the borough. The deadline is 11 May, visit voluntaryfunding or call Brent Council on 020 8937 3673.

A much-loved gymnastics coach who dedicated much of his life to teaching sport has died. Jim Hall, who was born in Harlesden in 1933, coached gymnastics at the Vale Farm Sports Centre in Watford Road, Wembley for 30 years and promoted sport in Brent. Jim grew up in Wembley and went to Oakington Manor School and later Wembley

County School. He was inspired to be a PE teacher after being in the crowd for the 1948 Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium. Jim later contributed to a recent Brent Council project, collecting memories of the Games. In his youth he played football for Wealdstone Football Club, ice hockey for Wembley Lions and cricket for Middlesex.


Roll up for Brent’s youth circus Brent Youth Circus is holding a recruitment night on 4 May for places at its Respect Festival performance. The circus needs young people aged 11 to 25 who want to juggle, stilt walk, ride a unicycle or tightrope walk. Auditions will be from 6pm-8pm at Granville Plus Youth Arts Centre in Granville Road, Kilburn. Beginners are welcome.



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The theme of the circus’s show at the festival on 4 July will be heroes and heroines. A circus workshop will take place every Tuesday thereafter – at 6pm any youngster can turn up and try out circus skills; from 7pm-8pm rehearsals for the Respect Festival will take place. Visit email or call 020 8937 3144.

Zoom in on competition The Impressions of Brent photography competition, which asks people to capture the spirit of Brent on their mobile phones, closes on 14 May. The prize is a £200 digital camera and photos will be exhibited in the windows of Ealing Road Library until 21 May. To enter, send your image with the word SPACES to 07843 500 911. Entry costs 25p plus your standard network MMS charge.

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Cellist wins Brent Young Musician of the Year Cellist Indira Grier won Brent Young Musician of the Year after her performance of a Spanish melody. The 14-year-old performed ‘Nana’ from ‘Suite Populaire Espagnole’ by composer Manuel de Falla, wowing the judges and audience at the finals in Claremont High School. It allowed her to narrowly beat violinist Timothy Crawford, who took the silver medal, and cellist Deni Teo, who won bronze. They will share the £800 prize fund, from the Wembley Charitable Foundation, to help towards their future as musicians. All six finalists received certificates presented by Wembley Stadium’s Peter Swordy and Indira Grier also

took home the Len Williams Memorial Trophy. She will now play solo at Brent Makes Music 2010 showcase event at Wembley Arena on 8 July. The other finalists were double bassists Laurent Shinar and Preeti Mahankali-Rao and pianist Rebecca Ryland-Jones. The night also heard solos from youth orchestra members Rianne Palmer on flute, Ebony Steven on treble recorder and trombonist Matthew Gerverum. The event is organised by Brent Music Service every two years. Head of Brent Music Service Paul Fensom said: “Over 50 youngsters started along this musical journey back in January and everyone who heard the

Voice for disabled youngsters is launched Youngsters joined in a celebration to launch 1 Voice, which supports disabled young people and their families, by taking part in games, face painting and craft activities. The day at Hay Lane School in Kingsbury was enjoyed by more than 400 guests and

Children enjoying the day. Pictures by Simon Bramley Children enjoying the celebration

included henna art, a bouncy castle, children’s entertainers, yoga, and hand massage; and information stalls by groups including Brent Mencap and Resources for Autism. Visit or call 020 8795 6240 or 07765 362 877 for more.

finalists will agree that they fully embrace what can be achieved with hard work and guidance.”

They’re having a laugh? Celebrate World Laughter Day on 2 May with a session of laughter yoga in Queen’s Park. The event, organised by social enterprise Lifebulb, also includes a picnic, collage making and games. No yoga ability is required and it promises to be enjoyable for people of all ages. Meet at the bandstand in Queen’s Park, NW6, from 12noon-3pm; the suggested contribution is £1, visit or email

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Winner Indira Grier

Join forums for festivals

Brent people have until 10 May to apply to join forums which advise on its festivals. Brent Council is recruiting to Chanukah, Diwali, Eid, Holocaust Memorial Day and St Patrick’s Day advisory forums. Each has 15 members and the appointment lasts for a year. Members will have to act as an ambassador for the event and give advice on the event to ensure it meets the cultural expectations of each relevant community. Download an application from or call 020 8937 3144.

Brent Council is giving away free bags of compost to help mark Compost Awareness Week. To claim your free bag cut out the coupon from May’s issue of The Brent Magazine and take it to the Re-use and Recycling Centre in Abbey Road, Park Royal, on Saturday 8 or Sunday 9 May from 8am-4pm. Bags are limited to one coupon per household. For those who like to make their compost from garden waste or kitchen scraps, they can buy 220 or 330 litre composters from the Abbey Road centre for £5. Visit www.brent. or call 020 8937 5050 for more information.

Your own compost bin for £5

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Shake-up for further education in Brent Brent Council is taking over the funding of education and training for young people aged 16-19 in the borough. Responsibility was transferred in April from the Learning and Skills Council to Brent Council after the government reorganised the system. The council now has an annual commissioning budget of £28 million to fund more than 5,000 places in sec-

ondary school sixth-forms, the College of North West London and local training providers. Over the last two years, Brent Council has worked closely with the Learning and Skills Council and the Young People’s Learning Agency to plan for the change. To manage the transition a steering group of senior officers across the council was set

Branching out into recycling

up; officers shadowed skills council staff, and consultations with education providers. The local authority is working with the National Apprenticeship Service to create more apprenticeships like its own apprenticeship scheme. It is also working with the service and Brent Employers’ Forum to tell firms of the benefits of apprenticeships.

Serve up at Respect Festival Ambitious cooks have the chance to run a food stall at the Respect Festival by signing up for a four-day training course run by Brent Council. It will cover health and safety, marketing, and business practice and will be a Level 2 Award in Food Safety, and will also look at other facets of running a food business such as insurance, suppliers, legal issues and waste management. Training starts on 11 May and it is £25 per place, the closing date is 7 May, email or call 020 8937 3144.

Wonderful ball for world champions at Brent Town Hall

An apple tree has been presented St Margaret Clitherow Primary School for winning a recycling competition. Pupils collected 62.3 kgs of Christmas cards for recycling as part of an initiative run by Brent Council. Twenty-four Brent schools took part, collecting 546.1 kgs of cards. The tree was donated by Greenhouse Garden Centre in Birchen Grove,Wembley, visit or call 020 8937 5050 for more about recycling.

Two ballroom dancing champions will be twirling around Brent Town Hall on 17 May. World champions Arunas Bazukas and Katusha Demidova will be at the May Ball put on by Malcolm Fernandes AKA Mr Wonderful, who organises regular dance events.

He said: “Brent Town Hall boasts the best dance floor in London; everyone from 18 to 90 is welcome; you will find a friendly atmosphere and people to dance with.” The ball is in the Paul Daisley Hall from 7.30-11pm, tickets £15, contact 07860 707 480.

Pupils take science up a gear Two pupils at Our Lady of Grace Junior School have won a science competition after building a robotic car. Amy Nagle and Dominic Quayson used electronic components to make the

vehicle. They joined 60 other children for the event at Middlesex University to mark National Science Week. The pair won a voucher and £100 for their primary in Dollis Hill.

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Mr Wonderful and dancing partner.

. Claim a free nursery place A scheme to give two year olds free hours at a nursery, children’s centre or registered childminder has places left. Nursery Education Grant 2 provides up to 15 hours of nursery care

a week in nurseries judged as good by Ofsted. To be eligible, families must meet criteria related to income and employment. Email or call 020 8937 3279.


Checks on child workers Brent Council will be visiting businesses to ensure children they employ are working safely and legally. Officers will be making calls from 24 May to 4 June as Child Employment Fortnight is marked across the UK. Any organisation employing children aged 13 to 16 must get a permit from the council, setting out the child’s hours and type of work. An employer could be fined up to £1,000 for failing to have the correct permit. It covers voluntary work such as charity shops; theatre and modelling work needs a performance licence from the council. Email or call 020 8937 3310 for more.


St Patrick’s prize catch The winners of the St Patrick’s Day art competition were Alana Barry of St Robert Southwell School and Tonie-Marie Dyer-Miller and Nikita Patel of Alperton High School for their pictures representing the Salmon of Knowledge from Irish myth.

Your local museum needs you! Do you have a passion for history or enjoy meeting people? Brent Museum based at Willesden Green Library Centre is recruiting volunteers to greet visitors, invigilate exhibitions, promote events and activities and help with visiting school parties. For more information please go to or call 020 8937 3602.

Parliament’s survey has a message for the media Brent Youth Parliament is planning to hold a ‘media summit’ after publishing results of a survey which shows how perceptions of young people are forged. More than 2,000 people of all ages were asked about attitudes towards youngsters as part of the parliament’s ‘Break the Stereotype, Fix the Impression’ campaign. The survey was carried out because of concerns about how young people are seen by society and portrayed in the media. A key finding was that 50 per cent of people say the media show youth in a bad light, prompting the idea of the summit involving the local media, council and other

Petergaye Palmer

organisations and coordinated by the parliament. Youth parliament chair Petergaye Palmer, 18, said: “It is

an eye opener for all of us as to how young people are perceived in today’s society.We must celebrate the positive findings that have come out of this survey, but challenge some of the misperceptions which could cause lasting damage to future generations.” Other findings of the survey were that 40 per cent feel uncomfortable walking by a group of youngsters, nearly 70 per cent fear rising youth unemployment would lead to increased involvement in crime; half of the respondents felt that youngsters are supported by their parents or carers. Email or visit for more about the survey.

Stuart’s spirit helps Claremont lift football cup The Middlesex Cup has been won by Claremont High School for the first time since 1976 – when Stuart Pearce played on the team. The under 13s team beat an Acton school 5-2 in the final with captain Jordan Brown

getting all five goals, adding to the 50 he has scored this season. Jordan is hoping to follow Stuart Pearce, who was at Claremont in the mid-1970s, and play for England. Remarkably, the team’s victory came not long after they

won the Brent Cup, played by 13 secondary schools in the borough, which means they have won the double. More than 60 London schools competed in this year’s Middlesex Cup in a knock out contest.

. Kensal Green’s got talent Ten youngsters showed off their skills at a talent show for residents in Kensal Green. The audience at Hazel Road Community Centre enjoyed performance by singers, a comedian, rappers, dancers, and poets. The show was the outcome of an 11week project, which was supported by Brent Council’s Neighbourhood Working Team.Young people took part in music workshops, personal development and computer classes, citizenship and drugs awareness education. Youngsters perform at the show

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Watching out for you Anne Ring is manager of community safety organisation Brent Neighbourhood Watch. What is Neighbourhood Watch?

What else does the organisation do?

We bring people together to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour and to promote community safety. It is about getting together with your neighbours to make your area a better place in which to live and work. However, we are not just about crime; Neighbourhood Watch builds community spirit and common values. Members do not snoop, be nosy or act as vigilantes; neither do they patrol – that is left to the police. It started in Brent in the early 1990s; today Brent has 500 groups and 4,500 members.

We keep in touch with our coordinators by phone, email and letter.We pass on information that may be of interest immediately to those on email. Every June, as part of National Neighbourhood Watch Week, we visit all 21 wards in Brent, with the Safer Neighbourhood Team for that ward. It is an opportunity to reach the public by handing out leaflets about home and personal safety. We also go to high streets, stations and supermarkets. Our team of volunteers also goes to the Respect Festival, Queen’s Park Day and other festivals. Last year we received Home Office money for burglary prevention in some areas, which meant knocking on over 4,000 doors. Our message is that Neighbourhood Watch does make a big difference so play your part!

How are new groups set up? Quite often we are approached because an area has concerns about crime. The next step is to carry out a walkabout with Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams and knock on people’s doors asking if they would like to join Neighbourhood Watch, so that a scheme can be set up. The benefits of Neighbourhood Watch are set out at this time. Membership is free. After that we call a meeting and launch the new scheme. A scheme is made up of coordinators and members. Each coordinator and member receives a Neighbourhood Watch sticker for their window to show they have joined.

Brent Neighbourhood Watch is at 96 High Road, Willesden. 07502 426 038.

How do groups work? A scheme works by members looking out for each other. That means letting each other know of anything suspicious such as a window left open or if a house is disturbed. They also get to know their neighbours better and keep an eye out for a vulnerable person. The scheme meets throughout the year to discuss any concerns they have in relation to their road and to work together to make improvements. They can invite other organisations to the meeting. Brent Neighbourhood Watch supports the scheme by providing crime prevention leaflets, ultraviolet pens for marking their valuables, window alarms, timers and personal alarms.

What is your role in Neighbourhood Watch? I am a full-time liaison officer, working with coordinators to support them and link up with police and other organisations. It is an independent charity and there is a lot of administrative work. I got involved when I lived in Mount Pleasant in Brondesbury Park in 1999. A lady knocked on my door and asked me along to a meeting. I knew little about it, but enjoyed it all. Personally, I love to meet and talk to new people and get a lot of fulfilment from what Neighbourhood Watch is doing for the community. Anne Ring with a Neighbourhood Watch sign

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ALL IN Aday’s


Memorial’s man Kevin Cooney is ensuring memorials in the borough’s cemeteries stay in good condition. Brent has tens of thousands of memorials in its cemeteries. Some are mid-Victorian; others are modern, but it is Kevin Cooney’s job to ensure that all are well-maintained. “Most memorials are gravestones although we have a few war memorials as well,” explains Kevin, Brent Council’s Memorials Officer. “They are made from different stones such as granite and marble. Many are statues or crosses of high-quality stonemasonary. Others are modern and were machine cut, including one of a football. All memorials are recorded in the Grave Owners’ Register; they are all important because they are a focal point of memory for remembering a person.” Brent Council has four main cemeteries:Willesden New, Paddington Old, Alperton and a lawn cemetery in Carpender’s Park in Hertfordshire.Willesden New Cemetery has about 20,000 memorials; the others have around 5,000. They differ in age. Old Paddington was built in 1855 and is Grade II listed, but Carpender’s opened in 1954. “My task is to ensure that memorials are built and maintained well,” explains Kevin. “Sadly, there have been accidents in cemeteries – although not in Brent’s – caused by memorials in poor shape. So I work with memorial masons to make sure they meet industry standards. By insisting the stones are fixed to those standards gives a guarantee of workmanship and assurance that they will last for many years.

“My task is to make sure that memorials are built and maintained well.”

Kevin Cooney with one of the cemetery record books

All the Brent cemetery team works hard at making cemeteries safe and attractive places. “Bereavement is a difficult time for many people. I have to be sensitive in explaining to people what we can accept as a memorial in a particular cemetery. If a memorial is unsafe, I make it safe and then communicate with the owners about permanent repairs.” Cemeteries are an important part of Brent’s heritage. Last year a new memorial to civilians who were killed during the Second World War was placed in Willesden. “I work with local historians to identify and preserve the history of a cemetery, and with the Commonwealth Graves Commission to ensure remembrance of the war dead. The Paddington Old Cemetery records have details of memorials to Victorian figures such as Clara Lucas Balfour, the temperance activist, and Martin William Beecher, a jockey who gave us Beecher’s Brook at today’s Aintree. ” Registries of deaths going back to 1855, when Paddington Old Cemetery opened, are kept by the Cemetery Service. “There are famous graves without memorials such as that of Arthur Orton, known as the Tichborne Claimant from a famous 19th century legal case, added Kevin. “A new history of Paddington Old Cemetery is being worked on with local historians; some surprise findings are guaranteed.” Visit for more on cemeteries in Brent.

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How to find the The legacy of the amazing architect EG Trobridge can be discovered by joining a walk or visiting Brent Museum this month. On the roads of suburban Kingsbury stand thatched cottages and houses resembling castles. The buildings are the works of Ernest George Trobridge – a pioneering architect who lived in the area. This month these amazing buildings and the life of their designer are waiting to be discovered by any Brent resident. Not only is there the exhibition ‘Ernest Trobridge:Visionary of the Suburbs’ at the Brent Museum in Willesden Green Library Centre until 19 September, but local historian Philip Grant will be leading two walks around the area tracing Trobridge’s legacy.

“You can find out why he used thatched roofs and built such amazing chimneys.” Both of Philip’s walks start from Kingsbury Library Plus, 522-524 Kingsbury Road NW9, and both involve climbing some steep hills!

The first walk ‘From the Fern Dene Estate to Kingsbury Cross’ is a two-mile stroll on 15 May, leaving the library at 2pm and finishing at 3.30pm. Philip’s second walk ‘From Thatched Houses to Castle Flats’ on 19 May is a walk of more than two miles, leaving Kingsbury Library Plus at 1pm; the walk lasts until 3pm. Each of the walks takes in fascinating buildings such as Trobridge’s timber homes built in the 1920s, and his 1930s ‘castles’ such as Highfort Court, Rochester Court and Whitecastle Mansions on Wakeman’s Hill, Kingsbury. As well as seeing these, you can find out why he used thatched roofs and built such amazing chimneys. Both walks draw on Philip’s pamphlet ‘From Cottages to Castles’, which contains two walks, one long and one short, written by Philip to guide you around the 250 homes in Brent which are Trobridge’s local legacy. If you are not able to join Philip in May, copies of ‘From Cottages to Castles’ are available to buy at Brent Archives in Willesden Green Library, for

£3, so you can enjoy the walks at your leisure. Or, alternatively, complete the short walk here in this magazine. Thanks to money from Brent Council’s Neighbourhood Working, a free copy of the pamphlet is available to Kingsbury residents living in Fryent ward. They can collect this free copy by showing a proof of address at Kingsbury Library Plus; there is only one copy per address. Visit or call 020 8937 3600 for more information. Church Walk

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“Philip Grant will be leading two walks around the area tracing Trobridge’s legacy.”

Start at the Deanscroft Avenue bus stop (on bus routes 83 or 302) in Church Lane, Kingsbury. Walk down Church Lane past St Andrew’s Church, and follow the footpath round to the left as it becomes Old Church Lane. When you reach the junction, cross the road and turn left up the footpath. Behind the hedges here are Old St Andrew’s Mansions (1934-36), named after the church you can see in the graveyard opposite. Trobridge designed these for T.W. Heath & Co Ltd of Neasden. Once you draw level with No.1, turn back and look closely at the detail of these maisonettes, particularly the chimneys. Walk past the top of Church Walk, and stop outside Nos. 6 and 7 to enjoy the multiple chimneys over the entrance stairway. Admire the skill of the bricklayers who carried out Trobridge’s plans. Retrace your steps, and turn right down Church Walk. Look at the quirky brick stairs and porches of Nos. 5 and 8 on your left. Halfway down Church Walk are four more pairs of maisonettes on the right. They do not show any outstanding features, but still have details which are typical of Trobridge’s work. These include the curving timbers where brickwork meets rendering. Carry on down to the end of the footpath and turn right into Birchen Grove. On your right you will see Nos. 14, 15 and 16 Old St Andrew’s Mansions. These are again quite conventional but have some good detail on the chimneys. These are the last homes on this short walk visiting properties designed by Ernest Trobridge in Southern Kingsbury. Walk past them and on to the junction of Birchen Grove and Blackbird Hill. You can get the 302 bus from here back to Brent Museum. Alternatively, carefully cross the road to a bus stop for the 182 or 297 buses to Wembley Park station.

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Free compost offer To celebrate Compost Awareness Week Brent Council will be offering residents free compost.* As a thank you for recycling, Brent Council is offering a free bag of compost per household at Brent Council’s Reuse and Recycling Centre on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 May 2010. To take advantage of the offer while stocks last take this voucher to the centre at Abbey Road, Park Royal, NW10 7TJ. (open 7 days a week from 8am till 4pm except Christmas, Boxing and New Years Day) Home compost bins will also be on sale for only £5** at the Reuse and Recycling Centre. **Cash payments only please. Home compost bins are non-refundable. cut here

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There will be no changes to your compulsory green box, green organic bin or grey waste bin collections during the May bank holidays.

Exchange this voucher for one free bag of compost at Brent’s Reuse and Recycling Centre on Saturday 8 or Sunday 9 May 2010 (while stocks last). *Only one voucher per household.

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Your 6 May guide Two elections will be taking place in Brent this month – here’s how it will work. General Election Constituencies (MPs) Brent North Brent Central Hampstead & Kilburn

Local Election Wards (Councillors) eg: Wembley Central Ward boundaries

On 6 May, Brent will be voting in not one, but two elections – the local election and the general election. The local election is for all 63 seats on Brent Council. There are 63 seats because all 21 wards in Brent elect three councillors. Voters will be entitled to vote for up to three candidates in their ward and the local election ballot paper will be yellow. The hours of poll are from 7am to 10pm. Constituency boundaries for the general election have changed.The previous constituencies of Brent North, Brent East and Brent South will no longer exist. They will be replaced by Brent North, Brent Central and a constituency called Hampstead and Kilburn, which is also made up of wards in the London Borough of Camden.Voters can vote for one candidate only in the general election. The ballot paper for the general election is white and the hours of the poll are also

from 7am to 10pm.Those people on the register marked as European Union citizens will not be allowed to vote in the general election.The wards in Brent North are Alperton, Barnhill, Fryent, Kenton, Northwick Park, Preston, Sudbury, Queensbury and Wembley Central.The wards in Brent Central are Dollis Hill, Dudden Hill, Harlesden, Kensal Green, Mapesbury, Stonebridge, Tokyngton,Welsh Harp and Willesden Green.The Brent wards in Hampstead and Kilburn are Brondesbury, Kilburn and Queens Park. People voting by post will receive an envelope containing the two ballot papers and the postal vote statement. This should be returned to Brent Town Hall in the envelope provided. The exception to this is for those people living in the three Brent wards in the Hampstead and Kilburn constituency. They will receive separate envelopes, one

from Brent, containing the local election ballot paper which is returned to Brent Town Hall. The other, from Camden, containing the general election ballot paper should be returned to Camden Town Hall. On polling day each election will have its own ballot box and it is important for people to put the correct ballot paper in the appropriate ballot box. The general election results for Brent North and Brent Central will be known by about 7am on Friday. The count of the votes for the local election will start Friday afternoon and it is hoped the results for all 21 wards will be known by about 8pm that evening.

Visit for candidates’ details and other information about the elections, or follow Brent Council updates on Twitter and Facebook.

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Adult Learners’ Week

Arabic for Beginners with BACES 17 May 1pm-3pm Kilburn Library Card Making 18 May 10.30am-12.30pm Kilburn Library Create a Recipe Book 17 May 10.30am-12.30 Ealing Road Library Bring your favourite recipe to share with others and create a receipe book. Crochet Workshop 20 May 2.30pm-4.30pm Kensal Library CV, Jobs and Careers Advice 15-22 May 11am-1pm Willesden Green Library Centre 15-22 May 10am-12noon Kilburn Library 17 May 5pm-8pm Willesden Green Library 17 May 6pm-8pm Ealing Road Library

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18 May 2.30pm-5.30pm Preston Road Library 20 May 10.30am-12.30pm Town Hall Library

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20 May 2pm-4pm Harlesden Library Plus

Learners’ Week from

20 May 4pm-6pm Ealing Road Library

15-22 May by holding

21 May 1.30pm-3.30pm Willesden Green Library Centre

taster classes on different skills and

One-to-one advice sessions covering CVs, jobs, volunteering and training.

activities at libraries across the borough. Do you ever yearn to try Japanese flower arranging, or want to find out how to start up your own business? Well, the week is approaching when you can. From 15-22 May, Brent Council is celebrating Adult Learners’ Week and will again be offering the perfect chance for adults of all ages to experience something new, for free. Brent has a great line-up this year of ‘taster’ classes, including how to use the photo website Flickr, Arabic, nail art, knitting, English as a second language, digital photography, gospel singing, and reflexology. The schedule has IT specific lessons for older people, but all ages can brush up how to word process documents, use social media websites such as Twitter or create spreadsheets. Entrepreneurs can find out more about how to start up their own business. For those wanting advice on getting back to learning or careers, there will CV workshops and other information sessions.


18 May 2pm-4pm Harlesden Library Plus


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Brent Adult Community Education Service (BACES) will be coordinating the classes and taster courses in libraries across Brent, see listings for details. To attend the classes held during learners’ week, you must book in advance. Head of BACES Sue Hasty said: “We run a number of exciting classes throughout the year but the week is special as it offers residents a taster of what’s on offer. It is a time when thousands of people can realise long-held ambitions just by giving it a go.”

Driving Theory Test 21 May 10.30am-12noon Town Hall Library Online workshop for taking the test. E-books Workshop 17 May 2.30pm-4pm Kensal Rise Library 18 May, 2.30pm-4pm Kilburn Library Download e-books, search online encyclopaedias and newspapers. English Conversation Class 17 May 1.30pm-3.30pm Cricklewood Library 17 May 1.30-2.30pm Neasden Library Plus 18 May 10.30am-12noon (women only) Willesden Green Library Centre 18 May 2pm-3pm Kilburn Library 20 May 10am-11.30am Willesden Green Library Centre 20 May 11am-12noon Tokyngton Library

Gospel Singing 15 May 10.30am-12.30pm Harlesden Library Plus

My Guide: Computers for Beginners 15-22 May 11am-12noon Kilburn Library 15-22 May 10.45am-12noon Kingsbury Library Plus

Healthy Eating and Losing Weight 19 May 1.30pm-2.30pm Ealing Road Library Talk by Elizabeth Wells

16 May 12.05pm-1.05pm Willesden Green Library Centre 16 May 12.30pm-1.30pm Kingsbury Library Plus 17 May 10.30am-12noon Kensal Library

Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging 20 May 1.30pm-3.30pm Town Hall Library

18 May 10.30am-12.30pm Willesden Green Library Centre 18 May 10.30am-12noon Preston Road Library 18 May 10.30am-12noon Tokyngton Library Indian Head Massage with BACES 18 May 1.30pm-3.30pm Preston Road Library 20 May 2-4pm Willesden Green Library Centre

21 May 10.30am-12noon Preston Road Library Nail Art Workshop 21 May 3.30pm-4.30pm Ealing Road Library Nail art expert offers tips on design and manicuring. Pilates 15 May, 1pm-3pm Willesden Green Library Centre

Jewellery Making with BACES 17 May 1pm-3pm Kingsbury Library Plus 21 May 10am-12 Preston Road Library Knit a Stylish Bag 18 May 10.30am-12.30pm Preston Road Library Patterns, wool and needles provided. Knitting Workshop 21 May 3.30pm-4.30pm Kilburn Library Learn MS Word and Excel 20 May 4pm-5.30pm Willesden Green Library Centre

To book on a course contact each library where it is being held, visit email or call Barham Park Library 020 8937 3550 Cricklewood Library 020 8937 3540 Ealing Road Library 020 8937 3560 Harlesden Library Plus 020 8937 3570 Kensal Rise Library 020 8969 0942 Kilburn Library 020 8937 3530 Kingsbury Library Plus 020 8937 3520 Neasden Library Plus 020 8937 3580 Preston Road Library 020 8937 3510 Tokyngton Library 020 8937 3590 Town Hall Library 020 8937 3500 Willesden Green Library Centre 020 8937 3400

Learn MS Word 20 May 2pm-3.30pm Neasden Library Plus Life in the UK 20 May 2-3pm Kilburn Library 21 May 11am-12noon Ealing Road Library Online classes for those planning on taking a citizenship test.

“Thousands of people can realise long-held ambitions just by giving it a go.”

Photography 15 May 10am-1pm Willesden Green Library Centre Taught by photographer Lucy Williams Reflexology with BACES 15 May 2.30pm-4.30pm Kingsbury Library Plus 20 May 11am-1pm Kensal Rise Library Silver Surfers’ Workshop 17 May 1.30pm-3.30pm Willesden Green Library Centre 21 May 10am-12noon Willesden Green Library Centre 21 May 1.30pm-3.30pm Harlesden Library Plus Using the internet for older learners Start your Own Business 21 May 1.30pm-3.30pm Ealing Road Library A workshop for budding entrepreneurs Twitter v Flickr 15 May 2pm-4pm Willesden Green Library Centre Learn to create an account, post a blog and upload photos

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Brent’s book club Brent residents are leading the country in taking up a challenge to read more books. Words SHARON DONOVAN Pictures ISABELLE PLASSCHAERT

It was introduced in Brent Council’s libraries to encourage more readers to pick up a book. The Six Book Reading Challenge is a national scheme for people who want to improve their reading or rediscover books. It challenges them to finish six fiction or non-fiction books in a period of time. The scheme has been running in Brent since last year and will be ending in mid-May. So far, more than 700 people in the borough have registered for the challenge – the highest number anywhere in the UK. Many people have been looking at a shelf in Brent’s libraries called Quick Reads – books which are bite-sized – to complete their tally. Readers have also recorded their experience in a diary, detailing their thoughts on the book and giving it a rating. Brent libraries has offered prizes for those completing the six such as a prize draw to win a London weekend hotel break or a signed football from Queens Park Rangers.



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Among the 700 people are students at a Brent Adult Community Education Services (BACES) class in Harlesden. “I didn’t own a library card before I starting the Six Book Challenge,” said Blossom Brooks. “Now you can’t get me out of there. Within two weeks I’d read eight books.” Some of the six books she enjoyed were the novel ‘No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’ by Alexander McCall Smith and Andy McNab’s war thriller ‘Bravo Two Zero’. Fellow student Sophia Allen said: “With two kids it can be virtually impossible to read a 400-page book. But these bite-sized books make reading more manageable. It has reignited my passion for reading.” Sophia’s favourite was the biography ‘Marcus Garvey’ by Marie Stuart, which tells the story of the Jamaican national hero. “It shows that Marcus Garvey was a true leader,” says Sophia. “I liked the way it was written and how the author told his story of Marcus Garvey’s life.” A ceremony at Brent Town Hall on 22 May will mark the end of the challenge with Mayor of Brent Councillor Jim O’ Sullivan presenting those who finished all six books with a certificate and shopping voucher. It will be hosted by the writer Alex Wheatle, author of ‘Brixton Rock’, who will speak about how he discovered reading and books. BACES student Rupert Mikely, who is working his way through six books, said: “I really liked looking for books and finishing each one. It helps to keep my mind occupied.”

“With two kids it can be virtually impossible to read a 400-page book. But these bite-sized books make reading more manageable. It has reignited my passion for reading.”

If you would like to participate in the Six Book Reading Challenge visit email or call 020 8937 3144. Inset left: Blossom Brooks enjoys the reading challenge. Right: Rupert Mikely

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100 years of Girlguiding is celebrating its centenary this year and its members in Brent are marking the special anniversary.

“At its heart the movement has always been led by the wishes of its members and has adapted to changes and the things which the girls have wanted.� Shirley Phillips, Brown Owl, 7th Brondesbury Brownies



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doing their best It started out as a small troupe of girls who turned up at a rally supposedly only for boy Scouts. Today the Guide Association estimates it has 550,000 members, and is the biggest voluntary organisation for young women and girls in the UK. The movement is organised by age: Rainbows is for five to seven-year-old girls; Brownies for seven to ten yearolds; Girl Guides for girls aged ten to 14, and a Senior Section for young women aged up to 25. Locally, there are the Willesden Division made up of Brondesbury and Neasden Districts, and Wembley which has Wembley North, South and Kingsbury Divisions. The divisions all have Rainbows, Brownies and Guides’ units with groups operating on different nights in many areas. “Girlguiding began in 1910,” explains Shirley Phillips, Brown Owl of 7th Brondesbury Brownies. “A group of girls turned up to a Scout rally in south London in 1909. The Scouts’ founder Robert Baden-Powell asked his sister Agnes to help set up a similar organisation for women, which she did the next year. From then the movement grew with Brownies being set up in 1915 and by the Second World War groups had

been set up across the country, including in Wembley and Willesden.” Girlguiding in Brent has successfully appealed to new generations of girls. “I joined the Brownies in Willesden in 1970; since then a lot of things have changed,” adds Shirley. “But at its heart the movement has always been led by the wishes of its members and has adapted to changes and the things which the girls have wanted.” Today the 7th Brondesbury Brownies is a model of modern Girlguiding in the UK. It meets once a week in a hall in Willesden and offers different activities. “The pack is great fun. The girls make friends; they learn to help each other and work together as a team,” says Shirley. “Often they are girls from schools, or communities they might not normally meet. But they get together and everyone makes an effort to get on.” Badges and learning new skills are still an important part of Girlguiding. They include badges for art, First Aid, skiing, and computing. “They have to reach a certain standard in each area, but what we really look for is effort,” says Shirley. “We do a lot of craft activities in this pack, but others may have an emphasis on different skills.” “We still have the Brownie Guide

Promise,” she says. “It starts with ‘I promise that I will do my best’. Then there is the Brownie Guide Law when the girls say ‘a Brownie thinks of others before herself and does a good turn every day’. Guiding is open to girls from all religions and part of the promise is to say that they will love ‘my god’ because the movement recognises that its members come from many religions.” However, a big change from 1910 is the uniform. The Brownie beret, brown dress, and yellow ties are gone and have been replaced with tracksuit trousers, sweatshirts, and T-shirts. The Guides’ uniform was overhauled in 2002 and is now very practical. Brent groups are celebrating the movement’s centenary. “For the 100th celebrations we went to the highest point in the area – the top of Gladstone Park – and did a treasure hunt, joined 500 other girls for a disco, and are taking part in a giant sleepover,” adds Shirley. “Other groups have been camping and are taking over a steam train and there will be a celebration in Trafalgar Square to close our centenary year. We always welcome new members or adult volunteers: any new faces here would be a great way to celebrate 100 years.”


For more on Girlguiding in Brent visit or call 07973 225 084. Shirley Phillips will be speaking about the centenary to Willesden Local History Society on 22 May 7.30pm at Scout House, Strode Road, Willesden, email or call 020 8965 7230. MAY 2010



Healthy Walks and Jogs Programme Organised by Brent Council’s Sports Service April 2010 - March 2011 • All welcome, especially those new to physical activity • Have fun and meet new people • Improve your health and fitness • Feel safe walking or jogging in a group • All walks are free. A small fee applies to some jogs

Tel: 020 8937 3707

Jogs programme

Walks programme Barham Park Harrow Road, Sudbury HA0 2HB Tuesdays 10.30 - 11.30am

King Edward VII Park Park Lane, Wembley HA9 7RX Thursdays 10.30 - 11.30am

Fryent Country Park Fryent Way,Kingsbury, London NW9 Wednesdays 1.55pm This is not a Brent Council walk

King Edward VII Recreation Ground Donnington Road, Willesden NW10 3QX Tuesdays 6.30 - 7.30pm until 28 September 2010

Gladstone Park Dollis Hill Lane, London NW2 Fridays 1.30 - 2.30pm Sundays 10.30 - 11.30am

Queens Park Harvist Road, London NW6 Sunday, 2 - 3pm

Roe Green Park Kingsbury High Road, Kingsbury NW9 Sundays 10.30 - 11.30am Tuesdays 6.30 - 7.30pm until 28 September 2010 Roundwood Park Harlesden Road, London NW10 Wednesdays 10.30 - 11.30am and Sundays 11 - 12 noon Nature Walk – Welsh Harp Birchen Grove, Kingsbury NW9 Thursdays 10 - 11am Parent and baby walk Harlesden Road, London NW10 Tuesdays 10.30 - 11.30am

Willesden Sports Centre Donnington Road, Willesden NW10 3QX Thursdays 7 - 8pm Roundwood Park Harlesden Road, London NW10 Saturdays 10.30 - 11.15am King Edward VII Park Park Lane, Wembley HA9 7RX Tuesdays 6.00 - 6.45pm until 28 September 2010 Sudbury Court Running Club, Various routes Tuesdays & Thursdays 7.15pm

No jogs or walks on bank holidays

A helping hand Reablement is a new scheme helping people to live independently by offering them intensive support at home. Words ORLA SEDZE When Kathy Silverstone took a leisurely stroll to her synagogue it resulted in a fall that saw her in hospital, needing a hip replacement. Months later she is now back on her feet and living in the comfort of her own home with everything she needs to live as safely and independently as possible. Kathy was one of the first people in the borough to benefit from a new style of support service called Reablement, which has been launched by Brent Council’s Adult Social Services. Any adult in Brent who is in need of adult social services will now be assessed to see if they can benefit from Reablement – regardless of their financial circumstances. Reablement offers a six-week period of free intensive support to help them get better and also to increase their independence. “I couldn’t have managed without this service,” explains Kathy. “Once I was well enough social care workers took me home and carried out an assessment of what I would need once I was discharged,” she added. “They suggested my bed be moved into the sitting room, arranged for grab rails to be installed, for my armchair and toilet to be raised and got me a Zimmer frame for getting around, and a trolley perching stool for the kitchen.

And when I came home everything was ready for me. “I was then assessed for a carer who helped me with washing and dressing and doing things that I physically couldn’t do at the time like bending over to fill the dishwasher.” As Kathy’s health improved the support she received changed with her needs.

“I was assessed for a carer who helped me with washing and dressing and doing things that I physically couldn’t do at the time.” “After a few weeks they arranged for me to have physiotherapy, and for grab rails to go on my front and back door so I could go out and enjoy my garden. I had extra rails installed once I was able to get upstairs and a bath seat so I could finally have a proper wash. Before my fall I didn’t have great balance, so they also arranged for someone to go out walking with me so I could get my confidence back. “Towards the end of the six weeks I could manage most things by myself. “I’ll never be the same as I was before the fall but the help I have been given has helped so much and I was more or less able to enjoy Passover as usual this year.” For more on Reablement call 020 8937 4300 or visit

“Towards the end of six weeks I could manage most things by myself.”

Kathy Silverstone at home

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Brent Council’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Team is improving the quality of life for deaf people. Words ORLA SEDZE Pictures NADIA ATTURA

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They are a vital lifeline to around 500 people in the borough with hearing difficulties. David Quinn and Marcia Silvera are Brent Council’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Team and work to improve the quality of life for deaf and hard of hearing people in Brent. “When you are out in public places, you notice people who use a wheelchair or are blind,” says David. “But when hearing people approach a deaf person, they are often startled when they realise the person is deaf and they are unable to communicate.” The team provide assessments and write care plans for people who might need council support.They can also arrange for deaf people to have specialist equipment such as door chimes with flashing lights and alarm clocks for the deaf. All assistance and equipment provided aims to maximise a person’s ability to remain independent. Deaf people in Brent can go to a drop-in service at the team’s offices at 36 London Road,Wembley, where they can get support from David or Marcia using British Sign Language.The drop-in service is every Thursday from 10am-12noon and 2pm-4pm.

“Without these open days and other types of services we provide there is a risk deaf people who are isolated will tend to lose confidence.” Another important service is to organise open days four times a year for deaf people in the borough.The days provide general advice as well as focusing on a particular theme. An induction loop is fitted for hearing aid users in the room where the open days are held and a British Sign Language interpreter is also present for the event. In March the open day heard speakers talking about advanced technology available to aid communication with deaf people. Representatives from NHS Brent and the Patient Advice and Liaison Service also attended to learn more about the issues. The next open day will be on 24 June, featuring Brent police talking about crime prevention, followed by an open day on 7 October with a talk on hate crime and disability. Mohammad Mahboubi, from Wembley Park, was at the last open day and wanted to know more about what technology is available to allow him to go the doctors without needing a family member. “Sometimes I have problems when I go to the doctors, they talk too quickly and I can’t always understand. If I’m seriously ill I have to take my mum with me to translate so I can be sure the doctor understands what’s wrong with me,” he said. “The open day was interesting and the system demonstrated would be of benefit to deaf people.” “Without these open days and other types of services we provide there is a risk deaf people who are isolated will tend to lose confidence,” added David. “It is important for them to access the wellbeing service we provide so they can lead an independent life.” For more email, call 020 8937 4669, or use Typetalk on 1800 10208 937 4677. Above: David and Marcia at the team’s last open day.

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Plane English The history of the aircraft industry is revealed in the pages of a house magazine belonging to a Kingsbury-based firm, explains Malcolm Barres-Baker. It was during and immediately after the First World War that the aircraft industry was depicted in the pages of a magazine. The publication was called the ‘Airco Rag’ and it was the house magazine of the Kingsbury-based Aircraft Manufacturing Company; also known as the Airco. The magazine showed the way of life at the factory and wartime home front by depicting them in its photographs, drawings and cartoons.

The Aircraft Manufacturing Company was set up in 1913. It was based initially in Merton, Surrey. The founder, George Holt Thomas, was fascinated by flying and had already obtained the rights to sell French Farman aircraft in the UK in 1910. In April 1914 the company employed the young designer Geoffrey de Havilland. By the time the First World War broke out, the company had moved to a former tram shed in Colindale Avenue, Hendon. By summer 1915 the company was building its own aircraft: de Havilland designed DH2 pusher biplanes, designed to combat German Fokker Eindecker monoplanes. Airco soon built workshops on both sides of Edgware Road, and in 1916 took over the Grove Park Estate, Kingsbury, using the former lawns of Grove Park Mansion as an airfield. In 1915 Airco employed more than 600 people and was producing 20 aircraft a month. By 1918 they were employing 4,400 people, producing 190 machines a month.

The ‘Aircraft Rag’ magazine first appeared in May 1917, though it was preceded by a far more amateurish publication by the same editors.The more professionally produced ‘Rag’ retained the same spirit as the original, keeping “uppermost the humorous side because experience proved … that it was the most popular”. Because aircraft factories employed numerous draughtsmen and draughtswomen, the covers of the ‘Rag’ were frequently very attractive.

However, after the war, aircraft orders fell dramatically. The Aircraft Manufacturing Company went bankrupt and was sold to BSA, who halted aircraft production at Kingsbury. The last copy of the ‘Rag’ is dated April 1920. In September 1920 Geoffrey de Havilland set up his own company at Stag Lane aerodrome, which had been used by another company during the war. A prosperous future awaited de Havilland’s new company.

“… keeping the humorous side uppermost because experience proved that it was the most popular…”

Between the covers, illustrations included photographs of aircraft and of staff (the majority of whom were women), artwork illustrating stories in the magazine (ranging from articles on the principles of flight to personal accounts of dogfights), patriotic artwork and cartoons making fun of aspects of factory and wartime life. Copies were read well beyond the confines of the factory. The magazine was renamed the ‘Airco Rag’ in October 1918.

I Malcolm Barres-Baker is an archivist at Brent Archives. He will be speaking about the ‘Airco Rag’ on 21 May at 7.30pm to Wembley History Society in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Church Lane, Kingsbury, call 020 8205 3263. Inset above: A front page of the magazine from 1918; Background: cartoons in the magazine showing dogfights during the war.

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Win your 90 minutes at Wembley Stadium An escorted tour of Wembley Stadium makes an exciting day out for the whole family. Stroll into the player's dressing room and walk through the tunnel towards the hallowed turf, then climb 107 steps, standing triumphantly in front of the royal box and see the FA Cup. For Brent residents, we have four pairs of tickets for the Wembley Stadium tour. For a chance to win, send in the correct answer to the following question:

Which band are playing at Wembley Stadium on 10 and 11 September? Send or email your answers to Wembley Stadium competition at the address below. For information on event times visit: Competition Terms and Conditions • Only one entry per person allowed • Prizes/tours must be redeemed within 12 months of receiving confirmation • Children under 16 must be accompanied on the Stadium Tour by an adult and have consent of their parent/guardian • No cash alternatives for any prize will be offered • Employees of Wembley Stadium and their families are not eligible to enter. Prize winners must adhere to Wembley Stadium Tour’s terms and conditions, available at • All prizes/tours are subject to availability and pre-booking is required.

Wembley Stadium Event Calendar 8 or 9 May 2010 15 May 2010 16 May 2010 22 May 2010 29 May 2010 30 May 2010 19 June Date tbc 28 August 2010 4 September 8 September 10 and 11 Sept 9 October 13 October 31 October

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This events calendar is correct at the time of going to print and is subject to change and updates. More events are expected to be booked for 2010 – these will be added to the calendar as and when confirmed. Please visit for the very latest information.

Win Clapton and Winwood tickets In their first UK shows together since supergroup ‘Blind Faith’ disbanded in 1969, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood are reuniting for just three unmissable dates. The two iconic figures played New York’s legendary Madison Square Gardens in 2008, and are now set to play at Wembley Arena on 20 and 21 May. Don’t miss your chance to see these two musical icons on stage together here in the UK. The Brent Magazine has a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader. To be in with a chance answer this question:

What dates are Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood playing Wembley Arena? If you are not a lucky winner, visit for more about the concerts.

Send your entries on a postcard with your name, address and daytime telephone number to: (Name of Competition), The Brent Magazine, Room 9, Brent Town Hall, Forty Lane, Wembley HA9 9HD or email (add name of competition to subject line). The deadline for all competitions is Friday 14 May 2010. Last month’s winners: Fake Its: Annabel Al-Gabril (winner), Rita Gromb (runner-up), Margaret O’Sullivan (runner-up). Ricky Gervais: M Chadha Wembley Stadium: Anne Leach, Alexander Strub, Sameer Patel, Tobias Appaya-Bagot MAY 2010




What’s going on… The essential guide to music, drama, sport, workshops and much more. Find out what’s going on in Brent during May 2010. To get your event listed email or telephone 020 8937 1068. CHILDREN AIR CADETS Mon and Thurs 7pm 406 Squadron Willesden 020 8451 0406 ARTALIKE Sats 10am term-time; Sats 10am-noon ARTTEEN 714 £5, Kensal Rise 07946 755 847 ART CLASSES Mini Picassos for children aged 4-6 yrs and 7-11yrs; toddler Picassos 15 months-3 yrs, Gracelands Cafe, Kensal Green 07903638817 DANIEL’S DEN Mons 1pm-3pm, Thurs 9.30am-11am, 11.30am1pm, Tues 10am-noon St MIchael and All Angels Church, Hillside, StonebrIdge, Fris 9.30am11am, 11.30am-1pm St Michael’s Church Hall, St Michael’s Ave, Tokyngton Tues, 1pm-3pm, Gladstone Park Primary School, Dollis Hill DRAMA WORKSHOPS Sats 7-16 yrs Duddenhill Centre, NW10 07958 653 725 11TH BRONDESBURY GUIDES Tues, 6pm for girls aged 10-14 in Willesden 07810 653 225



FAWOOD CHILDREN’S CENTRE Mons, Tues & Fris 9.30am-11.30am under 5s pop in and play, Weds 9.30am-11.30am childminder’s network, Fawood Avenue NW10 020 8965 9334 FRENCH CLASSES Weds, Thurs after-school in Kensal Rise ages 5-11; 07753 693 720 GIRLS’ BRIGADE Weds 5.15pm-8.30pm for five-year-olds and upwards, Queensbury Methodist Church, Beverley Drive 07961 321 237 LONDON IRISH MUSIC SCHOOL Sats, traditional Irish music for under 14s; Oliver Goldsmith Primary, Kenton 020 8205 7231 MINI-SOCCER Suns Year 3 9.45am10.45am Year 4-Year 6 10.45am-12noon Uxendon Manor School, Vista Way, Kenton, 6 weeks £30, call George Lappas 07957 229 518

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MUM AND TODDLER Thurs 10am-12noon, Preston Mall Community Centre, Kenton £2 020 8204 1148 PARENT AND CARER TODDLER GROUP Thurs 9am-10.30am 50p Barham Primary, Danethorpe Road, Wembley 020 8902 3706 PARENT AND BABY WALK Tues, 10.30am Roundwood Park, NW10 07958 292 524 PIONEER EXPLORER SCOUTS Weds 8am-10pm for 14-18 years, Stember Hall, Leighton Gardens, NW10 01582 703121 SPLASH FOOTBALL Sats 10am-12pm, ages 5-15. Claremont High School, Claremont Avenue, Kenton, £30 for 5 weeks 07863 165 737 7TH BRONDESBURY BROWNIES Tues, 6pm for girls aged 7-10 in Willesden 07810 653 225 SATURDAY THEATRE 8 May 11am and 2pm ‘Clever Clogs and the Cunning Princess’ 5-11 yrs, 45 mins Multistory Theatre Company £6/£5 adaptation of a Russian folk tale; 15 May 11am and 2pm ‘Hiccup the Hippopotamus’ 3+ yrs 45 mins Jactito Theatre £6/£5 Hippo hiccups every time he gets worried, causing the whole jungle to shake; Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road NW6 020 7372 6611 SING AND SIGN CLASSES Mon-Fri, for babies 6-18 months. Willesden Green & Kensal Rise 07790 955 576 SOCCER TRAINING Fris, 6pm-8pm, for children, first session free Capital City Academy NW10 mdipaola@

WILLESDEN DISTRICT SCOUTS Groups throughout Willesden for young people aged 6-18, adult volunteers needed 0208 459 3737 enquiries@ SEA TRAINING CORPS Thurs 7.15pm-9.15pm Sea Pirates 7-9 yrs; Thurs 7.15pm-9.15pm juniors; Mons and Fris 7.15pm9.30pm Sea Cadets; Mons and Fris 7.15pm9.30pm Marine Cadets; youth group for boys and girls, Cool Oak Lane, NW9 020 8205 4492

COMMUNITY BRENT PENSIONERS FORUM 5 May 10am-12noon 113 Chalkhill Road Wembley 020 8998 0564 BRENT AND HARROW NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WIDOWS 11 May 8pm games and quiz evening, 25 May 8pm tenpin bowling evening Rhona, 76 Marlborough Hill, Harrow 020 8969 3198 BRENT HEART SUPPORT GROUP 10 May 10am-12noon monthly meeting offering advice and support to heart disease sufferers and their carers; Wembley Hospital, Chaplin Road; 5 May fund-raising walk around Tower of London, call Mr Tomalinson 020 8961 1708 MIDDLESEX ITEC Free computer training for over 55s if on recognised benefit, plus training for young people, unemployed; GCSE Tuition in maths, English and science for 14-19 years Alperton House, Bridgewater Road, Alperton 020 8900 0505 WILLESDEN GREEN WRITERS GROUP Thurs 8pm-10pm Willesden Green Library Centre www.willesden

FILM AND CABARET ON THE BROADWAY 31 May from 3pm films and documentaries by young people, poetry slam with Syfa, grime music acts; The Heritage Inn, 301 Cricklewood Broadway, NW2 under 18s free; over 18s £7 (tickets in advance) call Lady Paulette 07908 057 832 KINGSBURY OPEN DAY 31 May 10.30am-4pm Maypole dancing, stalls, refreshments, bouncy castle and ‘Women over the past 100 years’ exhibition at St Andrew's New Church, Church Lane, Kingsbury; 11am-4pm Old St Andrew's Church open, Old Church Lane, Kingsbury; 11am-3pm open day and ‘175 years of Kingsbury Reservoir’ exhibition at Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre, and open day at Energy Solutions, top of Birchen Grove, Kingsbury dennis.christina@ MOSAIC Weds, for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people aged under 19. 07931 33668 NORTH WEST LONDON LESBIAN AND GAY GROUP Mons 8.30pm, Tenterden Sports Centre, Preston Road, Wembley 07941 707884 OVER 50S DISCUSSION GROUP Tues 11am-12.30pm The Gallery, Willesden Green Library 020 8452 8739 ST LUKE’S HOSPICE 13 May 7.45pm quiz night at Starbucks in Pinner tickets £10 (includes tea, coffee and cakes). 22 May 1940s Day at Bentley Priory; afternoon tea on the lawn, military, brass and steel pan bands; Spitfire air display, dance the lindy hop and learn to swing, jive and boogie, £3.50. 31 May 9.30am Dragon boat race at Brent Reservoir; teams of ten needed for Bank Holiday Monday event; at least 3 races, and trophies to win; entry £25 per person, £275 a team, 020 8382 8018

TAMIL READING GROUP 8 May 2.30pm-4pm Brent Town Hall Library 020 8937 3500 UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE Courses, talks and workshops 020 8933 7558 VOCALITY WILLESDEN COMMUNITY CHOIR Mons 8pm-10pm, open to all; first session free, singing gospel, African, pop and more, Willesden Green Library Centre, Space 2 (upstairs), 95 High Road, Willesden, NW10 call Catherine Dyson 07985 094 322 catherine@vocalitysing www. WOMEN’S POETRY GROUP 19 May 7pm led by published writer and performance poet The Hub, All Souls Church Hall, Station Road, Harlesden 07896 366 485 ursulatroche@yahoo. WOMEN’S INSTITUTE NORTH WEST LONDON 6 May 7.30pm upstairs North London Tavern, 375 Kilburn High Road NW6

CRAFT FLOWER ARRANGING Weds, 8pm Kingsbury Horticultural Association, The Pavilion, Old Kenton Lane Allotments 020 8205 3457 HARROW MARQUETRY GROUP Fris 7.30pm-10pm Hatch End Free Church Hall, junction of Rowlands Road and Uxbridge Road, Hatch End 020 8845 7180 KNITTING GROUP Mons, 6pm Lewis Cresent, Neasden 07775 984 316 WEMBLEY QUILTERS 14, 28 May 7.30pm9.30pm, Perivale Community Centre, Horsenden Lane 020 8902 9934

DANCE ADULT BEGINNERS BALLET COURSE Until 14 July Weds 6.30pm-7.30pm The Corrib Rest, 76-80 Salusbury Rd, NW6 6PA 07956 260108 www. ADULT STREET DANCE Tues, 7.30pm-8.30pm, £5.15 New Bridge Park Centre, Stonebridge 020 8937 3730

TIMEout BELLY DANCING Mons 7.30pm-8.30pm, Fitness First Wembley, £8 drop and £40 for 6 weeks 07855 362 849 Tues 8.30pm-10pm NY Pilates Studio, Lonsdale Rd NW6 020 7372 3490 Sats 2pm-3pm 105 Salusbury Road NW6, £7 per lesson or £50 for 8 sessions eliftarakci@ BOLLYWOOD AND SEMI-CLASSICAL INDIAN Suns 11.15am-12.15pm Fitness First 197 Alperton Road 07930 593 988 rupal@classic-creations .info CLUB CEROC Tues 8pm-11pm entry £7 plus £3 lifetime membership and a free beginner’s DVD Brent Town Hall, Forty Lane, Wembley HA9, www.clubceroc. com 020 8933 4350 LINE DANCING Fris 6.15pm-7.15pm, free, beginners, Chalkhill Community Centre, 113 Chalkhill Road, Wembley 020 8976 1099 MAMBO CITY Mons, 7.30pm-8.30pm Cuban Salsa £6 St Joseph’s Social Club, Empire Way, Wembley SALSA Fris 7.30pm-8.30pm Willesden Sports Centre Thurs 8.15-9.30pm £4.50, Vale Farm Sports Centre 07961 281 989 Thurs 8pm-midnight, salsa and social dancing at Peri Peri Sports Bar, £5 Wembley Park Drive SELF EXPRESSIVE DANCE Tues 8pm-9.30pm, £7.50, Holy Innocents Church Hall, Bacon Lane 020 8205 6751 TEA DANCE 5, 12, 19, 26 May 1.30pm-4.30pm, £3, Brent Town Hall, Wembley 020 8937 6206

DRAMA CHAMELEONS Mons and Thurs 8pm, amateur dramatics Neasden Methodist Church, NW10 07968 965 038 DRAMA WORKHOUSE Tues & Weds 8pm10pm for adults Dudden Hill Centre, NW10 07958 653 725 MADHATTERS Weds 8pm amateur dramatics, Stables Arts Centre, Gladstone Park, Dollis Hill Lane. 020 8452 5239

EAST LANE THEATRE CLUB 1,5,6,7,8 May 7.45pm ‘The Heiress’ by Ruth and Augustus Goetz tickets £9; Vale Farm in Wembley box office 07762 622 215

ENVIRONMENT KENSAL RISE MARKET Sats, 10am-5pm, outside Minkie’s Deli, Chamberlayne Road, NW10 07807 057 808 KINGSBURY WALKERS Weds 1.55pm, Meet Bush Farm, Slough Lane and Salmon Street junction. 020 8907 2836 WELSH HARP CONSERVATION GROUP 16 May 10am walk to discover bird song as some birds establish breeding territories; first butterflies might be flying 020 8447 1810

EXHIBITIONS BRENT MUSEUM Until Sep ‘Visionary of the Suburbs’ life and work of the architect extraordinaire EG Trobridge, Willesden Green Library Centre, Willesden High Road 020 8937 3600 BRENT ARTISTS REGISTER Until 14 May ‘Warriors’ young artists tell of their own battles with art in multi-media; 18 May - 18 June ‘Spring Show’ members’ work including painting, photography and textiles; 18 May-18 June ‘Flick’n’Click Art’ artworks inspired by film posters TheWall@TheGallery; The Gallery Willesden Green Library Centre 020 8459 1421 info@brentartists STABLES GALLERY Until 9 May Matthew Casserly’s paintings and sculpture of landscape and still life; 13 May-6 June Wembley Art Society members’ show, Gladstone Park, Dollis Hill Lane 020 8452 8655

LOCAL HISTORY ST ANDREW’S OLD CHURCH 31 May 11am-4pm historic old church open to the public (admission free) as part of Kingsbury Open Day, Old Church Lane, Kingsbury

TROBRIDGE WALKS 15 May 2pm-3.30pm ‘Fern Dene to Kingsbury Cross’ 2 miles; meet at 2pm Kingsbury Library Plus, 522 Kingsbury Road; 19 May 1pm-3pm ‘Thatched Houses to Castle Flats’ 2 miles, meet at 1pm Kingsbury Library Plus, 522 Kingsbury Road local historian Philip Grant leads walks to explore work of EG Trobridge 020 8937 3600 WEMBLEY HISTORY SOCIETY 21 May 7.30pm ‘The AirCo Rag’ history of the Aircraft Manufacturing Company’s in-house magazine by Malcolm BarresBaker, St Andrew’s Church Hall, Church Lane, Kingsbury 020 8205 3263 WILLESDEN LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY 19 May 7.30pm ‘Girlguiding in Willesden’ a 100 years of Girl Guides, Scout House, Strode Road NW10 020 8965 7230 cliffwadsworth@

MUSIC GUITAR LESSONS Mon-Sun, Kensal Rise all levels welcome, £25 per hour. Contact Udi 07528 016 583, Mon-Sun Kilburn and Queens Park, all levels welcome, electric and acoustic guitar, music theory; £20 per lesson, call Irene 07948 430 282 JAZZ Suns 8pm-10pm, Hugo’s, Lonsdale Road, Queen’s Park 020 7372 1232 PIANO LESSONS Mon-Sun, all grades from beginner to advanced, £20 per hour, Cricklewood, call Edgardo Plasencia 020 8450 1067 SUFI DRUMMING Sats 11.30am-1.30pm £5, eight years and above, Chalkhill Community Centre 07954 601 372 WEMBLEY ARENA 12, 13 May ‘Kiss: Sonic Boom Over Europe Tour, 18 May ‘Flight of the Conchords, 20, 21 May 7.45pm Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood Arena Square, Engineers Way, Wembley www.l

SPORTS & LEISURE BRONDESBURY BOWLING CLUB Evenings and daytime including free tuition, Chatsworth Road 020 8438 0302 BROTHERS PEARSE CAMOGIE CLUB Ladies’ hurling club, all levels welcome, call Mary Cahill 07904 685 276 CENTURY BOWLS CLUB Indoor and outdoor bowls, free coaching available, social actitivities, Logan Road, Wembley 020 8904 3261 FUN AND FITNESS Tues 8pm-9pm ladies only all levels exercise class; £4 Kingsbury Baptists Church hall, Slough Lane, NW9 07944 523 260 LADIES KEEP FIT Weds 7.30pm-8.30pm Mandhata Centre, 20a Rosemead Avenue, Wembley 07930 593 988 rupal@classic-creations .info PILATES Mons 7pm-8pm, Sats 10-11am Living Well Health Club, Wembley Plaza Hotel, Empire Way, £5 07903 937 909 PRESTON PARK BOWLS CLUB New members welcome, free coaching and loan of bowls Preston Park Recreation Ground, Carlton Avenue East 020 8933 9358 020 8427 1590 QUEENS PARK HARRIERS Tues & Thurs 7pm-8pm, Willesden Sport Centre www.queenspark SHORINJI KEMPO MARTIAL ART Tues 8pm-9.30pm Church of Ascension, The Avenue, Wembley; Fris 7.30-9pm at St Erconwald’s Church Hall, 112 Carlton Avenue East, Wembley 07404 039 087 WEMBLEY AND SUDBURY TENNIS AND SQUASH CLUB Social and competitive play; active juniors, Sylvester Road, off Harrowdene Road. 020 8998 3677 020 8902 8098.

SOUTH HAMPSTEAD TENNIS CLUB Mon-Sun experienced players welcome; looking for players to play in top divisions of Middlesex League and Cup, five floodlight all-weather courts, Milverton Road Brondesbury, NW6 webmaster@south call Cynthia Felix 07540 609 641 SUDBURY COURT BADMINTON CLUB Thurs 8pm-10pm, The Mall, Kingsbury 020 8904 6698 TAI CHI Tues, 6.30pm-8pm beginners, 8.30pm-9pm advanced, St Anne’s hall, 125 Salusbury Rd, NW6 07939 043 580 Weds, 1.30pm-2.30pm, £2 over 55s, beginners, gentle movements (health questionnaire must be completed first) Fitness First, Kingsbury 07957 185 367 TAEKWONDO Tues 6pm-9pm, Thurs 6-7.30pm, Ealing Road Methodist Church 07832 447 763 Mons 6.30pm-8pm, Weds 6.30-8pm, Cardinal Hinsley School NW10 07832 447 763 WEMBLEY CRICKET CLUB Men’s, boys’ and girls’ cricket teams, coaching for girls and boys Sats 10am-11am at Oakington Manor School, Wembley 020 8902 6096 020 8904 2644 WOODCOCK PARK BOWLING CLUB Weds 6pm. Open day Sun 2 May 10am- 6pm, Woodcock Park, Kenton 020 8907 2701

VISUAL ARTS ART CLASSES Tues 7pm-9pm 20 April until 29 June (half-term 1 June) drawing and painting with water-based materials for all, over 15s, £24 concessions or £28. Classes at Brent Artists Resource, Willesden Green Library Centre, call Mary Treherne after 12noon 020 8141 6367 Vocality Willesden: see Community

MAY 2010

VENUES BRENT MUSEUM WILLESDEN GREEN LIBRARY High Road, NW10 020 8937 3600 BRENT ARCHIVES Ist Floor, Willesden Green Library Centre, NW10 020 8937 3541 PAUL DAISLEY HALL Forty Lane, Wembley, Middx HA9 Box Office 020 8937 6206/6203 STABLES GALLERY ARTS CENTRE Gladstone Park, Dollis Hill Lane, London NW2 020 8452 8655 Thursday – Sunday 11am-6pm TRICYCLE THEATRE CINEMA AND GALLERY 269 Kilburn High Road,London NW6 Theatre Box Office 020 7328 1000 Cinema Box Office 020 7328 1900 Disabled access to auditorium and cafe induction loop in auditorium Minicom 020 7625 5105 WEMBLEY ARENA Box Office 0870 060 0870

LIBRARIES Barham Park Library Harrow Road, Sudbury, Middx 020 8937 3550 Cricklewood Library 152 Olive Road NW2 020 8937 3540 Ealing Road Library Ealing Road, Wembley, Middx 020 8937 3560 Harlesden Library Plus Craven Park Road, Harlesden, London NW10 020 8937 3570 Kensal Rise Library Bathurst Gardens, NW10 020 8937 3660 Kilburn Library Salusbury Road, London NW6 020 8937 3530 Kingsbury Library Plus Kingsbury Road, Kingsbury, London NW9 020 8937 3520 Neasden Library Plus 277 Neasden Lane, London NW1 020 8937 3580 Preston Road Library Carlton Avenue East, Wembley, Middx 020 8937 3510 Tokyngton Library Monks Park, Wembley, Middx 020 8937 3590 Town Hall Library Brent Town Hall, Forty Lane, Wembley, Middx 020 8937 3500 Willesden Green Library High Road, Willesden, London NW10 020 8937 3400 THE BRENT MAGAZINE


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The Brent Magazine issue 102 May 2010  
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The Brent Magazine issue 102 May 2010