Your Brent - Summer 2023

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1 YOUR BRENT • SUMMER 2023 SUMMER 2023 The magazine about life in Brent, published by Brent Council
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(Ofsted, November 2019)

An opportunity to gain a place for your child in one of the best performing Multi Academy Trusts in the Country.

Wembley Multi-Academy Trust celebrates excellent student achievement at East Lane Primary School

Summer 2022 student results

99% 92%

EYFS: 99% of children achieved a Good Level of Development.

Year 2: Reading, Writing and Maths 92% of children achieved the expected standard; 39% achieved greater depth.

Overall effectiveness: Outstanding Quality of education: Outstanding

Leaders are aspirational for every pupil.

In all subjects, pupils’ work is of excellent quality.

100 % 97%

Behaviour and attitudes: Outstanding Personal development: Outstanding

Each subject is taught by subject specialists and those with professional expertise.

Year 4: 100% of children passed the Multiplication tables with 44% achieving 100%.

Year 6: Reading, Writing and Maths 97% of children in achieved the expected standard: 34% achieved greater depth.

Leadership and management: Outstanding

Pupils’ behaviour is excellent, both in classrooms and at playtimes.

(Outstanding Ofsted, November 2019)

Pupils’ achievement in reading, writing and mathematics assessments is well above the national average.

To be put on our waiting list please email . For places in September 2023 please apply via Brent admissions.

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“In all subjects, pupils’ work is of excellent quality.”
(Ofsted, 2019)
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June marks the 75th anniversary of the Windrush Generation in Britain so this special summer issue includes an 8 page pull-out focusing on the Black Community Action Plan (BCAP) and Windrush stories. There are a host of workshops and activities planned in our libraries as well as a celebration event with music, food and a marketplace in Brent Civic Centre (22 June) and a special tea party in Gladstone Park (24 June).

As we head into summer, things are looking brighter and Brent’s community spirit of pulling together has never been more evident. May was a busy month with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, dropping in for tea and a biscuit with residents as he was shown around some of the newly built council town houses in Stonebridge (page 16). Brent provided more homes than any other council in the country last year and is also proudly the highest social housing builder in London. While the number of new homes being built is important – so too is the quality of those new homes and spaces. So in May, we hosted the first Brent Design Awards (page 30), with almost thirty amazing buildings and new spaces shortlisted across the borough. The winning schemes all demonstrate how high-quality, innovative design can have a really positive impact on everything from tackling climate change to health and other inequalities. Ultimately good quality design in regeneration projects improves the lives of local people and that deserves to be celebrated!

I hope you find time to get out and about and enjoy some of the borough’s many amazing parks and open spaces this summer. There is lots happening right on your doorstep so please do get involved!

Celebrate Windrush 75

This year marks the 75th anniversary of HMT Empire Windrush arriving in Britain with more than 800 passengers from the Caribbean, ready to embark on their new lives.

Brent Council is proud to celebrate Windrush 75 with a host of events around the borough this summer.

Kicking off the celebrations, on Thursday 22 June Brent Civic Centre will come alive with a flagship Market Place to celebrate the legacy and contribution of the African-Caribbean community with music, live performances and food stalls. The event is set to attract hundreds of visitors throughout the day. There is no need to book in advance.

This will be followed by a Tea Party in Gladstone Park on 24 June to celebrate the elderly survivors of the Windrush generation. There will be live performance with a reggae choir and many more surprises. Get your tickets from Eventbrite xxx.

Brent Libraries will also be hosting lots of exciting events, from a musical celebration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) to family crafts. Check out or visit your local library to read the What’s On guide and find out more.

For more information about Brent’s Windrush 75 celebrations, visit

200 new homes for South Kilburn

More than 200 new homes will be built on the South Kilburn estate by Brent Council and Countryside Partnerships.

The latest phase in the estate regeneration programme will see the existing buildings – Neville House, Winterleys House and 113-128 Carlton House replaced with brand new, state-of-the-art homes, including 95 council homes for existing South Kilburn residents.

Councillor Shama Tatler, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Growth at Brent Council, said: «This brilliant scheme will create more than 200 much-needed new homes, almost half of which will be for existing South Kilburn residents. Not only will local families be given the keys to safe and secure homes, but they will also enjoy a healthier environment, with more greenery and trees on their doorstep and a revamped local park.”

Mr and Mrs Ferraro enjoying their new home in Unity Place, South Kilburn

For the love of books

This summer, pop along to any Brent library and discover our summer reading festival programme featuring flaming dragons, robotics workshops, funny poetry, brave Tudor sailors, wild live animals, and stories to stir the imagination.

There will be certificates and prizes for busy readers!

Children aged four to twelve years old can sign up for a Summer Fun passport from 1 July at any Brent library to take part. There will be appearances by children’s authors Michael De Souza (Rastamouse and Lil’ Bruv) and Gareth P Jones (Dragon Detective Agency). Find out more

New landlord licensing rules in three wards

Landlords renting out homes in Dollis Hill, Harlesden and Kensal Green, and Willesden Green, will be legally required to have a licence from 1 August this year. The three wards were selected following a borough-wide consultation last year. A report to cabinet members showed that a selective licensing scheme would have a positive impact on poor property conditions and high levels of antisocial behaviour in the three areas.

Councillor Promise Knight, Cabinet Member for Housing Homelessness and Renters’ Security, said: “This is good news for both renters and landlords because it’s easier to rectify property issues under the legal framework of the licensing scheme.”

To find out more, visit www. prslicensing

Brent welcomes its new Mayor

Councillor Orleen Hylton is the new Mayor of Brent after being elected as the Borough’s First Citizen at the Council’s Annual General Meeting in May.

Councillor Hylton, who serves Preston Ward, will be taking over the chains of office from Councillor Abdi Aden. In her maiden mayoral speech, Councillor Hylton said: “I am confident that given the current team of passionate, dedicated and committed Councillors and staff, we will succeed in working harder to exceed and achieve the best results for our communities.”

Councillor Tariq Dar MBE, who represents Cricklewood & Mapesbury Ward, was elected as Deputy Mayor. Residents can keep up with the Mayor’s official engagements and visits around Brent by following her Twitter feed: @ mayorofbrent or on Instagram @mayorofbrent.

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Mayor of Brent, Councillor Orleen Hylton Young people enjoying an event at The Library at Willesden Green

Boy from Brent launches university scholarship fund

Football hero and ‘Boy from Brent’, Raheem Sterling has launched a new scholarship fund to close the gap in the number of Black British students who go to university.

The Raheem Sterling Foundation will financially support 14 students to attend either Manchester or King’s College London universities with hopes of improving social mobility. The first four scholarships were awarded to students starting their degree programmes in 2023/24. Over the next three years, there will be more opportunities for young people to apply. To find out more and keep up to date visit www.

Get ready for waste and recycling changes from October

From October, there will be changes to your waste and recycling collections service, following a successful trial and feedback from residents.

These changes are necessary and will go a long way in helping to reduce Brent’s carbon footprint and impact on the environment.

Under the new system for recycling collections, the bluetopped bin must only be used for containers, such as plastic, glass and tins. You will be given a blue sack to use for paper and cardboard.

There will also be a new free bookable collections service for all small item collections for things like textiles, batteries, small electrical items, and paint.

You will be contacted nearer the time so please do look out for information from the council.

You can find out more in the meantime at uk/recyclingchanges

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Raheem Sterling (centre) surrounded by students

Design work for new West London Orbital starts

Plans for a new London Overground link are progressing as Transport for London (TfL) confirms that design work for a possible new West London Orbital route has started. The engineering consultants who worked on the Elizabeth Line have been chosen for the proposed route that would connect Cricklewood, Neasden, Harlesden, and Old Oak Common with a direct service to Hounslow (southbound) and Hendon and West Hampstead (northbound).

As part of the wider regeneration of Old Oak and Park Royal, Old Oak Common station is set to become a new high speed super-hub. If it goes ahead, the new West London Orbital will join the station’s High Speed Two (HS2) services and

Hydrate your local street trees this summer

Residents are being encouraged to show their local street trees some love by watering them this summer.

Councillor Krupa Sheth, Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Action, said: “This is a bowser. You will see these at the bottom of many of the trees we look after in the borough. They hold water so that trees can keep hydrated over the summer months. Please do put water in a bowser if it looks like a tree needs water.”

Elizabeth Line, helping to connect Brent residents to almost every corner of the country.

Councillor Shama Tatler, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Growth said: “As part of the West London Alliance, Brent is working closely with neighbouring boroughs to support the plans for the new West London Orbital service. The new route would connect Brent to the rest of west London - opening up a wave of new opportunities for local people.”

The proposed scheme is subject to approval and funding with construction earmarked to begin in 2026 and completed by 2029.

Caught red-handed

A crafty individual was caught by a resident’s door camera footage illegally dumping rubbish, resulting in him being identified and issued with a £400 fine. The footage was sent to the council’s Environmental Enforcement team who thanks to the eagle eyed resident were able to catch-up another anti-social fly-tipper. The council’s hard-hitting and award-winning ‘WANTED’ campaign continues to expose the shameless crooks who dump waste on our streets illegally. Report illegally dumped waste at

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Councillor Krupa Sheth watering tree

Have your say on £1million Community Grant pot

Residents are being asked for their views on local priorities for Brent Council’s new Community Grant fund.

The £1million grant pot, formerly known as the Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL), is funded by new developments in the borough and invested back into local areas to benefit the community by addressing the impact of development..

The council wants to hear the views of residents, businesses, and community groups on what is important to you locally and in your neighbourhood.

The results of the consultation will determine how the money is allocated over the next three years.

The consultation is open from 26 June until 23 July.

Have your say at

Neasden Temple held a community event with Hindu spiritual leader, His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, on his visit to the UK in May to inspire faith, service, and global harmony. Many supporters, well-wishers and community leaders

to explore values of togetherness, spirituality, humanitarianism, and worldwide unity at the event which also had live performances and presentations.

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Rev. Jon Dal Din, Steven Derby, and Imam Asim Hafiz and Yogvivekdas Swami, Head of Neasden Temple in the ceremonial lighting of the diva. Royal Mail commemorative stamp Friends of Harlesden Town Garden

Kilburn Library set for £765K major revamp

A £765k upgrade of Kilburn Library has been approved by Brent Council’s Cabinet. The major refurb will create a more flexible space, improved library garden, as well as a new study zone and IT suite. Proposals, that still need to go through planning, will create a dedicated event and learning space, which could be used for community hire as well as activities to support employability, digital and language skills, and health and wellbeing initiatives.

Councillor Fleur Donnelly-Jackson, Cabinet

Member for Customers, Communities and Culture, said: “The improvements to our much-loved Kilburn Library will make it even more attractive and accessible for residents, as well as placing it front and centre of our borough-wide cultural offer.” The council has invested over £1 million in refurbishing libraries across the borough, helping make them more welcoming and accessible for residents of all ages. Find out more: Brent’s library services.

Brent Start adult education awarded ‘Good’ by Ofsted

Brent Start adult education service has been judged ‘Good’ retaining its rating after a recent inspection by Ofsted.

Inspectors found that it provides an inclusive, safe, and welcoming environment for learners, along with a curriculum that engages the community and helps support people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Councillor Shama Tatler, Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Growth said: “I am delighted that Ofsted has recognised the brilliant work Brent Start do to support adult learners across the borough. “From our popular English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes to the huge range of vocational and community learning courses on offer - Brent Start is helping learners to integrate into the community, gain essential skills and open the door to new opportunities.”

Edward Harvist Trust Fund

Grant now open

Brent-based organisations, community groups and schools are encouraged to apply for an Edward Harvist Trust Fund grant of up to £5,000 to run local projects that aim to improve the quality of life for Brent residents. Applications close Sunday 6 August. Apply online and find out more at edwardharvist

Report it to get it sorted It’s never been easier to report issues such as fly-tipping, potholes or graffiti.

If you spot any of these issues when you are out and about, the quickest way of reporting an issue is via the council’s brand-new reporting site, Fix My Street. Just go to report.

Phil Porter is leaving Brent Council for Sefton

Phil Porter is leaving his role as Brent’s Corporate Director for Adult Social Care and Health to become the new Chief Executive of Sefton Council, north of Liverpool.

Phil said: “Brent is a fantastic place to work. During my 12 years here, I have been privileged to work with such caring and dedicated colleagues.”

Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, said: “My heartfelt congratulations go to Phil during this exciting next stage of his career.”

Artistic Director of Kiln Theatre steps down

Indhu Rubasingham will step down as Artistic Director of Kiln Theatre, leaving early 2024, having led the company for over a decade. She said: “It has given me the privilege and opportunity to work with many brilliant people.”

Staff and students celebrate ‘Good’ rating

Turn the wheels of success

A new initiative, Cargo Bikes for Businesses, has been launched in Brent. The council is encouraging businesses and organisations across the borough to use cargo bikes for deliveries of goods and services through the Bikes for Business programme.

Free advice and one-off subsidies of up to £1,000 are available to help you switch over to either using a third-party cargo bike delivery service or to put towards the purchase of your own bike. Find out more at bikesforbusiness

Dawn raid discovers 11 people crammed into Wembley house

Brent’s Housing Enforcement Team found tenants sleeping in every room, except the kitchen and bathroom, and were shocked to find a polystyrene ceiling giving way inside the kitchen, no fire safety doors and no fire alarm system.

Damp and black mould also covered the walls and ceilings making it difficult for people to breathe normally.

The 11 tenants were paying the crooked landlord over £2,000 to live in the property’s squalid conditions. The home is also not licensed.

Cllr Promise Knight, Cabinet Member for Housing, Homelessness and Renters’ Security, said: “It is shocking and horrifying that rogue landlords make a profit from keeping people in dangerous and slum-like conditions like this. Rogue landlords who exploit their tenants’ vulnerability will find themselves facing hefty fines and possibly a criminal conviction.”

Free activities for kids during the summer holidays

Children and young people can kickstart their summer holidays with free activities for school-aged children (aged 4-16 years) who are eligible for and receive benefits-related free school meals.

This summer’s fun-filled Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) will include creating a podcast, DJ workshops, pottery, African drumming and more! Eligible children will also be given a healthy nutritious meal every day over the school summer holiday from 27 July to 3 September. The HAF Programme is funded by the Department for Education. Find out more and book your place at www.

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Heidi, manager of Daisy Chain Florist in Willesden Green, and Graham from eStreet services.

Green light for Church End masterplan

The transformation of Church End and the delivery of 1,300 much-needed new homes is set to begin after Brent’s Cabinet approved a key planning document in May. The Church End masterplan will guide the redevelopment of Church End over the next two decades, creating a prosperous and resilient neighbourhood that values and respects its existing communities.

As part of the plans, Church End will benefit from a new town centre market square, at least 1,300 new homes, a secondary school, new youth facilities and more. There will also be improved streets, crossings and cycle routes throughout the area leading to Dollis Hill and Neasden Underground stations. Councillor Shama Tatler, Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Growth, said: “I want to thank all the residents and businesses that helped us shape this important plan. We are entering a very exciting chapter for Church End that will bring with it lots of positive changes for the local community.

“We have a brilliant new film exploring the regeneration plans with the Church End community coming soon. Watch this space!” Find out more:

Patchwork history exhibition opens in Willesden Green

A dynamic new exhibition, The Weaving History, which illustrates the history of Brazilian embroidery is now on at The Library at Willesden Green.

The exhibition charts the lived experiences of over 130 children, young people and parents with British Brazilian heritage. Visit the exhibition at The Library at Willesden Green until 28 August 2023.

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Visitors admiring exhibition Local people enjoying the Church End Festival that took place last summer

200 free digital courses to boost Brent businesses

With over 200 free courses – including business communications and how to drive sales through online marketing – a new training platform is aiming to help local businesses and residents.

Brent Council has teamed up with Infosys to promote it’s Springboard platform which aims to bridge the digital divide and make quality digital education accessible to all Brent businesses and residents.

Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, said: “The digital skills taught through Springboard have the potential to open up a wealth of opportunities for our small business community.”

Businesses and residents can sign up to Springboard at:

Fostering more loving homes

Have you ever wanted to give a child in care a loving, stable homelife? If so, then Brent’s Fostering team wants to hear from you. During Foster Care Fortnight, 13-28 May, events took place across the borough to highlight the many rewarding aspects of fostering.

Local foster parents gathered in Gladstone Park to speak to potential new foster parents about how they can help children in care through fostering, followed by a Carers’ Afternoon Tea to celebrate their incredible work with children.

Brent residents Brenda, Farouk, Mina, and Patrice, all spoke about being foster parents, sharing their journey to encourage others to bring their unique contribution to fostering. Read more at Find out how you can become a foster parent. Contact our fostering team: 0800 001 4041, and start your journey.

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The Leader of Brent Council, Councillor Tatler and Infosys business team Foster parents and children gather at event during Fostering Fortnight 2023

Mayor of London announces ULEZ expanded scrappage scheme

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has announced that tens of thousands more Londoners, including all those receiving Child Benefit and all small businesses in the capital, will be eligible for financial support to replace polluting vehicles from the end of July. This is part of a major extension of London’s biggest ever scrappage scheme ahead of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) expanding to cover the

whole of London - on 29 August 2023. The Leader of Brent Council, Cllr Muhammed Butt, wrote to Sadiq Khan earlier this year asking the Mayor to give more support to families and businesses. He said: “I am delighted that, having listened to feedback, the Mayor has announced a major expansion to the scrappage scheme meaning tens of thousands more Londoners will benefit.” Find out more at:

Diversity plays a big role at the council

Staff volunteers from Brent Council’s Cultural Diversity Network took over the Civic Centre Atrium to mark World Day of Cultural Diversity, Dialogue and Development. The event, which was filled with live music, performances, music and food stalls from around the world, was organised to help council staff develop their understanding of the huge number of different cultures in Brent that they serve.

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan

Tackling illegal and anti-social driving

In April, new powers to curb nuisance driving behaviour came into effect across Brent. Enforcement officers will be able to issue fines of up to £1,000 to flagrant drivers responsible for any of the following: racing, performing stunts with a vehicle, revving of the engine or use of horns as to cause a public nuisance, repeated sudden and rapid acceleration (as a public nuisance), wilfully causing obstruction on a public highway, whether stationary or moving, including driving in a convoy and driving on footways without a reasonable and lawful excuse.

Councillor Harbi Farah, Brent Council’s cabinet member for Safer Communities and Public Protection, said: “Our enforcement officers do a fantastic job of making sure that our streets can be used and enjoyed by all, and these powers will mean that they will be able to crack down on flagrant drivers who abuse the rules.”

A fun day out at the Lexi cinema

This summer the Lexi Cinema is offering a special movie programme for all the family. The movies, which include Elemental, Spiderman: Across the Spiderverse and Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3, are all priced at an affordable family rate. There will be accessible screenings for families with children who are deaf, and relaxed screenings for young people who are neurodiverse. Book early to avoid disappointment:

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A 130K refurbishment bringing new inclusive items to the popular and well used Roundwood Park playground in Harlesden.

down on anti-social behaviour

A multi-agency team of Brent Council officers, the police and other partners led a sting operation in Church End to tackle anti-social behaviour issues, parking violations and carried out a drugs and weapons sweep. This is just one of the ways Brent partners are working together to make the area a cleaner and safer place to live and work.

Brent’s Children’s Services awarded ‘Good’ rating by Ofsted

Brent’s Children’s Services has been judged ‘Good’ by Ofsted after a recent inspection, retaining its rating. Ofsted found that children’s lives are improved by early help support, especially through Brent’s Family Wellbeing Centres. Inspectors also praised how social workers build supportive relationships with children, including supporting them to attend school and helping them to live independently once they leave care.

Councillor Gwen Grahl, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools, said:

“This ‘good’ rating puts us among the best in London, and it’s all down to fantastic work our children’s services teams do to support young people and their families.”

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After waiting 14 years on the social housing waiting list, Mrs Zemidda Uwanag now has a beautiful new council home to call her own.

To celebrate, she invited The Mayor of London to tea and showed him around her home complete with a back garden and storage shed.

The property is one of twenty-two that have been built along Milton Avenue in Stonebridge with a view of Wembley Stadium in the distance.

Mrs Unwanag and her family used to live in Austin House, Cambridge Road, in a two-bedroom property that felt cramped and overcrowded. She told The Mayor that she was overjoyed to have been offered such a high-quality home with space for her large family; her husband, son, and daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, met with families settling into their brand new fourbedroom council homes on a recent visit to Stonebridge.
Brent provided more homes than any other council in the country last year and is also proudly the highest social housing builder in London.
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Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council
Zemidda welcomes The Mayor of London (left) into her new front room

“It is a really nice house,” she said. “We were really surprised to be offered such a lovely, high-quality house where there is enough space for everybody. We have a garden at the front and at the back. There are enough toilets for everyone. There have been so many positive changes for us.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “It was great to visit Brent and see the new council homes that local residents have moved into.”

Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, said: “Brent provided more homes than any other council in the country last year and is also proudly the highest social housing builder in London.

“A safe and secure home is the foundation for people to build their lives upon, and we know three and fourbedroom homes are most in demand. This brings us a huge step closer to achieving our ambitious target of 1,700 homes by 2028 as we strive to create a fairer, more equal Brent for all.”

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(from left to right) Brent Leader, Councillor Muhammed Butt; The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan; Dawn Butler MP for Brent Central; Tom Copley, Deputy Mayor of London for Housing and Residential Development; and Councillor Promise Knight, Cabinet Member for Housing, Homelessness and Renters’ Rights. Dawn Butler, MP, Mayor of London and the Leader of Brent Council

Health visits for night shift workers

Health visits for night shift workers

Teams from Brent Health Matters visited night-shift workers from the Bakkavor food factory in Park Royal in April.

Vilma Marcelo, 43, from Wembley, started working at Bakkavor four years ago after her husband had a serious accident.

Vilma, who was grateful for the opportunity to access a wide range of services at her workplace, having struggled to visit her GP during usual opening hours, said: “I have never seen an event like this before.

“I am motivated to do more walking in Wembley’s parks to look after my physical and mental well-being.”

Brent Health Matters teams regularly go out and about visiting communities in their familiar settings, such as religious and cultural spaces, to offer free health checks and advice on people’s health and long-term conditions.

So far, Brent Health Matters has provided 4,480 health checks for Brent residents to monitor height, weight, blood pressure blood sugar and other conditions. These checks have spotted health problems – that were previously not known about by the person concerned –with more than one in five residents then referred on for further health support. More GPs in Brent now offer out-ofhours appointments during evenings, weekends, and bank holidays. Find out more by visiting your local GP’s website. For more information about Brent Health Matters go to:

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happy & healthy
More than 150 night-shift workers have been visited by public health teams who brought health and wellbeing services directly to the factory floor in the early hours.
‘‘ I am motivated to do more walking in Wembley’s parks to look after my physical and mental well-being.
Factory worker Vilma Marcelo ‘‘
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Necessity is the mother of invention Necessity is the mother of invention

Willesden mum and award-winning entrepreneur Jennifer took matters into her own hands when she was faced with the impossible task of trying to steer a shopping cart and a pushchair.

Jennifer Lake, a disabled mum of three, invented Bug Grip, a universal clip that parents can use to attach their pushchairs to shopping trolleys after a ‘harrowing’ experience of being unable to shop with her new-born baby.

“This is a universal problem and I wanted to create a universal solution,” said Jennifer. Starting off attaching two big butterfly clips back-to-back, Jennifer realised that she was on to something. The Bug Grip not only works for attaching pushchairs to trolleys it can

also be used for wheelchairs, scooters and the music and filming industry. While doing the Westminster University Entrepreneurial Course for Innovators, Jennifer won a scholarship to Babson University in Boston, one of the best universities for entrepreneurship with alumni such as Sir Richard Branson.

“It was an amazing experience as we were around the innovation stars from years gone by.”

After Babson, Jennifer’s product skyrocketed. She won the TV programme Mother of Invention in 2015, awards

Bug Grip has also led Jennifer to be adopted as a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts for her contribution to innovation over the last 20 years, as well as guest lecturer at Warwick University for Engineering students and at the London School for Communication.

Find out more

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from the Design Council presented by Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden, The Steolis Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs and most recently the Baby Products Award.

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Finding sanctuary in Brent

Finding sanctuary in Brent

Mr Khaled* came from Syria to Brent as a refugee with his wife and three young children, one of whom is disabled, in 2020, were joined by Mr Khaled’s younger sister Emira*, aged 11, in 2021.

Mr Khaled said, “My sister, Emira, has severe mental health issues. She misses our mum and hasn’t seen her in a long time. We were told that our mum was killed in a prison bomb blast, but then we found out that she is alive. “We applied for my mum to come here over six months ago. We are still waiting for a decision from the Home Office. This has affected our lives.”

Brent Council has been working closely with partners to support the family, providing assistance from the Children with Disabilities Team, as they were struggling to find time for their own children due to having to provide care for Mr Khaled’s sister. He added, “I cannot read or write English, but our social worker has helped us to apply for what we are entitled to. She visits us every two weeks and calls regularly. Whenever I call her, she always answers.”

The council has supported the family to apply for a Discretionary Housing Benefit Payment to cover the gap between their benefit and rent and has received money from the Resident Support Fund. Councillor Gwen Grahl, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools said: “It is crucial that all families in Brent are supported and this family is an example of that. We are working hard to ensure that those in need can access our services to live happy, healthy lives.”

Find out more about support for families in Brent:

* Names have been changed to protect the identity of the individuals

A traumatised Syrian family have found sanctuary in Stonebridge.

It’s a design thing It’s a design thing

With almost 30 projects shortlisted from across the borough, the winners were announced at a special ceremony in The Drum, Wembley in May.

The judging panel was chaired by Councillor Shama Tatler, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Growth and included a mix of industry experts and local community representatives.

Hundreds of local people voted for their favourite overall project in The People’s Choice Award. Councillor Shama Tatler said: “Residents deserve great places to live and work, and high-quality design can help us achieve this.

“From the pioneering Grand Union development that has completely transformed a derelict site into a thriving canal-side neighbourhood. To double award winners, the much-loved Lexi Cinema, who carefully and considerately extended their venue to create a second cinema screen with accessible space for wheelchair users.

“The winning schemes all demonstrate how high-quality, innovative design can have a positive impact on the lives of our communities.

“A massive congratulations to the winners and highly commended projects.

“Thank you all for playing an important part in helping to make Brent the brilliant place it is.”

#BrentDesignAwards #BDA23

High-quality and inspiring buildings and open spaces have been celebrated at Brent’s first ever Design Awards.
Residents deserve great places to live and work, and high-quality design can help us achieve this.
Councillor Shama Tatler, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Growth

Meet the winners

New Residential Unity Place, South Kilburn - 235 new council homes and playground

New Small Project

Lonsdale Road, Queens Park - Mews conversion to café/restaurant

Public Realm and Landscape

Town Centres Public art programme - Art trails in Wembley, Ealing Road & Neasden

Mixed-use Development

Grand Union, Alperton - 400 new homes, canal-side piazza and large community hub

Culture and Heritage

Lexi Cinema, Kensal Rise - Refurbishment and extension of cinema

People’s Choice Award

Lexi Cinema, Kensal Rise

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Radio host blazing the trail

Radio host blazing the trail

Local radio host Blaze is excited about her new project spearheading a 12-week community radio and podcasting programme at Chalkhill radio station for 16–25-year-olds in Brent.

Patricia Wharton, who is also known as Blaze, aims to teach media skills ranging from presenting, producing, photography and engineering. The project is part of the Black Community Action Plan run in partnership with Brent Council and local charities. Patricia has high hopes for those involved in the programme and plans to upskill young people, sparking their creative juices and conversations in the community. “It’s important for young people to have the opportunity to be listened to and to

be heard by other young people,” Patricia says. “Young people can use the radio platform to serve the community.”

From radio to poetry, hosting to advocacy, it is clear that using her voice for the benefit of the community is at the heart of Patricia’s work. Through the radio station, Patricia fundraised over £60,000 for aspiring pilot Rasheed Graham with the support of fellow Brent resident Amada Epe. Patricia said: “I fell into radio by accident. I experienced a transformational year of just saying yes. I gave up my 9-5, tapped into my creativity to serve my community.”

That yes led to Patricia hosting eight health roadshows and advocate for domestic violence survivors. With the new youth radio programme in the works for this summer her ‘yes’ will continue to pave the way for the next generation. To find out more please email:

YOUR BRENT • SUMMER 2023 jobs & skills
Radio host Patricia Wharton and pilot Rasheed Graham
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Footy icons celebrated celebrated

Brent’s homegrown football talent is being celebrated at Wembley Stadium in its centenary year at a special exhibition.

The Inspire to Achieve Heritage Exhibition honours Brent’s football talent, featuring 15 professional footballers with Brent roots. Created by Otis Roberts, CEO of the Jason Robert’s Foundation, the exhibition at the home of English football focuses on current and former Brent residents and their achievements.

One of these greats is former Arsenal player Rachel Yankey who grew up in Queen’s Park and Kensal Rise. “Friendly matches with local friends turned into me joining Arsenal at 16 and later going on to play for the English national team,” says Rachel.

Yankey recalls her first trophy being presented by fellow Brent footballer Dave Beasant.

“You get attached to the people who have been on the same journey as you. Brent locals have gone on to play at the biggest heights and we want to support home grown talent.”

Dave Beasant agrees wholeheartedly. Growing up in Willesden, Beasant loved football and recalls a key childhood memory “one of our neighbours had a colour TV and let us watch the FA Cup Final in colour on their TV.”

Little did he know that years later, millions would watch him become the first goalkeeper to save a penalty in an FA Cup final!

“I’m very proud and privileged to see current and past footballers,” Beasant says on the exhibition. “Fans get to see football heritage, local football heritage,

it’s important for people to see the background of the players.”

Another one of these players is Mark Stein. One third of the Stein brothers, a trio who all played professional football, Stein moved from South Africa as a child and found a home in Brent. Going on to become a striker, Stein speaks fondly of the exhibition saying, “hopefully people can look at us, want to emulate us, and see us as role models.”

Find out more about the Inspire to Achieve Heritage Exhibition at www.

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Mike Adams and Rachel Yankey
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Wimbledon 1988 FA Cup winning goalkeeper Dave Beasant (Left to right) Mark Stein, Ricky Hill, Mike Walters and Brian Stein. (Left to right) Ricky Hill, Brian Stein, Mark Stein, Richard Langley ,Dave Beasant and broadcaster Adrian Chiles

Chip off the old block!

Chip off the old block!

Leybourne Open Space, on Berkeley Road, NW9, now includes an orchard, natural pond and wood carvings.

Residents who manage the space have planted a fruit orchard, made wood carvings and installed new benches using funding from Brent’s Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL), to transform the disused green space.

Brent’s Community Grants offer funding to residents and community groups to develop projects to benefit their community.

Bhavesh, one of the residents involved in revamping the space, said: “It was really bad, it was just a lot of long grass,

lots of issues with fly-tipping, antisocial behaviour, lots of issues at night-time, with robberies, drugs, and drink. “Since we have done it up it has been a lot better as residents are using it. “People are really proud about what they have achieved as a group and take a lot of pride in this.”

Councillor Krupa Sheth, Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Action, said: “This is a great example of how a community can come together and make a huge difference to our local environment. We will continue to empower residents to make our green spaces and streets vibrant for local residents to enjoy.”

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Councillor Krupa Sheth, officers, and Leybourne Residents
A previously muddy field in Kingsbury has been transformed into a valuable community run space thanks to a group of hardworking residents.

How many times do you re-use your fashion outfits, once, twice, more than that?

Worn out of fashion Worn out of fashion


It’s estimated that just one t-shirt can produce up to 6.75 kg of carbon emissions during its entire production life cycle.

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The Fast Fashion project featuring a diverse range of Brent residents wearing second-hand clothes launched in April with a grassroots photo exhibition to highlight the impact on the climate and the environment of buying more clothes than needed.

The photographs were taken in front of recognisable landmarks around the borough with the aim of raising awareness on how daily fashion choices and consumer habits can have a seriously harmful impact on the environment, as well as contributing to human rights violations.

The Project is run by Brent-based charity We Restart and funded by Brent Council through the Brent Together Toward Zero grant.

Director of Funding, Cristina Cellini Antonini said: “10% of global CO2 emissions are caused by the textile industry, which is more than international aviation and shipping sectors combined. “It’s estimated that just one t-shirt can produce up to 6.75 kg of carbon emissions during its entire production life cycle. These emissions are one of the leading causes of global warming and climate change.”

She adds: “We want to use arts and culture to bring about positive change, reduce our reliance and use of fast fashion and attract local residents to get involved.”

The final exhibition is a collection of thirteen posters that were launched at the Lexi Cinema in Kensal Rise in April. Additional posters will be displayed on the windows of local charity shops and community venues to promote the message of shopping for clothes at charity shops.

The photographs were taken by Carolina Rapezzi, a freelance photographer based in Brent, who works on social, humanitarian, and environmental issues. She is part of the National Union of Journalists UK and Women Photograph. Get involved at

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Young carers provide care and emotional support for either a mum, dad or grandparent, while attending school and trying to maintain friendships.

Many don’t see themselves as carers as often it’s part of their cultural background to care for family members. 14-year-old Stephan, from Harlesden, has been a carer for his mum for eight years. His dad helps, as well as his sister when she’s home from university.

Stephan said, “It’s been ok so far, some days are easy and other days aren’t. I care for my mum in the morning before I go to school and when I get home from school until my dad comes home.

“I help my mum get changed and make her breakfast and lunch. I enjoy cooking and cleaning as they are easier tasks, I don’t like washing and walking Murphy, our black Labrador.”

Stephan’s caring responsibilities continue at the weekends and during school holidays.

Stephan added, “It’s rare that I get to hang out with my friends because I’m caring for my mum, but I have met other young carers through Brent Gateway. “Even though I’m busy caring for my mum, I am still doing well in school and make time to do my homework. In a few years I would like to go to university, I know my mum will make sure of that!”

Councillor Neil Nerva, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Adult Social Care said: “There are a high number of adults and young people in Brent who are juggling work or school with unpaid caring responsibilities. We’re recognizing unpaid carers who do a remarkable and important job and want to make sure that all carers regardless of age are able to access support and advice.”

Do you care for someone over 18 years and need help? Then email the Brent Gateway Services team: to see what support or services you are eligible for. Find out more about carers in Brent: caring-for-someone

Caring for the carers

Caring for the carers

happy & healthy
There are many young carers shouldering adult size responsibilities in Brent. These inspirational young carers - who are unpaid - were acknowledged and celebrated for their contribution during Carers Week at a special event held at Brent Civic Centre.
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Connecting through the art of sound Connecting through the art of sound

Metroland Cultures, based in Kilburn, have enjoyed an exciting year developing new artists and creating a nurturing environment for creatives to hone their skills.

Brent’s bid to be the Borough of Cultures was built on the idea that it’s legacy would ensure the borough’s arts, culture and creative industries not only continue thrive, but reposition Brent as London’s leading cultural destination. A key part of this, was the Council’s commitment to establishing and funding the charity: Metroland Cultures.

In April, twenty young people from across Brent got the opportunity to be mentored through the Metroland Young Associates Programme – Collective Rhythms. The programme explores what it means to be together using sound.

Lois Stonock. Metroland Director, said: “We are fortunate to have so many talented young artists in the borough who work so hard and seize every opportunity given to them.”

The programme offers access to the best arts and culture available with paid opportunities for three months for each young creative to learn new skills, have weekly sessions with industry professionals, mentorship, workshops, cumulating with an Arts Award qualification to help build a future career in the arts.

What’s popping over at K2K radio

In May, K2K (Kensal to Kilburn) Radio station found a new home at Metroland Studios, broadcasting live to their select audiences about music events and workshops.

Arriving Stateside

Metroland Studios artist Yasmin Nicholas, from Kensal Green, achieved Stateside success, with her work, as part of a group show ‘Are we free to move about the world: The Passport in Contemporary Art.’ Two of Yasmin’s pieces collectively titled ‘2 homes and stories about breadfruit’ featured at the Museum of Fine Arts, at Florida State University.

“The show focused on telling brilliant stories of migration and the passport’s ability of movement across the globe through visas, stamps and ultimately through art,” said Yasmin. Along with being a studio resident, Yasmin gained a grant from the Culture Fund in 2020 and was also an artist in the Brent 2020 Biennial. Find out more:

Kensal to Kilburn Radio Participants of the Metroland Young Associates Artist Yasmin Nicholas
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Contributing artists to art work ‘department of Unruly histories produced by Meera Shakti Osborne

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Windrush 75 pioneers keep going

Windrush 75 pioneers keep going

Originally from Westmoreland, Jamaica, Annie was excited to embark on the new chapter of her life living in the UK. She said: “My older sister Rachel was instrumental in sending for me and other family members after she had saved enough money”. Eager to start working, although still too young, Annie had to finish two terms of school, which she did at a former school on Pound Lane, Harlesden.

In Summer, 1958, whilst working in a carpet shop in Hammersmith mending rugs, Annie, and a friend Crissa Cealy both signed-up for the military during their lunch break, inspired by the great stories about the prestigious Women’s Royal Army Corps (WRAC), whose members undertook a variety of important roles in the Army. “Rachel was furious when she found out that not only had I joined the army in secret, but I was working as well!” said

Annie. After completing her intensive training, at the Shrapnel Barracks in Woolwich SE London, Annie had her passing out parade aged 17, with no family attending.

After completing her intensive training, at the Hobbs Barracks in Lingfield Surrey, Annie had her passing out parade aged 17, with no family member in attendance. Then Private Thompson WRAC was posted to the War Office at Shrapnel Barracks in Woolwich Arsenal, SE London, until she left to get married and went on to have six children. Her youngest, Linett, born in Harlesden, is a community champion, founding Director of Lin Kam Art and organiser of the forthcoming Windrush 75 Community Tea Party on 24 June in Gladstone Park. Linett said: “My mum is an inspiration to me and many people in the community. Everyone used to gather around our

Annie Thompson arrived in London, February 1958, as a 14-year-old teenager.

kitchen table, with its red, chequered tablecloth and ‘put the world to rights,’ with a cuppa tea, solving problems and sharing experiences. This is what inspired me to develop the Windrush Tea Parties and build a legacy to honour our Windrush elders.” Do you have a Windrush story to share?

If so, please contact Linett at info@

Places are limited and we would particularly love to see our Windrush elders and their families.

To get your free tickets from Eventbrite:

Brent Windrush 75 Community Tea Party, Gladstone Park, Dollis Hill Lane entrance, (near the pond), London, NW2 6HY. Saturday 24 June 2023 (11.30am – 4pm)

Linett with her mother Annie having a conversation over a cup of tea, (previous) Windrush Day - Photo credit Amelia Constanti © Linett Kamala

Arts and Culture & What’s On

Arts and Culture


the Musical

Until 30 Apr

Wembley Park Theatre

Based on a true story, Newsies is set in New York City at the turn of the 19th century. It’s the rousing tale of a ragged band of teenage newspaper sellers, who dream of a better life far from the hardship of the streets.

Get tickets whats-on/newsies-the-musical

Harry Styles Love on Tour 2023

Fri, 16 Jun

Wembley Stadium, 12-10:30pm

Due to popular demand, international superstar Harry Styles has announced the continuation of Love On Tour with 19 newly announced dates in Europe including two new shows at Wembley Stadium

Buy tickets events/2023/HarryStyles

Unveiling the History of Willesden Jewish Cemetery

1873-2023, Mon,17 Jul

Willesden Green Library, 1-2pm

Join an insightful talk on the rich history of Willesden Jewish Cemetery.

Tish & The Circus Bus

Sun, 18 Jun

Samovar Space, 12-6pm

Bring your own bars

First Monday of every month

BOXPARK Wembley, 6:30-10pm

Join Bring Your Own Bars for a night of poetry with Flo Poet Fisky! Register for free events/bring-your-own-bars-2/ date/4022/2023-07-03/2023-07-03/

Laugh In the Box

Last Wednesday of every month

BOXPARK Wembley, 7-10pm

Laugh In the Box sees host Aurie

Styla brings a handful of comedians from all over to test out material and have fun with the audience and it’s FREE!

Book Tickets events/laugh-in-the-box/ date/3478/2023-06-28/2023-06-28/

British Brazilian Brent –

Weaving our History in a Quilt

Until 28 Aug

The Exhibition Space, Second Floor, The Library at Willesden Green

Showcase of Brazilian culture and heritage made by the families and children at Clube dos Brasileirinhos.

Nibby’s Art Academy

Fri, 16 Jun

The Yellow, 10:15am-12:15pm

The class will take you through the basics of drawing and painting all within the comfort of a supportive community.

To book email nibrashamadi@

Harry Styles Fanpark

Aerial hoop, stilt walking, spinning plates, juggling and more. Join Tish and her circus bus for a fun-filled day out where you’ll learn all the very best circus tricks. Free, no need to book.

Surprise Aquarium

Mon, 19 Jun – Fri, 30 Jun

The Gallery at Willesden Green ‘Surprise Aquarium’ is abstract expressionist painter Meera Palia’s first solo exhibition, sharing with you a selection of spontaneous ‘outpourings’ from 2019-2023

Creative Coffee Mornings

Mon, 19 Jun, Mon, 26 Jun

The Yellow, 10:30-12pm

From card making to cake decorating come and share your skills and learn new skills whilst making new friends. Sign up inspire2creativity@

Actor’s Studio – Brent Youth Theatre

Tue, 20 Jun, Tue, 27 Jun

The Yellow, 5-6pm & 6:15-7:45pm

Inclusive and accessible performing arts classes for children and young people. This session is for ages 7-11. Email to sign up

Musical Windrush Celebration

Wed, 21 Jun

The Library at Willesden Green

Mark the Windrush 75th Anniversary with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), Trojan Records artist Trevor Brown and workshop leader Sigrún Sævarsdóttir-Griffiths.

SOS Dance Class

Thu, 22 Jun, Thu, 29 Jun

The Yellow, 7-8pm

A sass fuelled dance class that will leave you feeling empowered. £10 per class. First class free with code FirstFreeSlay.

Book a place

Da Capo Music Panel

Tue, 27 Jun

BOXPARK Wembley, 7-10:30pm

Are you an independent or up and coming artist? Come along to a panel discussion, where music industry professionals will give their top tips to help you in your music career.

Book tickets events/da-capo-music-panel/ date/4259/2023-06-27/2023-06-27/

Social Knitting Class

Thu, 29 Jun

The Yellow, 10am-12pm

A fun knitting group for you to join, knit and chat. No need to book, just drop in and enjoy!


Fri, 30 Jun, Samovar Space, 12-4pm

Taroo is a Parkour and circus comedy show telling stories from streets all over the world and it’s heading to Wembley Park for a free performance. Find out more

The Altar

Fri, 30 Jun

OVO Arena, 5-10pm

All roads lead to the OVO Arena Wembley for one of the most anticipated worship events in the U.K. church calendar this year.

Register detail/the-altar

Live at Wembley Park Theatre with Phil Wang

Sat, 1 Jul

Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, 7:45-10pm

A brand-new comedy night is heading to Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre with headline act, Live at the Apollo regular and star of his own Netflix special, Phil Wang. Book your tickets whats-on/live-at-wembley-parktheatre-with-phil-wang

‘Into the Park’ music and crafts festival

Sat, 1 Jul

Queen’s Park (bandstand), 11-6pm

Join for a day of Music, craft making with activities for children along with array of food and drinks on offer. Free.

BLUR Fanpark

Sat, 8 Jul

BOXPARK Wembley, 11am-11pm

BOXPARK Wembley will transform into a festival of BLUR ahead of their Wembley Stadium show this July! Book tickets wembley/events/blur-fanpark/ date/3945/2023-07-08/2023-07-08/

Kilburn to Kensal Festival

Sat, 26 Aug

Metroland Studios, 12-7pm

Join us for a festival of all things K2K Radio- Brent’s very own radio stationat Metroland Studios in Kilburn. Free.

Wembers Dream

Sat, 9 Sep Wembley Park, ,11am-5pm

A free day of music, theatre, spoken word and dance.

Joe Hisaishi Symphonic Concert: Music from the Studio Ghibli Films of Hayao Miyazaki

Fri, 22 Sep

OVO Arena Wembley, 6-10pm

A concert with music from Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli Films

Get your ticket detail/joe-hisaishi-symphonicconcert-music-from-the-studioghibli-films-of-hayao-miyazaki

Windrush 75 Market Place

Thurs, 22 June, Brent Civic Centre, 11am-6pm

Food, music, product stalls, exhibitions and much more. Free, no need to book.

Windrush 75 Community Tea Party

Sat, 24 June, Gladstone Park, 11.30am – 4pm

Live performances, reggae choir, food and much more.

Find out more at

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What’s on Wembley Stadium Tour

Until Sat, 28 Feb 2026

Wembley Stadium, 10-5pm

Soak up the history of Wembley in the dedicated exhibition spaces and guides will take you to the heart of Wembley Stadium.

Book here stadiumtours/booking/default.htm

Daniel’s Den Parent and Toddler Group

Fri, 16 Jun, Fri, 23 Jun

The Yellow, 9:30-11am & 11:30-1pm

A space for children to play, do crafts, sing and take part in many other fun activities. Everyone is welcome and no booking is needed.£2 for one child, 50p per additional child. Find out more

Barre Fit Class

Mon, 19 Jun

The Yellow, 11:30am-12:15pm

Taught by a former ballet dancer, the workout incorporates classic ballet positions, with modern music, a perfect combo of cardio and strength. Book via website

PWS Wonderkids

Every Saturday

The Yellow, 9-10am

Wonderkids holds are fun, innovative and interactive sessions for boys and girls aged 3-5 where they concentrate on motor skills and building confidence through decision making and ownership.

Email for more information

London Netball Academy

Sat, 1 Jul

Ark Elvin Academy, 1-2:30pm

London Netball Academy is a Junior Netball Club training girls aged 11-18 years. They provide a fun and safe environment to play netball and partake in competitive matches.

Email: londonnetballacademy@

Back to Netball

First Thursday of the month Kingsbury High Upper School, 7:30-8:30pm

Learn tips and tricks from a qualified netball coach and have lots of fun. Whether you haven’t played netball in a long time or at all this is for everyone to enjoy!

Email to sign up check)

Full body circuit

Every Saturday

Roe Green Park, 9:30-10:30am

Get fit for free at this 60-minute bootcamp full body weight cardio interval-based workout. No equipment provided so bring your own mat, water, and hand wipes.

Book your place

Summer Festivals

Eastern European Festival

Sun, 18 June, Roe Green Park, 11am-7pm

Visit the Eastern European Festival and enjoy a fun day out for all the family. There will be live stage performances, dancers, kids rides, face painting, food stalls and more! Free, no need to book.

Home Learning Club

Wembley Mela

Sun, 23 Jul, King Edward VII Park, 12-7pm

Come along to this family-friendly event during the summer holidays. There will be face painting, henna tattoos, bouncy castles, live music and more!

Search Wembley Mela to book your place.

Rangeelu Gujarat

1-3 Sep, Roe Green Park, 10am-6pm

An outdoor festival celebrating the culture and heritage of being Gujarati through vibrant arts. With mouthwatering Indian street food, a stage hosting incredible music, dance, drama and stand-up, and more! Book your place at www.rangeelugujarat. com

Monthly Brent Hubs advice and support sessions for deaf residents

Mon, 19 June, Mon, 17 July

Willow Family Wellbeing Centre, 9:00-1:00pm

The Brent Parent Carer Forum CIC is currently working in partnership with Brent Hubs to trial one to one appointments for deaf residents living in Brent.

For more information contact willow

Daniel’s Den Parent and Toddler Group

Fri, 23 Jun, Fri, 30 Jun, The Yellow, 9:30-11am & 11:30-1pm

A space for children to play, do crafts, sing and take part in many other fun activities. Everyone is welcome and no booking is needed. £2 for one child, 50p per additional child. Find out more:

A Treasury of Aisha bint Abu Bakr: Tea and Talk with Dr Sofia Rehman

Fri, 23 Jun , The Yellow, 6:30-9pm Hear Dr Rehman in conversation with Humera Khan to discuss her book. This will be followed by book signing, networking, tea and light snacks and a chance to buy the book.

Book tickets

Wed, 21 Jun, Wed, 28 Jun, The Yellow, 10am-2:30pm Weekly home education club for ages4-13 delivered by teacher with over 15 years of experience. Book

Disabled Children and Young People’s Service (0-25) Workshop

Wed, 28 Jun. Online, 10-11:30am

Brent’s Disabled Children and Young People’s Service supports families with children aged 0-25 who have severe disabilities or complex health problems. Reserve a spot

Women’s Only Fitness Class

Wed, 29 Mar, Wed, 21 Jun, Wed, 28 Jun, The Yellow, 11am-11:45am Come down and have some fun in The Yellow’s ladies-only fitness class. A great way to get fit and meet other people. Free class. No need to bring any equipment.

Email to book your place

Harlesden Library Grand Opening

Sat,1 Jul. Harlesden Library, 12-5pm

Celebrate the newly refurbished library with activities including crafts, face painting and an eco-workshop delivered by Brent Start. Featuring rhymes and fun with Rastamouse author Michael De Souza.

Brent Libraries Summer Fun Festival

Starts 1 Jul, Any Brent Library

Discover the summer reading festival programme featuring flaming dragons, robotics workshops, funny poetry, brave Tudor sailors, wild live animals, and stories right here in Brent libraries.

Sudbury Primary School

Summer Fair

Sat, 1 Jul, Sudbury Primary School, 11:30-2:30pm

Come and support your local school and community for a time of music, facepainting, food and much more. Entry fee £1 per person. Contact for a stall.

Summer Fun Festival launch with award-winning author Michael De Souza

Sat, 22 Jul, The Library at Willesden Green, 12-1pm Wembley Library, 2:30-3:30pm

Join author Michael De Souza of Rastamouse and Lil’ Bruv fame to launch the Summer Fun Festival. It could be YOU on stage joining him! For ages 4 – 12.

Wembley Park Antiques Market

Last Wednesday of every month. Canada Gardens, 8am-4pm Wembley Park Antiques Market is turning Green Parking in Canada Gardens into a retro dream, bringing the most exciting traders under one roof. Entry is free.

Find out more www.

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my community Windrush 75 pioneers keep going Windrush 75 pioneers keep going

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Connecting through the art of sound Connecting through the art of sound

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Worn out of fashion Worn out of fashion YOUR BRENT • SUMMER 2023

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Chip off the old block! Chip off the old block!

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Footy icons celebrated celebrated

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Radio host blazing the trail Radio host blazing the trail

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It’s a design thing It’s a design thing

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my community Finding sanctuary in Brent Finding sanctuary in Brent

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Necessity is the mother of invention Necessity is the mother of invention

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Health visits for night shift workers Health visits for night shift workers

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down on anti-social behaviour

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Tackling illegal and anti-social driving

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Mayor of London announces ULEZ expanded scrappage scheme

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Fostering more loving homes

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200 free digital courses to boost Brent businesses

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Green light for Church End masterplan

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Free activities for kids during the summer holidays

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Dawn raid discovers 11 people crammed into Wembley house

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Brent Start adult education awarded ‘Good’ by Ofsted

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Kilburn Library set for £765K major revamp

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Have your say on £1million Community Grant pot

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Design work for new West London Orbital starts

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Get ready for waste and recycling changes from October

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Boy from Brent launches university scholarship fund

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Brent welcomes its new Mayor

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New landlord licensing rules in three wards

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200 new homes for South Kilburn

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Celebrate Windrush 75

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