Your Brent - Autumn 2022

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Autumn 2022 www.brent.gov.uk/yourbrent The magazine about life in Brent, published by Brent Council

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Celebrating Success: A U NIQUE OPPORT U NIT Y TO AT T E N D A TOPPE R F OR M I NG A N D N AT ION A L LY R E C O G N I SE D T RUS T Wembley High Technology College has a long-established reputation for being one of the highest performing schools in England. The new North Brent School is currently based at Wembley High premises until July 2023 when students will transfer to a state of the art £35 million new school in Neasden.

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In 2022, 98% of students achieved GCSEs in English and maths (9-5).

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In 2022, 61% of all GCSE grades were awarded A*-A (9-7).

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In 2022, 89% of students achieved the English Baccalaureate (GCSEs in English, maths, science, humanities and languages).

N AT ION A L LY R E C O G N ISE D AC A DE M IC E XC E L L E NC E We believe in giving your child a competitive advantage. Our students achieve some of the best results, not only in Brent, but in the country at both GCSE and Sixth Form:

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highest result in Brent in Baccalaureate*

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Sixth Form Progress in the TOP 2% of the COUNTRY*

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Key to the success of our schools: • A structured, disciplined working environment where every student achieves their full potential. • Teachers are highly qualified, with a relentless focus on high quality teaching and academic excellence. • A nurturing environment, where students become well-rounded young people with a life-long love of learning.

F OR A PL AC E PL E A SE A PPLY V I A BR E N T A D M I S S I O N S B Y 31 S T O C T O B E R 2 0 2 2 . CEO/Executive Headteacher: Ms G. Bal OBE Executive Headteacher: Mr P. Bhatia | Headteacher (North Brent School): Dr L. Bonelli See www.whtc.co.uk for Wembley High Technology College and North Brent School *Wembley High Technology College, last published DfE data, 2019


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IN THIS ISSUE...

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH

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HELP WITH THE COST OF LIVING PULL-OUT

NEWS A round-up of the latest news in Brent

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LETS TALK ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE Brent climate ambassadors transforming local communities

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YOUNG ACHIEVERS Students across Brent receive exam results

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GAME CHANGERS England’s Lionesses inspire women and girls to play football

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SUPPORTING YOU WITH THE COST OF LIVING Tips on saving and dealing with money worries

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COMMUNITY KITCHENS Local food banks providing nutritious meals

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ANGEL AND HER MUSIC THERAPY Singer Angel tells us how she used music to rebuild her confidence

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HEARTS OF TALENT Unlocking young people’s potential through the arts

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH Celebrating Black History with jam-packed month of events

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QUEEN ELIZABETH II Remembering Her Majesty The Queen

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FASHIONING BRENT Exploring Brent’s multicultural roots through art and fashion

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A PLATE OF LOVE NHS worker with love for food and community

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HAIR HARVEST 43 Semona Nash writes debut children’s book about Afro-textured hair ART, CULTURE AND WHAT’S ON Your guide to what’s happening in Brent

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TACKLING TOUGH TIMES TOGETHER Autumn began with the sad news of the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II, the longest serving Monarch in British history. The Queen was the only monarch many of us have ever known and communities from across Brent came together to reflect on her many years of dedicated service (page 36). It seems wherever you look there is an urgent need for help – no more so than in Pakistan where devastating floods have killed thousands of people and displaced millions more (page 13). The terrible rains are yet more evidence of the effect human activity and the global warming we are causing is having on the planet. This is another reason why we all need to play our part in tackling the climate emergency by changing our behaviour. The council is committed to making a difference and reducing our carbon footprint by 2030. Climate Ambassadors are now working with local communities to make our neighbourhoods greener and more sustainable (page 18). As the cost of living crisis deepens, even more families are finding themselves needing extra support. After months of uncertainty and growing concern around energy prices the Government announced an ‘energy price guarantee’ meaning a typical household will now pay around £2,500 a year on their energy bills for the next two years. Sadly, it is not just energy prices that are rising rapidly as the cost of everyday essentials keeps going up and wages are stretched to their limits. If you are struggling with bills, food or other essentials, help is at hand through our Resident’s Support Fund and emergency support is available for those in urgent need at our seven hubs across the borough. Turn to page 23 for our Cost of Living pull-out and keep guide. Local foodbanks also offer a vital lifeline for many people and we highlight the amazing work of Sufra and London’s Community Kitchen on page 28. As a council, we promised to leave no one behind and we are doing everything we can to strengthen the safety net for those who need it most. So far, we have provided nearly £1.5million worth of food vouchers and £8million in financial support. Including measures such as a council tax support scheme, our support package is one of the most comprehensive in the country. So please, if you are struggling – ask for help or visit www.brent.gov.uk/costofliving

Cllr Muhammed Butt Leader of Brent Council

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Leader of Brent Council

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1966, presenting the World Cup to England captain Bobby Moore

Britain’s longestreigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II dies aged 96 The death of Her Majesty The Queen, the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee marking 70 years on the throne, was announced by Buckingham Palace on 8 September. The Mayor of Brent, Councillor Abdi Aden, said: “It is with great sadness that I learnt of the death of Her Majesty The Queen. “Queen Elizabeth II ruled for longer than any other Monarch in British history and will always be remembered for her sense of duty and devotion to a life of service of the country and Commonwealth. “Queen Elizabeth II dedicated much of her 70-year reign to public and voluntary service advocating for a wide range of issues. “Over the Platinum Jubilee weekend, thousands of Brent residents held more than 50 street parties across the borough as our communities from all across the world came together to honour her 70 years of service. “Her steadfast leadership has carried us all through times of enormous change and given the length of her service, Her Majesty is the only Monarch many of us have ever known. “On behalf of Brent Council and the London Borough of Brent, I would like to offer my deepest sympathies to the Royal Family, but also gratitude, to Her Majesty The Queen for all she did for our country. May she rest in peace.”


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Record turnout at West London’s jobs fair West London’s biggest jobs fair returned to Wembley Stadium in July where 6,423 jobseekers met with more than 150 employers to find out about new exciting opportunities, in a record-breaking turnout. Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Citizen Experience at Brent Council, said: “It was excellent to see so many renowned employers speaking to residents about a variety of

brilliant opportunities. From apprenticeships to full-time work, there was something for everyone. “We are grateful for the support from sponsors The Forge and Shaw Trust who helped make sure the jobs fair was a success.” To see the range of jobs and apprenticeships across London and for free one-to-one careers advice, visit www.brentworks. brent.gov.uk

Over 6,000 people attended Wembley jobs fair

Whopping £41k fine for local scaffolders A scaffolding company J&P Scaffolding Ltd, and its director, Mr Jacek Pawlaczyk, 43, have been fined a whopping £41k after Willesden Magistrates Court found them guilty of having unlicensed scaffolding on a public highway. They first erected the scaffolding in December 2020 at Empire House on Empire Way, Wembley without the proper licence. In June 2021, when the licence expired Mr Pawlaczyk failed to renew it despite receiving no fewer than eight reminders from council officers. Cllr Krupa Sheth, Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Action, said: “It is really important all companies get the proper licence for anything placed on the public highway. This allows council keyworkers to keep residents safe and to limit any disruption to the public. “I hope this case and the whopping, yet fair, fine serves as stark reminder that if you don’t follow the rules, we will take action.” YOUR BRENT | AUTUMN 2022

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£400 towards electricity and gas bills for every home From 1 October the Government’s new ‘energy price guarantee’ will come into place meaning a typical household will pay an average of £2,500 a year on their energy bill. THE COST The guarantee sets a limit on the OF LIVING maximum amount energy companies can charge customers for each unit of gas and electricity they use. However, energy is still significantly more expensive than it was this time last year, so please remember, if you can reduce the amount of energy you use, you will reduce the amount of units you’re paying for. All households in the country will get an automatic £400 grant to help towards paying energy bills this winter. There is no need to apply. For most people this will be automatically paid into your energy account in monthly instalments from October 2022 to March 2023. People who use pre-payment meters and top up their credit before using energy will be provided with discount vouchers in the first week of each month. These will be sent by text message, email or post so please make sure your energy supplier has your up-to-date contact details. Stay scam aware: There is no need to apply for this grant and you will not be asked for your bank details at any point. Please be vigilant of scammers.

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The price cap sets a limit on the maximum amount energy companies can charge customers for each unit of gas and electricity they use, and sets a maximum daily standing charge.

Love where you live The council’s ‘Love Where You Live’ grants scheme is launching a new funding stream on 1 October – the first day of Black History Month. The NHS has provided £15,000 of funding for grants of up to £1,000 each to run events and engage in conversations with residents from our Black African and Black Caribbean communities about their health and wellbeing. Go to www.brent.gov.uk/lovewhereyoulive for more information.

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Black Pound African Market Brent Council’s Cultural Diversity Network, in collaboration with local community businesses, have joined with A Brighter Health to host a Black History Month themed Black Pound African Market, at Brent Civic centre on Thursday 20 October 11-8pm. Come along and grab yourself a bargain, with stalls selling ethically sourced products and freshly made produce on the day. There will be music, drumming, panel discussions and a health and wellbeing zone.


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Low-income households will automatically receive £650 help towards the rising cost of living. People on the following benefits should have received the first £326 grant during the summer and will receive another £324 in their bank accounts this autumn:

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• Universal Credit • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance • Income Support For people who only receive working, child or pension tax credits, the first instalment will be paid in September and the second later this winter. The grant is tax-free and will not affect existing benefits. There is no need to apply for this payment. If you are eligible, it will be automatically paid into your bank account as ‘DWP Cost of Living’. People on disability benefits will also receive an extra £150 in late September and most pensioners will get £300 in November/December on top of their winter fuel payments.

Time to change theme for Black History Month Black History Month 2022 kicks off on 1 October, with an exciting programme of activities to celebrate Black excellence and achievement. This year’s theme is Time to Change. Turn to page 34 for a full list of events throughout the month. On 27 October, the main event will be Black Excellence evening in the Grand Hall at Brent Civic Centre from 6.30-9pm, to celebrate the achievements of local people who help and support others in the community. Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, said; “Black History Month celebrates the contributions, the heritage and culture of the Black community and the tremendous contribution they have made to Brent.” Brent has a diverse community, which gives it strength and has committed to working with the community to tackle racism and inequality to create a fairer and more equal Brent, through the Black Community Action Plan (BCAP). All events are free, virtual and open to all. For more information visit: www.brent.gov.uk

New Film and Arts Festival has mental health on its mind With an exciting blend of film, music, theatre, dance and poetry, SHOUT LONDON is hosting a new film and arts festival with the focus on mental health. Scheduled to coincide with World Mental Health Day, the festival will take place at The Kiln Cinema in Kilburn and at The Crown Hotel London, on 10 and 11 October For further information visit: www.shout.london Pakistan flood appeal generosity Brent councillors of Pakistani heritage have been leading on aid efforts for victims of the worst floods in Pakistan’s history, which has left one third of the country under water and displaced 33 million people. They have been overwhelmed with the community’s response to the disaster, with people donating vital items including food, clothing and medicines. These items were collected and sorted by volunteers at two collection points in Brent; St Andrew’s Church in Sudbury and the Pakistan Community Centre in Willesden and will be shipped to Pakistan. Recycle trial The council is running a recycling trial, which will see temporary changes to the way recycling, is collected at around 5,000 properties in Brent. The trial will test the effectiveness of splitting recycling into to two separate bins, one with paper and cardboard and one with containers (jugs, jars, tins etc.). The trial takes place over an eight-week period between Monday, 3 October and Friday, 25 November as part of a trial of the proposed alternate weekly recycling service that the council recently consulted on.

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Dangerous County Lines drugs gangs targeted More than 450 young Londoners have been saved from the dangers of the county drugs trade thanks to the £5.6m Rescue and Response scheme led by Brent Council and partners and funded by the Mayor of London. County Lines is the name given to drug dealing where phone lines are used to move and supply drugs across the country. The scheme provides positive opportunities to youngsters like training, education and help getting a job. A report by Brent Council reveals that in the past year, nine out of 10 young Londoners supported by the scheme have reduced or stopped their involvement in county lines. Over 1,000 social workers and staff from other frontline organisations have also taken specialist training. Cllr Harbi Farah, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities and Public Protection at Brent Council, said: “This scheme has provided a crucial lifeline for hundreds of vulnerable young people, and is more important than ever as the cost-of-living crisis puts Cllr Harbi Farah even more young people at risk.”

Look what’s cooking

Members of Brent Mencap in Willesden during a cookery session

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Queen’s Park Book Festival is back Queen’s Park Book Festival returned for its fourth edition in September, with some of the UK’s top literary names from Robert Harris to Victoria Hislop and special guests including a diverse range of local writers. Festival director, Thomas du Plessis, said: “It has all the right ingredients, a beautiful park, a lot of goodwill, a residents associations with lots of energy, and a very literary area we’ve had some top people since we started in 2018, and authors love it.”

Victoria Hislop

Healthy eating is an important part of maintaining a good balanced diet with all the nutrients that is required daily; but cooking isn’t everyone’s strength. Therefore, Brent Health Matters – the programme that the council and local health services spearhead to address health inequalities in the borough – has taken cooking to the residents of Brent. Working in collaboration with Mencap, the first of six cookery sessions were held in Brent Mencap in Willesden with local people who have learning disabilities. The group worked to produce a healthy and tasty tomato soup from scratch, learning to cook together, whilst enjoying the social aspect, as much as the food. Cllr Neil Nerva, Brent’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Adult Social Care, said: “Knowing how to prepare a nutritious meal can make all the difference when it comes to managing your weight, ensuring you are getting the right vitamins and balance in your diet and avoiding ingredients, such as too much sugar and salt that might otherwise lead to poor health.”


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Health tops the bill this winter Dr Mohammad Haidar, a local GP and Brent Borough Medical Director, is advising residents to look after their health by doing simple things to stay well this winter. He told Your Brent: “You can boost your immunity with the flu jab and the Covid-19 autumn booster. If you are over 50 or have a health condition, you should have both jabs,” he explained. “Parents should also check their children’s Personal Child Health Record (or “Red Book”) to ensure they are up to date with their vaccinations. If not, they should contact their GP to ensure their children catch up as soon as possible.”

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‘Festival of Inspiration’ at Neasden Temple Over 75,000 people enjoyed the 10-day ‘Festival of Inspiration’ at Neasden Temple in July to celebrate the centenary of His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s birth, the renowned global Hindu guru and creator of Neasden Temple. During the festival visitors were treated to over 1,200 inspiring shows celebrating the values of faith, harmony, compassion and hard work; as well as live music and dance.

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Join your local ward councillors to discuss important local issues Join your local Brent Connects meetings and come together with your neighbours to discuss things that matter most to you. These forums provide an important opportunity to get involved in and influence decision-making, ensuring your voice is heard. The next meetings will focus on the upcoming round of funding for community cash, the budget consultation and a local topic specific to your area.

The meeting dates are: Harlesden: Monday 31 October, 6-8pm Chair Cllr Tony Ethapemi and Vice Chair Cllr Elliot Chappell Kilburn: Friday 4 November, 6-8pm Chair Cllr Erica Gbajumo and Vice Chair Cllr Anthony Molloy Kingsbury and Kenton: Thursday 10 November 6-8pm, Chair Cllr Kathleen Fraser and Vice Chair Cllr Sandra Kabir Wembley: Friday 11 November, 6-8pm Chair Cllr Ihtesham Afzal and Vice Chair Cllr Teo Benea Willesden: Tuesday 15 November, 6-8pm Chair Cllr Saqlain Choudry and Vice Chair Cllr Janice Long All meetings will be held virtually. Register your free place at www.brent.gov.uk/brentconnects

Recognition and praise for those who care Inspirational social care superheroes from the council and local care homes who dedicate their lives to helping others in need have been celebrated at the first Adult Social Care Awards, held at Brent Civic Centre in August. Councillor Neil Nerva, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Adult Social Care, said: “These brilliant keyworkers are the backbone of our borough. Without them, hundreds would not get the vital social care support that they depend on, so it was wonderful to recognise their outstanding achievements.” Thank you to our sponsors the Victoria Care Centre and St Luke’s Hospice.

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The Mayor of Brent, Cllr. Abdi Aden and special guests, including Shaun Wallace from The Chase, at the Adults Social Care awards ceremony


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Give your bulky waste a new home The community skips are returning this autumn to help residents dispose of unwanted and bulky items such as old sofas, washing machines and mattresses. Any reusable items will be donated to those who need them. You can drop off up to five bulky items free of charge, as long as you can show proof of a Brent address. Cllr Krupa Sheth, Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Action said: “The community skips are always a huge hit with residents, and over the years we’ve managed to improve the capacity of the skips so we can take away even more rubbish.” For more information visit: www.brent.gov.uk Cllr Krupa Sheth with a community skip collection

Social Café bringing over 50s together Brent Health Matters have launched new a social cafe for residents who are 50 plus to support dementia, memory loss and social isolation. The café provides a safe environment for residents every Friday from 10:30am – 12:20pm to connect, play games, practise yoga, seek advice and socialise at St Johns Church, Wembley. The café is the brainchild of community champion Catherine Miller-Baldwin who has been part of Brent Health Matters since the start. The Mayor of Brent, Cllr. Abdi Aden and Reverend Ngozi Njoku opened the first session along with members of Ashford Place, CNWL and community volunteers this summer.

Brent Helth Matters over 50’s social cafe in action

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Improved healthcare services for residents due to closer working A shake-up in the way health and care services are provided in Brent has been introduced with the launch of an Integrated Care Partnership (ICP). The new arrangements mean council social care services and different parts of the NHS – GPs, hospitals and mental health teams will all work more closely together to provide an improved experience for patients and service users. Look out for further information about these changes and improvements available soon at www.nwlondonics.nhs.uk

A new approach to tackling domestic abuse, which seeks to understand the diverse backgrounds of victims and perpetrators, is helping women and girls in three North London boroughs. Launched last year in Brent, Barnet and Enfield, the Culturally Integrated Family Approach (CIFA) directly addresses issues around culture, family tradition and religion that affect the experience of domestic violence within BAME communities. Cllr Harbi Farah, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities and Public Protection at Brent Council, said: “We know one size does not fit all and that is why this tri-borough partnership is vital in trialling a culturally integrated family approach. We are determined to end male violence against women and girls and I’m looking forward to evaluating the effectiveness of this new service.”

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Stop the abuse

Cllr Harbi Farah, at the launch of the Culturally Integrated Family Approach (CIFA), event


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Pakistan floods appeal

Millions of people need urgent help in Pakistan due to devastating flooding. The floods have destroyed or badly damaged more than a million homes, sweeping away schools, roads, businesses and everything else in their path. More than a thousand people have been killed with conditions expected to worsen as rains continue. Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, said: “The devastating flooding in Pakistan is

truly heart-breaking. A third of the country is under water, which is an area the size of the UK, so this is a humanitarian disaster on a huge scale. “In Brent, we have a large Pakistani diaspora who have family and relatives personally affected by the floods. Now is our opportunity to come together and support the people of Pakistan in their hour of need.” For more information on the Pakistan floods appeal, visit www.dec.org.uk

Power up with new net zero carbon community centre

Guests, including Cllr Butt attend the opening of St Raphael’s community centre

A new cutting-edge net zero carbon community centre has opened its doors to residents on St Raphael’s Estate. The exclusively solar-panelled centre has been designed to generate its own electricity, as well as supply power to Sufra NW London foodbank next-door. Cllr Promise Knight, Cabinet Member for Housing, Homelessness and Renters Security, handed over the keys to members of St Raphael’s Voice community group. “This is the start of a huge positive transformation for St Raph’s,” she said. “We are committed to you and our promise is to deliver improved safety, housing and facilities, including a permanent community centre, over the next few years.” The temporary climate-friendly building is part of a regeneration plan that will see around 400 new homes and an additional £30 million spent on wider estate improvements, including the provision of a permanent new community centre on St Raphael’s Estate. YOUR BRENT | AUTUMN 2022

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Protect your child from Polio Polio is an infectious disease caused by the poliovirus, which often appears as mild symptoms such as a sore throat, headache, fever or stiffness in the neck. Recent London-wide sewage sampling identified the poliovirus in the sewage of a few London boroughs, including Brent. While the risk to the public is low, a polio vaccine booster dose is being offered to all children aged one to nine in London. GPs will contact parents when it is their child’s turn to come forward for a booster. More information is available on the UK Health Security Agency website: wwww.brent.gov.uk/adult-social-care/health-andwellbeing/polio

Let the music play Almost 500 young musicians and a massed choir of 1,000 schoolchildren from across the borough performed to a full house in Wembley on Wednesday 13 July. In a show of musical harmony, ‘Brent Makes Music: There’s a Place for Us’ was a celebration of Brent, community, diversity and belonging. The event was organised by Brent Music Service (BMS) who

Young musicians performing at the Wembley Arena

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All children aged 5-9 years old are eligible for the vaccine

support children and young people throughout the borough to receive an excellent music education and to reach for the stars. This year’s Brent Young Musician of the Year, Nathaniel Merkies, wowed with a stunning performance of the classical guitar piece ‘Cavatina’ accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Cllr Gwen Grahl, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People & Schools at Brent Council, said: “This was a truly phenomenal event and a memory our children and young people will never forget.” View more information on Brent Music Service.


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Safer school streets for Brent children Brent has been awarded funding to make local school street areas more green, vibrant, and resilient to the climate emergency. The funding from TfL will be used as part of a school greening project, working with local schools and community groups to plant new street trees, flowerbeds, and rain gardens. The first phase will include the following schools: • Crownhill School Street Scheme - John Keble CofE Primary, Maple Walk, and St Claudine’s Catholic School for Girls • Our Lady of Grace Infants School • Leopold Primary (Hawkshead) • Oakington Manor Primary Councillor Krupa Sheth, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “I’m delighted that we have been awarded

funding to plant more trees, encourage biodiversity and make Brent streets greener. “We are committed to working with the local community to become more sustainable so that we can reach our target of becoming a carbon neutral borough by 2030. “We cannot reach that target without making our streets green, clean and safe for sustainable transport.” The council is installing CCTV cameras for school streets, to monitor activity when roads outside schools close during drop-off and pick-up times. Esther, who is in year six at John Keble Church of England Primary School, said: “I think that it is way safer and I have been seeing more children bringing their

bikes and scooters now that there is more space for them to use them which is really good.” Her classmate Kristine said: “I think it is best that cars are not on the road when kids are out because of the pollution. It can damage lungs and effect breathing, especially as I am asthma.” Find out which of the 29 schools run school streets and which vehicles are exempt from the enforcement at www.brent.gov.uk/schoolstreets

The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year, except Christmas Day (25 December). The zone covers all areas within the North and South Circular Roads. The North Circular (A406) and South Circular (A205) roads are not in the zone.

Headteacher Mrs C. Allard with pupils outside John Keble CofE Primary

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Brent residents decide how to spend £2.25million This summer, £2.25million was placed in the hands of local people to choose which community projects should be funded in their local area. Residents in the Brent Connects areas of Harlesden, Kilburn and Kensal Rise, Kingsbury and Kenton, Wembley and Willesden decided on how to spend £450k. The summer issue of the magazine featured the ‘Decision Days’ that took place in Kilburn, Kingsbury and Kenton, and Willesden. The Harlesden and Wembley ‘Decision Days’ took place later in the summer and were attended by 550 residents who voted for 21 projects to be funded. Cllr Fleur Donnelly-Jackson, Brent’s Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, Equalities and Culture, said: “It’s been

Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council opens the Wembley Decision Day

great seeing such a fantastic response to these You Decide events that put the power in the hands of local people. I’m looking forward to seeing all these brilliant projects come to life.” This funding was made possible thanks to the Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL), a fund from grants generated by regeneration in the borough. At least 15 per cent of all the money the council collects from the developers of new and eligible buildings in the borough is spent on community projects that help make a positive difference in local communities across Brent. In October, the next round of applications for community cash to fund local projects opens. Find out more at: www.brent.gov.uk/youdecide

You Decide funding winner, founder of Nutrition Ed UK

Winners from the Wembley Decision Day

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CLEANER & GREENER

From left to right: Rhoda Ibrahim – SAAFI, Jawahir Roble – Muzani Community Centre & Ismail Dahir – Connect Stars

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Let’s talk about climate change

Councillor Krupa Sheth, Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Action, said:

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Welcome to our Climate Ambassadors who are critical in supporting local communities to understand climate messaging. Brent is leading the way in this innovative approach to tackling climate inequality and making sure that residents from multicultural and multifaith backgrounds are included in the conversation and action around reaching zero carbon emissions in Brent by 2030.

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he council has recently launched the Green Neighbourhoods programme, a hyper-local approach to tackling the climate emergency tohelp reach net zero carbon emissions in Brent by 2030. This is the first time the council has launched a pilot of this kind. The first stops are Church End, Roundwood and Kingsbury with the view to expanding across all areas in the borough. A group of 20 Climate Ambassadors have been appointed to help seldom-heard voices from diverse communities understand climate change. They will also break down barriers to engaging with the council, amplify faith and cultural practices that promote protecting the planet and have a say in what ‘green’ improvements they would like to see in their neighbourhood.

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Being a Climate Ambassador it is a recognition of the work we already do and gives us the opportunity to engage more residents in shaping the area where they live, study, work and take part in leisure. Sandra White, Chair and Ilaria Esposito, Coordinator - Harlesden Neighbourhood Forum

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New Climate Ambassadors from grass roots community organisations in Brent are helping to engage with local communities on climate change and the Green Neighbourhoods programme.

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Young achievers Young people across Brent picked up their A-Level, Vocational and Technical and GCSE results this summer.

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undreds of pupils nervously opened their results envelopes across Brent in August. This was the first year since 2019 that pupils sat in-person exams due to the pandemic and the results didn’t disappoint. Cllr Gwen Grahl, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools, said: “Congratulations to all of our young people across Brent who picked up their results this summer. They should feel extremely proud of their achievements. “All secondary schools in Brent are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted and I’m grateful to the teachers, support staff and parents/carers who have been supporting our young people in progressing to the next stage of their lives with confidence. Whether that is going on to study in sixth form, to further education, to university, apprenticeships or employment, I wish them the very best.” We spoke to students from across the borough to find out how they did and what their plans are for the future.

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Congratulations to all of our young people across Brent who picked up their results this summer.

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Capital City Academy Jahzeal said: “I’m really happy with my results particularly after the challenge of lockdown when I noticed my grades dropped. After that I just started to ‘work, work, work’”.

Caleb said: “It was quite hard balancing social life with also having to revise and prepare for exams, but I managed to speak to teachers who helped me figure out a timetable that made sure I was putting in the time to revise, but still had time to have fun.”

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Waad said: “I’m going to study Diagnostic Radiography at City University. I got D* D* D. I’m really excited to go to university. I had to work really hard to get there.”

Michaela Community School Sana said: “I did really well thanks to the teachers. I got one 7 and the rest were 8s and 9s. That’s better than I expected. I feel amazing. I’m overwhelmed. I could not have done it without the teachers.”


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Capital City Academy Oskaria said: “I came to the UK when I was 7, but I didn’t know how to speak English. I had to learn the language and finding a balance between basketball and education was a challenge for me. I got a triple distinction in sport. I’m looking forward to playing professional basketball in Italy.”

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Sahara said: “I can’t even describe how I feel, it doesn’t feel real. I’m so grateful for everyone who helped me. I’m going to Cambridge to study Geography.”

Amelia said: “I’m a Maths, Physics and Computer Science student at Preston Manor Sixth Form. I am now going to be doing a degree apprenticeship with Accenture. I had a challenging but good time doing my A Levels.”

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Left to right Corey said: “I got everything I wanted to happen. It’s refreshing and I feel good about how things have turned out.” Diyana said: “I am looking forward to a fresh start and excited about the future and where I am going!” Mayun said: “I feel proud that all of my efforts have resulted in getting the grades I need to move on!”

Newman Catholic College Abdulsalam said: “I’m really happy with my results. I got four grade 9s and four grade 8s.”

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Crest Academy Jia said: “I’m quite happy with how I did. I did a lot better than I expected. In the future I want to be a Forensic Scientist or Dermatologist.”

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Game changers

This summer, England’s Lionesses brought home the UEFA European trophy and inspired millions of women and girls across the country to get onto the pitch.

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n Brent, there are plenty of opportunities for female ‘ballers’ to improve their skills. Check out local clubs such as Kinja FC, Hendon Youth FC, Brent Schools FA and Youngs FC to get the ball rolling. There’s also England Football’s Weetabix Wildcats programme, non-competitive football for girls who want to give it a go for the first time or play with others their own age. Cllr Fleur Donnelly-Jackson, Brent’s Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, Equalities & Culture, said: “The win by the Lionesses sets an excellent example for women and girls and encourages those that haven’t started to get involved in their local team. “We have so much on offer here in Brent so I would encourage everyone to make the most of it!” Another great way to get involved is by becoming an FA qualified coach. Not only does this kickstart a rewarding career, but you could also become a role model for the next generation of female coaches and players. Find out more at middlesexfa.com

Competition time! Tell us why you love women’s football in less than 50 words to be in with a chance of winning two tickets to the women’s England v USA game at Wembley Stadium! To take part, email yourbrent@brent.gov.uk by midnight on 4 October. Terms and conditions apply.

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A hearty meal Foodbanks are a lifeline for many during the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, fronted by inspirational individuals who make time to lend a helping hand.

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here are some incredible foodbanks in Brent. Sufra, Brent Foodbank and London’s Community Kitchen play a lifesaving role in the community thanks to the selfless staff and volunteers at the helm. Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Brent’s Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy, and Citizen Experience, said: “Foodbanks don’t just provide emergency food to those in need, they also help users improve their wellbeing, get out of debt and learn new skills. “I’m proud that Brent Council has given £125k to help foodbanks meet increased demand during the current crisis and that we’re the first London council to hand over our kitchen facilities for free to a foodbank.” London’s Community Kitchen used the space to make 50,000 nutritious meals for children in Brent and Harrow throughout the sixweek summer holidays. Taz Khan, Founder of London’s Community Kitchen, said: “Due to the unprecedented rise in living costs, families are struggling to put healthy meals on the table, yet at the same time we are seeing a rise in spare food going to waste. “We are redirecting this food back into the communities, providing fresh food to the people who need it most.”

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Sufra NW London is all about fresh food too. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, the St Raphael’s Estate Edible Garden has a fruit tree orchard and plenty of raised beds for growing food. The garden yields a wide range of fresh fruit, vegetables and eggs that is distributed at the foodbank and used to prepare meals to ensure all can benefit from fresh and organic produce. Sufra provide lots of other support for residents as well, including school uniform drives, with the most recent distributing 177 preloved uniforms to families in need. Rajesh Makwana, Director of Sufra NW London, said: “Our Community Kitchens and Advice Services support people’s wellbeing and financial security – with organic produce from our Community Garden and access to training, employability and other forms of help available. Like our Food Bank, our Annual Uniform Drive also saves money for families struggling to put food on the table. We are grateful to our supporters, but we will all need to do much more to help families in the months ahead.” Visit a Brent Community Hub for urgent support, advice, and food vouchers: www.brenthubs.com

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HAPPY & HEALTHY

Music lifts me up As World Mental Health Day approaches (10 October), we spoke to Brent resident Angel about how music therapy helped rebuild her confidence during a difficult time.

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n 2021, Angel Mutesasira was admitted to the Northwick Park Mental Health Unit during a difficult period in her life. “I found it difficult mixing with people on the ward, but music made me stronger,” she explained. Working with professionals from Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, Angel tapped into something that inspired her and put her on the path to recovery. “When I was struggling to talk, I was able to show my songs to therapists and it really helped. Singing and writing lyrics is a way of expressing myself and how I feel.”

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The work with the therapists inspired Angel to make her own music. “I phoned my mum and asked her to bring my equipment. I thought ‘let me just try to create something’ and I ended up writing and producing five songs.” In time, Angel got better, was able to leave the ward and went on to release her music online. She hopes others can be inspired by her music. “I want my music to bring joy and love to people because I know what it feels like being low. “With my music I always try to send out a positive message at the end. Even though I feel scared when releasing it, I’m confident in myself and I want others to hear it.” Follow Angel on Instagram at @angelmutesasira



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Hearts of Talent A performing arts competition founded by Kilburn resident Jasmine Dale is taking northwest London by storm, helping unlock young people’s potential and tackling knife crime.

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n 2019, Jasmine Dale founded Hearts of Talent to provide a platform for young singers, rappers, poets, dancers, and comedians around London to develop their talent. As well as looking for the next rising star, there’s also a much deeper purpose behind the competition. “Hearts of Talent is for young people at a critical juncture,” Jasmine says. With a growing number of young people feeling disconnected from their communities, she sees it as vital that young people are given the chance to make better choices for their futures. “It’s important to let young people know that they are worth something,” she tells us. Many that have taken part in the competition have proven just that, already appearing in festivals such as the Radiate Windrush Festival and the Chalk Hill Love Festival. Hearts of Talent is not limited to performers, but also gives space for young people behind the scenes too, providing opportunities from social media management to working in accounts. “There are plenty of opportunities for talent, it doesn’t matter who you are. This is for everyone,” Jasmine says. “My hope for Hearts of Talent is to be a leading youth organisation that gets young people to where they want to be in their lives.” Jasmine’s hard work has not gone unnoticed. She is set to be the star of an There are plenty of upcoming BBC documentary and won a Pride of Brent opportunities for Award earlier this year in recognition of her talent, it doesn’t achievements. matter who you are. With talks with a major record label underway, this is This is for everyone. only the beginning for this grassroots organisation with Jasmine Dale community at its heart.

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remaining dates and locations, go to www.brent.gov.uk/communityskips Councillor Harbi Farah, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities and Public Protection, said: “As we move on from a busy summer and gear up to Autumn, council teams have a different set of priorities. “Autumn brings firework displays and Halloween parties, so our teams also have a role to play in making sure residents enjoy these safely and without disturbing others. “I would like to thank all of our amazing front line workers and patrol officers for all they do.”

As Autumn leaves begin to fall from the trees, council keyworkers are keeping the borough tidy and helping residents enjoy the season safely.

Important information this Autumn: Noise app - Don’t suffer in silence, report noise nuisance at www.thenoiseapp.com Leaf clearance starts in October, with two dedicated teams out clearing leaves. Community safety - Report anti-social behaviour by emailing community. safety@brent.gov.uk What happens to the leaves? They are added to garden waste to create compost YOUR BRENT | AUTUMN 2022

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A Time to change

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rent celebrates Black History Month 2022 with a packed schedule of events throughout October featuring cultural activities, films, talks from historians, storytelling, exhibitions and much more, with some events spilling into November.

The theme Time for Change: Action Not Words firmly focuses on the future and how to develop unity by acknowledging the past, learning from it and taking action to achieve better outcomes for everyone. Over the years, Brent has produced a talented roster of famous and well-known individuals who were either born and raised, or live in the borough, but it is also important to recognise talented individuals who work behind the scenes to make a difference. This year, the BCAP programme team won the LGC Diversity and Inclusion award 2022, for working with and changing the outcomes for the black community.

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The theme for Black History Month 2022 is Time for Change: Action Not Words to encourage everyone to come together to make a change for the better.

Get involved by joining the Black Excellence awards evening to celebrate the achievements of local people who help and support others in the community. The event will be held on 27 October in the Grand Hall at Brent Civic Centre from 6.30-9pm. On 20 October, pick up a bargain at the Black Pound Day Virtual Market from 11am-8pm, with an exciting range of ethically sourced products for sale. Visit the online exhibition By the Cut of Their Cloth at Kilburn Library on 5 October, which tells the story of 300 years of mixed race and multicultural history in Brent through the lenses of art photography and fashion, curated by local artist and designer, Warren Reilly and The Mixed Museum. Find out more on pages 38-39. Pop into Kilburn and Wembley Libraries for craft and family workshop sessions (see page 45 for details) as well as a black hair demo and talk at Willesden Green library from 25-27 Oct. For more information, visit www.brent.gov.uk

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BCAP Programme team winning the Diversity and Inclusion LGC award 2022

Carnival is back! Europe’s biggest street party, Notting Hill Carnival, returned to the capital this summer for the first time in three years with a big splash! The event brought people together in a colourful and energetic display of music, food and dancing behind the traditional carnival floats. This year, 13 steel bands, 72 mas bands, 6 Brazilian bands, 36 sound systems and 300 stalls provided a fantastic celebration of Caribbean culture.Clary Salandy, a renowned costume designer at Mahogany Carnival Arts said “We made a big effort to make the spectacle of carnival live again. It was pure magic; everyone enjoyed playing mas and being part of the joyous carnival vibe”. YOUR BRENT | AUTUMN 2022

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Residents across Brent remember Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, following her death at the age of 96

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ollowing the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September, residents paid their respects and shared their special memories of Queen Elizabeth II by signing books of condolence that were open in libraries, Brent Civic Centre and online. Many also joined the Mayor of Brent as he read the Proclamation to mark The Queen’s death and the beginning of our new King’s reign on Sunday 11 September on the steps of Wembley Stadium. Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, said: “The Queen was an inspiration to us all with her unfaltering service and lifetime of dedication. Just this summer, her Platinum Jubilee brought communities together and gave us all a chance to celebrate her incredible 70-year reign. Her passing will be felt by all, but her legacy will live on.”

Tolani Olorunfemi: “We are going to miss The Queen. She was a mother to all of us. She served for 70 years, that is significant. May her soul rest in peace.”

Geraldine Cooke: “She means so many things to all of us, including her ability to bring people together.”

Rajen Varsani: “When she died, it affected people more than they thought it would. It seems like a smooth transition to the new King and I think everyone is behind him.”

Yvette Sowah: “My fond memory of The Queen is having met her when I was a child. I won a competition and got to go to Westminster Abbey for a big Commonwealth ceremony.”

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25-year-old Church End resident Warren Reilly combined his passion for fashion and his knowledge of history to create a virtual exhibition that sheds light on Brent’s multicultural roots.

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Fashioning B Brent y The Cut of Their Cloth is a unique virtual exhibition that spans 300 years of Brent’s mixed-race and multicultural history using art, photography and fashion. After taking part in the Brent 2020: London Borough of Culture project ‘Fashioning our History’, Reilly won a two-year rent-free studio art residency with Artist Studio Company in Alperton. As part of that residency, he laid the foundations for this exhibition. Inspired by Reilly’s university dissertation ‘Pageboys to protégés’ and Dr Chamion Caballero’s interest in unnamed sitters in historic paintings, the exhibition explores everything from Brent’s colonial past to stories of modern migration and multiculturalism from the borough. As a mixed-race Brent local, Reilly feels a personal connection to the project saying, ‘“The project gave me a chance to investigate my own family lineage as I’m from Jamaican and Irish descent. This was rewarding because looking into my history inspired others to look at their own.” By the Cut of Their Cloth aims to shed light on Brent’s fascinating history and show that we are all cut from the same cloth. Find out more about the exhibition at www.mixedmuseum.org.uk/BTCOTC

Mood board Workshop at Willesden Green Library “Create a mood board inspired by your own mixed race/multicultural family or take inspiration from historic families in Brent!” Courtesy of Warren Reilly.

Photography Workshop at Willesden Green Library “Create a photoshoot inspired by your own mixed race/ multicultural family or take inspiration from historic families in Brent!” Courtesy of Warren Reill

Linton Smith and Margaret (Maggie) Lee on their wedding day c.1965. Courtesy of Warren Reilly.

Lava La Rue’s DIY Guide To Living (And Dressing) More Creatively, @ britishvogue feature in collaboration with @soeykim and @jack_cullis. Styled by @ltrigg. Make up “warpaint” by @emmaregan. Courtesy of Lava La Rue via Instagram

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eter Asmah was brought up helping others and tells Jessica Alves why it’s so important that he carries on this legacy in his community through cooking. Having worked in the NHS for the past 24 years, Peter knows a thing or two about caring for others. “I’ve always been a people’s person. I’ve lived in Park Royal for so long that I’ve become a community advocate for people with personal issues and I advise them on what to do. “The need to help others stems from my parents. My mum would give away her last pound, and I was brought up that way.” Peter’s passion for helping others doesn’t stop with working in the NHS. He often supports customers in his local store, the Ghana Market in Church End, with food donations, combining his passion for helping his community with his love for Ghanian food. “In Ghanaian culture, we take cooking very seriously. When the community gets together, it’s important to share food. One person might bring some chicken, while the other brings jollof rice, so giving and sharing is something that we do naturally. “That’s what I do at Ghana Market. When community members need support, I help financially and donate food too. It’s important for me to integrate part of my culture in all the dishes I make.” Peter hopes to one day start his own community kitchen and believes that as a community, we all need to be kinder to each other.

Peter’s Recipe for Braised King Prawns Ingredients: 1kg King Prawns, shelled 1 Onion, sliced 70ml Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce 70ml Hot pepper sauce (Encona brand is preferable) 2 tbsp Cider Vinegar 2 tbsp Sunflower oil Method: 1. Mix the hot pepper sauce with the Thai sweet chilli sauce in a bowl, before adding two tablespoons of cider vinegar. 2. Pour the sunflower oil into a pan, and bring it to medium heat. 3. Add the sliced onions to the pan, and sauté until golden. Then add the pepper sauce mix, and let it boil for approximately 5-10 minutes. 4. Finally add the king prawns, preferably with the sharp edges of its head cut off, but retain the shell as it helps to contain the juices from the mix. Cook for 5-8 minutes. 5. Once you are satisfied the prawns are cooked, its ready to be served. Enjoy!

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ingsbury based author, Semona Nash, was inspired to write her first children’s book, the Hair Harvest, because of her passion for education, nurturing children and natural hair care. She said: “I wanted to write a book for young children with the aim of instilling pride and empowerment to how they feel about themselves and their hair, which should be enjoyed and embraced. Young black girls and boys are often subjected to ridicule and restriction, because of their hairstyles”. The Hair Harvest tells the story of Micha, a young girl whose parents teach her to love her natural Afro-textured hair. Semona continues: “Black hair has always been a subject of contention, adversity, ridicule and fascination simply because of the way it grows. Natural black hair requires love, care, knowledge and patience for it to thrive and be healthy”. The stigma surrounding black hair started with the Tignon Law 1786, passed by Governor Esteban Rodriguez Miro of Louisiana, which banned black women from adorning their hair with beads or jewels and decreed it must be covered with a knotted headscarf. The law had the reverse effect; the Tignons became a fashion statement and inspired more creativity. Semona currently works as a local Community Support Worker, but plans to write more books in the future. Get your copy of the Hair Harvest by emailing: authorsnash@yahoo.com or at Amazon: Paperback book, ISBN-13: 9781800943544.

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Arts and Culture & What’s On Arts and Culture Stranger Things Experience. From 2 September Wembley Park Theatre

Venture inside Hawkins Lab for a 1-hour immersive experience featuring a brand-new Stranger Things storyline, then explore an 80’s-themed Mix-Tape medley with food & drinks, special merchandise, photo ops, and much more.

https://strangerthingsexperience.com/london/

Women of the Match: Portraits of Brent’s Female Football Stars Brent Civic Centre Until Sun, 6 Nov

Women of the Match celebrates the achievements of women in football through photography.

Brent Civic Centre #WEURO2022 Heritage Programme: thefa.com/news/2022/jun/10/ weuro/2022-heritageprogramme #WEURO2022 Arts Programme: thefa.com/competitions/uefawomens-euro-2022/arts

Harlesden Festival

Sat, 24 Sep Harlesden High Street, 10am-5pm

The community in Harlesden invites you along to the annual Harlesden Businesses Festival this September as they bring together a day of fun, food, music, dance and local entertainment.

Landscapes of the Soul: Chinese Northern Song Painting

Thu, 29 September The Library at Willesden Green, 11-12.30pm

Join this workshop which introduces the tradition of Northern Song painting as a means of exploring artistic investigations of emotion and spirituality.

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Celebrating Africa

Fri, 30 Sep OVO Arena Wembley, 6.30-10.30pm

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to-back hits from the heart of the Continent of Africa.

https://www.ovoarena.co.uk/ events/detail/celebrating-africa

Brent Museum and Archives presents an exhibition celebrating the diversity of Brent’s communities and heritage. Black History Studies: Out of Darkness Sun, 2 Oct The Lexi Cinema, 2.00pm

OUT OF DARKNESS is a full length three-part documentary by director Amadeuz Christ (Δ+), examining the untold history of African people, the African cultural contribution to the nations of the world, and the events that have contributed to the condition of African people today.

https://thelexicinema. co.uk/TheLexiCinema.dll/ WhatsOn?f=6090952

Free: Markus Blattmann 4 - 15 October 2022

For the past three years, visual artist Markus Blattmann has been working on three different series of works: “Memory Paintings” from 2019, “The Now Series” from 2020, and “The Free Series” from 2021 and 2022. Blattmann produces art in different media, such as printmaking and painting. Most of his works are oil on canvas. His “Heads” series is a multi-media work and widely shown at art fairs in Europe.

By The Cut of their Cloth 300 Years of Mixed Race & Multicultural History Wed, 5 Oct Kilburn Library, 11-12pm

Mine, discover the botany-inspired work of Althea McNish (1924-2020), and her influence on the worlds of fashion and interior design. Spaces limited, book ahead.

https://www.eventbrite. co.uk/e/colour-is-yoursgrassmonoprints-inspired-by-textiledesigner-althea-mcnish-tickets405291647227?aff=ebdsoporg profile

Discovering South Asian Stories from East Africa

Tue, 18 Oct Kingsbury Library, 11-12pm

Saz Vora, award winning author and Short Film Curator for UK Asina film Festival, will be interviewing Sneha Purohit to discuss why it’s important for multicultural Britain to collect and preserve stories of East African twice migrants who have made Britain their home.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ discovering-south-asianstories-from-east-africa-tickets406819286437?aff=ebdsoporg profile

Child of the Divide: Kingsbury Coffee Morning Tue, 8 Nov Kingsbury Library, 11-12pm

Actor/playwright Sudha Bhuchar shares her award-winning play Child of the Divide, marking the 75th anniversary of the Partition of India.

Colour is Yours: Grass Monoprints inspired by textile designer Althea McNish Wed, 12 Oct Kilburn Library, 11- 12pm

This fun and informative workshop celebrates the work of one of Britain’s leading black designers. Inspired by this year’s acclaimed retrospective exhibition, Colour is

29 Nov - 10 Dec The Gallery at Willesden Green V E S S E L S is a solo exhibition of the artist exploring diaspora, being displaced as a psychological state and the purpose of archives to record and preserve

Lamlash Street: A Portrait of 1960’s Post-War London Tue, 29 Nov Kingsbury Library, 11– 12pm

Join author J M Phillips to hear about her book ‘Lamlash Street’, navigating family life in London after World War II.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ lamlash-street-a-portrait-of1960s-post-war-london-tickets394018649387?aff=ebdsoporg profile

Newsies the Musical From Tue, 29 Nov 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.

https://www. troubadourtheatres.com/whatson/newsies-the-musical

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ child-of-the-divide-kingsburycoffee-morning-tickets411881628037?aff=ebdsoporg profile

Join us this coffee morning Black History Month event with local artist and designer, Warren Reilly and Creative Director of online exhibition. By The Cut of Their Cloth (BTCOTC).

https://www.eventbrite. co.uk/e/by-the-cut-of-theircloth-300-years-of-mixed-racemulticultural-history-tickets401334581537?aff=ebdsoporg profile

V E S S E L S: Emma O’Rourke

Finding Handel: Kilburn Library Coffee Morning Wed, 7 Dec Kilburn Library, 11-12pm

Style in my DNA – American swagger

Thu, 10 Nov The Library at Willesden Green, 6.30 – 7.30pm

Join Lorna Holder for a talk on her book ‘Style in My DNA,’ documenting 70 years of Caribbean influence on British fashion. Followed by a Q & A and book signing.

https://www.eventbrite. co.uk/e/style-in-my-dnaamerican-swagger-tickets397112483127?aff=ebdsoporg profile

When the sixty-five year old Handel’s journey through Holland is interrupted by a road accident, he is nursed back to health by a hermit and a servant girl who both have troubled lives. He embarks on an inner journey, recalling musical triumphs and failures, dreaming of his past loves, facing up to his faults of character, and asking himself the question: why has he chosen Britain as his home?

https://www.eventbrite. co.uk/e/finding-handel-kilburnlibrary-coffee-morning-tickets404638774467?aff=ebdsoporg profile


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The Wife of Willesden

Kiln Theatre, 14 Dec – 28 Jan

Critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, best-selling author Zadie Smith‘s ‘irresistably rambunctious’ (The Telegraph) The Wife of Willesden transports Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath to 21st Century North West London.

https://kilntheatre.com/whatson/the-wife-of-willesden/

What’s On HIIT Training

Gladstone Park Every Sunday, 10-11am

Join the Our Parks 60 Minute HIIT training, an intensive form of fitness training where a group of exercises is completed one after the other with 30 - 60 secs recovery!

Book class: https://ourparks.org. uk/borough/gladstone-park-0

Place of Welcome

Brent Hub Community Enterprise Centre Every Wednesday, 10-12pm

Places of Welcome are run by local community groups who want everyone in their neighbourhood to have a place to go for a friendly face, a cup of tea and a conversation if and when they need it.

Email: enquiries@brenthub. co.uk Phone 020 3904 1004

Abs, bums and thighs LIVE

Online Every Thursday, 9.30-10.00am

Get fit for free with this online exercise class on behalf of Alperton Sports Ground. This class is run by OurParks.

https://ourparks.org.uk/borough/ alperton-sports-ground-0

Brent Dolphins Swimming Club Vale Farm Sports Centre and Willesden Sports Centre Mon-Fri, 7-10pm

Brent Dolphins Swimming Club aims to promote the teaching and coaching of all aspects of swimming, including teacher training and lifesaving for those aged 5 and over.

Website http://www.brentdolphins.org.uk Contact email info@brentdolphins.org.uk

Conservation training in Fryent Country Park in Brent Sun, 23 Oct, Sun, 27 Nov Fryent Country Park, 9.45am12.30pm

Learn about managing the natural environment at Brent’s beautiful nature reserve Fryent Country Park to improve biodiversity and to create a sustainable amenity for all to enjoy. Email:

barnhillconservationgroup@ gmail.com

Brent Registration open evening Wed, 21 Sep Brent Civic Centre, 5-7pm

The evening will showcase the Brent Register Office, Ceremonies Suite, ceremonial gardens and other rooms available for hire via our Conference and Events team at the Brent Civic centre.

reg@brent.gov.uk

England v Germany

Mon, 26 Sep Wembley Stadium, 7-10pm

England men will host Germany at Wembley Stadium connected by EE in September 2022. Germany will visit Wembley Stadium on Monday 26th September (7.45pm kick-off) in the UEFA Nations League.

https://www.wembleystadium. com/events/2022/England-vGermany

Your Sight Matters: The Library at Willesden Green Coffee Morning

Thu, 6 Oct The Library at Willesden Green, 11-12.15pm Join in for the Coffee Morning to learn about Macular Degeneration Disease and join a Q&A where a library Digital Champion will show how the library is accessible for visually impaired people. Register here

Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, 12 Oct – 6 Nov‍

Written by Steven Knight and choreographed by Beniot Swan Pouffer Peaky Blinders is coming to Wembley. Delving into the story of Tommy Shelby and the Peaky Blinders this new dance theatre event with stunning dramatisation, an eclectic soundtrack and live on-stage band promises to be one to remember. https://www.troubadourtheatres.com/whats-on/peaky-blinders-theredemption-of-thomas-shelby

Coffee Morning: Changing the Climate of Waste Tue, 11 Oct Kingsbury Library, 11-12pm

Ecologist, educator and author Michael Holland will share some positive tips and tricks to help you start your own upcycled kitchen garden. Spaces limited, book ahead.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ coffee-morning-changingthe-climate-of-waste-tickets396535356927?aff=ebdsoporg profile

Diwali 2022

Fri, 16 Oct Ealing Road, Wembley - Junction of High Road and Ealing Road to Chaplin Road, 12-7pm Join us for a day filled with henna, face painting, a children’s rides, fire show, music, street procession (6pm - 7pm) and more! For further enquires or to book a stall, please call 0795 8763961

https://www.eventbrite. co.uk/e/diwali-festival-tickets260392419737?aff=ebdssbeac

Sat, 8 Oct The Granville, 12-4pm

Cooking on a budget: how to eat well during the cost of living crisis

kinshipcarer121@outlook.com

Join interactive cooking class with local chef and food writer Kerstin Rodgers aka msmarmitelover and learn how to make affordable meals. Places limited, book in advance

This event is for Brent kinship carers and their families to give an opportunity for children & young people living in kinship arrangements to come together. All ages welcome to attend, providing fun bonding activities for the whole family.

The Power of Plants: Gardening with Mobility in Mind Thu, 10 Nov Kilburn Library, 11-12pm

Nature Educator and author Michael Holland will deliver a gardening talk and workshop that has mobility and accessibility at its heart. Spaces limited, book ahead.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ the-power-of-plants-gardeningwith-mobility-in-mind-tickets408801766087?aff=ebdsoporg profile

Remembering Britain’s Black Servicemen and Servicewomen Online Fri, 11 Nov, 6.30-7.30pm

Join a Black History Month online talk with S.I. Martin on the legacies of black men and women who served in Britain’s armed forces. Register here

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ remembering-britains-blackservicemen-and-servicewomentickets-405110896597?aff=ebds oporgprofile

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ your-sight-matters-the-libraryat-willesden-green-coffeemorning-tickets

Brent Kinship Carers Family Fun Day

https://www.eventbrite. co.uk/e/cooking-on-a-budgethow-to-eat-well-during-thecost-of-living-crisis-tickets407407164797?aff=ebdsoporg profile

Tue, 1 Nov The Library at Willesden Green, 6.30-8.30pm

Karma at the Crossroads

Tue, 15 Nov The Library at Willesden Green, 6.30-8.00pm To celebrate London Jazz Festival, join Ajay Srivastav and Vinod Kerai for an evening of music, myths and meditations.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ karma-at-the-crossroads-tickets406256503137?aff=ebdsoporg profile

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CONTACTS

FOR HELP WITH THE COST OF LIVING

ACCESS SERVICES ONLINE

www.brent.gov.uk/costofliving

Pay for council tax online www.brent.gov.uk/counciltax

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION Call 999 for the police, fire brigade or ambulance services. Call 101 to report a crime that is not an emergency. Call 111 if you have a medical problem that is not an emergency.

Apply for a parking permit www.brent.gov.uk/parking

COUNCIL MEETINGS October 2022 5 Pension Fund Sub-Committee 6.00pm 6

Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) (NB online meeting) 5:00pm

11 Planning Committee 6.00pm 12 Trading Standards Joint Advisory Board (Brent) (NB online meeting) 6.00pm 13 Health & Wellbeing Board 6.00pm 17 Cabinet 10.00am

OTHER LOCAL SERVICES Find your local GP using the NHS search tool www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/GP/ LocationSearch/4 If you want to help someone sleeping rough, go to www.streetlink.org.uk If you are worried about domestic abuse, call Advance Brent on 07398 454898 Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm or email brent.admin@advancecharity.org.uk If you are concerned about a child, call Brent Family Front Door on 020 8937 4300

COMMUNITY GRANTS CAND FUNDING www.brent.gov.uk/funding 46

Make a claim for housing benefit www.brent.gov.uk/housingbenefit

YOUR BRENT | AUTUMN 2022

19 Corporate Parenting Committee 5:00pm November 2022 3 Schools Forum (NB online meeting) 6.00pm 8 Resources and Public Realm Scrutiny Committee 6.00pm 9 Pension Board 6.00pm 14 Cabinet 10.00am 16 Planning Committee 6.00pm 21 Full Council 6.00pm 22 Community and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee 6.00pm 22 Welsh Harp Joint Consultative Committee (hosted by Barnet Council) 7.00pm 30 Joint Committee of the London Boroughs of Brent, Lewisham and Southwark (Brent) (NB online meeting) 6:00pm December 2022 7 Audit and Standards Advisory Committee 6.00pm 8 Schools Forum (additional if needed - online meeting) 6.00pm 12 General Purposes Committee 9.30am 14 Planning Committee 6.00pm

STAY CONNECTED Keep in touch with the latest news and service updates in Brent by signing up for e-alerts at: www.brent.gov.uk/stayconnected


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Fostering

www.brent.gov.uk/fostering 0800 001 4041 Scan with your phone camera to download our Fostering Brochure. Or visit www.brent.gov.uk/fostering.


E A ST L A N E PR I M A RY SCHOOL IS A N OFST ED ‘OU TSTA N DI NG’ SCHOOL (Ofsted, November 2019) An opportunity to gain a place for your child in one of the best performing Multi Academy Trusts in the Country.

“In all subjects, pupils’ work is of excellent quality.” (Ofsted, 2019) Wembley Multi-Academy Trust celebrates excellent student achievement at East Lane Primary School

Summer 2022 student results

99%

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

92%

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

100% 97%

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.

Overall effectiveness: Outstanding

Behaviour and attitudes: Outstanding

Leadership and management:

Quality of education: Outstanding

Personal development: Outstanding

Outstanding

Leaders are aspirational for every pupil.

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

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

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

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

(Outstanding Ofsted, November 2019)

To be put on our waiting list please email admin@whtc.co.uk. For places in September 2023 please apply via Brent admissions. CEO: Ms G. Bal OBE | Visit: www.elps.co.uk and www.whtc.co.uk