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Last weekend was perfect weather for our local heritage tour, and we were excited to learn more about life of the mosque and to see behind-the-scenes at the bus garage.

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Saira sharing stories of the founders of Pakistan Community Centre, Brent

 

This week’s tour, Sunday 19 August, will include special performances from young actors who will bring to life some of the stories of Elders who migrated to Cricklewood and have shared their stories with us during the Generations of Learning project. They have been hard at work rehearsing and we are surely in for a treat.

 

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Generations of Learning young performers rehearsing

 

NOTE: We will be taking photos and filming the young performers. We will be checking whether people are happy to be included and respecting those who are camera shy, but do be aware filming will be taking place. Next week’s tour, on Saturday 25, will be film free!

 
Led by the talented and engaging Saira Niazi of Living London, the tours weave the stories of people who migrated to Cricklewood in the 1960s with significant places around the neighbourhood.

Tours start at 11am at Willesden Green tube station and end in Gladstone Park at 2pm. This tour is not suitable for small children, due to the distance (about 2.5 miles). Please wear comfortable shoes, bring sunscreen and carry an umbrella, and bring water & a picnic lunch if you’d like to stick around after the tour.

Booking is not essential but places are limited to 20 people. To reserve a place use the form below:

 

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Free walking tours

This Saturday is the first of our free heritage walking tours, exploring the hidden stories of the Pakistani and Irish communities in and around Cricklewood.

Tours are led by LivingLondon and start at 11am at Willesden Green tube station, ending in Gladstone Park at 2pm

DATES: Saturday 11 August | Sunday 19 August | Saturday 25 August

Download the flyer for details.

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NOTE: This tour is not suitable for small children, due to the distance (about 2.5 miles). Please wear comfortable shoes, carry an umbrella, and bring water & a picnic lunch if you’d like to stick around after the tour.

The tour will include stops at Brent Central Mosque, The Crown Hotel, and Cricklewood Bus Garage. Tours are limited to 20 people each date. Booking is not essential but places are limited to 20 people per tour. Reserve a spot below:

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Explore your neighbourhood

This Saturday, 11 August, sees the first of our exciting, free local history walking tours.

Led by the talented and engaging Saira Niazi of Living London, the tours weave the stories of people who migrated to Cricklewood in the 1960s with significant places around the neighbourhood.

Enjoy the opportunity to see inside the first purpose-built mosque in North London, explore the amazing architecture of the Clayton Crown Hotel, a local landmark since 1899, and see behind the scenes at the Cricklewood bus garage, with its long history of recruiting workers from overseas.

Tours start at 11am at Willesden Green tube station and end in Gladstone Park at 2pm. This tour is not suitable for small children, due to the distance (about 2.5 miles). Please wear comfortable shoes, carry an umbrella, and bring water & a picnic lunch if you’d like to stick around after the tour.

Booking is not essential but places are limited to 20 people. To reserve a place use the form below:

 

Generations of Learning are grateful for the support and assistance of Brent Central Mosque, the Clayton Crown Hotel, and Cricklewood Bus Garage (Metroline).

 

Black and white photo of the Cricklewood sign above shops on Cricklewood Broadway / Edgware Road

 

 

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Free Fun!

Don’t forget to pop in tomorrow for family arts & craft fun in the new café at Ashford Place , decorating memory boxes and sharing stories. Join us:

Wednesday 8 August, 11am – 1pm, Side Door Café, 60 Ashford Road NW2 6TU

There will be paint and sticky stuff, so wear clothes that you can be comfortable in. Disposable aprons will be provided.

This is a drop in session, no booking needed, but we may have to turn people away if we get too busy, so try not to come late.

Fruit and squash will be provided free, and fancy coffees will be available to buy. This event will take place in the lovely Side Door Café gardens.

Events are free and all ages & backgrounds are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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Come Young, Come Old!

The Generations of Learning summer programme launches next week, celebrating the stories collected during our Cricklewood migration heritage project.

Come along to one of the FREE events and celebrate your local story.

Get Messy!

Join us for family arts & craft fun in the new café at Ashford Place, decorating memory boxes and sharing stories. Drop in on:

Wednesday 8 August, 11am – 1pm, Community Café, 60 Ashford Road NW2 6TU

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Get Walking!

Come and explore the hidden stories of the Pakistani and Irish communities in and around Cricklewood. Tours are led by LivingLondon and start at 11am at Willesden Green tube station, ending in Gladstone Park at 2pm

Saturday 11 August | Sunday 19 August | Saturday 25 August

[Booking not essential but places are limited to 20 people per tour. Reserve a spot at: www.golheritage.com/events ]

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Get Talking!

Enjoy some fun with the Nomad Scouts. Swap stories in a memory-sharing speed date, put your memories on the map. From 2pm-4pm, including free refreshments

Friday 31 August @ Community Cafe, Ashford Place, 60 Ashford Road NW2 6TU

Saturday 15 September @ Learie Constantine Centre, 43-47 Dudden Hill Lane, NW10 2ET

Saturday 29 September @ The Crown Hotel, 142 Cricklewood Broadway NW2 3ED

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Get Inspired!

We are currently working with young actors from 360Arts on performances based on the Elders stories.

We are planning pop-up performances around Cricklewood in the coming months, so watch this space!

 

Events are free and all ages & backgrounds are welcome – the tour may not be suitable for small children. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

 

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Inspiring heritage

Our graphic art display, inspired by the words of the Elders we have interviewed so far, is now up at Willesden Green Library.

Visible to all entering the library building, the bright banners share the positive message of inclusion and community, celebrating the contribution of migrants to the local area.

“This is our community | This is our culture | This is our heritage | These are our stories”
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A full exhibition, exploring the stories of the Irish and Pakistani communities and the universal experiences of settling in London, will be travelling to local community venues in the coming months.

Anyone interested in taking part in the project or learning more about the exhibition, please get in touch.

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Scouting out memories

Generations of Learning is delighted to announce a new collaboration with the 37th Willesden Scout Group, The Nomads.

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Led by Nick, Noura, and Valentina, the Neasden-based group have taken on the challenge of planning and delivering memory sharing events over the summer.

Exciting and creative ideas are already emerging, with a speed-dating style social to give Elders and youngers the chance to share memories and stories about migration in the local area. There is even talk of a magician…

The FREE events are being planned for Friday 31 August and Saturday 15 & 29 September, so watch this space for more exciting details.

Newspaper clipping with photo of young scoutIn the meantime, archive research completed by members of the local history society uncovered a story from 1965 of a young Scout from Neasden, John O’Shaunessy, who was awarded a Queen’s Scout Badge. The article, from the Willesden Chronicle of 1 January, reveals that the local Scouts work with Elders goes back some way, noting that the Scouts had been hosting an Old Age Pensioners dinner when John was presented with his award.

Do you know John? We would love to hear from you!

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Memories Made!

Thanks to everyone who came to share fun and memories at the Cricklewood Garden Festival.

And well done to everyone on the Town Team committee for putting together an great day celebrating the town green.

As well as sharing the heritage of Irish and Pakistani communities in Cricklewood, we heard stories from people who’ve come from around the world to live in NW2.

We made beautiful bags with people from:

Bulgaria | Sudan | Pakistan | Japan | Ireland | Morocco | Algeria | China | Australia | Dominica | Costa Rica | Jamaica | England | Eritrea | The Philippines | Nigeria | Bangladesh

Check out some of their creative designs:

Keep an eye out for more events details of Events over the summer. Our project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, so our events are FREE.

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GoL goes to the Cricklewood Festival

 

Generations of Learning will be joining in the fun at the Cricklewood Festival this Saturday, June 23.

We will be running a FREE craft activity decorating canvas totes to celebrate our local community – so come along and ‘bag’ yourself a memory! (All materials provided and the puns are also free.)

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As space around the table is limited, sessions will run for 30 minutes at: 12.30, 1.30, 2.30, 3.30 & 4.30 – First come first served.

The heart of our project is getting people to share their memories and celebrate their stories of life in Cricklewood. We have focused on the Irish and Pakistani communities, but we’re looking forward to meeting everyone.

See you there!

If you can’t make it, follow us on instagram for pics from the day @ golheritage       InstagramLogo

If you came to Cricklewood from Pakistan or Ireland in the 1950s or 1960s and would like to share your story with us, please get in touch:

 

 

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OLOG Artists

This week Sorcha, the project lead, and Alistair Lambert, the project artist were invited to talk at Our Lady of Grace junior school in Dollis Hill.

With the amazing assistance of Margaret O’Mullane, teacher and talented artist in her own right, and the support of the school staff, pupils have been working over the past few weeks to create an artwork for the project.

Sorcha gave a short presentation at the school assembly to update everyone on the project, and Alistair excitingly unveiled the almost-finished Migration sculpture.

 

The artwork will be premiered at our Summer exhibition, which will travel to community venues around the area. Info will be posted on our Events page.

Our Lady of Grace recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. The school grew to accommodate the children of migrants, including many Irish who came to the area in the 1960s. Local tradition tells that many Irish men were involved in the construction of new school buildings.

If you were one of the men involved in construction work, or have a story about the early days of the school, please get in touch. Call Sorcha on 0208 208 8590.