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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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Street Party Memory Lounge

We have been busy collecting stories for the project and will be announcing the summer schedule for the exhibition and events programme soon.

In the meantime, we are representing at the Olive Road Street Party on Sunday 3 June.

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Volunteers from the Generations of Learning project will be hosting the Memory Lounge, inviting locals to share their memories of Cricklewood.

The free event includes craft activities, bouncy castle, and other entertainments. Check out the NW2 website for more details. Come along and enjoy the day, learn more about the project, and share your memories.

If you have any memorabilia relating to Cricklewood in the 1950s or 1960s that you’d be happy to let us take a look at, we’d be delighted to chat to you on the day. This might be a photograph showing the way the area used to look, a newspaper cutting, a programme from the local cinema or from a sporting event.

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No trifle matter…

Last week the Generations of Learning project was lucky enough to be invited to speak to the ladies group at the Pakistani Community Centre in Willesden.

Many of those present had stories of coming to the Cricklewood area to join husbands who’d come in the 1960s.

In the 1950s and 1960s, it was common for young Irish men and women to come on their own, or with friends or siblings to being their new life in London. Many couples recall meeting and falling in love in the youth clubs and dance halls, with the popular refrain being that many marriages were started in the Galtymore.

For the Pakistani men, many of whom expected to return home, they often left their families in Pakistani, often only reuniting with them after several years. While their children and husbands were able to more easily integrate into their new lives, through work and school, it wasn’t as easy for the women when they arrived in London.

 

Image of a bowl of trifleComing together as a group to learn English and study the Quran was an important way to build a sense of community. The ladies remembered cooking together for events at the PCC was a chance to share jokes and news, and they still come together every week to share a meal. In a perfect blend of their old homes in Pakistan and their new home in Britain, we were treated to a delicious dahl and homemade trifle.

We will be interviewing some of the ladies and discovering more of their stories in the coming weeks.We will also be holding an informal reminiscence session at the PCC on 23 March. Visit our Events page for more details.

If you are part of the Irish or Pakistani community and have a story to share of coming to Cricklewood, please drop us a line below.

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’Twas St Pat’s eve …

… and all over London, people were getting ready to celebrate Irish culture and community.

While people are preparing to don fake red beards and giant hats for the parade in Central London, in Cricklewood we will be sticking to tradition.

At Ashford Place on Friday 16 March, there will be a Bacon & Cabbage meal, followed by live music and quite possibly dancing.

Two scones, jam and cream, with a cup of teaBetween 2-4pm, there will also a chance to enjoy some cake and share some memories with the Generations of Learning team. We will be looking at photos and other memorabilia from the 1950s and 1960s and chatting over old times.

Please drop in and join us; bring your own memorabilia and memories and we’ll provide the tea and cake!

There will also be a chance to preview our exciting new film.

 

[We will be holding a second session on Friday 23 March, 2-4pm @ Pakistan Community Centre, Marley Walk, Willesden NW2 4PU]

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Make Memories Today!

 

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Don’t forget to join us on this afternoon to Make Memories in the Education Room at Brent Museum & Archives.

This half term, we are inviting families of all shapes and sizes to enjoy some crafting fun at our Memory Box making session.

The FREE drop in workshops mix story sharing with decorating memory boxes, so you can start collecting your own family stories.

Come along between 2 – 4pm:

Thursday 15 February @ Brent Museum, Willesden Green Library, 95 High Road

All are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. No need to book but we may have to turn people away if we run out of room!