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Summer Tours round up

Thank you to all who took part in our local walking tours.

Saira, of Living London, retold the tales of the generation who founded the Brent Central Mosque, who found friends and work at The Crown, and who built lives in London. We discovered the forgotten stories of migrants who helped build new schools for their children, and of the men and women who made sure everyone got to work on time.

Ashford Place thanks Abdul Rauf at Central Mosque of Brent, The Clayton Crown Hotel, and especially Deborah at Metroline Cricklewood Bus Garage.

 

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Attendees enjoying an open-air performance as part of the walking tour

 

A self-directed tour will be available to download from the Ashford Place website, where a permanent exhibition of the Generations of Learning project will be published.

Also coming soon is the short film based on interviews with the pioneering post-war generation.

Stories were taken from the interviews and transformed into short scripts, which were performed by young actors from the 360 Arts school. By drawing out the universal stories – of leaving family and over-coming struggles in a new country – and putting the Elders’ words onto young mouths, we hope their experiences will inspire new generations.

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Performances were filmed during the summer tours and during rehearsals and the final cut is currently being edited by talented young film maker Erin Hopkins.

We are grateful for the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and lottery players in bringing this project to life.

 

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Tea & Scouts…

… and cake & memories!

Next week, Friday 31 August, sees the launch of an exciting series of events led by the Nomad Explorer Scouts, as part of the Generations of Learning project.

The free afternoon events will combine memory-sharing, speed-dating games with free afternoon tea and a chance to meet new people.

Bringing young and old together to celebrate local history, the young Scouts will be asking questions and recording the memories of people from the local area.

So, whether you came here 5 years ago or 50, whether you lived in Cricklewood, Dollis Hill, Harlesden or a little further afield, come along and share an afternoon with lovely people!

The first event is being hosted by Ashford Place in the new Side Door Café. All are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

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Join us from 2pm – 4pm:

Friday 31 August @ Side Door Café, 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

Any questions? Please get in touch:

 

 

 

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Last August Tour

Don’t miss your chance to join us: This Saturday, 25 August, is the last of our free August walking tours.

Led by the talented 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.

There will be a chance to discuss issues of migration, the changes around Cricklewood, and to share your own stories.

We’re not quite sure what the weather will be doing, but we’ll be going ahead!

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, please use the form below:

 

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Young & Old stories

Tomorrow’s heritage 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.

NOTE: We will be taking photos and filming the young performers. We will be checking whether people are happy to be included and avoiding 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 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 on the website here.

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Save the Date!

Keep an eye out for the memory sharing sessions hosted by the Nomad Scouts at venues around the local area:

Friday 31 August @ The Cafe, Ashford Place, 60 Ashford Road NW2 6TU
Saturday 15 September @ The Costantine Club, 43-47 Dudden Hill Lane, NW10 2ET
Saturday 29 September @ The Crown Hotel, 142 Cricklewood Broadway NW2 3ED

More details coming soon, but these fun afternoon events will be an opportunity to come and meet new people and share memories of Cricklewood.

Memory sharing events are free, with tea and cake provided!

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More To Explore

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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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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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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