two cakes, jam, and a cup of tea

Free event tomorrow!

Don’t forget to join us at the Side Door Café, Ashford Place this Friday for fun and memory sharing.

The young Scouts, and especially their leaders Nick and Noura, have been working hard planning and bringing everything together for the events.

Local residents are invited to come and share their memories of Cricklewood, whether that’s 10, 20, or even 50 years ago! The young people will be asking questions and recording people who’d like to share their memories.

For anyone camera shy, there will be plenty of cake to keep you busy!

So come along, meet new people, and enjoy a lovely afternoon at Ashford Place with the Scouts.

2pm – 4pm, Friday 31 August @ Side Door Café, Ashford Place, 60 Ashford Road NW2 6TU


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.


A group of people in a park watching a young performer
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.


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.


HLF logo featuring a cartoon hand with corssed fingers

Nomad Scouts logo of a camel

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.

People sitting in a patio garden

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: