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Last chance to take part!

This Saturday, 29 September, brings the final FREE event of our Generations of Learning project.

It has been a lot of fun and a lot of work, and we’d be delighted for people to join us for this last chance to share memories and stories of life in Cricklewood.

The local Nomad Explorer Scouts have given lots of time and energy to planning this event, and will be speaking to people and recording them, to share stories on our website. You don’t have to be recorded to take part, ‘though; if you’d rather just have tea and a chat, you are welcome!

Local residents are invited to come and share their memories of Cricklewood, 5, 10, 20, or even 50 years ago. Bring along a story.

Come meet new people, and enjoy a lovely afternoon with the Scouts. Join us on the Mezzanine, refreshments provided.

2pm – 4pm, Saturday 30 September @ The Crown Moran Hotel, 152 Cricklewood Broadway NW2 3ED

Keep an eye on the blog for stories from the project over the coming weeks.

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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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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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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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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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Memories Made!

Thanks to everyone who came along to the Memory Box events over the half term.

The workshops aimed to encourage different generations to share family stories, to ‘catch’ them in the memory boxes for the future.

This echoes the aim of our project, to capture the memories of Elder migrants, to ensure their stories are preserved for future generations of historians.

We had families from the Philippines, Brazil, England, India, Romania, Cameroon and more. There were all sorts of stories and some wonderful art works created.

We are busy planning more events to celebrate the migrant stories for the Easter holidays so keep an eye out.

 

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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!

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Cricklewood Memory Tours

 

With the first oral history interviews recorded*, we are starting to plan the ways we will be sharing the stories with local people.

We are really looking forward to working with Saira Niazi, founder of Living London and leader of fun explorations of hidden London. Saira will be working with the project to develop walking tours around Cricklewood, decorating the modern landscape with the memories of our Elders.

Details of the tour dates will be published on our Events page.

An International Studies graduate from Goldsmiths, Saira has over ten years experience in community engagement, project leadership and creative communications. She’s worked with communities across London from Nepalese gardeners in Plumstead to urban skaters in Fulham on various oral history, film and heritage projects. Through Living London, she has explored photographed, and written about over 1500 hidden London gems, and regularly leads guided tours across different areas of London.

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Saira loves discovering new places, collecting stories and connecting communities. We can’t wait for the summer!

 

*Come back next week for news on the stories that have started to emerge.