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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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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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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).

 

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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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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.

 

 

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Remember memorabilia

April was a month of doing on the project.

We have been busy filming, recording, and photographing Elders telling their stories with the project.

These stories will be presented in an exhibition, travelling around Cricklewood and Brent over the Summer. They will also be collected into a formal archive that will become a resource for future generations.

The archive will be made up of audio recordings of the Elders sharing their memories.

We are also hoping to collect photos and memorabilia relating to the Irish and Pakistani communities in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

Do you have anything you could share with us?

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Perhaps this is an old photograph, or a newspaper clipping. Maybe you have an old ticket to a dance at the Galtymore or to the showing of a Bollywood hit at the State cinema.

If you have a programme from a sporting event, such as when the Pakistan cricket team visited London, or the Gaelic football was played at Wembley in 1965, we would love to see it.

You might even have held on to your tickets or boarding passes when you first came to the UK – if so, you’ve done a better job that the government might have done!

If you would be willing to give, loan, or let us take copies of your memorabilia, this will help us preserve and share the stories of the post-war migration generation.

Please get in touch with us below.

We are continuing to record the stories of Pakistani and Irish migrants who have memories of the Cricklewood area in the 1950s and 1960s, so drop us a line if you’d like to talk.

 

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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]