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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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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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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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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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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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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]