Search

Campaigner donates Christmas tree to Barham Community Library

13:28 17 December 2012

Cllr Paul Lorder with Vi Steele, chair of Brent Pensioners Forum and library volunteer

Cllr Paul Lorder with Vi Steele, chair of Brent Pensioners Forum and library volunteer

Archant

Friends of Barham Library also entertain shoppers in Wembley High Road with carol-singing event

Campaigners fighting the impact of the closure of Barham Library brought Christmas cheer to their pop-up branch and bookshop on Saturday.

Friends of Barham Library (FOBL) brightened up Wembley High Road by displaying their own Christmas tree outside their community library which was donated by Cllr Paul Lorber, leader of Brent’s Liberal Democrat and a member of the campaign group.

The tree, decorated with recycled decorations, was described by Cllr Lorber as a ‘small gesture to provide festive cheer in this season of good will’.

FOBL was established after Brent Council axed six libraries – including Barham – as part of cost cutting measures to save £1million.

Cllr Lorber continued: “The pop up library and bookshop has now been running for four months and represents a tremendous local effort to persuade the council to reverse the library decisions.”

FOBL also took over Wembley Central Square by singing Christmas Carols for shoppers and traders.

The singers were led by Francis Henry from Daniels Estate Agents who is a member of St George’s Church Choir.

Mr Henry said: “Our volunteer library and second hand bookshop has been a resounding success. We get many visitors amazed to find a bookshop in Wembley High Road and pleased to be able to pick up a bargain from are large book collection.”

The campaign group hope that by raising awareness Brent Council will “come to their senses” and let the volunteers run a library in Barham Park for the benefit of local people.

Seasonal greeting cards have also been produced to highlight the cause.

The library is open on Saturdays between 11am to 4pm and on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12pm to 5pm.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 08:00
Ian Phillips is the new chair of governors

The chair of governors of a troubled primary school has pledged to restore calm after months of turbulence following the suspension of its headteacher.

Fri, 19:07
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt visits the mental health unit at Central Middlesex Hospital

The Health Secretary pledged to continue funding mental health services while on a visit to a family psychiatric unit in Park Royal today.

Fri, 18:20
Current branch of Paddy Power in Kilburn High Street (Pic: Google Street View)

A national bookmaker’s chain is refusing to back down in its bid to open a ninth gambling den on Kilburn High Road – despite a council ruling it would have a “harmful impact” on the community.

Fri, 16:49
Russell Simon Chandler has been jailed for 13 years

A Tube driver from Neasden who raped one woman and sexually assaulting another in 1994 when he was a teenager has been jailed for 13 years today.

Fri, 15:59
Luis Nobre has been found guilty for his part in a £73 million swindle (Pic credit: Central News)

A flamboyant fraudster from Wembley has been found guilty today of conning a shipping firm out of £73 million by claiming he had secret links with the Vatican.

Fri, 15:39
The proposed strike has been called off Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

A 48-hour Tube strike due to start tomorrow evening has been called off.

Fri, 12:52
Convent of Jesus and Mary students Arianna Tranza, India McGuirk Shakeira Bolaji, Michelle Soleta, Yenka Lima Zimba, Beverley Tagoe, Wilhemina Thomspon and Ines Fernandes silver were congratulated on their award by deputy mayor Cllr Parvez Ahmed. Staff member Marcia Stewart also picked up a leader's award.

A secondary school student who fought to have her best friend returned to the UK was among young people from Brent handed golden medallions and cheques for £200 at a charity awards ceremony.

Fri, 10:39
Susan Pollack gave her testimony to Crest Academy pupils.    Pic credit: Adam Tiernan Thomas

Pupils at a Neasden secondary school listened in silence as a Holocaust survivor gave a searing first hand account of her life in the Nazi death camps.

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Surface Pro 4

Technology is ever evolving. We are constantly being shown new technology that is innovative, revolutionary and designed to make life easier for us all. Gone are the days of dial up modems and computers so large you needed half a room to store it. We are in the age of smooth, small and sleek. Companies are all trying their best to create technology that is easy to transport and guaranteed to be user friendly.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today

Subscribe