Live soul music event will raise funds for Kensal Rise Community Library

Kensal Rise Library was closed by Brent Council in 2011

Kensal Rise Library was closed by Brent Council in 2011 - Credit: Archant

Campaigners are inviting people to dance the night away in aid of a new community library in Kensal Rise.

The event will raise funds for Kensal Rise Community Library

The event will raise funds for Kensal Rise Community Library - Credit: Archant

Afro-Soul singer songwriter Jon Scott and contemporary eight-piece band Space UK will be performing an evening of live soul music to raise funds for Kensal Rise Community Library.

The reading room is due to open in the next few weeks in the space within the former council-run library building in Bathurst Gardens which was closed by the council in 2011.

Residents formed Friends of Kensal Rise Library (FKRL) to fight the closure and after the branch was axed they launched a successful battle to be allocated space within the building to open a community-run reading room.

However it needs complete renovating including new flooring, plumbing, wiring, plus equipment and books.


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An eclectic array of events have taken place to help raise funds involving featuring celebrities, writers and actors.

Margaret Bailey, chairwoman of FKRL, said: “So many different artists, authors and performers have supported our efforts to reclaim our library. There is so much support out there - so many people value libraries. These facts are heartening.

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“I hope many people will come to this event to help our community celebrate getting its library back.”

The music night will take place at Queens Park Community School in Aylestone Avenue, on July 17 from 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £10.

To buy tickets online visit savekensalriselibrary.org.

Alternatively tickets can be purchased from C & D Food and Wine at 62 College Road, Kensal Green and Daniels Estate Agents at 77 Chamberlayne Road.

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