Street party raises funds for community library in Cricklewood

Maisie Ruddock, six, with her grandmother Jayne Graham painting on a T-Shirt

Maisie Ruddock, six, with her grandmother Jayne Graham painting on a T-Shirt - Credit: Archant

A street party in Cricklewood got the summer off to a flying start with all proceeds going to its new community library.

Sunshine poured on Olive Road as its street party celebration got underway on Sunday with plenty of music, activities and stalls.

Supported the local residents associations NW2 and Mapesbury Residents Association (MAPRA), the party follows a successful gathering last held in 2012.

This year all funds raised will go towards the new communirty-run library whcih will replace the one controversially shut down in 2011 by Brent Council.

Campaigners are actively raising £100,000 to bring their new library back into use.

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Cricklewood Library was first built in 1929 and demolished by its new owners Luxap Ltd a year ago.

It is being rebuilt as part of a mixed development, on the original library site, at the end of Olive Road opposite the park.

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When it opens residents will be able to enjoy a secular open access community space, which will be completely self-funding and volunteer run, and many local groups will be involved in setting and running the programme for activities.

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