Sunday, 28 August 2016

Latest news from Friends of Barham Library

From Friends of Barham Library


By now we have hoped to have had our lease for the building in Barham Park (Unit 4, 660 Harrow Road Wembley HA0 2H). Unfortunately at the last minute an issue arose with Brent Council which we hope will be resolved at a meeting of the Barham Park Charity Trust on Wednesday 7 September.

In the meantime we have been putting up shelves in our new Library space and filling them up. We are ready and hope to open as soon as the Lease has been signed.

In the meantime we are planning our activities including more Theatre productions, history talks etc

Brent Council has now decided to also Lease the wooden building at the back and we are considering whether to bid. The building is in a poor condition. There is no kitchen facility, the toilets are in a mess and the wiring, ceilings and floor covering needs replacing. The roof and wooden cladding also needs repairing. We estimate that the building may need between £50,000 to £100,000 spending on it and we are exploring sources for possible Capital Grants.

Our priority continues to open our Library and this will happen irrespective of whether we make a bid for the other building.


Afternoon English Conversation classes continue at Sudbury Town Underground Station on Tuesdays between 2 and 4. We are also holding evening classes on Tuesdays from 6:45 p.m. until 27 September 2016 and depending on demand and available tutors these may be expanded.

Frank who used to open up Sudbury Town on a regular basis broke his ankle two weeks ago and has his leg in plaster. Sudbury Town is therefore only open very irregularly until we find other volunteers who can help.

In Barham Park we are opening the building to the Barham Walkers to access the toilets and for  teas & coffee on Tuesday morning from around 10:45.

On Wednesday's Eva is running a 'Sewcial' - 2 hour session between 10:30 to 12:30 of sawing and chat activities. Just pop in if you are interested.


We will celebrate the Community Library movement in Brent by our annual Torch Relay between the Libraries. As it is the 5th Anniversary I plan to do another sponsored run to raise funds for the Barham Community Library. Besides a run there may be an opportunity to join in with a sponsored walk in Barham Park. Let me know if you want to join me or sponsor me.


As mentioned above there will be an important meeting of the Barham Park Charity Trust (managed by Brent Council) starting at 6p.m. at the Civic Centre in Wembley LINK. Issues relating to our Lease will be discussed and hopefully decided. The meeting is open to the public so please feel free to join us.

I hope to provide an update after the meeting.

All the best

Paul Lorber
for Friends of Barham Library

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