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St John's Lodge, Regents Park, May 2018 (Peter Lush)
Welcome to KOVE

KOVE is a community action group of older people based around Kilburn and West Hampstead. KOVE works to improve the quality of life for older people and to combat social isolation by organising activities and campaigning on policies, with the aim of increasing the influence that older people have on local issues and decision makers. Membership is free.


2022 marks 20 years since KOVE was founded. To commemorate this event we have published a booklet, KOVE@20, which charts the history of the group and its campaigning work through the creation of short films. To download a copy of KOVE@20 click here. If you would like a print copy please email Deborah Knight on


The formal launch of KOVE@20 will take place at our AGM on Thursday, October 13th, 1.30pm to 3.30pm, at the Mazenod Social Club, Mazenod Avenue, NW6 4LS. We discuss our hopes for KOVE's next decade in our first Age-friendly Kilburn newsheet which you can download here

KOVE is seeking to appoint a new Chair to help manage our small staff team and support the Trustees and Steering Group to plan and prioritise work. To find out more click here.

Activities: These were severley curtailed during the COVID period but we have restarted our walks programme and have begun to meet indoors again. 

Bench-to-Bench walks take place on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in the afternoons. They provide gentle exercise and a social occasion, centring on places of historic interest or natural beauty in or close to Camden. We walk for 40-45 minutes; sometimes a visit to a museum or other cultural centre is included, and we always end with a visit to a cafe for a cup of tea or coffee. To find out more please contact KOVE Activities Support Worker, Deborah Knight on 07778 145 787 or email 

Wednesday 27 July, Pond Square, Highgate to Parliament Hill Fields, via Fitzroy Park, 1.30pm. Phone or email Deborah for details and to join the walk.   

Wednesday 10 August, visit to Kew Gardens. 

Short local walks take place on the third Wednesdays, setting off at 1.30. They focus on the Kilburn and West Hampstead areas and are volunteer-led.

Wednesday 20 July, walk to Camden Arts Centre and garden, meet at West Hampstead library, 1.30pm. There is no need to book but you can contact Lynda Stuart if you want to know more. Email or telephone 07773 267505.

Community Forums

KOVE at the Kiln is a monthly get-together to discuss local issues, meeting at the Kiln theatre on Kilburn High Road, 11am on the first Tuesday of each month. Next meeting 2 August.

Activity days are held on the first and third Fridays of the month, 11am at Sidings Community Centre, 150 Maygrove Road, NW6 2BA. Both the Kiln and Sidings are drop-ins; contact Lynda Stuart if you want more information. 

Kilburn & West Hampstead Pensioners meets monthly on the third Thursday,1.30pm at Sycamore Community Hall, 29 West End Lane, NW6 4NY. 

For information about forthcoming events please contact Peter Lush:

tel: 7973 845285 or email

Film club: We hope to restart this soon. It is run in partnership with the Reel Local Film club; one afternoon per month we show a short film of local interest* followed by a 'main feature', chosen by KOVE members. These range from musicals to film noir, comedies to dramas.

(*KOVE's series of short films about issues facing older people can be viewed by clicking on 

Policy issues and campaigns: We work with various groups to campaign for better facilities for older people. These include:

We also organise Kilburn Debates involving academics who are working on issues affecting older people. For more information about what we do, see our News and Activities pages. To get in touch, go to Contact page 


During lockdown and afterwards we kept in touch with members by email, phone and bulletins, both postal and electronic and continue to do so. If you would like to join our mailing list, contact Activities Support Worker, Deborah Knight (details at the foot of the page) or Acting Chair, Lynda Stuart, 07773 267505. Alternatively, use this link to download a form. 

Throughout 2020 our members kept busy in different ways. In November of that year we published Lockdown Pie, an anthology of KOVE members' writings and artwork. To download a copy please click on the icon below. 


(KOVE's main funding currently comes from The Mercer's Company).  

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