Following government advice on limiting social contact and unnecessary journeys, KOVE activities have not been taking place. When we are able to resume meeting, outdoors initially, we will let everyone know. In the meantime, we wish you all the very best.
Announcement: Claude James
Claude, who died earlier this year aged 90, was a member of KOVE’s Steering Group, a leading figure in the Alexander and Ainsworth estate tenants association, and helped to establish SHAK. KOVE’s former Co-ordinator, Mel Wright, wrote his obituary, published in The Guardian’s Other Lives, in print and online. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/mar/16/claude-james-obituary
Over the last twelve months ....
2020 will be forever known as the Year of COVID. Despite the enforced isolation many faced, KOVE members proved themselves both resourceful and creative. In November 2020 we published Lockdown Pie, an anthology of writings and artwork by KOVE members. Please click on the icon of the cover to read the contents. If you would like a print copy let Deborah know, by phone or email.
KOVE bench success stories!
Despite restrictions on activities, between late 2019 and summer 2020 KOVE members achieved a couple of major successes. On 5 December 2019, a new community bench was installed on Shoot Up Hill, across the road from Kilburn tube station, and last summer saw the refurbishment of the old benches at West End Green, keeping the original ironwork and replacing the wood. You can read more about this - and the history of KOVE's bench campaigns - on the Benches page.
West End Green (Lynda Stuart) KOVE members and campaigners; Shoot Up Hill community bench (Lydia Shellian-Walker)
Seating on the Brent side of Kilburn High Road remains in limbo due to major refurbishment plans. KOVE is seeking a resolution as it has an impact on older people and others needing a rest when out shopping or taking exercise.
Public toilets on Kilburn High Road
On November 19th (World Toilet Day) several KOVE members stage a masked-and-distanced protest by forming a queue outside the closed public toilet on Victoria Road, off Kilburn High Road. This was followed by a letter from KOVE Vice Chair, Lynda Stuart, in Camden New Journal on the subject of Camden's community toilet scheme. http://camdennewjournal.com/article/we-need-a-real-response-on-the-question-of-public-loos
(You can read more about the Toilet Manifesto for London at: https://pailondon.org.uk/toilets)
We would like to thank The Mercer's Company for a grant of £8,947 to support our work with older people during the pandemic.