Following government advice KOVE activities are gradually being resumed, outdoors initially. Please go to Bench to Bench for information on walks in July 2021. We wish you all the very best.
Claude James, a member of KOVE’s Steering Group, died early in 2021 aged 90. KOVE’s former Co-ordinator, Mel Wright, wrote Claude's obituary, published in The Guardian’s Other Lives. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/mar/16/claude-james-obituary
Ags Irwin, Chair of KOVE from October 2017, died on 6 May following a long illness. Her friend, theatre writer and journalist Carole Woddis, wrote her obituary, published in the Guardian's Other Lives. https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2021/may/28/ags-irwin-obituary
Myra Newman, who died in May at the age of 75 after a year’s illness, was a member of KOVE’s Steering Group and Camden Intergenerational Network.
Nancy Brabazon was a founding member of KOVE and an older peoples' activist. She died in summer 2021 aged 100.
Pran Handa joined KOVE in 2016, becoming a valued member of the Steering Group. He was an active and well-known member of the Kilburn community. Pran died in December 2019 aged 89.
You can read more about Ags, Claude, Myra, Nancy and Pran on our Announcements page.
KOVE bench success stories!
Despite restrictions on activities, members have achieved a couple of major successes. In December 2019, a new community bench was installed on Shoot Up Hill, across the road from Kilburn tube station, and in summer 2020 the old benches at West End Green were refurbished, keeping the original ironwork but 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)
KOVE benches on Kilburn High Road
Through the good offices of Councillor Pat Callaghan and our own John Miles, KOVE has received assurances from Camden and Brent's planning teams that our long-delayed new community benches for KIlburn High Road are back on the agenda and hopefully will be installed in the near future! The ongoing Kilburn High Road scheme to improve the area, focusing on pedestrian safety and widening pavements (etc.) will start at the southern end of KHR - i.e. West End Lane to Belsize Road. We shall let you know further developments when we can.
Mel Wright, Volunteer Benches Coordinator.
Public toilets on Kilburn High Road
Last 19 November (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.