2021 was a difficult year, with the deaths of four members of our Steering Group, including the Chair, Ags Irwin, plus a KOVE founding member aged 100. Please go to the Announcements sub-page to read more about Ags, Claude James, Margaret Gibbs, Myra Newman, Nancy Brabazon and also Pran Handa, who died in December 2019.
At our AGM on 30 September some new Steering Group members were elected for the year. KOVE is also seeking a new Chair to take us forward. To find out more about what we are looking for, please click here.
2022 has already seen some new developments. To commemorate 20 years since KOVE was founded we have published a booklet, KOVE@20, which charts the history of the group and its campaigns via community film-making. Find out more about KOVE's short films here. To obtain a print copy of KOVE@20, please email Deborah Knight on email@example.com. To download it click here or on the icon.
We have resumed our Wednesday afternoon walks programme. Slightly longer walks, sometimes further afield, take place on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, with a new programme of short local walks, volunteer-led and centred on the Kilburn and West Hampstead areas, on the third Wednesdays. The first of these will be on 20 April, meeting at Kilburn High Road station. Click here for short walk notes.
A schedule of walks for April, May and June can be downloaded by clicking here.
For more information, email or phone Deborah (contact details at foot of page).
KOVE community forum is another new venture, a monthly get-together to discuss local issues. The forum meets at the Kiln theatre on Kilburn High Road at 11am on the first Tuesday of each month. Next meeting 5 April. Booking is not required but ring Lynda Stuart on 07773 267505 to find out more.
Webheath Community Garden The long-delayed official opening of the community garden on Webheath Estate in Kilburn will take place on Thursday 7 April at 3.30pm. The garden is at the end of Palmerston Road, NW6 2JS.
Public toilets on Kilburn High Road - and everywhere!
Our AGM was followed by a public meeting with guest speaker Professor Jo-Anne Bichard, Professor of Accessible Design at Royal College of Art, on the need for public toilets as a human and health right. She said: “The Royal Society of Public Health found the shortage of toilets has reduced access to healthy lifestyles." Some older people are afraid to leave home for fear of being 'caught short'. Read the report in the Camden New Journal here and about the Toilet Manifesto for London at: https://pailondon.org.uk/toilets)
KOVE benches on Kilburn High Road
KOVE has received assurances from Brent's environment team that our long-delayed new community benches on Kilburn High Road should be installed in the near future, one near Coventry Close and the other near Sainsburys Local. This is a part of the Kilburn High Road improvement scheme. The focus will be on pedestrian safety and widening pavements. We will let you know about developments when we can.
Mel Wright, Volunteer Benches Coordinator.
KOVE bench success stories!
Despite delays, a few successes have been achieved: a new community bench installed on Shoot Up Hill, across the road from Kilburn tube station, and refurbishment of old benches at West End Green, replacing the wood but keeping the original ironwork. You can read more about 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)