Following government advice KOVE activities are gradually being resumed, outdoors initially. We wish you all the very best.
2021 has been a difficult year for KOVE, with the deaths of three members of our Steering Group, including the Chair, Ags Irwin, plus a founding member aged 100. Please go to the Announcements sub-page to read more about Ags, Claude James, Myra Newman, Nancy Brabazon and Pran Handa, who died in December 2019.
KOVE’s AGM will be held on Thursday 30 September, 2 to 4pm, at Mazenod Social Club, Mazenod Avenue, NW6 4LS (off Quex Road, by the Sacred Heart Church). We will be electing our Steering Group for the coming year and are looking for new members, in particular men and people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, both currently under-represented on the group. Please contact Lynda Stuart for an informal chat on 07773 267505 or 020 7372 3548.
Kilburn and West Hampstead Pensioners AGM will be held on Thursday 16 September at 1.30pm at Sycamore Community Hall, 27a West End Lane, NW6 4NY. Please confirm with Peter if you would like to attend.
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.