Saturday afternoon 16th July and the biggest NHW/Police event we had ever staged was about to happen. All the participants were there with their allotted tables decked out and each with enough freebies to fill a carrier bag, so all that was wanted was you, the residents of the area.
What a turn out! Thank you so much to all of you, and I hope that you found it useful and that your queries could be answered by the right experts.
At one time I looked out and there was a queue of 8 cyclists waiting to have their bikes security marked. I was told that 20 had been marked and still counting before the event closed.
After a short talk by his handler, the black Labrador explosives sniffer dog was put through his paces; whoever would have thought that there was a bag in St. Cuthbert’s church hall which had once contained explosives? He deservedly got a round of applause plus his yellow ball reward.
The fire brigade was delighted at the response to have them visit to fit smoke detectors, etc.
Everyone gave their all and it was a superb afternoon.
I leave it in the words of the British Transport Police sergeant to sum up the afternoon. “What a fantastic day. I have never been to anything like it before, so much community spirit. This has got to be an annual event”.
NHW Area Coordinator – Sudbury Court Estate
Thank you to everyone who came to support us on Sunday 12 June despite the wet weather. We still managed to have a good lunch and a chat inside and show off our new Community Library space.
With Paul Lorber’s sponsored run, some sale of surplus books, records and CDs and many other donations on the day we managed to raise around £650. The good news is that Barclays Bank in Wembley High Road will match this and donate a further £650. All of this helps towards the rent & service charges for the library of £8,500 per year.
Donations and Sponsorship for Paul still welcome and can be sent to Friends of Barham Library c/o 17 Stapenhill Road Wembley HA0 3JF.
Thank you to everyone who came to our 1,000th Issue of the Courier tea party last month. It was a lovely afternoon, with lots of tea and cake (generously sponsored by Daniels Estate Agents). We were also able to display the material from the recent Sudbury Then and Now exhibition, which was enjoyed by all.
Thank you to everyone who came to the Christmas fair. It was a great afternoon, the hall buzzed with the sound of people enjoying themselves. Children had a go at arts and crafts, played games, and won prizes. Santa was in his grotto and has told us to let you know that he really enjoyed meeting the children who came to see him!
Thank you to everyone who came along, to those who donated items, and especially to those volunteers who gave up their time to help run the stalls. You are all amazing!
All this fun, and for a great cause too! We raised approximately £200 towards our Northwick Park Playing Fields project
The “Sudbury – Then and Now” local history exhibition on Saturday 10th October was a great success. An estimated 400+ people from across the local community came along to see the thirty-five pairs of “then and now” pictures, and to discover a range of interesting stories from Sudbury’s history that went with them. Better still, people were not just looking at the display, but sharing memories with each other, and asking questions.
The exhibition was formally opened by Mrs Anne Lake, who was born in the street behind Sudbury Methodist Church. She gave a moving address about what family life was like in the area during the war, before cutting a ribbon to open the exhibition.
We hardly stopped talking to people all afternoon, and better still, many of the older residents were not only telling us their memories, but sharing them with younger family groups and newcomers to the area, who they may never have met before. Visitors to the exhibition were able to enjoy delicious tea and cakes, generously provided by Daniels Estate Agents.
It was a lovely afternoon, and photos of the day are available on our Gallery page. We even got a write up in the Brent and Kilburn Times!
A number of people asked whether the material could be produced as a booklet. Offering such a printed version could cause problems over copyright. However, there is now a single “pdf” document containing all of the exhibition material, available to download here.
Grateful thanks are due to everyone who contributed photographs or information for use in the exhibition – it was a true community effort. As well as producing a display that people can read online, local organisations can arrange to borrow the material from Brent Museum and Archives to put on show at their own events. All of the photographs which were contributed for the exhibition will be held in digital format at the Archives, so that in years ahead, when “now” has become “then”, future residents of Sudbury can see what the area looked like in 2015.
Philip Grant, Wembley History Society and Suzanne D’Souza, SCRA
The Open Garden afternoon that Lena Jeffries, one of our long-standing committee members, held in aid of the Sudbury Neighbourhood Centre is a fantastic example of what a friendly, vibrant and welcoming community we live in. Not to mention beautiful!
It was a lovely afternoon, many people came out and enjoyed themselves. The garden looked beautiful and we were lucky with the weather; while it was cloudy at times, it didn’t rain! Thank you so much to everyone who brought cakes, samosas, donations for raffle prizes, and helped make this garden party such a successful event. It was a wonderful afternoon and raised just under £500 for the Sudbury Neighbourhood Centre! A special thank you to Lena for all her efforts in organising and hosting it.
For some photos see our Gallery page.
Thank you to everyone who came along to our Family Fun Day! It was our biggest event of the year, and a great afternoon was had by all.
The event opened with a steel drum concert—bringing a little of the Notting Hill Carnival to us. This was followed by entertainment such as a Bollywood Masterclass, and a kids’ disco.
The stalls were busy all afternoon. Particularly popular were visits to pet and feed the farm animals and, for the more adventurous, a go at zorbing—racing around the field in a big, plastic ball!
The kids really enjoyed the chance to explore a real, working fire engine, and to meet a team of local firefighters.
For a summer fun day the weather was disappointing, with grey clouds and showers most of the afternoon. That didn’t seem to put anyone off though, and there was lots of tea and cake, and wood fired pizza, to warm people up.
Due to the bad weather, we decided to postpone the auction until our Christmas event. Thank you to all of the local companies who donated items, and we look forward to bringing these to you soon.
As ever the day wouldn’t have been possible without all of our wonderful volunteers. A lot of work goes into running an event like this and it was a real team effort! Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to help out, and also to those who donated items for the various stalls.
Thank you also to all of our sponsors, listed below. Without their generosity and involvement we wouldn’t have been able to hold such an amazing day.
Special thanks must go to Brent Council for providing the Ward Working funding, and to Hannah Petford from ElliotLee Estate Agents, for all her help in organising the day.
Takings at the Fun Day were approximately £750, and we still have £3,500 of the Ward Working funding remaining. As we told you on the day, this money will be used to hold further events and to begin a special project to enhance Northwick Park playing fields. More details of this project are in the September Courier.
It really was a wonderful afternoon. See below for some pictures of the Fun Day!
The Family Quiz was a really fun afternoon. After tea and cake, Russell from Daniels led our teams through various rounds including, giant Jenga, bowling, musical statues, and an egg and spoon race. I particularly enjoyed the ‘Make and Eton Mess’ round!
After the quiz, as it was such a lovely day, we all de-camped outside and had tea and more cake on the lawn. It really was a lovely afternoon.
A big thank you to Daniels Estate Agents for sponsoring the event, including the delicious tea and cakes, and the fabulous prizes.
If you missed it don’t worry, we plan to do something similar, with even more games for the kids, in November.
Thank you to everyone who came to our Kids’ Disco party. It was a really fun event. The kids had a great time dancing and playing games, and by the end the parents were joining in too! I particularly enjoyed the limbo dancing 🙂
A big thank you to Elliot Lee Estate Agents for sponsoring it.
For some photos see our Gallery page.
The SCRA would like to say thank you to all of you who attended our Strawberries and Cream Tea party on Saturday 23rd May.
It really was a wonderful community event, so lovely to see residents enjoying themselves and chatting to one another, over a cup of tea and a cake. The kids had fun, creating all kinds of wonderful arts and crafts, and playing games on the grass. Plus it was all free, thanks our sponsors!
Thank you to Elliot Lee for sponsoring the kid’s arts and crafts, and games on the grass. We are also very grateful to Daniels Estate Agents for sponsoring the delicious cakes and cream teas.
As always, we couldn’t have done it without our team of volunteers; chopping strawberries, whipping cream, making cups of tea, serving cake and swapping recipes for the best Pimms and Eton Mess!