We were delighted to receive a visit from HRH the Duchess of Cornwall on Wednesday 19th February. Camilla was welcomed by Brent’s Mayor and Chief Executive as well as by our own Chief Executive, Carl Blackburn.
Camilla met a range of people involved in Brent 2020’s Borough of Culture, including the Blueprint Collective, volunteers and people who took part in the amazing Rise opening ceremony.
She walked around a packed Front Room, mingling and talking with a wide range of residents, community groups, volunteers and parents and toddlers from the Granville Plus Nursery School.
Carl then gave Camilla a tour of the creative studios that make up The Granville’s Enterprise Hub, and introduced her to the enterprises that are based here, including Urban Cordial, K2K Radio, Dayo’s Handmade Cards, the British International Education Association and To The T, amongst others.
The Duchess’ visit ended with a performance of Irish and Albanian dance by the Ellis-Parr Dance Academy and Shpresa, and a poem by local artist Just-Ori.
Although the visit was very brief, we were able to show Camilla some of the fantastic work that takes place at The Granville and gave her a warm Brent welcome.
Do you have a few spare hours and want to give something back to the community Maybe you are looking for ways into paid work and need to get practical experience? Perhaps you want to get out of the house and meet new people? Or maybe you have a particular skill or knowledge that you would like to pass on to others?
In all of these cases, volunteering could be just right for
At The Granville we have a range of volunteering
opportunities, from reception and admin work, gardening, cooking, IT and
helping out at events.
We cover travel and lunch costs and provide training and
support to help people get the most out of volunteering.
Every Saturday morning a group of local residents meet for a
walk around South Kilburn, led by South Kilburn Trust’s very own Nilufer.
This is not a hike or endurance challenge – it is a leisurely
stroll whilst chatting to friends and neighbours, and always ends with tea and
cake! It’s a great way to get to know more about the local area and the people
in it. Especially now that the weather is getting better, there is no excuse
not to get out of the house for an hour or two, stretch your legs and make some
The light exercise, good company and fresh air is good for
both body and soul. No need to book – just turn up at 10 am on Saturday at The
Carl Blackburn is the new Chief Executive at the South Kilburn Trust. He is a highly experienced CEO with an impressive background in community development and empowerment.
“I believe that community should be at the heart of everything we do. My first priority as CEO is to open up The Granville to all local communities and to make sure that it reflects the vibrant and diverse area that it serves. The Granville belongs to South Kilburn.”
Carl is keen to hear your views and ideas. He will be hosting a drop-in surgery at The Granville on Thursday 28th November from 6-9 pm. If you have an idea for a project, a request for support or just fancy a cup of tea and a chat, please pop in and say hello.
The Granville, South Kilburn’s flagship co-working, event and community hub, has been nominated for two awards by New London Architecture, in the Meanwhile category and in the Community category. New London Architecture is the independent centre for the built environment, bringing together professionals, politicians and the public.
The Granville is run by the South Kilburn Trust, providing space to 30 local start-up and growing enterprises, has three amazing event spaces, a community café run by the local Saucy Soca, as well as hosting a wide range of activities and services for the local community. The Granville refurbishment was designed by RCKa architects in a partnership with Brent Council and the Mayor of London, and through an extensive consultation with local community members.
Mark Allan, Chief Executive says “We are really proud of what we have achieved here, and it’s very rewarding for all of us involved that The Granville has been nominated for two prizes, in particular in the Community category. We are grateful to the support from the local community, local businesses, from Brent Council and the Mayor of London, and to RCKa that we made this happen. ”
The awards will be announced on the 3rd July at the NLA Annual Launch at the Guildhall.
Mark Allan, our current Chief Executive, has decided to move on at this point in the South Kilburn Trust’s journey, and will be leaving the Trust at the end of June after nearly 6 years.
Mark has led us through an ambitious
and challenging period of growth and positive change to great effect. He helped
us form a partnership with Brent Council and with many local organisations and
enterprises, helped secure funding from the Mayor of London, refurbish a major
historic local building, and now run a successful large community, co-working
and event space, The Granville. The second phase of the redevelopment, due to
start in 2020, has just been approved by Brent Council.
Ros Dunn, Independent Chair says “Mark has been an excellent Chief Executive, and we are very grateful to him for leading us so successfully to this point. We recognise we can’t keep someone excellent forever, and thank him for leading the Trust through some very challenging and very rewarding times“.
The Trust has a great team in place, supported by the many users of The Granville, our partners, and other key stakeholders. We recognise it’s important to maintain momentum and continuity in all aspects of our work, therefore Mackenzie Chapman, our current Director of Operations, will be the Acting Chief Executive from early July 2019 while we recruit a permanent Chief Executive. More information available at www.southkilburntrust.org.uk/jobs.
Mark Allan, current Chief Executive says “I have genuinely enjoyed my time here and gained lots of great experience about leading an organisation and running a community and enterprise hub. It has been a privilege to be part of the development of The Granville, and helping the Board, and the many people I have met along the way, start to create a long term legacy for South Kilburn“.
The Board wishes Mark all
the very best and while we reluctantly let him go, we look forward to welcoming
someone new to take us on the next stage of our exciting and ambitious journey.
Mark Allan, chief executive, South Kilburn Trust, writes:
We support Brent Council’s plans to improve the Granville and Carlton Centres.
The plans, which were shaped by ideas and feedback from residents and community groups, will keep the original Carlton building and the main original part of the Granville building, and increase the amount of community space that the current Granville centre offers. The new community spaces will be of a much higher quality, more environmentally sustainable, fully sound-proofed, far more accessible to people with mobility needs, and of a quality that local people deserve for the long term.
Since the South Kilburn Trust started running The Granville last May and opened it up to be accessible to everyone from the local community, we have had over 20,000 visits. We run a wide range of activities and events, the majority of which are free or very low cost to take part in. We offer resident discounts on spaces, which includes a special low rate for local community groups, including to Granville Community Kitchen. In fact all our prices are no higher than those charged at The Granville more than 10 years ago. We have had only one complaint of noise which was quickly resolved by moving the activity to a better room, and even if there is housing on site, we have housing right next door and have proved it can work well together.
The Granville is taking bookings for work and event space ahead of its opening in Spring 2018. The new-look Granville will boast brand new workspace and purpose built community and venue space for hire, following the completion of the refurbishment of the building this March.
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