Cricklewood Winterfest – 24th November 2012

A warm welcome to any readers of Cricklewood Matters who may have read about us in the most recent issue.  Please get involved if you are creative or support the arts, and live or work in the area.

Creative Cricklewood will be involved in the upcoming Winterfest on Cricklewood lane on the 24th November 2012.  Make sure you come down on the day to watch the performers and carol singers and to support the local high street shops and the independent traders that will be set up.   For more details, read the press release from CIP below….


Following hot on the heels of the Silk Road Summer Festival is the Cricklewood Winterfest on Saturday, 24 November 2012.

There will be food stalls, gift stalls, street theatre with colourful Christmas characters, stage entertainment and carols. A Cricklewood choir of residents will debut on the day and fun lasts from 1pm to 7pm at the Green Isle, outside B&Q.

Barnet Council has funded the Christmas illuminations on Cricklewood Lane whilst the WinterFest, an activity of the Cricklewood Connecting People and Places Project  is funded by the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund.  The Cricklewood Winterfest is supported by the Mayor’s Outer London Fund, which is helping increase the vibrancy and growth of high street places across London.

World-renowned industrial designers and makers Haberdashery London are currently prototyping the design and manufacture of bespoke festive lights, that will be not only 100% unique to Cricklewood, but also will reduce energy consumption, maintenance costs and will integrate into the fabric and spirit of the Cricklewood community.

Christmas 2012 will see the premiere of two prototype lights, along Cricklewood Lane, as part of the Christmas Winterfest event. This event will trial the prototype lights to give the community a chance to feedback on the design before all the new lights are put into production for Christmas 2013!

The Cricklewood WinterFest aims to:

  • usher in Christmas to Cricklewood
  • animate the town centre
  • attract more footfall to Cricklewood town centre
  • support local business
  • encourage community participation
  • engender pride of place.

“I would like to see people spending their hard earned money in local high streets this Christmas, getting in the festive spirit whilst supporting neighbourhood businesses to thrive. Events like WinterFest in Cricklewood are a great way to entice customers to the area and bring the community together. We need vibrant, bustling high streets and kick-starting activity in areas like Cricklewood is what my Outer London Fund is doing across the capital.”  Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Danny Maher, Chair of Cricklewood Improvement Programme said, “People don’t have to go into central London or out of town shopping centres to get into the Christmas spirit. Enjoy a fun, festive afternoon in Cricklewood and support local businesses at the same time”.

For more information, contact The Cricklewood OLF Project Manager, Osita Udenson on 07875 588 107 or

Creative Cricklewood, Events, Open Mic

Re-Launch of the Open Mic – a great turnout

The Re-Launch of Creative Cricklewood’s Open Mic at the Windmill Pub on Thursday evening was a roaring success. With more performers than there was time for, a busy bar, lots of laughter, an attentive audience and great venue, we hope that this CC event will become a regular night out in all your calendars.  This listener was hugely impressed by the quality of acts and particularly delighted to see so many new performers as well as long standing acts who have supported us since the beginning of CC in October last year.

The evening featured different styles of music, spoken word and dance.  In the background, creating the ambiance beautifully, was a solo exhibition of paintings by Henryk Terpilowski.  This exhibition is running for couple of weeks so if you havn’t had a chance to properly absorb the works do pop into the Windmill again – the paintings are well worth spending time with and will grow in poignancy with each viewing.

A big vote of thanks to our performers: Jo Ryan, Lizzie Coke, Rosy Summerbell, Zimmy Van Zandt, Flaviya Ke, Mary Carlton, Jack Kelly, Paul and Panama Dave. Thank you also to the Windmill Pub, Weronika Knap and CC organisers Panama Dave, Henryk Terpilowski and Jean-Marc Pierson.

Do remember that if you didn’t get a chance to share your skills this time round, we hope that you will join us again on thursday 6th of December, same place, same timings.


OPEN MIC Re-Launch at the Windmill Pub this Thursday

Please join us for MUSIC, ART, POETRY, PERFORMANCE, and a great social
& networking opportunity.

Thurs 8th Nov. 8-11pm at the Windmill, 57 Cricklewood Bdwy. NW2 3JX. (MAP)
Performers check in 7.30pm for a spot.

Confirmed performers:  MC and storyteller Jean-marc
Pierson,Bellydancer Rosy Summerbell, Mary Calton – jazz blues, Zimmy
van Zandt, Panama Dave Parrett, singer/songwriters Lily Shea and Jo

As part of Creative Cricklewood Open Mic, Cricklewood artist Henryk
Terpiłowski will be exhibiting his paintings.“Henryk exploits
counterpoint in composition and colour,and the tension between
randomness and control, to evoke emotional impact”

The exhibition will continue for two weeks during the Windmill’s opening hours:
Mon -Wed  4 – 12pm
Thurs – Fri  4pm – 1am
Sat  1.30pm – 1am
Sun  1.30 – 12pm



Events, Open Mic

Open Mic – 8th November at The Windmill, Cricklewood