What’s Happening at Granville Community Kitchen?

Well… first of all on Wednesday 25 October we will be showing Darcus Howe’s

Owned and Operated (2012)  6pm food on a budget, 7pm free film

Owned & Operated is a mosaic of the world through the lens of the Internet. Showing our lives as consumers, under the thumbs of privileged individuals and their methods of control. But the world is awakening, and the experience is something outside the normal rules of social interaction, causing excitement in those who are not served by the current system… and fear in those who are pampered by it.

Then next month Wednesday 8 November we will be showing

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) 12 6pm food on a budget, 7pm free film.

After his father’s death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother, which is suddenly challenged when love walks into his life.

Then Wednesday 22 November 6-8pm we are hosting  Kitchen Table Talks.  Free Food. Donations welcome. Join us at the Granville Community Kitchen for our Kitchen Table Talks. Come and share a meal,  and bring something to share with your neighbours! A dish, a story, a photo or even a poem or a song!  Lets get to know each other and support each other in issues that affect us all. Our voices together are strong!

In December, our Friday night meal will move to Kilburn Park Junior School and continue while the Granville is closed for 3 months for refurbishment to open again in March 2018.  Keep checking back for more information.






Footprint Fair! Thank you all!

What a fantastic day! The Footprints, made with spray chalk,  from Peel Precinct to Granville were wonderful!  All the children  noticed them and played with them. Everything from the bubbles and Samba in Peel Precinct to the the gardening at Granville topped off with entertainment after our community meal at Granville brought us together and all organised by the young people from The Otherwise Club! You were great! Thank you to all the organisers, volunteers and everyone who came and made it such a great day!

Some photos from the day…







The words to the ‘Community’ Song the young people from The Otherwise Club wrote with Rik, Rose and Jess. Says it all!

We Are Community

We are community

Full of opportunity

Together we are unity

This is my community


Without Tuesdays here

socialising would be lost

We wont be fine about it,

it will happen with a cost


comes with dedication,

rough homes, tough lives,

the need for education,

carry on our legacy,

shouting out the policy

We got to come together,

cant stop, we better

energy, tradition, together, love,

we depend on each other,

not the weather above, because



and unified like a fort

Every person

sharing their own thought

A close nation

depends on our communication,

We don’t want it changed

by government operations



to Us

is familiarity,


sharing together

our similarity


is Not

a lia-bility,

whoever we are,

Were all need Unity











TODAY! Footprint Fair!


Lots to do from  2pm  in Peel Precinct and all free! Drumming,  games and crafts.

At Granville there will be stalls about People’s Food Policy and South Kilburn People’s Plan as well as planting activities, games for children and  tea,coffee and cakes.

In the evening, after our normal Friday night meal , there will be some entertainment including spoken word, poetry , music and  a premier of a short film about The Granville!

Come along and bring your friends!



So much going on! Food Film Night, Footprint Fair and a Food Growing Trainer!

We have two  events this week: Food Film Night and Footprint Fair


6pm Dee’s food on a budget

7pm  The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006)

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006) - Plot Summary Poster

The documentary, “The Power of Community – How Cuba Survived Peak Oil,”  This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time. Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens.


Lots to do from  2pm  in Peel Precinct and all free! Drumming,  games and crafts.

At Granville there will be stalls about People’s Food Policy and South Kilburn People’s Plan as well as planting activities, games for children and  tea,coffee and cakes.

In the evening, after our normal Friday night meal , there will be some entertainment including spoken word, poetry , music and  a premier of a short film about The Granville!

Come along and bring your friends!



We are also looking for a Community  Food Growing Trainer.

If you are interested please visit our webpage here


See you Wednesday and Friday!


Grenfell Tower

Granville Community Centre,  Granville Community Kitchen and The Otherwise Club members and supporters are all devastated by the fire and know that it has huge implications for all of us but don’t know what they are or how to move forward.

We started taking donations at 3pm last Thursday and we weer full by 8pm that day. We are overwhelmed by the generosity of  stuff, time and work to help others that we have seen and we are far from the core of the work being done..

We have community in London.

We found these 2 writings about the event that say something of what we would like to say.  We share them with you here in hopes that they speak to you too.

From Elli  Kontorravdis, Policy and campaign Manager,  Scotland

Can we just get a few things straight – the Grenfell Tower fire was not just a terrible accident, it was an inevitable consequence of Conservative government policy, rooted in structural racism.

The Conservatives voted down amendments to legislation that sought to make buildings like Grenfell quite literally ‘fit for human habitation’. You should know that one of those Conservatives is now the Police & Fire Minister and is 1 of 72 Conservative MPs who are also residential landlords.

Instead of being mandated to provide basic safety infrastructure, like sprinklers or fire escapes, which residents of Grenfell had been demanding for years, the building managers focused their attention on the external appearance, spending nearly £9mn – including installing cladding which is believed to have perversely made the Tower more flammable – the cavity between the cladding and building acting as a chimney.

The 600 residents of Grenfell Tower, were low income and largely BAME.

Our thoughts must be with the families and communities that were knowingly failed, and the firefighters & healthcare professionals doing their best to respond – despite also having been all but dismantled by the Conservatives.

Can we trust the Conservatives to negotiate the most significant constitutional and legal reform in living memory?’


From Payl Watt, Reader in Urban Studies, Birkbeck, University of London

We built buildings in the 70s, those 70s buildings – many of them should be demolished.” 


I was interviewed yesterday evening by a journalist who began with the question ‘aren’t these tower blocks terrible because the people living in them are all poor?’ – ergo knock em’ down in order to ‘help’ the poor people by taking em’ out of ‘their’ slums.

 Instead it’s really a problem caused by lack of money (long-term under-investment coupled with shorter-term austerity cuts and penny pinching), coupled with abuse of power since council estate tenants/residents are routinely not listened to and treated with disrespect by local politicians and housing officials.

 It’s astounding – and should be a cause of great concern on the part of council housing residents and great shame on the part of politicians – that 17 years after New Labour’s Decent Homes programme began in 2000 and was due to be completed by 2010 in which all social rental homes had to be able to meet certain minimum standards (which weren’t even that generous), there is still a hefty Decent Homes backlog nationally, especially in London.

The latest available data (2015-16) shows that nearly 80,000 local authority homes in England and nearly 40,000 in London failed to meet Decent Homes standards (latest data on Data on Decent Homes attached). This includes 746 LA homes in RBKC. Decent Homes includes Health and safety standards for rented homes (HHSRS – introduced 2004 Housing Act) which themselves include fire risks.  See here:


 It’s absolutely crucial that this terrible event is not turned into yet ANOther excuse for demolition/social cleansing of estates by the political elite who are the ones responsible for the long-term problems that council estate tenants/residents face.



Thank you all!

Last night about 70 people came to hear the six candidates for Hampstead and Kilburn constituency answer questions sent in earlier from the community. There were questions on the loss of job centres, high air pollution, rising housing prices and regeneration,  is the  war on terror working , the privatisation of the NHS, loss of youth services and rising  youth crime and the selling off of public land through the demonising of estates. You can hear a recording of the whole event plus interviews with the candidates on  K2K (Kensal to Kilburn)Radio  Mixcloud soon .

We thank all the candidates for their thoughtful answers time and dedication.
The result of our ‘exit poll’ is as follows

Labour Party   23 (2)                                                                                                                Conservative Party  12                                                                                                                          Independent Rainbow  George Weiss   9 (2)                                                                           Liberal Democratic Party   6                                                                                                           Green Party   1                                                                                                                    Independent  Smarter Brexit Hugh Easterbrook   1

The numbers in brackets refer to 2 people who voted both for the Labour Party and Rainbow George                                                                                                                               and there was 1 poll for FULL COMMUNISM NOW!

The event was admirably chaired by Sakina Sheikh, a social justice activist and friend of Granville Community Kitchen. Thank you Sakina for keeping us on track and to time so effortlssly!

There was lots of tea and delicious cakes from Granville Community Kitchen. Wonderful! And last but much not least, thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who worked so hard for the event. Here is a beautiful picture of 2 of them


31 May- MP Candidates for Hampstead and Kilburn coming to Granville!

You are all invited to The Granville Plus Centre , Carlton Vale NW6 5HE

On Wednesday  31 May

At  7-8 pm.

To  hear the HamPstead and Kilburn  candidates for MP answer questions  from the community sent in before the meeting.

Please send in your question to  granvillecommunitykitchen@gmail.com or drop it/them into Granville BEFORE 31 MAY!

There will be a poll at the end of the evening to see who was the most convincing on the night.

There will be light refreshments.

Food Film Festival! Weds 24 May…

This Wednesday 24 May 


This is the first of 3 film events looking at problems with our global  food system . .

6pm Food on a Budget

7pm Free Film

Food Inc (2008)

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Food Inc is an American documentary film directed by filmmaker Robert Kenner. The Academy Award-nominated film examines corporate farming in the United States concluding that agribusiness produces food that is unhealthy, in a way that is environmentally harmful and abusive of both animals and employees.

If there is time we will talk about the films afterwards.


21  June  PART 2

How Cuba fed itself despite this global food system

26 July  PART 3

What is happening now in the UK to change our food system