On 23 November 2017 Granville Community Kitchen, The Otherwise Club and the South Kilburn Community held a ‘funeral’ for the Main Hall, a place built for and used by the community for over 120 years. It is now being turned into an Enterprise Hub by the South Kilburn Trust and Brent Council, used as office space with a hole cut into the middle of the floor to link the upper and lower floors of the building. It will no longer be a community event space.
Poems were read and a song sung. This is Dee’s poem
As the leaves turn to flaming shades of oranges and red, golden yellows and brown
And fall from the trees
As the days get shorter and the nights get
Deeper and darker
As the winds blow stronger and colder
Signalling the end of autumn,
A time of harvest and abundance
We stand in this circle
Of time and existence
We celebrate the Granville
We mark the end of the Granville as we know it
We stand in that place between
what was and what will be
We stand hopeful of new beginnings
This is our time as family, as community
To rest, to come together, to strengthen our connections
To plan, to dream….
We stand in hope of new beginnings
Our lights symbols of all our hopes and celebration of the Granville
We buried a time capsule. Many people Put something in it that reminded them of South Kilburn, The Granville and The Main Hall. This drawing was one young person’s offering.
The time capsule was ceremonially buried with people of all ages throwing earth on it.
the Kilburn Times reported the event:
The Otherwise Club and Granville Community Kitchen Friday Night Meals and Garden Project will continue through the winter. Our Friday Night Meals have moved to Carlton Centre next door. EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT 5.45-7.15 up to and including 15 December. It will then stop for the holidays until 12 January 2018. The Otherwise Club activities have moved to William Dunbar Tenant Hall and The Salvation Army Hall
Meanwhile all our stuff is moved out and the walls are coming down…. Very sad.