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July Newsletter

‘Houston, Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed.’
Neil Armstrong

Here at the NW7hub and Mill Hill Partnership Library we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with an incredible space themed annual Summer Reading Challenge.
We are launching our first Space Chase activity on the 20th of July with an immersive experience for all the family at our Mobile Planetarium so step inside and explore the wonders of the solar system and meet Buzz Lightyear. Tickets on sale now and we advise booking to avoid disappointment.

DATES FOR THE DIARY

  • An immersive Mobile Planetarium comes to us on Saturday 20th July celebrating 50 years since the Moon Landing.  Advance booking advised.
  • Coffee, Cake and Crafting on Saturday 20th July promises to be a treat so come along and have a go at making your own lino cut, mosaic coaster or hama design.
  • If you want a mid week laugh come down for our WOW/ GNS  screening of ‘Mrs Doubtfire’ on Wednesday 24th July.  If Bingo is more your thing come down on Wednesday 31st July and try your chances at a full house.
  • Pre-Loved Nearly New Baby Sale on Sunday 28th July will have a wide range of fabulous 2nd hand baby clothes and toys on offer for 0 -5 years so come and grab a bargain and update the kiddies wardrobe. Tables are still available for sellers so if you want to boost your summer cash, get in touch.

HEADLINES

  • Big Time Summer Fair was a huge success. It was wonderful to see so many families enjoying themselves and winning prizes on all the stalls. 
  • Mill Hill Litter Pickers Well done to everyone who took part on Saturday 6th July.  You are an inspiration to us all.  Thank for keeping our local area clean. 
  • As part of Barnet Year of Learning Sonata Music lead a fabulous free musical instrument taster session on 29th June with lots of people trying out instruments for the first time.

Big Time & NW7hub Summer Fair 

On the 23rd June, under a bright blue sky, the NW7hub and Big Time Academy hosted an outdoor showbiz Summer Fair. Students between 3 and 8 years old performed a mini show in the library for a packed room full of friends and family delighting us all with their poetry and dance routines. Outside, along with a hot dog and popcorn stand, there were beautifully crafted fairground stalls like ‘Hook a duck’ and ‘Grab a carrot’ with special guest appearances from Minnie Mouse, Elsa from Frozen and Buzz Lightyear! 

There was even the chance to practice an acceptance speech and get a selfie with a real Oscar especially donated for the event. Here’s NW7hub & Mill Hill Partnership Library Manager, Jennifer thanking her fans!

Huge thanks go to local businesses, Bob’s Cafe, Pizza Express, Bluebells and Mill Hill Wines  who supported our Raffle by donating some very special prizes. Thanks also go to Zoe Samuelson for her commitment and tireless work throughout.

Coming up Next Month

  • Health & Wellbeing Festival 16th & 17th August 12.30pm – 4pm. Join us for a weekend of workshops, health checks and healthy and natural products. 
  • Big Time Academy Summer Camp – Join us for a fun filled week full of acting, singing, dancing, building confidence and making new friends On the last day the children perform a small show to family and friends. Truly, an experience your child will never forget! Camps for Aladdin start on 19th July – 2nd August (ages 3-8), Lion King 6th – 9th August (ages 3-8 ), Alice in Wonderland 12- 16th August (ages 3-8).

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June Newsletter

Welcome to the NW7Hub & Mill Hill Partnership Library June Newsletter. This month promises to be fun-packed and family-friendly with lots to celebrate.

DATES FOR THE DIARY

  • Come on down for the Mill Hill Chill on Thursday 20th June for our monthly social event with board games, take-out, beer, and friendly people! What more could you want? Oh yeah, we’ve got a projector to watch TV on!
  • The Big Time and NW7hub Summer Fair is taking place this Sunday 23rd June from 2pm – 5pm.  It promises to be an amazing day with games, soft-play, workshops, fairy-tale characters and even your chance to ‘TAKE A SELFIE WITH A REAL OSCAR’.  Entrance is free so please do come down and join in the fun.
  • Are you a budding pianist, fancy trying your hand at the drums?  Come and join us from 10:30am-12:30pm on Saturday 29th June and try your hand at a musical instrument as part of Music Month for Barnet Libraries #yearoflearning
  • Join us on the Saturday 20th of July for the Summer Reading Challenge complete with a Mobile Planetarium and all things outer space. More details to follow.

HEADLINES

  • We were delighted on Wednesday night, whilst attending the annual Barnet Council staff awards, that the Partnership Libraries Teams were awarded highly commended (runners -up) in the Outstanding Contribution to the Community Category – awarded to individuals or teams that make a real contribution to the community .
  • Hot of the press is our ‘Recipe for Life’ booklet available at the Library. It captures life stories through the memories of food in a special collaboration between students of Mill Hill International and members from What’s on Wednesdays. 
  • Mill Hill Litter Pickers Huge thanks to the group that met up on the first of the month and did a brilliant job cleaning up the local area. We now stock kit at the NW7hub that you can borrow to litter pick at any time that suits, so grab some friends and get stuck in. 
  • Spinning Top First Birthday.  We celebrated Spinning Top Activities first year with us on Saturday 8th June.  There was face-painting, dancing, cupcake decorating and even a special appearance from Marshall & Skye of the Paw Patrol.
  • Venue Hire & Bookings We still have the capacity to host many more special events and are always happy to hear from people who would like to hire any of our rooms for classes or private events. 

Waitrose Community Matters Supports NW7hub 

The NW7hub is delighted to have been chosen as one of Waitrose Community Matters recipients for the month of June. Since its launch in 2008, the scheme has donated over £30 million to good causes in store and online.
 

At the end of your shop in the Mill Hill East branch you’ll receive a green token to place in a box of the good cause you’d most like to support. The more tokens we get the bigger the share of the £1,000 available.  Your support would be much appreciated – everything we raise will go towards continuing the work of our charity and the future new build at Daws Lane

Big Time & NW7hub Summer Fair 23rd June 2pm -5pm

Big Time Academy are delighted to celebrate their first year in the community with NW7hub by hosting a family showbiz summer fair at Mill Hill Library.

We are being joined by some of our magical friends on the 23rd June. Come on down to meet Elsa, Minnie Mouse, Belle, Buzz Lightyear and the Mad Hatter! 

They will have lots of great activities and stalls for children including soft play, hook a duck, cookie decorating, sand art designing, candy floss, popcorn and much much more…

Come and join the fun! 
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Outstanding Contribution to the Community

We were honoured to receive, in conjunction with the other Partnership Awards, the accolade of highly commended in the category of Outstanding Contribution to the Community.   In our nomination our Libraries Community Engagement Officer, who has supported us throughout the preparation and opening and for the past 2 years said:  “Through a combination of hard work and excellent commitment to customer service, our four partnership libraries have won over the local community. As well as committing to deliver a traditional library service to a high standard, they have also run a range of activities and events for the community and been a friendly face for the isolated.”

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May Newsletter

Welcome to the NW7Hub & Mill Hill Partnership Library May Newsletter. It has been a busy month for us with more collaboration, lots of news to share, new classes and birthdays coming up!
 

HEADLINES

  • Sir Sydney Samuelson CBE, the first British Film Commissioner and one of Britain’s finest cinematographers joined us for an afternoon talk on his 80 years in the British film industry. We are honoured that he was able to join us and share his fascinating experience.
  • The Mill Hill Chill and Coffee, Cake & Crafting celebrated their 1st birthday’s this month with cake, beer, board games, crafting, badge making and décopatch.
  • Mill Hill Litter Pickers along with the NW7hub and Lawrence Street Allotments help keep Mill Hill litter free and clean. We now stock kit at the NW7hub that you can borrow to litter pick at any time that suits you so grab some friends and get stuck in.
  • New Classes including Hatha style Yoga every Tuesday from 6.30pm and Wednesdays from 12.30pm guaranteed to ease stiff joints and contribute to a general feeling of wellbeing. Taster sessions for 3- 8-year-olds for Mama Codes started on the 14th and  continue on 21st of May – a great playful way for kids to learn new computer skills.

Venue Hire & Bookings We still have the capacity to host many more special events and are always happy to hear from people who would like to hire any of our rooms for classes or private events. 

Partnerships with the NW7hub

At the NW7hub partnerships and collaboration with different organisations are key. Not only do they raise awareness on difficult issues, inspire inclusion and diversity, they are also heaps of fun!

We would like to recognise the commitment and tremendous efforts of our long term hirers who bring the community together at the Hub on a weekly basis.

Top Kangaroo, Ruth Silver, who leads Kangaroo Kids every Monday, hosted a very special bank holiday charity class for Spread a Smile in the Society Room. They raised over £200 which will provide much-needed entertainment and relief for poorly children in hospitals.  It was a lovely event with lots of animal puppets, singing, and dancing. 

Your support means so much and the money will help bring smiles to poorly children’s faces in hospitals 🙏🏻 thank you to NW7Hub for their help with the room. Thank you to Olivia & Sammy from the Spread A Smile team and their lovely children for their help and support at the class. You’re amazing!’ Ruth Silver, Director Kangaroo Kids.

Well done Ruth and we wish Spread a Smile all the best of luck for the future.

Superwoman Anita, who hosts the fantastically fun Caterpillar Kids Music every Tuesday is currently fundraising for Children’s Activities Week and Caudwell Charity who support children with autism and their families. Her challenge is ‘Watch me Fly’ which means she has to fit in as many songs about flying during her classes as possible – the skies the limit! 

If you would like to host future events at the NW7hub please drop us a line at host@nw7hub.org.uk

NW7hub Outreach

As ever, the vision for the NW7hub and MHPL new build is never too far from our minds and as we love getting out into the community we were delighted to join up with the Lawrence Street Allotments at their spring plant sale to raise awareness of our plans.

Many thanks to Kevin and the allotment team for making us feel so welcome and for all the delicious tea and cake in such beautiful surroundings.  We hope to see you back in August for the next plant sale.

Here’s a pic of Adam, one of our Trustees with the pop-up stall and all the details about NW7hub classes, events, MHPL opening hours and fundraising targets.

Our Trustees, volunteers, and staff continue to work tirelessly to see the long term vision through to completion and currently our immediate target is £8,000 which will raise enough money to push through with consultation and planning. 

It is through the generosity of our supporters that we can continue so if you are interested in donating and helping us reach our immediate targets, please drop us a line at host@nw7hub to find out more.

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March Newsletter

Welcome to our March Newsletter.  It’s been another bumper month:  our calendar is filling up with new classes; our staff and volunteers are getting to grips with the new Library management system and we are planning our next big charity event, the NW7hub’s Spring Arts & Crafts Fair on 23rd & 24th March.


Headlines

  • Local artists, designers, crafters, and makers are invited to showcase their handmade products at our Spring Arts & Crafts Fair over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of March. We have a number of fantastic workshops lined up for the Fair so scroll down and find out more about how you can get involved.
  • The Young Barnet Foundation joined us for a morning of presentations and networking that brought different community leaders and their enterprises together. These diverse organisations work to support different groups of society, building resilience by providing safe and creative spaces so that our community can thrive, develop key skills, build meaningful relationships and nurture their ambitions away from difficult environments.
  • The New Mural was unveiled on 7th of February.  Gifted by the talented Year 8-11 pupils of Copthall School it has provided the Society Room with an injection of colour, depicting the vibrant and diverse community of Mill Hill.  

New Classes & Party Bookings – Our calendar is steadily filling up with new bookings which is great news; not only does it inspire community cohesiveness it also demonstrates the entrepreneurial spirit of the local area. We still have the capacity to host many more special events and are always excited to hear from people who would like to hire any of our rooms for classes or private events. We can accommodate adult and children’s parties, classes, social clubs and much more Please do get in touch if you have any requirements.

New Mural in the Society Room

On 7th of February, the NW7hub welcomed Year 8-11 Art students from Copthall school, their teachers and friends for the unveiling of the fabulously bright and vibrant new mural. The students were presented with a Certification of Thanks by Cllr Lisa Rutter who gave us her take on the afternoon.

“I attended on behalf of the Mayor on 7th February to unveil this Mural made by Copthall students and also congratulated and presented some certificates to the students. The mural was commissioned by the NW7hub – a community centre and café in the Library Building and the brief was to reflect the local area and its community.
The project was started with 36 talented Copthall School Art students from Years 8-11 in July 2018 and was completed during a weekly lunchtime club up until Christmas 2018.
The mural is divided into 6 large panels and mixed year groups of six students painted each panel. The finished mural is a fantastic vibrant piece of work and a great showcase of Copthall’s student’s creativity which really does reflect the local community as well as the students involved. The staff at the NW7hub are delighted with their finished Artwork and say it has really lifted the feeling of the room”

A HUGE THANKS goes to the students and teachers for their dedication and creativity and all of us at the NW7hub wish you the best of luck for your future projects.

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January Newsletter

January has been a busy month at the NW7Hub & Mill Hill Partnership Library: we’ve made a few changes to the layout of the space with the aim of optimising our cafe facilities giving us even more room to work and play; we’ve said farewell to a few long term volunteers who leave us with new skills and experience for paid work, and welcomed two Assistant Managers, Manisha and Alice, who are keen to develop our programme of events that are informative and fun for all. 

We are delighted to see familiar faces back this year for our regular events and are constantly reminded of how valuable the space is for people to meet and share time together.

Headlines

  • Only a few days left to say goodbye to our heritage mural – The mural painted in 1989 currently hanging in the Society Room has been part of the long history of the Library but as Mill Hill goes through a process of rejuvenation we look forward to the unveiling of a new mural made by pupils at Copthall School.  Thursday 7th February at 3:30pm is the grand unveiling to be attended by The Worshipful Mayor of Barnet, Cllr Reuben Thompstone. 
  • Barnet Libraries Year of Learning 2019 – As a partnership library we are pleased to be a part of the very first Barnet Libraries ‘Year of Learning’.  There is a different theme each month and in January we have been Learning Something New, concentrating on updating our job seeking skills.  Future themes and more information can be found here:- BarnetLibrariesYearOfLearning 
  • Fundraising for the new build – This is key for the new build at Daws Lane which will give us a bustling creative centre with even bigger and better facilities to accommodate more of the community.  We are always happy to hear from people who would like to hire any of the 6 rooms we have for classes or private events for either short or long term hire. We have held a number of adult and children’s parties, classes, social clubs and much more and have all the details you need for your special event.
  • Shout out for volunteers – A huge ‘Thank You’ goes out to all our fabulous volunteers for all your hard work and commitment over the last year, we couldn’t have done it without you are now recruiting for more volunteers to join us with a number of roles available, so if you would like to meet new people and learn new skills, drop us a line.
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Happy New Year

What a year 2018 has been for the NW7hub. We not only celebrated a year of running the library in April but also we ran some great children’s shows – Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, The Elf and the Shoemaker, our first winter pantomime and the stand-up Comedy nights in the Summer.

All of this proves the Hub is a viable and vital community resource that can host a variety of events and arts.

This year we saw the building of the Studio space which was donated by Adam Morley and has created many opportunities for new hires and multiple uses of the Library space.

The Hub has delivered on its promise and continues to grow to serve the community.

For instance, over 150 local children took part in the summer reading challenge. We have run lots of fabulous classes for children: Dance, performing arts, soft play, music and movement, art classes, yoga and Zumbini.

We have run lots of fabulous classes for adults too: Meditation, Art, Pilates – keep your eyes open for more in the New Year.

We established some lovely monthly social events: Coffee Cake and Crafting, the ever popular Mill Hill Chill, and regular Art fairs.

Regular meetings for the Mill Hill Preservation Society, the Neighbourhood Forum and the Residents Association have been held at the Hub.

Two of our Volunteers have moved into paid employment as a direct result of working at the hub and we have a thriving over 50s group. Our volunteers are at the heart of what we do at the NW7hub. We wish to thank every one of them for their time, it is very much appreciated.

We can’t wait to see what 2019 brings for the NW7hub and our vision of establishing a new thriving community hub at the Daws Lane as the site comes a little closer to fruition with the local referendum due in 2019. We will continue to be at the heart of our community, accessible and open to all.

Happy New Year

The NW7hub Trustees

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NW7hub Now Recruiting

Part-Time Assistant Manager

  • Fixed Term Contract:  6 Months
  • 2 Posts: 20 hours per week Mon – Sat; 13 hours per week Mon – Fri
  • Rate of Pay:  £11 per hour

Following the successful development of our community hub and library services we are looking for 2 part-time Assistant Managers.

Experienced in managing staff and volunteers, you will draw on your excellent interpersonal and customer care skills to support the Acting Manager in delivering a range of activities and services for community benefit. You must be able to organise and manage your time efficiently.

For an informal discussion and application pack, please contact:-

Jennifer Brown:  Jennifer@nw7hub.org.uk /  020 8959 1397

Application packs may also be downloaded below

  1. NW7hub Assistant Manager Job Description
  2. FAQ’s
  3. Assistant Manager Application 23.11.18
  • Closing Date:        7th December
  • Shortlisting:        10th December
  • Interview Date:  14th December
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NW7 Hub Opens its Doors

The NW7hub officially opened its doors in Hartley Avenue to the community on 17th October with an event designed to show how the charity has transformed part of the library building into a community space with co-working facilities and to also promote Mill Hill Partnership Library which it has been operating since April 2017.

Special guests included the Deputy Mayor of Barnet Councillor Val Duschinsky and members of the Sir James Murray Family who carried out a room naming ceremony in memory of their great great grandfather. Sir James Murray edited the Oxford English Dictionary and has links to Mill Hill where he worked in the Murray Scriptorium in Mill Hill School. Paul Ruthven-Murray said “he would have found this involvement very appropriate and as a family we are delighted to have been asked to support the library in this way.”

Mill Hill Partnership library has just launched the Secret Agents Summer Reading Challenge. Designed to encourage 4-11 year olds to continue reading over the summer holidays, the aim is to solve a mystery whilst receiving prizes and clues as they compete each stage of the challenge. The launch featured animal themed arts and crafts which families participated in together.

The NW7hub ( also incorporating a cafe, gallery space and rooms for hire ) and Mill Hill Partnership Library provide a range of activities for the community including a baby and toddler group, afternoon social session for adults, book club and coffee morning. Additional events are being planned such as craft fairs, films evenings and quiz nights which are all designed to bring the community together and create a sense of belonging.

The next event in Mill Hill Library is a visit from award winning author Vaseem Khan on Monday 30th October at 8pm. Admission is free.

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Secret Agents Summer Reading Challenge Launched

Mill Hill Partnership library has just launched the Secret Agents Summer Reading Challenge. Designed to encourage 4-11 year olds to continue reading over the summer holidays, the aim is to solve a mystery whilst receiving prizes and clues as they compete each stage of the challenge. The launch featured animal themed arts and crafts which families participated in together.

The Summer Reading Challenge runs from 15th July to 23rd September. Visit the website for further details and do pop in to Mill Hill Partnership Library to register.

https://www.barnet.gov.uk/citizen-home/libraries/childrens-library-services/Animal-Agents—Summer-Reading-Challenge-2017.html