Memory Meals

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Camden Giving, who recently funded a 10 week cooking project, Memory Meals. The idea behind this was to give participants an opportunity to indulge in nostalgia and share those favourite childhood recipes, whether they grew up in the UK or further afield. The group got to share their own cooking skills, ingredients and techniques with each other and made new friends along the way.

Being a diverse bunch in Kilburn we enjoyed everything from Jamaican beef patties to Sri Lankan curry to a classic Italian lasagne over the course of the sessions. What was really nice is that there was an equal split of men and women too. We received the following comments from the group:

“The communal and social atmosphere is a plus.”
“Good for my mental health. Great to mix with different people.”
“Enjoyable class, learned new recipes, lovely group and teacher.”
“Wonderful experience. I am not a good cook but now I don’t find cooking a problem. I am ready for more challenge!”
“Enjoy meeting people from other nationalities”

Big thanks to Camden Giving for giving us the funds to make this happen.

Kombucha in Kilburn!

We’d like to thank Yi from Transition Town Kensal to Kilburn, who on Saturday delivered a wonderful Kombucha-making workshop here at Abbey with several of our 50+ projects members in attendance. It was a really fun afternoon, with participants receiving a practical on the brewing process and flavouring kombucha (with windfall apples of course!) Everyone had a bottle to take home, and learned about kombucha’s history and health benefits. Thanks to Yi and to Sophia for organising – hope to have you back soon 🙂


A visit to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Many thanks to Wilson from the RIBA, who welcomed the ladies on Tuesday, October the 1st with a brilliant guided tour around the stunning art deco RIBA’s building! They were very lucky, being the first group visiting the launch of the new BAUHAUS exhibition.

The group participated in an architectural model making workshop. The models were made of recycled materials.

Everyone felt very welcomed by the friendly staff. They were offered refreshments and biscuits!

The group were enchanted with all the architectural details of the building and were spoiled for choices of materials and resources to create and build their own models.

An enjoyable and successful afternoon at the RIBA!

If you would like to join our Recycle Art group for people aged 60+, which occurs every Tuesday from 4.15pm to 5.45pm, feel free to drop in and ask for more information at the reception, or give us a ring on 020 7624 8378!

September Saturday Cafe: the place to be!

In recent weeks it feels like our Saturday Cafe has been getting busier and busier with a mix of regulars and new faces coming together over food, music, games, computers, open mic and more!


On Saturday 28th we hosted the brilliant Restart Project once again and the team of volunteers fixed over 30 broken items, saving them from the dump, saving the owners expense and saving the environment as a result.

Other highlights of the day were the musical Elderly Brothers who came to play some cheerful tunes and this delicious cake made in the Friday Men’s Baking group… here’s George doing the honours.

Events coming up at the cafe in October include this Saturday’s trip to Kew Gardens (now full booked), Open Mic on Saturday 19th, a Kombucha workshop with Transition Town Kensal to Kilburn (booking opening soon) on Saturday 26th. For more info contact Bryony on

Don’t forget to follow Abbey’s Cafe on Facebook too!



More ping pong champions!

Our Monday all-ages Table Tennis group is a very popular one indeed at Abbey and the players love to organise the occasional tournament. Yesterday we held a tournament for 17 players with winners as follows, all to a backdrop of salsa music!

Group A: Stephen and Ali
Group B: Anita and Richard P
Group C: Barbara and Richard

table tennis pic
Big congrats to them! If you’d like to take part, the group meets Monday evenings from 6-8pm and it’s just £1 to take part (by donation). All ages welcome, under 16s must be accompanied by a parent/carer. If you’ve never played before, volunteer Hassan will show you the ropes and you’ll soon be one of our top competitors!

Seated exercise brave the rain!

We were impressed by the determination of our Seated Exercise group today who turned out for their 1pm class despite the terrible weather. This class has been going for a mammoth 20+ years and is a firm favourite, great for improving flexibility and maintaining strength, and having a laugh too. Thanks to centre photographer, trustee, volunteer and seated exercise aficionado May for these wonderful photos!

If you’d like to join in one Tuesday, please just drop in, or give us a ring on 020 7624 8378 to find out more. It’s just £3 per class.

Wonderful Whitstable

On Wednesday members of Abbey Community Centre enjoyed a lovely coach trip to the seaside town of Whitstable. 50 of us went in total and had a brilliant time. The rain was hammering down on the journey over there, but the community gods were smiling upon us as it all cleared up around 12 when we arrived!


Everyone was excited to arrive and start exploring this beautiful town, which lots of us hadn’t visited before.


Whitstable is famous for its seafood and it wasn’t long before everyone got stuck into some fish and chips! Or had a sneaky trip to the pub…

Everyone enjoyed exploring the sights, ducking into shops and catching up with friends from the centre. Whitstable was the perfect balance between being quaint but not too touristy!

Being by the sea was very relaxing and a rare treat for some. The sun shone all afternoon.

Of course all good things have to come to an end and we all piled back onto the coach to get back to Kilburn for 6.30pm. But not before getting an excellent group snapshot!