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Issue 158 - Winter 2018
Celebrating and supporting our community
As we get into December, many of us start to think about the festive season and hopefully look forward to some well-earned time off with friends and family.
It’s also a time when we look back on some of the achievements and think about the opportunities and challenges in the year ahead. I hope you were able to catch some of the amazing Bonfire Night and Diwali celebrations in November. More than 30,000 people visited Wembley to enjoy the amazing free fireworks display and parade.
We also celebrated Black History Month in October and the Windrush generation through the Windrush 70 exhibition (see page 42). Both events made me very proud of Brent’s diverse communities and even more confident as our preparations to be London Borough of Culture in 2020 gather pace in 2019.
As well as spending time with our families over the festive season, many of us will be looking to support the wider community as well. We have some great small businesses in Brent so think about paying one of them a visit when you are doing your shopping (see page 10). We are providing free parking in 11 council car parks to help (see page 10).
Sadly, foodbank usage is also on the rise across the UK (see page 16) and I know many of us will be donating food to one of the various centres in the borough. Not everyone has a safe and warm place to stay over the winter months and the council is doing its bit to help rough sleepers by setting up a new shelter with St Mungo’s (See page 22.)
Finally, the Pride of Brent Awards took place last month. It was a pleasure to see so many dedicated people get rewarded for their efforts which benefit the lives of fellow Brent residents (see page 32-33).
I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a great New Year!
Cllr Muhammed Butt
Leader of Brent Council