The Clitterhouse Farm Project (CFP) was founded in early 2013 by four local residents (Alistair Lambert, Luisa Vallejo, Paulette Singer and Thomas Ball) who live close to Clitterhouse Farm. In May 2015, the four founding members became directors of Our Yard – a company limited by guarantee with charitable aims. They work alongside other committed local residents and an experienced board of advisors.
Paulette has a background working in the homeless sector and experience of project management, funding acquisition, volunteer co-ordination, training delivery and community engagement with ‘hard to reach’ client groups. She has worked in prisons helping individuals into training and employment. She has successfully delivered on both ESF and Local Government contracts. She is a qualified RHS Horticulturalist, Permaculture gardener and adult trainer. She currently runs ‘Pushbike Gardener’ a sustainable Organic garden design, maintenance and training business. Paulette is a founding member of the not-for-profit workers co-operative ‘Field to Fork’. Increasing access to organic food and promoting organic growing methods are Paulette’s passions. She is a Community Organiser listening to and working directly with individuals and community groups to support volunteering, local enterprise and community engagement. She has been a resident of Clitterhouse Crescent since 2010.
Thomas trained and worked in the environmental sector before transitioning into documentary photography and filmmaking. His background in environmental sciences has heavily influenced his working practice. Exploitation of natural resources, sustainability and social issues related to the environment are central themes that run through much of his work. Thomas was nominated for the prestigious Prix Pictet Prize in photography and sustainability in 2010, and was a Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Winner in 2011 & 2013. His first short film Electrosensitive: Outliers in a Wireless World was screened at the Reframe Documentary Film Festival in Canada in January 2014. His ongoing long-term series Speculate Regenerate looks at regeneration sites and housing in London and he is documenting Cricklewood and Brent Cross before construction work begins. He is a founding member of Creative Cricklewood and was treasurer for two years. He has worked on a variety of initiatives in Cricklewood including a commission for the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund to produce a documentary on Cricklewood businesses in 2013. He is an active member of Cricklewood’s Town Team. He set up Friends of Clitterhouse Playing Fields in 2011 before jointly establishing CFP in 2013. He has been a resident of Cricklewood since 2009. www.thomasballphoto.com
Luisa is an independent planning and built environment research consultant. She qualified as an architect in Colombia where she was involved in consultancy work for the Colombian government on evaluation of urban renewal plans in Bogota and other Colombian cities. Based in London since 1994, she joined the Max Lock Centre, University of Westminster, and worked in DFID funded research projects on good practice in core areas, knowledge transfer and community asset management in India. After completing her Diploma at UCL on Advanced Architectural Studies, she joined Space Syntax as a consultant and was involved in various baseline analysis of urban structure, layout and public spaces and town master plans and was also a 2006 Honorary Research Fellow at The Bartlett, University College London. Since 2007 she has been working independently for the private sector. Luisa is also an active local resident and works voluntarily for her neighbourhood through the Golders Green Estate Action Group. She campaigns against misuse of public realm especially regarding litter, fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour. She works to raise awareness of local historical assets through liaison with LBB, local residents and businesses. She established a local history group (Memories Group and Time Trackers) with neighbours, to record local people’s memories and explore opportunities to share these through inter-generational projects involving residents and schools. She is secretary of The Golders Green Estate Residents’ Association.
Martin is a chemical engineer by training but has worked for the majority of his career in risk management for various financial institutions. He is also a semi-professional brewer having set up the Cricklewood Brewing Company in 2016, producing a range of commercial beers which have received wide critical acclaim. Martin and his family have lived in the vicinity of Clitterhouse Farm for over 20 years, and as a local activist has campaigned against abuses of fly-tipping, poor road safety and overdevelopment of residential areas. In his role of Treasurer, Martin provides financial oversight and controls for the Clitterhouse Farm Project.
Since Graduating from the Royal college of Art in 1990 Alistair’s practice as a sculptor has developed through numerous public Art commissions to encompass a collaborative creative approach to making permanent and temporary artworks. Over the last twenty years he has worked collaboratively in a wide range of contexts including mainstream and special schools, hospitals, parks and public galleries. He has experience working with a wide range of people and ages: from regeneration teams to hard to reach youth, mothers and infants, teachers and other professionals, young offenders and prison inmates. For ten years he worked for the west London Arts charity ACAVA as buildings manager, finding and converting empty properties to council approved studio complexes with high occupancy levels. In 1999 he helped successfully design and secure £1m lottery funding for a new studio building in London W10. A local resident since 1997 Alistair was secretary of Brent Terrace Residents Association during the initial phases of consultation over BXC. He was commissioned to make artworks for the Cricklewood Millennium Green – engaging three local schools in the process, and continues his commitment as a community artist on various fronts including currently as Chairperson of Creative Cricklewood. In 2012 a school project that Alistair lead over one term was chosen as centre piece for The National Gallery’s Take one Picture Exhibition. The regeneration of the farm is a long term aim of his and is a logical development of his practice and experience.
Alistair is a co-founder of the Clitterhouse Farm Project. He stood down as co-director in May 2016 but continues as an active advisor to the project.
CEO of Ashford Place (previously Cricklewood Homeless Concern) a highly respected NW London social enterprise charity, with objectives supported by local Residents Associations. Chair of Brent CVS. Actively involved with Irish charities in England. Danny’s strategic vision set up Cricklewood Improvement Programme (CIP), a multi-cultural, multi-faith voluntary group which, with the statutory authorities, delivers responses to local concerns. CIP obtained £1.6 million via London Mayor’s OLF for regeneration. Project-managed by LB Barnet, it is in its final stages with positive feedback from local people. Danny Maher supports Greener Cleaner projects, Creative Cricklewood, Clitterhouse Farm Project and the local business
Most of his career has been in social work and mental health fields. In the last 25 years he has worked in senior management positions, latterly in the homelessness sector as CEO of Ashford Place. He has witnessed the many and great changes occurring in the voluntary and community sector which have been instrumental in his own work in ensuring that his organisation is ‘fit for the purpose’ and that it has the capacity to respond effectively to a changing environment. He is involved in a number of ‘needs’ sectors in Brent e.g. homelessness, health, mental health, unemployment and poverty. Danny is chair of Cricklewood Improvement Programme www.cricklewood.net
Ariane studied economics and is a qualified chartered accountant. She has 10 years experience in the finance industry and is currently employed as a Financial Accountant. Her experience is focused on Start-ups, Small and Medium Enterprises. She has several years of financial project management and budgeting experience with an established charity based in West London. She has an avid interest in education with 13 years of private tuition experience specialising in Economics.
Her career has been in the public healthcare sector as a project manager focused on organisational development following a BSc in Psychology and Zoology at Exeter University. Returning to work after a career break to bring up her daughters, she worked for the Royal Institute of Public Administration running training programmes for public sector staff. She then moved to the King’s Fund on the project team that set-up the Health Quality Service charitable organisation which is now the successful Accreditation and Assurance unit part of CHKS Ltd. Voluntary work includes being a founding member of Kingston Advocacy Group, Chair of Kingston Voluntary Action (CVS) for 10 years. Leaving Surry in 2009 she moved to Cricklewood NW and joined the local residents’ association, particularly the gardening club, and is Secretary of the Cricklewood Improvement Programme.
A success driven professional who has a passion for sales and relationship management within the investment management industry. Having acquired an excellent knowledge to date and a strong international experience dealing with a large network of institutional investors. Ilyes has gained excellent commercial exposure within leading financial organisations and is able to conduct business in strategic regions of the globe through the use of key communication skills in English, Arabic and French. He is currently supporting global asset management groups to raise capital and distribute funds in Europe.
Jeremy Rickford is the great grandson of William Richard Keevil who farmed the Clitterhouse Manor Farm between 1873 and 1926. His grandmother was Gladice Georgina Keevil, a prominent Suffragette and renowned public speaker. She was born and grew up at Clitterhouse Farm.
Jeremy Rickford qualified in medicine from St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School in 1973. After 41 years in the NHS and 26 years as a consultant in anaesthesia and peri-operative medicine he is on the verge of retirement.
Interests have included an in depth history search of the Keevil family back to their roots in Somerset in the 12th century!
The rescue and preservation of Clitterhouse Farm for the benefit of the community is a highly commendable venture. Few “model” farms from this era of Victorian and Edwardian London survive intact. The Keevil family history there spans the close of the 19th century, the Boer War, the scourge of infectious disease, WW1, the horrors of the Somme and the birth of the RAF. That is without mentioning the Beatty Flying School, Handley Page and the Cricklewood testing ground for tanks!
The Farm Team are also working alongside and being advised by an experienced team of consultants and professionals. Most notably, Jess Steele (OBE) of Jericho Road Solutions and Katy Marks of Citizens Design Bureau, both of whom have a wealth of experience helping organisations like CFP succeed and thrive.
CFP is proud to work with the following local organisations.
The Cricklewood Town Team is a partnership local groups and individuals and was set up by Cricklewood residents in 2010.
A steering group is focused on creating a climate of change that encourages local people to take charge of and lead on the development of Cricklewood, making it agreat place to live, work or visit. Cricklewood straddles the junction of three London boroughs and more immediately three wards i.e. Mapesbury (Brent), Childs Hill (Barnet) and Fortune Green (Camden). Consequently it is a challenge to develop a coherent approach for Cricklewood as a neighbourhood or town and, as a result, the area requires attention to make it an attractive place for all.
Cricklewood Town Team plays a lead role in determining the future for Cricklewood in conjunction with relevant bodies such as resident associations, community groups, local businesses, faith groups, community safety agencies, statutory partners such as Barnet, Brent and Camden councils as well as the Community and Voluntary sectors.
Creative Cricklewood (CC) was formed in the summer of 2011, when a group of local creatives came together at Meral’s café in Cricklewood. The fledgling group has grown quickly and organically and has managed to establish itself as one of the most diverse arts groups in North West London.
Led by a small dedicated volunteer team, Creative Cricklewood now runs three popular regular social events – The Open Mic and Art Show at The Windmill, Creative Cricklewood Third Tuesday (CCTT) and ‘Shut up and Write’. Our members are frequently involved in exhibitions and arts events across London and the UK, and the group has been heavily involved in The Cricklewood Improvement Programme and the Summer and Winter Festivals held in Cricklewood in 2012 and 2013. CC won an award from the National Campaign for Drawing for their Open Door ‘Big Draw’ event held at Brent Mosque and Islamic centre in 2012. They held another ‘Big Draw’ event at the Brent Civic Centre in October 2013.
There are currently over 450 members on Facebook and we’re growing bigger every day.
We are a small group of local people who love food and are committed to working towards a more sustainable system of food production. We are a co-operative not-for-profit Veg Bag scheme!
We work in partnership with our suppliers, Co-operatives UK, Growing Communities, Plunkett Foundation and Transition Town Kensal to Kilburn, to supply our local community with a weekly selection of fresh and affordable organic seasonal produce direct from selected organic farmers based as close to London as possible.
As we grow, we plan to develop our own patchwork city farm at various sites at allotments, parks and schools. We will then be able to supplement our Veg Bags with a variety of salads and herbs and be able to count food miles on one hand. We want to involve lots of people (especially small people) in helping us build this. We want to provide training and jobs to local people. We want to reinvigorate our community and strengthen links between people living in our neighbourhood. We want to do all this and more.
The Golders Green Estate Action Group
The Golders Green Estate Action Group is an informal group of residents whose initial aim was to campaign for the prevention of rubbish and fly tipping which has been spoiling their estate. With the cooperation of Barnet Council we hope to make the estate cleaner and safer for all. Meetings are held regularly at a member’s house as well as a monthly meeting in our local cafe Coffee Tree.
Together with Creative Cricklewood, Field to Fork, the Monday Yoga Group and the Handley Page History Group we registered an entry for the Forgotten Spaces Competition organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). This was an excellent opportunity to link with local resident and like minded people in nearby neighbourhoods. The proposal aimed to raise awareness of the Clitterhouse Farm buildings, highlighting their historical and archaeological importance, as well as their strategic value in creating a sense of identity in an area that much needs it.
The Action Group’s latest venture is the revival of the Local History Group.
All photos – Copyright Thomas Ball.