Brent Central CLP is delighted to host a Windrush Legacy film evening

Bent Central CLP will be screening the documentary ‘ A Charmed Life ‘ by Patrick Vernon OBE Labour Councillor for Hackney and founder of Every Generation Media. Patrick will be available for a discussion afterwards.

The film will take place on Thursday 29th November from 7.30pm to 10pm and will be held at Bridge Park Community Leisure Centre, Brentfiled, Harrow Road NW10 0RG.

This event is open to all members, friends and local residents

Entry £5 / unwaged £3 Refreshments available.

To reserve your place contact Janice Long 0208459 7435 (email

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Speaking Out and Standing Firm

Speaking Out and Standing Firm is an exciting and innovative programme developed by Every Generation in partnership with Haringey Library Services. The project facilitated inter-generational workshops where young people from Haringey interviewed war veterans, ex service men and women from World War 2.

For more information visit:

Black History Month ‘October’ Screenings

Thursday 28th October 2010
A Charmed Life: film screening and discussion
Forest Hill Library
82 Dartmouth Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3HZ
Tel: 020 8314 7653

New film screening for A Charmed Life

The documentary charting the life of Jamaican-born Eddie Martin Noble, one of the tens of thousands of Caribbean service men who volunteered during the World War II, will be screened at the British Film Institute (BFI).

The film will be followed by a discussion with its producer, Patrick Vernone of Every Generation Media, to celebrate the achievements of the Windrush Generation – named after the ship that brought almost 500 Commonwealth citizens to England in 1948.

The screening will take place at 2pm on September 7, 2010 at the British Film Institute, Belvedere Road, South Bank, Waterloo, London SE1 8XT.

To book you place [Click Here] and complete the attached form.

This event is a collaboration between Age UK’s BME Elders Forum, Age Concern London, the West Indian Standing Conference (WISC) and Every Generation Media.

A Charmed Life in demand

The screening of ‘A Charmed Life’ will be shown in east London next month due to high demand.

Following the resounding success of the Young Black People and Resillience Conference which screened a clip of A Charmed Life, interest in the film called for the full screening to be scheduled.

The screening will be hosted on Wednesday, May 26 from 7pm at The Hartley Centre, 267 Barking Road, London E6 1LB.

Places are limited, so if you would like to book a place for the free film screening, please email Keshia Harvey at by May 19.

Young Black People and Resilience Conference

The one day conference offers opportunities to hear about and discuss programmes and activities where Young Black People are overcoming adversity and making a contribution to their community.

Guest speakers will include:

Angie Le Mar – Actress and radio and tv presenter,
Cllr Patrick Vernon – Chief Executive of the Afiya Trust
Ray Lewis – founder and executive Director of Eastside Young Leaders Academy
Rev.Paul Grey – Ex Service User and Grey Services
Carlene Firmin – Building Bridges Project Race on the Agenda
Tracey Miller –

The free conference will take place on Wednesday 24th March 2010 from 10am to 4pm.I will be held at Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, Stratford, E15 1BX.

To book a place contact Paul Leslie on 07919 404 855, email or
Keishia Harvey 0207 655 4170, email

The late Cy Grant

Film Producer Patrick Vernon gives a personal account on meeting the late Cy Grant, who was credited for his work as an actor, singer, writer and who served in the Royal Air Force during the 1940s:

“It was with deep shock to hear of the death of Cy Grant. I only had the chance to get to know him during his twilight years but it was a real honour and pleasure to learn from such a distinguished elder.

I was only in correspondence with him for about six months past when I was hoping he would be involved with this project [The Charmed Life Campaign], so that young people from Haringey would interview veterans and ex service men and women. He however, declined the offer due to ill health at the time. We spoke on a number of occasions and although he never saw my film, A Charmed Life, he received positive feedback which he kindly shared. I can even remember him sending a signed autographed copy of memoirs as a thank you in recording the life of an ex service man Eddie Martin Noble.

This makes me feel more determined to continue this oral history work and to encourage others to do the same. There are not many Cy Grants left and we need take action now to capture their stories before it’s too late.

Also, I am still pushing the idea of a Windrush Day so please sign the petition so we acknowledge the lives of people like Grant who are still unsung heroes: Windrush Petition

Generation to Generation – Free Seminar

Patrick Vernon, Director of Afiya Trust will host a free seminar on Generation to Generation: family history, cultural identity and mental well being.

Patrick will look at how heritage affects personal identity among Britain’s many diverse communities. Is the UK’s health and social care system equipped to deal with the issues surrounding cultural identity? How should heritage shape the delivery of services? On the cusp of a new decade, he asks, is it time for Britain to take radical new approach to health and well being, improving the delivery of services for everyone?

The seminar will take place on Wednesday 3rd March, 3.00pm- 5.00pm in Room B202, the Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG. (Nearest tube: Russell Square/ Goodge Street).

For further information and to book a place:

Please email to reserve your place at one of CEMVO’s Anniversary Seminars.

Haiti Relief Fundraiser

The Haiti Relief Fundraiser raised £300 towards the relief effort. The money raised will be shared with the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and United Haitians in the UK (UHUK).

Guests at the fundraiser included Diane Abbott MP, Judith Craig (UHUK), Patrick Vernon (Cllr), Sen. Allyson Maynard-Gibson, Ngoma (BEMA) and Eileen Busby Keith.