Sunday, December 23, 2007

The State sold to Christian Group

The Rank Organisation have sold The Kilburn State to the Trustees of The Ruach Inspirational Church of God (Ruach Ministries Christian Centre, 122 Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RS). For a taste of what to expect, see:

This outcome is disappointing to those who hoped that The State would be put at the disposal of the entire community, and not only evangelical christians. However, it will be up to the rest of us to ensure that the new owners preserve the integrity of the building, and to encourage them to make the place available for open days, and make some of The State's rooms available for other community events.

Historical note: If any Kilburn residents are experiencing deja vu at this point, it is because we have been here before with The Kilburn National: "First known as the Kilburn National Ballroom, then later as the Kilburn National Club, the National, with its distinctive dome, has played host to hundreds of major rock bands, from The Smiths to Nirvana to Blur. There was even a short-lived music television programme broadcast live from the place in the 1980s. In 1999 it was closed down after long legal battles over noise levels, and was converted into an evangelical Church." (From the BBC.) You may also remember that the church was closed down in 2002 after a Charity Commission investigation into financial improprietry, and the pastor involved was subsequently convicted of sex attacks. (See Receivers sent in to church; Pastor convicted of sex attacks; and Wife of sex case pastor still living high life).

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Candlelit Vigil for The State

There will be a candelit vigil to mark the 70th anniversary of the opening of the Kilburn State, from 7.30pm, on Thursday 20th December (outside the front entrance to The State, on Kilburn High Road).

The vigil -- part of the "Save the Kilburn State!" campaign -- will help to protect the iconic building from property developers and ensure that it is reopened for community use.

Come along to help raise the profile of the campaign, and to encourage more people to sign the ever-growing petition.