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SMASH & GRAB: Stanmore community centre seeks crowdfunding after major break-in

 Published on: 16th November 2022   |   By: Jacob Collick   |   Category: Uncategorized

Canons Community Association’s home, Canons Hall, was broken into on Monday October 31, with windows smashed, electronics badly damaged, and cupboards and containers torn open.

The building is run entirely by a small number of volunteers, and the income raised by the small businesses and families who use the space contributes to its maintenance.

The building, run entirely by a small number of volunteers, uses the income raised by the small business and families who use the space, to maintain the building.

Jayne Hardy, the principal of Stagecoach Stanmore & Harrow Weald which uses the space, said: “Canons is a unique place. It’s not run by a council or for profit, but by a dedicated handful of people to provide a space for all the different classes, events, and community groups.

“For me personally, my business relies on hiring schools as venues. After Covid, a lot were understandably very nervous about hiring out to groups. I called Canons and they couldn’t have been more welcoming and accommodating.

“I’ve continued to use the facilities for my 1-2-1 classes amongst an Indian dance class, ballet, Taekwondo, a sewing class for the African community, and a nursery that runs there on weekdays.

“The atmosphere is always lively, friendly and welcoming – exactly the kind of place I want at the heart of my community.”

She added: “If everyone who uses the facilities gives a little, it would be a great help as we’d all miss it if it weren’t there.”

Canons Hall, on 1-17 Wemborough Road in Stanmore, is a ten-minute walk from Canons Park Tube Station and is shared between various community-run groups who use the space.

To donate to the fundraising effort, visit

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