Schools of Rock

Battle of the bands

The Soda Stream band from Nower Hill School in Pinner

North-West Londoners are invited to support students from Barnet, Brent and Harrow Schools this Sunday 10 March at the exciting battle of the band competition.

As part of the push against knife crime, the event has been organised by the Metropolitan Police in support of the Ben Kinsella Trust and the initiative aims to be shared across all three boroughs and reduce knife crime at the same time. The police have joined together to form a band called The Real Police and one of their songs takes into account the theme of the event and is called, Don’t carry a knife.

Chief Inspector of Neighbourhood and Partnership Policing, Adrian Needley, who is the drummer in the police band, along with five others, said: “This is a fun event - that allows the community to come together and relax. The police have decided to take part and entertain the locals with our own songs -which should be hilarious. However, of course there is a serious message in all this too and we are reminding young people about the consequences of carrying knives – which is sadly, all too relevant today.”

Along with the great music, there will be a local raffle with great prizes and students from diverse backgrounds, will be mingling with local police officers, Councillors and community leaders from across all three boroughs. Donations and proceeds will go to the Ben Kinsella Trust, who work closely with schools and the youth community, with an aim to reduce knife crime and actress Brooke Kinsella, will be one of the judges at the event. Local businesses will also be supporting the event and have been generous with items for the raffle and all proceeds going to the Ben Kinsella Trust. The event will take place at the Elliot Hall In Hatch End, from 2pm until 8pm. Tickets are £2 on the door and there is a £1 booking fee per transaction.

Councillor Krishna Suresh, Lead Member for Crime and Community Safety, said:

“This is a great opportunity for young people to interact with the police and other members of the community and to support the worthy cause of campaigning against knife crime.”

The current schools taking part are:

·         Hatch End High

·         Nower Hill

·         Bentley Wood High

·         Christ College Finchley

·         Finchley Catholic High school

·         St Mary’s & St Johns

·         Newman Catholic High

·         Convent of Jesus & Mary Language College

For further information about the work of the Ben Kinsella Trust, visit here