Film Lovers: Don’t miss the Portobello Film Festival 2014

23 Aug

poster-bigNow in its 19th year, the free Portobello Film Festival returns to the streets of Kensington and Chelsea from  Thursday, August 28 until Sunday, September 14th.

With over 600 new films from London, the UK and around the world, the festival is considered a premiere showcase for independent film and the leading free film festival in Europe.

The open-to-all festival launch will be hosted at the KPH Pub, 139 Ladbroke Grove, W10 6HJ  at 7pm on August 28. From there, the huge range of films will be held across three venues with London and UK films showing at the unique Pop Up Cinema at 3 Acklam Road (W10 5TY),  world films at Westbourne Studios (242 Acklam Road, W10 5JJ) and the Rock & Roll Film Festival held at the KPH Pub.

With an amazing programme too large to detail here, do visit for the full schedule, a history of the festival and up-to-date info on what’s going on.

RBKC RESIDENTS BEWARE: identity theft scam warning

22 Aug

The Council has been made aware of an attempt to con residents into giving personal details under the guise of receiving a ‘council tax adjustment’.

Unsolicited emails and phone calls have been received by residents purporting to be from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Council Tax section.  In the emails residents are told that, as a result of an adjustment by the Listing Officer of the Valuation Office Agency, their address has been downgraded for council tax purposes and they are entitled to a refund for previous overcharges.  In order to obtain a refund residents are asked to scan and send a copy of their latest council tax bill and also a copy of their UK driving licence or passport.

They are also given an option to post copies of the documents to the Town Hall.

The Council wants to stress that these are not genuine emails and no such council tax adjustment exists.  If you have been contacted please do not respond, but instead call the Council on 020 7361 3424. This number can also be used to verify that a caller from the Council Tax office is genuine.

For information on how to protect your identity go to

Notting Hill Carnival 2014: Some useful links for residents

21 Aug

It’s Carnival time!

nch2014This Bank Holiday weekend Europe’s biggest street festival comes to the Royal Borough, bringing visitors, performers, sounds and tastes from all over the world. Held every year since 1966, the Carnival is spread over 3 days – Saturday August 23 to Monday August 25 – with each day having a different vibe.

On Saturday, there is the National Panorama Competition, a free open-air celebration of Caribbean rhythms and steel bands, on Sunday it is the Family Day Parade and then finally on Monday the main carnival, with its outrageously colourful floats, sound systems and delicious street food.

To help residents and visitors enjoy thecarnival Carnival weekend, a number of resources have been made available by the Royal Borough and the Carnival organisers – London Notting Hill Carnival Enterprises Trust.

For up-to-date Carnival information and a flavour of the weekend, please visit the official Notting Hill Carnival website:

RBKC have also produced a number of useful documents, including an information booklet for residents, a map of the Carnival area and information on parking and road restrictions that will be in operation.

These, and information about how the Carnival is managed, can be found at:

So, whether you are attending the Carnival or not, here’s hoping the August Bank Holiday weekend is enjoyable for all!

Guest blog post: Stephanie Webb on the wonders of Brompton Library

20 Aug

And now for something completely different… Brompton Library’s very own Stephanie Webb on a change in the air, down on the Old Brompton Road…


brompton libraryAre you a lapsed library member, or is joining the library one of those things you always meant to do but never got round to it? Let me tempt you in with an update on how libraries may no longer be those quiet, slightly intimidating places you remember from years ago!
The big news for Kensington and Chelsea residents is that you can now use your RBKC library cards in all the libraries in Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham and you can return your items to whichever library is most convenient for you. The stock in all these libraries is visible on our catalogue so you can click and collect from whichever library is nearest you.
Brompton library is a hidden gem you could easily walk past without realising it was there as it has a small entrance on Old Brompton Road but opens up like a tardis! Walk through the entrance past the displays of new books and then you enter a light, airy space with plenty of comfy seating. Sit and read the paper or magazines (or bring in your tablet and make use of the wi-fi), browse the bookshelves (or the DVD shelves or the music cd shelves) or our information wall.
Gone are the days of waiting months to borrow best-sellers – with the stock of three boroughs available to us all but the most popular titles should be available with little delay.
If you want something a little more interactive we have reading group once a month and a computer/laptop/tablet help session every Tuesday afternoon for the over 50’s where you can get advice on a one-to-one basis from our expert volunteers. We also run a short course on Saturday mornings (bookable in advance) which runs for 4 weeks and gives you a good grounding in computer basics from using the mouse to setting up an email account and searching the web.
For those of you with children (or grandchildren) we run regular Baby Rhymes Times and Storytimes, including one on Saturday mornings which is great for parents who work during the week.
Our new events programme covering September to December will be available from September. All this information and more can be found on our website

Share Ideas, Start Something Good: Come and find the City Living, Local Life pop-up stands in RBKC

20 Aug

Do you want to make a difference in your local neighbourhood?

Come and talk to the City Living, Local Life team at one of several pop-up stands taking place around the Royal Borough over the next few months

Have the chance to learn more about the initiative, take away useful material and submit ideas to help improve the area where you live.

Come and share your ideas at the next pop-up stand taking place tomorrow, Thursday August 21 from 11.00am-2.00pm, at the Central Library, just off High Street Kensington, Hornton Street, W8 7NX. 

Keep checking the blog, our website and twitter feed @KClocallife to find out where the next pop-up stand will be.  You can also email the team at for more information.

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BBC Proms in the Park 2014

18 Aug

Join in the Last Night of the Proms celebrations in Hyde Park on Saturday 13 September, hosted by Proms in the Park stalwart Sir Terry Wogan. 1280px-Proms_in_the_Park_2

The open-air concert features a host of musical stars, including American soul legends, Earth, Wind & Fire, tenor Vittorio Grigolo, soprano Pumeza Matshikiza, singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright and Proms in the Park favourites the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Tickets available now via

  • Gates open 3.00pm
  • Main stage show starts at 5.15pm •
  • Ticket price £38.00 (plus £1.25 booking fee) (free for children aged 2 years and under)
  • VIP hospitality tickets £376 (plus £8.00 booking fee)
  • Hampers £65 (plus £2.50 booking fee)

New Holland Park Guide Available

18 Aug

5099167218_ebb7a99588_oProduced by the Friends of Holland Park, this enjoyable guide highlights the history of the park, its various areas, facilities and ecology. Whether you are visiting the park for the first time or a regular user, the maps and information provided will enhance your experience and perhaps lead you to disovering things you have never seen before.

The guide is available at £2 from the Park Receiption in the Stable Yard or by contacting Rhoddy Wood (from The Friends of Holland Park) on 020 7602 0304 /


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