Open Mic Night at the Dalgarno Trust: this Thursday

21 Oct

Dalgarno Open MicGot a talent you want to share with the world, or just want to enjoy some live entertainment from local acts? Then get yourself down to the Dalgarno Centre on Thursday, 23 October from 7pm. Entrance is free and food and refreshments will be available.

Guest Article: Drawing Together for Open Age Art

16 Oct

A big thank you to local resident, Vicky Segal for her fantastic contribution…

photo 1 (6)The Drawing Art class at the Open Age Centre based at St. Charles Hospital is inspiring and invigorating. The classes are delivered in an inclusive way and in a relaxing and friendly community environment.

A significant benefit of the class provision is that our Tutor Dan, is a practising professional Artist. He has an expansive art practise and demonstrates great skill and commitment to his students, their learning process and their work. The overriding aim, is that we all find ‘our voice’.  This shines through every aspect of our activity and experience together.

Within the framework of supported and supportive learning,  we develop the technical skills for drawing and various 2D art forms, growing our individual expression through the medium. The ethos is one of mutual respect where we can share encouraging constructive critiques. As such, the class has become a true community. We are an inclusive ‘mixed ability’ group with a great diversity of experience and expertise, from complete beginners to experienced artists. The approach and ambiance of our Open Age Art class is that of peers who engage fully, contribute equally and without prejudice or bias.

photo 3 (3)Our Tutor Dan, provides us with inspirational, motivating, accessible and educational content, covering a broad spectrum of areas within art. He models many aspects of art practise itself and shepherds us all through the acquisition of both technical skills and creative exploration and expression.

Through our stimulating interdependence with Dan our Tutor, we are able to find new strengths and embrace vulnerabilities to express our own poetry and realism.

We all feel the ongoing personal and creative benefits of class. Also, we would like and  hope to share this with a wider audience through an exhibition.

To quote Vivienne Westwood from an interview she gave about the inspiration drawn from paintings in the Wallace Collection:

“To pursue Art gives you a wonderful anchor, you can get engaged, in politics, in everything, and you always feel you are making personal progress”.

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Our hope is that you too want to join in, draw together and support, sustain, maintain and expand Open Age‘s fruitful, beneficial and stimulating art classes.

For any readers who are interested in joining in or finding out more, the class runs from 1.30pm-3.30pm every Monday from the Open Age Centre, St. Charles Hospital.

Age UK’s Wellbeing for Life Health Fair @ Kensington Town Hall

15 Oct

Age UKThis Friday, October 17, 12.00pm – 4.00pm, the Town Hall will host Age UK’s annual fair aimed at older people.

This year’s spotlight is on healthy ageing, where you can get practical tips on excercise, eating well, aids to mobility, emotional wellbeing and financial advice.

Age UK Kensington & Chelsea will bring a range of professionals from national and smaller, local organisations to hold over 70 stalls. For those who wish to get stuck in, there will be dancing and exercise workshops, complementary health checks and a free light lunch for all.

Money Matters: Free Money Advice Fair with the K&C Citizens Advice Bureau

15 Oct

If you want to find out how to make more of your money there is a free ‘Money Advice Fair’ taking place on 22 October 2014, organised by your Citizens Advice BureauCAB

Aimed at residents of Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, and Hammersmith and Fulham, there will be a wide range of stalls where you can find information and get advice on everything from debts, benefits, borrowing and budgeting through to energy bills and housing costs. There will also be information sessions with money experts.

Drop into to the Lighthouse Centre, 111-117 Lancaster Road, London W11 1QT anytime between 1pm and 6pm

There are also a number of 30 minute workshops for you to drop in to:

  • 1.30pm Loansharks and avoiding the dangers
  • 2.15pm Local support payments
  • 3.00pm Avoiding and managing debt
  • 3.45pm Rights for tenants: your deposit and your rent
  • 4.30pm Big Energy Saving Week: saving you money on your fuel bills

Competitive Crooners of Chelsea: Big Local’s Got Talent auditions, this Saturday

15 Oct

Whether you fancy yourself as the next Whitney, Sinatra or Tempah (or just enjoy belting out your favourite tunes), take the chance to sing at the Chelsea Theatre by auditioning for the World’s End and Lots Road Big Local’s Got Talent this Saturday (October 18).

The main event – featuring guest performers and a secret judge – will be held at the Theatre on Sunday October 26th, doors opening at 5.30pm. All are welcome to come with tickets at the bargain price of £1.

For more information either about the auditions or the Big Local’s Got Talent evening, please telephone Chelsea Theatre on 020 7352 1967.

Big Local's Got talent


Nour Festival of Arts 2014, 20 October – 30 November

14 Oct

The fifth annual Nour Festival launches this month, celebrating the very best in Middle Eastern and North African arts and culture.

Growing every year since its beginnings at Leighton House Museum, the festival packs in a huge range of activities and performances from film to food, drama to dance and painting to poetry across Kensington & Chelsea.

For a full list of what’s on by category or date do visit the official Nour Festival website (, but to whet your appetite here are a few festival picks:

Souad Massi : Saoud

Sunday 2 November, Royal Albert Hall (Elgar Rooms)- Doors open 6.30pm

Performing in the intimate Elgar Rooms, Souad Massi and her five-piece band blend rock, folk, country, classical, flamenco, the chaabi and classical Andalusian music of Souad’s native Algeria.


sinbad Sindbad Sci-Fi presents Arab Science Fiction: From innovation to imagination

Saturday 15 November, The Science Museum, IMAX Theatre – From 6.30pm

Fiction is the ultimate bridge between science and the arts. Could exploring this symbiotic relationship enable the next generation to envision an alternative future of the Middle East? Samira Ahmed chairs a stellar panel of visionary thinkers who will offer new perspectives on whether nurturing creativity through Science Fiction could be more crucial to our global progress than we might realise…


House of My Father houseofmyfather

Thursday 27 November, Finborough Theatre – from 7.30pm

While war rages in the streets of a divided Beirut, a family refuses to abandon their home as they await the return of their father. Exploring the sometimes forgotten lives of those who remain living in their homes during protracted urban wars, this new play asks how far people will go to preserve a sense of normality in the face of unimaginable change.


As well as the full programme available on the website, you can keep up to date with the festival by following Nour on twitter (@nourfestival / #nourfestival) and on Facebook (

And if that’s not enough to make you clear your diaries for this 6-week festival, check out the introducing… video below:

Free Afternoon Today? Join the World War I walk: Chelsea FC and the Footballers’ Batallion

14 Oct

While out and about for Local Democracy Week, we’ve spotted a very interesting local walk taking place today, from 2.00pm-4.00pm.WW1 poster

Chelsea FC and the Footballers’ Batallion: Recruitment and Sacrifice in the First World War will take you on a tour of the area, retelling the local tales of how the people of Chelsea contributed to the war effort.

So, if you’ve a free afternoon, why not visit Chelsea Library at 2.00pm today (Tuesday, 14th October) and take a walk through history.


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