The Second Half Career Art Exhibition and Sale, 2nd October

1 Oct

Second Half Cente

City Living, Local Life story: Lady Churchill Blue Plaque unveiling in Abingdon ward

29 Sep

With the help of City Living, Local Life, a Blue Plaque, to commemorate the residency of Lady Clementine Churchill,  was unveiled on Thursday September 25 in Abingdon ward.

Clementine Hozier (as she was known at the time) lived on Abingdon Villas from 1903 until her marriage to Winston Churchill in 1908.

As Lady Clementine Churchill she took an active role on the homefront in both world wars. During the first she organised canteens for munitions workers on behalf of the Young Men’s Christian Association for which she was awarded a CBE in 1918.

JWT_6589During World War 2 Lady Churchill was again involved, this time as Chairman of the Red Cross Aid to Russia Fund, the President of the Young Women’s Christian Association War Time Appeal and the Chairman of Fulmer Chase Maternity Hospital for Wives of Junior Officers.

The Mayor, Cllr Maighread Condon-Simmonds said: “Lady Clementine Churchill did a huge amount during both world wars, not to mention having to deal with the pressure Sir Winston was under as Prime Minster in such a dark hour. She also worked hard as a crossbench peer in the House of Lords in later life. I am delighted we are able to recognise her and mark her early life in the Royal Borough.”

JWT_6650Joining the Mayor for the unveiling was Sir Winston and Lady Churchill’s grandson, The Rt Hon Sir Nicholas Soames MP; the three local ward Councillors, Victoria Borwick, Joanna Gardner and James Husband. Also in attendance were local resident group ESSA and David Charlesworth and Charles Mickleworth, the local residents who researched and proposed the idea to the ward Councillors.


The Mayor continued: “In this project, it is possible to see how local people can take a lead in bringing positive changes to the areas where they live”.






All photos by Justin Thomas, reproduced with permission





Janine Camille’s Carnival Experience

27 Sep

The carnival is my idea of fun, the time where everyone as a community comes together as one to enjoy music, food and costumes from the Caribbean culture.Janine 1

It’s a great experience; I feel everyone should try to attend at least once in their lives.

Each year I love wearing the beautiful costumes, with the feathers and vibrant colours.

People come from all over the world asking to take photographs with me, it makes feel like some sort of celebrity but I’m just me… just Janine in a beautiful costume :)

As every year I take part in the Notting Hill Carnival with my band Burrokeets. The costume I wore was called ‘Coppa Cabana’ to match the theme of ‘Nights on Broadway’. The costume consisted of the vibrant colours purple & yellow, with feathers, gems and diamantes to complement it.Janine 2

Despite the terrible weather, Burrokeets still took to the streets of Notting Hill and people still showed up to support. Our float left the meeting point after 1pm playing Soca music, my favourite genre of music.

As this year marked the 50th year anniversary of the West Indian community-led carnival, rain & cold weather could not stop me from going out in my costume and showing the community what it’s all about.

If you have ever wondered how to take part in the carnival with Burrokeets please visit our Facebook page (Burrokeets Carnival Band) we would love for you to take part of our band.Janine 3A big Thank You to Janine for taking the time to write about what Carnival means to her!

Parents of the Borough: Buy or Sell your Nearly New Goods in October

27 Sep

As everyone is aware, the cost of kitting out your child for the first five years can run into thousands of pounds, which is why NCT – the UK’s largest charity for parents – hold Nearly New Sales.

On Saturday, 11 October, 10.00am-12.00pm, NCT will be hosting a sale at Westbourne Grove Chuch, Notting Hill (W11 2RW) where you can pick up excellent children’s clothes, toys and equipment; sometimes for a quarter or third of the price from retailers.

You can also sell any items that your children have grown out of, so if you’re in the mood for an Autumn clean-out and fancy making a bit of money while helping out other parents, then do get in touch with NCT through the link below.

For more information. do visit

Ask Nick V: Have your say on living in the Royal Borough

26 Sep

Ask NickOn Tuesday 21 October at 6.30PM, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council Leader, Cllr Nick Paget-Brown is hosting the fifth Ask Nick event at the Dalgarno Trust’s centre in North Kensington.

Nick Paget Brown is committed to getting out across the borough, speaking to and hearing from local people. This allows him and the Council to understand better what is going on, and helps us to be more responsive and accountable to the hopes and fears of the people we serve.

Having held previous Ask Nick events in St. Charles Sixth Form College, Chelsea Theatre, St. Cuthbert’s Centre and a hotel off High Street Kensington, the event is back in the north of the borough at the Dalgarno Trust’s centre.

Ask Nick is a Q&A event where residents, local businesses and community groups can speak to the Council Leader. He will tell those present about his vision for the borough, but also field any questions you have. It is an ideal opportunity to ask him about issues that affect you, recommend ways that the Council could work better, and make sure that your voice is heard.

Tuesday 21 October – 6.30pm to 8pm (tea for early birds at 6pm)

Dalgarno Community Centre, Dalgarno Way, London W10 5LE

As space is limited, we ask that all those wishing to attend book a place by visiting or by calling 020 7598 4633.

For more information about the venue and for directions, please visit

Your Library needs you! Take part in a WW1 archives project in October

26 Sep

WW1 posterDo you have family memories of WW1 in Kensington and Chelsea? If so, The Local Archives need you!

Kensington and Chelsea Libraries are running a reminiscence session at Kensington Central Library, Phillimore Walk, W8 7RX on Thursday 23rd October from 10.30 – 1pm.

Come along for an exclusive preview of the WW1 material from the local collections. Join the Local Archives team in selecting material to contribute towards a WW1 exhibition which will tour 10 venues in Kensington and Chelsea.

You will also have a chance to contribute your own family stories.

There will also be an opportunity for participants to take advantage of free access to Ancestry, a genealogical database, to find out more about their family in WW1.

Refreshments will be provided.

People of Colville: Come along to your next forum meeting next Tuesday September 30

26 Sep

The next Colville Forum meeting will be on Tuesday 30th September from 6.30 to 8.30 p.m at London Lighthouse, 111-117 Lancaster Road, Ladbroke Grove, 6.30 – 8.30 p.m. Doors open at 6.15 p.m.

The Main agenda items are:

  1. An update and Q&A session with Sergeant Sally Pymont, Met Police and Colville dedicated ward officer.  We have asked Sally to particularly address the recent serious incidents in Colville and concerns about neighbourhood safety and how the police are tackling this.


  1. A chance for residents to ask questions and feedback their opinions directly to the lead Council Officer developing the new RBKC Street Entertainment (Busking) Policy.  Mary Byrne, Head of Service for Customer & Business Development, Environment, Leisure and Residents Services will be attending the meeting to field questions and offer further information.


  1. All three Colville Councillors will be at the meeting and will outline their draft criteria and priority issues for the new round of City Living Local Life grants for members inputs and comments.  Any new applications received will be copied to members before the meeting in order that residents ideas can feed into the assessment process.

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