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Coming up in Earl’s Court: The K+K open their gardens and St Cuthbert’s throw their school fete…

Grab a slice of the summer sun in Earl’s Court this week with a series of events in and around the area…

K+K Hotel is opening its prize-winning gardens on Templeton Place with two evenings of live music. On Thursday, 1 June from 7pm a range of classical musicians including Alzabeta Klasova (saxophone with piano), Haeun Kim (cello), Dominique Bespalov (violin) will be playing one of the ‘hidden gems’ of Earl’s Court.

And on Thursday, 6 July from 7pm the gardens will host Ellis Percen (guitar), Kelly Lenahan (piano) and Martin Jeriga and Sarah Daramy-Williams for a string duet.

More events are planned for Thursday, 3 August, Thursday, 7 September and Thursday, 5 October. For information on these, do check out the Nevern Square Residents’ Association website.

On Sunday, 4 June the Earl’s Court Farmers Market will be rolling back the years with a Punch and Judy shows from 10am-2pm. 

And on Saturday, 8 July, St Cuthbert’s school will be holding their annual fete in Earl’s Court Square bringing fun, food, stalls and more!

And last but by no means least, there is the Earl’s Courtiers’ magical performance of the Wizard of Oz in Barkston Gardens from Wednesday 28 June – Saturday, 1 July. Tickets can be booked online, and more information can be found on the Noticeboard.

Guest feature: The National Army Museum reopens.

With thanks to the National Army Museum for the piece below.

The National Army Museum, located on Royal Hospital Road has reopened in March following a three year £23.75 million project (including £11.5 million from the National Lottery).

The bright new, free, Museum provides a 21st century visitor experience. As a bridge between the British Army and the public, the National Army Museum encourages greater public engagement with ideas of defence and security, openly asking questions to visitors on their thoughts of both soldiers and the army.

The new thematic galleries – Soldier, Army, Battle, Society and Insight – contain over 2,500 objects, two thirds of which have not been seen before. The temporary exhibition space War Paint: Brushes with Conflict displays over 130 paintings and objects whilst children aged up to eight years old can enjoy Play Base, the museums soft play facility. There is also a bright, new café that looks out onto Royal Hospital Road which serves hot and cold food and drinks.

An extensive public events programme includes events such as ‘Feminism Late’ on 14 June, the museums first ever late opening, exploring whether feminism has been good for the army. Building on this is a full day conference about women in the army on 24 June. There are also regular free tours and talks on topics such as Indian Independence and Passchendaele.

For more information do visit www.nam.ac.uk

The National Army Museum is open daily from 10:00 am – 5:30pm. Entrance is free.

The Kensington and Chelsea Crowd – Help the Playground transform a bus depot into a theatre! Pledges open now!

Anyone who has taken a stroll down Latimer Road recently may have seen an old bus depot slowly being transformed into a community cafe and a theatre space for artists to practice, share and learn.

This is the Playground Theatre, and for a number of years artists have used this space to develop their talents away from public gaze – but the next stop for this former depot is to become a fully fledged, public theatre – and your help is needed!

The Playground Theatre are looking to raise around £47,000 to create this unique space for North Kensington and Notting Hill. The funds will be used to purchase everything that’s needed to open a public theatre, including staging, seating, sound and lights.

As well as bringing some of the best in international theatre, classical music and film to the area, the Playground are looking to embed themselves in the community and help tell the fascinating stories of local people.

Already the cafe/bar is becoming a hub for the local community, and you can help them take the next step by pledging a few pounds today at www.spacehive.com/playgroundtheatre.

As with all Spacehive projects, donations will only be taken should the Playground reach their target, so please share far and wide to help bring about a new community space in Kensington!

This weekend: New music, stalls and more as New Youthquake takes over Portobello!

Welcome the bank holiday weekend with a new generation of traders as the New Youthquake takes over Portobello Market and Tavistock Square.

From 10am-7pm on Saturday, 27 May and 12pm-7pm on Sunday, 28 May, some of West London’s most creative and entrepreneurial young people will be pitching up with food, fashion, art, homewares and more, as well as live music performances from 12pm-5pm.

New Youthquake is part of the national Love Your Local Market celebrations in Kensington and Chelsea where the focus is on youth culture. Portobello and Golborne Road Market is taking inspiration from ‘Youthquake’, a term coined by British Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland in 1965 to describe a London-centred movement of youth-led music and fashion. New Youthquake aims to re-kindle and expand on that movement by giving opportunities to West London’s young business minds and creative talent.

And New Youthquake doesn’t stop at this weekend! There are a whole host of activities and events including the Love Your Local Market 16-25 video competition with a showing at the Portobello Film Festival as the prize for the winner. For more information, and to enter, please visit the Portobello and Golborne Markets website.

City Living, Local Life focus: Dalgarno

It’s back up to the north of Kensington and Chelsea this month, as we take a look at City Living, Local Life activity in Dalgarno ward.

Forming the northern tip of the borough and the western side of Ladbroke Grove, Dalgarno ward was formed in 2014 and was previously part of St. Charles ward.

Despite being a 2-councillor ward (and therefore smaller in population than most wards in Kensington and Chelsea), Dalgarno is one of the busiest and most active in terms of interest in the programme and numbers of projects funded.

Supporting small and medium sized local groups is a theme in Dalgarno with organisations such as Just Solutions 123, The Dalgarno Food Bank, West London Bowling Club and Binbrook and St. Quintin’s Residents Associations receiving funding in the past.

Activities, opportunities and training for young residents of the ward has been a priority for ward Councillors. Through City Living, Local Life, Kensal House-based SPID Theatre has supported local young people in creative and performance arts, including animation. This is demonstrated in SPID’s award-winning High Above the Sky…

Older residents have also benefited from City Living, Local Life with a number of reminiscence projects such as West London Bowling Club’s ‘Stories from the Green‘ which explores the individual tales of one of London’s last remaining bowling greens.

Councillors have also made efforts to understand and address social challenges within the ward, including tackling local unemployment with Clement James’ IntoWork programme. The work of the Dalgarno Trust Food Bank has also been recognised with funding for refrigeration units and assisting Kensington and Chelsea Social Council’s work to understand the reasons behind the rise in food bank access.

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The Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea, Cllr Elizabeth Rutherford visits the Dalgarno Trust Food Bank in 2016

Celebrating and preserving the unique history and culture of the area is also a priority, illustrated by the support for the work of Dalgarno-based CAPCA to hold the annual Notting Hill Nurseries Carnival which helps to teach children about the origins, tradition and ethos of Carnival.

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If you would like to find out more, or to share your ideas for projects in Dalgarno, do visit the City Living, Local Life website.

Exhibition: A Larry Smart RETRO-spective, The Muse Gallery: 21/6 – 2/7

Borough-based The Muse Gallery is hosting Larry Smart RETRO-spective, the first ever solo exhibition by iconic 60s pop artist Larry Smart. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, this exhibition of original paintings and prints is the first time that the artist’s work has been brought together under one roof – in Larry’s former Notting Hill neighbourhood.

The exhibition features Larry’s famous and widely recognised images of 60s pop icons, landscapes and topiary images, as well as mandala paintings lit by a lightshow based on the original UFO Club performances. Following a global quest for missing Larry’s, the exhibition features works previously feared lost.

Larry Smart RETRO-spective revives the spirit of the Summer of Love in Portobello and aims to celebrate the work and life of Larry Smart and his role in British pop art history.

The exhibition is free and runs from 21 June – 2 July, daily from 12-6pm. The Muse Gallery can be found at 268 Portobello Road.

City Living, Local Life: Celebrating the life of Tancred Borenius

With the help of Councillors from Queen’s Gate ward, the Anglo-Finnish Society have erected a blue plaque to recognise the life and achievements of a Finnish art historian, writer and diplomat along Kensington Gate.

Tancred-BoreniusTancred Borenius lived on Kensington Gate from 1936-41, during which time he held positions such as the first professor of Art History at University College London, director of Clarendon Palace and became editor of The Burlington Magazine until the end of the war in 1945.

As well his achievements in the arts, Tancred Borenius was also a diplomat who became Chair of the Polish Relief Fund in 1939 that sent aid and assisted Polish refugees in Britain (and if you believe the claims, was instrumental in enticing Rudolf Hess to fly to Britain in 1941).

The Anglo-Finish Society itself has a history with the borough as its inaugural meeting was held on Holland Park Avenue in December 1911.

Tancred Borenius joins Lady Clementine Churchill, artists Mary and Ernest Gillick, Jamaican Gold Medalist and WWII Pilot Arthur Wint and US Statesman and abolitionist, Fredrick Douglass as City Living, Local Life-supported plaques up and down Kensington and Chelsea.

The Earl’s Courtiers present The Wizard of Oz, June 28-July 1 2017

Kensington and Chelsea residents, lions, tigers and bears! The Earl’s Courtiers are transforming Barkston Gardens into the magical and mystical land of Oz at the end of June, and helping to raise money for local charities in the process.

Starting on Wednesday, June 28 with a performance at 7:30pm every night until Saturday, July 1, you can follow the yellow brick road and the adventures of Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion in this open air, summer evening performance.

The production has an even more local feel with over 120 borough-based schoolchildren auditioning, and 40 taking part in various roles.

Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for under-12s with all proceeds going to local charities. These can be booked online or by getting in touch with Toby Brown via email or telephone 020 7370 4000.

Looking to learn more about the music industry? Catch up with some Local Legends with The Rhythm Studio – 24/05

Join North Kensington’s music academy, The Rhythm Studio, on Wednesday, 24 May for an informal chat with two leading West London music industry experts.

From 7:30pm-10pm, the Studio’s Local Legends series welcomes Caroline SM and Duncan Ellis at the Moncada Brewery (Middle Row, W10 5AT) to talk about their beginnings in the industry, their ups and downs and what keeps them at the top of their game.

Caroline SM is one of the leading figures in grime at the age of 22. Starting as an online content editor and radio presenter, Caroline is now A&R Manager at XL Records. Duncan Ellis is the Managing Director of Atlas Artists Management and Scruffy Bird Management and has helped launch the careers of musicians such as Young Knives, Foals and Kodaline.

The event is 16+ only with free, ticketed entry for people aged 16-18. Tickets for those aged 18+ are £5. All tickets can be purchased or reserved online via Eventbrite.

This Local Legends event is part of the New Youthquake celebrations, that form Portobello and Golborne Road Markets ‘Love Your Local Market’ activities this year. Taking inspiration from ‘Youthquake’, a term coined by British Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland in 1965 to describe a London-centred movement of youth-led music and fashion, New Youthquake aims to re-kindle and expand on that movement, with Portobello and Golborne at its heart. New Youthquake is designed to give opportunities to West London’s young business minds and creative talent. For more information on New Youthquake, do visit www.rbkc.gov.uk/newyouthquake

Team Kensington and Chelsea: Volunteers wanted to mentor a young person in care

The Royal Borough are looking for locals who are interested in establishing a long-term friendship and mentoring role with a young person in care.

Independent Visitor Mentors are there to listen and support their young person, and to take them out on day trips and activities. As well as activities planned by the Mentor themselves there is a wider network of trips, events and training opportunities that Mentors can access.

To become a Mentor, you have to be over 18 years old, have plans to live in London long-term and be willing to commit to a minimum of 2 years. No prior experience with young people is necessary, but welcomed.

The role is suited to someone who feels they are a reliable, independent and consistent role model and can bring flexibility, fun and energy to the role.

Recruitment is ongoing. For more information, or to register your interest, contact Crystal Crawford, Independent Visitor and Mentoring Coordinator via email or telephone 07739 317367.

Fundraiser: Screening of I, Daniel Blake and Q&A with producer, Rebecca O’Brien with Nova – 11/05/17

Help raise funds for North Kensington-based adult education charity, Nova New Opportunities this month, with a screening of I, Daniel Blake and Q&A with producer Rebecca O’Brien.

Directed by Ken Loach, the screening of the BAFTA award-winning film will take place at the West Bank Gallery under the Westway at Ladbroke Grove and will be followed by the question and answer session.

Nova primarily work with vulnerable, marginalised and disadvantaged adults providing access to education, information and advice.

Event details:

Date: Thursday May 11th from 6.30pm
Location: West Bank Gallery, Bar and Kitchen, 3-5 Thorpe Close, W10 5XL.

Tickets are £35 with all proceeds going to Nova. Tickets can be purchased by emailing admin@novanew.org.uk or via Eventbrite.

 

Community Reporters: Novel approaches at the Harrow Club…

Piece by Stan Moorcroft. 

On a sunny morning in April a group of enthusiastic young people are waving a collecting tin and operating a market stall. Yet however are not receiving commission to collect for charity nor receiving any sort of financial reward, their enthusiasm and commitment are a product of The Harrow Club, the organisation for which they are collecting money.

Eamonn O’Keeffe, Senior Youth Worker at the Harrow Club explained that the stall was not just about raising funds but developing skills from salesmanship to money management. With experience in the retail sector himself Eamonn was passionate about passing on his skills to the young people attending the club. He explained how the club was “seeking to empower young people, to improve their lives to try new things and provide new opportunities and improve their prospects.” Having been donated some books they had come up with the idea of the stall to sell the books to raise funds and raise awareness of the club. Shamera, one of the young sales team, explained that she wanted to explain to people how important the club was for local young people.

At a time when youth services are being cut across the country it is vital to support the work of organizations like The Harrow Club.

More information about The Harrow Club can be found at http://harrowclubw10.org/

Crowdfunding returns! Help Chelsea’s SMART Centre renovate their community cafe and gardens

The Kensington and Chelsea crowd! Get ready as the SMART Centre in Chelsea are set to launch the latest crowdfunding drive to renovate and improve their much loved community centre and green space project on the World’s End Estate.

In 1985 St Mary Abbots Rehabilitation and Training (SMART) was registered as a charity to support people affected by mental illness on their path to recovery.

The founders recognised the importance of meaningful activity and training as a way to rebuild lives and give people purpose, confidence and skills. As the charity grew it also recognised the importance of friends, music, laughter and fun.

Launching this month, the project looks to raise nearly £15,000 for costs including gardening equipment, café furniture, new flooring and music equipment.

This will help them to provide relaxing activities for the community like arts and crafts, Yoga, mindfulness and chair based exercise, whilst offering a vibrant café and garden for families in the local area.

The project lead, José Veiga from SMART said:

“We hope that the improvements to our centre and green space will enable residents to learn from each other, develop new skills and build their self-confidence.  We’ve been supporting the local community for over 30 years and we hope locals recognise the vital work we do.  Please support our crowdfunding efforts!”

To pledge to SMART’s project, visit their project page on the civic crowdfunding platform, Spacehive: https://www.spacehive.com/chelsea-hub

City Living, Local Life Focus: Courtfield

It’s further south we go this month, to South Kensington and Courtfield ward.

Stretching from Cromwell Road in the north to Fulham Road in the south, a key theme in Courtfield has been supporting residents to come together and shape the area they live in. This has included helping Ashburn Garden Square Garden Association gain a greater voice on local developments and the fledgling Courtfield Neighbourhood Forum to garner interest and membership.

Improving the area around Gloucester Road has also been a focus with residents coming together and organising flower baskets along the street and there are also plans afoot to replace the ageing fruit kiosk outside the tube station.

Recently, Evolve Housing’s Beacon House – a homelessness service for young people – was awarded funding to run fashion, art and IT workshops, culminating in an exhibition attended by the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea.

If you would like to find out more, or to share your ideas for projects in Courtfield ward, do visit the City Living, Local Life website.

AGM: Celebrate the achievements of the World’s End and Lots Road Big Local – 16/05/17

Something big has been happening in the World’s End and Lots Road area over the past couple of years, and recently it’s been getting a whole lot bigger…

The World’s End and Lots Road Big Local have just completed their second year of their 10 year quest to improve their local area. Made up of local residents, the Big Local Partnership are inviting everyone to share their successes and look to the future at their AGM and social on Tuesday, 16 May from 7pm-8:30pm at the World’s End Community Centre (16 Blantyre Street, SW10 0DS).

The Big Local initiative is supported by the Big Lottery Fund to help make lasting, positive change in areas. In the World’s End and Lots Road, the Big Local works towards improving the following themes:

  • Jobs, training and enterprise
  • Young people
  • Green areas and open spaces
  • Community events and activities

Already, achievements have included setting up a youth radio station, brightening up the World’s End with large marble planters, running activities for children and older residents, helping with life skills such as first aid training and of course, bringing everyone together with big events throughout the year. Just last month, all 6 local residents who signed-up to undertake SIA security training have passed the course and have future work lined up.

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4 of the 6 successful SIA students – congratulations!

And if that’s not enough to celebrate, a few more recent goings-on are featured in the latest Big Local Spring Newsletter [pdf].

If you are interested in attending the AGM, please email vanessa@welr.org.uk.

City Living, Local Life: Sing for lung health with Royal Brompton Hospital…

With the support of Stanley ward Councillors through City Living, Local Life, rb&hArts – a charity focused on improving the wellbeing of Royal Brompton Hospital patients and the local community – is getting AIRBORNE by singing for lung health and you can get involved!

The AIRBORNE team are looking for local people to take part as singers and collaborators to help design the composition and performance. The opportunity is open to all singing abilities, so there’s no need to be able to read music as it is all taught by ear.

Led by composer, performer and musical director Verity Standen, the rehearsals will be gently paced to allow for singers who live with breathlessness and limited mobility.

If this opportunity grabs your interest, please pop along to one of the taster sessions on Wednesday, 3 May OR Wednesday, 24 May from 5:30pm-7pm at Royal Brompton Hospital, Sydney Street, SW3 6NP.

Following this, rehearsals will be on:

Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14  and Thursday 15 June, 5:30pm – 8pm at Royal Brompton Hospital

The rehearsals include a warm up and tea breaks. During these sessions, Verity will teach all the music and develop the skills of the ensemble. AIRBORNE will be a totally new composition and devised and adapted to the group through these sessions, so please attend all three evenings to help shape the piece.

And then the performances will take place on:

Friday 16, Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 June

Performances will be short (5-10 minutes) in pop-up locations around the borough and easily walkable. We expect these to take place in short bursts with breaks between, for up to 2 hours each day.

If you have any questions on the project, please email arts@rbht.nhs.uk or telephone rb&hArts on 0207 352 8121 x4087.

Exhibition: Pink Floyd – Their Mortal Remains @ The V&A, opens 13 May 2017

From 13 May, Exhibition Road’s Victoria and Albert Museum opens the first international retrospective of one of the most iconic and influential bands in the world – Pink Floyd.

In keeping with the band, the exhibition is a unique audio-visual journey through music, design and staging from Pink Floyd’s 1960 debut to the present day.

Although the exhibition has an international focus, the foundations of Pink Floyd are very much rooted in North Kensington (which you can read more about in issue 17 of the CLLL-supported Colville Community History newsletter).  During the 1960’s, Ladbroke Grove was the place where Syd Barret’s Pink Floyd Sound held sound and light workshops, where they played their first gigs at the fledgling Notting Hill Carnival and where they dropped the ‘Sound’ from their name to become the band known across the world today.

Tickets are £20-£24 (concessions available) and can be booked online. The exhibition closes on 1 October 2017.

Volunteer opp: Help map Kingston’s rich music heritage…

Kensington and Chelsea residents! Do you have an interest in musical history, want to learn research and interview skills, or just feel like doing your bit for Queen and country by helping a fellow Royal Borough?

If so, then Kingston-based charity, Creative Youth are on the look out for volunteers to help explore the rich, varied history of music in their borough.  While we have Notting Hill Carnival and the sounds of The Clash and Pink Floyd, Kingston has Decca Records, the jazz music of the war-time US army station, the Folk Barge and the launch of Ziggy Stardust.

Creative Youth are looking for a team of volunteers to research, record and transcribe the stories across May, June and July to contribute to –  and accompany – a public exhibition.

Full training in oral history recording will be provided, as well as travel expenses and a £15 subsidence per day.

For more information, or to register your interest, do contact Jarek Zaba, Heritage Researcher and Facilitator at kingstonrpm@creativeyouthcharity.org / 07786 265992.

 

 

City Living, Local Life: Colville Community History’s latest newsletter – 1957,67 and 77 – is out now!

Colville residents and history buffs! The latest offering from Tom Vague and the Colville Community History project is out now – and the focus is on the 40th, 50th and 60th anniversaries of community action in North Kensington.

Starting in 1957 with the Rent Act and Rachman the newsletter explores the role of Ladbroke Grove in the British hippie and punk movements, the emerging Caribbean identity of the area and of course, the formation of Notting Hill Carnival through the years 1967 and 1977. In keeping with the history of the area, these iconic events are discussed against the backdrop of some of the most influential music of modern times such as the Sex Pistols, The Clash and Bob Marley and the Wailers.

As well as reading this latest Colville Community History newsletter, Issue 18 [pdf], there are also two exhibitions planned around the newsletter on:

Sunday, 30 April – Monday, 1 May @ Bay 56, Acklam Village Theatre as part of Portobello Live

Saturday, 24 June @ North Kensington Library (time TBC)

Exhibition: California @ The Design Museum opens 24/05

Kensington High Street’s Design Museum is taking a look across the pond from May with an exhibition focusing on the Golden State and the role of California in modern design and culture.

Starting in the 1960s and the counterculture movements to today’s Silicon Valley tech culture, via LSD, skateboards and iPhones, the exhibition will reveal how we’re all a little bit Californian.

The exhibition opens on 24 May 2017 and runs until 15 October 2017. Tickets are priced at £14.50 (concessions available) and can be booked online.

Image: Icon for the Apple Mac, 1984, Susan Kare notebook, kareprints.com

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