Notting Hill Mayfest 2015

18 Apr

RevisedHandover3The Notting Hill Mayfest kicks off its action-packed schedule of free and affordable events for all of the family from the first of this month.

The volunteer-run festival is celebrating its 13th year after developing from the small community May Fair at St. John’s Notting Hill and spreading to include events all across Notting Hill.

For a full schedule of events do check the Notting Hill Mayfest website (, but here are a few festival highlights:

For those who enjoy film, the silent classic Steamboat Bill Jr (1928), starring Buster Keaton, will be projected onto big screen at St John’s Notting Hill, on Friday May 15th. The film will be accompanied by the church’s recently restored organ.

For music lovers, there is world music with the India-inspired music of the London Sitar Ensemble on Saturday, May 2nd and the Roma gypsy music of From Russia With Love. Several high quality classical music concerts form part of the programme, including Bach’s Eb Major Cello Suite played by renowned cellist Anup Kumar Biswas, and Schubert’s Winterreise with St John’s Director of Music Tom Primrose accompanying the award-winning tenor Ben Johnson.

For historians and travel fans, join Dr. William Taylor, Vicar of St. John’s Notting Hill on Wednesday, May 6th, as he talks of his 3-month journey along the Silk Road, travelling light and staying with monks and hermits. The evening will include music, dance, food and drink inspired by the Silk Road. It is also the launch event for The SPACE at St John’s,

Superman DogAnd of course, the Mayfest centrepiece, the annual May Fair will take place on Saturday May 9th, from 1pm – 5pm. The May Fair has been running for more than 25 years and is known and loved for its traditional village games and stalls, music, Maypole dancing, Fancy Dress competition and Dog Show.

It’s a real family event with a vintage coconut shy, face painting, and a bouncy castle!

Gear up for the Stroke Association’s Thames Bridges Bike Ride

17 Apr

Stroke AssociationTake in the capital’s beautiful riverside with a cycle over London’s bridges while raising money for the Stroke Association on Sunday, May 10 2015.

With 3 different routes – a 50 mile course, the 34 mile classic and an 8 mile family route – you can join up to 3000 other amateur cyclists and cover up to 16 bridges in the 22nd year of the Thames Bridges Bike Ride.

For more information on the ride – and the great work the Stroke Association do in raising awareness of stroke and supporting stroke survivors – please visit their website.

The 112 Bike Ride with Standing Together

17 Apr



About the 112:
On average, 2 women a week are murdered as a result of domestic abuse in England and Wales. That is a total of 112 women killed a year.

The 112 is Standing Together’s largest annual fundraising event. We ask people across the UK to come together to cycle or jog to highlight the prevalence of domestic abuse in our society. The money you raise will help us to continue our vital work to improve the responses to domestic abuse and re-duce the homicide rate.

How you can participate!
To take part there is a small joining fee of £10 and in addition we ask that each participant raises a minimum of £112. Register online now! For more information visit our website, or email the 112 team.

The Challenge Route

Cycle our 112km signed route
Starts at Windsor Great Park, through Berkshire and Oxfordshire and then back into the Great Park

The Roundabout: CYCLE
Cycle our 11.2 mile route
Follow the beautiful path around the Great Park itself.

To register online, follow the link to the 112 Flyer

World War One and the Royal Borough: Ancestry and Creative Writing Workshops

16 Apr

As part of the First World War Centenary, the fantastic Local Studies Team based in the borough’s libraries are hosting a number of workshops for those with a Kensington and Chelsea connection to explore the lives and actions of their relatives through the period, delve into the archives and reflect on the sacrifices made during the Great War through creative writing….

Workshop: Research your World World One ancestors and Curating WW1 memories   

Kensington BatallionMonday, 27th April: 2.00pm-4.00pm, Chelsea Library 

Tuesday, 12th May: 2.00pm-4.00pm, Kensington Central Library

Friendly staff will be on hand to help to help you use Ancestry to discover fascinating original documents relating to your family in World War One. You will then have the opportunity to create a permanent memorial to your relatives by adding the information you uncover to our Kensington and Chelsea World War One Project website and the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War. Do bring artefacts, photograph and any other items and we’ll be happy to help you upload these, create scans and produce digital copies for you to keep.

Also, do you also fancy yourself as a digital curator or do you simply have an eye for a catchy recruitment poster or striking photograph? Help us choose what should feature on the Kensington and Chelsea World War One website. All participants will have the chance to learn about the website, add material they’ve selected and put up personal responses.

Workshop: WW1 Reading and Creative Writing Group

Tuesday, 28th April: 2.00pm-4.00pm, Chelsea Library

Tuesday, 19th May: 2.00pm-4.00pm, Kensington Central Library

‘Waterlogged trenches, the bodies of the dead lying rotting, their faces hidden from the day that they will never wake to see – these are our surroundingPaul Destrube

Old CountryLetters, poems and other materials from our archives will be set alongside better-known World War One poems and texts in order explore their creative content and contextual influences. This will allow participants to reflect and share thoughts relating to World War One on both a local and wider scale, and to forge more personal connections to the material.

Participants will then work on their own World War One inspired creative writing. This will involve learning new techniques, working alongside a professional writer and devising pieces of writing which reflect upon and respond to the material in our archives.

Looking for Employment help? Give and Gain with Clement James, 15 May

16 Apr

ClementJamesThe ClementJames Centre is hosting another of its successful Give and Gain days on Friday 15th May from 9.00am-3.00pm.

40 volunteers from British Airways and BT have kindly offered their services to help local people prepare themselves for employment.

The aims of the day include confidence building, interview skills, and preparation for re-entering the workplace. Each participant will work one-to-one with a corporate volunteer to develop areas that they feel they need improving, and the advice and support will be tailored to each individual.

The day will be structured with a free lunch provided, and will consist of both group and pair exercises. It is a fantastic opportunity to work individually with a BT or British Airways employee who can provide a wealth of experience regarding interviews and presentation in a professional capacity.

If you, or someone you know, are unemployed and looking for some additional help, please contact us as soon as possible as there are limited spaces.

Please call Charlie or Howard on 020 3220 0164, or email

And for a taster of the day, check out a video of a CV and Interview Skills Workshop with Dunnhumby:

City Living, Local Life: Christ Church Kensington Gardens

14 Apr

Christ Church 4As a part of the community since 1851, the busy and beautiful Christ Church Kensington has opened its door to churchgoers, schools, community groups and local residents of Queen’s Gate and beyond for celebration, learning and play.

Since last Summer, vital building work has been going on at Christ Church Kensington to ensue that it continues to serve the local area for many years to come, but this – coupled with the hundreds of people who use the facilities of the church each week, not least to sit in their image10peaceful gardens – has taken its toll on the landscape.

So, the Reverend Mark O’Donoghue contacted his local Councillors and through City Living, Local Life has been supported to improve the drainage of the garden that is prone to flooding, re-turf the area to return it to its former glory and plant more flowers and shrubs that will be tended by local residents.

Work is due to begin in May with the refreshed gardens open for all in the Summer to enjoy this quiet oasis in the middle of the Royal Borough!Christ Church 1

Charity Leaders: Public Speaking Masterclass with Business & Community Together

13 Apr

Business and Community Together

When faced with big opportunities and unfamiliar audiences, do you convey the impact of your organisation as effectively as you’d like to? Or do you want to simply build confidence in public speaking.

If so, Business & Community Together have organisation a practical half-day workshop led by broadcaster and personal development coach Edie Lush.

Date: Thursday 30th April

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Location: Little Waitrose training room,123-138 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3QG

To book your place: Click here 

Price: £25 per person

Business & Community Together is a corporate engagement programme run in partnership with The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation and The Volunteer Centre Kensington & Chelsea.


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