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CLLL: Gearing up for Carnival with the Notting Hill Nurseries Carnival 2016…

With support from the Dalgarno and Golborne Councillors through City Living, Local Life, the Children and Parents Carnival Association held the 31st annual Notting Hill Nurseries Carnival in August. The event enables children and families to experience their own carnival ahead of the world famous Notting Hill Carnival (28 – 29 August 2016), and here’s Charlotte Militello, one of the organisers, with a recap of the day…

The Notting Hill Nursery Carnival has developed to be much loved and looked forward to event that brings Kensington Memorial Park to life. It was a very colourful day as we decorated the park with lots of flags, balloons and piñatas. This year the theme was RIO!!

The children came dressed as beautiful brightly coloured birds from nurseries and playschools in Kensington and Chelsea and from our neighbouring boroughs to take part. There was lots of entertainment taking place on the day including Professor Clump the Clown, drums, bouncy castles and the Junior Steel Band Competition. The highlight of the day however was the Children’s Costume Parade, the children happily danced across the park in front of the judges showing off their costumes that they had spent so much time working on. The Deputy Mayor, Will Pascal, attended with his wife to hand out prizes to the children.

Next came the junior steel band competition which was amazing as we had 6 bands compete, which is the most we have had so far.  We also included a healthy zone where we had a fruit table available to the children with Go Golborne and My Time Active. The day was a huge success and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, it was a great day out for the whole family with plenty to see and do.

The Council has produced a number of of booklets and resources for residents and visitors, including maps, attractions and advice for local people ahead of Notting Hill Carnival. These are all available on the RBKC website.

Dates for your diary: Silver Sunday – a celebration of residents aged 65+ begins 26 September…

Kensington and Chelsea residents aged 65 years of age or over are invited to take part in an amazing programme of free activities and events to celebrate their contribution to community life.

So why not take the time to relax with an afternoon of tea and watch a match at Lord’s Cricket Ground, join in a Tea Dance at St Cuthbert’s Church Hall in Earl’s Court, plant up a pot or planter for your windowsill or balcony at Sybil Thorndike House, visit 18 Stafford Terrace (the preserved Victorian family home of Punch cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne), experience glitz and glamour at a Best of Broadway concert at the Royal Albert Hall, watch a film screening of ‘Lady in the Van’ or get creative at the Community Kitchen Gardeners’ workshop at The Second Half Centre – these are just some of the events that you can choose from and a lot of the activities run throughout the year.

You also don’t have to go on your own – you can invite a friend, family member or carer to join you.

The programme launches in Kensington and Chelsea on Monday 26 September and more information can be found on the Silver Sunday website. The 2016 brochure will be published in hard copy and on the website in early September with the full range of activities and booking information where necessary.

World’s End and Lots Road residents! Thought of starting your own business? Get a free introduction to enterprise with the Big Local and Portobello Business Centre..

Have you been wanting to start your own business, but want some advice and guidance before you make the plunge? If so, and you’re a resident of the World’s End and Lots Road area, the Big Local have teamed up with Portobello Business Centre to offer you just that!

A series of events, workshops and one-to-one sessions are on offer to find out what being self employed might be like. And the best thing is it’s all completely free!

So, if you want to dip your toe in the business water, get in touch with Vanessa Kelly, World’s End and Lots Road Big Local Coordinator at / 020 7460 5050. You can also book online.

The World’s End and Lots Road Big Local aims to achieve lasting change for local people in areas identified as local priorities. As well as employment support, check out the other local activities that are happening on the Big Local website –

You can also keep up-to-date with Big Local news on their Facebook page, which now includes photos of this month’s Big Local Summer Party!


Love me to Death: Romeo and Juliet reimagined by Intermission Youth Theatre…

Montagues and Capulets of Kensington and Chelsea! Borough-based Intermission Youth Theatre – a charity who works with 15-25 year olds who have either offended or are at the risk of offending – have developed their latest performance – a present day reworking of Romeo and Juliet.

Intermission’s aim is to offer an outlet for creativity and help self-confidence, ambition and aspiration through reimagining Shakespeare’s work to reflect aspects of youth culture in London today. The Brompton and Hans Town councillors, where Intermission Theatre is based, have also recently supported the organisation through City Living, Local Life to help continue their apprenticeship scheme.

Love me to Death runs from Wednesday, 26 October – Saturday, 19 November, every Wednesday and Saturday from 7.30pm at St Saviour’s Church (SW3 1SA). Each performance is followed by a talk-back with the young people involved.

Tickets are £16 (£11 concessions) and can be booked online. More information on the work of Intermission Youth Theatre can be found on their website.

Two boroughs alike in poverty, south and east, where we tell our story.

From past issues up to present gang wars, evading the laws to kill without cause.

Then he saw her, it was love at first sight, she caught a glimpse and was like, he’s alright!

But she’s from E8 and he’s from south east, and they got bare beef,

So that means no peace.

But these two lovers were prepared to fight, and tread the fearful tight rope of their plight.

Despite the backlash of the hood enraged, this passion was one lion they could not cage.

Engage, and with patient ears tell others, that our stage is full of Shakespeare’s lovers.

Bats, Minotaurs and more at Brompton Cemetery next month…

As summer draws to an close, why not make the most of the last bit of sunshine by checking out the new programme of walks and talks at Brompton Cemetery. From art exhibitions, to bat walks there is something for everyone, and all for free!

Brompton Bat Walk

Wednesday, 14 September – 6:30-9:00pm

Battle the myths associated with bats through this after hours walk at Brompton Cemetery. You will work with experts, using echo location to track and identify bats.

Please arrive at 6.30pm arrival at Brompton Cemetery Chapel. The walk commences at 7pm – latecomers will not be admitted.

Attendees cannot leave early, but there will an escort out of the cemetery at the end of the walk.

Booking: There are limited places for this event. To book a place for this free event, please email

Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear suitable clothing for the outdoors

Walking with Trees at Brompton

Thursday, 15 September – 5:00-7:00pm and Wednesday, 28 September – 12:30-2:30pm

Brompton Cemetery is home to over 600 trees, reflecting 50 different species. Come and find out about some of our most notable tree treasures, learn about the biodiversity and ecology of trees and the challenges of managing them within a cemetery site.

Booking: There are limited places for this event. To book a place for this free event, please email Please specify which date you prefer.

Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear suitable clothing for the outdoors

Minotaurs of the Mind – The Second Coil Art Exhibition

Wednesday, 14 September – Friday, 30 September

A powerful series of sculptures and 2D work by Anglo-Brazilian artist Iluá Hauck da Silva will be displayed in the serene surroundings of Brompton Cemetery Chapel. The exhibition forms a visual dialogue with the Cemetery’s environment and monuments and resonates with the underlying narratives on the transience of life, loss and grief, as well as with particular 19th century sensibilities which are inherent to Brompton, one of London’s oldest Victorian Cemeteries.

Please note: The exhibition opening times vary, please check the Brompton Cemetery website for more information  No booking required.


Become a brilliant budgeter with Crosslight Advice’s Money Essentials course – 22 September 2016

Money on the mind? Do you wonder where it goes, or looking for some practical tips to budget successfully?

If so, Crosslight Advice’s workshop on Thursday, 22 September (10am-12.30pm) may be able to help. The two-hour workshop is completely free, and will look at some steps you can take to get your money under control.

The setting is informal and friendly and the workshop will look at ways to manage your bills and other essential payments, help you build your own budget, and explore ideas and money saving tips to help you stick to it.

The course is taking place at Holy Trinity Queen’s Gate (SW7 5LP) and will repeat on 27 October, 24 November and 8 December.

You can find out more and register for the course at or by telephoning 020 7052 0318.

The Portobello Film Festival turns 21! 1 – 18 September, 2016

The fantastic, free and independent Portobello Film Festival returns in September to North Kensington to celebrate it’s 21st birthday!

Although it may be a little older, the ‘wild child’ of film festivals is showing no signs of moving away from the ethos of free, high quality local and international film that has made it the biggest celebration of independent film in Europe.

Running from 1-18 September, all events are free to attend in venues across North Ken such as the KPH, Muse Gallery and Acklam Village.

The Festival has been influential in the careers of many actors and filmmakers, including Shane Meadows and Guy Ritchie and showcases films from across the globe, with treats this year coming from Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, Iran and beyond. And if that’s not enough to whet your appetite a few City Living, Local Life-supported films have made their way into the programme too (Friday, 2nd September @ KPH!).

So, if you’re an indie film regular, or just want to sample some leading local and international film competing for one of the 10 Golden Trellicks (below), then check out the itinerary on the Portobello Film Festival website –


FREE employability training for World’s End and Lots Road residents with the Big Local – 24 August 2016

The World’s End and Lots Road Big Local are offering a free employability workshop to local residents to help get CV’s and interview skills in tip-top shape.

The workshop takes place on Wednesday, 24 August 2016 from 11am-1pm at the WERA Clubroom, 16 Blantyre Street, SW10 0DS.

The Big Local covers the following area, so if you are a resident of the below – book your place now!:


The workshop is completely free but places are limited, so do contact Vanessa Kelly, Big Local Coordinator on 07464971428 for information and to book-in.

For more information on the work of the World’s End and Lots Road Big Local, check out their website:


Feature: Four Acres turns Forty – Happy Birthday Meanwhile Gardens!

Party poppers at the ready – Meanwhile Gardens,the four acre community garden that forms the northerly border of Kensington and Chelsea is turning forty!

When four acres of derelict wasteland and crumbling terraces were being cleared just over 40 years ago, a local resident wondered if this could become a garden. That resident, Jamie McCullough, set about mobilising the local community to make the dream a reality and Westminster City Council, owners of the land at that time, agreed for it to be a garden ‘meanwhile’, until they could develop other plans.

The name stuck, the Gardens grew and prospered. Today, Meanwhile Gardens is run by a committee of local volunteers and offers a green oasis in densely populated North Kensington, providing safe open-air leisure, play, training and education opportunities.

The site includes a playhut for children under 6, a wildlife garden maintained by local branch of charity Mind, a Moroccan garden developed in partnership with local Moroccan women’s charity Al-Hasaniya and one of UK’s oldest skateparks. Kensington and Chelsea Council supports the Association with a grant of £62,500 per year to help it run a full programme of activities for the local community and maintain the gardens.

T0 mark its 40th birthday, a range of activities are planned and have taken place including the planting of 40 sunflowers and the painting 40 unique bird boxes by local people. And to further prove that life beings at 40, the charity is continuing to improve the facilities at Meanwhile Gardens, including refurbishing the skatepark that has started to show its age and develop cracks. The Association has already been working with those using the skatepark and started fundraising to maintain this facility for another generation of children and young people to access, without cost being a barrier.

Find out more or contribute to their fundraising campaign by contacting Meanwhile Gardens Community Association on 020 8960 4600 or emailing

And finally, check out the 1981 Meanwhile Gardens documentary below to see how it has been improving local life through the decades!

Feature photograph by David Fisher.

City Living, Local Life: The Chelsea Festival returns to the Worlds End, this Saturday…

With a little help from the Chelsea Riverside Councillors through City Living, Local Life, EPIC Youth’s Chelsea Festival is back again this year – and this time it’s sporty!

As well as activities for all the family, including a bouncy castle, batak wall, rodeo bull, bungee run, aeroball and sumo suits, to get into the spirit of the Rio Games there are prizes to be won across a range of sports including:

5-a-side football

With 2 pools for juniors (aged 7-11) and seniors (12-16), the tournaments take place between 11am-4pm at the World’s End pitch. Sign up is first-come, first-served basis and you can book your place (and the chance at the cash prize) by contacting, calling 07875878859 or completing the following form.

So get down to the World’s End (King’s Road, SW10 0DR) on Saturday, 20 August for a free day of EPIC activities from 12pm-5pm.

Get into Shakes-gear with The Handlebards at Chelsea Physic Garden, 1-3 September…

Join the cycling Shakespeareans – the Handlebards – and enjoy, in the words of Sir Ian McKellen, ‘uproariously funny’ evenings from 1-3 September at Chelsea Physic Garden.

The gardens, founded in 1673 for the purpose of training apprentices in the identification and use of medicinal plants, and now home to the world’s most northerly grapefruit tree amongst other wonders, play host to two evenings of Richard III and one of Much Ado About Nothing.

The Handlebards have cycled thousands of miles across the world, carrying all of their set, props and costume, to perform environmentally sustainable and ‘charmingly chaotic’ Shakespeare plays. Details of the Chelsea Physic Garden performances are as follows:

Richard III: Thursday, 1 September and Friday, 2 September – 7pm

Much Ado About Nothing: Saturday, 3 September – 7pm 

Tickets: £16 – including a gin & tonic.

As it is an outdoor performance, do bring blankets and picnics. Please do not bring glass bottles and/or alcohol however as drinks will be available to purchase.

Chairs will be available to rent for £1 which will go towards supporting the Gardens charitable work.

More information, including how to book tickets can be found on the Chelsea Physic Garden website.

Chelsea Physic Garden is also a charity that is dedicated to demonstrating the medicinal, economic, cultural and environmental importance of plants to the survival and well-being of humankind. If you would like to find out more and get involved with the Garden, do check out their volunteer opportunities.


September sales and access all areas at the Royal Borough’s Libraries…

There’s a lot to unearth in Kensington and Chelsea’s libraries next month as the annual book sales return and Kensington Central opens up its collections, history archives and more for Love Your Library day…

Book Sales

When? Monday 5 September – Saturday 10 September from 9:30am-8pm

Where? Chelsea Library, Brompton Library, Kensington Central Library and North Kensington Library.

Pop down to your local library to browse the literary treasures on sale.

Love Your Library

When? Tuesday 6 September, 10am – 5pm

Where? Kensington Central Library

Love your library? Then join in the celebrations on Tuesday 6 September and access all areas of Kensington Central Library. With all the departments hosting displays, demonstrations and tutorials there will be something for all ages.

The day will include a look back at historical photos of Kensington and Chelsea, local artefacts and a display of The Illustrated London News. And for those of you with an eye on the future, the library’s 3D printer will be in action.

As well as library displays, there will be pamper stalls and children’s games and craft activities.


Community Callout: Tesco Volunteers are looking for a community space that needs renovating…

Kensington and Chelsea residents and community groups! Do you know of a space in the borough that could do with a little TLC?

If so, volunteers from Tesco stores in the borough are looking to offer their time to help freshen up a community building and bring it back to life. And the best bit? They’ll also bring all the essentials and equipment to get started!

If you know of a space then get in touch with Tesco’s Community Champion, Rianne Black-Foster at / 07756573461.


City Living, Local Life: The Venture Centre Fun Day returns…

With support from the Golborne ward Councillors and Love Golborne/City Living, Local Life the Venture Centre’s Family Fun Day returns – and all the activities are free!

The day kicks off at 1pm for food, drink and fun. The Venture Centre is found at 103a Wornington Road, London, W10 5YB.


Notting Dalers! Celebrate with the Henry Dickens Summer Party on Sunday, 14 August…

With a little support from City Living, Local Life, the Henry Dickens Community Gardeners are inviting all in the local community to come party with them!

Their annual Summer Party will be brightening up Henry Dickens Court from 1pm on Sunday, 14 August. Donations are welcome for barbecue food and drinks, but kids can eat for free.

Put your best foot forward for a 10 mile Royal Park walk and raise money for Action on Hearing Loss…

Join Action on Hearing Loss on Saturday, 15 October for a beautiful 10-mile walk that winds through London’s lush and historic Regent’s and Hyde Parks.

Starting at 10am on the west side of Regent’s Park – home to more than 100 species of wild bird – the route will meander round the Boating Lake, stroll past the Secret Garden and Serpentine Lake, and circle the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. A well-deserved and delicious tea will be served at the finish.

Beginners do not fear! This event’s not about smashing your personal best; it’s about putting your best foot forward for Action on Hearing Loss – and having the best time ever doing it.

To enter, there is an early bird registration fee of £30 (including afternoon tea!) or £10 for children under 10. There is also a sponsorship pledge of £50 per person to raise funds to help the 11 million people living with hearing loss, deafness or tinnitus in the UK.

You can find out more and sign-up to the walk at the Action on Hearing Loss website.

The Go Golborne Unplug & Play Summer Challenge is on!

After the launch of Go Golborne’s 2nd campaign, Unplug & Play, at their Party in the Park, the project’s Summer Challenge is now underway!

The challenge is all about trying to do as many screen-free activities as possible over the summer. And there are great prizes to be won too!

As part of the campaign, all primary school children in Golborne have been given a guide of 45 things to do in or around Golborne this summer. The idea is that children do as many of these activities as possible, gaining reward stickers for each one they do and even for screen-free activities not listed in the guide. At the end of the summer, children can hand back in their guides at various locations and win prizes including a kid’s bike, tickets to the zoo, swimming passes and many more.

To find out more details of the challenge, where you can pick up reward stickers and copies of the guide from and where and when to hand back guides to enter the competition, visit the Unplug & Play Summer Challenge page on the Go Golborne website.

You can also read the Unplug & Play ’45 things to do…’ guide online at the Go Golborne online library.


Nominate your favourite group for a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service…

Do you know a local group that does great work involving volunteers? If so, you can nominate them to be recognised by Buckingham Palace and achieve a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK that recognises and rewards excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community.

First announced in 2002 as part of the celebrations for The Queen’s Golden Jubilee, the award is given for outstanding achievement by groups of volunteers who regularly devote their time to helping others in the community, improving the quality of life and opportunity for others and providing an outstanding service. Over the years, the award has gone to many different types of groups including those who are working to improve their local environment, running community centres, supporting families, or working with children and young people.

Anyone in the UK can nominate a group. To be eligible, the group must consist of two or more people who have been doing volunteering work for at least three years. The majority of the group must be volunteers, and more than half the volunteers must have the right to live in the UK.

To be nominated, groups should do work that:

  • Provides a service and meets a need for people living in the local community.
  • Is supported, recognised and respected by the local community and the people who benefit from it.
  • Is run locally.

The winners are announced each year on 2 June (the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation). They will receive a certificate signed by The Queen and an exclusive commemorative crystal, presented by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenants in their counties at special ceremonies arranged by the Lieutenancy offices.

The deadline for nominations to the 2017 Awards is 16 September 2016 (midnight). The application form can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Funding alert: Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme is open

The Home Office has established the Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme to tackle the rising number of hate crimes against religious buildings.

£2.4 million of funding has been made available to achieve the following aims:

  • To provide security hardening measures for places of worship that have been subject to – or are deemed to be vulnerable to – criminal damage and extreme physical attacks.
  • To identify places of worship at greatest risk of criminal damage.
  • Provide a level of reassurance to places of worship.
  • Mitigate the impact of hate crime offences including but not limited to:
    • criminal damage (vandalism, graffiti, arson); and
    • public order (inside the property).

All places of worship in England and Wales are eligible to submit a bid except for Synagogues as a similar commitment was made to fund Jewish community sites through a grant administered by the Community Security Trust.

Applicants will need to provide 20% of the total project cost themselves. No minimum or maximum amount of grant has been specified.

Initially applicants will also need to have sufficient funds to pay for the full cost of the security equipment to be installed, before reclaiming 80% back from the Home Office upon completion.

Examples of what can be funded include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • CCTV.
  • Perimeter fencing.
  • Access control gates.
  • Bollards.
  • Door locks.
  • Window locks.
  • Intruder alarm.
  • External lighting.
  • Security doors.

Funding is also available to pay the appropriate labour cost to install the security equipment.

Police reports, records of incidents, photographic evidence and/or insurance claims must be provided as part of the application process to demonstrate that the applicant’s building needs increased security.

The deadline for the First Round of this fund is 20 September 2016 (5pm) and details on how to apply can be found on the GOV.UK website.

The Home Office expects there to be a second round in the spring of 2017.

The 2015/2016 City Living, Local Life Annual Report is out now!

As City Living, Local Life enters its sixth year, we are proud to present the latest annual report.

In the last year, over £200,000 has been allocated to 108 projects to improve local life across Kensington and Chelsea. Find out how the initiative has been helping local residents, community groups and councillors in your local area.

The latest annual report is available in hard copy or you can download the interactive PDF version here.


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