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City Living Local Life focus: Chelsea Riverside

Down in the south of the borough we go, for a look at Chelsea Riverside and how City Living, Local Life helped people improve where they live and work.

In recent years, Chelsea Riverside councillors have supported a range of projects from environmental improvements to community get-togethers as well as support for older residents and those looking for employment.

The World’s End piazza has been a focus, with City Living, Local Life helping members of local mental health charity SMART to maintain the World’s End and Lots Road Big Local planters. The piazza has also been brought to life with the annual Chelsea Youth Festival that is organised by, and for, local young people.

But, it’s not just the World’s End that has benefited from City Living, Local Life as the Cremorne Residents’ Association of Lots Village threw a summer fete, Fetters Lane Church saw Ernest and Mary Gillick being commemorated with a blue plaque and the Chelsea FC Foundation’s Premier League Kicks programme was extended in the south of the borough helping young people in the area remain active and healthy. In 2016, councillors also helped to make Christmas that much more special, supporting festive lights on the Kings Road and a celebration for the World’s End Over 50s’ social club.

For more information about the area, and local activities taking place, visit the Chelsea Riverside ward page on the City Living, Local Life website.

CLLL: Call the Community Nurse – shared bike scheme launched at Pembridge Palliative

With support from the Dalgarno and St Helen’s councillors through City Living, Local Life, North Kensington-based Pembridge Palliative Care have set up a shared bike scheme for their community nurses, social workers and therapists.

Pembridge Palliative Care provides support for people with terminal illnesses and those who require end-of-life care from their St Charles Hospital base and at people’s homes. The bike scheme will help reduce journey times when visiting patients at home – meaning that more time can be spent with patients and their families relieving pain, anxiety and loneliness in these difficult times.

Pembridge currently support 82 Kensington and Chelsea residents at home, and more than 50 people who attend the inpatient unit and day hospice.

The recycled bikes will be on the roads from March – so do keep an eye out!

You can find out more information on the work of Pembridge Palliative care and how can get involved on the hospice website.


With thanks to Nick Le Reche, Fundraising Manager at Pembridge for help putting this together!

Last chance: Do you know someone who will benefit from the borough’s Home Energy Service?

Although it may feel like the worst of the winter weather over, there is never a bad time to spread a little WARMTH – Kensington and Chelsea’s Home Energy service for the borough’s most vulnerable households.

WARMTH  is free service that provides in-home visits to give health and financial advice, tips on efficient energy usage and using heating systems as well as free installation of energy saving measures such as lightbulbs, draft proofing and energy monitors. Where relevant, the scheme also helps people to access grants for larger home improvements.

The scheme is primarily aimed for:

  •         People with a physical disability or suffering from long term illness
  •         People with mental health issues
  •         Those who are pregnant or have a child under 5 and on a low income
  •         Older Person (Over 65)
  •      Young Person (16-25) on a low income

Referrals are accepted up until the end of March 2017 and can be made using Groundwork UK’s online formemailing or by calling 0300 365 5003.

For more information on the scheme do check out the RBKC Greener Borough webpages.

IWD 2017: Be Bold For Change – Free talk and tour at the V&A…

Borough-based, cultural space The Victoria & Albert Museum are celebrating International Women’s Day with a free talk & tour on this year’s theme – Be Bold For Change.

On Thursday, 2 March from 1pm-2pm, join Nikke Ariff on tour as she chooses objects that reflect the spirit from the V&A collection. The objects chosen reflect artists and works which were bold in their day and inspired personal and social change.

The meeting point for the talk is the Grand Entrance.

This IWD 2017-themed tour is one of many free talks and tours provided year round by the V&A. For more information on the other tours on offer do visit the V&A website.

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Getting a Healthy Start on Portobello and Golborne Market…

Kensington and Chelsea families – are you part of the Healthy Start scheme, or think you may be eligible? If so, then good news as the fruit and vegetable stalls along Portobello and Golborne Road have signed up to accept Healthy Start vouchers!

Launched on Friday, 20 January, the following stalls are now accepting Healthy Start vouchers:


At the launch, market shoppers were also treated to a special Healthy Start promotion stall that was organised by Go Golborne and Mytime Active that provided samples of healthy recipes made with fresh ingredients from the market.

Cllrs Monica Press, Tim Ahern and Emma Dent Coad with with ‘Mushroom Man’, Tom Dean to celebrate the launch of Healthy Start in Portobello. 

The NHS Healthy Start scheme provides vouchers to families with young children who are on a low income to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk.

To find out more about the scheme, including eligibility, please visit


Watch: THE CLUB – inspiring young people at Earl’s Court Youth Club…

Eager readers and local Earl’s Court residents will remember the Earl’s Court Community Trust’s local Film Festival that was held last November.

The festival showcased a series of short films and documentaries shot in and around the Earl’s Court area and was won by Kid Gloves, a tale that unravels after Merle lends a pair of gardening gloves to her young neighbour Lucy. The Earl’s Court Youth Club also got in on the act, and with support from the Redcliffe councillors through City Living, Local Life, produced THE CLUB – a 4 minute showcase of how the Club helps local youth to realise their ambitions…

Consultation: Heathrow Third Runway – open until 25/05/17

The Government has began a four-month consultation on plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport. It believes a new runway will strengthen the UK’s links with the rest of the world, offering new and improved opportunities for tourism and trade.

But a third runway will also have an environmental impact. The Government promises to address that impact with a package of measures it describes as “world class”. It believes expansion can be delivered within existing air quality requirements though this would, in any case, be a condition of planning approval.

There will be a number of consultation events across London, including one at Kensington Town Hall on Wednesday 1 March. This drop-in event is open to all. It begins at 11am and finishes at 8pm.

Formally speaking, the consultation is on a draft National Policy Statement (NPS) on expanding runway capacity and airport infrastructure in the south-east of England.

The draft NPS sets out:

• the need for additional airport capacity in the south-east of England
• why Government believes that need is best met by a north-west runway at Heathrow Airport
• the specific requirements that the new runway will need to meet to gain development consent on issues such as pollution, climate change, habitats, health, good design and cost.

It is also possible to participate in this consultation online. All the background documents and consultation response forms are available at:

The consultation ends at 11.45pm on Thursday 25 May 2017.

To address the worries about noise, climate change and air quality, the Government is proposing a range of counter measures that includes legally binding noise targets, a ban of six and a half hours on scheduled night flights and new technology to make airspace more efficient and reduce the need for stacking, thereby making journeys faster and more environmentally friendly.

“We remain very concerned about the environmental impact of a third runway,” said Cllr Tim Coleridge, RBKC Cabinet Member for Transport, “Our hope is that the ‘world-class package of measures’ that has been promised will address our concerns. We will be studying it closely before making our own submission to the Government.”

Funding advice: Everything you always wanted to know about Civic Crowdfunding but were too afraid to ask

Residents and community groups are invited to attend a drop-in surgery about Civic Crowdfunding at Westway Trust on Friday 24 February between 2pm-5pm.

Have you ever looked at a nearby green space and thought it could be livened up? Or maybe you have an idea to improve a publicly used building or to install some public art?  Communities across the UK are using crowdfunding to make their ideas come to life. Crowdfunding has been used to raise the profile of projects, gather public support, and raise the money that’s needed to make things happen.

Via Civic Crowdfunders, Spacehive, Kensington and Chelsea has seen five successful projects crowdfunded in the borough so far with approximately £30,000 raised and over 200 backers pledging to a variety of projects from grass root football teams to community art projects.

So if you are busy gathering your costs together and are ready to launch, if you need some tips about social media or who to approach for pledges support, if you have an idea but don’t know what to do next, or just curious to learn about civic crowdfunding and how it works, come and speak to members of Westway Trust, RBKC’s Community Engagement Team who will be on hand to advise where possible.

Come along to the reception area at Westway Trust, 1 Thorpe Close, London W10 5XL between 2pm and 5pm and you will be guided into the surgery.

For more information about crowdfunding in Kensington and Chelsea visit the links below:

For more information about the drop in surgery, contact Westway Trust on 020 8962 5720 or email


IWD 2017: Women in Advertising at the Museum of Brands…

To coincide with International Women’s Day 2017, The North Kensington-based Museum of Brands, Packing and Advertising are launching a series of talks, films and workshops focused on women in advertising.

Beginning on 8 March, to celebrate International Women’s Day the Museum is showcasing the short film, 10 from 50, which examines how gender stereotypes have changed in advertising over the last 50 years.

From there, a series of talks examining the construction of gender roles through packing and advertising are being given on 10 and 24 March and 7 and 21 April. Talks begin at 2pm.

The 26 March sees the Museum host an afternoon of talks and trails to share the history of the Museum on Mother’s Day. Looking at motherhood through branding, advertising and games from Edwardian times until today, the afternoon looks to appreciate the roles of mothers and reminisce and remember childhood moments.

* A ticket for the museum is required to attend the events above *

For more information on the events, plus the Museums associated learning offers, do visit their Museum and Brands website.

Advance notice: The Friends of Holland Park Art Exhibition, 1-9 April 2017

Art aficionados! The Friends Of Holland Park‘s annual exhibition is returning for its 35th year this spring at The Orangery – one of the most spectacular locations in London.

The exhibition will take place in The Orangery, Holland Park on:

Saturday, 1 April from 1pm-6pm

Sunday, 2 April – Sunday, 9 April 10:30am -6pm.

Admission is free.

As well as the traditional exhibition of paintings, sculptures, cards and craft items, each year the work of a Friend is featured. This year the Feature Artist is Olivia Chalmers, a botanical artist and long-term Friend and exhibitor. Olivia studied at the Harrow School of Art, discovering botanical art after taking classes at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew under the renowned Annie Farrar.


Get Cleaner and Greener with The Royal Borough’s guide to waste and recycling…

Always been a little unsure about collection days? Or how you can recycle in Kensington and Chelsea? Then help is at hand with the Council’s new Cleaner, Greener Guide.

The handy guide has been delivered to households in the Royal Borough and can also be viewed online [pdf]. A pdf version that is easier to download to your device is also available here.

Cleaner, Greener includes the location mini recycling centres in the borough, what exactly goes in what bags and information on environmental projects that you can get involved in. If you would like more information on the guide – or have any questions related to the local environment – do contact Streetline on 020 7361 3001 /


Community Reporters: London Belongs To Me…

Our very own star Community Reporter, Stan Moorcroft is back with an excellent piece for the Institute of Community Reporters. The original post can be found on the ICR website.

I have lived in London now just over thirty years, having moved here on 4th July 1983. I don’t know how long you normally must wait to claim squatter’s rights, but thirty plus years seems a good enough period to me. So, let me state my claim now, London belongs to me.

The glory of London is its parks and open spaces, you are rarely ever far away from a London park, common or heath. I am within fifteen minutes’ walk of Kensington Gardens or Holland Park, much closer to several smaller areas with grass and flowers and benches on which to sit, all maintained by Kensington and Chelsea council who also still believe in the value of trees. Those who would see what they call ‘the state’ shrink rarely mention such items in their calculations. What does it cost to maintain a tree? Too much for some, who know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Holland Park is one of the less known London parks and one of my favourite, combining as it does areas of uncultivated and semi wild ground, with the ordered gardens around Holland House. Like most London parks it too is mercifully well provided with wooden benches, the metal ones being considerably inferior. I think leaving a park bench as a memorial is as great a gift to the world you leave behind as the planting of a tree. Sitting on one of the park benches in Holland Park in the fall of last year I was moved to pen a poem.

Each one chooses its moment
then a letting go,
the moment of separation
Falling slowly through the damp autumn air.
No, not fluttering
more acceptance,
a closing of the eyelids.
In choosing your moment
you chose less carefully.
For Caspar Ringrose 11/1/71 – 26/6/94

As you can see I dedicated it to Caspar Ringrose on whose bench I was sitting when I composed the poem. I never knew him, but hope he would approve.

Kensington Gardens is a different sort of open space to Holland Park, providing passage for cyclists and joggers between Bayswater and south Kensington. Kensington Gardens isn’t a separate park at all, but is an adjunct to Hyde Park. I used to walk to work taking a route through Kensington Gardens, then Hyde Park, Green Park and finally St James Park before finally reaching my office just around the corner from New Scotland Yard. The geography of each park brushing against the other allowing for such a pleasant journey into the heart of London.

I recently learned that this is the same route to work taken by John Stuart Mill over a hundred and fifty years earlier. It was on one such journey that he found two dead babies in Kensington Gardens, abandoned by a mother too poor to care for them. Shocked by this discovery he took to handing out leaflets advocating birth control in the East End. This action earning him a short spell in prison.

Thankfully the most shocking thing I have ever come across on a London walk is a rather splendid looking dead fox, foxes now regular visitors to night time London. Engaged I imagine in clubbing to the early hours of the morning in the West End.

St James Park is the most ordered of the central London parks, I used to take my lunch there. It is also of course a notorious meeting place for spies. I often used to look out for likely suspects, latter day Kim Philby’s, or Anthony Blunt’s, men in hats carrying brown envelopes, who, after looking furtively around, turn to a stranger and say “I think the ducks have not been fed today!” To which with any luck the stranger replies. “Fortunately I have come with a bag of breadcrumbs.”

Not all of London’s parks and green spaces are open to the public. Particularly around Holland Park and Kensington there is a plethora of padlocked parks and gardens. These are the reservations set aside for the wealthy inhabitants of the crescents and squares that make up this area of West London. In the film ‘Notting Hill’ Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant clamber over the railings of one such park to enjoy some quality time together. If you ever did try this I imagine some monstrous alarm system would start screeching into the night.

During the war the railings around these parks were removed, ostensibly for scrap iron, though also feeding into the democratic spirit of the war. It was a move greatly applauded by George Orwell, who had at one time lived at the Notting Hill End of Portobello Road.

Towards the end of the war the railings began to be put back. When Orwell protested, this move an indignant correspondent accused Orwell of advocating theft. Orwell responded:

‘If giving the land back to the people of England is theft, I am quite happy to call it theft…In his zeal to defend private property my correspondent does not stop to consider how the so-called owners of the land got hold of it. They simply seized it by force, afterwards hiring lawyers to provide them with title deeds.’[1]

If anything, things have got considerably worse since Orwell’s day. There are now whole areas of Dockland, and parts of the City in which you are ‘allowed’ to walk and may be permitted to take pictures, – however these privileges, not rights you understand, can be taken from you on a whim from the ‘owners’ of the land. Whilst the maintenance of Hyde Park has been privatised and recently the company who won the contract started to levy charges for playing football or cricket on parts of the park that Londoners have played on, for free, for hundreds of years. These moves met with stiff resistance and the authorities backed down.

Londoners have over the centuries have proved a difficult populace to govern, quick to defend any transgressions of their rights and liberties, with a propensity to riot if the ruling elite push their luck too far. I will be standing with them, for London belongs to me, one to its citizens.

[1] The collected Essays Journalism and Letters of George Orwell, Volume 3, As I Please, p241.

13-25? Get creative and qualified with SPID Theatre’s Reimagining Goldfinger project…

Budding theatre makers, historians, producers, designers and performers! The Cheltenham Estate, the iconic North Kensington estate that includes the Grade II* listed Trellick Tower and Edenham Way will be brought to life by SPID Theatre with a series of interactive and performative guides tours – and they are looking for 13-25 year olds to get involved.

Reimagining Goldfinger, celebrates Erno Goldfinger’s North Kensington design, which celebrates its 50th birthday this year and has come to symbolise the Brutalist movement. Commissioned by London County Council, the estate replaced the substandard late 19th century housing, and Reimagining Goldfinger aims to look at the impact of the architecture on the social lives of the community who have lived there.

The sessions to prepare these performative tours will take place on Saturdays starting from March 4, and ending with the performative tour on the 27th of May, and are every week excluding the 15th of April.

For more information, and to sign up, do contact

The project is part of a year-long intergenerational heritage project, in collaboration with the Victoria & Albert Museum and the 20th Century Society. And you can learn more about the work so far as SPID’s Trellick Tales documentary will be presented along with photographs and oral histories at the Victoria & Albert Museum on 11 February from 2-5pm. 

Community Groups: Build Your Own Discovery at Kensington Palace…

Kensington Palace, the home of Kings and Queens until the 19th Century and London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is opening its doors to local groups and offering them the chance to discover the palace in their own way.

Build Your Own Discovery (BYOD) is an access scheme for adult community and education groups based within Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and the City of Westminster. In addition to providing free access to the Palace, BYOD aims to engage people with the stories, collections and historic spaces in ways that are meaningful to them. This is done by training up and supporting group leaders and adult learning tutors to lead visits for their own groups.

To help you get the most out of your Discoveries, the scheme offers one-day training for group leaders, free group visits, discount entry tickets for members of the group and staff support to help leaders and tutors plan their activities.

Borough-based group Open Age taking part in their own BYOD session.

If you are interested in this right royal offer, there are training sessions available twice a year (spring and autumn), and the next sessions are:

  • Friday 21 April 2017, 10:00-16:00
  • Monday 24 April 2017, 10:00-16:00

For more information, or to register your interest, email Kim Klug or Jatinder Kailey at and

Mothers of the borough! Stretch, dance and de-stress with Wonderful ‘Womb’man…

Mothers of the borough! Are you looking to get active? If so, local resident Emmanuelle Marcel has created a series of dance classes tailored for ‘womb’men and mums at Kensington Primary Academy (Community Room B1, Warwick Road, W14 8PU)

The dance classes are a basic level and provide a safe relaxing place to de-stress, stretch, stay fit and learn some fun moves. As well as increasing your self-confidence, rhythm and coordination the classes aim to enhance strength through technique.

The classes include contemporary, hip-hop and street, ballet, salsa, tap and musical theatre dance.

Term dates & Prices  (There are no classes during half-term):

Spring Term dates:

Tuesdays, 9-10am from Monday 16th January – Fri 31 March :£120 (£100 until end of January)

Tuesdays, 9-10am from Tuesday 21st February – Tuesday 28th March: £90 (£72 until 18 February)

Summer Term dates: 

Tuesday 18th April – Tuesday 18th July: £150  (£130 until 18 February)

Drop-in Price:  £15 per session (£12 until end of Feb)

The entrance for the Community Rooms at Kensington Primary Academy is opposite the Hilton Olympia (the door is on the left before the stairs for the school!)

The classes are run on a not-for-profit basis with proceeds going back into the running of the programme.

For bookings and enquiries, please contact Emmanuelle Marcel:

I really enjoyed your dance class this morning, it incorporated all the elements of stretching and bending, relaxing and bouncing with fun dance movements thrown in. I loved your choice of music and will come again. – Kitty Mason, (Headmistress of Holland Park Pre-Prep School and Day Nursery, 1990-Present)

Very competent teacher and knowledgeable about her subject, really enjoyable and fun, friendly atmosphere, good choise of music to the particular dance routine, very helpful. -Jacinta, 31 (Ex-Dance student and previously Events Manager at London Eye)

Guest feature: A new face at the Dalgarno Trust…

Piece provided by the Dalgarno Trust

The Dalgarno Trust is a vibrant community based charity in North Kensington. In this part of the borough there a number of challenges and difficulties the community faces which means it may be a far cry from what some would consider Kensington and Chelsea to represent.

At Dalgarno Trust there are a wide range of services available such as a weekly Food Bank, projects that promote healthy living, address social isolation, volunteering and many other activities and classes. There’s also a pre-school, counselling service and alternative therapies on offer.

The Trust also run a popular free music tuition class for young people that draws interest from across the borough. There is also rental space available for anyone wanting to develop a business or provide services to the local community.

At the end of November 2016, former Director Vicki Davies left Dalgarno after many years developing and growing the organisation and handed over to the new CEO, Robin Snook. Following a career in a range of industries across the south of England, Robin brings commercial business and social enterprise expertise to Dalgarno.

Just before Christmas, The Trust was delighted to be visited by the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea Cllr Mrs Elizabeth Rutherford who came to see the Food Bank in action.


The Food Bank provides essential food and other items for up to 80 attendees each week and Dalgarno has succeeded in gaining the support of many retailers in running this operation. This includes not only the donation of a raft of food and household goods, but also retail staff as volunteers. So enthused by what she observed, the Mayor agreed to also take part as a volunteer, helping to distribute products to those in need.

As a charity, Dalgarno Trust relies on grants, donations and fundraising together with the huge generosity of many volunteers from a diversity of backgrounds. If you have an interest in finding out more about the organisation and its aims, please contact Robin Snook at

CLLL: Mind your head -Free ‘Talking Talk Shops’ in Kensington

Feeling low, worried or isolated? If so, there is free support at the Dalgarno Trust and ClementJames Centre for RBKC residents.

The ‘Talking Talk Shops’ are small facilitator-led ‘peer-to-peer’ discussion groups where you can share your thoughts and listen to others in a non-judgmental setting.

Depending on your desire to get involved, the Talking Talk shops also help you take practical steps to solving issues – be they linking up with different services, volunteering, getting employment advice or simply helping you get and out about and meeting other people.

The Talking Talk Shops meet:

Wednesdays @ Dalgarno Trust (Dalgarno Way, W10 5LE), 11am-12:30pm. 

Thursdays @ ClementJames (Sirdar Road, W11 4EQ), 2pm-3:30pm.

Before attending please do drop Marcia, group facilitator, a quick phone call (07444 321795) or email to let her know you are coming.

The Talking Talk Shops are supported by the Dalgarno Councillors through City Living, Local Life.

Date for your diary: Neighbourhood Watch Conference, Saturday 18 February 2017…

Kensington and Chelsea residents! Are you part of your local neighbourhood watch, or would you like to know more about the scheme and community safety in the Royal Borough more generally?

If so, the next Neighbourhood Watch Conference is taking place on Saturday, 18 February 2017, from 10:15am-2pm in the Small Hall, Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, W8 7NX.

There will be a range of information stalls and presentations from the RBKC Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator, Metropolitan Police, RBKC Community Safety and Online Watch Link.

Refreshments will be provided and stalls will be open until 2:30pm.

If you would like to attend, please register via the Kensington and Chelsea Social Council website.


Watch: LWT’s 1982 World’s End documentary…

The year is 1982. The Falklands War has just got underway. The Queen is celebrating her Pearl Jubilee. Canada decide to go it alone. The first Next store has opened. The Smiths are formed.

And on the World’s End, London Weekend Television follow the lives of the children of the estates capturing the ups, downs and robot dance moves of the time…

A big thank you to the World’s End and Lots Road Big Local for bringing it to our attention!

Community Safety: Have a Cuppa with a Coppa in Golborne ward…

Do you live, work, shop or study in Golborne ward and want to find out more about local policing? If so, you can do this over a Cuppa with a Coppa or by attending a street briefing or advice surgery over the coming weeks…

Cuppa with a Coppa

10/03/17 – Cafe O’Porto on Golborne Road (W10)

Street Briefings

24/02/17 – Southern Row (W10), 5pm-7pm

22/03/17 – Acklam Road/BaySixty6, 5pm-7pm

Ward panels and Advice

28/01/17 – Street Surgery @ Portobello Road/Radington Road, 4pm-5pm

15/02/17 – WARD PANEL MEETING – Kensal House, Adair Road W10, 6pm-7pm

19/02/17 – Advice Surgery – Horniman Park, Kensal Road, 2pm-4pm

Other opportunities

22/01/17 – Wornington Road/ Portobello Hall, 2pm-4pm

08/02/17 – Crime preventation stall – Trellick Tower/William Hill, Golborne Road, 4pm-6pm

17/03/17 – Youth engagement – Trellick Tower Youth Centre, Golborne Road, 5pm-6pm

03/03/17 – Malvern Close/Wornington Road, 6pm-8pm


Each ward in Kensington and Chelsea has a Safer Neighbourhood Team that can be contacted about local policing issues. To contact the Golborne SNT Team do telephone 020 8721 3026 or email . Contact details for each Safer Neighbourhood Team can be found on the RBKC website.

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