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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 the heart of Ladbroke Grove. In this part of the Borough there are high levels of deprivation and disadvantage; a far cry from what some would consider Kensington and Chelsea to represent.

At Dalgarno Trust there are now a wide range of services available such as a weekly Food Bank, projects that raise awareness of how to live healthily, an initiative that addresses social isolation, community volunteering and many other activities and classes for local residents to engage in. There’s also a pre-school, counselling service and alternative therapies on offer too.

Amongst the more innovative opportunities at Dalgarno is the hugely 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 a new CEO, Robin Snook. Following a career in a range of industries Robin will bring commercial business expertise to Dalgarno having worked for a number of companies and social enterprises across the south of England.

Just prior to Christmas, Dalgarno Trust was delighted to be visited by the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea Cllr Mrs Elizabeth Rutherford  who was interested in seeing the operation of the Food Bank.


The Food Bank provides essential food and other items for up to 80 attendees each week. Dalgarno has succeeded in gaining the support of many retailers in running the operation. This includes not only the donation of many diverse products and foodstuffs but also offering the participation of their 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. Pictured above are the Mayor together with members of staff and volunteers at the Dalgarno Food Bank.

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 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 ‘peer-to-peer’ discussion groups where, led by a facilitator, you can share your issues and listen to others in a non-judgmental setting.

Supported by Dalgarno councillors through City Living, Local Life, 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.

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 (W8 7NX).

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

Refreshments are provided and stalls will be open for questions 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.

So, press play, sit back and enjoy 30 minutes of nostalgia and wondering about just how much has really changed…

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.

City Living, Local Life: Celebrating 30 years of the North Kensington Women’s Textile Workshop…

If you venture down to Portobello on a market day, you might spy a stall selling a range of handmade, colourful clothes just under the Westway. Chances are this stall is stocking some of the range produced by the North Kensington Women’s Textile Workshop (NKWTW).

For 30 years, NKWTW has been teaching dress making and textiles skills to local women who are unemployed or on a low-income. The group of women currently stands at 22 with students from around the world, including Ethiopia, Somalia, Nigeria, Egypt, Congo, Grenada, Trinidad and St. Lucia.

And to celebrate 30 years of helping women get creative, learn practical skills and take steps to employment, the Workshop held their first ever fashion show…

Attended by over 100 people, all of the clothes at the fashion show were made by NKWTW students. The students presented their own collections – they very ones they are taking to Portobello.

The fashion show was made possible with a little support from the Golborne Councillors through City Living, Local Life/Love Golborne – so Happy Birthday NKWTW and here’s to 30 years more!

Get into gear this new year with Bikeminded…

Now entering its seventh year, the Royal Borough’s Bikeminded campaign to get people cycling in the borough is kicking off 2017 with commuter rides, an eBike loan offer, free lights, cycle skills and the return of the Bikeminded Film Club.

New to cycling?

To help local residents get in the saddle, Bikeminded offer all new cyclists free lights to help them keep safe in the dark. Simply email with the subject line ‘NEW RESIDENT’ to add a little light to your nighttime journeys.

Want to upskill?

Got  all the gear, but want a better idea? If so, Bikeminded offer a free, be-spoke 2-hour session with experienced cycle trainers for RBKC residents, workers and students

Training can take place at a convenient location for you within the borough, at a time to suit your needs. For more information on the offer, check out Bikeminded’s Cycle Skills page

You can also join Bikeminded on their Monday Commuter Rides and ride with others along the route from Shepherd’s Bush Library (W12) to Blackfriars Bridge. The route uses quiet roads and parks where possible, depending on where people want to be dropped off.

You can register for the event and view and suggest pick up/drop off points online.

Or get green?

The Council also has 3 eBikes that are available to loan for residents and businesses. These electric bikes are sure to get you through any journey around London and come with an optional trailer. For more information, check out the eBike Loan page.

And when you’re all cycled out, 2017 sees the Bikeminded Film Club return for the fourth year, and the first film is definitely one you want to phone home about…

On Tuesday, 31 January, ‘E.T. The Extra-terrestrial’ comes to Kensington Central Library at 7.30pm.

Tickets are free, but registration via Eventbrite is essential.

Consultation: Reducing the dominance of traffic in Sloane Street…

Running from Knightsbridge to Sloane Square, Sloane Street is one of the most well known shopping and residential areas in London and the UK, if not the world.

But being one of the top shopping and residential areas has taken its toll on Sloane Street and with a four lane road running through the middle of it, the Royal Borough and partnering with Cadogan (the majority landowner) and TfL to consider what upgrades can be made to the street.

The first exhibitions are being held over the next few weeks where you can view plans for the area through models, film and survey results. Members of the project team putting this together will also be on hand to discuss the proposed changes and answer any questions.

More detailed information on proposed Sloane Street improvements can be found on the RBKC website and the exhibitions will be held at 129 Sloane Street, SW1X 9AT at the following times:

• Thursday 26 January from 2pm to 8pm
• Friday 27 January from 10am to 2pm
• Saturday 28 January 10am to 2pm
• Saturday 4 February from 10am to 2pm

If you have any questions, please email or call 020 7361 3238.

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Fundraiser: Opera Integra visit New Horizons, 22 February…


Open Age’s New Horizons Centre, which serves those over 50 in Chelsea and beyond are welcoming award-winning Opera Integra to help raise funds on Wednesday, 22 February. 

Running from 2-4pm, and including afternoon tea, Opera Integra will perform for around an hour. The show is open to everyone, so even if you don’t know your arias from your elbows you are more than welcome!

Tickets cost £15 and all proceeds will go to the New Horizons Centre.

For more information about the event, and to book tickets, telephone 020 7590 8970.

When? Wednesday, 22 February 2017 from 2pm-4pm

Where? The New Horizons Cafe, Guinness Trust Estate, Cadogan Street, SW3 2PF

New Horizons promotes independence and active lifestyles for those over 50, offering new interests, challenges and volunteer opportunities. The centre has over 1000 members and 80 regular weekly activities, offered at free or low-cost to its members. For more information, do check out their website.


Call for submissions: Portobello Wall Public Art Installation

Artists! The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is announcing the next commission for the Portobello Road North Wall public art project. The theme for the commission is Moving Image, Film and North Kensington.

For guidance only,  the West London Film Network site gives an idea of the richness of the film history in the area.

The new commission will be installed in June 2017 and remain in situ for 12 months. The commissioned work must be:

  • new work and a unified composition or with a linked theme;
  • striking and impactful to people walking the road;
  • site-specific;
  • inspired by the local area;
  • suitable for outdoor use; and
  • temporary

Deadline: Proposals must be submitted by Friday, 10 February 2017.

For further information do visit the RBKC Arts service page, email the Arts service. You can also check out the video below featuring the current installiation, Opposites by Albert Kueh…


Funding alert: Help counter extremism? Consider applying to the Home Office’s Building A Stronger Britain Together programme…

Kensington and Chelsea community groups! Do you run projects that help counter extremism and build stronger communities?

If so, take a look at the Home Office’s ‘Building a Stronger Britain Together’ programme as there’s in-kind support and grant funding available…

Grants are available in two ranges: £1000 – £15,000 and £15,000 – £50,000 for projects that aim to create:

  • fewer people holding attitudes, beliefs and feelings that oppose shared values;
  • an increased sense of belonging and civic participation at the local level;
  • more resilient communities.

The deadline for submission is Monday, 6 February (5pm) and more information, including the application process, can be found on the GOV.UK website.

But that’s not all – there’s also ‘in-kind support’ available for organisations in things such as social media training, assistance to improve your website and training and capacity building to help you achieve your aims. This support is available all year round and further details can be found on the GOV.UK website (above).



Your Health, Your Care: Find out more about local health services – 31/01/17

Kensington and Chelsea, Queens Park and Paddington residents! Get involved in improving health and social care services and find out what is already being done at Your Health, Your Care on Tuesday 31 January, 6pm – 8.30pm.

Taking place in the Small Hall at Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street (W8 7NX), the event has been organised by the NHS West London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

The evening provides a chance to wander around a number of stalls at your own pace and chat to NHS and social care professionals in person. You can ask a mix of local experts about what services are available near you, winter health tips, and many other topics. The stalls will be followed by a brief series of talks from NHS and social care leaders, and a lively Q&A panel. There will also be refreshments and disabled access including a hearing loop.

While booking is not essential, it  is reccomended, as there is limited seating.

RSVP online:
RSVP by email:
RSVP by phone: 020 3350 4224

Learn2Earn returns this month! Book your place on the free employability course…

Looking to kick-start your 2017 by boosting your employability? If so, Blenheim’s free 12-week Learn2Earn course may be just the ticket…

Open to residents of Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham, the course helps those who are finding it difficult to access employment and volunteering opportunities.

As well as improving specific employment related training, advice and tips, Learn2Earn aims to build up confidence and self-esteem to equip you with the tools to succeed.

The course starts on Tuesday, 24 January 2017 and runs for 12 weeks. If you are interesting in signing-up, or would like to know more about the programme, do email, telephone 020 8960 5599 or visit their website.


Spotlight: The Kensington Parochial Charities

As we welcome in the new year, it’s time to turn the spotlight on Kensington Parochial Charities who have been helping out the local community in a number of small but very important ways for generations…

The Kensington Parochial Charities (KPC) are an agglomeration of a number of smaller, ancient charities that were set up to help residents of a local parish to provide fuel (usually wood) in winter months, food and general building work for churches. These centuries-old investments- now all bought together by St Mary Abbots  – are shared amongst local churches to provide to those in need in their respective parishes.

In 2016, the total combined sum was £4881.93, and here’s how the local churches spent their share:

St Barnabas provided bursaries for individuals going to the Focus festival in Summer 2016.

St Mary Abbots  helped a group of elderly parishioners to host an outing to the theatre and a lunch.

Holy Trinity Brompton used the grant towards food costs for their drop-in day shelter. The service caters to hundreds of vulnerable people by providing a full hot breakfast and access to a range of activities and services to help them.

St Mary the Boltons used the grant to the support an older impoverished couple. The husband has been the principal carer for his wife for several decades, and the grant will relieve the pressure on their finances, in the face of an ongoing need to maintain their property, which has fallen into considerable disrepair.

St John’s, Notting Hill aided the work of the Filipino Chaplaincy which serves the borough’s Filipino community, many of whom are in low paid employment.

St Clement and St James provided activities for the congregation, including the annual pilgrimage to St Albans Cathedral for those who would not otherwise be able to attend and a bowling trip for the young people. The remaining funds were donated to the North Paddington Food Bank.

Through the hard work of the parishes, the grants, a generous gift from the Kensington and Chelsea community many generations ago, continue to offer support to the community of today, bringing people together at funded events and providing financial assistance in times of need.

The breakdown of the £4881.93 across the churches is as follows:

Holy Trinity Share £1165.00
St Barnabas Share £499.29
St James Norland Share £527.03
St John’s Notting Hill Share £943.10
St Mary Abbots Share £1386.91
St Mary West Brompton Share £360.60

The latest Colville Community History is out now: 1966 and all that pop…

History buffs and Sixties swingers! The City Living, Local Life-supported Colville Community History’s latest offering is out and the focus in on ’66.

While the year may have seen dancing in the streets up and down England after Geoff Hurst’s hattrick, the streets of North Kensington were also dancing to the beats of the first ever Notting Hill May Fayre – bringing together and celebrating the cultures, sounds, history and foods of the growing area.

Organised by the London Free School the Fayre would soon inspire the Notting Hill Carnival we know today, as well as the raft of Sixties and Seventies bands, magazines and movements that the Free School were involved in, from Pink Floyd to Hendrix via the UFO Club and International Times.

So, sit back and grab Issue 17 here [pdf].

FREE Journalism and Community Communications Course with Earl’s Court Community Trust

Do you have a cause you believe in but don’t know how to get the message out there? Would you like to learn how to write a feature or local news story? If you love music, theatre or cinema, wouldn’t it be great to be able to write an entertainment review?

No matter what your experience, background or interests, Earl’s Court Community Trust and Family Mosaic are holding a free Introduction to Journalism and Community Communication

When? 16 January – 10 March 2017

Where? 1A Nevern Place, Earl’s Court, SW5 9NR

What’s the course outline?


Monday & Friday: 10:00 – 14:00,  16 – 27th January


Monday & Friday: 10:00 – 14:00, 30 January – 10 February


Monday & Friday: 10:00 – 14:00, 20 February & 24 February


Monday & Friday: 10:00 – 14:00, 27 February & 3 March


6 March to 10 March

For further information do contact Earl’s Court Community Trust on 07484 679458 or via email. For further details, check out

Transforming Kensington and Chelsea with civic crowdfunding in 2016 with Spacehive

It’s been another successful few months with civic crowdfunding in Kensington and Chelsea with 2 more projects hitting their targets in December after weeks of hard work, preparation and campaigning.

The Portobello Pantomime pieced together a short, swift but successful crowdfunding drive to raise much needed funds for their 25th anniversary show, The Snow Queen.  With great support from some local businesses as well as Pembridge Councillors via City Living, Local Life, the five and half thousand pound production budget was met just hours before opening night.  While treading the boards they will be raising funds for local causes, so some big hearty congratulations to Porto Panto’s Kitty, Anna and Harry for juggling rehearsals and seeking local pledges in such a short space of time.

In perhaps the most ambitious crowdfunding project to date in the borough, local grass root football team Kensington Borough FC lead an epic 8-week journey to raise over £14,000 to enable them to participate in a local league and run a community football tournament.  Project lead Ahmed used his local contacts to generate support from a variety of sources including Westway Trust and their community grant, local businesses, Greenwich Lesiure Ltd, London Tigers FC and Everyone Active, as well as City Living Local Life.  The Green Army reached their target and made it over the goal line and can now continue to support young people in the borough through sport.


Looking to 2017

–       Watch out for the next round of Westway Trust’s Community Grants, where projects who crowdfund may receive up to £4,000 of pledges. More information can be found on Westway’s Spacehive page.

–       Grants of up to £20,000 will be available through the fourth round of the Mayor’s Crowdfunding programme, that will launch in the new year.  So far, there have been three rounds supporting 57 projects across London, however none of these have been in Kensington and Chelsea.  Why not take the opportunity to be the first?  More information can be found on the Mayor’s Spacehive page.

–       If you are about to launch your own crowdfunding project, or are interested in finding out more, some advice sessions will be organised in the new year, with successful project leads on hand to share knowledge and experiences of crowdfunding.

Congratulations to all successful projects so far and the 200 plus backers who made ideas a reality!

A look back at City Living, Local Life in 2016…

While 2016 may have seen it’s fair share of surprises, City Living, Local Life has been consistently helping local people, community groups, charities and ward councillors to work together to improve local areas. With 137 projects funded across Kensington and Chelsea this year, here’s a flavour of what has been going on..

supporting local, independent businesses on Stratford Road in Abingdon;

bringing Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet into the modern day with Intermission Youth Theatre in Brompton and Hans Town;

reaching out to isolated residents with the Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents in Campden;

launching a new IT hub in Chelsea Riverside;

celebrating Notting Hill Carnival Pioneers’ 50th year in Colville;

helping young homeless people at Beacon House in Courtfield with employment advice and training;

cooking up ideas to address food poverty with Kensington and Chelsea Social Council’s report, supported by Dalgarno Councillors;

making the Earl’s Court Tardis fit for the The Doctor;

taking over the Golborne Road for the Golborne Festival;

Golborne Road Festival TODAY until 6pm! #facepainting #livemusic #albinopython #streetfood #bouncycastle & more! 🐍🚒🍰

A video posted by Portobello & Golborne Market (@rbkcmarkets) on

inviting residents to the first Holland conversation to discuss the most recent ward survey results;

lighting up Holland Park Avenue this Christmas in Norland;

assisting the Ethiopian Women’s Empowerment Group to hold events and support volunteers in Notting Dale;

Ethiopian Women’s Empowerment Group, Notting Dale ward
rocking out with the Joy of Sound and their inclusive music workshops for people with disabilities in Pembridge;

launching Senior Moments, a series of talks, classes and workshops for older residents at Christ Church Kensington in Queen’s Gate;

championing the best of local film at the Earl’s Court Film Festival in Redcliffe (check out the winner, KID GLOVES, below!);

providing support for the local Parkinson’s UK branch to continue to offer free and low-cost activities for people with Parkinson’s in Royal Hospital;

Exploring local history and tackling social isolation with Open Age’s Walks and Talks in St Helen’s; and

The Walks and Talks crew enjoying the view from Trellick Tower

Going for goal by growing Chelsea FC’s Premier League Kicks in Stanley;

If you would like to find out more about these projects, the many others we’ve supported in 2016 or have an idea that you would like to explore, then get in touch!

WATCH: Two Potato – an oral history of children’s play in North Kensington

Following on from its packed-out premiere at the Gate Theatre earlier this month, digital:works‘ latest local documentary – Two Potato – is out now for your viewing pleasure…

With support from Colville Councillors through City Living, Local Life, the documentary was made with pupils of Colville Primary School and local reminiscence groups to capture the oral history of play in North Kensington.

Packed with interviews and archive footage, the film and accompanying notes can be found on the project website or viewed below:

Residents! Have your say on Kensington and Chelsea’s 17/18 budget proposals…

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has published draft budget proposals for 2017-18.

The proposals can be read at Residents and local businesses are invited to have their say before they are voted on by the full Council on Wednesday 8 March 2017.

Comments can be sent by:


Post: Town Clerk’s Office, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX.

In order to be considered, comments must be received no later than midday on Wednesday 1 February 2017.

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