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Callout: RBKC Arts Grants Advisory Panel members wanted!

Kensington and Chelsea’s Arts Service seeks new members for its Arts Grants Advisory Panel.

The Arts Grants Advisory Panel currently meets two times a year, in June and December, to consider applications to the borough’s Arts Grants Scheme. An annual review of the Arts Grants Scheme takes place at each June meeting, too.

Panel members should live or work in the borough, have a good knowledge of Kensington and Chelsea’s arts sector, be a practising artist or arts professional, and be willing to commit to attending Panel meetings on a regular basis. They will also be expected to visit funded projects or activities where possible.

For more information or if you are interested in applying, please contact Jennifer Wood via email or via phone 0207 361 4378.

Application deadline: Friday 11 November 2016

For more information about the Arts Grants Scheme visit

Launched: Read KCSC’s latest report – Cooking Up Ideas: Addressing the challenges of food poverty in Kensington and Chelsea

Following its launch on 19 October at Kensington Town Hall, Kensington and Chelsea Social Council’s latest report looking at food poverty in the borough is available to download.

Funded in-part by City Living, Local Life in Dalgarno ward, the report uncovers reasons behind food poverty in the borough, ‘hidden hunger’ and puts forward recommendations for a multi-sector approach to tackling this rise.

The report can be read online and downloaded from KCSC’s website .

Ask Nick returns: Book your tickets for a conversation with the Leader of the Council, 23 November 2016

Council Leader, Cllr Nick Paget-Brown will be out-and-about again on Wednesday, 23 November for the latest in his series of public conversation and question time events.

Having met with residents in venues across Kensington and Chelsea, from the Dalgarno Trust in the north to St Mary the Boltons in the south, this time the Leader is heading to St Helen’s Church (St Helen’s Gardens, W10 6LP).

The event starts with information stands and refreshments at 6:00pm, with a speech from the Leader of the Council at 6:30pm followed by questions and answers until 8pm. Booking is essential as places are limited. To reserve your place and to submit a question for the Leader, visit

City Living, Local Life focus: Abingdon ward needs your ideas

Residents and community groups of Abingdon ward are being sought after for their ideas about how best to improve their neighbourhood via City Living, Local Life.

As one of the first ward to sign up to the initiative back in 2011, Abingdon have, over the years, focused on a variety of local ideas from community and Jubilee parties on Stratford Road, to volunteer run weather stations in Pembroke Square , blue plaques on Abingdon Villas, support to the ESSA conservation area, planters on Pembroke Road, inter generational cooking sessions at Kensington United Reformed Church and community space improvements at St. Philips.

City Living, Local Life is available to offer small amounts of seed funding to sustainable projects and ideas.  If you live in the ward and have an idea of how you can improve it, why not visit the Abingdon ward page to share your ideas, contact your councillors and find out what has been supported most recently.

Abingdon! Share you ideas, and start something good.


The London History Festival returns – 14-24 November 2016

Join some of Britain’s leading historians at Kensington Central Library in November as the London History Festival returns for the eighth year from 14-24 November.

With an excellent variety of subjects ranging from the World War I to the Peasant’s Revolt and the Silk Road, each talk will offer fresh perspectives and perhaps a few surprises.

Tickets for each event are £5 (£3 concessions) and are on sale at all Kensington and Chelsea Libraries.

For a full schedule, including interviews with authors and information on library fringe events, do download the London History Festival programme [pdf]. Highlights include:

Game of Queens – Tuesday, 15 November, 7pm: Kensington Central Library

The sixteenth century was an Age of Queens, when powerful women ruled huge swathes of Europe. Sarah Gristwood, author of Game of Queens, discusses queens regent and regnant from Castille to England and asks what the challenges they faced have to teach us about the present day.

Heroes and Villains – Thursday, 17 November, 7pm: Kensington Central Library

Dan Snow talks about his favourite heroes and villains from history, including Richard I, General Wolfe, Napoleon and Wellington. Dan will also take questions about his adventures, television programmes and podcasts.

The Somme – Monday, 21 November, 7pm: Kensington Central Library

Bestselling historian Hugh Sebag-Montefiore talks about one of history’s most iconic battles and how the Somme encapsulated the tragedy and stoicism of the Western Front.

Further details can be found at For any questions regarding the festival please contact the Royal Borough’s Libraries at

Feature: Could you benefit from Cruse Bereavement Care support?

Cruse Bereavement Care in Kensington and Chelsea supports people in our community who have suffered a bereavement. The charity offers one-to-one support and group sessions run by a dedicated volunteer team to help individuals cope with their loss and understand their grief.

Although many people can get through a bereavement with time and the support of friends and family, sometimes in particularly difficult situations, a caring stranger can be an essential part of the journey to heal from the pain left by the loss of a loved one.  Anyone who lives or works in the Royal Borough and feels they need extra support to cope with a bereavement is encouraged to get in touch with Cruse.  Every person who has used and evaluated Cruse’s service has said they would recommend Cruse to others.

In addition to providing support to bereaved people in our community, Cruse is also keen to attract local volunteers who have an interest in bereavement support, an empathetic demeanour and good listening skills – no prior experience is necessary.  Becoming a Bereavement Volunteer does require a significant investment in training and an ongoing weekly commitment for at least two years, but people who are attracted to this special work find it to be incredibly rewarding. Of course, this may not be for everyone, and Cruse also seeks volunteers to help manage projects and administration across the organisation.

If you are interested in knowing more please get in touch with Cruse, telephone 020 8964 3455 or email or visit their website at

Community Safety: November’s SNB meeting and a new hate crime app to download…

Join fellow residents, ward councillors and the Metropolitan Police for the next Safer Neighbourhood Board on Monday, 14 November 2016, 6pm-8pm at the Great Hall, Kensington Town Hall (W8 7NX).

The meeting is the chance for an open discussion on local crime concerns, and will feature local updates from the Community Safety Programme Board, the Borough Commander’s Report, SNB Chair’s Report, Neighbourhood Watch, the Independent Custody Visiting Panel and presentations from guest speakers.

To register your attendance please visit the Kensington and Chelsea Social Council website.

As well as this meeting, a new app – Self Evident – has been created by Witness Confident to help victims and witnesses report instances of hate crime.

The app is designed to help store photo and video evidence of the crime, record a reliable statement, validate the evidence you have captured and file a crime report with the police from your smartphone. The app is available to download both on the Apple and Android App Stores.

Team Kensington and Chelsea: Volunteer befrienders needed with Age UK K&C…

Kensington and Chelsea residents! Have you got a few hours a week to spare to spend with local older people living with memory loss?

If so, and you’re a good timekeeper with a warm, friendly and polite manner – then befriending can be a truly rewarding way to lend a hand in your local community.

People living with memory loss can become isolated and lose touch with friends and family – many of whom may live a long way away. By visiting someone for an hour or two on a regular basis (timings depend both on your availability and what the person is looking for) you can make a real difference.

On-going training and support is provided by Age UK Kensington and Chelsea.

If you would like to become a befriender, or would like more information, please contact Paul Higgins on / 07985 718744.

Bikeminded’s Film Club returns with Benda Bilili – 3 November 2016

The fantastic, free Bikeminded Film Club is back for its fourth year – taking over Kensington Central Library’s art-deco lecture theatre to present films with a cycling theme.

Bikeminded is the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s campaign to get as many people cycling in Royal Borough as possible, building on the 8000+ cyclists that live and work within Kensington and Chelsea.

The first screening of the year will be Benda Bilili – a documentary that follows a group of street musicians in the Democratic Republic of Congo and their journey to performing concerts in Europe. The core members of the group are disabled due to poliomyelitis and move around in specially customized tricycles.

The name of the film (and the band itself) ‘Benda Bilili’ means ‘look beyond appearance’ in Lingala.

The film is subtitled and certified PG and the details of the showing are as follows:

When? Thursday, 3 November from 7pm (film starts at 7.30pm)

Where? Kensington Central Library – Lecture Theatre, Phillimore Walk.

How much? It’s free! Tickets are required however, and can be booked via Eventbrite.

For more information on the screening, please email or telephone 020 7361 4259.

To discover more about the Bikeminded campaign and the series of events, talks and practical support on offer do visit


Make your voice count and sing up for Tenovus Cancer Care at St. Luke’s Church

Superb sopranos and beginner baritones of the borough – ever thought of joining a choir, or looking for another outlet to sing, shout and shake it all about?

If so, Tenovus Cancer Care – a national charity who fund research and provide support for people with cancer and their loved ones – have launched a Sing with Us choir at St. Luke’s Church (Redcliffe Gardens, SW10 9HF).

The choir meets every Wednesday from 5.30pm-7pm – and don’t worry about being a good singer – every voice counts!

The choirs are designed to be uplifting, fun and to get you moving, using popular songs from the 1960s to the present day. The choir is free to attend, but you can make a contribution to help keep the choir running and also to support the work of Tenovus.

If you would like to find out more about the choir, or register your interest, you can contact Nina Lainville via email.

The Earl’s Court Film Festival, 1-11 November 2016

Cinephiles and Movie Buffs! Roll out the red carpet and get on your glad rags as the second Earl’s Court Film Festival opens next month from 1-11 November to showcase the best shorts films shot in and around the Earl’s Court area.

Six new shorts – co-produced with emerging filmakers and Film Earls Court, the organisers of the festival –  will be on offer as well as a further 12 competing to win the grand finale.

The film bonanza has been supported by City Living, Local Life in Redcliffe ward for the past 2 years, and this year the Earl’s Court Youth Club have been funded to produce short films about life for young people living in the area.

The programme kicks off on Tuesday, November 1 at the Troubadour (7.30pm, doors open at 6.30pm) with 8 short delights. For a taster of these films and the rest of the festival, check out the Earl’s Court Film Festival 2016 brochure.

To learn more about the Festival, and the people and organisations behind it – do visit


Kensington Borough FC launch Spacehive crowdfunding project

The latest crowdfunding project has arrived in Kensington and Chelsea with the opportunity to enable a community run football team to compete in a semi-professional league and to hold a community football tournament for young people in the borough.

Established in 2012, Kensington Borough Football Club was set up to engage and support young people in Kensington and Chelsea into sports, helping them to develop teamwork, discipline, build aspiration and focus them away from crime and anti-social behaviour.

The Green Army have excelled through the seasons and are now playing in the Semi Professional Division 1 of the South Midlands Spartans Football League.

In order to help them to continue their participation, they have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help cover costs of pitch hire, league entry and travel costs so the team can continue to compete.  A celebratory football tournament at the end of the season, to scout new players and involve in the entire community has also been lined up.

Making Communities Work and Grow (MCWG), a long established community organisation in North Kensington have been at the helm of this football club, recognising the many obstacles young people face in their community.  The project lead and coordinator of Kensington Borough FC, Ahmed Bhairien of MCWG said: “We set up Kensington Borough FC to open doors for disadvantaged young people from a variety of backgrounds.  This community led football team needs your support to continue to give them focus and aspiration.  Your support will help recognise their achievements and enable the club to carry on inspiring young people through sport”.

The group have until December 2 2016 to raise over £14,000. If interested in pledging to this project, visit their Spacehive project page:

If you have an idea for crowdfunding, or are interested in finding out about what has been crowdfunded so far, please visit The Kensington and Chelsea Hive.  Also visit Westway’s Community Grants Hive .





Consultation: Have your say on the new community centre for North Kensington…

As anyone who has taken a stroll around Golborne will have noticed, the Wornington Green Estate is undergoing a major redevelopment.

Part of the redevelopment by the owners of the estate, Catalyst Housing, involves the demolition of the current community centre on Wornington Road – the space where the Venture Centre currently is – and the provision of a new one on Portobello Road.

Although it will be built by Catalyst Housing, the Council will hold the freehold to the building and the Venture Centre are the preferred tenant. The new centre will open no earlier than 2020, with the Venture Centre continuing to operate in the current building until this is completed.

If you would like to submit your views and ideas on what you would like the new community centre to offer, or to find out more about the regeneration and future plans, please visit

The closing date for responses is Saturday 26 November 2016

SMART to take over the 606 Club – Tuesday, 29 November…

Borough-based mental health charity, SMART will be having a fundraising gig at the world famous 606 Club (Lots Road, SW10 0QD) on Tuesday 29 November from 7pm.

SMART have been supporting people affected by mental illness since 1985 and focus on meaningful activity, training and steps to employment as a way to rebuild lives, give people purpose and to strengthen confidence and skills.

The evening will feature special guest George Montague – a multi-instrumentalist singer songwriter, SMART’s very own in-house band ‘Mad in Chelsea‘ and singers who have used music to help themselves—and others—in their recovery from mental ill-health.

Tickets are priced at £15 and can be brought in advance online via SMART’s JustGiving page.

To find out more about SMART check out their website – – or cast your peepers on the short video below:


Invitation: KCSC’s ‘Hidden Hunger in K&C’ Food Poverty report launch – Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Join the Kensington and Chelsea Social Council for the launch of their new report – ‘Cooking up Ideas: Hidden Hunger in K&C’ – on the rise of emergency food provision and food hunger in Kensington and Chelsea.

The creation of the report was funded in part by the Dalgarno ward Councillors through City Living, Local Life and launches on Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 2pm-4pm in Committee Room 1, Kensington Town Hall, W8 7NX.

At the launch, speakers include Dr Rachel Loopstra from Oxford University who will be presenting on her relevant research on rising food poverty in the UK and Dr Rebecca O’Connell from University College.

Additionally, there will be speeches from Ali Mohamed, Cath Vadhia, Jamie Renton and Vicki Davies endorsing the recommendations.

You can register your attendance on the KCSC website. For more information please email or

Learn more about Hate Crime during National Hate Crime Awareness Week: 8-15 October 2016

As well as the activities going on in the Royal Borough, the Home Office Hate Crime Projects fund is still open.

The aim of the fund is to work with affected communities to develop a range of pilot projects to tackle hate crime, by funding innovative projects that support the delivery of the five key aims of the UK Government’s plan for tackling hate crime.
The five key aims are:
  1. Preventing hate crime
  2. Responding to hate crime in our communities
  3. Increasing the reporting of hate crime
  4. Improving support for the victims of hate crime
  5. Building our understanding of hate crime
Applications for funding will close on 14 October 2016.
The Home Office is seeking to fund projects at two levels of either £25,000 or £50,000.

Team Kensington and Chelsea: Volunteer Ambassadors and more wanted at the Design Museum…

The Design Museum has relocated to High Street Kensington where it will open on 24 November at the site of the former Commonwealth Institute building.

The Museum is recruiting now for visitor-facing volunteer roles and is particularly keen to involve local residents. So, if you have a friendly, welcoming personality, enjoy working with people, have excellent spoken English and would like to be part of an exciting new experience, please get in touch, preferably before 18 October.

The volunteer roles available include:


Deliver excellent customer service, provide information and handouts, orientate people and supervise an activity table.

Library volunteer

Help set up the new library and its procedures; assist the public, students and museum curators with their enquiries & research. An interest in contemporary design is desirable. 

Family Activity volunteer

Set up and supervise design activities for families on the last Sunday in the month


Speak to local organisations, shops and community centres and deliver leaflets to raise awareness of the museum at various locations in west London. 

Tour Guide (recruiting Jan/Feb 2017)

For a full role description on any of the above roles, please contact:

Claire Robinson, Volunteering Manager.

Email:    Tel: 020 3862 5875

Linda Hirst: My Life in Song – St. Mary Abbots, October 13 2016

Join HRH The Duke of Kent on Thursday, October 13 from 7pm for an evening gala recital with internationally renowned vocalist (and wife of St. Mary Abbots’ Vicar, Rev Gillean Craig!), Linda Hirst.

The evening is in aid of Transforming St Mary Abbots’ – a fundraising drive to help preserve the structure of the church and improve the space inside.

Tickets are £35 and include champagne and canapes, tickets including a three course aftershow supper with the artists are priced at £80 (the supper venue adjoins the church). For more information or to purchase your ticket, please visit the St. Mary Abbots’ website.

Book your place for a Q&A with Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, 4 October

See Through Sound: Tickets still available for RNIB’s night of live music, 14 October 2016

Join the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) on Friday, 14 October 2016 for an evening of live music from leading artists such as Badly Drawn Boy, Newton Faulkner, Doc Brown and Kevin Simm and help to support RNIB and their work with people with sight loss.

The evening is being hosted at Cadogan Hall (SW1X 9DQ) at 7pm (doors open at 5.30pm). As well as the musical delights, all guests will be provided with ‘sim specs’ (glasses simulating sight-loss) giving an insight into living with sight-loss, and providing a one-of-a-kind visual experience.

Tickets are £25 (students £20) and can be booked via the RNIB website.

RNIB have been working to make daily life better for people affected by sight loss since 1868 through campaigning, direct support and education, training and learning. For more information on RNIB, please visit their website.

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