World’s End and Lots Road goes BIG

22 May

BIg Local LogoThe World’s End and Lots Road Big Local is gearing up for a BIG summer with the launch of their Big Local plan, the chance for local residents to quiz local services and welcoming everyone to join them in their vision of local people creating a strong and inclusive community.

What is the Big Local?

The Big Local is open to all residents of the area who want to get involved and make lasting, positive differences to their community. To help them with this, £1million is available along with support from national and local charities, organisations and public bodies – like the Council and TMO.

For over a year now, guided by Vanessa, the local Community Project Worker, the Big Local volunteers have been engaging and consulting with local residents – both young and old, through door-knocking, fun days, coffee mornings and open meetings  – on how the money, combined with local activism, could improve the area.

From this, 4 main priority areas were identified:

  • Jobs, Training and Enterprise
  • Young People
  • Community Events and Activities
  • Green and Open Spaces

Under these headers, a number of brilliant ideas have already been suggested and incorporated into their plan, from homework clubs, business start-up assistance, intergenerational events and a community chest scheme. More details are provided in the soon-to-be-published plan, so now is the perfect time to get involved!

Big Local Question TimeBig Local Does Community Question Time 

… and the work has already started! Following on from the City Living, Local Life supported Youth Question Time, the whole World’s End and Lots Road community are invited to Big Local Community Does Question Time, Thursday June 11, 6.30pm at Chelsea Theatre.

On the panel will be representatives from the TMO, Police, Community Safety, Chelsea Youth, Community Champions and local residents.

The event is free, with no registration required,  but for any enquiries do contact Awadh Masood (awadhmasood@hotmail.com).

So, if you are a resident of the World’s End and Lots Road area in Chelsea, then get ready and get involved this summer!

For more information on the Big Local, please do contact Vanessa Kelly of the Big Local at vanessa@chelseatheatre.org. You can also keep up-to-date with what’s happening through their Facebook page.

Start something good with the Brompton Cemetery Conservation Project

20 May

The Royal Parks have opened a Community Chest for activities to take place in the beautiful Brompton Cemetery, one of Britain’s oldest garden cemeteries.bromptoncemetray

Aimed at non-profit making local groups, organisations and educational establishments, funds of up to £300 are available for educational or creative activities to take place between 22 June and 28 August 2015.

The Brompton Project are keen to hear your ideas, whether it is an event in the Cemetery, a day of recreation or relaxation for the community or assistance with travel costs to visit the cemetery – do get in touch to share your plans.

All applications have to be submitted by 5.00pm on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 and will need to demonstrate how the activity benefits the members of your group and/or local community.

For more information or to receive the application form, please email bromptonproject@royalparks.gov.uk or telephone 020 7349 8161.

Dalgarno Fun Day: There is more than A&E

19 May

The Dalgarno Community Champions and NHS West London Clinical Commissioning Group have teamed up to hold a community fun day on Sunday, May 31st from 12.00pm-4.00pm.

As well as activities for children, free food and drinks, slush puppies and a puppet show, health professionals will be on hand to discuss preventative action and the alternatives to turning up to Accident and Emergency for a range of injuries and ailments.

More than A&E

Half-term happenings at the Royal Albert Hall

18 May

Join the Royal Albert Hall this half term for summer music, moustachioed science and time-travelling art for all the family:

Discover Art Deco Posters – Wednesday, 27 – Thursday 28 May 2015, Samsung Digital Classroom (10.00am-2.00pm)

Gdiscover-2015-lo back in time to the 1920s at the Royal Albert Hall using the shapes, colours and styles displayed in our archive images to make your very own vintage poster.

The workshops are for children aged 5-11 with tickets at £3.50 each. Subsidised tickets are also available. More information and ticketing can be found here

Albert Einstein: Relatively Speaking (Junior Edition) – Thursday, 28 May, Elgar Room (11.00am-2.30pm)

einstein-LJoin Albert, the genius behind the übercoolest moustache in science, for a lecture like none you’ve ever seen. He is joined by his wives and mum on piano, and by guest rapper MC Squared, as he quantum leaps us through two world wars, the wurst sausage joke ever, and even some actual proper boffin-checked science.

Suitable for bright sparks of 6 years and up, tickets are £6 with subsidised tickets available. More information and tickets can be found here.

Albert’s Band Presents: Beside the Seaside – Friday, 29 May, Elgar Room (12.00pm-2.30pm)

Albers-Band-new-LTo celebrate the return of The Beach Boys to the Hall’s main stage, the Royal Albert Hall’s resident Education & Outreach ensemble Albert’s Band will be embarking on a musical journey to the seaside for their summer half term family concerts.

Dress Code: Shorts and Shades. Child tickets are available for those aged 2-16 with under 2’s going free. More information and ticketing can be found here

Adults! The Royal Borough’s Festival of Learning is underway…

18 May

ALW2015Running until June 30, and including the national Adult Learners’ Week (13 to 19 June), the Festival of Learning aims to showcase the number of free, low-cost and community-based learning opportunities available across Kensington and Chelsea.

So, if you’ve been thinking about learning something new then do check out the Royal Borough’s Adult Learners Week 2015 webpage for up-to-date information and details on the often free classes local to you.

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Can you kick it? Yes you can: the Stop Smoking Service is waiting for your call

18 May

MG_Genesis_Kick-It-Campervan204Kick-It Stop Smoking Service want to help you enjoy the benefits of becoming a non-smoker.

Not only can their trained advisers support you through a FREE program which has helped thousands of smokers to quit, but they’re also giving you the chance to win £30 of High Street vouchers.

Kick It operate throughout Kensington and Chelsea from GP surgeries,  hospitals, and community centres so finding them is easy.

So whether it’s for you, a friend, or a loved one; make a positive change today by calling on: 020 3434 2500. AND If you quote ‘Community Cuppa’ when making your appointment you’ll also be in with a chance of winning £30 of highstreet vouchers  Win Win!

For more info visit online: https://www.kick-it.org.uk/

The Cultivators are pitching up at Portobello

18 May

Cultivating K&C – a dedicated group of local community food growers will be selling locally sourced and made produce at Portobello Market on Friday 22nd May, 9.00am – 4.00pm.

Cultivating K&C, a community growing collective will be selling a range of locally grown fresh produce and premium quality preserves and condiments, including sweet chilli, carrot and cardamom and strawberry and elderflower jams, and infused oils and salts.

Cultivating Kensington and Chelsea Pop Up StallA small selection of seedlings will also be available to buy, including kale, tomatoes, peas, beans and salad leaves. Their mission is to bring fresh, seasonal, local food to as many people as possible.

Cultivating K&C was set up in April 2014 supported by Groundwork London and The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea with the mission of bringing fresh, seasonal, local food to as many people as possible. Over the last year plot holders have united over a common mission, to become a social enterprise, expanding their activities to selling their produce to support over 55 kitchen gardens and over 1000 local growers in the borough. The hard work has paid off and in September 2015 Cultivating K&C will formally become a Community Interest Company limited by guarantee.

Rukshana Ali, Groundwork’s Community Project Officer who has been working with Cultivating K&C over the last year said,

“Everyone has worked really hard to get to this point, we’re thrilled to be selling this quality locally grown produce at Portobello Market and looking forward to sharing our passion for locally grown food with the market customers. We’re hoping the whole community will support us, come along, say hello and sample the produce for themselves”.

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