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Coming up: Cultivating Kensington and Chelsea’s next plant sales

Gardeners, growers and greenhouse germinators of the borough – Cultivating Kensington and Chelsea’s excellent plant sales come to Earl’s Court this Saturday!

But if you’re away for the bank holiday then don’t worry as the plant sales will be popping up around the borough on the following dates:

Saturday 30 April, 10 am – 12:30 pm @ Earl’s Court Health and Wellbeing Centre (2 Hogarth Rd  SW5 0PT)

Saturday 7 May, 12noon-2pm @ St Quintin Kitchen Garden (St Quintin Avenue W10) AND 3-5pm @ Henry Dickens Kitchen Garden (corner of Sirdar Road and Stoneleigh place, W11)

Saturday 21 May, 12noon-2pm @ Olympia Kitchen Garden (at the Russell Road entrance to Kensington Olympia Station, W14)

For further information about the local growing revolution that is Cultivating Kensington & Chelsea do email the Secretary at .


The Venture Centre kids need you!

North Kensington’s Venture Centre is looking to crowdfund £5,000 by Friday 20 May in order to hire a float and create costumes so that some 40 children can take part in the Notting Hill Carnival.

Each year local children watch the carnival pass, but up until this year they have not been able to take part in the parade.

Now the organisation has turned to the civic crowdfunding platform, Spacehive, in a bid to raise the money so the children can join the parade and in the process learn how to make their own carnival costumes and find out about the event’s history.

So far it has raised £875 but is hoping to drum up more support from residents and businesses.  Companies that pledge more than £250 can have their name and branding on the float.

The centre needs to hit its target by 20 May or it will not be able to use any money pledged.

Over 200 local children use the Venture Centre for a variety of activities each week including its steel pan band and the adventure playground.

Nammi Padi, Director of the Venture Centre has said: “This is an opportunity for our kids to partake in local life, building their sense of pride in their neighbourhood. It’s also an opportunity for the children to learn craftsman skills as well as teamwork; an opportunity for them to build their confidence, explore their creative side, and learn about carnival culture and traditions”.

Eleven-year-old Nadya who is hoping to appear at the carnival said: “I love going to carnival and it would be amazing to be part of the parade.  I really hope everyone can support our project!”

To pledge support for the Venture Kids Carnival go to the secure website:

For more information about the Venture Centre, email

Check out the Kensington and Chelsea Hive for more local ideas:

Traffic disruption: RideLondon July 31 2016

Residents, community groups and businesses planning any activities on Sunday 31 July 2016 need to be aware that there will be significant traffic disruption in the borough on that day due to the Prudential RideLondon cycling event.

At this stage the final route and timings have not been confirmed but we expect both to be broadly similar to that of previous years. Last year roads in Kensington and Chelsea were closed from 5am and reopened at about 8pm.

Last year’s route was along the following roads:


Brompton Road

Cromwell Road (A4)

King’s Road

Cheyne Walk

Ashburnham Road

Cremorne Road

Chelsea Embankment


Given the scale of the event several other local roads were affected and had restricted access.

As the route for the event goes through east, central and west London before heading out to Surrey it requires over 100 miles of road to be closed which will have a major impact on getting around the Capital.  If you are planning any special events such as weddings or making a journey out to an airport it will be advisable to plan ahead. The event organisers also have a helpdesk which can be contacted on 0345 894 9773 or you can email

Further information will be found during the build-up to the event on the organiser’s website

Transport for London will have details of road closures and any alterations to public transport routes and timetables on its website when confirmed

The Council will also be publicising information in on its website and in its quarterly newspaper Royal Borough as well as on its official twitter feed.



Swim, Spin and Stretch this Spring in Kensington and Chelsea…

Looking to get a little more active? Across Kensington and Chelsea there are dozens of free or low-cost activities and classes on offer from the borough’s Sports Development Team and partners to help you do just that. Below is just a taster of what’s on offer, but for information do contact the Team on 020 7938 8182 /


Every Tuesday at Kensington Leisure Centre (W10 6EX) from 6:30-7:30pm

Cost: £2.10

A high intensity aqua class for men and women that incorporates swimming stroke techniques to help the body learn swim movements.

Instructor-led Gym Classes

Every Tuesday, 4:30pm-5:30pm at Westway Sports, 3-5 Thorpe Close (W10 5XL). Cost: £1.50

Every Thursday:

10:30am-11:30am at Chelsea Sports Centre (SW3 5PL). Cost:£2.10.

2pm-3pm at Kensington Leisure Centre (W10 6EX). Cost:£2.10.

3:30pm-4:30pm at Westway Sports – Men Only (W10 5XL). Cost: £1.50.

Suitable for all abilities, but designed for beginners, gym instructors will be on hand to create and deliver gym plans and provide instruction for using all exercise machines.

Spin Class (Women Only)

Every Wednesday, 5.45pm-6.30pm at Kensington Leisure Centre (W10 6EX). Cost: £2.10

Get on yer (exercise) bike and get into a spin to burn calories and relieve stress. Spin focuses on endurance, strength, high intensity and recovery.

Move & Glow

Every Tuesday, 6pm-7pm at Venture Community Centre (W10 5YB). Cost: £2.00.

Move & Glow is a full body workout, to a pumping soundtrack that provides peaks and troughs of intensity. So, crack out the glow sticks and get moving!

Mind & Body Yoga

Every Wednesday, 9:30am-10:30am at Earl’s Court Health and Wellbeing Centre (SW5 0PT). Cost: £1.50.

A holistic approach to body, mind and spirit. Mind & Body classes include stretching, flexing, breathing awareness and of course, relaxation.

Yoga for Disabled Adults

Every Wednesday, 10:00am-11:00am at Kensington Leisure Centre (W10 6EX). Cost: FREE

Focusing upon physical posture and breathing, each pose can be modified or adapted to meet the needs of the student. Yoga can also be performed while seated in a chair or wheelchair.



Landlords in Kensington and Chelsea: support the Syrian refugee crisis

In response to the Syrian refugee crisis the Council agreed in October that the Royal Borough should offer to resettle 50 refugees from Syria and are looking for private landlords to assist in offering accommodation at affordable rates.

The Council is now working with the RBKC Refugees Welcome Committee to make the necessary arrangements. Chief amongst these is the identification of suitable accommodation. Because of high housing prices and existing pressures on Council and housing association properties the refugees will need to be housed in private rented accommodation. At market rents such accommodation would be too expensive for refugees to afford, so our ability to accept refugees in Kensington and Chelsea rests on the generosity of private sector landlords willing to provide suitable accommodation at lower rents than they would normally charge. Because of the depth of public sympathy and support for Syrian refugees’ plight the Council and the Welcome Committee are hopeful that such offers will emerge.

Once suitable housing is identified the Council will work with other public services and with the wide range of local individuals and organisations who have offered to assist the refugees. The aim will be to provide the range of services, support and help that the refugees need to provide them with the best possible start to life in the Royal Borough.

For Syrian children arriving alone in the UK a London-wide scheme is in place whereby Councils (including the Royal Borough) will look after these children, placing them with foster carers or in children’s homes and supporting them to attend school or college and become integrated into the community.

The RBKC Refugees Welcome Committee is made up of faith organisations, voluntary and community groups and other local organisations such as schools and colleges, who are working in partnership to provide a coordinated local response to the Syrian refugee crisis.

If you are a landlord, or are connected to any landlords who may be interested in offering suitable accommodation in the Royal Borough at affordable rents, please get in touch with The Welcome Commitee at or on 020 8964 4815 or the Council’s Housing Team or telephone 020 7361 3008.


Free show: ArtSmart Comtemporary presents Roberto Grosso @ SpaceW10

Join ArtSmart Contemporary for a solo show of Roberto Grosso’s dynamic and multidimensional works at Space W10!

Inspired by music, Roberto uses digital tools to manipulate images and transform the audio world into the visual. On their own they are dynamic, engaging, and vibrant, but adding to their visual appeal is their integration of virtual reality. Using the app Aurasma, you can view the works in a multidimensional way, combining sound and movement, and getting a glimpse into the creative process to make the works truly come alive.

While many of the pieces on the market currently have prices that go into the millions of pounds, there are some amazing contemporary Italian artists based in London whose work is fresh, exciting, and collectable. Roberto Grosso is one of these artists.

The show runs from 28 April – 3 May and launches with a free private view on the 28th from 6pm – 9pm. While free, please RSVP to

For more information on ArtSmart Contemporary visit For further information on Roberto Grosso’s show do check out the Facebook event page.

Wanted: Volunteer Therapists for children with autism at FOCUS West London

Do you have, or are you looking for, the skills and experience to support children on the autistic spectrum on a one-to-one basis? If so, FOCUS West London are looking for Volunteer Therapists for their Saturday Club.

The Role

FOCUS West London’s Saturday Club opens in May 2016 for its first 10 week term and then again for their second term beginning in September/October 2016.

Volunteer Therapists will support children on the autism spectrum to develop social skills by working with a designated child, building a rapport, and helping the child to develop basic skills such as looking, listening and imitating, as well as more complex skills.

Volunteer Therapists will be trained as an ABA tutor, and closely supervised by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. There will be three days of initial training, and hands-on training given at each Club session. It will be a valuable insight into a great career pathway, perhaps as a precursor to applying to one of the many Applied Behaviour Analysis courses offered at various UK universities.

The commitment

Potential candidates must be willing to volunteer with us to support autistic children at the following days/times:

Each Saturday from 7 May – 16 July 2016 (excluding 28 May) from 9am to 4pm, plus attend training days; and/or

Each Saturday from 1 October until 10 December (excluding one Saturday in the half-term 22-29 October) from 9am to 4pm, plus training days on 17, 24 and 25 September.

Get in touch

For more information on the role, or to apply, please contact Dr Shruti Agrawal on 020 3294 7285 or email More information on FOCUS West London can be found at their website –


NEW Farmers’ Market to trial in Earl’s Court

Earl’s Court eaters rejoice! After a little work by local residents and the Council to find a location, the Earl’s Court Farmers’ Market will set its stalls out for the first time on Sunday 15 May.

The weekly market (every Sunday, 10am-2pm) will be held at St. Cuthbert’s with St Matthias School (Warwick Road, SW5 9UE) for a trial period of 12 weeks.

The market will be ran by London Farmers’ Markets and more information can be found at or on the Earl’s Court Farmers’ Market Facebook page.

Remembering Humphrey Firman, VC – 25 April, South Kensington Station

Residents and visitors to the Royal Borough are invited to join the Council in remembering local war hero Humphrey Osbaldston Brooke Firman VC at a special ceremony on Monday 25 April.

Starting at 11am on the paved square outside South Kensington station, the focus of the ceremony will be the unveiling of a special paving stone to commemorate Firman’s action at the Siege of Kut on 24 April 1916, for which he received a Victoria Cross.

Born in Kensington on 24 November 1886, Humphrey Firman was a lieutenant in the Royal Navy during the First World War. He was 29 when he volunteered to lead the crew of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve SS Julnar on a mission to get 270 tons of supplies through to forces besieged in Kut-el-Amara, in present day Iraq.

The unveiling is part of the nationwide campaign to honour Victoria Cross recipients from the First World War by laying commemorative paving stones in their birthplace on the centenary of their awards.

Free African Yoga in Dalgarno with Healthworks…

Dalgarno dwellers! Healthworks are at it again – with their free classes and workshops to help you improve your wellbeing!

To not miss the chance to take part in these classes Yogatta get down to the Dalgarno Centre (Dalgarno Way, W10 5BQ) for the next 4 Wednesday’s – 27 April, 4 May, 11 May and 18 May 2016 from 11am-1pm.

To book a place please call Davendra on 020 8969 6300 or email



City Living, Local Life: The Maxilla Archive Exhibition, 10-15 May at the Tabernacle

With a little City Living, Local Life support from Notting Dale and St Helens wards, Corner Nine Arts and a group of local residents have been putting together an archive that documents the history of Maxilla Children’s Centre.

The legacy of the project will be the online archive –– but to celebrate the launch of the project, The Tabernacle will be hosting a free exhibition from 10-15 May 2016.

Alongside the exhibition, there will be 2 free family workshops (aimed at those aged 6+ and their parents/carers) on Saturday 14 May from 10:30am-12noon OR 2pm-3:30pm. If you would like to attend, please contact Lisa Nash – 07977 155130 / as places are limited.

And finally, the celebration of the project will take place on Friday, 13 May at The Tabernacle from 6:30pm-8:30pm with founders, former parents, pupils and staff. If you would like to come along, do get in touch with Lisa Nash (details above).

The Maxilla Children’s Centre –

City Living, Local Life: Free launch screening of One Potato – exploring children’s play in Chelsea

With the support of Chelsea Riverside Councillors through City Living, Local Life, Age UK Kensington and Chelsea and local media charity digital:works teamed up to produce One Potato, a film documenting the changing nature of play in Chelsea with local children and older people’s groups.

One Potato builds upon interviews with children conducted by Iona Opie in Chelsea in the 1970s and is based around the World’s End Estate, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year.

As well as taking part in the film by comparing their experiences of play with local older people, the children also learnt skills in film production and recording and played a large role in putting the film together.

The film is launching on Monday 16 May 2016 at Chelsea Theatre (World’s End Place, SW10 0DR) from 10:30am-12:30pm.

For more information on the project do check out


Last chance to apply for a £20k pledge from the Mayor of London’s Crowdfunding Programme

Last chance to apply for a £20k pledge from the Mayor of London’s Crowdfunding Programme.

As part of a £730,000 scheme to support local communities, Londoners
crowdfunding the best innovative projects that bring local places to life, could
receive a pledge of up to £20,000 towards their campaign this summer.

However, there are only two weeks left to submit your project idea for

For full instructions to submit your idea and to view previous project
examples, visit the Mayor’s Spacehive page:

“This is a unique opportunity to empower Londoners to come together and make
a huge difference in their community by pitching great ideas that matter to them.
I look forward to seeing a whole raft of innovative solutions to local issues that
will help to make the city an even better place to live, visit and work in.”
Boris Johnson

To apply, all you have to do is:

1) Upload your project to Spacehive and submit for verification with
Locality by the 2nd of May

2) Send over your supporting documents to the Greater London Authority
by the 2nd of May

3) Get crowdfunding!

LondonLive are looking for new Community Choir Members!

Have you ever wanted to sing in a community gospel choir? If so Kensington, Shepherd`s Bush, Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill locals are being invited to join LondonLive Church’s Community Choir from Wednesday 4th May 2016 for ten weeks of rehearsals; where singing is simply fun.

During the ten weeks, choir members will learn how to sing uplifting inspirational gospel songs, boost singing abilities with professional vocal training and build confidence, culminating with a summer concert on Saturday 9 July.

This summer`s gospel concert will also be raising funds for the local homeless charity, “Dinner Club”. For any questions, or to join the choir please email: or telephone 07810560495


Rehearsals start: Wednesday 4th May 2016

Venue: Notting Hill Community Church, Kensington Park Road, W11 2ES

Time of rehearsals: 7-9pm

Preview date: Saturday June 25th 2016, at 5pm

Concert Date: Saturday July 9th 2016, at 5pm.


People of Portobello: Capturing the culture and community of Portobello Road

Thanks to Colville Community History’s Tom Vague for bringing this project to Cuppa reader’s attention!

It only takes a few steps from Notting Hill Gate, or a quick hop from Ladbroke Grove Underground for first-time visitors to realise that Portobello Road is a place buzzing with culture, history, diversity and community. People of Portobello ( aims to capture this buzz through a photographic library and supporting interviews with the people who make, and have made, Portobello Road and the surrounding area what it is today.

As the People of Portobello team say…

There are few places in the world encapsulating such a harmonious diversity and collection of amazing characters as Portobello, whether it be different personalities, languages, races, cultures, bank account sizes, religions or philosophies on life…

…People of Portobello has two key purposes: firstly, it is intended as a celebration of the wonderful collection of people that make the life in the community so enjoyable; secondly, and perhaps more importantly, it is also a message on the importance of diversity and a real life example of where this can work so well

So do check out the great photographs and local stories at, keep up-to-date on Facebook (, follow them on Twitter @PoPortobello and Instagram…

Gardeners of the borough! Brighter Kensington and Chelsea’s 2016 Summer Competition launches…

Green fingered residents and organisations of the borough – think you have a glorious garden? perfect planters or superb shrubs?  Then why not enter Brighter Kensington and Chelsea’s Annual Summer Competition…

Started in 1953 to celebrate the Coronation of the Queen and help overcome damage from World War II, Brighter Kensington and Chelsea has been promoting and celebrating the borough’s horticulture ever since.

Entry to the competition is free and all entry forms need to be in at least one week before the judging days. The available categories and judging days are as follows:

Garden Squares – Saturday 18 June

Private Entries – Saturday 25 June

Communal Entries – Thursday 16 June

Commercial Entries – Thursday 21 July

Prize giving will take place on Monday, 7 November 2016.

The 2016 entry form is available to download here [pdf]. For alternative formats or for any questions please telephone 0207 341 5684 or email

The World’s End and Lots Road Big Local community grants fund opens…

The World’s End and Lots Road Big Local (WELR) has opened a community grants scheme for residents, charities and community groups to access.

The Big Local empowers local people to make their communities and areas even better places to live. The resident partners of the WELR Big Local have made grants of £100-£500 available for projects that benefit World’s End and Lots Road residents in the following priority areas:

  • Jobs, training and enterprise opportunities
  • Young people
  • Green areas and open spaces
  • Community events and activities

For more information, including the criteria please visit the WELR Big Local website. Application forms can be obtained by contacting Vanessa, WELR Big Local Coordinator at

Can you help the Royal Borough’s older residents celebrate the Queen’s 90th?

Kensington and Chelsea residents! As you probably know, Her Majesty turns 90 this year and to celebrate, local organisations have clubbed together to hold a quintessential British tea for the Kensington and Chelsea’s older residents on 12 June 2016 at Kensington Town Hall.

This informal event aims to remember our older residents, many of whom are isolated and away from family and friends in an inter-generational event with local cadets and other youth organisations.

Can you help out?

So far local schools, voluntary groups, residents and local businesses have contributed towards the event and the organisers are on the lookout for more people who would like to get involved.

As this is a community event, it will rely on lots of willing hands and support. The organisers will welcome anyone interested to get involved with any of the following activities:

  • Helping secure donations for the Tea (including support from local shops, community groups or generous residents);
  • Assisting older guests to get to and from Kensington Town Hall, including volunteer drivers; and
  • Assistance at the event itself.

To get involved, do contact Zara Ghods (Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents) on 0207 352 1336 or at


‘The Cameraman’ – Silent Film with a twist at St John’s Notting Hill

As part of the Notting Hill Mayfest, St John’s Notting Hill will be showing Buster Keaton’s comedy caper, The Cameraman, accompanied by the evocative music of the restored organ, played by Donald MacKenzie, resident organist at the Odeon, Leicester Square.

Advanced booking is highly recommended, as all previous silent film screenings at St John’s Notting Hill have sold out in advance.

There will be popcorn and a bar available on the night, with the church candlelit and seating unreserved. Also, despite being heated, the church may be a little cold, so please wear warm clothing!

Full details and tickets (£10) are available at

Doors open at 7:00pm for an 8:00pm film start.

Film running time: 67 minutes

Age rating: U

Location: St John’s Notting Hill, W11 2NN

Over 50? The Second Half Centre’s Summer Term 2016 has kicked off…

Ever fancied trying your hand at Latin American Dance, learning recipes from around the world, taking up still life drawing or brushing up your French? Because all these classes (and dozens more!) are available at the Second Half Centre this Summer.

The Second Half Centre is an Open Age Centre, based at St. Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing, Exmoor Street, W10 and acts as a hub for the over 50s in and around Kensington.

Classes cover a range of activities across health, leisure, wellbeing, and employment – most of which cost between £0-3 to attend.

For the full Summer schedule please visit or download the entire Open Age Timetable as a PDF here to keep handy.

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