April’s The Street Trader available now for download…

31 Mar

Produced by the Royal Borough’s Markets Team, April’s The Street Trader – the market newsletter for Portobello and Golborne Road Market – is out now.

This edition contains on the upcoming 150 years celebrations and a Q&A with Henry from Sir Plus.

Download it now at: The Street Trader – April 2015 [pdf]

Exhibition: Relational Extravaganza: Arbitrary Dreams @ Lacey Contemporary Gallery

26 Mar

From 7 April11 April 2015, Lacey Contemporary is proud to present ‘Relational Extravaganza : Arbitrary Dreams’ a dynamic multi-media group exhibition encompassing a collection of painting, photography, print and sculpture, created by eight carefully selected, emerging artists and curated by Christina Mitrentse Projects.

Relational ExtravaganzeThe exhibition reveals the artists diverse working processes, styles, medium and scale. The seductively deceptive artworks offer a case study of the aesthetical interaction between nature, seduction, & commodification. While the selected artists produce an assortment of highly stimulating visual data there is a common thread holding the works together in search of Aesthetic Forms and Their Opposites they echoing abstraction.

Times: Tuesday-Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday 11am-5pm; Sunday and Monday by appointment

Location: Lacey Contemporary Gallery, 8 Clarendon Cross, W11 4AP

Cost: This is a free exhibition

150 Years of Portobello and Golborne Road Market: Music and More

24 Mar

150 yearsPortobello and Golborne Road Market turns 150 this year and each month a different theme of the market is being celebrated. Throughout April the focus will be on music and here’s a taste of what’s lined up:

Friday, April 17: Sing To Live, Live To Sing performance @ Portobello Road

At the 150 Year Celebration stall catch the local community choirs, formed to improve health and wellbeing around Kensington and Chelsea, performing songs from Abba to Jessie J throughout the day.

Saturday, April 18: Record Store Day @ Talbot Road

From long-lost psychedelic vinyl to nu-rave metal mash-ups, pop down to Talbot Road to celebrate independent music stores and the rare, weird and wonderful music on offer.

Get Involved!


www.northkensingtonhistories.wordpress.comShare your market-themed playlists on SoundCloud, YouTube by tagging them #pogo150 and/or @rbkcmarkets.

Need some inspiration? Look no further than Cat Stevens, Dire Straits, and of course the Bedknobs and Broomsticks classic. Portobello Road… Portobello Road… Street where the riches of ages are stowed…


Get your hands on a special 150-year edition of the Notting Hill shopping bag by tweeting in your music related market photos throughout April at #pogo150.


www.artcomesfirst.blogspot.co.ukWould you like to make one-off or regular contributions to The Street Trader, the monthly newsletter for Portobello and Golborne Road Market, as well as the market blog?

Examples of contributions that would be welcome include interviews, stories, news items, photos and videos from current and former market traders, residents, regular shoppers and local shopkeepers. Please get in touch with Mark Atkinson (mark.atkinson@rbkc.gov.uk) if you are interested.

  The 150 Years programme:

Activities are planned until the end of the year around the following themes:

May: Shopping

Portobello 3June: Arts & Culture

July: Community

August: Carnival

September: Fashion

October: Autumn Fruit & Veg

November: Antiques

December: Gifts

So stay tuned for further announcements of the ‘Bella festivities!

City Living, Local Life: Keeping the World’s End planters looking SMART

23 Mar

By Amelia Mustapha, St. Mary Abbots Rehabilitation and Training (SMART)

Often, the biggest hurdles facing anyone affected by mental ill-health are self-esteem and isolation. When someone walks through the door of SMART we believe in them, show them what they can do and let them know in no uncertain terms that they are amongst friends. It’s as simple as that and it works.

SMART 4We were very pleased, therefore, to receive funds from the City Living Local Life fund to pay for our gardening work in the World’s End Estate and to fund our Christmas Day opening. It meant that 12 of our members got to create and maintain planters for the local community to enjoy, gaining valuable skills and contributing to an area in which they live. They are going to need them even more soon as a SMART garden will feature at the RHS Flower Show in Hampton Court this summer.

SMART 1“It was a cold day but we rolled our sleeves up and created beautiful planters that made people smile as they walked past”

It also meant that around 40 people were able to enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings amongst friends, music and laughter. We were open from 10am until 4pm so saw lots of people who just dropped in for a cuppa too.

 “Without SMART I would have been stuck at home”

Knowing that people care enough to fund these things for them give our members a real boost and we staff at SMART are so lucky to see the impact of that, everyday. Thank you Councillors!SMART 2

The Royal Borough’s birds: Which would you vote for?

23 Mar

The decision we make in May will define us for generations to come.

The red kite? The blue tit?

Yes, polls are open now at www.votenationalbird.com.  The Americans have the Bald Eagle, the Ecuadorians celebrate the Andean Condor, and the people of Mauritius look with sadness to the past with their national emblem: the Dodo. But we Britons have no official national bird… until now.

HeronWith our traffic, concrete and menacing cats, we to often think of central London as devoid of avian life beyond scraggy pigeons and the odd stray seagull. And yet as spring is upon us, now is the perfect time to explore Kensington’s Holland Park and take in the vibrant and varied bird life.

From moorhens and woodpigeons to herons and Egyptian geese, birds give the mellow park a thronging life and energy and are worth the appreciation of any resident or visitor. But which, we may ask, would be Kensington and Chelsea’s Bird? For us in the Community Engagement Team who occasionally take a lunch in the park, the strutting peacocks are the hands down winners.

Peacock1With unruffled poise, they seem to float above all the playing children and de-stressing people at lunch with a lofty purpose we cannot begin to grasp.

This is our favourite borough bird, but you don’t have to agree! Please send us in pictures and stories you have about local birds and we’ll share them on this blog.Peacock 2

City Living, Local Life: Stratford Road Case Study Video

23 Mar

AbingdonIn what will hopefully be one in a series of exciting short films, the City Living, Local Life team have gone out into the community armed with a camera and fluffy microphone to capture some of the ideas and faces behind the sort of projects the initiative has funded.

The team are key to spread some of the great and varied projects taking place.  If you have an idea or think your funded project could do with a bit of glitz and glamour, then get in touch locallife@rbkc.gov.uk  All videos will be posted on our website

First up, are the good folk at Stratford Road, who were awarded funding to produce a map in the Kensington Magazine highlighting the many small independent businesses in the area.  Since funding was approved, the group have been working with City Living on other ideas to improve footfall including the decision to to establish a small business forum.





SMART turns 30: Gig at the 606 Club

23 Mar

SMARTThis year SMART turn 30 – that’s 30 years of walking with people on their path to recovery, being there during the dark days and celebrating the light ones.

On Wednesday April 8th The 606 Club presents a an evening of music, fun, food, drink and laughter. Together with the fabulous Polly Gibbons (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=simFnzvvv3I) we will be showcasing the talent of some of the clients at the 606 Club.

You can buy tickets for £15 here .https://www.justgiving.com/606Jazz/

All proceeds go to SMART’s work.

More information can be found in the poster



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