This month, our City Living Local Life project spotlight comes from The Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents. The words below were provided by Mina of the Forum. If you’ve received funding from CLLL, and want a bit of a publicity push, get in touch with us today.

The Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents is a registered charity dedicated to creating an environment in which older people are active partners in the decisions that affect their lives and have worked to help alleviate social isolation amongst the older population of the Borough. We have a record since our inception in 1996 of helping older residents gain the confidence to influence decision-making processes. Our diverse membership represents the entire Borough and currently stands at over 1,300 members.

20150423_134336 (1)Councillors in Campden have long supported the Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents to help alleviate social isolation amongst the   older residents of Campden Ward via City Living, Local Life. The Campden Ward Isolation project has been funded for three consecutive years since 2013.

The residents of Campden Ward who have joined as members of the Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents meet at the luxurious, ultramodern Pavilion, 96 Kensington High Street, W8 4SG on the last Saturday of every month from 2-4pm. The Pavilion has kindly offered their meeting rooms free of charge since 2013. Members also meet regularly at the St Mary Abbots Centre and past events at this venue have included an antique show presented by Phillip Mould, the popular television celebrity who can be seen alongside Fiona Bruce on BBC One’s Fake or Fortune? and a presentation on scams by the Metropolitan Police in conjunction with NatWest bank. The Kensington Close Hotel is also partnering with the Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents’ Campden Ward Isolation Project and has offered special reduced rates for Christmas Day lunch in 2014, enabling lonely and isolated members of the Ward to go out on Christmas day. The Hotel has also given free venues for other events involving the Campden Ward residents including a talk by the iconic Bond girl Honor Blackman in 2014.

20150211_142427_resized (1)A number of outings have also been arranged for the Campden Ward Project members including two boxes (Grand Tier and Loggia) at the Royal Albert Hall’s Friendship Matinee, buggy rides through Kensington Gardens, an exclusive guided tour of Sotherby’s auction house, private tour by a Palace historian of the Buckingham Palace gardens when they were closed to the public (a buggy was available for the less mobile), a private tour of Buckingham Palace State Rooms with champagne, a reading by a Palace historian in Queen Victoria’s bedroom at Kensington Palace, wine tastings at Fortnum & Masons, canal boat trips, Houses of Parliament, Christmas lunch cruise on the Thames and outings to restaurants, museums and historic places.

The Campden Ward residents have also been encouraged to attend other events organised by the Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents including a series of talks on health by key organisations which have included Diabetes UK, Arthritis UK, the Parkinson’s Society, the British Tinnitus Society, Alzheimer’s Society, the Macular Society, the British Pain Society and the British Nutrition Foundation.

20150131_150332_resized (1)This year a series of free workshop and talk events will be organised by the Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents at Kensington Palace as part of the Campden Ward project. There will be an opportunity to touch and handle an array of Victorian items during these sessions. The first event will be in December with a speaker to talk about the contributions which Queen Victoria and Prince Albert made to the Christmas celebrations we know today. The events will be held in the Duchess of Kent Community Room which had been the dressing room of Queen Victoria’s mother, the Duchess of Kent. There will be coffee, tea and refreshments and those attending will be able to take a free tour of the Palace afterwards. There are many sitting areas throughout the Palace so that less mobile people will be able to rest during their tour, and special accommodation will be made for us to use the parking lot at the Palace so that disabled and less mobile people would not have to walk through the park to reach the venue for our events.

If you wish to attend, or know someone who might benefit from this work, please contact the Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents at 155A Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5TX. Telephone: 0207 352 1336. Email: kensingtonandchelseaforum.org

Some future events:

  • Celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Reign: the showing of the film The Diana Years the second film in the sessions. The first was Duty and Destiny shown in September. The Pavilion, 96 Kensington High Street, W8 (use entrance on Kensington Church Walk). Saturday 31st October 2-4pm. Tea, coffee and cakes available at £2.50 per person
  • Treasure Gardens: the gardens of the Treasure Houses of England: film about the gardens in some of the great historic houses of the UK. The Pavilion, 96 Kensington High Street, W8 (use entrance on Kensington Church Walk). Saturday 28th November 2-4pm. Tea, coffee and cakes available at £2.50 each person
  • Celebrating Christmas talk at the St Mary Abbot’s Centre
  • Boxing Day Lunch. The Kensington Close Hotel. 28th December 1-4pm
  • Tasty Talks: Christmas dinner delights, 16th December at Kensington Palace. This talk will be about the origins of the traditional Christmas dinner. Includes a warming spiced drink from the Wassail bowl (mulled cider)
  • Music at the Palace. 3rd January, Kensington Palace. The Prince Regent’s Band perform Victorian carols and Christmas music on 19th century brass instruments
  • Royal Albert Hall Songbook at St Mary Abbots Centre, Vicarage Gate. January 2016 [date to be announced]
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