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Watch: THE CLUB – inspiring young people at Earl’s Court Youth Club…

Eager readers and local Earl’s Court residents will remember the Earl’s Court Community Trust’s local Film Festival that was held last November.

The festival showcased a series of short films and documentaries shot in and around the Earl’s Court area and was won by Kid Gloves, a tale that unravels after Merle lends a pair of gardening gloves to her young neighbour Lucy. The Earl’s Court Youth Club also got in on the act, and with support from the Redcliffe councillors through City Living, Local Life, produced THE CLUB – a 4 minute showcase of how the Club helps local youth to realise their ambitions…

Consultation: Heathrow Third Runway – open until 25/05/17

The Government has began a four-month consultation on plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport. It believes a new runway will strengthen the UK’s links with the rest of the world, offering new and improved opportunities for tourism and trade.

But a third runway will also have an environmental impact. The Government promises to address that impact with a package of measures it describes as “world class”. It believes expansion can be delivered within existing air quality requirements though this would, in any case, be a condition of planning approval.

There will be a number of consultation events across London, including one at Kensington Town Hall on Wednesday 1 March. This drop-in event is open to all. It begins at 11am and finishes at 8pm.

Formally speaking, the consultation is on a draft National Policy Statement (NPS) on expanding runway capacity and airport infrastructure in the south-east of England.

The draft NPS sets out:

• the need for additional airport capacity in the south-east of England
• why Government believes that need is best met by a north-west runway at Heathrow Airport
• the specific requirements that the new runway will need to meet to gain development consent on issues such as pollution, climate change, habitats, health, good design and cost.

It is also possible to participate in this consultation online. All the background documents and consultation response forms are available at:

www.gov.uk/dft/heathrow-airport-expansion

The consultation ends at 11.45pm on Thursday 25 May 2017.

To address the worries about noise, climate change and air quality, the Government is proposing a range of counter measures that includes legally binding noise targets, a ban of six and a half hours on scheduled night flights and new technology to make airspace more efficient and reduce the need for stacking, thereby making journeys faster and more environmentally friendly.

“We remain very concerned about the environmental impact of a third runway,” said Cllr Tim Coleridge, RBKC Cabinet Member for Transport, “Our hope is that the ‘world-class package of measures’ that has been promised will address our concerns. We will be studying it closely before making our own submission to the Government.”

Funding advice: Everything you always wanted to know about Civic Crowdfunding but were too afraid to ask

Residents and community groups are invited to attend a drop-in surgery about Civic Crowdfunding at Westway Trust on Friday 24 February between 2pm-5pm.

Have you ever looked at a nearby green space and thought it could be livened up? Or maybe you have an idea to improve a publicly used building or to install some public art?  Communities across the UK are using crowdfunding to make their ideas come to life. Crowdfunding has been used to raise the profile of projects, gather public support, and raise the money that’s needed to make things happen.

Via Civic Crowdfunders, Spacehive, Kensington and Chelsea has seen five successful projects crowdfunded in the borough so far with approximately £30,000 raised and over 200 backers pledging to a variety of projects from grass root football teams to community art projects.

So if you are busy gathering your costs together and are ready to launch, if you need some tips about social media or who to approach for pledges support, if you have an idea but don’t know what to do next, or just curious to learn about civic crowdfunding and how it works, come and speak to members of Westway Trust, RBKC’s Community Engagement Team who will be on hand to advise where possible.

Come along to the reception area at Westway Trust, 1 Thorpe Close, London W10 5XL between 2pm and 5pm and you will be guided into the surgery.

For more information about crowdfunding in Kensington and Chelsea visit the links below:

https://www.spacehive.com/movement/kc

https://www.spacehive.com/movement/WestwayTrust

For more information about the drop in surgery, contact Westway Trust on 020 8962 5720 or email info@westway.org

 

Get Cleaner and Greener with The Royal Borough’s guide to waste and recycling…

Always been a little unsure about collection days? Or how you can recycle in Kensington and Chelsea? Then help is at hand with the Council’s new Cleaner, Greener Guide.

The handy guide has been delivered to households in the Royal Borough and can also be viewed online [pdf]. A pdf version that is easier to download to your device is also available here.

Cleaner, Greener includes the location mini recycling centres in the borough, what exactly goes in what bags and information on environmental projects that you can get involved in. If you would like more information on the guide – or have any questions related to the local environment – do contact Streetline on 020 7361 3001 / streetline@rbkc.gov.uk.

 

Community Reporters: London Belongs To Me…

Our very own star Community Reporter, Stan Moorcroft is back with an excellent piece for the Institute of Community Reporters. The original post can be found on the ICR website.

I have lived in London now just over thirty years, having moved here on 4th July 1983. I don’t know how long you normally must wait to claim squatter’s rights, but thirty plus years seems a good enough period to me. So, let me state my claim now, London belongs to me.

The glory of London is its parks and open spaces, you are rarely ever far away from a London park, common or heath. I am within fifteen minutes’ walk of Kensington Gardens or Holland Park, much closer to several smaller areas with grass and flowers and benches on which to sit, all maintained by Kensington and Chelsea council who also still believe in the value of trees. Those who would see what they call ‘the state’ shrink rarely mention such items in their calculations. What does it cost to maintain a tree? Too much for some, who know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Holland Park is one of the less known London parks and one of my favourite, combining as it does areas of uncultivated and semi wild ground, with the ordered gardens around Holland House. Like most London parks it too is mercifully well provided with wooden benches, the metal ones being considerably inferior. I think leaving a park bench as a memorial is as great a gift to the world you leave behind as the planting of a tree. Sitting on one of the park benches in Holland Park in the fall of last year I was moved to pen a poem.

Each one chooses its moment
then a letting go,
the moment of separation
Falling slowly through the damp autumn air.
No, not fluttering
more acceptance,
a closing of the eyelids.
In choosing your moment
you chose less carefully.
For Caspar Ringrose 11/1/71 – 26/6/94

As you can see I dedicated it to Caspar Ringrose on whose bench I was sitting when I composed the poem. I never knew him, but hope he would approve.

Kensington Gardens is a different sort of open space to Holland Park, providing passage for cyclists and joggers between Bayswater and south Kensington. Kensington Gardens isn’t a separate park at all, but is an adjunct to Hyde Park. I used to walk to work taking a route through Kensington Gardens, then Hyde Park, Green Park and finally St James Park before finally reaching my office just around the corner from New Scotland Yard. The geography of each park brushing against the other allowing for such a pleasant journey into the heart of London.

I recently learned that this is the same route to work taken by John Stuart Mill over a hundred and fifty years earlier. It was on one such journey that he found two dead babies in Kensington Gardens, abandoned by a mother too poor to care for them. Shocked by this discovery he took to handing out leaflets advocating birth control in the East End. This action earning him a short spell in prison.

Thankfully the most shocking thing I have ever come across on a London walk is a rather splendid looking dead fox, foxes now regular visitors to night time London. Engaged I imagine in clubbing to the early hours of the morning in the West End.

St James Park is the most ordered of the central London parks, I used to take my lunch there. It is also of course a notorious meeting place for spies. I often used to look out for likely suspects, latter day Kim Philby’s, or Anthony Blunt’s, men in hats carrying brown envelopes, who, after looking furtively around, turn to a stranger and say “I think the ducks have not been fed today!” To which with any luck the stranger replies. “Fortunately I have come with a bag of breadcrumbs.”

Not all of London’s parks and green spaces are open to the public. Particularly around Holland Park and Kensington there is a plethora of padlocked parks and gardens. These are the reservations set aside for the wealthy inhabitants of the crescents and squares that make up this area of West London. In the film ‘Notting Hill’ Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant clamber over the railings of one such park to enjoy some quality time together. If you ever did try this I imagine some monstrous alarm system would start screeching into the night.

During the war the railings around these parks were removed, ostensibly for scrap iron, though also feeding into the democratic spirit of the war. It was a move greatly applauded by George Orwell, who had at one time lived at the Notting Hill End of Portobello Road.

Towards the end of the war the railings began to be put back. When Orwell protested, this move an indignant correspondent accused Orwell of advocating theft. Orwell responded:

‘If giving the land back to the people of England is theft, I am quite happy to call it theft…In his zeal to defend private property my correspondent does not stop to consider how the so-called owners of the land got hold of it. They simply seized it by force, afterwards hiring lawyers to provide them with title deeds.’[1]

If anything, things have got considerably worse since Orwell’s day. There are now whole areas of Dockland, and parts of the City in which you are ‘allowed’ to walk and may be permitted to take pictures, – however these privileges, not rights you understand, can be taken from you on a whim from the ‘owners’ of the land. Whilst the maintenance of Hyde Park has been privatised and recently the company who won the contract started to levy charges for playing football or cricket on parts of the park that Londoners have played on, for free, for hundreds of years. These moves met with stiff resistance and the authorities backed down.

Londoners have over the centuries have proved a difficult populace to govern, quick to defend any transgressions of their rights and liberties, with a propensity to riot if the ruling elite push their luck too far. I will be standing with them, for London belongs to me, one to its citizens.

[1] The collected Essays Journalism and Letters of George Orwell, Volume 3, As I Please, p241.

Community Groups: Build Your Own Discovery at Kensington Palace…

Kensington Palace, the home of Kings and Queens until the 19th Century and London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is opening its doors to local groups and offering them the chance to discover the palace in their own way.

Build Your Own Discovery (BYOD) is an access scheme for adult community and education groups based within Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and the City of Westminster. In addition to providing free access to the Palace, BYOD aims to engage people with the stories, collections and historic spaces in ways that are meaningful to them. This is done by training up and supporting group leaders and adult learning tutors to lead visits for their own groups.

To help you get the most out of your Discoveries, the scheme offers one-day training for group leaders, free group visits, discount entry tickets for members of the group and staff support to help leaders and tutors plan their activities.

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Borough-based group Open Age taking part in their own BYOD session.

If you are interested in this right royal offer, there are training sessions available twice a year (spring and autumn), and the next sessions are:

  • Friday 21 April 2017, 10:00-16:00
  • Monday 24 April 2017, 10:00-16:00

For more information, or to register your interest, email Kim Klug or Jatinder Kailey at kim.klug@hrp.org.uk and jatinder.kailey@hrp.org.uk.

Mothers of the borough! Stretch, dance and de-stress with Wonderful ‘Womb’man…

Mothers of the borough! Are you looking to get active? If so, local resident Emmanuelle Marcel has created a series of dance classes tailored for ‘womb’men and mums at Kensington Primary Academy (Community Room B1, Warwick Road, W14 8PU)

The dance classes are a basic level and provide a safe relaxing place to de-stress, stretch, stay fit and learn some fun moves. As well as increasing your self-confidence, rhythm and coordination the classes aim to enhance strength through technique.

The classes include contemporary, hip-hop and street, ballet, salsa, tap and musical theatre dance.

Term dates & Prices  (There are no classes during half-term):

Spring Term dates:

Tuesdays, 9-10am from Monday 16th January – Fri 31 March :£120 (£100 until end of January)

Tuesdays, 9-10am from Tuesday 21st February – Tuesday 28th March: £90 (£72 until 18 February)

Summer Term dates: 

Tuesday 18th April – Tuesday 18th July: £150  (£130 until 18 February)

Drop-in Price:  £15 per session (£12 until end of Feb)

The entrance for the Community Rooms at Kensington Primary Academy is opposite the Hilton Olympia (the door is on the left before the stairs for the school!)

The classes are run on a not-for-profit basis with proceeds going back into the running of the programme.

For bookings and enquiries, please contact Emmanuelle Marcel: ka.1@hotmail.co.uk

I really enjoyed your dance class this morning, it incorporated all the elements of stretching and bending, relaxing and bouncing with fun dance movements thrown in. I loved your choice of music and will come again. – Kitty Mason, (Headmistress of Holland Park Pre-Prep School and Day Nursery, 1990-Present)

Very competent teacher and knowledgeable about her subject, really enjoyable and fun, friendly atmosphere, good choise of music to the particular dance routine, very helpful. -Jacinta, 31 (Ex-Dance student and previously Events Manager at London Eye)

Date for your diary: Neighbourhood Watch Conference, Saturday 18 February 2017…

Kensington and Chelsea residents! Are you part of your local neighbourhood watch, or would you like to know more about the scheme and community safety in the Royal Borough more generally?

If so, the next Neighbourhood Watch Conference is taking place on Saturday, 18 February 2017, from 10:15am-2pm in the Small Hall, Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, W8 7NX.

There will be a range of information stalls and presentations from the RBKC Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator, Metropolitan Police, RBKC Community Safety and Online Watch Link.

Refreshments will be provided and stalls will be open until 2:30pm.

If you would like to attend, please register via the Kensington and Chelsea Social Council website.

 

Get into gear this new year with Bikeminded…

Now entering its seventh year, the Royal Borough’s Bikeminded campaign to get people cycling is kicking off 2017 with commuter rides, an eBike loan offer, cycle skills and the return of the Bikeminded Film Club.

New to cycling?

To help local residents get in the saddle, Bikeminded offer all new cyclists free lights to help them keep safe in the dark. Simply email cycling@rbkc.gov.uk with the subject line ‘NEW RESIDENT’ to add a little light to your nighttime journeys.

Want to upskill?

Got all the gear, but want a better idea? If so, Bikeminded offer a free, be-spoke 2-hour session with experienced cycle trainers for people who work, live and study in the borough.

Training can take place at a convenient location to you and at a time that suits your needs. For more information on the offer, check out Bikeminded’s Cycle Skills page.

You can also join Bikeminded on their Monday Commuter Rides and ride with others along the route from Shepherd’s Bush Library (W12) to Blackfriars Bridge. The route uses quiet roads and parks where possible, depending on where people want to be dropped off.

You can register for the event, view and suggest pick up/drop off points online.

Or get green…

The Council also has 3 eBikes that are available to loan for residents and businesses. These electric bikes are sure to get you through any journey around London and come with an optional trailer. For more information, check out the eBike Loan page.

And when you’re all cycled out, 2017 sees the Bikeminded Film Club return for the fourth year, and the first film is definitely one you want to phone home about…

On Tuesday, 31 January, ‘E.T. The Extra-terrestrial’ comes to Kensington Central Library at 7.30pm.

Tickets are free, but registration via Eventbrite is essential.

Funding alert: Help counter extremism? Consider applying to the Home Office’s Building A Stronger Britain Together programme…

Kensington and Chelsea community groups! Do you run projects that help counter extremism and build stronger communities?

If so, take a look at the Home Office’s ‘Building a Stronger Britain Together’ programme as there’s in-kind support and grant funding available…

Grants are available in two ranges: £1000 – £15,000 and £15,000 – £50,000 for projects that aim to create:

  • fewer people holding attitudes, beliefs and feelings that oppose shared values;
  • an increased sense of belonging and civic participation at the local level;
  • more resilient communities.

The deadline for submission is Monday, 6 February (5pm) and more information, including the application process, can be found on the GOV.UK website.

But that’s not all – there’s also ‘in-kind support’ available for organisations in things such as social media training, assistance to improve your website and training and capacity building to help you achieve your aims. This support is available all year round and further details can be found on the GOV.UK website (above).

 

 

Your Health, Your Care: Find out more about local health services – 31/01/17

Kensington and Chelsea, Queen’s Park and Paddington residents! Get involved in improving health and social care services and find out what is already being done at Your Health, Your Care on Tuesday 31 January, 6pm – 8.30pm.

Taking place in the Small Hall at Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street (W8 7NX), the event has been organised by the NHS West London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

The evening provides a chance to wander around a number of stalls at your own pace and chat to NHS and social care professionals in person. Here you can take the opportunity to ask a range of local experts about what services are available near you. The stalls will be followed by a brief series of talks from NHS and social care leaders, and a Q&A session. There is disabled access including a hearing loop. Refreshments will be provided.

While booking is not essential it is recommended, as there is limited seating.

RSVP online: https://improvingcareforlocalresidents.eventbrite.co.uk
RSVP by email: communications@nw.london.nhs.uk
RSVP by phone: 020 3350 4224

Learn2Earn returns this month! Book your place on the free employability course…

Looking to kick-start your 2017 by boosting your employability? If so, Blenheim’s free 12-week Learn2Earn course may be just the ticket…

Open to residents of Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham, the course helps those who are finding it difficult to access employment and volunteering opportunities.

As well as improving specific employment related training, advice and tips, Learn2Earn aims to build up confidence and self-esteem to equip you with the tools to succeed.

The course starts on Tuesday, 24 January 2017 and runs for 12 weeks. If you are interesting in signing-up, or would like to know more about the programme, do email learn2earn@blenheimcdp.co.uk, telephone 020 8960 5599 or visit their website.

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Spotlight: The Kensington Parochial Charities

As we welcome in the new year, it’s time to turn the spotlight on Kensington Parochial Charities who have been helping out the local community in a number of small but very important ways for generations…

The Kensington Parochial Charities (KPC) are an agglomeration of a number of smaller, ancient charities that were set up to help residents of a local parish to provide fuel (usually wood) in winter months, food and general building work for churches. These centuries-old investments- now all bought together by St Mary Abbots  – are shared amongst local churches to provide to those in need in their respective parishes.

In 2016, the total combined sum was £4881.93, and here’s how the local churches spent their share:

St Barnabas provided bursaries for individuals going to the Focus festival in Summer 2016.

St Mary Abbots  helped a group of elderly parishioners to host an outing to the theatre and a lunch.

Holy Trinity Brompton used the grant towards food costs for their drop-in day shelter. The service caters to hundreds of vulnerable people by providing a full hot breakfast and access to a range of activities and services to help them.

St Mary the Boltons used the grant to the support an older impoverished couple. The husband has been the principal carer for his wife for several decades, and the grant will relieve the pressure on their finances, in the face of an ongoing need to maintain their property, which has fallen into considerable disrepair.

St John’s, Notting Hill aided the work of the Filipino Chaplaincy which serves the borough’s Filipino community, many of whom are in low paid employment.

St Clement and St James provided activities for the congregation, including the annual pilgrimage to St Albans Cathedral for those who would not otherwise be able to attend and a bowling trip for the young people. The remaining funds were donated to the North Paddington Food Bank.

Through the hard work of the parishes, the grants, a generous gift from the Kensington and Chelsea community many generations ago, continue to offer support to the community of today, bringing people together at funded events and providing financial assistance in times of need.

The breakdown of the £4881.93 across the churches is as follows:

Holy Trinity Share £1165.00
St Barnabas Share £499.29
St James Norland Share £527.03
St John’s Notting Hill Share £943.10
St Mary Abbots Share £1386.91
St Mary West Brompton Share £360.60

FREE Journalism and Community Communications Course with Earl’s Court Community Trust

Do you have a cause you believe in but don’t know how to get the message out there? Would you like to learn how to write a feature or local news story? If you love music, theatre or cinema, wouldn’t it be great to be able to write an entertainment review?

No matter what your experience, background or interests, Earl’s Court Community Trust and Family Mosaic are holding a free Introduction to Journalism and Community Communication

When? 16 January – 10 March 2017

Where? 1A Nevern Place, Earl’s Court, SW5 9NR

What’s the course outline?

FEATURE WRITING

Monday & Friday: 10:00 – 14:00,  16 – 27th January

LOCAL NEWS WRITING

Monday & Friday: 10:00 – 14:00, 30 January – 10 February

INTERVIEWING AND VOX POPS

Monday & Friday: 10:00 – 14:00, 20 February & 24 February

REVIEWS & HOW TO WRITE ADVERTORIAL

Monday & Friday: 10:00 – 14:00, 27 February & 3 March

WORK EXPERIENCE PLACEMENTS & AWARDS

6 March to 10 March

For further information do contact Earl’s Court Community Trust on 07484 679458 or via email. For further details, check out www.thecourt.london.

Transforming Kensington and Chelsea with civic crowdfunding in 2016 with Spacehive

It’s been another successful few months with civic crowdfunding in Kensington and Chelsea with 2 more projects hitting their targets in December after weeks of hard work, preparation and campaigning.

The Portobello Pantomime pieced together a short, swift but successful crowdfunding drive to raise much needed funds for their 25th anniversary show, The Snow Queen.  With great support from some local businesses as well as Pembridge Councillors via City Living, Local Life, the five and half thousand pound production budget was met just hours before opening night.  While treading the boards they will be raising funds for local causes, so some big hearty congratulations to Porto Panto’s Kitty, Anna and Harry for juggling rehearsals and seeking local pledges in such a short space of time.

In perhaps the most ambitious crowdfunding project to date in the borough, local grass root football team Kensington Borough FC lead an epic 8-week journey to raise over £14,000 to enable them to participate in a local league and run a community football tournament.  Project lead Ahmed used his local contacts to generate support from a variety of sources including Westway Trust and their community grant, local businesses, Greenwich Lesiure Ltd, London Tigers FC and Everyone Active, as well as City Living Local Life.  The Green Army reached their target and made it over the goal line and can now continue to support young people in the borough through sport.

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Looking to 2017

–       Watch out for the next round of Westway Trust’s Community Grants, where projects who crowdfund may receive up to £4,000 of pledges. More information can be found on Westway’s Spacehive page.

–       Grants of up to £20,000 will be available through the fourth round of the Mayor’s Crowdfunding programme, that will launch in the new year.  So far, there have been three rounds supporting 57 projects across London, however none of these have been in Kensington and Chelsea.  Why not take the opportunity to be the first?  More information can be found on the Mayor’s Spacehive page.

–       If you are about to launch your own crowdfunding project, or are interested in finding out more, some advice sessions will be organised in the new year, with successful project leads on hand to share knowledge and experiences of crowdfunding.

Congratulations to all successful projects so far and the 200 plus backers who made ideas a reality!

A look back at City Living, Local Life in 2016…

While 2016 may have seen it’s fair share of surprises, City Living, Local Life has been consistently helping local people, community groups, charities and ward councillors to work together to improve local areas. With 137 projects funded across Kensington and Chelsea this year, here’s a flavour of what has been going on..

supporting local, independent businesses on Stratford Road in Abingdon;

bringing Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet into the modern day with Intermission Youth Theatre in Brompton and Hans Town;

reaching out to isolated residents with the Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents in Campden;

launching a new IT hub in Chelsea Riverside;

celebrating Notting Hill Carnival Pioneers’ 50th year in Colville;

helping young homeless people at Beacon House in Courtfield with employment advice and training;

cooking up ideas to address food poverty with Kensington and Chelsea Social Council’s report, supported by Dalgarno Councillors;

making the Earl’s Court Tardis fit for the The Doctor;

taking over the Golborne Road for the Golborne Festival;

Golborne Road Festival TODAY until 6pm! #facepainting #livemusic #albinopython #streetfood #bouncycastle & more! 🐍🚒🍰

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inviting residents to the first Holland conversation to discuss the most recent ward survey results;

lighting up Holland Park Avenue this Christmas in Norland;

assisting the Ethiopian Women’s Empowerment Group to hold events and support volunteers in Notting Dale;

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Ethiopian Women’s Empowerment Group, Notting Dale ward
rocking out with the Joy of Sound and their inclusive music workshops for people with disabilities in Pembridge;

launching Senior Moments, a series of talks, classes and workshops for older residents at Christ Church Kensington in Queen’s Gate;

championing the best of local film at the Earl’s Court Film Festival in Redcliffe (check out the winner, KID GLOVES, below!);

providing support for the local Parkinson’s UK branch to continue to offer free and low-cost activities for people with Parkinson’s in Royal Hospital;

Exploring local history and tackling social isolation with Open Age’s Walks and Talks in St Helen’s; and

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The Walks and Talks crew enjoying the view from Trellick Tower

Going for goal by growing Chelsea FC’s Premier League Kicks in Stanley;

If you would like to find out more about these projects, the many others we’ve supported in 2016 or have an idea that you would like to explore, then get in touch!

Residents! Have your say on Kensington and Chelsea’s 17/18 budget proposals…

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has published draft budget proposals for 2017-18.

The proposals can be read at www.rbkc.gov.uk/budgetproposals. Residents and local businesses are invited to have their say before they are voted on by the full Council on Wednesday 8 March 2017.

Comments can be sent by:

Email: budgetproposals@rbkc.gov.uk

Post: Town Clerk’s Office, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX.

In order to be considered, comments must be received no later than midday on Wednesday 1 February 2017.

Mind, Exercise, Nutrition… Do it! Free family lifestyle sessions return in January…

Get a jump start to your New Year with Mytime Active’s free family healthy lifestyle sessions aimed at children and families in Kensington and Chelsea.

Mind, Exercise, Nutrition… Do it! (MEND) bring together specialists, dietitians and nutitionists to help parents and children maintain healthy lifestyles. There are a range of courses and the details are as follows:

MEND Mini

A 6 week course run by a registered nutritionist and physical activity specialist. Offers practical chopping and tasting activities and games and exercises aimed at enhancing physical and social development for 2 – 4  year olds.

Mondays from 9 January to 13 February 2017, 10am – 11am at St Cuthbert’s Church, 50 Philbeach Gardens, SW5 9EB

Tuesdays from 10 January to 14 February 2017, 9am – 10am at Chelsea Open Air Nursery and Children’s Centre, 51 Glebe Place, SW3 5JE (open only to children who attend the nursery)

Wednesdays from 11 January to 15 February 2017, 9am – 10am at Servite RC Primary School Nursery, 252 Fulham Road, SW10 9NA (open only to children who attend the nursery)

Fridays from 13 January to 17 February 2017, 9am – 10am at Colville Primary School, Lonsdale Road, W11 2DF (open only to children who attend the nursery)

MEND Mums

A 6 week interactive post-natal weight management programme offering energy boosting workouts and helpful tips on nutrition for you and your baby (0-2 years). Delivered by a physical activity specialist and dietitian.

Tuesdays from 10 January to 14 February 2017, 9:30am –11am at Cheyne Children’s Centre, 10 Thorndike Close, London SW10 0ST

Fridays from 13 January to 17 February 2017, 10:30am – 12pm at Holmfield House Children’s Centre, 4-6 Golborne Road, W10 5PE

Fridays from 13 January to 17 February 2017, 12:30pm – 2pm at Violet Melchett Children’s Centre, 30 Flood Street, SW3 5RR

Thursdays, 23 February to 30 March 2017, 10am – 11:30am at Dalgarno Trust, Dalgarno Way, W10 5LE (led by female instructors)

MEND 7-13

A 10 week course for children aged 7-13 years who are above a healthy weight. The programme is linked to nutrition, physical activity and behaviour change. Delivered by a registered nutritionist and physical activity specialist.

Saturdays from 21 January to 8 April 2017, 2.30pm to 4.30pm at Chelsea Leisure Centre, Chelsea Manor Street, SW3 5PL

1:1 clinics

Individual sessions for parents/carers with children aged up to four for whom a group programme is unsuitable or with additional needs.

Wednesdays from 9 January 2017, 9am to 3pm at Clare Gardens Children’s Centre, 349 Westbourne Park Road, W11 1EG.

All courses are free and delivered by trained, specialist professionals. For more information and to book a place on a course, please visit www.mytimeactive.co.uk/MEND, or call 020 8323 1725.

City Living, Local Life focus: Campden

Our monthly City Living, Local Life focus now takes us to the middle of the borough, to Campden ward, where Councillors have been supporting efforts to reduce social isolation amongst the elderly.

Since the start of the initiative, Campden ward Councillors have been supporting Open Age and The Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents to deliver a series of activities across the ward.  Through their outreach, the respective charities have been working to identify isolated older people who may be in need of additional support and access to services.

A full roster of activity continues to be available from both groups including health talks, coffee mornings and seminars on community safety.  Local churches, such as St Mary Abbots and Kensington Unitarians, have been supporting these activities respectively.  Councillors have also maintained support to St. George’s Church in the ward to host their annual Christmas lunch for older residents.

In recent years, Councillors have also supported younger residents of Campden, in the form of week-long healthy food workshops at St Mary Abbots and Fox Primary.

For more information about projects in Campden ward, as well as local opportunities and news for residents, visit the CLLL Campden page.

Puzzlers! Celebrate 250 years of the Jigsaw at the Museum of Brands…

The borough-based Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising are celebrating the humble jigsaw, with the largest exhibition of its kind.

From 15 December at the Museum’s Lancaster Road base, the exhibition pieces the social history of Britain through jigsaws, celebrating royal occasions, wars, transport, technology and famous faces. With 250 jigsaws from 1766 to the present day, they map the journey from an educational aide for upper class children to the family friendly brain puzzler.

The exhibition runs from 15 December to late-April 2017. Tickets cost £9 for adults, £7 concessions and £5 for children. Family tickets are also available.

For more information on the Museum of Brands, do visit www.museumofbrands.com.

 

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