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City Living, Local Life focus: Dalgarno

It’s back up to the north of Kensington and Chelsea this month, as we take a look at City Living, Local Life activity in Dalgarno ward.

Forming the northern tip of the borough and the western side of Ladbroke Grove, Dalgarno ward was formed in 2014 and was previously part of St. Charles ward.

Despite being a 2-councillor ward (and therefore smaller in population than most wards in Kensington and Chelsea), Dalgarno is one of the busiest and most active in terms of interest in the programme and numbers of projects funded.

Supporting small and medium sized local groups is a theme in Dalgarno with organisations such as Just Solutions 123, The Dalgarno Food Bank, West London Bowling Club and Binbrook and St. Quintin’s Residents Associations receiving funding in the past.

Activities, opportunities and training for young residents of the ward has been a priority for ward Councillors. Through City Living, Local Life, Kensal House-based SPID Theatre has supported local young people in creative and performance arts, including animation. This is demonstrated in SPID’s award-winning High Above the Sky…

Older residents have also benefited from City Living, Local Life with a number of reminiscence projects such as West London Bowling Club’s ‘Stories from the Green‘ which explores the individual tales of one of London’s last remaining bowling greens.

Councillors have also made efforts to understand and address social challenges within the ward, including tackling local unemployment with Clement James’ IntoWork programme. The work of the Dalgarno Trust Food Bank has also been recognised with funding for refrigeration units and assisting Kensington and Chelsea Social Council’s work to understand the reasons behind the rise in food bank access.

The Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea, Cllr Elizabeth Rutherford visits the Dalgarno Trust Food Bank in 2016

Celebrating and preserving the unique history and culture of the area is also a priority, illustrated by the support for the work of Dalgarno-based CAPCA to hold the annual Notting Hill Nurseries Carnival which helps to teach children about the origins, tradition and ethos of Carnival.


If you would like to find out more, or to share your ideas for projects in Dalgarno, do visit the City Living, Local Life website.

City Living, Local Life Focus: Courtfield

It’s further south we go this month, to South Kensington and Courtfield ward.

Stretching from Cromwell Road in the north to Fulham Road in the south, a key theme in Courtfield has been supporting residents to come together and shape the area they live in. This has included helping Ashburn Garden Square Garden Association gain a greater voice on local developments and the fledgling Courtfield Neighbourhood Forum to garner interest and membership.

Improving the area around Gloucester Road has also been a focus with residents coming together and organising flower baskets along the street and there are also plans afoot to replace the ageing fruit kiosk outside the tube station.

Recently, Evolve Housing’s Beacon House – a homelessness service for young people – was awarded funding to run fashion, art and IT workshops, culminating in an exhibition attended by the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea.

If you would like to find out more, or to share your ideas for projects in Courtfield ward, do visit the City Living, Local Life website.

City Living, Local Life: Sing for lung health with Royal Brompton Hospital…

With the support of Stanley ward Councillors through City Living, Local Life, rb&hArts – a charity focused on improving the wellbeing of Royal Brompton Hospital patients and the local community – is getting AIRBORNE by singing for lung health and you can get involved!

The AIRBORNE team are looking for local people to take part as singers and collaborators to help design the composition and performance. The opportunity is open to all singing abilities, so there’s no need to be able to read music as it is all taught by ear.

Led by composer, performer and musical director Verity Standen, the rehearsals will be gently paced to allow for singers who live with breathlessness and limited mobility.

If this opportunity grabs your interest, please pop along to one of the taster sessions on Wednesday, 3 May OR Wednesday, 24 May from 5:30pm-7pm at Royal Brompton Hospital, Sydney Street, SW3 6NP.

Following this, rehearsals will be on:

Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14  and Thursday 15 June, 5:30pm – 8pm at Royal Brompton Hospital

The rehearsals include a warm up and tea breaks. During these sessions, Verity will teach all the music and develop the skills of the ensemble. AIRBORNE will be a totally new composition and devised and adapted to the group through these sessions, so please attend all three evenings to help shape the piece.

And then the performances will take place on:

Friday 16, Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 June

Performances will be short (5-10 minutes) in pop-up locations around the borough and easily walkable. We expect these to take place in short bursts with breaks between, for up to 2 hours each day.

If you have any questions on the project, please email or telephone rb&hArts on 0207 352 8121 x4087.

City Living, Local Life focus: Colville

Back up to the north of the borough this month, and to the east of Ladbroke Grove, with a look at Colville ward’s City Living Local Life activity.

Colville on average supports around 15 projects a year, and Councillors have focused much of their City Living, Local Life activity on inclusive art and history projects, as well as projects for younger ward residents.  Of particular note has been the Sound of the Westway, a 2016 talk and exhibition of the musical history wrapped up in the Westway.

Elsewhere, inclusive music classes (Joy of Sound), classical dance teaching (Mark Elie Dance Foundation) and local creative workshops from ArtHouse involving around 800 local residents, were developed through City Living, Local Life.

More recently, an extensive archive project of local printer and community activist Mike Braybrook was given a helping hand into the British Library, and the Volunteer Centre’s Kensington and Chelsea Ambassadors who greet and assist visitors to Portobello Market were also supported.

One of the main ways local people can get involved in Colville is through the Colville Community Forum. The forum is a fully constituted community organisation, with each of the three ward councillors as trustees and Forum members made up of local people and organisations. The Colville Forum also acts as the host of the Colville Community History project, that produce regular newsletters and talks on the colourful history of the area.

If you would like to find out more, or share your ideas for projects in Colville ward, do visit the City Living, Local Life website.

City Living Local Life focus: Chelsea Riverside

Down in the south of the borough we go, for a look at Chelsea Riverside and how Councillors and local community groups have been working together through City Living, Local Life.

In recent years, Chelsea Riverside councillors have supported a range of projects from environmental improvements to community get-togethers as well as support for older residents and those looking for employment.

The World’s End piazza has been a focus, with City Living, Local Life helping members of local mental health charity SMART to maintain the World’s End and Lots Road Big Local planters. The piazza has also been brought to life with the annual Chelsea Youth Festival that is organised by, and for, local young people.

But, it’s not just the World’s End that has benefited from City Living, Local Life as the Cremorne Residents’ Association of Lots Village threw a summer fete, Fetters Lane Church saw Ernest and Mary Gillick being commemorated with a blue plaque and the Chelsea FC Foundation’s Premier League Kicks programme was extended in the south of the borough helping young people in the area remain active and healthy. In 2016, councillors also helped to make Christmas that bit more special, supporting festive lights on the Kings Road and a celebration for the World’s End Over 50s’ social club.

For more information about the area, and local activities taking place, visit the Chelsea Riverside ward page on the City Living, Local Life website.

CLLL: Call the Community Nurse – shared bike scheme launched at Pembridge Palliative

With support from the Dalgarno and St Helen’s councillors through City Living, Local Life, North Kensington-based Pembridge Palliative Care have set up a shared bike scheme for their community nurses, social workers and therapists.

Pembridge Palliative Care provides support for people with terminal illnesses and those who require end-of-life care. This is provided from Pembridge’s St Charles Hospital base and at people’s homes. The bike scheme will help reduce journey times when visiting patients at home – meaning that more time can be spent with patients and their families relieving pain, anxiety and loneliness in these difficult times.

Pembridge currently support 82 Kensington and Chelsea residents at home, and more than 50 people who attend the inpatient unit and day hospice.

The recycled bikes will be on the roads from March – so do keep an eye out!

You can find out more information on the work of Pembridge Palliative care and how you can get involved on the hospice website.

With thanks to Nick Le Reche, Fundraising Manager at Pembridge for help putting this together!

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…

The latest Colville Community History is out now: 1966 and all that pop…

History buffs and Sixties swingers! The City Living, Local Life-supported newsletter latest offering is out and the focus in on ’66.

While the year may have seen people dancing in the streets up and down England after Geoff Hurst’s hattrick, the people of North Kensington were also dancing to the beats of the first ever Notting Hill May Fayre.

Organised by the London Free School the Fayre would soon inspire the Notting Hill Carnival we know today, as well as the raft of Sixties and Seventies bands, magazines and movements that the Free School were involved in, from Pink Floyd to Hendrix.

So, sit back and grab Issue 17 here [pdf].

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.

A City Living, Local Life Christmas…

City Living’s got Christmas sorted
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Here’s a taste of what’s been supported
Fa la la la la, la la la la…

It’s not just the Arctic elves that have been busy gearing up for Christmas, as residents, groups, businesses and charities in Kensington and Chelsea have been coming together to turn up the festive cheer in the borough. A number of these great goings-on have been supported by local ward Councillors through City Living, Local Life, including:

kicking things off early with the Dalgarno Winter Festival in November;

celebrating Christmas along the King’s Road in Royal Hospital, Stanley and Chelsea Riverside;

helping families experiencing mental health challenges to have the Best Christmas Ever with fresh food, activities, games and presents, including a proper winter coat in Golborne;

illuminating Holland Park Avenue with the Holland Park Village Traders Association as Christmas lights return to area in Holland and Norland;

a special Christmas lunch for members of the St. George’s Lunch Club in Campden;

support for the Stratford Road Business Forum to hold the second Stratford Road Christmas Party on 7 December in Abingdon; and

group gatherings for residents of Nursery Lane and Whitchurch House supported housing schemes in Dalgarno and Notting Dale;

… and with December just over the horizon, expect this list to fill up with more communtiy Christmas events than you can shake a peppermint stick at…

CLLL: Free film premier of Two Potato – an oral history of play in North Kensington, 9 December

Following on from their excellent documentary ‘One Potato‘ exploring children’s play in Chelsea, digital:works have hop-scotched their way up the borough to produce ‘Two Potato’ – and this time the focus is on North Kensington.

With support from the Colville Councillors through City Living, Local Life, the documentary captures the oral history of locals along with archive footage and images of the area.

The film premiers at The Gate Cinema (87 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JZ) on Friday, 9 December at 10.30am. If you would like to attend, please email Mat at digital:works.

For more information on the project do visit

Enjoy a little early festive cheer with the Stratford Road Christmas Party, 7 December

With a little support from Abingdon Councillors through City Living, Local Life the independent shops and businesses of the borough’s very own Stratford Village are hosting their annual Christmas Street Party.

Kicking off at 5pm on Wednesday, 7 December join the villagers for a free evening of games, food, drink, carol singing, music and shopping.

City Living, Local Life focus: Abingdon ward needs your ideas

Residents and community groups of Abingdon ward are being asked for ideas and suggestions for things that could improve the local area through City Living, Local Life.

As one of the first wards to sign up to the initiative back in 2011, Abingdon has, over the years, focused on a variety of local ideas from community events on Stratford Road, environmental improvements to ESSA conservation area, inter-generational cooking sessions at Kensington United Reformed Church and community space improvements at St. Philips Church.

City Living, Local Life can support local projects with small amounts of funding.  If you live in the ward and have an idea about how you can improve it why not visit the Abingdon ward page to share your ideas, contact your Councillors and find out what has been funded previously.

Abingdon! Share you ideas, and start something good.


City Living, Local Life: What’s been happening across the borough?

As we reach the halfway point of the 2016/17 City Living, Local Life year, it’s time to take a look around at the local projects that have been kick-started by residents, community groups and ward Councillors around Kensington and Chelsea. Over 50 projects have been funded already, and a full list is available on the City Living, Local Life website, but around the borough the initiative has been busy…

… working with the Brompton Association to conduct an underground survey of  Yalta Memorial Gardens in their efforts to revitalise the Twelve Responses to Tragedy;

bringing the Olympic spirit to Chelsea Riverside and the World’s End with the Chelsea Youth Festival in August;

celebrating with the Notting Hill Carnival Pioneers for their 50th year in Colville;

piloting complementary therapies at the Dalgarno Trust Food Bank with Monroe Health;

creating a pop-up Museum curated by children of St. Thomas’ Primary in Golborne as part of a year-long, school-wide programme;

lighting up Holland Park Avenue by supporting the Holland Park Village Traders’ to put up Christmas lights around the Underground station;

pulling no punches and helping out the Champions of tomorrow with equipment for Dale Youth Boxing Club in Notting Dale;

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

enabling the Earl’s Court Youth Club to create and enter films about local life in the second annual City Living, Local Life-supported Earl’s Court Film Festival in Redcliffe;

unearthing the unique Arts and Crafts history of Royal Hospital’s Holy Trinity Sloane Square with their first annual Arts and Crafts Festival; and

welcoming back the St. Helen’s Festival, organised by St. Helen’s Church.

City Living, Local Life exists to help local residents, community groups and charities to shape the area they live and work in through small pots of funding and lots of practical support. If any of the above projects have inspired you to start something good, get in touch with us at!

CLLL: Pleasure in Labour – Arts & Crafts Festival at Holy Trinity Sloane Square, 16-18 September

With a little support from the Brompton and Hans Town and Royal Hospital Councillors through City Living, Local Life, Holy Trinity Sloane Square are launching a new annual festival to celebrate the rich Arts and Crafts history of the Church and wider area.

Running from 16-18 September, in association with Open House London, the festival is packed full of talks, hands-on workshops, performances and exhibitions.

So if you fancy trying your hand designing jewellery or photography, tour the Arts and Crafts inspired areas of the Church or learn more about the socio-political drive for reform that underpinned it all, check out the Festival Programme [PDF]!



CLLL: 1966 – Free history talks and exhibitions with Colville Community History

50 years ago to the month, Notting Hill was gearing up for its first community celebration of the century – apart from the odd bank holiday festival that was halted by the First World War – The Notting Hill Fayre.

This festival spread across Notting Hill, incorporating the range of people and communities that made Notting Hill their home. The Fayre became fundamental in bringing people together to celebrate; playing a role in shaping the Carnival that has drawn millions to North Kensington every year since.

To celebrate ‘the year the decade exploded’ in North Ken, the City Living, Local Life-supported Colville Community History Project are holding a talk and exhibition all about 1966 in the borough.

The exhibition runs from 27 September – 9 October at The Red Lemon Pub, 45 All Saints Road. For the early birds, there’s a free accompanying slideshow and talk on launch night from 6.30pm-8pm.

You can also download the latest Colville Community History newsletter which begins to reveal the historical, social and cultural changes that were going on in North Kensington that year.

City Living, Local Life: The Venture Centre Fun Day returns…

With support from the Golborne ward Councillors and Love Golborne/City Living, Local Life the Venture Centre’s Family Fun Day returns – and all the activities are free!

The day kicks off at 1pm for food, drink and fun. The Venture Centre is found at 103a Wornington Road, London, W10 5YB.


Notting Dalers! Celebrate with the Henry Dickens Summer Party on Sunday, 14 August…

With a little support from City Living, Local Life, the Henry Dickens Community Gardeners are inviting all in the local community to come party with them!

Their annual Summer Party will be brightening up Henry Dickens Court from 1pm on Sunday, 14 August. Donations are welcome for barbecue food and drinks, but kids can eat for free.

The 2015/2016 City Living, Local Life Annual Report is out now!

As City Living, Local Life enters its sixth year, we are proud to present the latest annual report.

In the last year, over £200,000 has been allocated to 108 projects to improve local life across Kensington and Chelsea. Find out how the initiative has been helping local residents, community groups and councillors in your local area.

The latest annual report is available in hard copy or you can download the interactive PDF version here.


St Thomas Carnvial: celebrating local history of North Kensington this Thursday 14 July

St Thomas CE Primary School invites you to celebrate North Kensington’s local history on Thursday 14 July from 2.30pm, at St Thomas Primary, Appleford Road, W10 , 5Ef.

Supported in part by City Living, Local Life/Love Golborne, a procession celebrating the 50th anniversary of Notting Hill Carnival will take place from 2.30pm in the foundation school playground and the main school playground at 3pm.

The processions will be folllowed by a number of performances from pupils.  at 4pm, the St Thomas’ Pop up museum will be officially opened to the public.  The pop-up museum will exhibit the work of the pupils from the year long, whole-school local area project.

The exhibition will be open until 6pm.  following this, it will be open 9am-3.30pm on Friday 15 July, Monday 18 July, and 9am-12pm on Tuesday 19 July. Food, music, games and stalls will also take place in the playground until 6pm.

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