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City Living, Local Life: Colville Community History’s latest newsletter – 1957,67 and 77 – is out now!

Colville residents and history buffs! The latest offering from Tom Vague and the Colville Community History project is out now – and the focus is on the 40th, 50th and 60th anniversaries of community action in North Kensington.

Starting in 1957 with the Rent Act and Rachman the newsletter explores the role of Ladbroke Grove in the British hippie and punk movements, the emerging Caribbean identity of the area and of course, the formation of Notting Hill Carnival through the years 1967 and 1977. In keeping with the history of the area, these iconic events are discussed against the backdrop of some of the most influential music of modern times such as the Sex Pistols, The Clash and Bob Marley and the Wailers.

As well as reading this latest Colville Community History newsletter, Issue 18 [pdf], there are also two exhibitions planned around the newsletter on:

Sunday, 30 April – Monday, 1 May @ Bay 56, Acklam Village Theatre as part of Portobello Live

Saturday, 24 June @ North Kensington Library (time TBC)


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.

The year is 1966! Read the latest Colville Community History Project Newsletter and free slideshow event on July 26

With support  coming from City Living, Local Life, Colville residents are invited to attend a free slideshow talk on Tuesday July 26 6-9 pm at Book & Kitchen 31 All Saints Road London W11 1HE.

1966 The year the decade exploded in Notting Hill.  This History talk and slideshow by Tom Vague and will cover everything from Muhammed Ali to the World Cup.

If you were on the local scene in 1966 please come along and share your memories.

The latest issue of the Colville Community History Project newsletter can be read on the website.

RSVP for free to the slideshow on the Book and Kitchen website

The latest Colville Community History newsletter is out – featuring a The Sound of The Westway preview

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.. this month’s Colville newsletter features Muhammed Ali…

Colvillagers! Did you manage to catch the Colville Community History Project’s The Sound of the Westway exhibition?

If not, then not do not fear! The latest newsletter from the project presents some of the best photographs from the exhibition which documented the social and cultural history under the flyover.

The newsletter can be downloaded here: Colville Community History Project, Issue 14 [pdf].

Previous issues of the Colville Community History Project’s newsletters can be found on the Colville Community Forum website.

CLLL: Uncovering the history of Colville

From the building of Powis and Colville Squares in the 1860’s, Colville has been a place of rich history, unique characters and social change. The excellent City Living, Local Life supported Colville Community History project, led by local resident Tom Vague has sought to recount, preserve and celebrate this history – both good and bad – through opening up archives, holding exhibitions, hosting talks and producing newsletters.

This month saw CCHP release their twelfth newsletter, focusing on the Battle of Blenheim Crescent in 1958 (Colville Community History Project, Issue 12 [pdf]) and the growth of the music and hippy scenes in the area through the 1960’s and 70’s.

The entire collection of newsletters can be found on the Colville Community Forum website and feature fascinating archive footage and personal retellings of some of the key events in the history of the area, including Notting Hill Carnival, the growth of the punk scene and infamous characters such as Rachman, Christie and Oswald Mosley.

Colvillagers! The latest community history newsletter is out now…

The City Living, Local Life-supported Colville Community History Project’s eleventh newsletter, under the flyover is now available for download.

The newsletter explores the building, opening and effects of the Westway, including an excellent piece by Anne McSweeny, who lived at 3 Acklam Road before the arrival of the Westway, and whose house became the Notting Hill Carnival office.

So, catch-up on some local history and download the Colville Community History Project, Issue 11 [pdf].

City Living, Local Life: Salvation Army burgled, but not beaten

Salvation armyOn the 3 January 2015 members of the Salvation Army on Portobello Road arrived at their hall to find it had been broken into, trashed and burgled. Some £5,000 worth of damage had been caused and nearly £10,000 worth of goods stolen including PA and AV equipment, an electric piano, parent and toddler group equipment, food from the food-bank, toys given to distribute to needy families, four computers and printers from the computer suite as well as other items.

The grant received from Colville City Living, Local Life enabled the Salvation Army to purchase four computers and programmes, which is now housed in a small room in the community centre. When fully operational the facilities will enable visitors to the Friday coffee drop-in to access the internet as well as being used by guests at the Tuesday over 60s lunch club.

SA computerIn September the Salvation Army will commence a Wednesday evening tea-time after school club for 5-10 year olds and the computer facilities will enable them to give help with homework and the like. They are also looking into the feasibility of opening a job club and these computers will be invaluable for this service.

Major Paul Scott of the Salvation Army on Portobello Road said “We have been amazed at the way the community have rallied round and given their support to us during what has been a very difficult time”.

City Living, Local Life: February’s Colville Community History newsletter is out

Residents and Colville and local history enthusiasts rejoice! The excellent City Living, Local Life supported Community History Project have published their latest newsletter. With features on ‘Before and After the Westway’ and celebrating 150 years of Portobello Market, the newsletter is great read.

To download the electronic version of the newsletter, do visit the Colville City Living, Local Life webpage

Colvillagers: Read the latest Notting Hill Dispatch now

The November edition of the Notting Hill Dispatch from the Colville Neighbourhood Policing Team is avaliable to read on the Colville ward pageNHD

People of Colville: Come along to your next forum meeting next Tuesday September 30

The next Colville Forum meeting will be on Tuesday 30th September from 6.30 to 8.30 p.m at London Lighthouse, 111-117 Lancaster Road, Ladbroke Grove, 6.30 – 8.30 p.m. Doors open at 6.15 p.m.

The Main agenda items are:

  1. An update and Q&A session with Sergeant Sally Pymont, Met Police and Colville dedicated ward officer.  We have asked Sally to particularly address the recent serious incidents in Colville and concerns about neighbourhood safety and how the police are tackling this.


  1. A chance for residents to ask questions and feedback their opinions directly to the lead Council Officer developing the new RBKC Street Entertainment (Busking) Policy.  Mary Byrne, Head of Service for Customer & Business Development, Environment, Leisure and Residents Services will be attending the meeting to field questions and offer further information.


  1. All three Colville Councillors will be at the meeting and will outline their draft criteria and priority issues for the new round of City Living Local Life grants for members inputs and comments.  Any new applications received will be copied to members before the meeting in order that residents ideas can feed into the assessment process.

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