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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.


Invitation: KCSC’s ‘Hidden Hunger in K&C’ Food Poverty report launch – Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Join the Kensington and Chelsea Social Council for the launch of their new report – ‘Cooking up Ideas: Hidden Hunger in K&C’ – on the rise of emergency food provision and food hunger in Kensington and Chelsea.

The creation of the report was funded in part by the Dalgarno ward Councillors through City Living, Local Life and launches on Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 2pm-4pm in Committee Room 1, Kensington Town Hall, W8 7NX.

At the launch, speakers include Dr Rachel Loopstra from Oxford University who will be presenting on her relevant research on rising food poverty in the UK and Dr Rebecca O’Connell from University College.

Additionally, there will be speeches from Ali Mohamed, Cath Vadhia, Jamie Renton and Vicki Davies endorsing the recommendations.

You can register your attendance on the KCSC website. For more information please email or

City Living, Local Life: Have fun and get active with the Dalgarno Canal Walk…

Dalgaro dwellers and beyond! On Sunday, 26 June join Just Solutions 123 on their family canal walk and help raise funds for their local peer support group – Talking Talkshops.

The walk starts at Sainsbury’s, Ladbroke Grove, at 10.30am (leave at 11am) and there will be range of activities including a mini Olympics and lunch.

The walk caters for all ages and abilities. For more information, please contact


City Living, Local Life: The Canalside Street Party – Friday, 17th June

Dalgarno dwellers and beyond! Don’t miss the chance to have a right royal knees up as the Portobello Business Centre and other local groups throw a street party to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday on Friday, June 17.

With art & creative activities, face painting, music, performances, food, drink and screenings of local history and culture films, there promises to be something for everyone!

The event is supported by St. Helen’s and Dalgarno ward councillors through City Living, Local Life. The party kicks off at 3pm and finishes at 8pm.

Canalside House is found at Canal Way, 383 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5AA (next to Sainsbury’s car park).

PROJECT FUNDED: City Living, Local Life – Canalside House Street Party

With support from the Dalgarno and St. Helens councillors and City Living, Local Life, Canalside House will be celebrating Her Majesty’s birthday on Friday, 17 June – and everyone’s invited!

Led by Portobello Business Centre, the many community groups and organisations based at Canalside House (383 Ladbroke Grove, next to Sainsbury’s) are clubbing together – and with a little help from Corner Nine Arts, I Love the Grove and Open Age will be celebrating the Queen’s Birthday with a right royal knees up.

As well as celebrating, the 20+ organisations will be promoting the fantastic work they do in the local community, and offering everyone the chance to find out more and how to access the range of services – from advice services to zumba via volunteering, care and more!


Free African Yoga in Dalgarno with Healthworks…

Dalgarno dwellers! Healthworks are at it again – with their free classes and workshops to help you improve your wellbeing!

To not miss the chance to take part in these classes Yogatta get down to the Dalgarno Centre (Dalgarno Way, W10 5BQ) for the next 4 Wednesday’s – 27 April, 4 May, 11 May and 18 May 2016 from 11am-1pm.

To book a place please call Davendra on 020 8969 6300 or email



Healthworks HIV Awareness workshop – 21/03/16

Healthworks and African Women’s Care will be teaming up on Monday 21 March from 10.30am-1.00pm to provide information on HIV, AIDS and Tuberculosis.

The free information session and workshop will be taking place at Canalside House, 383 Ladbroke Grove, W10 5AA.

The workshop is open, but for more information please contact Jane on 020 8969 8389 /



Mind your head: Free talk shops and mental health support in Dalgarno

Dalgarno dwellers! Did you know that there is a wealth of free support around if you aren’t feeling tip-top?

At the Dalgarno Trust, a series of ‘Talking Talk Shops’ take place where you can talk – or listen – with other local people about issues that affect you, be they feelings of loneliness, long term illness or if you just need someone to chat to.

The next group starts on  13 April and carries on for 6 weeks. Sessions take place from 11am-2.30pm and refreshments are provided.

For more information, contact Marcia on 07444 321 795 or email

As well as this, the Dalgarno Community Champions are holding a Supporting Families Mental Health Day on Wednesday, March 9, 10am-3pm at the St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing, W10.

At this event, you will be able to talk to health professionals and services to discover what support is available locally (and there’s a free lunch too!).

For more information on the Supporting Families Mental Health Day contact Fariha on 0208 969 6300 or email



Watch: SPID Theatre features on BBC’s Inside Out

Borough-based SPID Theatre’s work with local residents has become the subject of an 8 minute documentary by BBC London.

Aired at prime time, the video can be viewed here:

SPID (Social Political Independent Direct), a local charity based in Kensal House which celebrates the heritage and creativity of council estates, has been dramatising the history of the iconic Trellick Tower through their award winning Trellick Tales project.

The documentary shows young people working with SPID to create a dramatised guided tour in which they lead the audience on a journey through Trellick Tower, its surrounding graffiti wall and its Grade II* listed history. The audience also listened to extracts from oral history interviews recorded with residents of Trellick Tower.

Participants went on to produce a radio play based on the real stories of the residents of Trellick Tower. This month the play was broadcast in front of a studio audience live from Trellick Tower, from the space that was originally the office of the Trellick’s famous architect, Erno Goldfinger. Young people performed the play, alongside presenting their own radio show which will soon be available to listen to via soundcloud and

Trellick Tales is funded thanks to a prize from The Clore Duffield Foundation. SPID is delivering the project in association with the Oral History Society, The 20th Century Society and Kilburn to Kensal Radio, along with support from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Next year Trellick Tower will celebrate its 50th anniversary, having been commissioned in 1966.  Trellick Tales resumes from January 16 on Saturdays 12-5pm in W10 with a series of free workshops for 13-25 year olds to create a promenade youth show. This is a good opportunity to gain a qualification by developing writing, design and performance skills.  For more information or to book one of the remaining places,  contact SPID Theatre at / 020 8969 4570.


Team Kensington and Chelsea opportunity: Volunteer to support Sing to Live, Live to Sing in Dalgarno

Date: 26/01/15 Photographer: Olivia Woodhouse Photography 07906345674
Irene and Sing to Live workshop leader, Sarah Clarke Photographer: Olivia Woodhouse

For the past year small groups of residents have been meeting throughout the Royal Borough on a weekly basis to sing. In the process they are discovering numerous social and health benefits as well as the opportunity to develop their repertoire of world music and also some well known classics.

Irene Lyford from Bassett Road is one of the early pioneers of the Sing to Live, Live to Sing project – she joined the Dalgarno Group in north Kensington.

The group at Dalgarno Community Centre is looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to support the workshop leader to deliver the Sing to Live, Live to Sing programme.  As a volunteer, you will be a member of the singing group (no previous singing experience is necessary!), but will also play an important role in supporting the workshop leader by arranging performances for the group, spreading the word, and setting up the workshop room each week.  You will be supported by the Dalgarno Community Champions team, and will act as an ambassador for Sing to Live, Live to Sing in the local area.

Sing to Live, Live to Sing is part of the Council’s Arts and Public Health programme -that works with community organisations such as the Dalgarno Community Champions and World’s End and Cremorne Community Champions to host sessions throughout the borough.

A keen music-lover, Irene had stopped singing after going temporarily deaf in one ear when her eardrum was perforated and she joined the group to help regain her confidence. As she explains:

“Our two group leader, Sarah Clarke is a trained singer and teaches really useful vocal techniques – which is really valuable. In fact the workshops are almost like having private singing lessons,”

“Lots of the songs are from African countries using languages that we are not familiar with. But that is ok, the teacher sings it to us and we sing it back to her. It’s very good memory training and we create beautiful two-and three-part harmonies.”

Since joining the group Irene’s hearing has recovered and she now also sings with Kensington Singers a choir with about 50 members. Its conductor Hannah Brine took the first Dalgarno Sing to Live, Live to Sing Group

“I sing twice a week now, once with the Dalgarno Group and also with the Kensington Singers – where we learn lots of lovely classical pieces, some in French and Latin, as well as choral arrangements of popular songs and gospel. We are currently rehearsing contemporary composer Bob Chilcott’s Little Jazz Mass.”

“We have also performed with the Dalgarno Group. The Dalgarno Centre and the nearby St Francis Community Church hold bi-monthly open mic sessions and we have sung at these. We also sang Carols to mark the Christmas lights switch on at Portobello Market”.

“I’ve really enjoyed all the events and have made new friends. I have also brought my friends along to Sing to Live sessions and they’ve enjoyed them.”

The Royal Borough’s Cabinet Leader for the Arts, Cllr Timothy Coleridge said: “To paraphrase the famous trumpeter Louis Armstrong – there are only two kinds of music … the good kind and the bad kind and Sing to Live, Live to Sing is the good kind.

“I hope as many residents as possible take time to sing with the groups and enjoy the wonderful health and social benefits that come with this type of activity.”

There are currently six Sing to Live, Live to Sing sessions taking place throughout the borough each week and over sixty residents singing regularly. Sessions take place both during the day and in the evenings at various centres including: Chelsea Theatre SW10, Dalgarno Community Centre W1, Response Community Projects SW5 and Earls Court Health and Wellbeing Centre, SW5.

All workshops are free and no previous singing experience is necessary, though participants must register to take part. Each series of workshops is led by an experienced singing tutor, and workshops are open to all aged 16 plus.  Participants are invited to take part in a short health questionnaire during the workshop series.

To volunteer, and for more information go to or contact Jennifer Wood in the Arts Service via email or call 020 7361 3844.

Share your views on the draft St. Quintin and Woodland Neighbourhood Plan

StQW-map-RBKC-boundaryThe Council is consulting until July 16th on the draft St. Quintin and Woodland Neighbourhood Plan. You can see all the relevant documents at or on the neighbourhood forum’s website at neighbourhood area includes the southern part of Dalgarno ward and the western half of St Helen’s ward.

The StQW Plan has been prepared by local people, over the last 2 years, and will be voted on in a local referendum once it has been reviewed by an independent examiner. If supported by a majority, the policies and proposals in the Plan on the location of new housing, open space, and the regeneration of Latimer Road will become part of the Council’s Local plan for the Royal Borough and used when planning decisions are made.

The RISE Festival, 26-28 June – Festival fun for all in Dalgarno!

RISE 3Dalgarno Dwellers! This weekend community spaces and venues will be transformed around the Dalgarno Estates for family fun, food and frolics as the RISE Festival kicks off for it’s first ever year.

Organised by St. Francis Church on Dalgarno Way and supported by the local Councillors through City Living, Local Life, the festival will host a range of activities, from football skills to climbing, singing to art workshops and culminates in a big community lunch and an even bigger RISE balloon release!

For more information or to book a space on one of the workshops below, get in touch with the Festival at / 07791 191100. For more information on the Festival do visit the RISE Festival website and check out their Facebook page.


Dalgarno Family Fun: Making Unusual Books at the Dalgarno Centre

Community-ChampionsDalgarno Dwellers! Your Community Champions have been busy again to bring you more community-based activities at the Dalgarno Centre.

Starting today (Monday, June 15) at 4.15pm – 6.00pm come along for creative workshops making unusual books from textiles, fabrics and colourful paper with a local artist and the family learning service.

dalgarnoIf you can’t make today then no need to worry – the workshops will be back on Monday, 22 June from 4.15pm-6pm.

For more information do contact Marie at the Dalgarno Trust on 0208969 6300.

City Living, Local Life: “More Hot for No.5” launches at Aldridge Academy

Yesterday, the launch of the City Living, Local Life funded “More Hot for No.5”, with digital:works took place at Aldridge Academy, in front of children, interviewees, councillors and residents.

The film below, researched, shot and edited by pupils from Balrby Primary was supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and City Living Local Life in Dalgarno, St. Helens and Notting Dale wards.  It depicts candid stories of hardship and poverty, the war, camaraderie, street life, pubs, underground parties, immigration, campaigns, the Westway, and the Republic of Frestonia and more.

This film celebrates the area by putting many of those who have lived here at the centre of its history, and has been expertly put together by these year 5 pupils, who were roundly applauded at the Academy yesterday. For more information, visit North-West Ken Stories.

Launch Screening: More Hot for No.5! Stories from NW Kensington – an oral history film from Notting Dale to Dalgarno

digital works posterThe North-West Ken Stories Project involves Year 5 children from Barlby Primary School working with education charity digital-works to uncover and tell the stories of the people who live in the area and have experienced the many changes that have taken place over the years.

With training and support from digital:works the children are researching the history of the area with the help of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Local Studies archive. After the research element, the children will be making a documentary film about NW Kensington and its history which will include interviews with a variety of local residents who will be telling their stories of the area.

digital:works has also set up a reminiscence group running in tandem with the school project. Many of the participants will be interviewed for the film.

The North-West Ken Stories Project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and local councillors in Dalgarno, St Helens and Notting Dale wards via City Living, Local Life.

You are cordially invited to attend the Launch Screening at Kensington Aldridge Academy on Silchester Road on Tuesday June 2 at 10.30am to attend the unveiling.

You must RSVP to

For more information, please visit:

City Living, Local Life: St. Francis Church Grace Gardens opens

Right in the North-Western corner of Kensington and Chelsea sits St. Francis Church – built in the 1930s for the people of the Dalgarno Estates on Dalgarno Way – who with a lot of help from local residents and a little support from City Living, Local Life have opened their Grace Garden.

With the Church revitalised from 1998 (read more about the history of the Church on their website), the Church, under the stewardship of Reverend Azariah France-Williams set about improving the building…

I remember noticing on some plans the strip of land behind the wall of the church building. The question arose ‘Could that space be ultilised?’

Before St. Francis
Taken from @stfrancisw10

The door to the patch of land behind the Church had been bricked up some years ago. But, while renovating the meeting room at the back of the Church, a new door was built to access the space once again. After years of remaining untouched there was much work to do to bring the space back to life (see right) which was undertaken a group of local people. City Living, Local Life was also on hand to provide funding to transform the space into a Grace Garden.

The answer arose with the drive of Jean and the team last summer, preparing and planting, painting and praying. The results astonish me every time I go out there.

I recently had a conversation with a member of the church who left about 10 years back. I discovered that previous teams too had also considered a garden. So the question was seeded long before this team and I’m delighted to be in the team to see it begin to bloom.

Reverend Azariah France-Williams, Priest-in-Charge

Cllr Opening
Cllr Healy (l) and Cllr Thompson (r) opening the Grace Garden

The results were brilliant, and now this oasis of calm is back in use for the community after being formally opened by the Dalgarno Councillors, Cllr Pat Healy and Cllr Robert Thompson at end of March 2015.

Transformation is beautiful and inspiring. I have seen a patch of disused, overgrown, inaccessible garden transformed into a stunning, peaceful oasis which can now be used for the benefit of the community in so many ways. 100_1106The story of the Grace Garden shows what can be achieved when we look for potential in unlikely places, harness creativity and work hard together to benefit others. I look forward to seeing children, families, teenagers and older people enjoy the garden and be inspired to seek transformation in their own lives and communities.

– Anna France-Williams



City Living, Local Life: Here’s Binbrooking At You, Kid – The St. Quintin’s Park Film Club

Based at Binbook House, Dalgarno Gardens, the St. Quintin’s Park Residents’ Association’s brilliant Film Club, which brings local people from retirement and sheltered housing together with the wider Dalgarno community over classic film, has been supported by the Dalgarno councillors and City Living, Local Life.

St. Quintin'sInitially starting with equipment borrowed from local people the Film Club grew rapidly with around 20 people enjoying a relaxing Sunday each month watching golden oldies, musicals and modern-day classics over tea and cakes.

But, as expected with borrowed equipment it was not always available when needed, meaning that sometimes the Film Club had to run without an adequate screen (sometimes having to resort to a bed sheet) and could not run during the summer months when the sun would block out the picture.

After inviting the Dalgarno Councillors to attend the St. Quintin’s Film Club and seeing the excellent afternoons hosted by the St. Quintin’s bunch, City Living, Local Life was able to help grow the Club by providing funds to purchase a new film screen, projector and blackout curtains for the room.

By making an offer the Dalgarno Councillors couldn’t refuse, the attendees of the resident-ran Film Club can now select from and enjoy the Club’s extensive collection all year round.

The St. Quintin’s Park Film Club are always looking for classic DVD films to add to their collection, so if you have any you would like to donate please get in contact with City Living, Local Life at

The Dalgarno Conversations: Sharing ideas with City Living, Local Life

dc2This week, saw the second ward ‘conversations’ taking place, this time up in Dalgarno.  Residents were invited to partake in a series of activities to get them thinking about their area; what they like, what sort of improvements they would like to see, and how through City Living, Local Life, their idea could get taken forward.

dc1The Dalgarno Councillors were there as well, and actively took part in a vocal and stimulating two hours.

With a variety of interesting proposals from street parties, improving green spaces and shopping parades and a local history project, we all hope that Dalgarno will be awash with City Living, Local Life activity in the coming months.

If you’re interested in getting more involved, please get in touch at

Happy 10th Birthday to The Dalgarno Trust

Dalgarno10Join the Dalgarno Trust this Thursday to celebrate it’s 10th year of serving the North Kensington Community

4.30pm-7.00pm: Open Reception with wine & drinks. View our DT Timeline from 0-10 years

5.00pm: Reflections on 10 years with Guests of Honour

5.30pm: Competition winners announced

7.00pm: Open Mic night – cabaret, comedy, poetry & music


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