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First World War Commemoration: The Great War Centenary Parade with HRH Prince and Princess Michael of Kent at Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea

Royal Hospital Chelsea marked this occasion with a rather spectacular ‘The Great War Centenary Parade’ where 40 Edwardian cars were driven by their owners and accompanied by Chelsea Pensioners, whose predecessors had fought in the War, from the Hospital to the Imperial War Museum. The event was organised by Nicholas Pellett whose grandfather was killed in the first World War and was held in the presence of HRH Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

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Hugh Grant attends Flannels 4 Heroes Cricket Match at Burton Court, Chelsea

The fourth Flannels4Heroes cricketing event took place at Burton Court, Chelsea.  Organised by Sarah Ducker of SJD Events, four teams provided the backdrop to the perfect English Garden Party for some 300 guests.  Sponsored by Dackers the event has to date raised over £100,000 for Help for Heroes, Combat Stress, Walkwith with the Wounded and the On Course Foundation.  Lending their support to the day were a variety of VIPs, amongst whom was keen cricket player, Hugh Grant.  Looking every bit as dashing as when he was manning a book shop in Notting Hill!

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Campden Hill Residents Association, Summer Party

Victoria Borwick captured the spirit of the evening when she declared that nothing really could better a summer’s evening in a beautiful garden square surrounded by neighbours. Emphasising the opportunity to meet the neighbours and enjoy the community commaradarie, the Portobello Jazz Band encouraged young and old to try the odd dance, food and wine delightfully served by 5th and 6th formers of Holland Park School (rated as ‘Outstanding’ for the past four years) and an eclectic range of raffle prizes encouraged those present to part with their money. Rev James Heard, the new Vicar of St George’s Church, was presented with the magnum of champagne he won in the raffle. All in all a wonderfully British sort of evening.

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HRH Duke of Kent visits Royal Hospital Road to celebrate Founder’s Day

A beautiful day but tinged with sadness as many Pensioners were not present due to the Anniversary celebrations of D-Day at Normandy. However, those present looked radiant in their red coats. Prior to the service the Duke was shown around the new accommodation for the Pensioners and was impressed with the efforts made by many to establish the Royal Hospital as a beacon of excellence in the domain of care. The sun shone for most of the morning, making a particularly rather splendid appearance on cue for the National Anthem. At the end of the service as HRH Duke of Kent and other dignitaries walked back through the great oak doors, the bagpipes played. Everyone was still, with the bagpipes playing in the distance, quieter and quieter. Very moving. We were delighted to catch up with Joe Britten, their oldest resident who is 102 (and eight months)!

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Not Glamping but Plamping: Sleepover and masked ball at Kensington Palace

Huge excitement as some 20 children complete with sleeping bags and teddies had the privilege of staying the night at Kensington Palace in Queen Victoria’s and her mother (the Duchess of Kent’s) bedroom. The event, in celebration of the 300th Aniversary of the George’s, treated the children to an action-packed evening; learning how to dance Georgian style (with perhaps more enthusiasm than style but they were between 6 – 11 yrs old), learning the language of the fan and experimenting with wigs and face powder. One of the highlights was making their own masks which they would then wear at the ‘Ball’. After a picnic the children dressed up and were ready for the Masked Ball. Faces covered with an array of decorative hand made masks, they then put their new found dancing and waving fan skills into action, accompanied and lead by ‘Princess Amellia and ‘Lord Grafton’.

At about 10.00 pm. the time had come to settle down for bed; parents and children slept on the floor and were then treated to a breakfast fit for a prince or princess. All too soon it was time to leave, and reality kicked in. The time for Prince and Princessing may have been over, but memories of this special occasion will live long and no doubt be re-told to their grandchildren about the time they spent the night at Kensington Palace…..

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The Roof Gardens exhibit at The Chelsea Flower Show 2014 with Holly and Eve Branson

At the Chelsea Flower Show, The Roof Gardens exhibited their garden, designed along the lines of the original Roof Gardens by Ralph Hancock in 1939. David Lewis (Head Gardener) and Mattie Morgan of Land Designs were supported on Press Day by members of the Branson family (Holly and grandmother Eve), and by the Mayor and Mayoress of Kensington & Chelsea. The Roof Gardens received a Bronze Medal in the Artisan Garden Category.

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Chelsea Pensioners rock when meeting Bryan Adams

This morning singer/songwriter/photographer and philanthropist Bryan Adams unveiled a berth named in his honour at Royal Hospital Chelsea. The newly revamped accommodation now reverts to a larger outside hallway, bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and study – and are much lighter that previously. 81 yr old Tom Mullaney is the proud owner of this berth, although he seemed somewhat non-plussed by the visitation of a world class pop star. Adams has a close relationship with Royal Hospital Chelsea, having performed a concert there in aid of his Foundation (The Bryan Adams Foundation) some five years ago, and will be performing there again in July.

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Monaco – Not just for the jet setters!

Monaco is a wonderful destination for a long weekend. Buzzing with activity, wonderful architecture, cars galore and people watching. The principality is very small covering some 1.5 square miles so walking around is easy although fairly hilly. The bus service is good but taxi’s need to be booked and are expensive. A good time of year to visit is in the Spring, beautiful weather, not too many tourists and relatively few queues to the attractions. For such a tiny place there is plenty to see; the daily 11.00 am. Changing of the guard at the Palais; the Oceonographic Museum, the botanical gardens with their splendid hilltop views across the sea. If you are able to arrive in style, then the helicopter from Nice airport is the way to go. Unless you absolutely love Formula 1 and racing cars, it might be best to avoid Monaco at about the 17th May when it holds the Grand Prix. Hotel rooms at a 3* start at £7,900 for three nights (it does overlook the race track though). Best hotels are the Hotel de Paris and the Hermitage – absolutely top notch, but deep pockets are required. The Cafe de Paris opposite the Hotel, is a prime spot for people watching, although don’t have the sandwiches here at lunch time. Beer or coffee is just fine. Lunch or dinner at the Brasserie are however wonderful and a nice chance to get dressed up. Would highly recommend Monaco for a weekend break to experience something completely different.

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Celebrities help raise funds for Canine Partners at St Luke’s Church, Chelsea (or A Carol Service where Dogs Nearly Steal the Show)

Organised by Angela Hamlin, Director of Draycott Nursing & Care, the evening was always going to be different – especially when celebrities and dogs were involved. The dogs, from Canine Partners behaved impeccably, even for the requisite photo shoot. Celebrities included Claire Skinner (Outnumbered), Lisa Aziz (LBC Presenter), Emma Munro-Wilson (singer), Fran Newman-Young (Made in Chelsea) and Zara Boland (TV Vet). The Mayor and Mayoress of Kensington & Chelsea were in attendance. St Luke’s Church, Chelsea was packed; the Choir helped us to get into the festive spirit, and the beautiful, patient (and it has to be said) very photographic dogs added a definate je ne sais quoi. Money was raised for Canine Partners, a small charity training dogs to work with disabled folk, enabling them to have a much improved quality of life. An incredible association between and man and dog.

If you would like to learn more about the work of Draycott Nursing or Canine Partners please see www.draycottnursing.co.uk and www.caninepartners.org.uk

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Stratford Road Village Street Christmas Party 2013

An annual Christmas get-together organised by the local businesses of this very ‘village’ street.  Tucked away betwixt Marloes Road and the Earls Court Road, many businesses (the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker) opened late and offered Christmas ideas, special offers, quizzes, prizes and food and wine.   The Mayor and Mayoress of Kensington & Chelsea formally opened the event and then met with local retailers.  Children loved the impromptu dancing, retailers enjoyed treating their clients and neighbours enjoyed catching up with one another.  Congratulations not only goes to the generosity of these small independent businesses but also to the team of three ward councillors who are very proactive in spreading the word about the City Living, Local Life scheme operated by RBKC.

A Happy Christmas to all!

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