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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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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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Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park

Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park heralds the start of the Christmas period. Beaming children, happy teenagers and linked armed adults swarm the largest Wonderland so far. From the Arctic Circle, Santa Land, Zippos Christmas Circus, Ice Rink and the Giant Observation Wheel there is plenty for everyone. For those who are too terrified to try the rides, (and some are truly terrifying) there are plenty of stalls with hot mulled wine/cider, hot dogs and all things Buvarian to try … A great family event, open from 10.00 am. – 10.00 pm. to Sunday 5th January.

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Childhood friends meet up in Edwardes Square after 70 years….

A fascinating coincidence took place following the publication of the book “London’s Hidden Jewel” by The Edwardes Square History Group this month. Sir John Sainty, a delightful gentleman who grew up in Edwardes Square, contacted Carrie Thomas from the Group after reading the book in a Dental waiting room in the Earls’ Court Road. He told her that he had played in Edwardes Square as a child and had fond memories of the pony and garden roller featured in one article. He was also delighted to share a picture of himself (aged 3) and his since deceased friend Peter Lawson (aged 5) sitting on the pony, taken in the Spring of 1938. Following this event, we met Carrie Thomas, Sir John Sainty and David Lawson, brother of Peter Lawson and the head gardener, David Magson in Edwardes Square to recreate the image. The two, now elderly gentlemen, were happy to pose next to the restored garden roller which would have been pulled by the famous pony all those years ago. In a lovely reminiscent moment, the gentlemen who left Edwardes Square in 1939/40, affirmed that finding this book and returning to the exact same place where the picture was taken over 70 years ago was “fate”, (although they both admitted they could not actually remember the pony or indeed posing for photographs!)

Text: Isere Lloyd-Davis
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The Mayor and Mayoress of RBKC lead the Remembrance Service in Kensington

Many of us feared the worst when torrential rains hit Kensington on the Friday and Saturday prior to the Remembrance Service. However on the Sunday, the weather turned out to be quite beautiful and nothing remotely similar to the experience those we had come to salute, had had in the trenches. The Mayor and Mayoress were joined by a full complement of Councillors together with Sir Malcolm Rifkind, MP for the Borough. Local members of the Armed Services of all ages gathered in regiments in front of the Town Hall, and then proceeded to the Memorial. The crowd was much larger than usual and credit must be given to those who planned this event. For what seemed like the first time vehicles were temporarily stopped for the Two Minute Silence and the sounding of the Last Post. Rather movingly a single leaf floated down from the overhanging tree during the Last Post. Children stood alongside adults, very solomnly reciting the Lord’s Prayer but more obvious  gusto when it came to singing the National Anthem. Amongst those who presented at the Memorial, was a little girl, carefully placing her red balloon alongside the wreaths, quietly once all the crowds had gone.

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