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Archive for September, 2010

The First Ever Kensington Court’s Resident Association Street Party

On a rather wet, dark and soggy Sunday afternoon in mid September, the residents, retailers and restauranteurs of Thackeray Street and close by got together to produce a great party for the local residents. Tiny babies, teeny tots to teens, and some with the advantage of the wisdom of many years, all joined in. Not necessarily to dance in time to the jazz which was playing but it certainly bought the crowds in.  In all about 250 souls braved the drizzle, ate sandwiches, bowles of pasta, tried out truffles and tasted wee drams of 100% hot thick chocolate.  As all parties should be everyone ate, drank, and were generally merry.  It was lovely to see residents, many of whom had never met each other, chatting away in a most convivial manner. And not many parties can lay claim to hosting the great great great great grand niece of William Thackeray too.  Anouska Ritchie settled into her role as minor celebrity for the evening!

Local businesses had been extremely generous with raffle prizes, and the money raised by the event is going towards the Knightsbridge Group Riding  for the Disabled (run by local resident Marion Hahn), and the Kensington Court Residents Fund. To my mind a sign of a good party is not only the time they depart, but I generally think if they stay around for another hour, in the pouring rain (by this time) most stoically accompanied by umbrellas, it must have been a success. Many congratulations to Sandra and Alex of Gallery 19, to John Gau, Chair of the Kensington Court Residents Association and to everyone else who made this First Kensington Court’s Residents Association Street party such a success. Even the children were asking when was the next one going to be…   (www.thekensingtonmagazine.com)

Adventure in W8: Abseiling from the Roof Gardens

Today eight intrepid folk from Kensington’s networking group, BNI Kensington, abseiled from the Roof Gardens in a bid to raise money for Elizabeth Finn, a charity devoted to helping to alleviate poverty. Sam Branson (son of) led the way, looking very confident. He is however, apparently, used to rock climbing. Some of the others though clearly were not. Emotions ranged from very confident – ‘I’m just going for a quick sail down to M&S’, to others who were truly terrified. Legs shaking. My legs were also shaking, being a further one storey up from the abseilers and let me tell you, this is a tall building – amazing views over Kensington, but the expressions on their faces were equally amazing……

Raising money from BNI Kensington were Jo Eccles (legs really were shaking), Tom Simnet and Jason Cobine (joking with SB), Mike Kammerling, Matthew Woodthorpe (just checking to see how far down it was), Bernd Radashitzk, Andrew Lamont (interviewed by the press as he landed) and Karen Haller (interviewed/photographed by other local press).

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