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The Mayor’s Awards – 31 March 2011

Tonight the Mayor for Kensington & Chelsea, Councillor James Husband hosted the 10th Mayor’s Awards. These are given to a small number of people within the community who have “made an outstanding contribution to those who live in the Borough” thus enhancing a community spirit. Of the many entries received, after due consideration by the Panel, only a handful receive this Award; in W8 we had Kevin Barrett, an octagenarian (approaching the 90 end of 80), who has worked tirelessly over the past twenty years to help raise funds and give support to the League of Friends of St Mary Abbots. The work helps the care of elderly at Beatrice Place Nursing Home in the Marloes Road, and the Princess Louise Care Home in North Kensington, providing hospice care for those with severe dementia. Kevin has run the charity single handedly and acts as both Treasurer and Fundraiser to the League. He organises outings and managed to raise enough funds to host some 48 concerts for the residents, as well as Christmas presents for everyone, plus a donation of £3000 for the benefit of the residents. He also visits members of the elderly community in the area, and helps tend to their gardens. He can often be seen traversing the streets of Kensington encouraging retailers to give raffle prizes. It is with his positive attitude that helps families come to term with their illness and future. He has truly enhanced people’s lives. As one supporter said, Kevin is an unsung hero. The League provides relief for members of the community who are sick, convalescent, disabled, handicapped, infirm or in need of financial assistance. (www.thekensingtonmagazine.com)

Images: Lucy Elliott

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The Introduction of Milliner, Tracy Chaplin at My Favorite Thing

Yuliya Zakharenko, owner of My Favorite Thing in Kensington Church Street hosted an evening to introduce milliner, Tracy Chaplin.  Tracy experiments with different textiles and accessories to produce distinctively different hats, suitable for weddings, Ascot and Henley. She trained under Rose Cory who holds a Royal Warrant as former milliner to the late Queen Mother, and then worked with two couturiers in Belgravia, creating handmade and made-to-order hats for members of the aristocracy.   Tracy now lives in France with her husband but she continues to make one-off handmade hats and has kept up her bespoke service, selling her work from her studio and in small local boutiques.   In England you can find examples of her couture hats exclusively at My Favorite Thing.

What was fascinating about watching people try on Tracy’s hats during the evening was the change in their deportment once they found a hat that really suited them. And all Tracy’s hats seemed to suit all different people, tall, short, dark or blond – all were gravitating towards the same hats! (www.thekensingtonmagazine.com)

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Nearly Spring in Kensington

Kensington at this time of year looks wonderful. The architectural lines of historic houses/palaces against the crisp blue sky, spring flowers popping up. It’s as if flora, fauna and the people of W8 are coming out of hibernation.

As they famously used to say “….. and here’s one I prepared earlier”. A few shots of what Kensington looks like today. www.thekensingtonmagazine.com