Archive for June, 2013

Charity Cricket Match in Chelsea: Flannels 4 Heroes

The setting of Burton Court, Chelsea has to be one of the most quintessentially British venues for a cricket match in the whole of the UK. Founded by Tim Brocklehurst and Mowbray Jackson, Flannels4Heroes is a charity cricket match raising funds to benefit the armed forces charities dedicated to the rehabilitation (both physical and mental) of wounded soldiers.  Being supported at this event were Walking With The Wounded, Combat Stress and the One Course Foundation.
Four teams,  Milbank Malaprops, Herrick Warriers, Bootrack Belts and Cadbury Cavaliers battled it out with typical British grace and humour.
Amongst those playing were Ibi Ali, Jaco Van Gass and Guy Disney – all of whom are currently in training to take part in a ‘race’ to the South Pole later this year.

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Campden Hill Residents Association Summer Party

Campden Hill Square is one of the most glorious places to hold a party, even if the weather is not quite so glorious. An annual event orchestrated by David White and his colleagues, some 60 residents attended the event accompanied throughout the evening with a band playing (with great enthusiasm).  Pupils from Holland Park School were on hand to help with the passing of food, selling raffle tickets and generally engaging themselves with residents. They varied in age but as in previous years it was their maturity, poise and ease at communicating that was so impressive.
In his welcoming speech David introduced Shaun Bailey (Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on Youth & Crime) and Lady Victoria Borwick (Deputy Mayor of London); the latter emphasising how important the concept of community was and recognising we were so lucky that Campden had such a strong community spirit.  Despite the weather, a most successful party.

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HRH The Duchess of Cornwall reviews the Chelsea Pensions at their Founder’s Day

The 321st Founder’s Day at Royal Hospital Road was held on the best of a British day; clear blue skies and sunny. The Chelsea Pensioners looked stunning with their scarlet coats and decorations blazed in the sun’s reflection.

This year the Reviewing Officer was HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. Looking radiant in her acquamarine coloured coat dress and matching hat she was clearly at ease talking to the Pensioners and hospital staff at the infirmary and the 176 Pensioners present at the ceremony ‘on the Green’. One Pensioner, upon seeing the photographers’ camera equipment, remarked that he hoped the gear worked. The Duchess, very much at ease, and chatting easily with those presented to her, seemed to genuinely enjoy the occasion, made more relevant by the fact some of those present had likely served with her father in Africa.

The ceremony lasted an hour – a long time for those attending whose average age is 82 and who had to stand throughout. All in all a wonderful and very British Occasion.

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(Lucy attended this event as part of the Royal Rota – with thanks to the Royal Press Office, Clarence House).


Local pupils show off their literary knowledge

This year’s Kensington Readers’ Cup was greatly anticipated and a huge amount of preparation took place up to the event.  Four teams of three (with various substitutes) took part from schools in the area – St Marys, St Mary Abbots, Colville Primary and St Barnabas & St Philips.  The event was hosted by Thomas’s Kensington and as with last year, the staff dressed for the occasion in Black Tie.  Although the event was not billed as such it could  easily have been (a junior edition of) University Challenge with a mix of Mastermind.  Children were quizzed on three popular novels and then on general knowledge.  The speed and quality of their answers was impressive and the buzzers were a’buzzin!  Although this event has only been running for two years and has proved to be so popular, it is hoped to roll these ‘Challenges’ out to other schools in the areas where Thomas’s Schools are present i.e. Battersea and Clapham.  Congratulations to the winning team from St Mary Abbots:  Ofelia Tavares, Ava Braddock, George Pilling, Ptolemy Chichester and Jasper Hunt who received  vouchers from Waterstones, co-sponsors of the event.


Images and copyright:  Caroline Haas




Mayor’s Celebratory Coronation Lunch

A group of lucky elderly members of Kensington were invited to the Mayor’s Parlour to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. The idea inspired by Jim Babbington of the Mayor’s Office, saw the newly elected Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea, Cllr. Charles William, and his wife June, the Mayoress, host a TV screening of the service followed by lunch afterwards. In his speech Charles asked those present who might have been at the Coronation – the majority of the room had either attended in person, or had surrounded a TV bought specially for the occasion. One elderly lady lamented that she’d been ‘in darkest Africa’ at the time and so couldn’t watch it, but rather had to listen to proceedings on a very cranky radio. The admiration for the Royal Family was evident although some choices of hats/attire were commented on!

Images by kind courtesy of Justin W Thomas

The Cloud arrives at the Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens

The Serpentine Gallery has recently unveiled its exciting new pavilion designed by award-winning Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. Aged 41, he is the youngest artist to have contributed an outdoor contemporary design to the gallery. The sculpture, covering 350 metres of lawn and constructed of semi-transparent, latticed steel poles is described as cloud-like. Its intricate shape blends magically into the landscape beside the Serpentine creating an illusion of fragility, despite being sturdy enough to climb for those unafraid of heights. It is an intriguing space with a café inside, encouraging visitors to enter and engage with the art-piece until October 30th 2013.

Text:  Isere Lloyd-Davis


Images and copyright:  Lucy Elliott/Lucy Elliott Photography