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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!

Images:  Lucy Elliott  www.lucyelliottphotography.com

 

Kensington Court Resident’s Association Annual Street Party

Another wonderful party for local residents and businesses was held in Thackeray Street at the weekend.  Organised by Kensington Court Residents Association Committee this was the fourth year where locals of all ages could meet and drink together (or play depending upon the age).  For younger members there was the attraction of a Fire Engine, a ‘Kids Korner’ and nail painting.  For the adults, a most generous array of food and drink provided by local businesses, and accompanied by music, the chance to mix and mingle.  Despite the downpour it was a lovely afternoon and congratulations to the huge number of individuals and businesses involved in making it such a success. Profits raised from the raffle are being given to the Knightsbridge Group of Riding for the Disabled.

Supported by Benham & Reeves, Babylon & The Roof Garden, Cote, Gallery 19, Grainger Plc, Kall Kwik, Kensington Square Kitchen, Lumina, Montparnasse, Ottoemezzo, Thackeray Estate Agents, The Builders Arms, the Milestone Hotel and The Yellow Self Storage Company.

Raffle Prizes donated by Arcadia, Cote, Gallery 19, Imenio Hair & Beauty, Lucy Elliott Photography, Miles & Miles Self Drive Ltd, Pomegranate, Thackeray Gallery, The Milestone Hotel and Valentino Hair & Beauty.

As well as the above, thanks must go to:

Watch Manager Lee Jackson and team from Blue Watch, Kensington Fire Station for bringing the Fire Tender.

KCRA Chairman John Gau, Sandra French, Susan Gau, KCRA committee and team of volunteers.

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Images and copyright;  Lucy Elliott www.lucyelliottphotography.com

 

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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Stratford Road Village Christmas Party 2013

On a very cold evening, local residents turned out to start this years festivities with the annual Christmas Party in Stratford Road. Dogs were decorated in suitable attire, as were staff from shops supporting the event. This event is a great opportunity for residents to catch up with each other and for those who have left the area to see old friends. Drinks, food, quizzes and music were generously provided by local retailers in Stratford Road.

Images and copyright:  Lucy Elliott

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Kensington Court Resident’s Association Street Party

For once the sun shone! This was the third Kensington Court Resident’s Association Street Party – each year the organisers state with pure conviction that the next one will be even better, and this proved the case. More local businesses not only supported the event with generous sponsorship/raffle prizes, but actually took part. So the gentlemen from The Milestone Hotel beautifully decked out in Green and Gold spurred us on to guess the number of eggs used at the hotel in a week; Gordon from Gallery 19 sizzled his sausages; Emidio from Locanda Otteomezzo carved risotto out from the centre of a huge cheese, Cote had a stall, regularly replenished by a trolley from the restaurant and children either played on the fire engine provided by the local fire brigade or were entertained by food and activities on the ‘Kids Korner’ organised by Susie Gau.  Huge numbers of locals, the elderly, families, couples and dogs attended, chatted, jigged to jazz, had arms or nails painted by Valentino staff, tasted samples from the Kensington Kitchen, Café Montparnasse and enjoyed drink provided by the Builder’s Arms.  Congratulations to Sophie Ibrahim who won the under 5′s art competition and Sofia Barker, the over 5′s.   This event is certainly now on the Kensington Calendar. Funds raised through the generosity of the residents and businesses go to the Knightsbridge branch of Riding for the Disabled – a wonderful charity allowing children with differing levels of disability the opportunity to flourish. Many are involved in this but particular thanks to the two major sponsors Thackerays, the local estate agent and Lumina who sponsored the music (a vital ingredient to the success of the party), whilst Babylon/The Roof Gardens backed the party.  Huge thanks must also go to Sandra French who organised the event, Susie Gau, Alex French, Marion Hahn, Sally Cooper, Yvonne Wurtzburg, Penny Coulten, David Griffiths, Tim Douglas, Mike Gee, Cheryll Davies, Susannah Rodgers, Emma Hagestadt and Carrie-Ann Huddleston.  The firemen were from the White Watch Kensington Station of the London Fire Brigade.  Local businesses who generously donated prizes for the raffle were Arcadia, Cote, Gallery 19, eMotion Health Club, Imenio, Le Pain Quotidien, the London School of Painting and Drawing, The Milestone Hotel (who also organised the Art Prize), Montparnasse Cafe, Kall Kwik, the Thackeray Gallery, Pomegranate and Valentino.  And not least thanks to John Gau, Chair of the Kensington Residents Association!

Images and copyright:  Lucy Elliott/www.lucyelliottphotography.com

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Sir Malcolm Rifkind visits Campden Hill Resident’s Association Summer Party held in Campden Hill Square Gardens

The rain held off, painted faced children ran around and the band played on. A lovely evening with local residents who were plied with canapes and drink by assured and charming pupils from Holland Park School. Old and young thoroughly enjoyed themselves, as so too did Malcolm Rifkind and the Deputy Mayoress of Kensington & Chelsea, Councillor Lady Borwick. As Malcolm commented in his speech, David White, Chair of CHRA is in danger of fast reaching his own diamond jubilee unless another Chair can be found. Raffle prizes were drawn and enthusiastically chosen, pupils presented with Waterstones vouchers as a thank you for their help that evening and the band played on.  A great evening.

Images and copyright:  Lucy Elliott/The Kensington Magazine

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Abingdon Road Jubilee Street Party

With no rain drops in sight, just jolly bunting, excited children and smoky burgers, some 1,800 local residents enjoyed a one-off Jubilee Party in the Abingdon Road. Supported by Strutt & Parker and W8 Catering, organisers Jenny Botsford, Sarah Pascall, Councillor James Husband, Christina Munday, and Kate Greenwood put on a wonderful evening. A real party atmosphere with everyone declaring how wonderful it was (and somewhat wishing we could celebrate rather more often than the occasion lends itself to).
In some ways this was a re-enactment of the Golden Jubilee Party held ten years ago with1,000 residents. How things have changed. This time we had internet, facebook and twitter to alert the neighbours. We had young children dressed as the Queen, in her regal outfit, her country outfit or her garden party look. Prizes were awarded to three youngsters (sporting the above given look) by the Mayor of RBKC, Councillor Christopher Buckmaster and the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Lady Borwick and the Mayoress, Ann Hobson.  Such a shame we have to wait another ten years for an excuse for such a right-royal knees up.

Images and copyright: Lucy Elliott/The Kensington Magazine
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Thackeray Street Family Street Party: Sunday 18 September 2011

Thackeray Street Party organised by the Kensington Court Residents Association is a wonderful example of local businesses and residents getting together to enjoy a marvellous Sunday afternoon family party.
Fantastic food from Otteomezzo, Montparnasse Cafe and a Sausage Sizzle sponsored by Gallery 19; The Builder’s Arms provided drinks; Lumina and Thackerays sponsored the music; The Milestone Hotel sponsored the children’s activities with General Manager Andrew Pike on hand judging the colouring competition; Kall Kwik provided the invitations and the KCRA committee with some local residents responsible for the organisation.
Many local businesses and retailers were very generous with raffle donations and proceeds raised will again go to the Knightsbridge Group of Riding for the Disabled. Although the rain poured exactly at 5.00 pm. (the start time), it gave way to a nice sunny evening, and the turnout was tremendous.  Congratulations to all involved for a most successful family street party.
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Cherry Trees Summer Party

This was the last of the Cherry Trees Summer Parties.  A great occasion to get together and meet friends and neighbours.  Who says Kensington isn’t a friendly place?  Initiatives like this and the Thackeray Street Party are great examples of how much local communities can get together. Thanks go to the Chair, Charles Penney, his wife and many other helpers who provided nibbles and logistics. Wine, again with thanks, was provided by Huntsworth in Kensington Church St.

Main topic of conversation – would the weather hold?  Which indeed it did, somewhat miraculously. The Cherry Trees Residents Association is a thriving Association concerned with the well-being of our locality, from street lighting to onerous planning applications.

Image copyright:  Lucy Elliott/The Kensington Magazine

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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)