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Jaime Winstone sits for sculpture

Jaime Winstone, the young actress who already has several films to her name (e.g. Kiduldhood, Bullet Boy, Totally Frank and Goldplated),  sat at the Calken Gallery to pose for Royal Academy-trained and Landsdeer Prize-winning sculptor, Michael Talbot.  In addition to Jaime, Sir Malcolm Rifkind has already ‘sat’, and there will be others in the near future, culminating in an exhibition at the Calken Gallery later this year.  Jaime  clearly enjoying the session made a model sitter.

Images and copyright: Lucy Elliott www.lucyelliottphotography.com
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Flannels4Heroes: Celebrity Chelsea Charity Cricket Match

Players, players friends and players friends of friends enjoyed a quintessientially English sort of day, watching cricket safe from the undercover of the Pavillion or the Marquee with intermiscent torrential rain or bright sunlight, sipping champagne or downing Pimms. The event sponsored by Kent & Curwen and supported by, amongst many, S J D Events, was the brainchild of Tim Brocklehurst, Mowbray Jackson and Eliza Cockerell. Monies from this years event is still being counted, but last year from tickets, the silent auction and auction (with some amazing prize) raised an incredible 150,000 pounds divided between Help for Heroes, Walking with the Wounded and Combat Stress – all charities involved in assisting those who have left the army and need help with facing life in ‘civvy street’ – physically or mentally.

Players  included Ben Goldsmith, Ed Parker (co-founder of Walking with the Wounded), Ed Smith (former England player), Isa Guhu (the only female player, whose 10 year career included a World Cup win in 2009), Tristan Gemmill (actor, Holby City), Jaco Van Gass (Wounded in Afghanistan and took part in HRH Prince Harry’s trip to the Pole, and this year attempted Mount Everest but had to turn back due to weather conditions), Min Patel (former Kent and England spinner) and Michael Vaughan (considered one of the best batsmen in the world following the 2002/2003 Ashes series).

A quintessential day at Burton Court in Chelsea but one which we hope raised enormous sums for these three charities, whose members having given limb or mind for their country, need our help.

Images and copyright:  Lucy Elliott/The Kensington Magazine

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www.walkingwiththewounded.org.uk   www.helpforheroes.org.uk    www.combatstress.org.uk

 

BBC TV Presenter Simon Reeve at Kuoni in Kensington

Recently Kuoni in Kensington High St. hosted an evening with Simon Reeve for residents and friends to meet him and learn more about his recent travels for the BBC programme ‘Indian Ocean’. The evening was informal and very relaxed, Simon is charismatic and down to earth, even to the description of how in Mogadishu (the most dangerous city on earth) he had to wear special shrapnel protective boxers. His knowledge of sustainable development is enormous and he is passionate about it, e.g. pointing out that we should not be overly critical of other countries with a heavy deforestation programme, since we only have to look at the UK to see we too have lost many of our forests. Kuoni were extremely generous with the champagne and nibbles, Simon an excellent and most informative talker – a combination of which is bound to have encouraged some on the night to sign up for the more exotic trips Kuoni offer (without the camera crew of course).

Images and copyright: Lucy M Elliott, The Kensington Magazine

Image of Lucy and Simon:  Kind courtesy Kuoni

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will.i.am in conversation with Paul Thompson of the Royal College of Art as part of Innovation Night 2012

Great excitement in the auditorium as we wait for will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas; a well known pop band from the mid 1990s, still playing now and Very Famous. What is probably not so well known is ‘Willy’s’ (as his Grandma and Mama refer to him) philanthropic interests. Not content with co-hosting the current TV series, ‘The Voice’, or going out with another major celeb, will.i.am spends a great deal of time and personal commitment to his ‘i’ foundations. For students, for the homeless and for the future of technology. Technology is another of his passions and he has a clear vision of how human’s have evolved to understand and connect with the technology that we face. His example of how a three year old in the 1970s might have moved their thumb and forefinger to achieve a bird opening its mouth in the shadows (and didn’t we all do that) to today’s three year old who would use the same movement to ‘zoom’ on a smart phone or smart t.v.

Not being particularly acquainted with pop stars, I was surprised at his grasp for ‘development’ and his genuine commitment to make lives better for others, particularly in the area where he grew up in America. His answering of questions were thought provoking, sometimes funny and sometimes hit with such realism that you wondered why no one else was talking about this, particularly from the technological perspective.

An inspiring evening and an inspired choice of guest. Well done to the RCA (and to the Royal Geographical Society for hosting the event) and to will.i.am. for coming over to London to ‘be in conversation with Paul Thompson for Innovation Night 2012′.  More of these please.

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images and copyright: Lucy Elliott The Kensington Magazine (apologies for the quality but I was sitting right at the back of the auditorium with a large girl blocking the view)

 

 

 

 

Children learn ‘Petite Etiquette’ at The Kensington Hotel

The Kensington Hotel is a smart hotel, but one known to be child-friendly which is a great bonus when taking kids out. And what better than after a session at the Science Museum or ice skating at the Natural History Museum than to have a nice cosy afternoon tea at the Kensington Hotel, in the knowledge that your kids will know how, and indeed, will, behave.

So no more squirming with embarrassment whilst little Jonny plays merry havoc. If you are having little success teaching your own kids, then why not hand them over to Jean Broke-Smith (of Ladette to Lady TV fame) who, for an hour, will teach your children everything they will need to know (certainly until they get to adult hood). The courses, run at the Kensington Hotel, are designed to be fun and helpful to children. To know what it appropriate behaviour in a 5* hotel, and what isn’t. Of course an additional benefit is that (in theory at least) these new found skills can be transferred back at home.

So what does Jean teach children between 5 and 10? Well the basics such as how to sit at the table, not to have elbows on the table, how to say please and thank you, how not to speak with your mouthful or wave the cutlery around. How to hold a tea cup (full of hot chocolate with a tempting marshmallow in the bottom which was a little too much of a temptation for some of the kids trying out this session). Don’t get up from the table for a little wander around and don’t play with your games/phone at the table. All this sounds a lot for some of the really tiny ones there – for India (aged 5) some of this might have been a bit over her head – but she certainly knows how to hold a cup of hot chocolate! The sessions are free and are being held at the Kensington Hotel, SW7 on Saturday 12 and 19th November, followed by some more in April.

At the end of the session the children were asked if they had any questions. One bright spark (aged about 6) asked how you said thank you if you were in France and you did not speak French. “You could ask Mummy” was one response from the older sister – another response from the teacher herself, was not to worry, generally most people understood the word ‘thank you’ in whatever country you were in. The children were then shown how to leave a napkin on a seat when going to the loo, and how to leave it on the table once they had finished. So the departing scene was of 5 children very seriously folding up their napkins placing them neatly back on the table. They had finished. The hot chocolate, the sandwiches, the scones and the cakes. They might have finished and the food disappeared. But the manners will stay with them for life.

For more information on ‘Petite Etiquette’ call 020 7589 6300

Images: Copyright Lucy Elliott/The Kensington Magazine

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Piers, Marco and The Hansom Cab

Kensington has always attracted celebs – with its nice houses, good shopping and cultural advantage. But now the stakes are raised with the relaunch of The Hansom Cab in the Earls Court Road. A Victorian hostelry very much in the 21st Century. Co-owned by Piers Morgan and Tarquin Gorst (also co-owner of The Punchbowl in Mayfair, the Rainbow Inn in Lewes), Rupert Morgan (brother of) will be running it. If the re-launch party was anything to go by, those who love star spotting will be in their element. Centrally placed in a residential area, this is bound to become home to many local well known faces. Last night was more a case of spot the non-celeb…. so for those of you who want to know – drinking champagne or trying out The Governor’s Beer with nibbles prepared by Marco Pierre White from the Oyster Bar or the Rib Room, were former Sun Editor, Kelvin MacKenzie, and his brother Craig, Frank Lampard and his girlfriend Christine Bleakley, Mylene Klass, Peter Jones the Dragon, Emily Maitlis, Kelly Hoppen and Nancy Dell’Olio. There were others but this is for starters….

Image: Piers Morgan and Marco Pierre White

Image: Copyright Lucy Elliott/The Kensington Magazine
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The Launch of ‘The Second Half Of Your Life Foundation’

The Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea Councillor Mrs Julie Mills, together with Ruby Wax, Judith Owen and ex investment banker, Jill Shaw Ruddock launched ‘The Second Half of Your Life Foundation’ at the Town Hall.  The event was surprisingly relaxed but with a serious message. More older people than ever are living longer, but alone.  Loneliness and social isolation in the UK is at an all time high with some 300,000 pensioners not speaking to family or neighbours in a month.  This is nothing short of appalling. On the strength of her recent international best seller ‘The Second Half of Your Life’ and recognising that the over 50s should be entering the best phase of their lives, Jill decided to launch The Second Half Of Your Life Foundation.  The centre will be housed within St Charles NHS H0spital in North Kensington.  Mayor Julie Mills has selected this as one of her charities and has created a bursary programme from private donations throughout the borough to ensure the underprivileged can attend either a full morning or afternoon of activities, plus a meal for a nominal fee of £2.00. The centre is appropriately sited in North Kensington, which has the unfortunate stigma of being one of the most deprived areas in London.  Loneliness is not class based, and the purpose of the Foundation is to provide a place for all over 50s whatever their background, to come together – share a hobby, connect socially, learn new skills, and become psychologically and physically healthier. Workshops will be available on diverse subjects such as: how to set up your own business, jewellery making, Bridge, current affairs, art for fun and learning, computers (emailing, internet and social networking) and a book club.  Physical exercise, diet and mental health will also be addressed by way of lecture series and excise classes.

For a long time now I have been concerned with the lack of social integration provided in the area and The Second Half of Your Life Foundation really addresses this.  In addition to funding ( for example £50 will enable one person to enjoy 2 activities and one meal everyday for one week), they are also looking for Patrons and volunteers to help give professional advise and assistance on the workshops.  The centre will be available for men and women and once established, it is hoped to replicate this throughout other boroughs in the UK.  If the energy from those who attended the launch was anything to go by, there is little doubt this centre will not be a success and in years to come we will wonder why it took so long to simply provide something like this for our ‘older’ members of the community who still have to much to offer, and who, should be entering the best second half of their lives.

As Ruddock says, “Of course we have to age, but we do not have to grow old.  How we grow old, we can control”.

If you are interested in any of the above, please contact Jill Shaw Ruddock on jill@secondhalffoundation.com

Image:  Ruby Wax and Jill Shaw Ruddock in conversation

Image by kind courtesy: David Tett

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Rifat Ozbek launches ‘Yastik’ in Holland St. W8

Turkish Fashion Designer Rifat Ozbek opened his third boutique yesterday, not, surprisingly, for fashion, but for his beautiful and eclectic range of embroidered cushions.  This is his first boutique in the UK, the other two being in Ismir and Istanbul.  Here in Kensington, in Holland Street famed for his ’boutiquey’ and individual style, you can find ‘Yastik’.  Rifat’s minimalist white walled – soft lit gallery.  More art gallery than boutique, his extensive range of cushions adorn the walls, as if in a library.

Rifat sells exclusively luxury cushions – hundreds of them in varying hues of colours and fabrics.   Antique fabrics such as velvets, Ikats and Suzanis are used and are sourced from mainly Turkey and South Asia, as are the embroideries used.  Yastik house a collection of  some 150 cushions, with a hundred designs and are available as limited editions.  So with such a range it would be impossible not to find one to suit you and to add a splash of colour and texture to your home.   As a testament to this, Manolo Blahnik at the launch party was overheard to say, ‘oh dear and so much choice, what am I do to’.  He solved the problem by buying three large ‘Yastik’ limited edition cushions! www.thekensingtonmagazine.com

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Top row left to right:  Rifat Ozbek. Rifat with Erdal Karaman and Asli Bohane*.

Second Row:  Robin & Lucy Birley with Manola Blahnik.  Fenton Bailey & friend

Third Row:  Team at Rebecca Willer.  Fourth Row:  Sarah Giles and Manola Blahnik.  Fifth Row:  Ninivah Khomo and daughter

Sixth Row:  Lucy Birley.  Steve Willan, Nick Bohane & friend


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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