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Draycott Nursing & Care Annual Christmas Carol Service for Canine Partners

In December friends and colleagues attended the Annual Christmas Carol Service with a difference – watching 12 fully trained canine partners demonstrate their talents in helping disabled people lead full lives. The service was attended by some 450 guests, and readers included the singer Pati Boulay, David Robb (Downton Abbey), Michael Paluso, Rula Lenska and James Dreyfus. The event raised over £40,000 resulting in enough funding for the training of two dogs – an Amazing Result

The Roof Gardens exhibit at The Chelsea Flower Show 2014 with Holly and Eve Branson

At the Chelsea Flower Show, The Roof Gardens exhibited their garden, designed along the lines of the original Roof Gardens by Ralph Hancock in 1939. David Lewis (Head Gardener) and Mattie Morgan of Land Designs were supported on Press Day by members of the Branson family (Holly and grandmother Eve), and by the Mayor and Mayoress of Kensington & Chelsea. The Roof Gardens received a Bronze Medal in the Artisan Garden Category.

Images and copyright:  Lucy Elliott www.lucyelliottphotography.com

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Celebrities help raise funds for Canine Partners at St Luke’s Church, Chelsea (or A Carol Service where Dogs Nearly Steal the Show)

Organised by Angela Hamlin, Director of Draycott Nursing & Care, the evening was always going to be different – especially when celebrities and dogs were involved. The dogs, from Canine Partners behaved impeccably, even for the requisite photo shoot. Celebrities included Claire Skinner (Outnumbered), Lisa Aziz (LBC Presenter), Emma Munro-Wilson (singer), Fran Newman-Young (Made in Chelsea) and Zara Boland (TV Vet). The Mayor and Mayoress of Kensington & Chelsea were in attendance. St Luke’s Church, Chelsea was packed; the Choir helped us to get into the festive spirit, and the beautiful, patient (and it has to be said) very photographic dogs added a definate je ne sais quoi. Money was raised for Canine Partners, a small charity training dogs to work with disabled folk, enabling them to have a much improved quality of life. An incredible association between and man and dog.

If you would like to learn more about the work of Draycott Nursing or Canine Partners please see www.draycottnursing.co.uk and www.caninepartners.org.uk

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HRH Prince Michael of Kent switches on the Christmas Lights at The Milestone Hotel

At the invitation of Mrs Beatrice Tollman, President and Founder of Red Carnation Hotels, HRH Prince Michael of Kent attended a reception at the Milestone Hotel together with The Mayor and Mayoress of Kensington & Chelsea and local residents for the annual ‘Switching on the Christmas Lights’.  Before the Prince arrived, we were instructed as to the etiquette of how to address him.  One or two children enquired as to whether they should bow or courtesy.  Having decided a ‘slight bow’ was in order, two children were delighted they could courtesy since they had just been taught how to at school.  The Prince arrived and amiably chatted to everyone present.  Children were duly introduced and all remembered the salient points of etiquette with the exception of one little girl who was so excited she bounced up to him and said ‘hello’.  The Prince then departed, with the children continuing their slight bows and courtesies.  A great evening.

Image and copyright:  Phil Conrad

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The Milestone Hotel and Alexeeva & Jones Chocolate Pairing Event

Rather like George Owell’s famous statement ‘some are more equal than others’ this can be applied to chocolate. Alexeeva & Jones are among the world’s leading chocolatiers, so how appropriate to team up with The Milestone Hotel, a member of Small Leading Hotels of the World.

We were treated to the pairing of four wines, all of which are produced at Red Carnation (the hotel group to which The Milestone Hotel belongs), winery in South Africa: Bouchard Finalyson. So we saw ‘Mission Vale’ being paired with ‘Franck Daubos – Pamplemoussette’; a full bodied Chardonnay with a candied grapefruit peel coated in (the ever popular) dark chocolate; a full bodied Galpin Peak with ‘Centho – Sakura’ a delightful cherry blossom ganache layered with cherry jam and Hannibal with ‘Paul Wayne Gregory – Dark Raspberry.  A dark shell filled with raspberry ganache.  It was difficult to chose a winner but in the end our favourite pairing was ‘Walker Bay’ – a Semillon paired with ‘Paul Wayne Gregory – passion fruit’ – an amazing ganache which tasted wonderful.

If this event is held again next year I would highly recommend it. Sumputious surroundings of the Milestone, together with high quality wines and chocolates will surely delight any fans with an appreciation of both.

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Kensington Palace and The Kensington Magazine co-host an ‘Historic’ Meet your Neighbour event

Within a couple of hours of the October edition of the magazine coming out all fifty places for this special occasion had been allocated.  A chance for local residents to meet each other in the splendid surroundings of Kensington Palace, experience a speedy history lesson on the inhabitants of the Palace over the years, and then take a private tour learning not only historical facts and figures, but equally fascinating historical anecdotes. This exclusive tour comprised The King’s State Apartments.

Residents were spellbound by the historic beauty and fascinating facts of each chamber. Upon entering the lavish room in which Queen Victoria was baptised, we learnt how the Duke of Kent struggled to name her before settling on the anglicised version of her mother’s, Victoire.  We also visited the room in which King George II was found dead by his ‘Gentleman of the Stool’ – an apparently highly regarded position at the time (think Horrible Histories’!)

There was something quite wonderful looking onto Kensington Gardens, past Queen Victoria’s Statue out onto the Round Pond. The night was beautifully clear and Autumnal and the grounds looked suitably regal.  For fifty residents this was a real occasion and a true treat. Credit must go to Gemma and David who between them could certainly apply for Mastermind in their specialist subject. Speed History!

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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!

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Images by kind courtesy of Justin W Thomas

Trailfinders’ Australian Garden at Chelsea wins Gold & ‘Best in Show’

Designed by Phil Johnson of Phil Johnson Landscapes and supported by Wes Fleming, this sustainable garden certainly created waves at Chelsea. One of the largest displays with 300 tonnes of rock being transported from to Chelsea from Scotland. The sustainable garden within an ‘urban environment’ featured a gorge, waterfall, and billabong. Lush ferns with bright kangaroo paws and bottle trees featured reflecting the imperatives for the design which included water capture and conservation, promotion of sustainability, use of recycled materials and solar panels. This is Flemings’ ninth year for supporting an Australian garden, and the seventh and last year Trailfinders will be exhibiting at Chelsea. Mike Gooley (Chairman of Trailfinders) was present with his wife, Fiona.

Below are some images of Chelsea in general, the Trailfinders Garden and some well known faces amongst the crowd.

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Images & Copyright:  Lucy Elliott/Lucy Elliott Photography

‘Golden Oldies’ Celebrate the Coronation at The Milestone Hotel

Older members of Kensington recently celebrated the Queen’s Coronation with a wonderful lunch at The Milestone Hotel.  Held in conjunction with The Kensington Magazine, the only criteria for those attending had to be that they were over 80.  Some exceeded rather well by being closer to 100 than to even to 90!  The wine flowed and conversation was animated.  Last year the excuse was to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  Next year, who knows – the excuse might be to ‘wet the babies head’!

Images and copyright:  Lucy Elliott / Lucy Elliott Photography

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Image:  L-R top:  Trader Faulkner, Bettie Griffiths, Mayoress Anne Hobson, Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea Cllr. Christopher Buckmaster, Hilary Temple, Marion Maitland.  Front row:  Dr Joan Martin and Polly de Chales.

Local Restauranteur raises money for a Portable CT Scanner

Local restuaranteur Patrick Taco of Chez Patrick in the Stratford Road, together with the Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea, Cllr. Christopher Buckmaster and Mayoress, Anne Hobson joined friends and residents of Kensington to raise money for a portable CT Scanner. Bob Corp-Reader, OBE and Trustee of the Metropolitan Masonic Charity gave a moving speech and the total raised that night was £1385.00. The Masonic Lodge Charity has previously raised funds of £2M which purchased a CyberKnife for St Bart’s Hospital.
If you would like to donate, please do so via: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/finalCharityHomepage.action?uniqueVmgCharityUrl+TheMetropolotianMasonicCharity
Patrick, a London Freemason has been recognised for his charitable contribution by the Metropolitan Grand Master who honoured him for his services.  Well done to all concerned, especially to the staff of Chez Patrick whose salary went towards the charity that night.

Anne Hobson, Patrick, Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea, Cllr. Christopher Buckmaster and Brian Sylvester, the Toast Master.

Image & Copyright:  Lucy Elliott/Lucy Elliott Photography