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Campden Hill Residents Association, Summer Party

Victoria Borwick captured the spirit of the evening when she declared that nothing really could better a summer’s evening in a beautiful garden square surrounded by neighbours. Emphasising the opportunity to meet the neighbours and enjoy the community commaradarie, the Portobello Jazz Band encouraged young and old to try the odd dance, food and wine delightfully served by 5th and 6th formers of Holland Park School (rated as ‘Outstanding’ for the past four years) and an eclectic range of raffle prizes encouraged those present to part with their money. Rev James Heard, the new Vicar of St George’s Church, was presented with the magnum of champagne he won in the raffle. All in all a wonderfully British sort of evening.

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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!

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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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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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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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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.

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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!

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Sir Malcolm Rifkind hosts Kensington & Chelsea Chamber of Commerce Summer Party at House of Commons

A wonderful evening to network and an excuse to study the fine architecture of the Houses of Parliament. Wine and canapes on the Pavillion Terrace overlooking the Thames, with the sunlight on St Thomas’ Hospital, the Eye and other architectural delights of London.

A mixture of members and members guests were entertained by Malcolm (a witty speech-maker) and Greg Hands MP. Members from other Chambers were present too – the Terrace, balmy evening and drink made for a most convivial and easy networking evening. Thanks must go to Julia Walker-Smith who organised the event, with about 200 attending.

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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.

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