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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

Chelsea Flower Show 2016

This year’s Chelsea Flower Show will appeal to all types of gardeners.  From the flamboyant to the traditional, from the informal to the formal, this Show has it all.  Phillip Johnson’s 300,000 individually crochet poppies covering 21,000 sq.ft is a visual masterpiece and surely one which can never be forgotten; each poppy representing a memory of a loved one.  Elsewhere was a Heath-Robinson like garden, with moving plant pots, twirling trees and a moving flower bed.  For the more royal amongst us, the Queen was represented by a 10ft cut out of her head, filled with 10,000 flowers – a striking image used by many journalists.  The show felt more inclusive this year, taking itself less seriously, but no less impressive for that.  Keen gardeners of all ages mixed with celebrities and stars, their common love of plants uniting them in appreciating all that Chelsea has to offer.

One of the biggest surprises was the Garden Garage in the Artisan Section – a beautifully designed and tranquil area in which to house a car. Magazines and broadsheets focused on the first black designer for Chelsea, ever (which rather puts to shame the notion that gardening is for all); however, the bonus of the attention is that the RHS and wider gardening world, are rectifying this and, we hope, gardening in the future, will really be for all. As we hope Chelsea will be too.

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‘One night at Kensington Palace’ with Joy Sigaud and the Philharmonia Orchestra

Kensington Palace and The Orangery provided a wonderful backdrop for an exclusive charity event to raise monies for the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity and Alpha Boys School.  ’Inspirations’ founded by Joy Sigaud, is an organisation raising funds for various charities, through music events.

 

Guests were treated to champagne and canapes in the Stone Room in the Palace prior to moving on to The Orangery for the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by John Gibbons (Joy’s mentor) to perform a collection of Joy’s compositions selected for chamber orchestra.  ‘One Night at the Palace’ showcased Joy’s talent as a composer.

 

Born in England of Jamaican parents, Joy tells a story through her music of the movement of peoples in both an historical and contemporary context, bought to life by the passionate playing of the orchestra.  As a child she learnt to play the piano age 4 and has been composing since the age of 10.

 

The large audience comprised friends and family, together with dignitaries. Her Excellency Aloun Assamba High Commissioner of Jamaica gave an impassioned speech.  Supporters of the evening included The Jamaica High Commission, Tiffany & Co, Boodles, Donna Karan, Belgravia Gallery and many more.  A wonderful and very memorable treat for all who were lucky enough to be present.

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HRH Duke of Kent visits Royal Hospital Road to celebrate Founder’s Day

A beautiful day but tinged with sadness as many Pensioners were not present due to the Anniversary celebrations of D-Day at Normandy. However, those present looked radiant in their red coats. Prior to the service the Duke was shown around the new accommodation for the Pensioners and was impressed with the efforts made by many to establish the Royal Hospital as a beacon of excellence in the domain of care. The sun shone for most of the morning, making a particularly rather splendid appearance on cue for the National Anthem. At the end of the service as HRH Duke of Kent and other dignitaries walked back through the great oak doors, the bagpipes played. Everyone was still, with the bagpipes playing in the distance, quieter and quieter. Very moving. We were delighted to catch up with Joe Britten, their oldest resident who is 102 (and eight months)!

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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.

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The Mayor and Mayoress of RBKC lead the Remembrance Service in Kensington

Many of us feared the worst when torrential rains hit Kensington on the Friday and Saturday prior to the Remembrance Service. However on the Sunday, the weather turned out to be quite beautiful and nothing remotely similar to the experience those we had come to salute, had had in the trenches. The Mayor and Mayoress were joined by a full complement of Councillors together with Sir Malcolm Rifkind, MP for the Borough. Local members of the Armed Services of all ages gathered in regiments in front of the Town Hall, and then proceeded to the Memorial. The crowd was much larger than usual and credit must be given to those who planned this event. For what seemed like the first time vehicles were temporarily stopped for the Two Minute Silence and the sounding of the Last Post. Rather movingly a single leaf floated down from the overhanging tree during the Last Post. Children stood alongside adults, very solomnly reciting the Lord’s Prayer but more obvious  gusto when it came to singing the National Anthem. Amongst those who presented at the Memorial, was a little girl, carefully placing her red balloon alongside the wreaths, quietly once all the crowds had gone.

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The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation celebrate their 5th Anniversary at Kensington Palace

Congratulations to the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation who celebrated their Fifth Anniversary with a party at Kensington Palace. The Foundation is an umbrella organisation linking local residents and businesses with some of the 400 charities existing in the Borough. Lord Browne gave a thought provoking speech about a scheme which operated in Cleveland, USA and which he felt, should be replicated here – ‘the Community Chest’ whereby individuals and businesses give a percentage of their earnings which is then distributed to community projects. The Foundation is a valuable organisation and makes a serious contribution to our community, providing funding of c£1M to local charities. If you wish to find out more about how you can help (both financially and/or as a volunteer) please go to www.thekandcfoundation.com

 

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Banter and anecdotes with David Attenborough and Alastair Fothergill, in the presence on HRH The Princess Royal @ The Royal Geographical Society

On behalf of the Whitely Fund for Nature held at the Royal Geographical Society in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal, Alastair Fothergill (Wildlife Film Producer) and David Attenborough engaged in light hearted banter about their experiences of working together over some 30 years on some of the greatest natural history programmes ever shown, including Planet Earth and Frozen Planet.

Although lasting only an hour ‘in conversation’, it was filled with anecdotes and film clips, whilst the 700 strong audience audibly held their breath. Scenes of destruction: chimpanzees (showing distinctly humanistic tendencies to team work) hunting down monkeys to feast upon; weeds choking their host for energy and food to dominate foliage; and fish with scarily enormous teeth – all filmed so cinematically and with such dramatic accompanying music one realised where Dr Who producers had taken their inspiration. Children and adults alike sat transfixed – after all David is The Wildlife Man (probably of the planet) – and, despite his soft voice, still conveys a sense of urgency for us to recognise our responsibility to the planet.

During the Q&A session, David admitted it would be hard to choose one favourite animal, although he admits to being keen on Birds of Paradise, but explained it is the ecosystems which we must focus our conservation energy. Of all the ecosystems, he felt the ocean was the most important.

The event was held to raise funds and awareness for the Whitely Fund for Nature which is a small NGO whose mission is to support local experts in the conservation of wildlife across the globe. Individuals who apply for funding go through a rigorous selection process. Many recipients of past awards have now become experts in their respective fields.  Lady Catherine Faulkes, a Trustee, spoke of one finalist who several years ago was awarded funding for the rarely seen Snow Leopard. He is now the world’s expert on this subject, despite having only seen a Snow Leopard three times in his life (and to boot, the same one!) This example illustrates the total devotion of those involved.

The strength of this tiny but effective NGO is the high calibre of Patron and Trustees (HRH The Princess Royal is Patron and David Attenborough is a Trustee); a small in-house team of staff, and (particularly important from a Development perspective), using local experts with local knowledge to entrust the safekeeping and conservation of our planet for future generations. More importantly grants are not given on a one-off basis but for long term conservation projects.

This was an excellently presented, engaging and natural ‘conversation’, which in years to come will no doubt inspire a new generation of Attenboroughs’, Fothergill’s or even Dr Who producers. A real treat.

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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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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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