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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!

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.


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


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

Sir Trevor Macdonald charms local residents at a Charity Event in Kensington

Sir Trevor Maconald recently opened the ‘Curtain’s Up’ Charity Event in Kensington.  Delighting residents he happily posed with them and spent time chatting with actors and stallholders alike.  Actors from Bad Girls, Casualty, Sharpe, Coronation Street and others all took part in this event, raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society and SANDS (Stillborn and Neonatal Death Charity).  Sir Trevor gave a moving speech, and later in the day Susan Hampshire drew the raffle.  Refreshments were prepared by Master Chef Semi-Finalist Julia Gray.  The event was an opportunity for actors to donate their collectables with stalls offering handbags, crafts, jewellery and clothes.  The event raised £900 for the Alzheimer’s Society and £400 for SANDS.  Congratulations to the organisers and those who took part in the day’s event.





Bronze Head for Sir Malcolm Rifkind

Sir Malcolm recently attended the Calken Gallery in Kensington Church St. to pose for a live portrait sitting.  Once the sculpture is completed by Michael Talbot, it will be caste in bronze.  The life size sculpture will be exhibited at the Gallery as part of their ‘Prominent People in Kensington’ exhibition.  During the sitting, Sir Malcolm took a call from The Times (on and off the record) to discuss matters relating to the Leveson Inquiry.  History in the making.

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


Calken Gallery, 117 Kensington Church St. London W 7LN  www.calkengallery.com


English National Ballet dancers provide grace and elegance at the switching on of the Milestone Hotel’s Christmas Lights

The second ‘Switching on’ of the Christmas Lights at the Milestone Hotel took, place this week. Local children accompanied by parents attended, with members (Becky Cooke and Alicia Tolchinsky) of the Natalia Kremen Ballet School performing in the Windsor Suite. Three members of the English National Ballet (Anjuli Hudson, Kerry Birkett and Stina Quagebeur) looked beautiful in their ‘Nutcracker’ costumes. Indeed when they entered the Windsor Suite, there was an instant hush. The dancers then accompanied by Mrs Tollman, owner of the Red Carnation Hotel, went to the balcony of the Prince Albert Suite, overlooking Kensington high St. to switch on the lights, after the obligatory countdown led by Andrew Pike, manager of The Milestone Hotel. It is quite clear this is an annual event in the Kensington calender and already people were talking about next year!

Images: Lucy Elliott/www.lucyelliottphotography.com
Copyright: The Milestone Hotel/www.themilestonehotel.com



Mayor Launches ‘Magic Wand Appeal’ to help Brain Tumour Research Campaign

The Mayor’s Charitable Appeal this year is for the ‘Magic Wand Appeal’. No The Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea, Cllr Christopher Buckmaster is not looking for fairies or princesses but rather residents of Kensington & Chelsea who feel strongly enough to give to the Brain Tumour Research Campaign to raise funds for research and £250,000 to fund a SonoWand; a vital piece of state-of-the art neuro navigational system enabling surgeons to operate on the brain tumour more accurately and thus giving patients a higher chance of survival.

At a press launch today, the Mayor together with Wendy Fulcher (who established the Brain Tumour Research Campaign) and Mr Kevin O’Neill (consultant Neurosurgeon at Charing Cross) explained how this money was desperately needed to provide another machine at Imperial College’s Charing Cross Hospital. Over 2500 people in London have brain tumours and would hugely benefit from the kind of surgery offered by the SonaWand and which is safer than previous methods of surgery. The rate of brain cancer is increasing by an enormous 2% each year, yet less than 2% of national research funds go to brain tumour research or treatment.

The Mayor and Mayoress will be holding various events throughout the Borough until the end of his Mayoral term, from dinner parties to dog shows, from carol concerts and Beauty Days to lunch with Sebastian Faulks – all to raise funds and awareness about brain tumours which is the commonest cause of cancer death in children under fifteen, and is the second fastest growing cause of cancer death in adults over 65.

If you would like to support The Magic Wand Appeal, please see www.wayahead-btrc.org/ways-to-donate or call 020 8601 2402. If you are a UK tax payer, the charity can benefit from a further 25% Gift Aid.

To find out more about the forthcoming events please see www.rbkc.org.uk/mayor/charityevents

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



Sir Terence Conran celebrates the ‘Ground Breaking’ at the Former Commonwealth Institute

80 year old Sir Terence Conran made no bones about the fact this was one of the best days of his life. Having started the Design Museum in the ‘boiler room’ at the V&A and then moved to the premises in Shad Thames, the Design Museum (the new Kensington one) is destined for great things once it is esconced at the former site of the Commonwealth Institute. Rather wonderfully for just as the Commonwealth Institute represented cultures from around the world, so too does the inspiration that Sir Terence holds for the future of design – that the Government should do all it can to encourage designers, entrepreuners and engineers and become a world renowned hub for design. He praised many stakeholders, Chelsfield, large and small charitable organisations who had made this possible (since they don’t receive Government funding) and the confidence he had in the team of builders from Mace. He spoke fondly of the parabola roof, the only one of its kind in the world, and hoped that the well known flag poles at the forecourt would remain there.

The occasion was to celebrate the ‘ground breaking’ and to plant a time capsule to be opened in 2112.  Ed Vaizey, the Minister for Architecture spoke, as did Deyan Sudjic (Director of the Design Museum) and Luqman Arnold (Chair of the Trustees) and the Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea, Councillor Christopher Buckmaster. However, on this beautiful sunny morning in Kensington, with the clear blue sky, the red crane, the high viz jackets and white helmets, it was the charming but somewhat frail Sir Terence who quietly stole the morning.

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




Prince Edward pulls a pint at The Churchill Arms

HRH Prince Edward visited The Churchill Arms in Kensington Church St. as part of his tour as Patron of The Garden Society. Accompanied by the Mayor and Mayoress of Kensington & Chelsea, Councillor Christopher Buckmaster and Ann Hobson, the Prince admired the florally decorated pub and congratulated Reyes Diaz of City Plant Displays Ltd on his handiwork. The Landlord, Gerry rightly proud of his business has been asked by The Garden Society not to enter his pub for the annual award in order to let others have a chance to win!
The Prince was then shown inside and gamely pulled a pint, noting that in her time, his Grandmother had also pulled a pint or two. Gerry explained that the back of the pub, when he first took over the pub some 25 years ago was a garage, and is now a very successful and well known Thai Restaurant. The Prince met members of the Thai family who operate the restaurant and received a basket of vegetables from the Mayor on behalf of local schoolchildren. The Prince appeared to be enjoying himself tremendously and certainly for those visiting the pub, residents and locals his visit cheered up a rather wet and soggy afternoon.

Images and copyright: Lucy Elliott – The Kensington Magazine