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HRH Princess Michael of Kent launches new season of KCWC at the Royal Geographic Society

The Kensington Chelsea Women’s Club (KCWC) is a very active Club with hundreds of members.  Offering national and international women from London the opportunity to meet once a month at their General Meeting at prestigious venues across the Borough.  KCWC run courses, lectures and events, covering some 35 activities over the month – ranging from sports, languages to history.   Each month they invite a keynote speaker – in September it was HRH Princess Michael of Kent who spoke about her Anjou trilogy, the third of which ‘Quicksilver’ had recently been published.  The Princess is a rather good storyteller and gave the packed auditorium at the Royal Geographic Society an entertaining historical account (aka romp) of the royal family of France in the 15th century.  Her quick wit and self-deprecation were endearing and clearly she proved to be a most popular choice of keynote speaker to launch the 2016-2017 KCWC year.  To join or to find out more about the activities of KCWC please see www.kcwc.org.uk

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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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British Soldier takes on gruelling 20 days of fitness exercise to raise money for Royal Hospital Chelsea

 

Staff Sergeant Stephen Hughes (27) who is currently serving in the Royal Army Physical Training Corps in Kabul undertook a gruelling 20 days of 20 different physical challenges to raise money for Royal Hospital Chelsea.  The ‘Reps to Remember’ 20 tough physical exercises were chosen to mark the number of British Forces operational tours of Afghanistan, and to repeat them 453 times, equating to the number of British Soldiers who lost their lives in the region.

Stephen said of his fundraising challenge in Kabul, “The ‘Reps to Remember’ challenges were extremely tough; far harder than I had anticipated. Thinking about the Chelsea Pensioners at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, where my comrades and I may live in our retirement and the 453 service personnel who sadly lost their lives in Afghanistan definitely got me through it. I’m really pleased that 240 people were moved to donate to this great cause.”

Kate Marsh, Fundraising Manager at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, said, “Now that Stephen has completed these challenges we are even more in awe of his efforts than we were before. He is a true inspiration and we are delighted that the public got behind him to very nearly reach his target of £5,000 for the Royal Hospital Chelsea.” (To date Stephen has raised £4,734. Donations are still being accepted at http://bit.ly/reps2remember).

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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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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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The Cloud arrives at the Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens

The Serpentine Gallery has recently unveiled its exciting new pavilion designed by award-winning Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. Aged 41, he is the youngest artist to have contributed an outdoor contemporary design to the gallery. The sculpture, covering 350 metres of lawn and constructed of semi-transparent, latticed steel poles is described as cloud-like. Its intricate shape blends magically into the landscape beside the Serpentine creating an illusion of fragility, despite being sturdy enough to climb for those unafraid of heights. It is an intriguing space with a café inside, encouraging visitors to enter and engage with the art-piece until October 30th 2013.

Text:  Isere Lloyd-Davis

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