Photography Workshop in Mallorca 24 Feb – 28th Feb

Fabulous few days!  How to learn to take photographs and have a great break at the same time. Small group tuition led by professional photographer Michael Potter in the photogenic surroundings of Pollenca. Three things that matter: the ISO, the Av and Tv.  From here we mastered the art of shooting fast objects either clearly or with blur to give the impression of speed, portraits with a model or unsuspecting folk in the Sunday market and how to use lighting – all with the purpose of ‘telling the story’.

Michael is a natural teacher and together with his wife, Fiona, provide a most convivial environment in which to learn photography.  Accommodation is provided in their beautiful home in Pollenca with terraces, pool, studio and sitting rooms – minutes from two squares, numerous bars/coffee shops, a large Cathedral, a Roman Bridge and bustling Sunday market. So plenty of photo opportunities.

Would thoroughly recommend Eye Photographic Workshops as being a great place for beginners or intermediates to learn or refresh techniques. Price (four nights/five days) includes transfers, accommodation, food, drink and tuition but excludes flights. For more information see www.eyephotographicworkshops.com.  An excellent two day workshop is also available in Chiswick (tried and tested!)

Images taken by Lucy Elliott/The Kensington Magazine on this workshop (copyright: ibid)


The Mayor’s Awards – 31 March 2011

Tonight the Mayor for Kensington & Chelsea, Councillor James Husband hosted the 10th Mayor’s Awards. These are given to a small number of people within the community who have “made an outstanding contribution to those who live in the Borough” thus enhancing a community spirit. Of the many entries received, after due consideration by the Panel, only a handful receive this Award; in W8 we had Kevin Barrett, an octagenarian (approaching the 90 end of 80), who has worked tirelessly over the past twenty years to help raise funds and give support to the League of Friends of St Mary Abbots. The work helps the care of elderly at Beatrice Place Nursing Home in the Marloes Road, and the Princess Louise Care Home in North Kensington, providing hospice care for those with severe dementia. Kevin has run the charity single handedly and acts as both Treasurer and Fundraiser to the League. He organises outings and managed to raise enough funds to host some 48 concerts for the residents, as well as Christmas presents for everyone, plus a donation of £3000 for the benefit of the residents. He also visits members of the elderly community in the area, and helps tend to their gardens. He can often be seen traversing the streets of Kensington encouraging retailers to give raffle prizes. It is with his positive attitude that helps families come to term with their illness and future. He has truly enhanced people’s lives. As one supporter said, Kevin is an unsung hero. The League provides relief for members of the community who are sick, convalescent, disabled, handicapped, infirm or in need of financial assistance. (www.thekensingtonmagazine.com)

Images: Lucy Elliott

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Update on the Post Office (next to the Odeon) in Kensington High St.

At the Council’s instigation, a meeting was held with the Post Office Network Ltd. and members of the council so residents had an opportunity to find out the current situation with respect to the closure of the post office. The existing post office will shut on 19th March, and will re-open on March 28th in the former site of the Barclays Bank on the corner of Phillimore Gardens and High St. Kensington – about 100 metres diagonally across the road.

There will be counters, and self service stations to aid speed of access to service, as well as specific counters for insurance and financial purposes. The building has been purchased on a ten year lease, so for that period of time at least residents can count on having a post office at that end of W8. Residents asked if it might be possible for a number system to be put in place, particularly as that aided the elderly residents who could sit down whilst waiting. Richard Barker, representing the Post Office Network agreed he would try and arrange for chairs to be available, and confirmed that everything was being done to assist in a more speedy service than was provided at present. In addition, should you be out when a parcel is delivered, you should be able to pick it up from here, rather than anywhere else in Kensington (far away!)