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HRH Prince Michael of Kent unveils memorial to Colonel Carlos at Royal Hospital Road

Some 90 descendants of Colonel William Carlos attended this event, of all ages, together with representatives from Royal Hospital Road. Carlos was credited with saving King Charles II by hiding him in the Boscobel Oak whilst Cromwell’s army were searching for him. King Charles II is recognised as the founder of Royal Hospital Chelsea, when in 1681 he issued a Royal Warrant for its foundation. Each Founder’s Day, as it was today, the statue is covered with oak leaves to remind us of his escape after the Battle of Worcester in 1651. The text of the King’s 1658 Grant of Arms to Colonel Carlos makes clear the King’s conviction that the Colonel’s actions at Boscobel were the main reason for his own, and thus the Royal Family’s, survival.

From an anthropological perspective it was lovely to see 90 people introducing each other to other parts of this extended family and find out exactly how they were related.  Congratulations must go to John Doble (descendant) who organised much of today’s event.

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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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Diamond Jubilee March-Past in Kensington

For a quick 15 minutes on a busy Saturday morning, Kensington High St. felt very ‘community’. Residents, businesses and tourists enthusiastically waved flags and stood alongside Councillors of Kensington & Chelsea, to cheer on the Chelsea Pensioners and some 200 soldiers from six regiments, all of whom had recently been deployed in Afghanistan.

The March-Past in front of the Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea, Councillor Christopher Buckmaster, the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Lady Borwick, the Mayoress, Ann Hobson and the Leaders of Council,Councillor Sir Merrick Cockell was to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Chelsea Pensioners and the regiments involved have the Freedom of the Royal Borough which permits them to march along the Borough’s roads. The regiments marching from Holland Park to the Flower Stall outside St Mary Abbots Church were The Royal Hospital Chelsea, The Royal Yeomanry, D (London Irish Rifles) Coy, The London Regiment, 256 Field Hospital, 10 Coy, 4 Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, 41 (PLK) Squadron 38 Signal Regiment.

All too soon and within a few minutes of the March-Past Kensington High St. became a normal busy high street on a Saturday morning.  Leaving just the tourists slightly bemused by the preceding events.

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The Draycott Nursing & Care 15th Anniversary Party at The Orangery, Holland Park

Angela Hamlin, MD and founder of Draycott Nursing & Care celebrated her 15th Anniversary with a wonderful party at The Orangery in Holland Park. Blessed by a fantastic summer’s evening, guests were treated to cocktails, champagne and never ending canapes as well as inegenious poetry – made up on the spot and relevant to any three words (nouns, verbs or adjectives) you cared to chose. Characteristically generous of Angela, she chose to use the occasion as a means of raising awareness of Canine Partners, a wonderful (and very small charity) which helps disabled people lead a full and active life by training dogs to assist them in everyday situations. We watched as dogs picked up ventolin inhalers and five pence pieces from the floor, took washing out of the machine and helped undress someone. Equally generous were some of the guests with a total of £9,495.00 being raised on the night through raffle tickets and on the spur of the moment auction of some of the raffle prizes. The Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea, Councillor Christopher Buckmaster was in attendance with the Mayoress, Ann Hobson. We wish Angela and her team every success for the next fifteen years.

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