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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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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.

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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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Remembrance Sunday Kensington & Chelsea 13 November 2011

This year it was the turn of St Mary Abbots in Kensington to host the civic ceremony for Remembrance Day. Hundreds of residents turned up to support the families and friends of those taking part in the march from the Town Hall to St Mary Abbots’ memorial, ranging from older members to little tots – and even little tots dressed in red sweat shirts can march (occasionally turning into a run to keep up).

Officiated by Father Gillean, Father Gareth and Father Rob of SMA, the Mayor, Councillor Julie Mills was accompanied by all members of RBKC, Honorary Alderman Richard Walker-Arnott, The Rt. Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Rear Admiral R H Burn, The Rt. Hon the Baroness Hanham and Sir Michael Craig-Cooper. Children behaved beautifully and the Council must be given full credit – Kensington High St. and Kensington Church St were re-designed to give pedestrians right of way, traffic was stopped for the two minutes silence, and even better – car and bus engines were asked by the police to be turned off. This is how the two minute silence should be. With proper respect given.

The sun shone on a glorious Autumnal day; the Church was packed and the sermon given reminded the congregation (specifically designed for the younger audience) that there are three aspects to Remembrance, the past, the present and the future. It was certainly lovely to see so many children take part in this important day in the year.

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