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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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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.
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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.

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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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