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Kensington Court Resident’s Association Street Party

For once the sun shone! This was the third Kensington Court Resident’s Association Street Party – each year the organisers state with pure conviction that the next one will be even better, and this proved the case. More local businesses not only supported the event with generous sponsorship/raffle prizes, but actually took part. So the gentlemen from The Milestone Hotel beautifully decked out in Green and Gold spurred us on to guess the number of eggs used at the hotel in a week; Gordon from Gallery 19 sizzled his sausages; Emidio from Locanda Otteomezzo carved risotto out from the centre of a huge cheese, Cote had a stall, regularly replenished by a trolley from the restaurant and children either played on the fire engine provided by the local fire brigade or were entertained by food and activities on the ‘Kids Korner’ organised by Susie Gau.  Huge numbers of locals, the elderly, families, couples and dogs attended, chatted, jigged to jazz, had arms or nails painted by Valentino staff, tasted samples from the Kensington Kitchen, Café Montparnasse and enjoyed drink provided by the Builder’s Arms.  Congratulations to Sophie Ibrahim who won the under 5′s art competition and Sofia Barker, the over 5′s.   This event is certainly now on the Kensington Calendar. Funds raised through the generosity of the residents and businesses go to the Knightsbridge branch of Riding for the Disabled – a wonderful charity allowing children with differing levels of disability the opportunity to flourish. Many are involved in this but particular thanks to the two major sponsors Thackerays, the local estate agent and Lumina who sponsored the music (a vital ingredient to the success of the party), whilst Babylon/The Roof Gardens backed the party.  Huge thanks must also go to Sandra French who organised the event, Susie Gau, Alex French, Marion Hahn, Sally Cooper, Yvonne Wurtzburg, Penny Coulten, David Griffiths, Tim Douglas, Mike Gee, Cheryll Davies, Susannah Rodgers, Emma Hagestadt and Carrie-Ann Huddleston.  The firemen were from the White Watch Kensington Station of the London Fire Brigade.  Local businesses who generously donated prizes for the raffle were Arcadia, Cote, Gallery 19, eMotion Health Club, Imenio, Le Pain Quotidien, the London School of Painting and Drawing, The Milestone Hotel (who also organised the Art Prize), Montparnasse Cafe, Kall Kwik, the Thackeray Gallery, Pomegranate and Valentino.  And not least thanks to John Gau, Chair of the Kensington Residents Association!

Images and copyright:  Lucy Elliott/www.lucyelliottphotography.com

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The First Ever Kensington Court’s Resident Association Street Party

On a rather wet, dark and soggy Sunday afternoon in mid September, the residents, retailers and restauranteurs of Thackeray Street and close by got together to produce a great party for the local residents. Tiny babies, teeny tots to teens, and some with the advantage of the wisdom of many years, all joined in. Not necessarily to dance in time to the jazz which was playing but it certainly bought the crowds in.  In all about 250 souls braved the drizzle, ate sandwiches, bowles of pasta, tried out truffles and tasted wee drams of 100% hot thick chocolate.  As all parties should be everyone ate, drank, and were generally merry.  It was lovely to see residents, many of whom had never met each other, chatting away in a most convivial manner. And not many parties can lay claim to hosting the great great great great grand niece of William Thackeray too.  Anouska Ritchie settled into her role as minor celebrity for the evening!

Local businesses had been extremely generous with raffle prizes, and the money raised by the event is going towards the Knightsbridge Group Riding  for the Disabled (run by local resident Marion Hahn), and the Kensington Court Residents Fund. To my mind a sign of a good party is not only the time they depart, but I generally think if they stay around for another hour, in the pouring rain (by this time) most stoically accompanied by umbrellas, it must have been a success. Many congratulations to Sandra and Alex of Gallery 19, to John Gau, Chair of the Kensington Court Residents Association and to everyone else who made this First Kensington Court’s Residents Association Street party such a success. Even the children were asking when was the next one going to be…   (www.thekensingtonmagazine.com)