Colville Forum meetings / Colville School history of play film

Colville Forum meetings The Colville Forum meeting planned for July 4 was cancelled in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. The next forum meeting will now be on Tuesday September 19 from 6.30 to 8.30 pm at the Portobello Court Clubroom on Portobello Road between Lonsdale Road and Westbourne Grove.

On April 11 the Colville Community Forum hosted a joint meeting with Market council officers, traders and members of the Market Streets Action Group at the Portobello Court Clubroom. Portobello Market is the heart and lifeblood of Colville and as we all know the market is changing rapidly and all traders, small shops and stall holders are facing a seriously difficult time as tourism and footfall increases but spending decreases with a recent Council/Westway survey showing an increasing number of people visiting for the street food experience. Antique traders and traditional fruit and veg sellers are finding trading particularly challenging and the number of shops/stalls that local residents value are also decreasing. Forum members agreed at the January meeting to focus on market issues from the viewpoint of residents and the issues we face and want discussed as regards the market: 

  • Busking We are pleased to know that the Council is planning to introduce a form of licensing for buskers, this will take some months to implement but the meeting focused on some of the issues residents and traders want licensing to address.
  • Stall allocation/commodity mix/perceived loss of fruit and veg stalls including the issue of larger stalls and enclosed marquees restricting pavement space and open views.
  • Safety and Security Counter-terrorism measures, CCTV, accidents from traffic speeding on cross-roads. Monica Press, Councillor Colville Ward, chair CCF, Vice-Chair MSAG

The Market Streets Action Group (MSAG) brings together market traders, stall holders and shop keepers, council officers, the police, local councillors and Westway Trust staff, and is chaired by the Cabinet Member for the Public Realm; with the purpose of maintaining and sustaining the character and economic success of the market. Local residents are very welcome to attend as key stakeholders in Portobello and Golborne markets. Further details of MSAG meetings will be posted here.

Two Potato: an oral history of children's play in North Kensington A new documentary film made by Colville Primary School pupils, which was launched at the Gate Cinema last year, can now be watched on YouTube

The film documents the history of children's play in North Kensington, featuring interviews with local people along with beautiful archive images of the area, capturing the joy and struggles of childhood in the area. The project explores aspects of play for pre-teen children including street play, playgrounds, singing games and rhymes and board games. In short, what people played, where they played and how they played.

The film, interviews and children's writing are available on the project website. For further information please visit Digital Works City Living Local Life 

Standing at the Crossroads The Carnival 50th film 'Standing at the Crossroads', made by St Thomas' School pupils with Digital Works, is now available online via 

Colville History Project The next event of this year's project will be a history week at Book & Kitchen 31 All Saints Road before the Carnival. The running order of readings, slideshows and films is: Tuesday August 22 Notting Dale and canal social history with Tom Vague and Lily Pizzichini, Wednesday August 23 Local lit with Laura del Rivo, Cathi Unsworth and the aforementioned, Thursday August 24 1967/77 sounds with DJ Dave Hucker and Friday August 25 Carnival Pioneers 2016 film presented by Leslie Palmer - 6-9 pm £3 on the door.

The next history talk slideshow at North Kensington Library on Saturday September 30 3-4 pm will be on 1967, featuring Twink Mohamed Abdullah John Alder, of the Pretty Things and Pink Fairies, Tom Vague and Dave Hucker -.along with the 50th of the hippy summer of love - Oz, IT, the Head Shop at 202 Kensington Park Road and the Notting Hill People's Association. Places can be booked for this free event via Eventbrite or at any of the Kensington and Chelsea libraries. The history project also aims to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the 1957 Rent Act and its effect on Rachman, and Joe Meek recording on Arundel Gardens. Future talks planned are Better Badges and the Dread Broadcasting Corporation, local Irish history by Patrick Joyce and the launch of the Kensal Town book by Roger Rogowski.

Bogus Plumbers There have been two reported incidents recently where a group of 2-3 men, claiming to be plumbers, have conned their way into the victim’s home and stolen money or other items. The suspects are described as white, aged between 20-30 years old, and wearing workmen’s clothing. If someone has knocked unexpectedly at your door claiming to be a plumber or other trader, and asking to be let in, the police would like to know.



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Here are two recent pictures taken of the impact of the congestion and new streetscaping at Portobello Road which narrows the road considerably.  Taken by a member a day when an ambulance couldn't…Continue

Started by Monica Press. Last reply by Monica Press Feb 28, 2014.

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A new drop-in centre to provide support to those in Kensington and Chelsea who experience any type of Hate Crime opened 22nd June.PC Kirstie Miller, the diversity officer for Kensington and Chelsea…Continue

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Welcome to the new Colville Ward
In December 2013 Parliament approved new ward boundaries for the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

These changes affected Colville Ward. The new ward now extends south to include Longlands Court, Chepstow Villas and Stanley Crescent.

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