It’s been another busy week in Kensington working with local residents, businesses and volunteers in the community.
Last Thursday evening I joined my fellow governors, for a meeting at Golborne and Maxilla Children’s Centre under the Westway. This nursery provision has received an “excellent” rating from Ofsted which is down to the hard work and lovely atmosphere provided by the Head and the team.
On Saturday I started the day on London Live TV promoting “Small business Saturday – to encourage us all to get out and shop in our local shops and not just rely on the internet.
If we want to have active and lively high streets we have to go and shop there.
I was joined by Nicola Grant from the Putney Business Improvement District who I was pleased to meet as I have been encouraging Cllr Malcolm Spalding in his initiative to have a local Business Improvement district in Earls Court, it has even been suggested to me that we should extend this to Kensington High Street.
I joined my sister who is a great “biscuiteer” and made biscuits for the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital fair.
On Sunday I met the local residents of Fulham and Sands End to listen to Vivian Bendall (previously MP for Ilford North and Pauline Lyle Smith introducing Dominic Carmen, who gave us amusing reminiscences about his father’s life in the law.
On Tuesday, a meeting with the British Antique Dealers Association with many members locally in Kensington and Chelsea. BADA celebrated their 100 years since their foundation this year and I had previously spoken at their anniversary dinner
We started our festivities by lighting the Menorah candle for the third evening of Hanukkah and the fourth day of Advent. I set a lighthearted quiz on Votes for Women and the role of women not only in the UK but around the world and touched on local politics and my own experience as a local councillor, the previous Deputy Mayor of London to Boris Johnson and then as the MP for Kensington.
We had an excellent speech from Bob Blackman MP for Harrow East which was followed by a keen and intense question and answer session so we could all discuss the latest political options for our PM and the Party.
Wednesday evening: Stratford Road Shops had their annual Christmas shopping event – just south of Kensington High street where you will find a traditional butcher, delicious cakes, nails and beauty, newsagent, wine merchant, chemist, local estate agent dry cleaners dry, interior designers and gifts so why shop on the internet when you can support our local shops!
Thursday – Off to speak at “Women in Business” event.
That brings me around to Friday again where I spent the morning on the environmental audit with the team from RBKC, the Mayor’s office and the Leadership team from Golborne and Maxilla Children’s Centre auditing the premises inside and out and studying what could be done to improve the air quality.
I have continued to use my voice and contacts to work for the residents of Kensington, and by listening to shopkeepers, business and my fellow residents, I can make sure that your views are heard. May I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Christmas in these very uncertain political times, and I hope we can all come together in 2019 and make Kensington an even better place to live, work and visit.