Sowing the seeds of friendship

One of our esteemed residents, who lived in Onslow Gardens during the late 1860s was Anne Isabella Ritchie, the eldest daughter of William Makepeace Thackeray. Like her father she was a novelist, among her more popular works was Old Kensington and she often drew upon old folk tales. Some credit her with coining the maxim in her 1885 work Mrs Dymond “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, show him how to catch a fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

Whatever the origin of the proverb the sentiment rings just as true today. Just look at the success of our community kitchen garden projects.  Continue reading

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The feeling’s mutual

Later this year will be the 170th anniversary of the foundation of the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers.  The first Pioneers were a group of 28 struggling weavers and other workers who in 1844 banded together to open their own shop selling food that was both affordable and unadulterated.

The Rochdale Pioneers were the beginnings of the Co-operative Movement which for many years was to working people a guarantee of fair prices and decent quality. Continue reading

Tax freeze and cashback for Kensington and Chelsea

It’s budget time at Kensington and Chelsea and although the final decision won’t be taken by the Council until March, the news is getting round that Royal Borough Council Taxpayers are likely to have their Council Tax frozen for the fifth year in a row. Not only that, they are set to receive a one-off £100 rebate, thanks to an overachieving efficiency drive.  Read on