Cherry blossoms – the loveliest of trees


Cherry blossoms

‘Loveliest of trees, the cherry now…’ wrote A.E. Housman about cherry blossoms and in the springtime it is hard to disagree.


Strolling up to Notting Hill Gate the other day I decide to go the back way by which I mean I went up Vicarage Gate rather than Kensington Church Street. Continue reading

Social housing – an important resource that must be protected and used properly

Sometimes I wonder where some newspapers would be if they didn’t have a regular flow of stories about the mindboggling cost of housing in Kensington and Chelsea. You know the sort of thing – a rich and famous person buys a huge house costing the GDP of a medium-sized country. Or perhaps you will recall stories about tiny garages that sell for an amount of money that would supposedly buy a whole street in a northern city.

It’s all par for the course and the cost of buying a home, or indeed renting, in the Royal Borough can be enormous. But something that can be forgotten in this house price frenzy is that about a quarter of households in the borough live in social housing. Continue reading

A Royal opening for our new nursery school building

Avondale Park Nursery School opened by HRH.jpgEarlier in March I had the privilege of attending the opening of the borough’s new, state-of-the-art nursery school building.

The Royal Borough was honoured to have Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Gloucester officially open the new nursery building at St Anne’s and Avondale Park Nursery School. Continue reading