Reward for good deeds done

Do you know someone in Notting Hill who has been working away to make other’s lives better? Nominations are now being accepted for the Mayor’s Awards which recognise the people who make a difference to our community, someone who has made an outstanding contribution to Notting Hill life then you can put their name forward, whether they have made their mark though their work with a voluntary organisation or through some other community activity, paid or unpaid. Last year’s winners include Anne Chorley who organised the gardening competition Brighter Kensington and Chelsea scheme for 11 years.  She opened up the scheme to include our estates, private gardens, window boxes, community gardens, front gardens, neglected areas, municipal parks, pubs, social housing, schools and churches. She has also served as chairman of Stanley Gardens South Garden Committee and has been a member of the committee of the Ladbroke Association for many years.

Another of last year’s winners is Ken Draper, a member of the volunteer team at the V&A and a tour guide and a membership desk volunteer.  His personal charm, vast knowledge of the museum and willingness to go beyond the call of duty have made him not only a favourite of visitors, but also a very much loved figure amongst his fellow volunteers and staff. During his nine years as a volunteer, Ken has studied and researched the museum and achieved great knowledge of its buildings, objects and history.  Drawing on both his architectural expertise and his amazing knowledge of the museum Ken prepared a series of diagrams when leading a members’ events with an architectural theme.  The diagrams are so detailed and explain the history of the buildings layout so well that even the Museum’s health and safety team and the local fire brigade now use them to better understand the building.

Nominations for this year’s local heroes close on Friday 29th January. For a nomination form and more information about the Mayor’s Awards visit

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