Fire Cadets Opportunity

Fire cadets is an exciting youth engagement programme offering young people the opportunity to engage with the LFB and gain important qualification. More details here

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Free Coffee Morning

Every Monday morning in the Community Centre from 10am-12pm. Launching Monday 14th October

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Visit by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission 2nd Oct

Commissioners from the Archbishop of Canterbury are visiting the estate on 2nd October and are keen talk to residents.

They will be an open event for residents in Clement James Church between 5:30-6:30. They are investigating the Social Housing crisis in the UK and particular way in which it effects people in North Kensington, including the way in which it may have contributed to the problems that led to the fire at Grenfell Tower.

Cycling Events in K&C Oct-Dec 2019

New cycling initiatives in Kensington and Chelsea this Autumn.

Pop Up Bike Market

Social Cycling Programme

 Public Art Bike Tour

To find out more, please check-out the links above or or to book a place email cycling@rbkc.gov.uk

Premier League Inspires Traineeship commencing Monday 29th October 2019

Strictly limited places for young people aged from 16-24 run by Queens Park Rangers FC Community Trust.

If you are interested or know a young person who would be interested in this programme please download the referral forms and return them.

see here

Lancaster West Quiz Night

Thursday 10th October 6:30-8:30pm at Bay 20, 71 St Mark’s Road, W10 6JG

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Health Works Opportunities Fair

Wednesday 16th October, 12pm to 3pm in the Kensington Leisure Centre

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Rise Youth Group

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RBKC Grenfell Community Leadership Programme

The Grenfell Leadership Programme is to provide local individuals and organisations access to a free programme of workshops and training to support them and to strengthen their skills.

It’s will also help them prepare for applying for a grant from the Grenfell Projects Fund which is due be agreed by the RBKC Leadership Team in September

Read more about it on their website https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/grenfell-response-and-recovery/community-leadership-programme or see the booklet here

Prince’s Trust Opportunities

Are you or do you know a young person of 18-30? Please see here on our website for courses and opportunities from the Prince’s Trust and details of how to apply

Baby & Me - Fun Sessions for pre-walking Babies

Tuesdays 10-11:30am from 17th September

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Baby Massage Course for Parents

Thursdays 1:45-3:00pm from 17th September

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Health & Strength Workshops

Thursdays 10am-12pm from 19th September

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Grenfell Memorial Community Mosaic Workshops

Details of the new workshops are available here

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LETTER FROM THE MHCLG

The MHCLG have written to us promising further Government funding of the estate refurbishment and that the council will increase their funding to deliver the first two stages of the refurbishment without further delay.

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THE CURVE SUMMER PROGRAMME from 29th July to 23rd August

All the activities and classes at the Curve for the summer. You can read and download the programme here

NORTH KENSINGTON RESOURCE CENTRE

BETWEEN TESTERTON AND HURSTWAY WALKS

THE LANCASTER WEST CHILDREN'S COMMUNITY NETWORK HAS A CONSULTATION ABOUT DEVELOPING THIS SITE ON SATURDAY 20TH JULY from 11.00am - 4.00pm 

THE RA HAS A LEASE ON THIS BUILDING AND HAVE NOT BEEN CONSULTED ABOUT THIS EVENT. 

NO DECISIONS WILL BE MADE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE RESOURCE CENTRE WITHOUT THE VERY FULLEST POSSIBLE CONSULTATION WITH ALL THE RESIDENTS

Environmental Checks - stage 1 Results - Sat 20th July

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Westway Sports and Leisure Centre, 1 Crowthorne Rd, London W10 6RP

On the day there will be a 15 minute presentation from the Stage 1 specialist AECOM

Sessions will be at 11:30am-12:30pm 2:00pm-3:00pm 2:30pm-3:30pm

LWRA June Newsletter

Our June newsletter is out with the schedule of activities for the 2nd anniversary of the fire, distribution of scarves and badges, the Lancaster West awards ceremony and some tickets for Kew Gardens.

You can read it here

AECOM site walkabouts

AECOM will be undertaking the site walkover/recce of the exploratory sampling sites on Thursday and Friday, 23rd and 24th.

There are 20 proposed sites and the AECOM team will need about half an hour to survey each site, so the process will involve two full days. These locations have been selected on the basis of community input from the workshops, information following the fire and proximity (within 1km) to the Tower.  

Please note, this is exploratory sampling and so does not represent a definitive list of everywhere that will be tested, as the main sampling will take place in Stage 2

More details here.

Grenfell Walk - Community Art Project

Lancaster West Residents Association, Grenfell Walk Residents Association and Lancaster West Neighbourhood Team will be collaborating to create community led art designs for the hoarding along Grenfell Walk

If you are a local artist, community group, school or faith based organisation we are keen to hear from you.

For further information or to register your interest, please

email arts@lancwestra.com or call 07858 926397 to register your interest by Friday 10 May.

More details here

Professor Anna Stec’s Report on Contamination on the Lancaster West Estate

We, the Lancaster West Residents Association, are deeply concerned by the findings of Professor Anna Stec's report of cancerous and asthma causing contaminants in the soil and environment surrounding Grenfell Tower. Residents' continuous complaints of health problems (such as the infamous Grenfell cough) have been dismissed up until now.

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council is moving incredibly slowly, it has taken RBKC 21 months to appoint a specialist independent contractor to investigate the possible contamination of the air and soil. We need action now. They are taking chances with their residents' health. 

Parents in the area are extremely concerned,. There are primary schools very close to the tower and the Kensington Aldridge Academy sits underneath. The KAA are being forced to think of relocation again due to the findings of Prof Stec's report. These children have just returned with the assurance that the area is safe.

We demand immediate response to the following questions:

  1. Why were students and residents moved back into the area without the essential safety checks

  2. Why has it taken 17 months before there was a proper investigation of the contamination?

  3. Why were residents, of Lancaster West and the surrounding area, told it was safe to eat locally grown food and vegetables if they were washed thoroughly, which now proves not to be true? 

  4. What screenings will be put in place to ensure residents within the affected zones are monitored closely, and what date will this start?

  5. When will central government or the local council contact residents to inform them of the findings and what is their immediate plan of action? 

  6. How will these findings affect the future of Lancaster west estate? 

  7. Will the council leaders attend a Committee meeting to discuss the toxicology report and answer Committee questions?

  8. Can professor Stec attend a Committee meeting to go through her findings, discuss risks and recommendations? 

We ask for a concerted program of total decontamination of the soil around the tower and surrounding relevant areas. And a long term health screening program both for the residents and those who work in the affected area.

Update on Tower wrapping

I regret that works to replace wind-damaged wrapping on Grenfell Tower started this morning, before we had informed you.

This had not been our intention and I am escalating with site contractors as a matter of urgency to understand what happened so that we can avoid it happening again.

I understand how upsetting it can be to see things happening to the Tower which you are not already aware of. Unfortunately, because works have started, for safety reasons they need to be completed. This will be done by the end of the day today.

No further works to replace the wrapping will be started until we have informed you of what you can expect to see and when.

Please accept my apologies,

Doug Paterson

Grenfell Site Management