Featuring 10 bouts (5 x safety, 5 x full contact), this charity fight night is being held in aid of The Dalgarno Trust, a local community development organisation. The first event of this type for the charity, this promises to be an enthralling night of white collar boxing between local boxing clubs (Stonebridge Boxing Gym, Kings Urban Boxing Gym, Gym Box and Star Gym) and some of the best athletes in the area.

The Dalgarno Trust delivers a wide variety of services in the local community that help health; children, youth & family; enterprise; community engagement & education; and learning & employment. Through a range of services and activities that offer education, employment and training opportunities, they enable people from diverse backgrounds to change their lives, fulfil their potential and break the cycle of poverty, ill health and deprivation. They also seek to create strong, inclusive and active neighbourhoods and to develop long-term, sustainable communities through social enterprises, small business and entrepreneurial activities.

Charity Fight Night in aid of The Dalgarno Trust

Advance tickets for the Charity Fight Night cost £25 (£15 concessions) or £45 for VIP tickets. On the door, tickets will be priced at £35 (£25 concessions) or £65 for VIP tickets. VIP tickets include entry to the VIP area, 2 free drinks, waitress service, and free raffle entry to win signed photos and boxing gloves.

Call 020 3286 0496 for more information, or head to www.dalgarnotrust.org.uk/news/132/110/Boxing-Event-The-Dalgarno-Trust to book tickets online.

Charity Fight Night
7pm – 11pm, 11th July 2015 (doors open 5.30pm)
Dalgarno Community Centre
1 Webb Close,
Dalgarno Way
W10 5QB

Anyone interested in the history of Notting Hill and its residents should take a look at this fascinating video on the formation of Notting Hill Housing. This housing association was formed in the early 1960s as a result of the appalling living conditions that some residents faced – alongside other social issues that immigrants were forced for endure. The video shows a different side to Notting Hill that some of you may not be aware of, especially in contrast to what much of the area is like today.

Marking 50 years since the association’s formation, the video features interviews with those linked to Notting Hill Housing including Ann Kenrick, daughter of the founder, Reverend Bruce Kenrick, and the Trust’s first Chief Executive, John Coward OBE. It is highly recommended viewing – take a look below:

Local homeowners who are thinking of a design revamp in the near future may be very pleased to hear about the new initiative ‘Architect in the House’ – one which also benefits the housing and homelessness charity Shelter. Local architect Peter Morris and his architectural practice Peter Morris Architects are taking part in this scheme, which is being jointly promoted by Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Shelter.

Anyone can sign up to receive an hour’s consultation with RIBA chartered architect Peter Morris for any home project large or small that they’re intending to work on – whether that’s a new kitchen extension, an interior design revamp or building an entirely new house. In return, a suggested £45 donation to Shelter is requested, which makes this great value for some top creative and professional architectural advice with money also going to a very worth cause.

Architect in the House - Peter Morris Architects
Peter Morris

Peter Morris said:

“New research from has shown that nearly two-thirds of homeowners have lived in the same home for at least ten years. With more of us staying put while our families grow, home improvements can be the best option in making sure our homes fit our changing needs.”

Architect in the House - Before
A project in Notting Hill – before…
Architect in the House - After
…and after consultation

Chris Delahunt, a local homeowner who has benefitted from the Architect in the House initiative, said:

“I used the Architect Peter Morris’ expertise after reading about the Architect in The House scheme. Peter visited our house and gave fantastic design advice in return for a small donation to Shelter. I wanted to recommend the whole scheme because it’s fantastic. As a self-confessed “Grand Designs” obsessive I also liked the idea of talking to a proper architect! I live in a Victorian terrace house which was originally 2 x flats and as a result it has a huge amount of dead space and small rooms. I was interested to see what Peter might have to say regarding our options, likelihood of planning consent, approximate costs etc. I didn’t expect to gain the level of insight that I did, especially regarding planning consent and what is and isn’t permitted in terms of issues such as party wall agreements. Our house has a “side return” in the back garden which is relatively useful but far from essential and we learned that planning permission for building into side returns is far less proscriptive than we had thought. We also wanted to explore our options regarding knocking down internal walls and opening out the whole ground floor, Peter was able to quickly and clearly explain our options. The costs to us was a £45 donation to Shelter which is a cause that we support anyway and the couple of hours of Peter’s time was invaluable. Heartily recommended if you want to rebuild or extend your kitchen, build a new house or work on interior design and want time with an architect. We are actually going ahead with the work with Peter as our architect on the back of our evening of advice. A great scheme.”

Further proof that this certainly is a great opportunity to receive professional advice from a prestigious architectural firm whilst also supporting the charity Shelter. Given that nearly two-thirds of homeowners have been “in their home for at least ten years” (English Housing Survey), we’re sure that many of you are trying to think up clever ways of utilising the most of your space. In fact, we can’t see why anyone with any upcoming home renovation plans wouldn’t want to take advantage of this scheme immediately!

Please contact Peter Morris at Peter Morris Architects on 0773 888 7218 or peter@petermorrisarchitects.com to take part in Architect in the House.

For more details about Peter Morris Architects, please see www.petermorrisarchitects.com or check them out on Twitter.

After an exciting build up across the country this year, Oxjam 2013 comes to a close on the 19th October with venues all over the UK showcasing the best up and coming talent this country has to offer – whilst also raising money for the very worthy cause, Oxjam, of course!

And, of course, Notting Hill isn’t missing out on any of this! A number of well-known venues in the area will be hosting gigs as part of Oxjam Notting Hill on the 19th October, including Mau Mau, Portbello Gold, Trailer Happiness, The Globe and The Castle. Artists appearing on the night include Pyrelli, Latala, English Flaws, Gamer, V-Device, The Bedroom Hour, Jessica Symonds, Clencha, Lizzie Nightingale, The Sofa Explosion, B-Liz and Ray Domingo, plus many, many more musicians and DJs as well.

Oxjam Notting Hill Takeover

Tickets to the entire night cost only £10 (great value!) and this guarantees you entry to all venues. Every penny raised from the night goes directly to Oxjam to fight against poverty and global suffering. Tickets can be purchased in advance online from We Got Tickets or from any of the venues on the night.

Be sure to also follow Oxjam Notting Hill on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest news as well as live updates on the night!

Oxjam was started in 2006 as a way of raising money for Oxfam through music – since then, over 3,500 Oxjam events have taken place (attended by a staggering one million plus people!) that have raised £2 million for the cause. Oxjam also showcases some of the best up and coming musical talent this country has to offer, from a very diverse range of musical genres – everything from folk to funk, afro beats to blues…and much more besides. Oxjam Notting Hill promises to be more than just a musical festival – they aim to be an institution.

If you’d like to contact Oxjam Notting Hill directly to receive any further information, please drop them a line on  oxjamnottinghill@gmail.com.

Oxjam Notting Hill Takeover
from 3pm, Saturday 19th October 2013
various venues