We are delighted to welcome author Francesca Cartier Brickell to KCWC on Friday 4 December via Zoom from her French home. In anticipation, Francesca has arranged for 100 signed copies of her book to be made available exclusively to KCWC members via Daunt books. Simply use the dedicated link below and purchase your copy, postage calculated for you. I highly recommend the book and suggest you purchase it before the lecture to benefit from the fascinating story of her Cartier ancestry as well as the discussion of the jewels!

The Cartiers (Signed Edition)

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To those of you who could not join us live for our General Meetings/Speaker Series or would like to revisit our presentations, please find the link below to our KCWC YouTube Channel and catch up on our exciting speakers at your convenience.

CLICK HERE to access our videos on YouTube.

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“Here we go a wassailing …..” Despite this being one of my favourite holiday carols in the English tradition, I confess to always wondering what is wassailing?! Well guess what – it is a tradition of going from house to house singing carols and drinking plentiful amounts of alcohol along the way. So, in the prism we have come to measure every activity these days – Covid appropriate socially distanced behaviour – I am thinking this does not qualify. Hard to sing with a mask even though the alcohol I admit holds some allure! Who among us is not facing the holiday season with some bit of cheerlessness, anxiety, and just overall exhaustion. What a year this has been.

But I still believe there can be Joy and indeed an obligation to try to provide and share some. You, our KCWC members, are a great gift with your support and friendship. So nothing less than a hot line to my elves was necessary to arrange some revelry. And before you say “but it is not in person“, I sort of already get that drawback. KCWC Activity Leaders may be fabulously inventive and diligent, but we can’t sprinkle our fairy dust on Covid wishing it away or convince the government it is safe to assemble. But I miss you and would rather visit virtually than cloister like an Abbess. (Besides, I could never take a vow of silence even as my handwriting does lend itself to scriptorium duties.) So let’s all rejoice in the season and enjoy these treats:

Friday 4 December Speaker Series General Meeting – a bonus from our schedule last year now reinstated. We welcome Francesca Cartier Brickell speaking on Cartier jewellery history. Baubles are certainly part of the season. And few sparkle as much as Cartier.

Thursday 10 December you are invited to a KCWC Special Holiday event: a Seasonal Smorgasbord of Festive Feasting. Log in for lunch with your friends enjoying a custom made exclusive Fortnum and Mason hamperling. Then tune in for a Holiday lights tour and afternoon tea. You can wassail along for a cocktail hour Christmas drink at 17:00.

Midwinter need not be bleak. KCWC has a lot of seasonal cheer extending right into January 2021. From wherever you may hail or whomever you may be missing at the holidays, you have a home in and a friend at KCWC.

Happy Christ-mask!

Mary Narvell / KCWC President

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We invite KCWC members to support a borough wide charity drive by the Kensington and Chelsea Foundation. The Christmas Collective is a collaboration of frontline charities and individuals coming together to ensure our neighbours have full tummies and warm hearts over the holidays. Residents in need will be provided with a Christmas box containing a festive meal, dessert, Christmas crackers, decorations and gifts along with an invitation to join Covid safe in person and virtual activities.  

Donate money: 20gbp funds a Christmas box for a vulnerable or elderly single resident / 40gbp for a family  https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayCharityCampaignPage.action?campaignId=14720&charityId=1018629

Donate new toys for families, jigsaw puzzles, board games, books:Send to Amelia: SMART, 15 Gertrude St, Chelsea, London SW10 0JN, or contact team@thekandcfoundation.com for possible collection. 

Volunteer your time to help prepare the boxes? Register interest here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSct5_m4jFvisfc7PlseLlUX-DMT-ByGuHjFDAqdj2mh470QXA/viewform?usp=sf_link

For additional information please contact Charlotte K and C Foundation 020 7229 5499 or vp@kcwc.org.uk

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