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PRINCE KLEMENS WENZEL VON METTERNICH

THOUSANDS TO HAVE THEIR SAY IN WESTMINSTER REGENERATION VOTE

was born on 15 May 1773, the son of a diplomat, he was educated at the universities of Strasbourg and Mainz. Metternich held numerous small posts, including ambassadorial roles in the Kingdom of Saxony, the Kingdom of Prussia and Napoleonic France. Metternich was keen to maintain the balance of power, in particular by resisting Russian territorial ambitions in Central Europe and over the lands of the Ottoman Empire. He worked to prevent the breakup of the Austrian empire using censorship and a spy network to dampen down unrest.

Thousands of Westminster residents had their say in a referendum over whether or not a multi-million pound regeneration programme takes place in their area.

People from Ebury Bridge Estate in Pimlico were asked by Westminster City Council if they are in favour of the proposals going ahead.

Developed alongside residents, the plans set out a vision for the two areas which will see old council housing refurbished or replaced and more than 300 new homes built.

In1788 Metternich began studying law at the University of Strasbourg and was matriculated on 12 November. Metternich left Strasbourg in September 1790 to attend Leopold II's October coronation in Frankfurt, an event for which he had been awarded the honorific position of Ceremonial Marshall to the Catholic Bench of the College of the Counts of Westphalia.

A ‘yes’ vote in the Ebury Bridge vote will see new, better designed homes, which are more environmentally sustainable, and include private open space for every home. The proposals also include plans for new retail, community and other units on Ebury Bridge Road, a new children’s playground and public realm improvements to green spaces and the wider area.

Ebury Bridge residents voters were sent voting papers slips, which they could return by post or instead vote by telephone,

After studying in Vienna, Metternich participated in the Congress of Rastatt as the representative of the Catholic Bench of the College of the Counts of Westphalia. Metternich remained at Rastatt in this role until 1799 when the congress was finally wound down.

His decision to oppose Russian imperialism is also seen as a good one. Metternich held the post of Chancellor of State from 1821 until 1848, under both Francis II of Austria and his son Ferdinand I of Austria. During his stay in England he met the king on several occasions and dined with a number of influential British politicians. Metternich was nominated as the new Minister Plenipotentiary to the Dutch Republic and left England in September 1794. In October as a French army swept into Germany Metternich estates were annexed . On 27 September 1795 he married Countess Eleonore von Kaunitz, a granddaughter of former Austrian chancellor. The marriage was accompanied by a dowry. Eleonore gave Metternich two sons Francis and Klemens.

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After a brief period of exile in London, Brighton and Brussels he returned once more to the Viennese court, this time to offer only advice to Ferdinand's successor, Franz Josef. Having outlived his generation of politicians, Metternich died on 11 June 1859 at the age of 86.

The blue plaque above is on Eaton Square, Belgravia.

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Exhibitions detailing the proposals was held at Ebury Bridge allowing residents to see what’s on offer before casting their vote.

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The company was founded by Frederick Albert Winsor, who was originally from Germany, and incorporated by Royal Charter on 30 April 1812 under the seal of King George III. It was the first company set up to supply London with (coal) gas, and operated the first gas works in the United Kingdom which was also the world's first public gas works. It was governed by a "Court of Directors", which met for the first time on 24 June 1812. The original capitalisation was £1 million in 80,000 shares.

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Offices were established at Pall Mall, with a wharf at Cannon Row. In 1818 the company established a tar works in Poplar and expanded their works at Brick Lane and Westminster. Under the company's chief engineer, Samuel Clegg (formerly of Boulton and Watt), a gas works was installed at the Royal Mint in 1817 and by 1819 nearly 290 miles of pipes had been laid in London, supplying 51,000 burners. Clegg also developed a practical gas meter.

PIMLICO ROAD FARMERS’ MARKET

Pimlico Farmers' Market takes place in an area known locally as Orange or Mozart Square, you will not find this address in any AZ; its just one of those special London places. Its one of the most leafy and pleasant of all our market locations and within walking distance of fashionable Sloane Square on the borders of Belgravia and Pimlico.

The Company absorbed numerous smaller companies, including the Aldgate Gas Light and Coke Company (1819), the City of London Gas Light and Coke Company (1870), the Equitable Gas Light Company (1871), the Great Central Gas Consumer's Company (1870), Victoria Docks Gas Company (1871), Western Gas Light Company (1873), Imperial Gas Light and Coke Company (1876), Independent Gas Light and Coke Company (1876), the London Gas Light Company (1883), Richmond Gas Company (1925), Brentford Gas Company (1926), Pinner Gas Company (1930) and Southendon-Sea and District Gas Company (1932).

Many interesting stalls attend the Pimlico Farmers' Market include David Jennings' fresh seafood from the East Anglian coast, Saffery Farm's great mixture of conventional and organic vegetables and delicious fresh fruit from Chegworth Valley. Dont miss Richard Haward's Essex oysters in season.

On an average Saturday there are around 25 stalls. The farmers and stall owners (largely from Kent, Surrey and Sussex) offer free samples and snippets of advice. Typically you'll find shellfish, smoked fish and samphire in season from David Jennings, Chegworth Valley's award winning juices - apple, pear etc - soft fruits, apple cakes and preserves plus edible plants, cottage flowers, unusual apple and potato varieties from Roz Corum. It's a great way to spend a Saturday morning in the picturesque streets of Pimlico. Further details see page 5

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With the advent of electricity the company expanded into domestic services, with "Lady Demonstrators" employed to promote gas cooking. This home service eventually developed into a full advisory service on domestic gas use.

The GLCC supplied an area from Pinner in North West London to Southend-on-Sea in Essex. On 1 May 1949 the GLCC was nationalised under the Gas Act 1948 and became the major part of the new North Thames Gas Board, one of Britain's twelve regional.

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SOUTHWESTFEST 2013

Thames River Cruise on Sunday 30th June Regularly a sell-out event, this year’s cruise will leave from Westminster Boating Base on Sunday afternoon. Tickets £5 and £2.50 concession.

For ten years SouthWestFest has celebrated all the great cultural and community work taking place in this unique part of London! This year Festival Fortnight kicks off on 28th June with Pimlico Proms, the Gala Day and Parade is on Saturday 29th June, and to close the festivities a new musical adaptation of the classic Ealing comedy Passport to Pimlico will perform through the streets of SW1 on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July!

Authors Evening & Book Launch – The Pimlico Kid; Wednesday 3rd July Local boy Barry Walsh has turned his memories of growing up in Pimlico into an exciting new novel. Come to Pimlico Library to hear extracts and find out how Barry got his very first book published. Secrets of SW1 Art Exhibition and Competition: from Friday 5 July The Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith Street. SW1 Uncover the secrets of this unique part of the capital in a special exhibition of photographs, paintings and 3D art from people who live, work and study in SW1. This exhibition will be enjoyed by thousands of people at The Abbey Centre, and there are prizes to the winning artists. To enter contact art@southwestfest.org.uk

There are still plenty of opportunities to get involved, for example by volunteering your time and talent at one of the events, or per-

forming in front of thousands on the Gala Day, or you can enter the Secrets of SW1 Art Competition. You can also help secure the future of your community festival by making a donation at www.crowdfundsw1.com.

Find out more and buy tickets for events from the Festival Stall in Tachbrook Street Market every Saturday from 1st June from 12 pm - 1pm, or visit our new website www.southwestfest.org.uk for all the latest news. Online ticket sales from 1st June at www.wegottickets.com (10% booking fee applies).

Sing Along: Sunday 7th July Over a hundred older residents enjoy a dance and sing along and dance with professional entertainers, hosted by The Abbey Centre.

FESTIVAL PROGRAMME 28 JUNE – 13 JULY

This year’s programme will include the following events; Pimlico Proms: Friday 28th June, 6 pm - 10 pm Bring a picnic for an open-air concert with the acclaimed John Lewis Partnership Music Society plus special guests DreamArts. Tickets £5 adults and £2.50 concessions..

Comedy Night: date to be confirmed Enjoy a comedy nights with a mix of up and coming acts and established comedians, plus special guests.

Passport to Pimlico – a new musical; Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July, 1 pm - 5 pm One of Ealing Studio’s best loved comedies has been adapted into the UK’s first promenade musical, to be premiered at different venues across SW1! Buried treasure and ancient documents are uncovered revealing Pimlico is technically part of Burgundy, and when Whitehall try and seize the treasure the people of Pimlico declare independence! Tickets are £8 and £5 concession, with a limited offer of £1 off for Burgundy Passport holders (i.e. those who live, work or study in SW1).

Carnival Parade: Saturday 29th June, 12 pm Hundreds of children and young people will take to the streets of SW1 to celebrate DECADE, with the procession ending in St George’s Square Gardens.

Gala Day: Saturday 29th June, 12 pm - 6 pm Last year 7,000 people packed into St George’s Square Gardens. Come along and enjoy performances over two stages, free workshops, a pop-up nursery, ‘Ten Meals for a Tenner’ display from local restaurants, 40 stalls from local groups, Pimlico Farmers Market, and a petting farm from Vauxhall City Farm. Pimlico & Belgravia Eye June 2013

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WESTMINSTER FIRE STATION

Westminster will have to wait significantly longer for a fire engine to arrive in the event of an emergency. In Vincent Square ward the increase is from 3.54 minutes to 6.14 minutes - a 2.20mins increase, in Warwick ward there will be an increase from 4.34 minutes to 7.16 minutes – an 2.42mins and in Tachbrook ward it will mean a response time increase from 4.29 minutes to 6.33 minutes - a 2.04mins increase.”

is named within the new London Safety Plan as one of the fire stations that is slated for closure. The plans are currently at public consultation stage and a public meeting has been organized at The Abbey Centre, Parker Morris Hall, 34 Great Smith Street, SW1P 3BU on 11th June 7.00 9.00 p.m. for people to have their say.

Labour and Tory Councillors joined together to on Wednesday's 1st May Council meeting to save Westminster and Knightsbridge Fire Stations from closure.Both parties are fighting the Mayor's proposal to close the Fire Stations in Greycoat Place and Knightsbridge.

“Getting to a fire quickly saves lives. Seconds matter in these life and death situations. A fire can quadruple in intensity every two minutes. These figures show that the Mayor’s cuts will put lives at risk. The Mayor should abandon his plans to close the Westminster Fire Station immediately”

Councillor Adam Hug, Labour's Fire and Police spokesperson, said; "Westminster fire station responded to 722 incidents in the last year. Out of these, 639 occurred within the City of Westminster (88.5% of the total number of incidents). In Westminster the fire engine has a usage rate of 8.3%, well above the London average of 7.4%. Furthermore Westminster will be impacted by fire station closures and loss of pumps in other boroughs, particularly neighbouring Knightsbridge and Belsize, as there were 596 incidents responded to in the City of Westminster by engine from stations threatened by the Mayor's current plans. Overall, 1,235 incidents were responded to in the City of Westminster by stations under threat of closure in the last year."

It's important to understand how the closure of this fire station may affect Westminster and Pimlico businesses and residents and the proposed changes to fire cover there if the proposals go ahead. The Westminster Fire Station, 4 Greycoat Place, SW1P 1SB www.londonfire@gov.uk/LSP5

"The proposed changes will reduce average first appliance response times across Westminster by 41 seconds (from 5.08 to 5.50 seconds), the second highest reduction in London after our neighbours in Camden, while second appliance response times will reduce by 29 seconds. Westminster goes from having the 10th fastest first response to having the joint 22nd. With traffic being what it is in our city there is a real risk that the reduced presence in the south will lead to some dramatic variations for people and property at risk with potentially tragic consequences. "

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The London Fire Brigade has released details of increased response times for local wards in London, including Westminster, revealing that 6 wards in Westminster will now fall outside of the target response time, due to the Mayor’s decision to cut 12 fire stations (including Westminster Fire Station in Greycoat Place), 18 fire engines and 520 firefighters. Warwick (Response time will increase from 4.34 minutes to 7.16 . minutes – a 2.42 minutes increase) Vincent Square (3.54-6.14) 2.20mins increase; Tachbrook (4.29-6.33) 2.04mins increase Churchill (5.27-6.51) 1.24mins increase

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The information was quietly released onto the London Fire Brigade’s website www.london-fire.gov.uk/Documents/ward-impacts.pdf

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said: “These figures clearly show that the Mayor has been misleading Westminster residents, and his cuts will mean that people across

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LUPUS STREET POST OFFICE CLOSURE

LOWRY AND THE PAINTING OF MODERN LIFE AT TATE BRITAIN

Pimlico residents are fighting a possible closure of their post office on Lupus Street which has served the community over the past 60 years. It was opened in 1950 for the people of the newly built Churchill Gardens Estate.

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The Post Office Group wants to merge the branch, which is still publicly owned, with others in Vauxhall Bridge Road and Eccleston Street. Westminster Labour group has launched a petition to save the Lupus Street branch.

by the much loved British painter L S Lowry (1887-1976). This is the first show held by a public institution in London since the artist's death.

Bringing together around eighty works, including Tate's Coming Out of School 1927 and The Pond 1950, this show aims to re-assess Lowry's contribution as part of a wider art history and to argue for his achievement as Britain's pre-eminent painter of the industrial city.

The post office is regularly used by the 1,700 households on the estate, including by elderly people who rely on its proximity. Alternative post offices are in Ebury Street or Vauxhall Bridge Road, which are some distance for elderly residents to go.

Lowry's most frequent subjects were drawn from the streets he walked daily whilst working as a rent collector, subjects such as football matches, protest marches, evictions and fist-fights and workers going to and from the mill. But above all Lowry was a landscape painter and wished to show what the industrial revolution

The Post Office condemned the strike action, saying the union is in denial about the harsh realities of the offices losing £40million a year. The Post Office said no final decision has been made, and a 12-week public consultation would take place before changes are made by April 2015.

Councillor Jonathan Glanz, cabinet member for housing and property, has vowed to keep the Lupus Street branch's rent at the same level for the next five years in a bid to preserve the 'vital resource' for the hundreds of residents on the nearby Churchill Gardens Estate.

Two more arrested in Pimlico teen murder inquiry

Police investigating the murder of Hani Abou El Kheir have arrested a further two suspects.

The 16-year-old was found stabbed to death in Lupus Street, Pimlico, on January 27.

had made of the world. Without his pictures, Britain would arguably lack an account in paint of the experiences of the 20th-century working class.

The latest suspects, two males aged 17 and 18, were arrested at their homes in a dawn raid on 24th April.

Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life Tate Britain, Millbank London SW1P 4RG 26 June – 20 October 2013

Four men have already been charged with murder. Ahmed Mikhaimar, 19, of Aubrey Beardsley House, Vauxhall Bridge Road, Pimlico, Arber Barbatovci, 19, of Pimlico, Craig Boyce, 25, of Paddington, and Alhussain Ali, 19, of Camberwell have all been charged with murder. Pimlico & Belgravia Eye June 2013

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LONDON WORLD NAKED BIKE RIDE 8th June 2013 returned to the streets of the capital allowing riders to see the city sights from the comfort of a bike or skates. Each year the number of naked cyclists has increased. There are 5 start points this year, but main one is Marble Arch The route through London takes in Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Bridge, Aquarium/London Eye, IMAX cinema roundabout, Waterloo Bridge, Aldwych, Royal Courts of Justice, Fleet Street, Chancery Lane, High Holborn, St Giles, Centre Point/Tottenham Court Road Tube, Oxford Street, Oxford Circus, Maddox Street, US Embassy, Park Lane, and finishes at Wellington Arch. Yearly the bike ride gives a chance for all cyclists to get out on their bikes and prove to the world that the bike is a great alternative mode of transport for travelling in the city. Partially a demonstration against oil dependency and the need to protect the environment and also a celebration of the freedom of cycling and the human body, the ride is part of the World Naked Bike Ride. Each year, the World Naked Bike Ride collective in London agrees on a set of objectives and demands for the year's ride. The objectives To protest against the global dependency on oil: Curb car culture Obtain real rights for cyclists; Demonstrate the vulnerability of cyclists on city streets; Celebrate body freedom Demands - “Real rights for bikes”: Safer streets for cyclists Cycle-only zones in cities : Separate 2-way cycle lanes, A ban on car advertising.

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DOUGLAS MACMILLAN

LAURA ASHLEY

was born on 10 August 1884, in Castle Cary, Somerset. He was the seventh of eight children of William Macmillan, and his wife Emily. He was educated at Sexey's School, Bruton, the Quaker Sidcot School, Winscombe, and then at the Birkbeck Literary and Scientific Institute, London. Macmillan entered the civil service in London in 1902 and worked in the Board of Agriculture and, later, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, retiring as a staff officer in 1945.

was born on 7th September 1925 in Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil. She was educated in Merthyr Tydfil until 1932, then at Elmwood School, Croydon. Aged 13, she was evacuated to Wales where she attended the Aberdare Secretarial School. Leaving school at 16, she served in the Women's Royal Naval Service where she met engineer Bernard Ashley at a youth club in Wallington. Bernard was posted to India with the Gurkhas, and the pair corresponded by letter. From 1945 to 1952 she worked as a secretary for the National Federation of Women's Institutes in London, and married Bernard in 1949.

While working as a secretary and raising her first two children, she undertook work for the Women's Institute on quilt work. Here she designed headscarves, napkins, table mats and tea-towels which Bernard printed on a machine he had designed in an attic flat at 83 Cambridge Street, Pimlico. The couple had invested ÂŁ10 in wood for the screen frame, dyes and a few yards of linen. Laura's inspiration to start producing printed fabric came from a Women's Institute display of traditional handicrafts at the Victoria & Albert Museum. When Laura looked for small patches carrying Victorian designs to help her make patchworks, she found no such thing existed. Here was an opportunity, and she started to print Victorian style headscarves in 1953. Bernard left his city job to print fabrics full-time. Laura designed the prints and Bernard built the printing equipment; Laura remained in charge of design, while Bernard handled the operational side. Bernard changed the company name from Ashley Mountney to Laura Ashley because he felt a woman's name was more appropriate for the type of products. Laura Ashley's first shop was opened in Machynlleth, Powys. In 1975 Laura turned down the offer of an OBE (she was upset Bernard had not been offered one). Her husband was knighted after her death. The addition of a home in France enabled Laura to go back to her roots of fabric design, and the company launched its home furnishings collections. In 1985, on her 60th birthday, while she was visiting her children, Mrs. Ashley fell down the stairs of her daughter's English country home and was taken to hospital in Coventry, where she died on 17 September 1985 of a brain haemorrhage. She is buried in the churchyard of St John the Baptist, in Carno, Powys, Wales. A memorial plaque to Laura on their former home at 83 Cambridge Street was unveiled on 5 July 1994. Sir Bernard died of cancer on 14 February 2009.

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The death of his father from cancer, in 1911, left a deep impression on him, and the following year he founded the Society for the Prevention and Relief of Cancer against a background of resistance.

The National Health Service had yet to be established, and registration of nurses was not introduced until 1919. At the time no Health and Safety acts had been passed by Parliament and public health had yet to become a priority by the state. In setting up the society Macmillan "wanted to see homes for cancer patients throughout the land, where attention will be provided freely or at low cost, as circumstances dictate... [and]... panels of voluntary nurses who can be detailed off to attend to necessitous patients in their own homes." This organisation has since flourished and is today known as Macmillan Cancer Support.

A blue plaque was erected to honour him at his former residence in Pimlico in 1997. In October 2010, The Bexley Civic Society invited the Mayor of Bexley, Cllr Val Clark, to unveil another plaque on his house in Knoll Road, Sidcup where he lived for 30 years.

Douglas Macmillan was a vegetarian. In 1909, he wrote an open letter to all Christians entitled 'SHALL WE SLAY' which encouraged orthodox Christians to consider vegetarianism. The blue plaque above is at 15 Ranelagh Road, Pimlico.

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