people

Meet Linde Carr

Linde Carr is a Notting Hill Housing resident, has been a member of the Group Board since September 2012 and enjoyed a 25 year career as a local government officer. Before that, she started off as a fashion designer in the 1970s and we met at her lovely Notting Hill Housing flat to talk about it.

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Meet Stephanie Woods

Stephanie Woods joined Notting Hill Housing in December 1970 as Secretary to the Projects Manager. She worked for NHH for eight years, and was Area Housing Manager by the time she left in 1978. Here she describes the significant role NHH played in her life – setting the stage to meet her future husband and even host their wedding party!

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Meet Trisha Shirt

Trisha Shirt started working for Notting Hill Housing Trust in October 1973 and retired in 2006. Over three decades, she saw NHHT go from a fundraising stall in Portobello market to a 19,000-unit behemoth with more than 700 staff. Here she shares some of her experiences and memories during her time at NHHT.

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Terry Attewell introduces our temporary housing service

Terry Attewell has been working with Notting Hill Housing for 25 years. Here he describes our temporary housing service and how it has changed over the years.

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Meet Maxine Gordon

Maxine Gordon began her housing career at Notting Hill Housing (NHH), where she worked for 11 years. Here she shares some of her experiences and memories of her time at NHH.

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Meet Eileen Gordon, NHH resident since 1972

“I almost jumped out of my shoes – I was so eager to say yes,” says Eileen Gordon, remembering the day in 1972 when she was first asked whether she would be happy for NHH to take over her home.

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Book launched to celebrate 50th anniversary

You’ve seen the film, now read the book… ’50 Years of Innovation’ tells the stories of people who’ve been part of NHH’s journey and describes our innnovations along the way.

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Notting Hill Housing on the silver screen to mark golden anniversary

The Mayors of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Islington, local councillors, housing experts and supporters were among the attendees of an exclusive screening of a film celebrating the 50 year story of Notting Hill Housing.

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Meet Theresa Newcombe, NHH resident since 1970

Theresa Newcombe experienced homelessness and was living in derelict housing until Notting Hill Housing (NHH) offered her a flat in 1970. She has lived in NHH homes ever since.

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Notting Hill Housing is 50 today, by CEO Kate Davies

“After a year of anticipatory celebrations for our residents, local communities, past and present staff, funders, board members and shareholders, we have finally reached The Day!”

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Racial harmony through housing, by Bruce Kenrick

Racial tensions were rife in the Notting Hill area in the 1960s. Founder Bruce Kenrick describes how Notting Hill Housing strategically aimed to create racial harmony.

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Our first house – the O’Briens’ first home, by Bruce Kenrick

In this extract from his unpublished autobiography, Bruce Kenrick describes the happiness – and subsequent tragedy – of the O’Brien family who moved into Notting Hill Housing’s very first house.

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A battered pound note to £300K: Our first year, by Bruce Kenrick

Founder Bruce Kenrick describes the challenges and successes of raising money in Notting Hill Housing’s first year, from a TV interview to a market stall and national advertising campaigns.

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Lancaster Road Church and the beginning of Notting Hill Housing, by Bruce Kenrick

Last week, we held a special 50th anniversary church service at the Lancaster Road Methodist Church where the Notting Hill Group Ministry was formed. Founder Bruce Kenrick explains how they were key in setting up Notting Hill Housing.

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Bruce Kenrick’s arrival in Notting Hill

This week, in celebration of our official 50th anniversary on 20 December 2013, we are releasing extracts of Bruce Kenrick’s unpublished autobiography. In part one Bruce Kenrick talks about first arriving in Notting Hill with his family.

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Meet Lynda Frame

Lynda Frame describes growing up in the slums of the Notting Hill area. Today she works for Notting Hill Housing and describes why it is dear to her heart.

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Meet Pansy Jeffrey

Pansy Jeffrey was instrumental in the formative years of Notting Hill Housing (NHH) and played a big part in the community. Her son, Howard, shares his mother’s story.

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Isabel Kenrick’s memories of arriving in Notting Hill in the early sixties

Isabel Kenrick’s memoirs describe her experience of moving to London from a Scottish village in 1962, how different the London community was and the shocking housing conditions she found.

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Meet Stephen Howlett, CEO of Peabody

Stephen Howlett recollects his time as Regional Housing Director (from 1988) at Notting Hill Housing, in celebration of our 50th anniversary.

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Rachman and the Profumo Affair, by Tom Vague

Local historian Tom Vague describes the 1963 Profumo Affair’s connections to the Notting Hill area and landlord Rachman.

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John Coward: innovator and strategist

Read about John Coward’s work with the Council and housing ministers, and how he pioneered shared ownership in the last of this three-part series.

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John Coward: the man

Read about some of the personal qualities of John Coward, Notting Hill Housing’s first Chief Executive, in part two of this series.

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Introducing John Coward, our first Chief Executive

Shareholder Anthony Taussig shares his memories of our first Chief Executive John Coward and the impact he had on Notting Hill Housing and the housing sector in the first of his three-part series this week.

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Tom Vague on the myth, legend and legacy of Rachman

Local historian Tom Vague concludes his series about the infamous landlord Peter Rachman in his fifth and final part.

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Tom Vague on Black Power in Notting Hill

Local historian Tom Vague writes about the notorious Michael de Freitas – or Michael X – in the fourth part to his week-long series about landlord Peter Rachman.

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Tom Vague on race, riots and ruthless rent collection

We learn more about landlord Rachman, including how he made his money and ‘persuaded’ tenants to leave, in the third part of Tom Vague’s series.

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Tom Vague on the birth of Rachmanism

Local historian Tom Vague introduces Peter Rachman – whose name has come to define an unscrupulous landlord – in the second part of his week-long series.

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Meet local historian Tom Vague

Tom Vague launches his one-week series for nhh50.com, describing his links with Notting Hill, its music scene and The Clash, and his passion for its history.

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Meet Alison Harvey, former committee member

Former Notting Hill Housing committee member Alison Harvey recollects the local movements and environment of the early days.

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Meet Tracey Hartley

Tracey Hartley lived in Notting Hill Housing (NHH) homes as a child and adult and today she is a member of the government’s Private Rented Sector Taskforce.

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Meet Yvonne Barrow MBE

Yvonne Barrow MBE talks about the history of & her work with Carib Housing Association, whose sheltered schemes are now part of NHH.

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Meet artist Nicky St Vie

Resident Nicky St Vie has turned his life around to become one of the artists on display at our ‘Fifty artists 50 years’ exhibition in central London this November.

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Meet Jeffrey Amag-bama Jr

Resident Jeffrey Amag-bama Jr is Vice Chair of our South London Local Scrutiny Panel (LSP). He tells his story and describes the sense of community he has found living in London.

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Meet Elitha Clarke

In 1954, NHH resident Elitha Clarke came to England and new experiences. She shares her story as part of Black History Month 2013.

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Meet our resident Ann Dominique

Ann Dominique has been a resident with Notting Hill Housing for 46 years. She came to London in 1958 to find more opportunities and start a new life with her fiancé.

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Lorraine Gilbert launches Black History Month

Lorraine Gilbert introduces Black History Season 2013 and shares the story of her parents who came to London from Grenada in 1960.

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Meet Joseph Morris

Joseph Morris’ family originated from Poland, he fought in WWII, then met and fell in love with his German wife. He has been a NHH tenant for almost 50 years.

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Meet James O’Dwyer

James O’Dwyer has been a NHH resident for more than 44 years. His daughter tells his story.

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Meet former councillor Michael Cocks

Former councillor, Michael Cocks, looks back on his work in North Kensington and with Notting Hill Housing from 1964.

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Meet Sue Black former Director of Operations

Sue Black looks back on 28 years working at Notting Hill Housing, including the challenges, local housing trends and memorable people.

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Meet fundraiser Mandy Brewer

Mandy is our Fundraising Administrator. Born in, and has lived in a Notting Hill Housing home her whole life, this is her story.

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Justin Kenrick

Justin recalls his memories of growing up in the Kenrick family in Notting Hill.

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Lord Sawyer

Speaking at the recent Housing Debate in the House of Parliament, Lord Sawyer talks about housing today.

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Alan Johnson writes about growing up in 1950s Notting Hill

Former Secretary of State, Alan Johnson, has released a new book about his childhood in Notting Hill. The book entitled This Boy follows his family’s struggle and triumph in post war London. Played out against the background of a vanishing community living in condemned housing, the story moves from post-war austerity in pre-gentrified Notting Hill, through the […]

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Growing up in Notting Hill, by Iona Kenrick

Bruce Kenrick’s youngest daughter, Iona, remembers Notting Hill in the early years of her childhood and the changes that happened in the 1970s. “Born in 1963 in Hammersmith Hospital I have a ‘memory’ of arriving back home in the car with my mum and dad in the front seat, my three siblings in the middle seat and […]

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Memories of Fulham in the 60s – NHH’s Carole Bates

Carole Bates has worked for NHH for over 20 years. Her interest in housing stemmed from her experiences growing up in a privately rented, run-down house in Fulham in the 1960s.

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Ann Kenrick shares her memories

Ann Kenrick shares her memories “I was around five when we moved from the tiny island of Iona to Notting Hill. I have very few clear memories of those early days, but I do remember that all the action took place outside. We would spend hours playing hopscotch on the pavement outside the house, jumping […]

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Welcome from Kate Davies our Chief Executive

A welcome message from our Chief Executive, Kate Davies.

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Post-war London and Bruce Kenrick’s arrival in Notting Hill

It’s amazing how one person can set the wheels of change in motion. An unsuspecting middle class reverend, along with a group of committed volunteers, set up what would become one of London’s largest housing associations.

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Ann Kenrick remembers life in Blenheim Crescent

Bruce Kenrick’s daughter shares her memories “I was around five when we moved from the tiny island of Iona to Notting Hill. I have very few clear memories of those early days, but I do remember that all the action took place outside. We would spend hours playing hopscotch on the pavement outside the house, […]

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Shared Ownership: Meet Lauren

First time buyer Lauren says: “After spending six months looking at various developments around London, I was blown away by the Fabrik show home.”

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Shared Ownership: Meet Tom

Shared Ownership meant that I was not only able to purchase my first property, but that I also avoided compromising on location or design.

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Meet our resident Paul Louis Susay

Paul Louise Susay migrated from Singapore to London in the early 60s to work for British Telecom and has never looked back.

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