Great event for London based parents….

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If you live in the London area you should think about visiting this, you might find a great bargain and will be supporting some very worthwhile causes.

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KCWC Annual Nearly New Sale

Saturday, November 10, 2012
9:30am – 1:00pm
Notting Hill Community Church – NEW VENUE!
Kensington Park Road, W11 2ES
Entry: £2 (Children and KCWC members go free)
Nearest Tube: Ladbroke Grove or Notting Hill Gate

What is the KCWC?

The Kensington Chelsea Women’s Club (KCWC) is a non profit Amenity Society run by its members as volunteers working to foster friendship and interaction amongst women of all ages and international backgrounds living in London and its surrounding areas. Together our members enjoy a varied programme of activities and events designed to introduce them to the culture of London and the rich heritage of Britain, all while making friends with one another through these shared experiences.

Our name simply reflects the fact that KCWC was founded in 1983 in a café in Kensington by a group of women living in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. However, we extend our welcome to any interested women wherever they live, be it in any of the numerous London postcodes, outlying suburbs and even overseas. We have at present over 1300 members from 46 countries and cultures including native Londoners. Consequently, our programmes appeal not only to newcomers, but also to those who have lived in England for many years

What is a Nearly New Sale?

Our Nearly New Sale is a sale of gently used second hand baby items and clothing up to age 12. Our annual event also includes toys, books, DVDs, games, puzzles, and maternity wear.  It is a great place to save money while purchasing all the essentials for your growing family. We have found that many members of the community have come to rely on this annual event to stock up on Christmas gifts.

What makes our sale different?

What makes our Nearly New Sale different than others is that rather than having each seller at an individual table, we take all of the goods and organise them the day before the sale. This means that buyers come into the venue and they can easily find the items they have come to purchase, rather than wasting time going to each seller’s table and trying to sort through their items individually. We set our sale up very similar to the way a shop would be organised. Clothing and shoes are sorted by size and gender, and toys, books, games and baby items each have their own space. This also saves our sellers needing to stay with their items during the sale, which leaves many of them free to volunteer on the day to assist with other tasks.

Where does the money go?

After the cost of running the sale is deducted and sellers are repaid a percentage from all items that sold, the remaining proceeds are donated to our two chosen charities: The Haven and Independent Age. Last year, we raised over £2500. We also donate all unsold items to Active Planet, who then hold their own Nearly New Sale, and use the profits for their own activities and projects.

Who are our charities?

The Haven provides a range of wellbeing therapies, free of charge, to those with and beyond breast cancer. Specialist nurses and experts in nutrition, exercise, emotional support and complementary therapies provide individualised in-depth programmes to help with physical and emotional side effects of breast cancer treatment.

Independent Age is now a coalition of the Universal Beneficent Society (USB) and Counsel & Care. The new coalition will allow the combined charities to provide a broader range of services than they could provide individually. Independent Age provides a national information and advice service for older people, their families and carers, focusing on three vital areas: social care; welfare benefits and befriending services.

Active Planet is a not-for-profit social enterprise organisation operating in the London Boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea. Active Planet delivers affordable and accessible sports and health-related activities to low income communities. Active Planet not only seeks to nurture the early enthusiasm of young children and to introduce them to essential sporting skills and positive attitudes at an early age, but also seeks to develop structures that will facilitate a life-long involvement in sport.

How do I get involved?

The only way the sale can be successful is to provide our buyers with a wide variety of products. We are still in need of additional items to sell. If you are interested in selling or donating items, please visit our website: No amount is too small! There is a simple registration form online for those interested in selling.

We also need volunteers to help run the sale on Saturday, November 10. All volunteers are invited to a special pre-sale opportunity, where they will have the chance to purchase items before they go on sale to the general public.

Should you wish to put your cheque book to good use, monetary donations are always welcome. Please note that 100% donations received will be given to our charities.

For any other questions, or to get involved with this exciting event, please contact Jennifer Nettles-Spooner (

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