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Volunteers serve up festive cheer as elderly residents are invited to special lunch

Some of the many volunteers who helped spread the festive cheer

Some of the many volunteers who helped spread the festive cheer

Published: 6 January, 2017

New Year Honours for teachers, ice skating judge, Buddhist and nursing chief

Cecilia Anim: Royal College of Nursing, CBE

Cecilia Anim: Royal College of Nursing, CBE

Mark Malcomson: CBE. Dr Katy Emck: OBE

Mark Malcomson: CBE. Dr Katy Emck: OBE

Published: 6 January, 2017
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Carry on up the Jungle! The Calais camp was no laughing matter – but a new satire is helping refugees do just that

The cast of Borderline,

The cast of Borderline, including on the floor in striped T-shirt ­Enayat, at the back in the white T-shirt Mohand and Sophie Besse, far left. Photo: Severine Sajous

Four decades on, police launch fresh appeal for information about murder

Amala Ruth De Vere Whelan

Amala Ruth De Vere Whelan

Published: 6 January, 2017
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Mary Poppins floats above the rooftops in New Year’s Day parade

Cllr Robert Davis takes the starring role

Cllr Robert Davis takes the starring role

Nickie Aiken, left, and Cllr Jacqui Wilkinson

Nickie Aiken, left, and Cllr Jacqui Wilkinson

Published: 6 January, 2017
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Petition demands controversial ‘Cube’ scheme is ‘called in’

How the Padington ‘Cube’ development could look

How the Padington ‘Cube’ development could look

Published: 6 January, 2017

New doubts over garden bridge ‘vanity’ plan

garden bridge

An illustration of how the garden bridge could look

Published: 6 January, 2017
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Christmas cheer for young and old with school shows and festive feasts

Essendine Primary School pupils

​Spot-on ‘Dalmatian’ pupils at Essendine Primary School and, below, Ava, CoCo and Tahira at Soho Parish Primary

Published: 16 December, 2016
by HELEN CHANDLER-WILDE 

​Hallelujah! St Anne’s Soho unveils its new entrance with the bishop’s blessing

St Anne's church entrance before and after

The church entrance before and after; below: The Rt Revd Richard Chartres, left, with Simon Buckley, right, and colleagues

The Rt Revd Richard Chartres, left, with Simon Buckley, right, and colleagues

Published: 16 December, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Life sentence for Met police officer’s addict killer

Victim PC Gordon Semple and Stefano Brizzi

Victim PC Gordon Semple, left, and Stefano Brizzi 

Published: 16 December, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

The Xtra Diary: Cézanne is due in town next yea

Self-Portrait in a Bowler Hat, 1885-86, by Paul Cézanne. © Ny Carlsberg Glyptote

Self-Portrait in a Bowler Hat, 1885-86, by Paul Cézanne. © Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen. Photo: Ole Haupt 

Published: 16 December, 2016

Arts charity for young people seeks new home in new year

Published: 16 December, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA 

AN arts charity has issued a desperate plea for a new home as it prepares to leave its building.

WESTMINSTER PEOPLE: ‘Homelessness can happen to anyone’ – why The Connection charity worker finds his job so rewarding

Neil Partridge of The Connection

Neil Partridge of The Connection charity offers help; below, with another outreach worker: 'It's my job to know who is sleeping rough'

Neil Partridge and outreach worker of The Connection

Published: 16 December, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA 

Festive songs and shopping as Maida Vale switches on

Maida Vale switch-on

Youngsters enjoy the festive fun in Maida Vale, from left, Leonesa, Jamila and Noor; below: Mistletoe (Dee Andrews), Cllr Jan Prendergast, Miss Christmas (Donna Maria) and Snowflake the dog

Maida Vale switch-on2

Published: 16 December, 2016

The Xtra Diary: War veteran Ron Simpson is a 'bit of a star' in a new photography exhibition

Ron Simpson

Photographs of Ron Simpson by Rebeca Taylor, pictured below

Rebeca Taylor

Published: 16 December, 2016