World Heart Day

Know your numbers/World Heart Day

World Heart Day this year is on 29th September 2020. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one cause of death and has many causes, such as smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and air pollution.

Know Your Numbers

Looking after you heart starts with understanding your risk, so make sure you know all your health numbers.  Click here to find out more.

NHS Health Check

An NHS Health Check is a free health check aimed at adults aged 40 to 74. It involves measuring your blood pressure, pulse, height and weight and asking you some lifestyle questions to see whether there’s more you can do to look after your health. It involves a few simple tests to check your risk of

  • heart disease
  • diabetes
  • kidney disease
  • stroke

Heart Age Test

Take this quiz to find out your heart age compared to your real age.


Blood Pressure Test

It’s recommended that all adults over 40 years of age have their blood pressure tested at least every 5 years so any potential problems can be detected early.  Find more information here .

You can get your blood pressure tested at a number of places, including:


Book Review: The Clutter Corpse and Other Murders

Simon Brett

This week, our Book of the Week is The Clutter Corpse and Other Murders, by Simon Brett. Instead of a Recommended Reads this week, we’re handing over to Chelsea Library’s Zvezdana to talk about why she loves Simon Brett’s novel. Plus, read on for an exciting opportunity to hear Simon Brett speak for yourself…

Over to Zvezdana!

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National Hygiene Week

The Hygiene Bank is launching National Hygiene Week to help raise awareness that hygiene poverty is real for many of the 14 million living in poverty in the UK.

National Hygiene Week is an opportunity to raise awareness about hygiene poverty by bringing together thought leaders, community partners, grassroots organisers, schools, charities, and volunteers to contribute to the public conversation and increase demand for action so that collectively we are a voice for change.

What is hygiene poverty?

Hygiene poverty is a real thing and affects many of us here in the United Kingdom. This  link provides  very useful information about Hygiene poverty, what it is, and the statistics associated with it.  The Hygiene Bank have put together some good resources here, along with a series of conversations that explore the issue of Hygiene poverty.

You can watch this short video about Hygiene poverty produced by the Hygiene Bank, and this short Animation tells the story of Elisha, and how Hygiene Poverty impacted her life.





IAN FLEMING at home in Westminster & Chelsea

The novelist and creator of James Bond was born in Westminster and kept a home here or in the neighbouring borough of Chelsea for most of his life. Westminster City Archives holds photographs of most of Fleming’s residences and his occupancies can be traced in our collections of historic rate books, electoral registers and street directories.

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World Alzheimer’s Month

World Alzheimer’s Month is observed in September every year and was launched in September 2012. The decision to introduce the full month, to contain the existing World Alzheimer’s Day, was made to enable national and local Alzheimer associations worldwide to extend the reach of their awareness programmes over a longer period of time.  Below, we have put together some great resources to help increase awareness. If you’re not sure of the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, you’re not alone. Here’s a link to simple explanation to understand the difference. For some more information on attitudes to dementia, this  World Alzheimer Report 2019, analyses the findings of the world’s largest survey on attitudes to dementia, as well as including expert essays and case studies from across the world.

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme, is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition. Check this link below for more information. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia and also the best understood. It is thought to be caused by the formation of abnormal deposits of protein in the brain. See this video provided by the Alzheimer’s society for a better understanding.


Recommended Reads

This week, our Book of the Week is the Phantom of the Opera. Because Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical has taken over the public imagination of The Phantom, all of the Recommended Reads this week are books which have been transformed for the stage. Lights, sound…action!

Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo

Set during the French Revolution, Les Misérables explores the nature of justice and human morality. Jean Valjean is the novel’s central protagonist, uniting its multiple subplots in his quest for self-redemption. Pursued by police inspector Javert, Valjean struggles to escape his unjust past and become a force for good in the world.

Mary Poppins, by P. L. Travers

When Jane and Michael Banks terrorise their nanny into quitting, their father is at a loss as to what to do with them. Enter Mary Poppins, blowing into Cherry Lane with her magical umbrella and changing the children’s lives forever. With Mary Poppins in charge, the children go on all sorts of magical adventures. They meet the Bird Woman at St Paul’s, have a tea party on the ceiling, and even meet some zoo animals on their journeys. Pick up the book behind the iconic musical today and join the children on their adventures!

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum

Dorothy and her pet dog, Toto, live an ordinary life in rural Kansas. But everything changes when a cyclone carries her house away to the magical land of Oz. Join Dorothy on her adventures as she meets new friends on her quest to get back home to her aunt and uncle.

Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens

An orphan in Victorian London, Oliver Twist’s life is anything but easy. Starting off in a workhouse before running away to live on the streets, Oliver becomes immersed in the criminal underbelly of London. He meets the notorious Bill Sikes, the beautiful Nancy, and scheming Fagin in his quest to find a safe place to call home.

Some of these books are available to download from our cloudLibrary here.  All you need is a Westminster library card and if you are not a member, just click here – it’s completely free to join and use our resources. 

Dancing for Health and Wellbeing

If you enjoy dancing, it can be a great way to boost your mood and improve your fitness.  This week, we have some great inspiration that will get you in the mood for dancing to lift your spirits and move your body.

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