A constant in the smooth organisation of Mayoral events is unflappable Jim Babbington.
Mr Babbington and team ensure the Mayor and Deputy are there where they are meant to be with no fuss.
Another, less well known, Babbington attribute is his fund of stories about the Borough and its history.
His talks are witty and deeply knowledgeable.
How well he would do on the after-dinner speaking circuit!
The Dame brings up Mr Babbington because, though not present, she heard last night's Carol Service was a perfect example of his excellent organisation.
This resident was present and wrote...
I had the pleasure of attending the beautiful carol service held at Our Lady of Victories Church in Kensington last night.
The church was packed and we heard readings from well-known personalities, including the journalist, Andrew Pierce of the Daily Mail, and Cerys Matthews, who amused us all with her rendition of Dylan Thomas’s memories of a childhood Christmas in Wales.
The Cardinal Vaughan Sixth Form Choir sung a range of traditional carols with spirit and skill.
Marie Macklin's wonderful voice resonated throughout the church.
But, for me, the most interesting part was the short talks given by Professors Martin Gore and Timothy Evans of the Royal Marsden and Royal Brompton Hospital respectively.
It showed how successfully the two hospitals work together in the never-ceasing work of defeating lung cancer.
As the Mayor said, “ lung cancer results in more deaths than any other form of cancer and is not confined to smokers”.
The evening ended with a reception in the Crypt, drawing a wonderful evening to a close.
The added pleasure was knowing we were supporting such cutting-edge cancer research.