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Grove Roots unearths the pivotal history of the Ladbroke Grove, including the rise of the Notting Hill Carnival, the fruition of 'Frestonia' and the lives of unique local figures such as Claudia Jones - remembered in the UK as the 'mother of Notting Hill Carnival' - as well as notorious landlord Peter Rachmann.

Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Octavia Foundation has given eight young west Londoners the opportunity to document the history of their local area in a film that traces the evolution of Ladbroke Grove from the 1958 race riots to the present day.

The project began in October 2008 and in just five months the eight local young people researched and produced the Groove Roots documentary. The film looks at the major milestones, historical flashpoints and social landscaping of the area to capture the unique story of Ladbroke Grove.




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