Last Sunday (27th January) saw former trustees of Kingsley Youth and Community Centre , Ivor Lucas and Ann Evans presenting the hall with a cheque from the Kingsley Fund for £1000.
The monies which are managed by the Community Foundation of Staffordshire came from the sale of the land and building on Holt Lane.
The money has been earmarked to replace the rear fire exit at the hall with modern uPVC glazed doors which will enable east access from the car park as well as making the appearance of the hall more attractive than at present.
Chair of the hall committee Martyn Hordern stated that it is hoped to see work started very soon and added ‘we are grateful to the Community Foundation and of course to Ann and Ivor for their support, this money will make a big difference’
The events of Friday evening 1st December and the Saturday were judged to be the best Christmas events yet held at the hall.
Once again ArB from Brookhouses in Cheadle sponsored the tree which was perfect. With support from the Parish Council, additional lighting was purchased for the tree and hall and we upgraded Santa’s Grotto.
Friday’s lights switch on was not as well attended as previous years but there was a great community feel about the night and we had some great carol singing from our younger members of the community.
Saturday’s breakfast was our best yet – we sold 100 tickets and including the committee’s breakfasts exceeded that. Around 40 children came to see Santa in his grotto and we had a busy but fun-filled morning.
Whilst the hall will have done well out the weekend financially, the main point of the two events was the community spirit it creates and develops which is priceless.
A few thank you’s are in order. To the Rev Sue Symons who opened the lights on Friday and as always chose such perfect words (and came for coffee on Saturday proving she has at least two Christmas jumpers !)
To Santa and Mrs Claus who gave him time off to come and say hello, to Allison who helped Santa with the presents, Graham Coates who captured some great images of the day, Barbara and Sharon who baked cakes, the stall holders who came along on Friday night, the hall committee for their efforts and last but not least everyone who came along to the hall and made for such a special occasion.
If anyone wanted to know – the Guess the Weight of the competition was won by one of our senior citizens who was thrilled. Her guess of 7 Ibs 10 oz was just 2 oz higher than the actual weight.
Since the spring a group of residents in Kingsley spearheaded by the Village Hall have formed the Kingsley Clean Up campaign that has seen around 30 residents joining
forces to take part in efforts to improve the visual appearance of the village.
This has seen litter picks, weeding, hedge cutting, cleaning bus shelters, signs and bins as well as identifying areas that need improvement.
One area identified was the planter barrels around the village several of which were getting dilapidated and others did not have anyone looking after them.
A bid was submitted to County Councillor Mike Worthington and District Councillors Elsie Fallows and Ivor Lucas asking that they pool their resources which was successful.
This has seen 10 new barrels purchased along compost and plants to go into them. Barrels in Ainsworth Avenue, Hazles Cross, Hollins Lane, and Church Street have been replaced. New ones have or will be sited on Barnfields Lane, The Green junction Johnson Crescent, and at the site of the decommissioned phone box on High Street.
In addition, two residents have volunteered to look after barrels on Holt Lane which are in the process of being replanted.
Said Sue Hordern, the inspiration behind the clean up ‘we are really grateful to the councillors for supporting the local community, these barrels will bring a splash of colour to the village’ she added ‘its really nice to see people wanting to look after where they live and getting involved in making the village better’
There are two maybe three barrels yet to be sited and it is requested that any suggestions where they might go are made via the village hall. To be considered then it is asked that a volunteer comes forward to look after the barrels each year.
The Clean Up campaign is looking to have its next event at the end of the month.