Kingsley Gardeners Association Show August 2019

The 77th annual show was held on the last day of August during a busy weekend in the villages as the Scarecrow Festival was held over the same period.

This summer has been a strange one with fluctuating temperatures and a good deal of rain. That said and despite the scarecrow festival the number of entries this year was a disappointment to the committee with just 22 competitors in the show compared to last years high of 39.

However, the standard remained very high and it was great to see the children’s entries including in the main growing section.


The individual trophy winners were as follows :

Walter Carnwell Trophy – Barry Clarke

Holdsworth Trophy – Stan Fowell and John Plant

Jamieson Cup – Barry Clarke

Hammersley Trophy – Barry Clarke

Cope Trophy – Barry Clarke

Whieldon Trophy – Jasmine Barker

Maynard Trophy –  David Johnson

R K Johnson Trophy – David Johnson

Barker Bowl – Diane Wheeler

Albert Clarke Trophy – Barry Clarke

Barry Clarke Novice – Daniel Johnson

Ben Fowell Trophy Jasmine Barker

A new award this year was to support to Kingsley Best Kept Village entry and was for the best-maintained planter barrel and this year the award went to Merv and Danni Flut who look after the Johnson Crescent planter. Well done and thank you.

A highly commended award went to John Mills who has looked after three planters in Ainsworth Avenue for a number of years.

The show made a slight loss on the day which has been a consistent theme for the last few years but the association remains stable financially and the resolve of the committee to continue to run the show is as strong as ever.

Tribute must be paid to secretary Carole Johnson who arranges the day and then performs duties throughout the event ensuring that the event runs smoothly.

Ideally, the association could do with someone to assist Carol in the afternoon as regards collating prize winners and prize money. If interested please contact the village hall who will pass the message on.

See you all in 2020!



Post office opening times February 2019

As from Thursday 7th February through to Thursday 28th Febraury inclusive the Post Office service at the hall will open as follows :

Mondays 2.45pm to 4.45pm (From Monday 11th)

Thursday’s – there will be no service on Thursdays during February.

This is due to staff holidays. Normal service will resume on both Mondays and Thursdays from Monday 4th March.

Hall presented with cheque from the kingsley fund

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’

Christmas Events a Great Success

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.

Merry Christmas to everyone and a Happy New Year.



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