Centre news

Great Meadow Clear Up and Tree Planting Day – March 2018

On Wednesday 28 March we undertook a very successful Great Meadow Clear Up and Tree Planting Day, despite the constant rain! Huge thanks to the Stour Valley team of volunteers led by Emma Black, and our own hardy villagers, who were not daunted by the bad weather. Around 200 native hedgerow whips donated by eforests (a carbon offsetting organisation) were planted, the woodland path cleared, and rustic fences repaired and built up. Thanks also to Lol and Sandra from the Centre Cafe team for super soup and double bacon baps!!! Read more about the work we do on the Great Meadow here.

KCA Vacancies – March 2018

Honorary Treasurer – this voluntary position will ideally suit someone with bookkeeping or treasurer experience, but guidance will be available from the outgoing treasurer. If you are interested in this position and would like to find out more, please contact Fiona Ogden.

Recent work to the Community Centre – June 2017

The new frontage at the Community Centre was completed in November 2016. The glass and steel structure is very modern and elegant, and provides a new entrance area with separate access to the Library, Parish Council offices and the Community Centre. The new lobby area has had a smart new floor covering, and we have now completed further refurbishment to enhance the internal entrance of the Centre. The lobby walls and ceiling have been boarded, skimmed and painted, and motion sensor LED lighting has been installed for your convenience, especially on dark winter nights. New toilets have been fitted in the gents. A wheelchair is available for hirers use, whilst in the Centre.

Chairman – February 2017

Many thanks to our outgoing Chairman, Steve Brown, who stepped down after 12 years in this voluntary position. Steve brought many great ideas and benefits to our Centre, and provided strong leadership. As a committee member he will continue to run the Kedington Film Club, and holds the position of Health & Safety officer for the KCA. He will continue to be very active within the organisation, with our aims to raise funds to attempt some of the big projects needed to maintain and improve the Centre and the Great Meadow, such as new toilets, a sports pavilion, and more.

Scattered Orchard Project – January 2017

The KCA are pleased to have received six fruit trees from Emma Black, the Scattered Orchard Project organiser for our area. Emma is the Countryside Officer for the DedhamVale AONB and Stour Valley project. Two apple trees (St Edmund’s Russet and Peasgood’s Nonsuch), a crab apple (Golden Gem) and a cherry tree (Stella) have been planted in the clearings alongside the river path on the left of the Great Meadow, where we have previously cleared dead wood and undergrowth and planted a selection of native trees and shrubs – also with the help of Emma and her team. A Pear (Concorde) and a Gage (Denniston’s Superb) have been planted on the boundary of the Community Garden, near the Community Centre.

For further information please see The Great Meadow page.

Recycling banks for clothes and shoes

We now have clothes and shoe recycling banks next to the much used bottle banks, as you come in the gate to the car park. Just the incentive we need to seriously weed out unwanted clothing and shoes from our wardrobes!

These banks are supplied by The European Recycling Company. According to their website they assist people all over the UK to provide a new lease of life to their unwanted clothes and shoes, working with many local authorities, waste companies and clothing retailers to enable communities to recycle unwanted clothing, reduce waste in the home and help eliminate landfill.

The KCA will receive revenue which all goes towards the management, maintenance and running costs of the Community Centre and Great Meadow. Please support us when disposing of your recyclables.