Centre news

Kedington Community Centre Covid-19 update – April 2021

As part of the Government’s Roadmap to the easing of lockdown restrictions Step 3 is due to be introduced not before Monday 17 May 2021. At that stage village halls and community buildings will be able to re-open for our regular groups and fundraising activities in a controlled manner with restrictions and we must remain Covid-19 Secure. 

At Step 3 those activities that can take place indoors will be subject to capacity limits and ‘the rule of 6’. At Step 4 (not before 21 June) further activities should be allowed and hopefully social contact restrictions removed. You will note the word hopefully. A complete return to pre-Covid behaviour is unlikely to be approved at that time. 

Large gatherings and mass type of events including private parties, dances and the like are not permitted for the time being. We will probably not know until the 14 June if any of these will be allowed to resume in Step 4 or later. 

Therefore in Step 3 all our current regular groups will be allowed to resume their activities. Our Additional Conditions of Hire, Risk Assessment and Capacity Limits have been reviewed and will help them and the Association to resume safely. Face coverings are still required to be worn unless exempt, eating and drinking, or for certain activities. 

The Association has a duty of care of everyone who uses the Centre. To this end our strategy will be full compliance with government guidelines. 

The Robert Erith National Landscape Award 2021

This year we nominated the KCA for the Robert Erith National Landscape Award for work we have achieved on the Great Meadow over the years, and we came very close to winning! Please see correspondence below:

‘The judging panel met to decide the winner of the Robert Erith National Landscape Award. All the 14 nominations were excellent and worthy of winning the award. The judges noted what a difficult decision it was to choose one nomination for the award due to the extremely high standard of applications. 

Your group came very close to winning the award but there was someone whose contribution to the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley was even more outstanding than your amazing achievements.

The judges all agreed that you were an incredible community group who had accomplished a great deal over the years for wildlife, people and access. They encourage you to apply again next year and look forward to learning more about what you have acheived through more detailed examples of projects that you have done over the years.

The judging panel and AONB would like to put on record their appreciation of the contribution your group has made to the area and want to thank you for what you have done. Please do feel free to use the phrase, nominated for an AONB award in 2020 when talking about your work. Thank you for taking the time to nominate your group.’

Ross Van de Zande
Meadow Manager

Meadowlark 2021

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic with the uncertainty about future government restrictions and, not least, social distancing measures, the KCA committee has unanimously agreed not to proceed with this year’s Meadowlark Fete normally held in mid-June. 

However, we wish to assure you all that we are planning to hold a number of alternative Covid-19 safe events as and when we are allowed. These will include the Scarecrow Competition, which so many of us enjoy getting involved with. We will of course advertise events on our website and social media as they are organised. 

It goes without saying that the Association deeply regrets that for a second year our much-loved annual village event with its pageant and fete will not take place, but we know you will understand that the safety of everyone is vital. We sincerely hope that in 2022 we can once again put on a Meadowlark Fete to be proud of. 

Tony Farr

Covid-19 lockdown – January 2021

Please be aware that Kedington Community Centre and Kedington Library are closed until further notice as per latest Government restrictions. Kedington Film Club season has been suspended. If we can resume by the end of February a revised schedule will be published for March onwards.

Keep safe and keep your distance.

Steve Brown

Covid-19 lockdown – December 2020

With the announcement that Suffolk will be placed in tier 2 from 2 December we have reviewed the new government rules to determine where we stand in relation to our Community Centre.

  1. In all tiers, community centres and halls can re-open but we still cannot allow private hires, such as birthday parties etc, and the venue must be ‘COVID-19 Secure’ which we are.
  2. Any group that wish to meet, including exercise classes, must still apply the rules for the tier we are in. Therefore no one can socialize indoors with anyone they do not live with. It is imperative therefore that the organisers ensure that this is strictly enforced.
  3. It will be for each group to decide if it is appropriate to resume their activity given these restrictions.
  4. Whilst it’s looking like we will stay in tier 2 until mid January, the East Anglian paper revealed today that Suffolk only narrowly missed out on remaining in tier 1, so we must ‘do our bit’ and keep us and the county out of any higher tiers.

Tony Farr

Donate to the KCA with Amazon Smile

Help support the KCA and our Community Centre while shopping on Amazon just by logging in to Smile.amazon.co.uk and choosing Kedington Community Association as your charity to support. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price – every little helps! Thank you.

Covid-19 Lockdown – November 2020

With the latest closure of all leisure, entertainment and hospitality premises Kedington Community Centre will be closed for at least four weeks from midnight on Wednesday 4 November 2020.

Hopefully restrictions will be lifted after this second lockdown and we can resume activities in December.

While you are using the Great Meadow for your exercise please keep an eye on the Community Centre building and report any suspicions to myself or Steve Brown.

For now keep safe, remember your face covering and make space. Most of all keep smiling.

Tony Farr

Reopening our Community Centre – July 2020

As from 4 July community buildings such as our Community Centre can reopen, but, like all non-essential premises, we must be COVID Secure.

The Association has put together an action plan to start to return in a phased way so that initially our regular hirers can also plan to resume their activities in a safe way. 

Many activities are still not permitted to take place, and social distancing along with hygiene is at the core of our plan to ensure we do not spread the virus in our community.

The initial stage will be to get everything in place inside the Centre so that we can be certified that we are COVID Secure. This is going to take at least a month. If we can achieve this, then from August our regular groups will be able to have a seated meeting (with restricted numbers), and also sort out their equipment, risk assessments and so forth so that they can resume as quickly as possible. They will need time to prepare to restart. 

Due to the ongoing restrictions bookings are still not being taken to hire the Centre. 

Thank you all for your patience and understanding in this difficult situation for us all.  

Please follow the advice and stay safe.

Tony Farr

KCA Just Giving appeal – July 2020

I would like to say thank you to all of you who donated to our KCA Just Giving appeal, as well as those who donated directly. Your generosity raised £1,585.02 for the Centre funds.

Tony Farr
KCA Chairman

Antisocial behaviour – June 2020

Regarding recent antisocial behaviour on the Great Meadow (and elsewhere in the village) please report incidents online using this link, or call 101 as the event is happening or as quickly as you can. If you feel threatened, alarmed or distressed this warrants a 999 call.

Without CADS (reports) generated from online or 101 calls, it can appear that there isn’t much of a problem in Kedington and therefore does not drive the Rural patrols to assist or attend in time. The reports will also help to get better patrolling in the area.

Please share this with the wider community as it is our responsibility to report these incidents.

Tony Farr
KCA Chairman

Ketton Review Autumn 2020 – send us your story

  • Tell us about your experience of the lock-down.
  • Share any information you think may be useful.

And for the young among you, become a published author: send us a story on any subject (in less than 1,000 words) and we will publish the best of them. (Editor’s opinion on this is final!)

I hope you are all keeping safe. I look forward to hearing from you.

Deadline for submission: 12 June 2020

Format: any editable format if possible (e.g. email or WORD document). If you would like to include a picture this should be high resolution jpeg or tiff file.

For submissions please email me here, or for urgent enquires here.
Derek Raine (editor)

Kedington Community Centre and Coronavirus – 22 March 2020

In line with Government policy and the need for social distancing exercise, the Great Meadow and car park will remain open during the day for that reason.

As the Meadow has five pedestrian entrances we cannot close the Meadow per se, but the car park may be locked so that footfall on the Meadow is a bit more restricted. Please, please, please, remember to keep your distance – at least two metres apart.

Using the Government’s 12 week rule all activities at the Centre are cancelled until 14 June and any bookings by any Section, Group or Private Hire up to September will be subject to cancellation. The situation will be reviewed using a six week rolling review after this date.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult and trying times.

Please keep healthy, follow the guidelines and look after your neighbours.
Tony Farr
KCA Chairman

Meadowlark Fete 2020 and Coronavirus – March 2020

Following the Government guidelines regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, we regret to announce that Meadowlark 2020 has been cancelled, as have all KCA organised events for this summer including Centre Café, Bingo, Car Boot Sale, Film Club and our Annual General Meeting in April.

We would be failing in our duty of community care if we allowed these events to continue and put lives and health at risk.

The Centre will remain open for other regular users if they wish to continue meeting, although we urge everyone to abide by government guidelines. The Centre car park will remain open during the day but will be closed at night.

We hope in the Autumn to have a ‘Fun Day’ style event to help us recoup some of the funding loss due to the cancellation of Meadowlark 2020 and our other events.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times.

Please keep healthy, follow the guidelines and look out your neighbours.

Tony Farr
KCA Chairman

Meadowlark Review open evening – October 2019

Join us at the Community Centre on Monday 21 October to discuss Meadowlark with the Committee and give your opinions about the week’s activities – in particular the Walking Pageant and Fete – to help us improve the event and meet your expectations.

Meadowlark is over 50 years old, and the Association feels it is time to review how it is organised and structured so that it can be sustained for another 50 years.

Meadowlark has been our major fundraising event for decades so it is vital that we produce an occasion that the whole family can enjoy and ensure its future success.

Please come along and share your ideas.

* Please check back for a further report on the results of our meeting. Thank you to all who attended.

Weir warning – August 2019

During the recent spell of hot weather the river and the weir by the Great Meadow has acted as a magnet for those wanting to cool off.

Sadly, some of the people playing around at the weir have been using the life-ring and its safety rope for their amusement, rendering it unusable for the safety reason that it was installed for. Likewise the safety mesh panels have been buckled. It goes without saying that this is a dangerous practice and warning signs are in place.

The Environment Agency who maintain the river and the weir have said that if there is constant misuse and abuse of life-rings they will remove them. This will then put everyone at risk as in the event of an incident there will be no life saving equipment at the weir.

The warmer weather is set to return, so please leave the life-ring in its housing, enjoy the Meadow and the river, and please put your litter in the bins on the Meadow or take it home.

The weir is not on KCA property, but we have a duty of care to all who use the Great Meadow.

Tony Farr
Chairman, Kedington Community Association

KCA AGM – April 2020

Kedington Community Association hold their Annual General Meeting in April at Kedington Community Centre. Date and time will be notified here nearer the time. If you would like to find out more about the KCA’s work to maintain and improve our Community Centre and Great Meadow please come along – and bring a friend! Please contact Tony Farr prior to the meeting if you would like to raise an agenda item.

KCA vacancies – January 2019

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

The Betamax Tapes – June 2018

In June this year, Kedington Library was handed a case of Betamax video cassettes of Kedington in the 1980s. Two cassettes were marked Ketton Players (1984 and 1985) and three were marked Meadowlark (1983–1985). The person left no name and address but simply stated that they may be of historical interest.

With the help of social media, Charlie Rule in School Road found an old Betamax VCR in the loft, but unfortunately it no longer worked. Andy Sanders in Dash End tried to repair it but soon found that parts are no longer available. Andy made contact with an acquaintance in Bournemouth who very kindly offered to transfer the cassettes onto DVD which he did. Many thanks to Andy for his perseverance in making sure we can look back in time!

Following some editing, the Meadowlark films of 1983, 1984 and 1985 can now be viewed by clicking on the dates. We are sure someone will know who filmed them and maybe recognise a face or two among the crowd. We aim to screen these three films at the Community Centre in the New Year – keep an eye on our What’s On – Events page for this and all our other events.

The Ketton Players cassettes include two pantomimes – Hickory Dickory Dock and Sinbad the Sailor. They are both full length (2½ hours each) so these will be edited into one viewable format and published in due course.

KCA Summer events 2018 – update

This year was our third year for the superb Kedington Steam and Vintage Show on Saturday 28–Sunday 29 July – with another amazing array of steam engines, vintage tractors, classic cars, as well as trade and craft stalls, licensed bar and food stalls, and live music nights. We are pleased to announce we raised the fantastic sum of £5,000. For more information, 2019 Show dates and a photo gallery see the Kedington Steam & Vintage Show page.

We ended the summer holiday with Bobstock Live Music and Beer Festival on Saturday 1 September. Another fantastic selection of real ales and ciders and a brilliant line up of talented bands and musicians, as well as Bobstock favourites – and of course a perfect sunny day. We raised £1,500 – thanks to everyone who came to enjoy and support us. Check out our Bobstock page for more news, and the date for Bobstock 2019!

All funds raised at KCA events and activities go towards maintenance and improvements for our Community Centre and Great Meadow.

Full details for all KCA events and activities – including the new Kedington Film Club 2018–2019 season – can be found on the What’s On – Events page, and in quarterly issues of the Ketton Review. Follow the KCA on Facebook too.

Our Golden Meadowlark – June 2018

What a Meadowlark Week, or actually 10 days, we have had. There were Quiz and Bingo nights, the Duathlon & Fun Run for all ages, Darts, Crib, Carpet Bowls and our Scarecrow Competition – all the entries this year surpassed themselves; as well as two one act plays from Ketton Players Youth Production, the superb Walking Pageant led into the arena by a fabulous group of our Past Miss Meadowlarks, and the ‘Lark’ itself, full of colour, fun and merriment.

I would like to say a big Thank You to the Village and everyone involved with Meadowlark Week and Fete, whether you took part in the Pageant, ran a stall, organised an event, activity or the Grand Party, or just turned up to enjoy and support Kedington Community Association by parting with your hard earned cash. Whatever you did, it all contributed to the marvellous total of around £5,500 to go towards running costs, maintenance and improvements for our Community Centre and the Great Meadow.

The Meadowlark Team is always after volunteers to help organise and run events, or even come up with some new ideas. Please give it some thought and join us however you can. Some of us are getting over the hill age-wise, so extra help is much needed and appreciated – whether with setting up, running a stall, helping at the bar, and of course packing it all away.

A note for your diary – Saturday 15 June 2019 is the date for next year’s Meadowlark. The theme yet to be announced!

Tony Farr
Chairman KCA

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 Café team for super soup and double bacon baps!!! Read more about the work we do on the Great Meadow here.

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.