Centre news

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.