Category Archives: Community Chest 2014

Here you can find the information relating to Community Chest for 2014.

The scouts go to Holland!

A Report by Alex Baker (year 9)

Earlier this year in July I was given the chance to go to Holland with the 21st Ilkeston/Kirk Hallam scout pack. I started at the scout pack in Beavers 7 years ago and have ever since been going camping around the country with them. Going to Holland was the first time I had ever been abroad with the 21st and I was extremely excited to go. Before and through the duration of the trip I was unaware that Big Kirk Hallam had funded part of the trip, kindly donating £600 to the troop through the community chest award scheme.

The Holland trip was amazing. We got to go to the national science museum and go swimming at a massive swimming complex! The hut we stayed in was amazing with a small stream running down the side in which we decided to jump and front flip into at night! I would like to say a massive thank you to Big Kirk Hallam for helping fund this amazing trip which will stay with me as a happy memory forever.

Community Chest September round applications open

We are pleased to announce that the fourth round of the community chest is now open and the application form is here for you to download. You can get hard copies from Kirk Hallam Community Academy or at various distribution points round the estate.

Closing date is 4pm Friday 14 November 2014.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Community Chest Panel

Big KH Community Chest application form Autumn 2014.docx

What’s changed for the Scouts thanks to the Big Kirk Hallam Community Chest

In the spring round of the Big Kirk Hallam community chest, The Scouts gained a grant for a visit to Holland. Here, Chris Phillips, Scout Leader, tells about the trip.

“Thanks for the donation from the community chest for the scouts. We hired 2 minibuses at a cost of nearly £1000 each, to take 25 scouts, explorers and leaders over to Holland to camp at the headquarters of a Dutch group with whom we have had links with for over 40 years.

After a 2.30am start from Kirk Hallam we travelled by road and sea to the town of Woerden. During our weeks stay we met members of the Dutch scout group. We visited Amsterdam, going on a canal tour of the city. We cycled to a nearby town where the Scouts learned about rope making and we went to a witch weighing museum. We canoed around and into the town for some exploring and shopping. We visited a theme park, an inland beach and went swimming.

We would like to thank the Big Kirk Hallam for their donation of £600 of which just over £400 went towards the trip and the remainder purchased a photocopier / printer for the scout group to use in their communications to the members.”

What’s changed for the cubs with their new tents

In the spring 2014 round of the Big Kirk Hallam community chest, an award was given to the Cubs for new tents. Diane Harris tells us about the cubs first eventful outing with the new equipment purchased thanks to this grant.

“Many thanks to Big Kirk Hallam for granting us £1000 from the community chest. Here is a photo of the cubs sitting outside their new tents.

We were on district camp at the end of July at Sherbrook Scout Camp in Calverton. We had 65 cubs on camp. And – yes – we were on camp when the extreme storm hit us! We were very lucky as we got a 20 minutes warning from many sources to how bad it was. Having a building for cooking and dining was a blessing as we decided to take all personal gear out of the tents and store in there until deciding what to do! We had been informed from another campsite they had lost everything! The last few cubs were running in with their gear when it started! Having the cubs safely tucked up in the building I started a sing song of camp fire songs, whilst other leaders made sure the tents were as secure as we could get them! The water rose but just failed to get into the building!

A couple hours later we all moved back into the tents and all the water subsided with very little water in the tents – they were well and truly tested. I am very happy with the tents we were able to choose!”

Kirk Hallam family fun day

On Saturday 28 June 2014, over 200 families came and enjoyed the Children’s Centre Parent’s Forum’s first (but we hope now annual) fun day. The volunteers and workers tell us why they thought it was a good idea and how well it went.

This short account and all quotes are based on the excellent report from the organisers. Thank you for telling such a great and inspiring story of what’s changed thanks to local vision and action, with the support from Big Kirk Hallam Community Chest.

The fun day “has shown how an accessible community event in Kirk Hallam is beneficial for the community. The day itself was a great success with over 200 local families in attendance; for a first event this was a great success. The volunteers hope to make this an annual event for the families of Kirk Hallam, with the hope of it becoming bigger and better with more volunteers involved in future.

The volunteers wanted to make a special thank you to Big Kirk Hallam for believing in the Parent’s Forum of Kirk Hallam Children’s Centre by donating a grant. Without that the day would not have been possible. Thank you.”

Members of the Parents Forum first met Big Kirk Hallam representatives back in April 2013. They shared their desire for more things to do and places to go for younger children and their families. They wanted the opportunity to be part of the action as volunteers in planning and putting on events. Our report at the time said “They were especially keen that Big Kirk Hallam supports them and other resident groups to run things themselves and take ownership of what change and improvements they want to see happen.” You can see the report of that early meeting here.

Roll on a year and the Parent’s Forum applied to the Community Chest to organise their first event.

“The volunteers wanted to make the fun day free and accessible for all residents. In addition to this they wanted to raise the profile of the Children’s Centre with the aim of bringing more people into the Sure Start Centre as well as improving volunteer numbers.”

The planners also wanted to bring in groups with stalls and information for local residents on health services, jobs, money matters, housing advice, nursery education, library facilities, child care and family support.

“The event was the first one that the volunteers have organised and they provided a good variety of activities for children of all ages. It was held at the local Social Club as it is a large venue with an enclosed park away from the road, which makes it safer for families.”

The attractions included a fun bus, bouncy castles, tropical petting zoo, a raffle, crafts and information and advice.

The feedback from families tells us that all the planning and running of the event were well worth the effort. Here are just a few of the things people said.

“Great day” children really enjoyed it. Nice to see really good event for children in Kirk Hallam J ”

“Really good fun for the kids, especially the animals, face painting and bouncy castles. Just need sunshine!”

“As a family we really enjoyed the fun bus, bouncy castle and animals.”

“Was a great day” the balloon modelling and the bouncy castles were a good idea. My daughter also liked the owl.”

“My favourite part was the animal stand. The animals were so cute.”

“Good afternoon. Great turn out. Lots of different activities for all age groups.”

“Very impressed with what’s on offer for children.”

“I had fun.”

“Well organised with plenty of activities. Lots of free stuff for kids which is good.”

“It’s brilliant that there’s lots of free things for the kids to do. Great mixture of stalls too.”

The second aim of the event was to raise awareness of services and facilities and offer information and advice as needed. The stall holders were delighted to have taken part and were impressed by how things were run and the numbers who came. Here is what they said.

“Just for the record – I registered 18 under 5 new library members on Saturday, plus 6 primary school age, plus 2 teenagers – 26 new library members in all, which is very good going for one event.

I also gave out 48 of the little Ready to Read bags, which is all I’d got with me. I took the names of 4 children who missed out and I’m taking theirs round to their homes when I’m in the area.”

“Had the best craft fair ever – did not stop once!”

“A great day and a good crowd.”

“We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thanks for inviting us along.”

“It was lovely to meet some of the families. I even had one dad asking for information about getting a snake and set up for his son. His son barely lefty my corn snakes alone. We would love to attend another one of your events in the future, so please keep in touch J.”

Big Kirk Hallam is delighted to have supported the Parent’s Forum in planning and running this event. Congratulations for a great achievement.

What’s changed for students and parents through Ladywood Primary School trip to Moscow?

“Going to Russia was an amazing experience. Thank you for helping me get there. I had the time of my life,” said one child from the recent school trip to Moscow.

This trip has been a long time in the planning and at last all the hard work rolled into action as eight students, one teacher and the headteacher took off by bus and then by plane to Moscow for an educational visit of fantastic worth.

At the Lakes and Meadows Festival on 7 July, the Big Kirk Hallam community chest panel got to meet the children and their parents. The children were still buzzing from the experience, exchanging occasional words in Russian for good measure. They had visited the science museum, St Basil’s and loads besides.

Parents shared their thoughts about the trip and the support from so many people and groups, including Big Kirk Hallam. Sharon Bennett and many parents had put in a great deal of time and energy into fundraising for this great trip. Sharon had this to say:

“Big thank you for all your support. Big Kirk Hallam community chest is a great committee team. I was nervous about meeting the panel. But I can talk for England once I start. The journey with these children and parents has been amazing. We all learnt a lot from this. It’s also been an experience of a life time for all the children and parents.”

For the headteacher at Ladywood Nursery and Primary School, Melanie Lawson, this was clearly an experience to savour and to remember.

“Thank you for the support. I couldn’t make the Lakes and Meadows festival on Sunday but I feel certain the children did the school proud. I’ve attached a couple of photos for you to keep with the info … St Basil’s …. the astronauts museum and a real life space man!”

Mel Lawson went on to tell us more about the trip.

“The Inspire Space trip was with three other schools in Derbyshire. It is a trip normally for secondary science students but when we were invited to be involved we really couldn’t say no !

The children and families have worked hard to fundraise and plan for the trip. They even learnt some Russian. The trip was for a week. We stayed in a hotel built for the 1980 Olympics and experienced so many things.

We visited the training ground for Astronauts at Star City. We met two astronauts and had a question and answer session with them. The children got to ask all sorts of questions. A couple of my favourites were …”How do you go to the toilet in space?” “Have you seen the film Gravity and is it realistic?” We got to stand in the famous Red Square, travel on the Moscow Metro and spend some Rubles on a delicious ice cream.

I was incredible proud to be part of the trip for so many reasons. The children learnt such a lot and grew in so many ways. They gained in independence and learnt to work as a team.

They also gained an insight into the amazing world of space travel…. You never know one of the children might be the next British Astronaut.

Sharon Bennett and Mel Lawson are clear that the trip could not have happened without massive community backing and many hours and much dedication from parents.

Sharon describes just some of the activities they took on to fundraise.

“Parents have all helped in every way. They organised the school disco; there was the bag collection and the foreign coin bucket collection. There were loads of donations from local companies, including electrical scrap cable donated by my husband’s company.

We held events like the Easter fun afternoon with the hamper kindly donated by Thornton’s for our 1st raffle prize. We had other donations from Roller World, Ilkeston Swimming Baths and Ilkeston football club.

Parents and children took on cake baking, bag packing at B&M and Decathlon, selling raffle tickets and organising a fun day at the Three Horseshoes public house. We joined the Ilkeston Carnival with a cake stall and tombola. We have had two bucket collections at the local Cat & Fiddle public house. Last of all there is a fashion show due in September.

And then there were the totally random acts of kindness. I was talking to a kind gentleman in M&S, while Lewis my son was trying new trousers on; this guy couldn’t believe they were going so young also gave me a £10 donation.

The list goes on and on. We have learnt and gained so much along the way. The parents worked well together. We have gained each other’s trust and achieved long lasting friendship. We met each month. The meetings got longer and longer!”

And the last word should of course go to the children.

“The space museum was brilliant. I really like the model of the international space station.”

“One night we went to see the very same astronaut whose spacesuit we had seen earlier that day. That was so cool!”

“The buildings and statues were magnificent! The gold water fountain was my favourite, it was absolutely enormous!”

“That mission control was amazing. It’s been an amazing trip. An adventure of a life time I will never forget. The church was amazing too.”

“Going to Russia was an amazing experience. The best bit was mission control where the public can’t go, I felt like a top secret agent. Thank you for helping me get there. I had time of my life.”

“When we went to Russia it was very exciting. My favourite bit was when we went to the space museum and we saw how the first rocket went into space.”

Kirk Hallam Football Club – a great and successful year

In September 2013, Kirk Hallam Football Club gained a grant of £1000 from the Big Kirk Hallam community chest, presented at the college autumn fair. Delighted, volunteers at the club said it was a great boost to their work and would help build the sense of belonging, the numbers and the achievement of the club.

Less than a year later, members of the partnership, Vice Chair Tracy Thorp, Chair Brian Cooper and community chest lead Hazel Cooper, were invited to attend an awards and celebration evening. Just those few months later there were over 80 mums and dads there celebrating the success of the young players.

It was a kind gesture of one of the leaders to announce that “If it had not been for Big Kirk Hallam we would not be here.” Everyone stood up and applauded. Thank you, but without the dedication and hard work of volunteers and helpers and the commitment of the young footballers themselves, Kirk Hallam Football Club would not be the force it has become.

Big Kirk Hallam gives our thanks and congratulations to all who have been involved and we look forward to being able to continue to support the club in the future.

Tracy Thorp, Resident and Vice Chair, Big Kirk Hallam

June 2014