Another excellent Lake and Meadows festival yesterday. It gets bigger and better every year and is a real community event. It was good to see so many people out and about enjoying the sunshine, stalls and activities. Thankfully the rain held off pretty much until the end of the festival. We enjoyed catching up with people and telling them about the progress so far of the projects funded by Big Kirk Hallam. We also had hard copies of our summer newsletter on hand. The newsletter will be delivered to all homes in Kirk Hallam in the next few weeks so look out for your copy. If you can’t wait you can read the online version here summer 15 Newsletter
It was great to see everyone today at the All Saint’s summer fete at the community hall. Really good fete. So glad it was indoors as it has not stopped raining all day. The fete was very well attended and we had the chance to speak to some interesting people and spread the news of the successes of Big Kirk Hallam today. Also took the names of some residents who want to be more involved with the project in the future. The community hall is also looking very nice following all the renovation work. If you are interested in knowing more about Big Kirk Hallam, the projects we are funding or would like to be on the partnership board please contact us for more information.
Big Kirk Hallam partnership is pleased to invite all residents and workers in Kirk Hallam to join us at Kirk Hallam Community College 6th form building on Monday 8 December between 5.30pm and 8pm.
This is a chance to catch up on how the residents’ £1m is being spent on projects and activities the community prioritised in the 2 year plan. You can also meet the new plan co-ordinator, Jsan Shepherd and find out more about what’s happening over the coming months.
Big Kirk Hallam is delighted to support the Lakeside Festival for the second year running. One of the four main themes in the Big Kirk Hallam plan arising from the extensive community conversation is Quality of Life. This focuses on supporting vulnerable groups and on community celebration. The Lakeside Festival is one of four community events each year that Big Kirk Hallam gives funding to in order to encourage celebration and helping to make Kirk Hallam an even better place to live.
Here is some feedback from the organisers. First, from the Lakes and Meadows website. http://www.friendsofkirkhallamlake.btck.co.uk/LakesideFestival
“The Festival highlights the many aspects of the rich wildlife of the site and also includes other invited organisations with similar aims to help animals, wildlife and the natural world.
The Friends of Kirk Hallam Lake and Meadows would like to thank all volunteers, stall holders, attractions and members of the public for helping to make the Lakeside Festival on Sunday, 6 July such a wonderful success. The general public came out in force, more than ever before and the Friends have had some fantastic, encouraging comments about the event and hope to build on their success on Sunday, 5 July, 2015. Watch this space!
Especial thanks go to Erewash Borough Council, Big Kirk Hallam, Derby University, Derbyshire County Council, Councillors Carol Hart, Michelle Booth and John Frudd for their financial help. Thanks for donations of prizes go to Home Curtains, Nisa Extra Kirk Hallam, Co-operative Food Kirk Hallam, Tesco Ilkeston, Manor Pharmacy Kirk Hallam.”
Big Kirk Hallam also got this kind message from one of the chief organisers of the Lakeside Festival, Esther Collington.
“The Friends of Kirk Hallam Lake and Meadows would like to thank the Big Lottery for the grant of £500 towards our expenses in running the Lakeside Festival on the 6 July. The event was extremely successful and had many more attractions this year, including a Climbing Wall, Magician, fairground amusements, birds of prey, Indian tattoos and dancers, two live bands, Wildlife Workshop, craft stalls, refreshment stalls, pony rides, and, importantly, first aid cover.
Many more people than ever before visited the Festival, many saying what a wonderful afternoon it was, with a lovely atmosphere. Some said it was better than other longer established local events and how they enjoyed the animal and wildlife stalls. The charity stalls invited were very happy with the money they raised, as were the trade stalls. There was something for both old and young, and people from outside of Kirk Hallam visited too, although it seemed, at times, like the whole of Kirk Hallam was there!”
Big Kirk Hallam celebrated its first birthday with a community party on 28 February. Over 50 people of all ages and from all parts of Kirk Hallam took part. Among the crowd were 16 new faces, along with stalwart supporters and community activists who have helped steer this £1m 10 year community-led programme from the start. We were sad though that Brian and Hazel Cooper, who have been such strengths from the start, could not be with us on this occasion.
Tracy Thorp welcomed everyone and outlined recent progress to be proud of. Some of the first community chest award winners spoke of the impact the grants they gained have made to their local groups. We heard from Debra Ward of the Warm Welcome Club, from Trevor Humphries and the Kirk Hallam Football club and from Jenny Blundell about the gardening project for older residents. We were also delighted to have with us Jo Burroughs who won an UnLtd Star People award for her enterprising catering business. Tracy Thorp and Linda Frudd then presented cheques to recent successful applicants Pitstop from All Saints Church and the Friends of Lakes and Meadows who were present and to SureStart and the Scouts in their absence.
Our focus then turned toward what is happening next, with Kim Bell, our Big Local plan coordinator, taking us through our main themes and priorities for action, emerging activities and likely spend – all of which have arisen from our year-long community conversation and all of which can be found on our website.
And to finish up, Tracy Thorp cut and shared the anniversary birthday cake prepared by Trevor Harris from the Community Hall.
We have already had some very supportive and kind words about the event. Thank you to all residents and local workers for your encouragement and involvement. Big Kirk Hallam is nothing without you. Among the kind words are these from Councillor Michelle Booth.
“Congratulations to the voluntary group of residents who are giving up hundreds of hours freely and leading the Big Kirk Hallam £1 M community grant forward!! The meeting last Friday night was wonderful. Louis and I were very impressed with the way the Big Local residents continue to work together as the process to fully consult with the wider community is well underway now – this is not an easy task. The Community Chest has given us a flavour of how a small grant can help in such a large way. We are all excited to watch as the next stage develops.”
Keep in touch via our website or email our administrator, Suzanne Gorman SGorman@kirkhallam.derbyshire.sch.uk.
Our community celebration is only a few days away! Come and meet our plan co-ordinator, Kim and tuck in to the refreshments.
Watch the local community groups being given money – and hear their presentations.
Feel free to discuss Kirk Hallam and help us create our plans for the future!
Starts at 5:30pm until 7:30pm, at the Community Hall on Kenilworth Drive, next to the shops and Sure Start.
Here is a short and detailed report from Big Kirk Hallam arising from a series of focus groups with older residents sharing what could be done to improve their experiences of things to do and places to go locally. These findings will feed into the Big Kirk Hallam plan which being developed over the autumn. Our thanks to Emma Lees of Three Valleys Housing for coordinating the group sessions and compiling the report and to Linda Frudd, Julie Brown and Hazel Cooper for co-facilitating the groups.