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“This girl can” Netball at Loughborough University

A group of learners from Ladywood School went to Loughborough University to watch Lightning v Team Bath funded from the community chest


Big Kirk Hallam Camp Out

Photos from the Big Kirk Hallam Camp Out attended by staff and year 6 pupils at Ladywood and Dallimore Schools

The first weekend in October saw the first Big Kirk Hallam camp out take place on Dallimore playing field. The weather was glorious with the sun shining constantly and everyone had an amazing time. The first thing that everyone had to learn was how to pitch the tents that they were going to sleep in overnight! Tea on the Friday night was chips from the chip shop. Luckily the staff had pre ordered as there would have been quite a wait for the 70 bags of chips they needed! During Friday evening “The Starman” set up telescopes for the children to look at the stars and there were stories around the campfire. At the end of the evening “The Starman” set up his own telescope for the children and staff to be able to view Uranus. What a magical experience.

Then came the adventure of sleeping under canvas and the challenge of getting into a sleeping bag! Rumour has it that there was one noisy tent – guess what – it wasn’t the children but the staff from Ladywood who had to be told to be quiet!

Saturday was a day full of new adventures, challenges and activities. These included shelter building, archery, distilling water to clean it and to make hot chocolate with it, team building through silent communication, making bug pancakes and eating them (including the bugs!)and trying special camping food.

Mel Lawson, Head Teacher at Ladywood said

“ it was fantastic to see the Ladywood learners and staff get stuck into activities and enjoy themselves and have time away from technology. One child commented on this saying it was good to not have phones and iPads. The company that provided the tents and activities were fabulous.”

Rachel Crowther, Head Teacher at Dallimore said

“ The campout went really well. The company were great and of course the weather helped.”

The children were split into mixed school groups so that they had the opportunity to make new friends.

The project has had a massive impact with children, staff and parents seeing what is possible when you work together as a team. The camp also made the children see the community in which they live in a new and exciting way. The children have made friendships that will last and support them on transition to secondary school.

The 2 schools have already booked for the Big Kirk Hallam campout next autumn as it was such a success this year. Let’s hope it is the start of many successful annual Big Kirk Hallam camp outs!

Grandparents – school lunches are much better now than when we were at school

Following a review of the community lunches project the 2 primary schools have now opened the scheme out to include grandparents of children attending the schools. Below are photos from a recent community lunch at Ladywood Primary School at which 40 older members of the community attended and ate a traditional roast dinner.

Mel Lawson, Head Teacher at Ladywood said

“ It was really lovely watching the older generation interact with the children. Additionally the older people also began chatting and mingling amongst themselves. One lady had crocheted some poppies and was able to sell those. There was a real community spirit and a lovely calm atmosphere throughout the lunch. A number of the grandparents commented how tasty the food was – much better than the school dinners they remembered!”

The lunches are still open to older members of the community even if you don’t have a grandchild at the school. To book a place just contact Ladywood Primary School reception (pop in or tel 0115 9320585) or Dallimore Primary School reception (pop in or tel 0115 9320741)

If you have a grandchild at the schools you will receive an invitation with other grandparents from your grandchild’s class.

Mr Kirk Hallam from U.S.A. in his Big Kirk Hallam T shirt

Big Kirk Hallam was recently contacted by Wendy, a relative of Kirk Hallam from Los Angeles. She had come across the project whilst searching the internet for an unusual birthday gift for him.

We were happy to send a T Shirt, key ring, pen, notebook and fridge magnet all saying Big Kirk Hallam. Kirk has sent us the picture below and says

“I’m sooo happy you sent me the shirt and merchandise from my namesake Kirk Hallam
I was there about 8 years back and couldn’t find anything with our mutual on it to buy, but I had a great time visiting with people at the local pub. They thought it was hilarious when they
saw my name really WAS Kirk Hallam! Hopefully we can all visit there sometime soon. It’s really a beautiful place isn’t it? Please tell the townspeople that they are welcome to come stay
with us if they’re ever visiting Los Angeles.

Lotsa love,
Kirk “

Thanks Kirk – we agree Kirk Hallam is a beautiful place to live and the residents are great. Although the weather does looks better in Los Angeles!

Do you know of anyone else called Kirk Hallam? If you do please let us know and we will send them a T shirt too!

Big Kirk Hallam first AGM at Autumn Show

The displays and posters across the back of the hall at the College’s Autumn Show today told the proud story of Big Kirk Hallam from an idea, through forming a vision right through to it being a funded plan of action to help make the area an even better place to live.

Posters of those standing for the partnership board were also on display and those standing will be confirmed in post at our next meeting on 13 October.

Thanks to all those who have worked so hard to get things ready, especially our plan co-ordinator, Kim Bell and Susan and Stella from WashArts.

Big KH partnership board members

At the AGM we also took the chance to catch up with two people who have been such champions throughout. Here are Tracy Thorp, vice chair, and Brian Cooper our chair talking about the journey so far.

Tracy Thorp, vice chair, Big Kirk Hallam:

Brian Cooper, chair, Big Kirk Hallam:

Finally – thank you to all residents and supporters who continue to keep the spirit alive and who encourage us in so many ways to do the very best we can through Big Kirk Hallam for our local community. Look out for our annual report – it is in hard copy at various locations and will soon be here as a PDF for you to download.