Category Archives: Whats changed 2017

What’s changed – looking back at the Big Thank you and AGM

Through Big Kirk Hallam we are committed to honouring and celebrating the wonderful contribution of so many residents to help make Kirk Hallam an even better place to live.

But we were amazed at the response we had to our request for nominations for the Big Thank You awards held in December. By the time of the closing date we had received 96 nominations for people who live or volunteer in Kirk Hallam and who make a difference to the area.

Everybody who was nominated was invited to the Big Thank You Award event on 2 December. It was incredible to see the numbers of people who came along to the awards to celebrate all the contributions that make a difference to Kirk Hallam.

Every nominee was presented with a certificate by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson. As there were such a large number of nominations we decided to choose a winner for each of the 4 themes across the plan.

The winners were

Things to do and places to go: The Warm Welcome Club: Mavis Raines

Ethel Burton, Debra Ward

For all their hard work and dedication to make the warm welcome luncheon club a friendly and happy place to local residents to meet.

Access and the Environment: The Gardening Team at All Saints Church: Alan Boswell, Brian Bostock, David Pickworth, Ken Udall

The work that they do most days to keep the church yard and grounds maintained and tidy

Quality of Life: Lindsey Rice

Taking a dinner round to her neighbor every day and buying meals for him to cover when she was away on holiday

Education and training: The Reading Buddy team at Ladywood Primary School: Young learners: Abby Jameson, Bethany Martin Brooks,

Taylor Frettingham, Sylvie Humphreys

Showing the drive and determination to offer Ladywood children a library service giving up time before and after school and leaving the lasting legacy of the reading shed

It was so good to hear of all of the volunteering and work done by residents to make Kirk Hallam such a great place to live.

The event was held alongside the opening of the community café and Christmas activities and stalls, all of which were also popular. It was a bit chaotic with so much going on. We have therefore reviewed this arrangement and decided that this year the Thank you awards will be a stand-alone event with our AGM in October and there will be a separate Christmas event with Santa attending in December.

Young people at the heart of Big Local – report and resources

Matt Betesta, Sylvie Humphreys and Amanda Speake represented Big Kirk Hallam at the national event held in Derby on 24 October as a partnership between Allenton Big Local and Big Kirk Hallam. They were on fire! Matt was co-chair for the event and also spoke about his involvement in helping run Big Kirk Hallam. Sylvie and Amanda spoke about the thousands of ways children and young people have created, run and benefited from activities and projects funded by Big Kirk Hallam and often run through the two primary schools.

Young people worked tirelessly throughout the event as roving reporters, conducting interviews and producing a newsletter which everyone got a copy of before the end of the day.

If you’d like to find out more everything can be found here:

And the specific links are here:

· Event report by Bill Badham (also attached)

· Storify story

· Powerpoint slides as a PDF

· Newsletter as a PDF

· Allenton Big Local Facebook page

· St Martin’s Church and Community Centre Makeover Facebook page

· Big Kirk Hallam Facebook page

NLE Oct17YPEvent -report.pdf

Thank you from AFC Kirk Hallam

We received the following from AFC Kirk hallam who received funding from Big Kirk hallam in the recent community chest awards

The kit and coats have been collected and they look amazing. We’ll hopefully be able to send a pic of the team wearing it this Sunday.
Thank you for everything you and your team have done, it’s helped us massively.

You’re welcome AFC Kirk Hallam and we’re looking forward to seeing the pictures

Big Kirk Hallam Camp Out 2017

Have a look at these photos from the Big Kirk hallam Camp Out aka Dalliwood Camp!

Looks like you all had a great time – can’t wait to hear from the young learners about the what you all (ant the teachers) got up to