How’s it going? Big Local rep’s quarterly review

July – September 2017

As your Big Local Rep, every three months I share my thoughts on local area progress with you as residents and with the central team managing the national programme. Your comments and thoughts are always welcome.

Looking back

Running things

The partnership continues to meet monthly and partner agreements, reports on activities, minutes of meetings and stories of action and change are posted on the website. Financial recording and reporting are sound, giving the partnership a secure basis for its decision making. The partnership is in good shape and running things well, with vision, energy and application. It gets a good balance between checking on how current community priorities in the plan are going with looking head and scoping new ideas. In the summer for example, all recent activity reports were checked before payment was released and follow up was undertaken where concerns about performance were raised. An overview was given by the plan co-ordinator of projects and funding, with direction for the coming year approved by the partnership. Service Level Agreements for new projects have been put in place. The partnership also took the opportunity to review and confirm its terms of reference including what is expected of resident members.

Doing things

The use of the Community Centre grows and plans advance for launching the community café. A number of groups regularly meet at the centre, with more interest and new bookings coming in. A complaint from a neighbour about noise after a specific event was responded to warmly with practical actions agreed. The plan co-ordinator continues to be on the community centre management committee also giving support to the community development worker.

Good links with another Big Local area in Chesterfield and through partnership with Fareshare and Derbyshire County Council helped progress the holiday play and stay scheme over the summer. The project went extremely well with between 40 and 50 children accessing the project. The feedback obtained by DCC from parents and children was very positive. The partnership approved the continuation of the scheme. The last round of the community chest saw grants made to the Brownies, Pop up café, Warm Welcome Club and AFC Kirk Hallam who showed how big achievements can come from small grants, saying “Thank you for everything you and your team have done, it’s helped us massively.”

A range of successful projects also continue through the two primary schools, including staying safe awareness raising as well as the Big Kirk Hallam camp out.

Looking ahead

Three people from Kirk Hallam will take part in the national event in October in Derby on young people at the heart of Big Local, co-chairing and presenting examples of how children and young people have contributed so much since the very start of Big Kirk Hallam. Looking ahead to December, plans are in place for combining the AGM with Big Kirk Hallam/s first community awards called the Big Kirk Hallam Thank you. The Annual report will be distributed to all residents.

Bill Badham

November 2017


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

The Big Kirk Hallam Thank You

Do you know someone who makes a difference to Kirk Hallam?

We are recognising and celebrating people who live or volunteer in Kirk Hallam and make the area a better place

It could be that they are a good neighbour, they care about the area, they are community minded, they give up their time for Kirk Hallam, they have made a difference to you

Nominations close on Friday 17 November and the award ceremony will take place on Saturday 2 December at 2.00pm

Click on the link below for the nomination form and return to jsan Shepherd at the Big Kirk Hallam Community Centre or email to

Big Thank you nomination form 2017

Thank you

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