Catch up on what’s happening locally – if you have any news to share, please post a comment in the box below.
First, some rather sad news. The Village Cinema Company has provided us with some excellent films over the last couple of years, but ceases trading at the end of this month.
The good news is that the Kingston Village Society has decided to take up the challenge of investigating the potential of setting up a Kingston Cinema Club, and we hope to have an outline for discussion at our Annual General Meeting on the 18th May.
Even more good news:
We have had a very generous donation of six decorative plates ( 8 ins diam) + stands, depicting scenes of Kingston. Good quality, pristine condition, gold rim, sepia drawings, dark green and beige decoration. From the Canterbury Collection, each with a serial number. Scenes include The Black Robin, Barham Primary School, Old Tudor Farmhouse (ie. Whitelocks Farm), Village Hall (The Barn), St Giles Church, and The Street (looking up The Street from near the junction with Church Lane). Probably depicting scenes of inter-war years. Must be worth £25-30 each at least, more to those with a personal connection. We have decided to auction them at the village quiz night on Saturday, so if you were not planning to come now is the time to reconsider. There are still about 16 seats available, so give your friends a call and do come along.
The Defibrillator is now fully installed and ready for action, although we hope that it will not be needed for a very long time. St John Ambulance have very kindly set up a CPR and iPad familiarisation programme on three consecutive Friday evenings on 6th; 13th and 20th February. Available places are already nearly full, so there may be a possibility of us repeating the courses in the spring, which is not too far away.
The next major thing on our programme is a Race Night! This has been arranged for Friday 27th February to get us into practice for the racing season, and will follow a similar pattern to last year’s outstanding evening, supported by Kevin and Kim from the Haywain, Bramling. 50% of the takings will be going to the Pilgrims Hospice and the remainder to support village organisations and events. We will be advertising the event within the next few days, so if you want to get in early now is your chance.
It is felt that last year’s Fete was so successful that we have decided to repeat the experience again this year. The date has been set and will be the afternoon of 26th September. No fundraising target this year, but any spare income after expenses will be used for the benefit of the Village community. More news on that as the programme begins to develop.
Finally, if you have an hour or two to spare the Village Society is always looking for people with an interest in their village and who would like to become involved. We are a very small, active, friendly and enthusiastic team, but we do need a good flow of ideas and support in putting them into action. If you would like to explore this further please reply to this comment below.
As the Nailbourne is now flowing and has just trickled past Barham, I thought it would be useful to post a couple of useful links to the Environment Agency’s website:
Flood status of the Nailbourne (it’s not actually flooding yet so no updates as of today )
and the latest Groundwater report here:
(at the time of posting, the EA had the wrong year on the report, although it is current).
Please see below an update from Ted Edwards of Canterbury City Council on planned flood prevention works that Mike Sole has forwarded on.
Fruit and Vegetable stall – 4 The Street, Kingston.
This year we have had another good crop in the garden, including some very strangely shaped carrots. Our produce stall was supplemented by a large number of people donating plants and fruit from their own gardens, and also Liz’s dad, who at 94 years old produced a fantastic amount of runner beans and raspberries.
Thanks to your generosity in donating and also buying produce we have managed to raise a record amount of £512.14 for St Giles Church.
Thank you all once again for your generosity, and we look forward to seeing you again next year, when we hope to be able to produce more bedding plants. If you have any spare plastic plant pots, preferably 3” but any size will do, plus trays, modules or anything else we can stick plants in they will be most gratefully received.
On 24th September, a meeting was held with relevant local authorities to discuss last year’s flooding in Barham and Kingston.
The notes of the meeting can be read here:
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