12.12.12 – The Fundraising Challenge begins TODAY!

Over the last few months the Kirknewton Community Development Trust has been promoting how you can join ‘Team KN’ and raise funds as part of the ‘I Love Kirknewton’ Fundraising Challenge.  Today – 12.12.12 – is the official start date of the challenge to raise funds for youth projects, cycle/walking multipath from the village to and around Selm Muir Wood and the roof of the new Resource Centre on the old Gospel Hall site.

Some of you have already started raising funds – a big thank you for that!  Our current total is £1828.  That’s a great start with more to do!

Here are some of the things you have been up to already…

Thanks to Ian Watt and the staff at the award winning Festival Stores for agreeing to have a big orange donation bucket at the tills.  You can make put in your change or make a cash donation at this point at any time.  Thanks to the village shop for also donating the red wine for the mulled wine at the Kirknewton Family Christmas Craft and Food Fair.

Sarah Morris held a coffee morning in her house and took donations for the Challenge – why don’t you have a coffee morning and do the same?  Some people have also offered to take donations at their house party events or asking for donations to the Challenge rather than birthday gifts.

John and Alison Cunningham donated £150 (£181.52 when gift aided) to the ‘I Love Kirknewton’ Fundraising Challenge.  They are looking forward to the Resource Centre being built and are our first major community sponsor who will get their name on the commemorative opening sign inside and be invited to the opening event.  We are taking individual donations of £100 or £150 for a couple, £250 for a business.  You can also donate at https://www.charitygiving.co.uk/donate/donate_b.asp?charityid=6957

Some of you have sold items on the Kirknewton Community Facebook group (a virtual car boot sale) including bikes, curtains, childrens toys and more. You can still do that and make your ‘honesty’ donation to KCDT01 £(your donation – either £1,2,3,4,5 or £10) to 70070 – don’t forget to gift aid it when asked.  Save on Christmas Cards and wish everyone Merry Christmas on the facebook group and donate your saving via text – or don’t have that last glass of wine at the Christmas Party and do the same!  You can shop online at most major retailers for Christmas and a donation will go to the challenge at http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/kirknewtoncdt

Debi Kemp at the Post Office gave a donation of £50 from the sale of second hand books in the Post Office.  Thanks Debi.

Michael Crosbie had BOmember and donated a whole month of subs from the Boxcir class that takes place in the Village Hall.

Karen Murray emptied the contents of her attic and we were able to recycle the clothes for cash.  You can get a bag delivered direct to your door, fill it up with clothes, bags and jewellery and get it collected at a time that suits you.  It’s really easy to do!  Check out our new dedicated web page at http://www.clothesforcash.com/kirknewton.html

You have donated money at Allotment Apple Day, the Gala provided free glow sticks for donations at the lighting of the Christmas Tree, Duncan McCool’s company Aggregate provide free materials for the path clearing day at Selm Muir Wood, Mark Scott offered all the profits if you purchased a picture at the Kirknewton Volunteering Awards from http://www.photoboxgallery.com/markscottweddingphotography/collection?album_id=1600199021 , you donated money at the Awards for the dinner provided by Anne Pinkerton and many of you also attended the Christmas Fair, which included a home made ‘I Love Kirknewton’ Christmas Cake in the raffle by Nicola MacAulay and Santa’s Grotto by the Playgroup

Konect offered a free page to tell you about the challenge.  you about the challenge.   Maximillion have offered a
percentage of group bookings they get (if they say ‘Kirknewton Challenge’ – tell your HR away day departments now) and all the money raised from a day out for 12 people on 4x4s, archery and quad bikes (if you would like to go in the new year just e mail infokirknewton@gmail.com – minimum donation £50).   Local company Reservoir Logs also offered all the money from the sale of logs for the winter months.

Other events planned for the new year include a Kirknewton Golf tournament at the Dalmahoy in May.  Michael Wilson is organising the event which includes hot rolls, a game on the East Course, soup and sandwiches after the game and a winners trophy for a donation of £50.  Contact Michael at m.wilson.707@btinternet.com .  Julie Greer is planning a concert in the church with the Edinburgh University Renaissance Singers (http://eurs.eusa.ed.ac.uk/) in March, a wine tasting in the hall and more.  Anyone who raises over £1000 during the Challenge gets a special plaque in the new Resource Centre!  You can tell us your ideas by e mailing infokirknewton@gmail.com or at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/kirkfundraising

We hope to do street collections and packing at supermarkets and are looking for volunteers.  Again e mail us at infokirknewton@gmail.com if you’d like to pack a bag or two!

It’s important that all school pupils and their parents/carers take part too.  There is a plan to have a school sponsored walk just before the easter vacation and we would also like the pupils/parents and carers touse their own talents and come up with their own fundraising or sponsorship ideas too.  You can set up an online fundraising form at https://www.charitygiving.co.uk/fundraising/newpage.asp?charitylink=6957 and get sponsored by family and friends outwith Kirknewton and as far as Europe (as we take euros) and the States (as we take dollars!).  Some ideas can be found on this document a-z_fundraising_ideas (1)

The beauty is you can do anything.  Working together we can meet this challenge and fund our Kirknewton youth groups, multipath and Community Resource Centre.  It’s 12.12.12 – do something TODAY or during 2013 before the end of the challenge at 11.12.13!

Thanks for your support so far and your help in the future – be part of Team KN!






Sssshhh – Kirknewton Santa gossip!


The Kirknewton Christmas Festival is in full swing and we even have snow to welcome it for 2012!  Thanks to the 400+ who came to the Procession and Lighting of the Kirknewton Christmas Tree Lights that were switched on by Mrs Charleston.  It was the biggest and best lighting of the Christmas tree yet and a great start to the Festival.  Thank you to for the £140 donation for your glow sticks from the school play ground.

On Sunday 9th December at 12 noon til 3am at the Kirknewton Family Christmas Craft and Food Fair you can see Santa (adults too!), get a Gala Burger at the BBQ, enjoy some mulled wine and home baking from the allotments, sing carols with the Kirknewton Choir, enjoy some cracking food, buy some unique last minute Christmas presents and check out Potter Around and their new Family Treepot range.  There will be a raffle to win a home made Christmas Cake and oddles of prizes in the Playgroup raffle.  200+ attended last year so please take your car only to drop off or walk if you can.


Over 200 volunteer hours have been spent since November 2011 (and many more before then) on preparing the planning, building warrant and tender process to build the Kirknewton Resource Centre on the Old Gospel Hall site.  We will be sending the final tender to the successful contractors next week and hope to make a decision on who that will be and begin building in Jan/Feb 2013.  As you may know the cost of arranging planning and the design of the roof has cost the community £20,000 more than originally anticipated which is why we would like to contribute some of the funds from the ‘I Love Kirknewton’ Fundraising Challenge to the build.  This will be a hub for the community, support services and volunteers in the village and compliment more well needed space to the Village Hall.  So please start thinking now of how you can help raise money or get sponsored from now and throughout 2013 and let us know what you plan at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/kirkfundraising– it would be great to hear your ideas before 12.12.12, the official launch date of the Challenge!


If you missed it here are the pics from the Kirknewton Volunteering Awards 2012 – pics can be purchased from the site and all profits will go to the ‘I Love Kirknewton’ Fundraising Challenge http://www.photoboxgallery.com/markscottweddingphotography/collection?album_id=1600199021


We now have over 300 people following the Kirknewton Community Group on facebook http://www.facebook.com/groups/kirknewton/#!/groups/kirknewton/ and over 200 people on twitter at https://twitter.com/KirknewtonEH27 – please share with Kirknewton friends so they can be kept up to date with all the latest news, including Christmas Festival events such as the Carol Singing Torchlight Procession, Mince Pies and Watchnight Service on 24 Dec.