Local parent and Community Counsellor Fiona Halliday wished to start a support group in Kirknewton for parents and carers of children with additional support needs. She recognised that parents and carers can experience high levels of isolation, and thought that a regular group would help people to meet and share experiences. She noticed that Thursday 1st Feb is also “Time to Talk Day”, a day that encourages open exchange and talking to reduce isolation for people suffering mental health issues.
While these are two seperate issues, Fiona realised that she had a wonderful opportunity to bring people together over tea and cake as well as launching her Support Group. In collaboration with KCDT, Fiona would like to invite all community members to a Mental Health Pop-up Community Cafe on Thursday 1st Feb, 11am – 1pm in The Green Room. Baking donations would be greatly appreciated and everyone is welcome to drop in or stay for the duration.
The Kirknewton Christmas Family Fair and BBQ was a great success, raising over £1500 for local community organisations.
The Kirknewton Community Development Trust wanted to do something slightly different with the annual event, making it less about craft stalls and more about family friendly Christmas activities. They also put less into publicity and more into entertainment with an additional marquee, a magician (three shows), snow machine, BookBugs, Mini and Me, Scout games, face painters, balloon makers, local choirs and the Kirknewton Primary School Brass band. Santa was also there for the whole duration, giving out 100 books to young people.
On the day the Development Trust made £500 on the raffle for the Christmas hamper, glitter tattoos and entertainment.
The Guides made £193 from their craft stall for their camp.
Mums and Toddlers made £155 from the Santa’s grotto (which looked amazing)
Allotments made £300 from tea/coffee/juice and homebaking (selling out!)
The BBQ made £276 for Rainbows and Brownies.
The Gala sold small gifts and toys.
The school PSA too £274 for their merchandise and crafts while children waited for Santa.
The Development Trust would like to thank everyone in the community and local businesses who participated a big vote of thanks for trying something a wee bit different this year, based on your feedback from last years event. A big thank you to the Stables for providing the venue for free.
The Gala Committee are running their own whisky night for Burn’s Night. It takes place in the Kirknewton Pub on Friday 26th January from 7.30pm
Tickets are £10 for 6 x 25ml measures of whisky.
Tickets are available from the Inn, Kirknewton or contact the Gala through their facebook page.
Michael Crosbie, who runs the Boxcir group in the village, will be starting a running group on Satuday 27th January.
It will be , primarily , aimed at beginner to intermediate runners.
The initial plan is to run, jog, walk or power walk 5 full laps of Kirknewton park on Saturday, Monday and Thursday mornings at approximately 9am.
If interested , just turn up on morning or check out his facebook here
The first set of minutes for the new Kirknewton Community Council are now available here.
Minutes will be made available once they are approved – these minutes are from the December meeting that took place on Tuesday 12th December, agreed at the January meeting which took place at the Green Room on Tuesday 9th January
The list of the new Kirknewton Community Council members can be found here.. This is the page you can see all Council minutes in the future. You can approach them individually or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The December minutes cover PC Alan Murrays crime report and a variety of items the new Community Council hope to get up to speed on in this new year.