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IM­PROVE­MENTS. Keg­worth’s Her­itage Cen­tre is look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing im­prove­ments in their day to day sit­u­a­tion af­ter some dif­fi­cul­ties in the past twelve months.

In a state­ment the cen­tre says to say that 2018 has been a chal­leng­ing year for them is some­thing of an un­der­state­ment.

“In March the cen­tre was at cri­sis point and on the verge of shut­ting down com­pletely. Be­fore the AGM on the March 13, the cen­tre was tee­ter­ing on the brink with the com­mit­tee re­duced to two mem­bers, but there was a glim­mer of light fol­low­ing on from that and the en­su­ing EGM on March 23rd when a num­ber of peo­ple vol­un­teered their ser­vices and the new trustee board was elected or co-opted.”

The ten new trus­tees met for the first time in April, and de­spite los­ing one per­son, have con­tin­ued to build on that ini­tial wave of en­thu­si­asm.

“Some of the re­sults are in plain sight. We have a new web­site, a Face­book page and a sis­ter site on Face­book - the highly pop­u­lar Keg­worth Re­mem­bered page with over 750 mem­bers.”

Although the Her­itage Cen­tre is not cur­rently open of­fi­cials say they have been able to host a few spe­cial events. “In June, we opened to co­in­cide with the One Keg­worth Fam­ily Day and wel­comed over forty peo­ple. In Septem­ber we took part in the Hello Her­itage event, at­tract­ing over sixty vis­i­tors over two days. We also had a pres­ence at the Sut­ton Bon­ing­ton show and the An­nual Ghost Walk was sup­ported by twenty peo­ple on the night, but was pre­ceded by a spe­cial and equally well-sup­ported Ghost Walk for the Keg­worth Wives Group.”

The cen­tre has had to sus­pend its nor­mal open­ing sched­ule be­cause of some ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment at their premises. Build­ing work on the new floor has fi­nally be­gun, but there is still a need to fund a new spe­cial floor cov­er­ing. There is also a need new win­dows through­out the build­ing as well as an im­proved heat­ing sys­tem.

The trus­tees say they are con­tin­u­ing to try to find fi­nan­cial re­sources to fund these ex­pen­sive pro­jects. In prepa­ra­tion for all this work, and with a view to re­open­ing as soon as pos­si­ble, there has been a lot of de-clut­ter­ing and ar­chiv­ing of ma­te­ri­als, and the fo­cus of the cen­tre is be­ing di­rected to­wards truly Keg­worth re­lated con­tent.

The cen­tre say have plans to im­prove the Her­itage Cen­tre shop and are look­ing at the pos­si­bil­i­ties of on-line elec­tronic sales. ” The old mem­ber­ship scheme is be­ing re­vis­ited to bet­ter align with the new vi­sion for the cen­tre, and the Friends of Keg­worth Her­itage Cen­tre should be launched in the New Year.”

The state­ment goes on: “All of these ac­tiv­i­ties take time, ef­fort and money and, de­spite what we have achieved, there is still a long way to go. We’d like to thank every­one who has sup­ported us over the year, es­pe­cially our vol­un­teer helpers, and hope you will con­tinue to of­fer that sup­port as we ex­e­cute our plans for the fu­ture.”

BY­PASS FOOT­PATHS STILL CLOSED. Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil have ad­vised that all the foot­paths that cross the Keg­worth by­pass are still closed-off by the de­vel­oper. LCC have some snag­ging is­sues to raise with the con­trac­tor and they await ad­vice on when the works will be fin­ished.

Neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties to the foot­paths i.e. Brick­yard Lane etc will be writ­ten to by LCC who will ad­vise them of the re-open­ing of the routes and to en­sure that any ma­te­ri­als re­lated to their prop­er­ties e.g. over­grown hedges will need to be cleared.

RAIL LINE CON­NEC­TIONS. NWLDC’s De­vel­op­ment Con­trol team has been in­formed of works that are due to start in the New Year to con­nect the main rail­way line to the rail ter­mi­nal line at the East Mid­lands Strate­gic Rail Freight In­ter­change.

There’s no in­for­ma­tion to share as they are not re­quired to show NWLDC their ac­cess plans, but the con­trac­tor wants to let lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties know that the work is due to start.

The planned works will be car­ried out by Net­work Rail and works were due to start this week through to the 1st March 2019.

Work­ing hours will be 0730 to 1630 Mon­day to Fri­day, they are not plan­ning to work at week­ends but if this should Keg­worth

change they will up­date De­vel­op­ment Con­trol. Ac­cess is at Ry­croft Road, Hem­ing­ton, DE74 2RE.

KEG­WORTH COM­MU­NITY LI­BRARY. Happy New Year from Keg­worth Com­mu­nity Li­brary. The li­brary has now re­sumed nor­mal op­er­at­ing hours fol­low­ing the Christ­mas break. Both, Em­bar­rasS­ING and Com­mu­nity Bingo are con­tin­u­ing to run through­out 2019 on al­ter­nat­ing Wed­nes­days.

What’s com­ing up at Keg­worth Com­mu­nity Li­brary?

To­day, Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 9, at 7pm is Em­bar­rasS­ING! Come along and join in the singing! Price £2.

Next week, Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 16, at 2.15pm is Com­mu­nity Bingo. As al­ways, there are cash prizes and free re­fresh­ments. Bingo cards are 50p each or three for £1.

For more up­dates on events at Keg­worth Com­mu­nity Li­brary like our ‘Keg­worth Com­mu­nity Li­brary’ Face­book page.

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