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.