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Kingsway’s Got Talent (2014)

Monday, September 8th, 2014 by Clive

Kingsway's Got Talent

We went to Cornwall for a holiday in early August, and returned to find that the Community Centre is now open. (For bookings and information, contact the Quedgeley Parish Council).

Meanwhile, make a note in your diary for the above event, a local talent competition organised by John Gow and the Community Builder team.

The judges have been confirmed as:
Karen Maggs – local resident
Leslie Dyer – local business (CoCo Coffee)
Fr John Ward – local vicar
Debbie Llewellyn – Mayor of Gloucester

First prize is £100 (donated by The Kingsway Resident’s Association) and a professional photo shoot with ‘Photography by Will Davis’.

Entry forms can be collected from Coco’s Coffee Lounge at Kingsway’s local centre.

In need of reassurance

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by kitty-kat1989

Hi There,

My boyfriend and I have just purchased a beautiful home in Kingsway and I was just hoping for some reassurance about the area.

The property is near the Barn Owl and I was wondering if anybody has any problems with that area? You hear things about every area you live in so I thought best to ask the people that live in Kingsway already rather than believe what you hear!

I also have a cat who is currently an indoors cat due to my current area (living opposite a bypass) and I was wondering if the area we’re moving to is safe for him to become an outdoors cat as I would not forgive myself if anything happened to him but I feel he should have the freedom he deserves!

Thank you in advance for any help!

Katie :)

Kingsway Runners Charity Run

Friday, July 18th, 2014 by Clive

Kingsway Community Builder John Gow asked me to publicise the forthcoming Kingsway Runners charity run at Race 4 Men in Gloucester on August 10th, supporting Prostrate Cancer UK and Cancer Research UK.

The team say:

The Kingsway Runners have joined together to raise money for Cancer Research UK at the Race 4 Men in Gloucester on August 10th. Please donate as much or as little as you like. Come along on the day if you want to see us earn it :)

If you wish to donate, please visit their page at justgiving.com.

Kingsway Community Builder

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 by Clive

Many of you will have heard of the recently appointed “Kingsway Community Builder” in local meeting and in the local press. His name is John Gow and he has been tasked (by Gloucester City Council) with “Building a Community” in Kingsway over the next two years.

I must confess that my initial thoughts on hearing about this scheme were along the lines of "typical Glos’ City Council, starting a new scheme with a guaranteed success"…! After all, Kingsway already has a thriving community (in fact we have been featured on BBC News for “bucking the trend” of community breakdown in the UK).

But the real problem is far more widespread than just the UK. In fact the trend towards breakdown in communities is now a recognised global phenomenon, with many experts analysing and explaining reasons for it.

One such interesting analysis is by Rabbi Jonathan Kligler, who says:

We bemoan the breakdown of community in our society, and the fact is, that breakdown is for real. The quest for individual fulfillment, mobility, and economic success — life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — is central to the American experiment. But that quest, in our time, has torn loose from the context of communal and civic responsibility in which it was nurtured. We are faced with the steady atomization of our communal infrastructure… (Read more here).

Psychology Today says:

One of the most destructive problems is the breakdown of community, and it is this breakdown that has often led to the breakdown of persons. Though we may put many around us, we are alone. Relationships have become superficial, there is no longer concern for the other, and we are pressed by societal and financial pressures to focus on our own survival. We do not concern ourselves much with the plight of others except a few we may call family or friends, and even then, our concern and attention is waning.
It is this which is leading to numerous dilemmas for our children and the diagnosis of a gamut of so-called mental disorders and the mass drugging to subdue them and force their conformity to a system of madness, a system they and most despise but which continues to perpetuate itself. Today, do we even know our neighbor; do we even care to know our neighbor?… (Read more here).

Much work is now being done to address the situation both abroad and in the UK, and it’s for this reason that Glos’ City Council have decided to appoint Community Builders in some areas. As a new (and fairly large) community, Kingsway just happens to have been selected.

When this was announced in the Citizen (here), one of their readers commented: "How to build a community go out side the front door knock on the next door and say hello"… Well, that might work, but there are better ways to do it! One of those ways is via an initiative known as “ABCD”: “Asset Based Community Development”… (Read more here).

John’s role is being jointly funded by Gloucester City Council and Oxbode Housing Association with support from the Barnwood Trust who run workshops and fund ABCD-based projects (Read more here).

When John spoke at a recent KRA meeting, he quoted Michelle Obama who said:

“We can’t do well serving communities… if we believe that we, the givers, are the only ones that are half-full, and that everybody we’re serving is half-empty… there are assets and gifts out there in communities, and our job as good servants and as good leaders… [is] having the ability to recognise those gifts in others, and help them put those gifts into action.”… (Read more here).

Stirring stuff I thought, so I volunteered to join the scheme and help John out (along with Barry Kirby and several other local residents).

So far we have had a number of meetings and John and others have been involved in introducing the ABCD approach into Kingsway by asking residents to allow them to fill out questionnaires aimed at identifying both those who can offer assets to others, and those who wish to become involved in taking advantage of those offers.
That is the ABCD approach (in brief)! It involves simply finding local folk who have something to offer others, identifying those “others” (who are interested in said asset) and bringing them together. For instance there are a lot of local people interested in joining a local Cycle club, and several who expressed an interest (and ability) to organise such a club. John brought them together and the Kingsway Cycling Club was born.
John also started the Kingsway Runners, and we are still looking for local gardeners to build a community garden or get involved in local landscaping/gardening projects. (That last link also includes my first mention of the Community Builder Scheme on the blog).

Right now we are awaiting the opening of the new Kingsway Community Centre to allow facilities for groups to meet, and I should like to repeat my offer to allow any local community groups/schemes to use the blog to publicise their existence, contact and meeting details, (I can even create a blog category specifically for your club/group/scheme, to allow interested parties to keep track of your progress etc).

There will be (much) more to come on this subject, and sooner or later one of the CB team will likely knock on your door and ask for 15 minutes of your time to introduce you to the scheme and complete the CB questionnaire, or you may run into us out and about in the community doing the same thing. If so, I urge you to please give the 15 minutes and allow us the opportunity to put you in touch with neighbours and other Kingsway residents who have the same interests as you, and who can either take advantage of your knowledge and expertise to expand those interests, or offer the same thing for you.

Finally, please take a look at Johns Kingsway Community Builder Blog (contains all his contact details) or contact him on Facebook, for more information.

Residents’ Association Public Meeting: July 9th

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 by Clive

The next public meeting of the Kingsway Residents’ Association will take place at Kingsway Primary School on July 9th, at (the ‘later than usual’ starting time of) 7:30PM.

We have invited numerous speakers/contributors including: Andy Smith (QUVL), Andy Jarrett (Reachout!), Dave Norman (Conservative Councillor) and the local Police. In addition we have invited representatives of the Quedgeley Parish Council and Barry Kirby (County Councillor for Grange & Kingsway).

Please make a date in your diary and come along to the meeting if you can make it. This is your chance to keep abreast of community developments and plans, as well as your opportunity to speak to local representatives (about any and all local matters).

Kingsway Cycling Club

Monday, June 9th, 2014 by Clive

The Kingsway Cycling Club met for the first time on Sunday 8th June and had a great turn out (not to mention some outstanding sunshine) for their inaugural ride.

Kingsway Cycling Club

The club will meet for a road ride at 9am every Sunday, at the Kingsway local centre in Thatcham Ave’.

Beginners and experienced riders welcome, no one will be left behind! So come and have fun, get some exercise, and meet fellow cyclists!


You’ll find more information (and contact details) on their Facebook Page.


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