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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).

Farewell Steve Brooks

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 by Clive

I spent last Friday evening at the Barn Owl, saying farewell to Steve Brooks (blastu2) who is leaving Kingsway (traitor! Although – in his defence, he’s going to live in one of those dream houses on the bank of a beautiful lake, somewhere in Canada)!

Steve BrooksI first met Steve back around 2008 at a Residents Association meeting. Having already spoken to him several times, I knew him to be an educated guy with terrific connections, an interesting past and some local problems, (which he was pro-actively trying to solve).
Later on he joined the Kingsway Residents Association, finishing up as our Secretary. Steve put a lot of effort into his role, helping to organise many local events, (he was Santa at the carol singing event last December, and was also very pro-active in organising the litter picking event and obtaining equipment for our future use)!
He also campaigned on our behalf (and on behalf of several individuals) with the press, the council(s), builders, developers and many other organisations, and was a great fund-raiser for local events too.

Steve had a talent for “targetting” the right person, and always seemed to be able to come up with personal contact details for the top man in any organisation!

Whilst I can’t say I blame him for his decision, I am personally very sad to see him go. He was a good friend, a kind and helpful man and an asset to Kingsway. He will be sadly missed :(

Bon Voyage Steve mate… Look out Canada!

PS: Don’t forget to keep in touch… Post some pictures of your new house once you’re settled in (just to cheer us all up) :mrgreen:

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!

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

Road Surfacing Brize Avenue and Goose Bay Drive

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 by QUVL Project Manager

Just to inform everyone that the final surfacing of Brize Avenue and Goose Bay Drive, from Thatcham Avenue to Buckenham Walk, will be carried out next week. Access may be restricted or diverted during the day, with diversions through Linton Avenue being implemented to ensure that all properties can be accessed.

Thank you for all your patience with these works, by the end of next week – 13 June, the surfacing should be complete with no more raised ironworks in these roads.

If you have any concerns during the works, please contact the QUVL Kingsway (number noted on home page).

Regards,

Andy Smith

Fibre Broadband Providers (Marham Drive)

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 by PotatoPete

Hi,

Can anybody living in Marham Drive recommend either BT or Sky for fibre broadband please? I am looking for an unlimited fast connection that will be good enough for on line Xbox gaming (plus my kids using YouTube)!

BT can provide unlimited Infinity 2 at 76mbps, whereas SKY has fibre unlimited at either 38mb or 76mb.

I have my concerns about BT as they are reported to throttle speeds even though they say they don’t? But the router provided is supposed to be good.

As for Sky, the router is supposed to be rubbish with WIFI strengths (which is where most of my internet connection is through). But I have heard they are better than BT for broadband?

I have also heard that in both cases, particularly with Sky you can only use their routers to access the internet. There are some reports of people using their own hardware, but apparently it’s an effort to get the settings off the providers kit to input in your own hardware?

Also how much hardware do they actually provide you with? Is SKY just the combined router/hub? But does BT have a router and the hub separately?

I was just trying to get a idea of what people might be using in Marham Drive (or even Kingsway) so that I can make my mind up, thank you.

I am currently using Virgin ADSL to access the internet with a BT phone line rental. But lately the connection has got so bad that I can barely get on line especially in the evening. After ringing them, there is nothing they can do to make it better as they are not providing fibre in Kingsway any time soon. This is the best package they can offer, so my only option is to find another provider.

Cheers!

Kingsway Community Gardeners Needed

Monday, May 12th, 2014 by Clive

There have been a few comments on here and elsewhere, regarding the loss of the community garden.

I have also become involved in the Kingsway Community Builder scheme (more on that later)…

One of the things we noticed quite early on is how many Kingsway Residents list gardening as one of their favourite hobbies, with several people saying that they’d like to get involved with a community garden project.

So we are planning to start something in TWO areas:

1. The (huge piece of) land at Valley Gardens diagonally opposite to Tesco Express.

2. The Kingsway Roundabout (at the entrance from the A38… the one that used to look like this website’s banner)!

If anyone is interested in getting involved, please comment here, or contact John Gow (Community Builder) or me via Facebook.

 

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