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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:

Big Lunch 2014

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Clive

Make a diary date for this year’s Big Lunch: Sunday June 1st from 12pm to 4pm.

We (The Residents Association) are appealing for volunteers to help set up and/or clear away, and help running stalls on the day… Please let us know if you can lend a hand.


Previous Big Lunch events have been excellent:
2013 Big Lunch Review.
2012 Big Lunch Review.
2010 Big Lunch Gallery).

Do try and make it this year, it’s a great day out.

KRA Meeting 19-03-14

Sunday, March 30th, 2014 by Clive

The Residents Association held it’s latest public meeting on 19th March at Kingsway Primary School. The minutes are now available.

We had an update on the local ReachOut! youth project (first reported here).

We met John Gow, the newly appointed “Community Builder” (see this post by Fred Wood for more information), who spoke about his past experiences, and his plans.

Andy Smith (QUVL) gave us the latest development news regarding the Community Centre (ETA August 14th), Sports Pavilion and facilities (ETA August 14th) and Phase II Shops and parking (ETA August 14th). He also announced that The Jehovah’s Witnesses will be taking on the local "Place of Worship" (plans are currently being approved). Finally, he mentioned that "Litter Pick Days" will continue and that – whilst it was recognised that some of the local Dog Bins may need to ne re-sited, the situation would be reviewed after adoption.

Representatives from the local Community Police said that they now hold local "Drop-In Sessions" at Coco Coffee Lounge (11am on the first Thursday of each month), and Tesco’s (sorry no further details)! They also spoke about the recent spate of house burglaries, reporting that these have occurred throughout Gloucester and were in no way limited to Kingsway. They went on to say that these have – in the main – been opportunists (rather than professional burglars), who have taken advantage of un-secured properties, and finished by offering crime prevention advice, and mentioning that they have responded with increased late-night patrols.

Joe Logan (KRA Chair) gave a review of our (KRA) activities in 2013, our finances and our plans for 2014.

There followed the normal "Q&A" session, fielding questions on a local medical centre, speeding buses, local rail station plans (or the lack of!), and we finished the meeting with Cllr Barry (Baz_k) Kirby requesting help to spend his "three pots of money", and Joe requesting that residents give us some input via a blog entry (here), relating to their respective thoughts toward the KRA, and it’s future within the village.

Lots going on! Be sure to read the minutes for the complete picture.

HGV Traffic (Asda)

Monday, February 24th, 2014 by JoeL


There have been a number of comments regarding HGV traffic going to Asda and having spoken to the Council, I can confirm Asda delivery lorries lorries are not allowed to enter or leave Kingsway using the A38 traffic lights, as the planning consent directs them to enter via Waterwells. Also they should not be parking on Newhaven Road for other than a short period while the loading yard gates are opened.

The Council have asked that any instances of lorries using the wrong route or parking on Newhaven Road, especially parking on the verge, should be reported to Joann.Meneaud@gloucester.gov.uk, with times, registration numbers and preferably photographs.

Chair KRA

Kingsway Carols 2013

Friday, January 31st, 2014 by Clive

Kingsway Carols - 2013On 21st and 22nd December 2013, the Residents Association – in conjunction with Asda and Tesco Express, arranged for four charity carol singing events to take place in Kingsway, to raise money for Gloucester Royal Hospital’s Children’s Ward… (more info’).

Asda also offered to add gifts collected as a part of their Give A Gift campaign to the donation.

Tesco Express also sold raffle tickets to shoppers to bolster donations, as well as donating the prizes and giving away sweets and mince pies over the weekend.

Kingsway Carols - 2013We were lucky enough to get several sponsors to donate towards the fund: Miller Homes, Guinness Hermitage Housing Group, Oxbode Housing (GreenSquare Group), Asda (Quedgeley) and Tesco Express (Kingsway).

Numerous local children joined the choir, along with various members of the KRA.

Richard Graham MP, Cllr: Fred Wood and Conservative candidate Dave Norman also took part in the event.

L to R: Cllr: Fred Wood, Santa, Vicky (Tesco Express manager)

The total raised (£811.30 plus the gifts from Asda), was presented to Hospital Play Specialists Liz Cubbins and Louise Danter, at the hospital, on Wednesday 22nd January:
Kingsway Carols - 2013
L to R: Liz Cubbins, Lois, Michelle(KRA), Joanne, George, Gill (KRA), Louise Danter, Dawn Brockbank (Asda)

Jo Harvey (Lead Nurse / Modern Matron for Paediatric Inpatients and Outpatient Department at GRH Children’s Ward) said:

“On behalf of the Directorate of Children’s Services, and especially all the children on the Paediatric Unit at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, we would like to thank you for taking the time to visit us and for your extremely generous cheque for £811.30.

I understand that your Association raised this money by organising carol singing events around Gloucester prior to Christmas. This is a fantastic sum of money for you to have raised and I am sure that you must all have worked extremely hard organising these events. I would, therefore, be grateful if you could pass on our thanks to all those members who participated.

Once again, thank you so much for thinking of the babies and children who spend time with us – it was very kind of you.”

Steve Brooks (KRA) said:

“Kingsway Residents Association’ would like to take this opportunity toward thanking all those who took part in the event – along with those within our community who made donations for such a worthy cause – raising £811.30, and gifts for the children of: Gloucester Royal Hospital’s Foundation Trust Children’s Ward.”

You can see more pictures from the event in our Kingsway Carols – 2013 Gallery.


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