Welcome to Kingsway Village

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

Hi and welcome to Kingsway Villagers, a website for residents of Kingsway Village, BY residents of Kingsway Village, Gloucestershire.

The site was launched in early August 2007.

My name is Clive Barton and I live at 35, Thatcham Avenue. I moved to Kingsway in November 2006 with my partner Angelina, our daughter Phoenix Rose, my sons Michael, David and Richard, and my step-son Cheyenne.
I like the place and the people so much I decided to create this site.

Angelina will be known to many of you as an (ex) local Avon representative and sales leader. She also ran Baby Sign Language Classes at the Quedgeley Community Centre in the past, (Handy Expressions is now an online Baby Sign Language resource).

Kingsway residents can call in at the above address, or contact me on 01452-722965 if you would like to get involved, contribute pictures or information, or advertise your services.

Contact Us

To contact us about advertising, adding entries to our local contacts page or other elements of the site where we invite you to do so, please call me on the above number, add a comment to this post, or email: cbarton(AT)bartonsweb.co.uk.

Welcome to Kingsway πŸ™‚

Contact The Kingsway Residents Association

Please visit the Kingsway Residents Association home page.

84 Responses to “Welcome to Kingsway Village”

    Hi Clive,

    Thought you may be interested to hear that we’re organising a community Christmas event at Kingsway on 9th December from 5.30-7pm.
    Didn’t know if you may be interested in attending the event? Perhaps giving the event a mention once we have more details re: entertainment and the event?
    Let me know,

    πŸ˜† I received a Labour campaign leaflet/booklet from Parmjit, you were in the picture and the person next to you was holding a balloon…

    On page 2 the same picture, but the balloon had drifted and was smack bang where your head should have been… 😯

    I figured Parmjit had selected that picture on purpose to keep the "new boy" in his place πŸ˜†


    ???? – Balloon?
    What have I done now?


    Hi Pleasant,

    Sorry for the delay… as Barry says I don’t look at emails every day (and was away over most of the weekend) so I didn’t see it(/them) until today.
    It’s been sorted now though (CYM) πŸ™‚

    Thanks mate…
    Hey – last time I saw you, weren’t you wearing a balloon on your face? πŸ˜†

    Hi Pleasant

    If your after him urgently, I would recommend giving him a ring (number in top post on this page) as I know he can get a bit overwhelmed by the number of emails he gets, especially when he has a lot of work on.

    Hope it helps

    Cheers, Barry

    Hi Clive
    Can you respond to the email i sent you please its rather urgent. Thanks very much. Pleasant.

    Hi cac,

    Thanks for the notice, the event is added πŸ™‚

    Race Night at Severn Vale School

    Please can you add this to the diary dates?

    Friends of Severn Vale School – Race Night

    Date: Friday 5th March 2010
    Time: 7pm – 10pm in the school hall

    Tickets: Adults £3, accompanied children £2

    There will be an auction running during the evening.

    Nibbles will be provided; please bring your own drinks.

    Hi Liz,

    Thanks for joining in πŸ™‚

    There are details of some local groups/activities on our Local Contacts page.
    There are details for the local Youth Centre on our Equals Youth Centre page.

    In addition, there are many regular activities, clubs and groups etc at the Quedgeley Community Centre (very close to Kingsway); details are available here.

    Re’ Pre-Schools: My daughter went to "Little Owls" (Fieldcourt Pre-School) – You can contact them on 0783 398 7439.

    I’m afraid I can’t help with your last question… Perhaps somebody else might chime in πŸ™‚

    Welcome to Kingsway πŸ˜€

    Hi everyone!

    I am moving to Kingsway from Leicestershire next month with my four boys (aged 12yrs, 6yrs, 4yrs & 19mths).

    I’m looking for toddler groups in the area so me and the children can make friends, also clubs the older ones can join (football, beavers etc).

    Also wanting to find a pre-school for my 4 year old, who starts school in sept, hopefully with other children hoping to go to Kingsway primary so he’ll have some friends to go with.

    Has anyone else had to appeal for places at Kingsway Primary or Severn Vale and got any tips?

    Really grateful for any suggestions


    Refuse Collection

    Just in case anyone was wondering, our next collection is tomorrow (Saturday)

    Hi Lianne,

    I’ve added your details to our Local Contacts & Services page.

    Sorry for the delay 😳


    Please can you add this to the Job section – Thank you.


    I am a reliable and trustworthy 18 year-old girl, who has experience looking after younger children.

    I am currently studying at Gloucestershire College on a Childcare and Education Diploma.

    I am looking for babysitting work in Kingsway Village, and am available most evenings and on weekends.

    I can provide a CRB Check, as I have had one done through college, which started in October and is valid for one year. I can also provide references if necessary.

    If you are interested, please call Lianne on 07538842672 or (01452) 724785.
    Alternatively you can email me on lcross1991@hotmail.co.uk

    Thank you

    Hi Carol & Clare,

    I have added both events to the diary.

    Thanks for posting πŸ˜€


    Hi Clive
    Could you please add something to your diary Dates section please?

    Kingsway School are holding their first Christmas Fayre on Saturday 5th December 10-1.

    There will be:
    Santas Grotto
    Fun, games and crafts for the children
    Secret Santa room – Children can choose presents for Mum and Dad without them peeking
    External stands to do your Christmas shopping
    Refreshments and Cake stall

    All welcome please come and support your local school.
    Entrance fee 50p per family to include entry into prize draw

    Good morning Clive

    Please can you put the following onto the diary dates for me?

    Craft Fair at Severn Vale School
    Saturday 21st November 2009

    Friends of Severn Vale present their annual Craft Fayre in the School hall. Handcrafted jewellery, bags, Tarot, candles, cards, pottery, cushions, needle work, caricatures, preserves, crafted woodwork, Aloe Vera, Knitwear, and lots more. Come along and get all of your christmas presents under one roof, then sit and enjoy a slice of homemade cake with a lovely cup of tea or coffee.

    Entrance fee of Β£1 (children free)

    Hi Sandra,

    I’ve added your details to our Local Contacts & Services page.
    Please let me know if/when you wish me to remove it.

    Good Luck πŸ˜€

    House Cleaning Services (Kingsway Village Only)

    Hi Clive,

    I am not a business but a Kingsway housewife who would like to earn some pin money by offering to clean houses for a few hours a week.

    I am reliable, hard working with high standards.
    This is only for Kingsway residents.

    My number is 01452-722467.

    Many Thanks,

    Hi Baz,

    Sorry for the confusion πŸ™

    If you use the Quickpress form as opposed to the article submission form it goes through a different system (amongst other things it doesn’t get included in your total number of posts which – as you can see – shows 26, whereas – in fact – you’ve made 28)!

    In either case it won’t show up until I authorise it (you remember I sent you an email some time ago explaining that I would need to authorise all articles in future as part of my spam-protection).

    I set up the quickpress facility for you when the article form wasn’t working and – since I fixed it – I forgot to “switch it off” πŸ˜†

    I’ve done that now so – for future submissions – you can use the proper form!

    You were probably further mystified by the fact that neither of your comments about the subject showed up! The simple answer is that comments that include a web link are also held for moderation (also for anti-spam security)!

    Sorry again about the confusion, and thanks for the post πŸ˜€


    For some reason, I cant post new articles again πŸ™

    I have tried to quickpress one about home brewing (through the dashboard) but am not sure if its working.

    If not can you post the following for me: (Editors Note: Content removed and is available here).


    Hi Franco,

    Yep – I hate spammers πŸ™‚

    You can always ring or drop in (details are in this post); meanwhile I’ll send you an email.

    PS: For future info’ it’s: me

    Hi Clive,

    I am a resident of Kingsway and I am interested in discussing a few matters with you. I would prefer to e-mail, as this is the cheapest method of contact, but cannot find an e-mail on the site anywhere. Presumably this is to avoid spam, which is the same reason I will not post my e-mail in this comment. Are you able to view my profile and get my e-mail from there?

    I would also like to mention that I have a few ideas for the site, and have experience with php, mysql etc and would be interested in helping you develop it further.

    Hope to hear from you


    Hi Clare,

    Email is on it’s way.

    Hi lis,

    That’s a little awkward 😳
    Mobile Hairdresser is really a Business, so should be in the Local Business section… (See my reply to “Photographer” above; I can’t really allow one and not the other)!

    I don’t mind adding local services (dog walking, babysitting etc) because they’re more of a “paid hobby” than a business, but if I add business numbers to Local Contacts for free I’ll be swamped with requests for free advertising (and unable to feed the kids – lol).

    I will be revising my pricing structure (because of the economic situation) shortly and may add a cheap/permanent rate for an entry in “Local Contacts” to cater for these types of business’.


    PS: Following this post I revised my rates and added the opportunity for business listings in our Local Contacts Page page as promised… (see page for details).

    Hello Clive,

    Could you put my mate’s number in local contacts?
    Shes a mobile hairdresser, and she’s very good.


    Hi Clive

    I’ve lost your email address! I don’t seem to have regained my pre-pregnancy brain! Could you please drop me an e-mail to clare(at)brutonyoung.co.uk coz I’d like to change my Arbonne advert page.

    Hi kp,

    Thanks but I’m ok with it as is πŸ™‚

    Hi, I am a website designer living in Kinsway – just posted my comment about my car being vandalised πŸ‘Ώ I can do some amazing things with wordpress templates I would like to offer you a redesign of this site. I can mock you up some possibly layouts, if you like any I’ll develop them for you πŸ˜€

    Hi cac,

    Yep – is done πŸ™‚


    Can you please put the following into the diary dates, Thanks

    Severn Vale School, Quedgeley – Race Night
    Race Night
    Friday 27 March 2009
    Starting at 7.30pm in the school hall

    Β£3.00 adults and Β£2.00 for accompanied children

    Bring your own drinks/nibbles

    Hi Christina,

    OK – is done… Good luck πŸ™‚

    Hi, it’s Christina again. I don’t mind if I’m put down as a babysitter too because I would like to start doing that in some evenings around Kingsway to earn some extra money for my driving lessons.

    Hi James,

    Sorry I didn’t respond before, (I missed your post)!
    I’m afraid Portrait and Wedding Photography fall under “Local Business”.

    Hi Christina and Lis,
    Done and done πŸ™‚


    Hi Clive,

    Would you remove me as dog walker and babysitter please.

    Lis πŸ™‚

    sorry i forgot to leave my number 01452 722467


    My name is Christina and I’m 16 (17 in february).

    Please could you add me to the contact list for “pet sitting” while people go on holiday in the Kingsway Village.
    I live in Kingsway myself and I have had experience with cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, fish…

    Thank You.

    Hi Clive,

    Could you place in your local contacts that I am providing contemporary Portrait and Wedding photography to people on the estate and beyond.

    Thanks James

    Hi Lis,

    It’s done.

    I’m still feeling a little fragile, but better than I was thank you πŸ˜•

    Hi Clive,

    Would you put in your local contacts that I am offering a dog walking service to people on the estate, (for a reasonable fee of course)?

    01452 722267

    Thanks Clive

    PS: Hope you’re feeling better now

    Hi cac,

    Thanks for that – it’s been added… (My boys go to Severn Vale School too but I hadn’t heard about that one)!

    Hi Jason,

    I’m very sorry for the delay in replying.
    I had intended to speak to Ismail about it but he didn’t make the meeting (sadly he arrived at the wrong venue and had mis-typed my mobile number into his ‘phone so couldn’t ring me)!
    After that I was in bed for a few days (chest infection) and – since then – I completely forgot to contact you 😳

    An email is (finally) on it’s way.

    Could you please put the following details onto the diary dates on the site. I am a new member of the Friends of Severn Vale (my daughter started in Sept this year) and as there are a few families in Kingsway who use the school, it may be of interest. Thanks.

    Christmas Craft Fair
    12 – 4pm 22 November 2008
    Severn Vale School, Quedgeley

    Entrance Β£1 adults, children(16 under) free

    Hi Clive

    I’m working on a new initiative in Gloucester to support local people into employment called Gloucester Works. You may have recently seen a story about our launch in the press:

    Β£6million to boost employment in Gloucester.

    I want to ensure that these opportunities are available to Kingsway residents, so was looking to have a chat with you to learn more about the community.
    Can you email me on jason (dot) dunsford (at) glosfirst (dot) co (dot) uk please, or ask Ismail Ali for my ‘phone number on Friday.


    August 10, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    ok thanks clive xx

    Hi ma1,

    I would prefer the 2nd option because it’s a little "specialised" for this site, although I will – of course – publicise it’s existence here.

    I’m happy to do it, but I know nothing about mortgages (nowadays), so I wouldn’t be able to help with the content at all, just the site management, design management and publicity/traffic.

    I will send you an email with requirements to get the ball rolling πŸ˜€

    August 5, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Hi Clive,
    Any of the first 2 would work fine for me – I can log in at work or at home so really whatever would be easier for you to do!
    Just thought with the financial climate as it is at the mo’ I could try to offer some peace of mind! x

    Hi Sara,

    What do you have in mind?
    Were you asking…
    1. If a “mortgage advice section could be added to the Kingsway Blog?
    2. If I would create (and manage) a “Mortgage Advice Blog” for you to run?
    3. Something else (please specify)!

    Either way I might be able to help. Please tell me what you have in mind πŸ™‚


    July 29, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    Just wondering if I can be of any use to Kingsway residents?
    I am a mortgage advisor with 10 years experience and would like to offer a question and answer blog to anyone who has questions about mortgages.
    I do work for a bank but am also happy to provide generic advice.
    Let me know if you think this would be worthwhile.

    Hey Claire,

    Thanks for asking πŸ™‚

    The site isn’t solely for residents of Kingsway; anybody with an interest in the village or the surrounding area is welcome here.

    Ordinarily I wouldn’t allow anybody to make a post promoting their business but yours were both very relevant and helpful, and your website looks good (which is why I edited the links to improve their value to you).

    Plus – I’m a little behind sorting out my advertising info’ (have been waiting on some software) πŸ™„

    I will email you with details.

    July 28, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Hi Clive,

    Can you tell me more about advertising on this site please? You have kindly – as I realise this site is intended for residents – accepted a couple of comments from me in the past couple of days and I would like to make my services more obviously available to residents.

    My training classes take place in Maisemore which is not a million miles away down the bypass and may help some of the residents with their dogs. I have one client in the village who uses me for pet boarding and I am certain they would give you a reference if needs be.

    Kind regards,


    I enjoy making animations, it’s a bit of a hobby/ busmans holiday πŸ˜†

    I rarely get much time to practice but I am getting better :mrgreen:

    Just for fun, I made a whole bunch of animated versions of the (small) logo and set up a script to rotate them (randomly – on “pageload”*) in the site menu… (which means I can add more whenever I’m feeling creative)!

    * They will reload each time you visit – or "refresh" a page on the site (except when using the "back button").

    I hope you like them!

    I made a logo for the site today.

    Kingsway Villagers Logo - Animated

    I didn’t want to write a post about it – in fact I didn’t intend to write about it at all – but I thought people might wonder about it (“It’s a logo, not a price tag” – lol) so I thought I’d explain it’s origins.

    I mentioned above that Angelina runs baby sign language classes.
    The signs used are based (very closely) on British sign language.
    The logo is derived from the sign for Kingsway Villagers! Here’s how:

    King: Using an open hand (fingers splayed and palm down) you move it down on the top of your head (like a crown).

    Way: Starting with your hand tucked against your stomach (palm upwards), move it away from you (like a road going into the distance).

    Villagers: With open hand (palm down and fingers splayed to represent people) held in front of you and “pat” down.

    If you combine all 3 parts your hand will trace the shape used in the logo.

    Kinda neat huh… and worth every penny πŸ˜€

    Edit 09/07/’08: Added animated versions.

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