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Covid-19 – Kingsclere Community Association – Temporary Closure of The Fieldgate Centre

Kingsclere Community Association recognises its responsibility to help protect the community during the current situation. In agreement with our users, the decision has been taken to suspend classes and events run at the Fieldgate Centre and to close the centre temporarily.  This position will be reviewed when Government advice indicates that it is safe to re-establish social gathering.

We will soon be in contact with all those who have hired the venue over the next few months to discuss alternative plans.  The office in the community centre is closed, but we will be monitoring messages.

All rugby and football activities have been cancelled nationwide, so there will be no training or matches on the Fieldgate sports pitches.

As a charity whose main income is generated from the use of the facilities, we must now reduce costs and manage our funds so that we can get back in full operation when it is safe to do so.  We currently have no income, so we will need to seek support over the coming months.

The Kingsclere Community Association has been delighted with the increasing use of the Fieldgate Centre over the past couple of years – over the last year there have been more than 43,000 visits.  We have put on an increasing variety of activities, classes and events, and have been making improvements which we hope you consider make the centre an attractive venue to visit.  During this down-time we will continue to work on future plans and we look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible to your community centre when we are all safe to get back together.

Our key objective is to bring people together, to form a stronger community, and to support the individuals within it.  Although we are now unable to do that in a physical sense at The Fieldgate Centre, we are looking at what we can do for the community during this crisis to support you all in Kingsclere.  Your suggestions are welcome.

The Attentive Barber steps up to sponsor The Watership Down Run 2020

KCA is delighted to announce the first major sponsor of this year’s run.  Our thanks go to Kingsclere’s very own ‘The Attentive Barber’.

Interested in offering sponsorship or being a marshal?  Please give us a call.

More details at http://www.thefieldgatecentre.co.uk/events/watership-down-run/ 

 

 

 

Clubbercise is Back!

Kingsclere Village Halls Unite to Celebrate Unsung Heroes

Kingsclere Community Association, who run the Fieldgate Centre, joined forces with the Village Club this week to celebrate the wide range of activities that take place in their facilities. In a joint statement the chairmen, Andy Bates and Sharon Morris, agreed “We are especially thankful to the large number of volunteers behind the scenes who run the clubs, groups, events and activities under our roof who are the lifeblood of Kingsclere’s vibrant community spirit. Local people from all walks of life are invited to come along to volunteer or simply join in with activities, learn new skills and get together.”

Local businesses, private donations and grant funding have also played a significant part in helping to upgrade and maintain these community facilities, without which we would certainly loose these valuable community hubs. Village Halls week which started on 20th January has been an opportunity for this wider help and support to be recognised.

Village Halls Week is run by national rural charity Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and their 38 member organisations. It takes place from Monday 20 January – Sunday 26 January.

Kingsclere’s First Sustainable Living Market – This Sunday!

Kingsclere’s first Sustainable Living Market comes to The Fieldgate Centre!  Promoting lower waste, more planet-friendly shopping alternatives.  Sunday 19th January.  10am – 1pm.  Refreshments available.

* Ameloise Refills and Plastic Free – Cleaning products & soaps, containers available or bring your own (non-food, all labels removed).
* Lonely Lentil – Bulk dried foods, purchase in any quantity.
* The Bag UK – Fresh Produce Fruit & Vegetable & Bread Bags.
* Posy London – locally handmade natural deodorants & shampoos in eco-friendly packaging.
* Emporio Green Army – household products based on their low environmental impact.
* Little B’s – Beeswax wraps.
* Frankie & Ruby – second hand shopping, recycling and repurposing of clothes.
* Hampshire Honey – local honey, you may bring your own container.
* Seeking Simple – natural vegan makeup in sustainable packaging.

Please email greenerkingsclere@gmail.com if you would like to be on the email list for info about our market.  Stall holder enquiries welcomed.  We promise not to spam or pass your email address along!  

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