New Roof Installation at The Fieldgate Centre
Work has started on the replacement of the roof at the Fieldgate Centre. The community centre will stay open throughout the work. The first stage is to install netting and sheeting internally for safety purposes. Stripping of the old roof and the replacement of new roofing panels will then start during week commencing 23 September. The old roof is asbestos free. The work is due to be completed before Christmas.
During the work the contractors require a sizeable compound primarily to store the large volume of roof panels. This has meant that we have had to reduce the parking area. The recycling centre operated by B&DBC has also had to be closed to help minimise the disruption to the work and the users of the community centre and the sports pitches. There will be scaffolding around the building which will be fenced off for safety purposes. We will aim to keep disruption to a minimum for the users of the centre. We understand that car parking will be an issue during peak usage times so if you can park further away in the village and walk up that will really help.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is paying for and managing this great improvement to the centre. The Kingsclere Community Association has a lease with B&DBC for the centre and under this agreement B&DBC are responsible for the external structure of the building, excluding the doors and windows. The community association is delighted that B&DBC is making this investment as not only will the roof look good and get rid of the leaks but its thermal efficiency will be significantly better.
The new roof, along with the improvement work that the Kingsclere Community Association has already done and is planning to do, is to ensure that we have a community centre that the people of Kingsclere and the surrounding area are proud of now and for many years to come.
Kingsclere Community Association, September 2019
The roof was raised at the flag decked Fieldgate Centre on Saturday evening when the audience joined in the traditional singing from the Last Night of the Proms, live from the Royal Albert Hall. Our promenaders enjoyed a family friendly evening where plenty of flags were being waved. The Kingsclere Community Association staged the event which used for the first time a projector purchased with a grant awarded to the association by the Four Lanes Trust. High quality sound and vision helped create a great atmosphere so we plan to run the event again next year. Provisional date is 12 September 2020.
A huge thank you to the companies and individuals who generously donated prizes to the raffle; all money raised has been given to Kingsclere Cricket Club.
Here is the list of winning ticket numbers from yesterday’s raffle draw: Blue 22, 272, 356, 387, 469 Orange 04, 25, 319, 395 Green 283, 416, 423 Pink 13,112
Please contact the office on 01635 298497 to verify your ticket and arrange collection of a prize. Any prizes not collected by 12 September will be used for a future charity fundraising raffle. Thank you.
It’s happening today, the long awaited Caribbean Festival at The Fieldgate Centre and the sun is shining! Come and enjoy a Caribbean vibe: authentic food and drink, art & crafts, food demonstrations, raffle and more. Plus a T20 cricket match between KCC and a Bajan team.
There is limited parking available at the centre; if full, please use other public car parks in the village (in Anchor Road or next to Kingsclere Bowling Club, Ashford Hill Road).
Work has almost finished to completely refurbish the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and it already looks fantastic. Replacement of the kick boards is expected to happen in the next couple of weeks.
On Monday we welcome back the Kingsclere Ladies Netball Team who will be the first sports group to enjoy the MUGA’s pristine surface.