Congratulations to Kesgrave Cricket Club on their 25th anniversary and for their amazing fund-raising efforts to provide new practice facilities for their club.
The club celebrated the opening of their newly built outdoor practice facility on Sunday 1st July with Graham Napier, ex Essex and England cricketer, now with RHS Sport, visiting the club to formally ‘cut the ribbon’.
Graham then held a Q & A session encouraging all the young players who attended the opening, to practice hard but always remember to still enjoy playing the game, this was followed by an interclub T20 match and BBQ to celebrate the club’s 25th anniversary.
Photography by Kesgrave Cricket Club
Post event statement from the cricket club;
The club at Kesgrave had raised £40,000 over the past three years in order to fund the new practice facility through a combination of grants, donations and fund-raising events. Club Chairman, Richard Bradley, said “A major contribution of funds was made by local charity SPARK (Sport and Recreation in Kesgrave) to whom we are very grateful”. He added “The club is always looking to recruit new coaches and players, both junior and adult and we particularly hope these new practice nets will generate enthusiasm for the game from school aged youngsters locally”. Details on cricket coaching for young people from age 8 upwards is available on the club website at kesgrave.play-cricket.com
The club is currently enjoying their most successful period ever. After winning the league title for the last two years, the first XI are now top of Division 3 of the Two Counties league and the second XI are top of Division 9 East.
Celebrations for ‘The Centre of Networking’
Kesgrave Community centre (KWMCC) celebrated the success of their monthly networking events this month. ‘The Centre of Networking’ organised and hosted by KWMCC and sponsored by Bates Wells & Braithwaite Solicitors, Ipswich, opened its doors last September to provide an informal and fun monthly networking event for local businesses to attend and get connected. Thanks to the support of the event sponsors and those who regularly attend the networking group, they have also been able to support local charity, St Elizabeth Hospice by raising over £600 to date.
Set in twelve acres of land just outside Ipswich KWMCC has a choice of function rooms, free parking and is easily accessible, making it an ideal location for these type of events. The group set up a year ago by KWMCC celebrated their first anniversary at last week’s monthly event, along with representatives from the hospice, sponsors Bates Wells & Braithwaite, guest speaker Glenn Savill from Aston Shaw Accounting and networking attendees from local businesses.
Photography BY KWMCC left to right Debbie Austin (St Elizabeth Hospice), Christopher Mason (Bates Wells & Braithwaite), Chris Chenery (Chenery Creative LTD) and Nigel Poorly (Poorly PC)
Jo Barker, Business & Events Co-ordinator at KWMCC, said: “We are so pleased with how popular our networking events have become in our first year, our aim has always been to provide a friendly and relaxed environment for local business people to meet and network on a regular basis. The fact that we can also support our chosen charity, St Elizabeth Hospice through these events is fantastic and this has only been made possible by sponsors Bates Wells & Braithwaite Solicitors in Ipswich. Through their support and the people who attend our networking we are able to donate everything we raise from entry fees, to fun activity donations. The hospice is a great charity, we know how vital fundraising is for them to be able to continue their hard work within the community.”
Jazmin Peach, Corporate Fundraiser for St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “We’re really grateful to all those involved with Kesgrave Community Centre’s Networking and thank everyone who has attended one of their sessions over the last year and donated to the charity. 80% of the care we deliver happens away from the hospice, in our local community, and the money raised here could help us pay for seven home visits by one of our community nurses, helping those living with a progressive or terminal illness in their own homes.”
You may of noticed that KWMCC has recently changed their logo.
Both the staff and board of trustees at the centre felt that the KWMCC logo had become dated and it was time for a new design, Aislinn and Tracy at Polstead Press in Stowmarket were happy to step up to the challenge, but little did they know quite what a challenge this would be!
Having worked with Tracy on a few other design and print projects over the past few years Polstead Press were the obvious choice for us.
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KWMCC worked closely with Aislinn at Polstead Press to achieve a design that delivered the intended message, with such an array of facilities on offer, from sport to conference the logo needed to achieve the importance of the centre being a place for everyone in the community to use for all kinds of celebrations, activities and events whether it be for private or business use.
We think that with the help of Polstead Press we are starting to achieve our aim of establishing the KWMCC brand as 'The Venue for all Occasions and Events'.
Photography by KWMCC taken in their Conference Centre from left to right Aislinn Toye and Tracy Goymer from Polstead Press
A new play area aimed for children under the age of 11 has now been officially opened by Kesgrave Town Council, located on the corner of the KWMCC sports field. It is hoped that the new play equipment will be used by those with young children on their way to and from school, whilst parents can relax in the seating area provided.
KWMCC have worked closely with Kesgrave Town Council to get the new play area in place, which has been funded by SPARK, (Sport, Amenities Recreation in Kesgrave) who through their finance made the project possible.
Since the opening, there have been many young families taking advantage of the good weather and the school holidays to visit the play area and try out the new equipment, we look forward to seeing it fully utilised over the coming months.
Photography By Kesgrave Town Council
Thank you to everyone that visited the KWMCC stand at the Kesgrave Fun Day on Saturday 9th June, we hope that you all had a good time and took advantage of the free face painting and ballon modelling that KWMCC provided at the event.
The sun shone which attracted more than 1,000 visitors throughout the day, well done to the Kesgrave Town Council for organising such a great community event.
KWMCC hirers Bounce and Zumba Ipswich were performing some high energy fitness routines along with some entertaining displays from the Torwood Wheelers.
The event was also a great opportunity to launch the new KWMCC logo design along with a newly designed banner created by Polstead Press in Stowmarket, thank you to them for all their support over the last couple of months.
Special thanks to Samuel from VIP Balloons for all his hard work on the day entertaining the children and to our resident yoga teacher Michelle Mellor who helped out on the KWMCC stand.
Congratulations to Sophie Rose aged 8, from Grange Farm, Kesgrave. Sophie visited the KWMCC stand and managed to achieve the closest guess as to how many sweets were in the jar, much to her brothers dismay whose guess was just one less closer than Sophie's!!
Sophie recently visited the centre with her dad to receive her prize - the 'huge' jar of sweets and an Amazon Voucher from Richard Baird (KWMCC Chair of the board of trustees) and Punna Athwall (KWMCC trustee).
Well done Sophie and we hope that you enjoy the sweets and spending your voucher.