Did someone mention Christmas!
We decided to thank our Christmas Shopping event sponsors by making them wear their Christmas hats and pose for a photo!! well why not, it is nearly Christmas after all.
Get your Christmas all wrapped up at the Cedarwood School and KWMCC annual Christmas Shopping evening, taking place on Friday 30th November from 6.45pm, tickets and further information available here
Staff and trustees of Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre (KWMCC) organised a small gathering on Monday 12th of November to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.
Regular hirers and members of The East Anglian Reserve were invited to the centre for the unveiling of a commemorative half tree bench with plaque, to remember those that lost their lives.
The bench commissioned by KWMCC and funded by District Councillor Stuart Lawson from the Enabling Communities budget, has been placed in the garden area around the oak tree for visitors to take time to sit and reflect, whilst children from the centres resident play group Humpty Dumpty, created a fabulous display of homemade poppies to go around the tree, made especially for the occasion.
District Councillor Stuart Lawson said:
“I am honoured to have funded this special bench, set in a lovely peaceful area of the garden where visitors can sit and take time to remember the sacrifices made by so many. Well done to all those involved in this commemorative initiative.”
Refreshments were provided, along with a brief welcome from the centre’s Chairman of the board of trustees Richard Baird, followed by a talk on the end of the war by the Kesgrave Royal British Legion’s, Don Whinney.
The unveiling of the bench was performed by The East Anglia Reserves in full uniform accompanied by ‘The Last Post’, played by local buglers Andy Gaffer and Neville Woolnough, followed by two minutes silence.
LEST WE FORGET
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.
Kesgrave Community Centre (KWMCC) was transformed last Friday evening for their first 'Kesgrave Catwalk' fashion show, organised by KWMCC and hosted by Pam Davis director of Fashion Candy Style, the event showcased autumn and winter collections by local retailers.
Richard Garrett, owner of Sound 4 Pro Audio created a wonderful set up, of lighting & sound and a fabulous catwalk for the models to show onlookers the latest outfits on offer from the shows retailers.
The event was very well attended and featured a raffle for the Papworth Trust, raising over £300 for the charity on the night.
Jo Barker Business & Events Co-ordinator at Kesgrave Community Centre said:
“It was such a special evening, with a great atmosphere. We have received very positive feedback about the event and hope to organise another one for next year. The centre looked amazing thanks to Sound 4 pro Audio and Let’s Party, whilst the catwalk show hosted by Pam and her team of models and catwalk retailers was fantastic. A great big thank you to everyone involved in the event and to everyone that bought tickets. We were very pleased to be able to support the Papworth Trust with a raffle on the night and we look forward to the next one.”
Ticket holders were able to enjoy an evening of exclusive shopping (before and after the show), Prosecco, canapes and a one hour catwalk show. Catwalk collections were provided by local retailers Cake & Catwalk, Zeebra Chic, Simply Splendid, Tilley & Grace and Maud’s Attic.
Special thanks to the event sponsors Kesgrave Cars, Sound 4 Pro Audio, Let's Party and Polstead Press
Photography by Graham Wood
Photography by Jo Barker (KWMCC)
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.”