Over the past few years, the KSCA has taken on a new life, with people rallying round to tell people about its facilities and promote it as the ideal place to hold an event, a party or just to have lunch.

But, this is just the beginning, the future is bright for the building and everyone who uses it and the Development Committee has sent us this update on just what’s going on.

It is the volunteers who make the KSCA what it is. Their efforts are now paying off and there is a buzz around the place. Fundraising efforts organised by volunteers have raised considerable amounts during the last 12 months.

The grants, donations and fundraising have enabled us to make many improvements to the facilities.

These include a new fire alarm, door access controls, new lighting in the Hall, new chairs for the Hall (with financial support from Kinver U3A and New Kinver Players), a new small kitchen, a defibrillator cabinet, refurbishment of gent’s toilets & committee rooms (following a roof leak), a new scaffold tower and other essential maintenance, the majority of which has been done by our volunteers.

We were also given a defibrillator which is now installed and we held an open first aid training day for the village.

These improvements and the introduction of the Village buffet have helped make the building more attractive and comfortable for increasing numbers of users.

The very successful Youth Café goes from strength to strength, providing a safe, friendly place for the children of the village to meet, and on the 14th March, the Kinver Repair Café starts.

However, we cannot rest on our laurels since a much more fundamental refurbishment and modest extension of the building is very necessary, including new roofing, insulation, heating systems, toilets, additional meeting room, storage space etc and landscaping the Sterrymere, all of which will be done in the most environmentally friendly way possible.

The present community centre was built just over 50 years ago.  After a number of years without significant investment, the building is deteriorating and needs updating to meet the needs of the next generation, to provide facilities fit for the 21st century and contribute to the continued success of the village and its residents. 

Surveys and feedback from residents and users have highlighted the need to enhance the front facade from an aesthetic point of view.

This would have the added benefit of a much-improved reception area and additional rooms, but most importantly one external disabled toilet for use by the general public, mothers and children using the play area, the bowlers and dog walkers etc who all agree is urgently needed.

The overall project has been phased and we are seeking funding for individual elements within the plan.

Plans have been submitted and include all the recommendations which the two surveys identified.

The proposed changes to the building
  • New disabled double entrance in the new extension at front.
  • The new extension will house brand new toilet facilities, an office and storage.
  • New cladding and windows in front elevation
  • New Ridge roof on all but the main hall (which will be re-roofed) which will provide additional storage
  • External disabled toilet
  • Additional meeting room to house Youth cafe pool and football tables
  • Refurbishment of the remaining building in stages with updated internal decor (including changing rooms), new dividing doors to all rooms and new patio doors opening on to an extended terrace.
  • Landscaping the Sterrymere

How the Sterrymere could look

Considerable effort is now being expended on preparing grant applications to fund this project. Estimated overall cost including the Sterrymere is £1.4m.

We are in final negotiations with the National Lottery Community Fund to secure £375k which will build the new extension, reroof the entire building and deal with the minor subsidence.

We have also secured a grant from Rural Community Energy to fund a Feasibility study on the way forward with regard to replacing the heating systems and to ensure that the building is as energy efficient as possible and as near to carbon-neutral as possible.

We have also secured some of the planning 106 funds from Council which is the money Developers have to pay to the communities they build in.

The KSCA project is now looking much more optimistic but without the volunteers, none of this would have been possible.  We would love to welcome more volunteers to the fold. We call ourselves the KSCA Fixers and we are a mix of all age groups and backgrounds. They say volunteering helps keep you young and we are all in agreement that we think we all definitely look 10 years younger.

Give us a call and come and join us. One of our most important roles is tea making and keeping us all going.  Call Ann Becke on 07711 154 401

The plans and a brief project description are on display at the KSCA

Finally, our new website has recently gone live. Please check it out at www.ksca.uk.

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