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About us

For nearly 60 years, the Kingswood Village Association has put on a variety of events in the village. Any profits raised from these events have been used for the benefit of the village.

The KVA was formed in 1953 to give the village an uplift after the long years of war and rationing. A flower show was proposed with a fancy dress parade in the afternoon and a dance in the Upper Schoolroom in the evening. The proceeds were used for a children's Christmas Party, also in the Upper Schoolroom. Two free coach outings with lunch and a final pub stop on the return journey were arranged for the senior citizens of the village.

The Association was the instigator of the Village Hall. Purchase of the Upper Schoolroom was prevented by the restrictions on its use, including the sale of alcohol and a survey of the Lower Schoolroom too costly to convert to a hall, parking too restricted and the Chapel reluctant to sell. About this time, the Government gave grants for village halls. The KVA took this route after being inspired by a TV programme showing Jeremy Thorpe MP and Doone Valley villagers building a hall. A meeting with all villagers and the Parish Council agreed to the building of a hall in the playing field, and a separate Village Hall Committee was established

Showday is always a village favourite with its Produce and Craft Competitions, and has seen marching and silver bands, waterless boat races, a donkey derby, Indian dancers, the Green Arrows, the Army Morris dancers, street fairs, Art Show, Dog Show and for 30 years – its wide ranging classic vehicle show.

Other events put on have included
Carols around a Christmas tree on the Chipping
Games evenings in the Hall
Skittles week
Bonfire and firework nights
Halloween parades
Best garden competitions
Whist drives
Musical concerts
Fayres and jumble sales
Easter Egg hunts
The 1981 Royal wedding celebrations
Wine tastings
Kate and Will’s Royal Wedding
The Gadabout Safari Supper
New Year’s Eve Senior Citizens Lunch.

Most of these, especially Showday, made useful profits. The Association had none for its own use except to fund further events enabling it to pass them on as other benefits to the village. Over the years, donations have gone to senior citizens and children’s outings, a Christmas voucher to the elderly, swing seats, the playground project, the school, the Abbey Players drama group, Guides, Scouts, Brownies, Neighbourhood Watch among many, many more.

If you would like to apply for a grant, please complete the form below, please note that it can take up to two months to process

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We meet once a month to organise events and if you would like to join our merry band or volunteer to help, please get in touch!

The KVA is made up of the following committee members:

Angela Iles
Judi Werrett
Rod Alexander
James Niddrie
Dave Rothwell
David Werrett
Peter Skuse
Ria Kendal
Trudi Crumpton
Lesley Beswick
Dawn Heart-England
Bob Heart
Rob Garlicki
Kevin Mitchell

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