Tickets are now on sale at Tower House Gallery, Knighton for what promises to be a great gig in the centre's bar by the highly acclaimed singer Keith James. James has performed his interpretations of Cohen's greatest musical masterpieces in venues of all sizes across the UK and now Knighton gets a chance to experience his show up close. Space is of course limited so advance booking is advised. If you can't get to the Tower House Gallery, buy tickets online here.
After a weekend with two big parties, a YFC pantomime and two karate sessions, finally got rubbish cleared and tables and chairs back in place literally minutes before the art classes started this morning. Phew!
And so a new week starts... Today it's art all day and then badminton club tonight. Tuesday cooking class in morning, Slimming World and fitness classes in the afternoon and evening (I must go along one week and see what an "Insanity" session actually looks like!). Wednesday there's boxercise and kettlebells in the reynolds Room and badminton in the hall. Thursday leg club and of course karate. Friday we begin weekly afternoon sessions with Mid Powys MIND after which we have to quickly get the reynolds Room set up for the screening of "Mr Turner" - sure to be a packed house...
And so we get to another weekend. This time there's the Community Market on Saturday morning March 14th with live music in the cafe, while as usual there's karate in the Reynolds Room. Then a quick transformation of the hall is required in time for the Knighton Silver Band Spring Concert, with the Rhayader Male Voice Choir guesting.
And the weekend rounds off with a "Green Cabaret" in the bar from 8pm on March 15th.
Running the Community Centre really is a 7-day-a-week commitment - and if not quite 52 weeks a year (Christmas week is usually quiet apart for occasional vandalism) then very nearly. If anyone out there fancies the challenge of helping to keep open the town's most important and heavily used community resource, you'd be made very welcome!
Heard the one about how it's a shame that the Community Centre isn't used more?
Well, this weekend we have a party for 400+ on tonight (Friday), then a very quick tidy-up before karate in the Reynolds Room 10am Saturday morning and again 2.30pm to 4.00. Hardly will the karate class be out before a party sets up in the Reynolds Room and bar for Saturday evening. Then all that has to be tidied up and a quick clean through done Sunday morning in time for the Knighton YFC to set up for a panto show on Sunday afternoon. By Sunday night hundreds of local people, including lots of children, will have been through the doors to enjoy themselves or take part in a leisure activity. And it's 2 or 3 volunteers and our cleaners who will turn it all around - and will then set to and make the whole centre ready to open its doors on Monday morning bright and early for another Community Support working week, plus art classes from 10am Monday in the Reynolds Room.
It is a massive undertaking to keep the centre open, sometimes with words of support from members of the local community, sometimes with less helpful comments. It's about to become even more massive as the small group of volunteers who run the centre on the local community's behalf confront the problems and issues involved with a planned Big Lottery-funded refurbishment.
So next time someone tells you that they don't have much on at the Community Centre, you know how big a joke that is...
We are absolutely delighted to be able to announce that Knighton and District Community Centre is one of 11 projects across Wales to receive a grant from the latest round of the Big Lottery People and Places Programme. The funding of £23,730 is for a capital development grant - which is just the first stage of the Centre applying for a full grant to fund its “Big Ren” project.
The grant will enable us to complete the preparatory capital work in order to submit an application for the refurbishment and redevelopment of the community centre.
The aim is to create a thriving community hub that can better accommodate existing activities as well as a range of new activities and displaced community services. This grant, over one year will pay for professional fees and planning fees.
Chair of the Knighton and District Community Centre Committee Karen Plant stated that “we are so delighted and excited to be awarded this grant. This is a significant first step in achieving our ambitious aspirations for the Centre.”
Karen went on to say that “The Management Committee has shown incredible commitment and drive in its bid to taking the Centre on to its next stage of development. We have fast growing usage and demand which we are now having difficulty fully accommodating because of the outdated design and poor fabric of the building, and this grant will be the start of us addressing these and many other issues, necessary if the Centre is to survive long into the 21st Century.”
Once the building design and planning stage has been fully completed the Committee plans to submit for the full grant, which, if successful, will enable the Centre to become a Community Hub designed to help combat the effects of poverty and support regeneration.
The longer term aim is to focus on the co-location of services, young unemployed, young families and support for the elderly, along with the long standing and traditional uses of the Centre, such as entertainment, cultural and sports activities and supporting other organisations and charities to thrive in the town.
Further information can be found at the Big Lottery Web Site at the following link:-
TEME VALLEY ENVIRONMENT GROUP
A film about the Canadian Tar Sands
by Leslie Iwerks
Wednesday February 11th 7.30pm
at the Community Centre Bar
These days the bulk of America's oil supply comes not from the Middle East but from tranquil Canada – and specifically from the aboriginal lands of northern Alberta. Leslie Iwerks's impassioned and exhaustive documentary examines the effects of this tar-sand exploration. "You can't have the world's largest energy project in your backyard without messing up the backyard," shrugs one local activist. Iwerks's camera leads us on a tour of the smokestacks, churned earth and poisoned streams. In under a decade, a slice of forest the size of Florida has been quietly converted into moonscape.
Tea and coffee available
Entry by donation
Coming to the intimate setting of Knighton Community Centre's bar on Feb 20th we have a treat for fans of folk/roots/Americana in the form of Canadian duo Pharis and Jason Romero. Some of you may have heard their very fine live set on BBC Radio 3's "World on 3" show but you may not be aware that their two albums to date have won a string of awards, including New/Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Americana Album of the Year at the 2012 Independent Music Awards (for their debut album A Passing Glimpse) and Traditional Singer of the Year at the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards (for their second album Long Gone Out West Blues).
Doors open 8pm and tickets cost £8. It should be a great night.
Presteigne's popular Jasmine Thai restaurant pops over the hill to Knighton once more on December 7th, offering two delicious courses for £12.95. The selectionof dishes for the two courses is as follows:
Vegetarian Spring Rolls
Tom Kha Gai (Mild Chicken Soup)
Chicken with garlic & pepper
Turkey Panang Curry
Green Curry Chicken
Masaman Curry beef
Red Curry Tofu
Noodles & Veg
Their Valentine's Night show at the community centre was such a great success that we just had to get them back and December 6th is the date when The Little Big Band return with their blend of swing, big band era classics, songs from shows, film and TV themes and Latin dance tunes, all performed by as big and brassy an ensemble as you are likely to see and hear anywhere.
Based in South Shropshire, the band has been together since 2006 and though they describe themselves as "enthusiastic amateurs", their sound is rock solid and if swing's your thing, you should get your ticket now and you won't be disappointed.
Tickets are on sale at Tower House Gallery and Spar, Knighton, for £7, this price including a supper of home-made soup'n'roll. If you want to come along with friends, you can reserve a table by phoning 07751221487 or messaging us by following the contact link at the top of this page - ditto if you want us to put aside tickets at the door for collection on the night. Doors open 7.30pm and there's a bar all night.
It's obvious isn't it? Singing makes you feel good! It raises your spirit! It energises you! Agreed?
It's great news, then, that next Thursday, Nov 13th, at 7.30 in the Reynolds Room, there will be a taster session designed to test out the interest out there in the formation of a Knighton Singing Group.
The session is being run by Charlotte Bulley, who has been running the community choir in Leintwardine since 2006, as well as being a member of the Natural Voice Practitioner Network since 2003. The session is free of charge, though donations would be appreciated to pay for the room.
Charlotte aims to make the experience fun and everything is taught by ear. You don't need to read music, OK? You don't even, as Charlotte says, "need to think you are a 'good singer'" so don't be shy.
Expect all kinds of songs, from blues to gospel, Georgian to African, folk to medieval to pop.
If you want to know more, phone 01547 540603, email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out Charlotte's website, www.charlottebulleymusic.co.uk
Knighton Community Market went slightly mad today with lots of dressing up and fun activities, not to mention a kids' craft workshop, live music in our ever-popular cafe and 26 stalls loaded with local produce and crafts. A great time was had by all.
There are just three markets remaining before Christmas! On Nov 22nd live music will be supplied by the Border Reelers who blend melodeon, fiddle, harp and guitar with fine harmony singing. And on December 13th we're in full Christmas mode with carols provided by the massed voices of the Llanfair Singers. Beats shopping at Tesco any day.
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