Keir, Penpont and Tynron each have a fantastic sense of community, and this is embraced in the use of village halls, well established community buildings providing local events and activities for each area. Each Village Hall meets a number of the community’s needs, however, previous consultation identified the absence of a flexible multi-use space that could provide an additional location more suitable for other activities, as well as providing the opportunity for community cohesion.
CHAT (Community Hub Action Team) work towards the provision of such a space, as well as helping to develop a stronger sense of community by providing social events and encouraging further use of our existing community halls. Our Events page will list any upcoming activities. As well as creating new ways to connect our three area’s, the team also aims to promote people and places to improve the local economy. Discover the ways they are tackling these goals in their project information below.
In 2020 CHAT received funding of £5,000 from the CAF Tourle Foundation to develop an online community hub. The team introduced KPT Community Hub, a ‘virtual’ hub (available as a website and a downloadable app for mobile devices) that now provides our area with a single ‘go-to’ place for users to discover, as well as promote, all our three communities have to offer.
This hub includes information on our clubs, groups, facilities, local businesses and much more, and offers everyone in our three communities a place where they can connect together, seek support and advice and discover more about our area.
A Drop-In session was set up every Friday at our office based in Penpont and doors opened for people to pop in for a blether and a free brew and biscuit. Sometimes, with special events held to raise funds for charities. Unfortunately the Drop-In sessions had to be put on hold due to Covid-19.
A number of past events held in the local village halls have included live music nights, family and friend activities during school holidays and a special New Years Eve celebration party. More events will be held in the future, so don’t forget to keep an eye on our Events page for any upcoming activities.
A recent funding application was made to the Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Community Fund and the Trust were fortunate enough to have a successful application. Monies received have allowed us to support our Prescription collection and delivery service, as well offer book delivery alongside this, from our Free Little Library. We are also able to offer free puzzle books to those who would like them.
As well as helping to provide essential medications to those who need it, during difficult lock down periods, we hope that these reading and puzzle books will help to pass the time away for those needing to isolate.
Please contact us if you would like to use any of these services, or receive a list of the books currently available.
CHAT are working on their latest project – developing a community cafe to be run as a community enterprise.
Results from previous local surveys have strongly identified the need for a community cafe space, and working closely with the owner of the current empty tea room in Penpont, the team are in the process of creating this.
Funding of £28,284 has been awarded for the project, from the Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme – Adapt and Thrive.
The development of this ongoing project is being shared with our KPT communities, who have so far voted on the cafe name – Three Villages Cafe, with members of the communities offering to volunteer once the cafe is up and running. Our communities have also decided on the cafe logo and have been asked for ideas and suggestions for the menu and uses of the space.
Refurbishment and fit out of the cafe is currently taking place and the team are aiming to open the cafe in the Summer of 2021.