On Sunday 1st March the Green Room celebrated their first birthday at a reception to unveil the Kirknewton wall hanging. The wall hanging has been put together by a group of volunteers over the last year and depicts the history of Kirknewton, significant buildings in the village and issues being discussed today. It is a true snapshot of life in Kirknewton 2015, a piece of artwork and true history in the making. The artwork was unveiled by CEO of the Kirknewton Community Development Trust Tony Foster and he thanked everyone involved with this mammoth project. He said, "The wall hanging is absolutely fantastic and everyone involved should be so proud of this achievement. I hope people visiting the Green Room will enjoy it for many years to come. You notice something new everytime you look at it. It's exceeded all our expectations." The Green Room has drop in sessions for coffee/tea every Tuesday to Thursday mornings from 9am to 1pm.
Following the recent community engagement work the number one reason people like living in Kirknewton is because of 'community spirit'. This has come out of nowhere in 2010 when location was the number one reason given in a similar piece of work. External consultants employed by KCDT, thanks to Big Lottery Scotland funding, spent from 9th to 23rd December 2014 encouraging local people to share their ideas and opinions about the area and the land purchase project at Camps Junction. It culminated with a drop-in feedback event in early 2015. Overall 561 people participated, either face to face, 81 online, 197 from Kirknewton Primary School and 41 at the feedback event on
January 10th 2015. There was a fantastic level of interest with 2800 comments recorded. KCDT were particularly encouraged by the thoughtful response people made on the online survey which extended the range of people who were able to participate. One of the things asked for was 'improving communication beyond social media such as facebook'. That's why we have produced this pilot newsletter. You can read more on page 21, the full report online at http://issuu.com/kirknewton/docs/ kirknewton_community_engagement_rep or read a copy in the Green Room