GKRA Newsletters

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Our award-winning GKRA Newsletter is distributed to 1,000 households in the Great Kingshill and Cryers Hill area on a quarterly basis. Each printed issue costs over £1000 to produce, which is usually covered by advertising revenue alongside a small grant from the Parish Council. Any shortfall is covered from the proceeds of village events. However, in recent times, many advertisers have switched from printed media to online to spread the word about their businesses and services. The pandemic brought a (temporary) end to our village events, which means dwindling cash reserves to cover the difference. The GKRA has always been very proud of the fact that we do not charge villagers to become members, but we now find ourselves in a position that threatens the ongoing publication of the loss-making newsletter. Therefore, we are appealing to those villagers that are able to make an annual voluntary donation of £5, in order to save it!

 

If you wish to support keeping the village newsletter alive, please either send donations direct to the association’s bank account:

Great Kingshill Residents Association

Barclays Bank plc Account No: 93924696

Sort code: 20-03-84

Marking your payment “your name/mag”

Or put cash in an envelope (marked GKRA magazine with a note of your name)  through the letterbox of 1 Royal Oak Mews.

 

You can view the current newsletter, as well archived newsletters from the previous year:

Winter 2021

Autumn 2021

Summer 2021

Spring 2021 - Lockdown Edition 

 

We always on the look-out for contributors of articles and are particularly interested in articles on gardening, motoring, village hall activities, village history, travel, cooking or local businesses. We also have space for new advertisers.  Please contact Jackie Goodfellow, Editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help or would like to advertise.

We'd like to thank all our distributors and contributors for their support.

We are actively encouraging Newsletter articles from younger residents of the village!

Great Kingshill Residents’ Association – its history

Great Kingshill Residents’ Association was formed at the proposal of the Village Hall Management Committee at a public meeting in May 1988.

That public meeting, held in the Village Hall, was chaired by Ron White, then Chairman of the Village Hall Management Committee – Gavin Plews was Acting Secretary.

Various speakers commented on the sorts of issues that could be addressed by a Residents’ Association on behalf of the community rather than it having reliance solely on the Parish Council. Those issues are as pertinent today as they were then – planning, the production of a regular newsletter, the organisation of social events and the establishment of Neighbourhood Watches (although GKRA is no longer directly involved in this).

A proposal by the Village Hall Management Committee to form the GKRA was carried unanimously. A Steering Committee was elected, with its first meeting to take place at Hatches Farm, the home of David and Ann Davies.

The first meeting of GKRA was held on 26th June 1988 in the Village Hall, with David Davies as Acting Chairman. An initial constitution based on that of Widmer End Residents’ Association was adopted and a Committee was formed.

This inaugural meeting went on to discuss ‘issues which were of greatest concern to residents’. The Green Belt was to be fought for (Great Kingshill did not have this status then) and various planning matters were raised. Traffic through the village was of concern and there was mention of the need for a mini roundabout at the Cockpit Road/Stag Lane junction and another at the Pipers Lane/Missenden Road junction. We are now in the Green Belt, and twenty five years later traffic through the village remains a concern.

The constitution has been revised over the years, but is still broadly in line with that initial document, and the current constitution can be found here.

In summary, our aims are:

  • to promote awareness of and interest in the community life
  • to protect and improve the amenities and environment of the village
  • to promote community and social activities