Who’s working on it at the moment?

There is a Steering Group, which consist of volunteers from the village, plus an advisor for Rural Community Action. The group contains six villagers: three people from the Parish Council (one of whom is also a member of the Village Hall Management Committee) and three other volunteers.

This is who we are and this is why we volunteered to do this work on this project:

Lucy Sargisson: I’ve lived at Kingston Court for about 4 years. I love it here and want to do what’s necessary to keep this a special place to live. I volunteered for the steering group because I want to help and I have good information-gathering skills, eg designing surveys.

Gill Aldridge: I’ve lived in the centre of the Village for 40 years. I have been a member of the Parish Council since its formation in 2000; I am also a member of the Village Hall Management Committee. I have seen the Village lose many of its services, including the Post Office and shop and the regular bus service. I have also seen many younger families move here and I would like to see the Village become a better place to live in, without losing its character.

Elizabeth Elders: I moved to Kingston just a year ago, and joined the Parish Council in May this year.  I worked in ‘community development’ for two years before I decided to return to university, and I’d like to see Kingston on Soar get some of the activities and opportunities that other communities have, as well as getting to know more of the people who live in the parish.

Richard Parrey: I’ve lived in New Kingston since 1985. I have been secretary of Rushcliffe Ramblers for most of that time and enjoy walking in the locality. I have also been Parish Clerk since 2007. I volunteered for the steering group so that relevant expertise I have gained in the various fields I have worked in can be used for the benefit of the village.

Alex Whiting: I live and work in the parish having moved here five years ago. We were attracted by the central location, having excellent road and rail access to other parts of the country, and of course by the lovely rural surroundings. I am currently helping to manage the web presence of the group, as light relief from the day job.