Offical Opening of Torksey Viaduct
Offical Opening of the Playground
Good afternoon to one and all.
Welcome to the official opening of our Play Area.
This is the completion of phase 1 and we would like to thank all those who have got us this far – those individuals who have raised funds and/or donated monies; the volunteers who gave their time freely along with their blood (only in two cases), sweet and tears (mainly thro’ laughter) in dismantling the fort from its original siting and lastly, those local companies (Haskell & Co.;John Kinch Group; Henson Franklyn), who assisted in numerous ways, including storage. For more information please see the side of the fort.
You will all have heard of the New Years and Queens’s birthday honours awards, which acknowledges individuals contributions to the big society. Since 2009 local authorities have had the power also to acknowledge the positive contributions that individuals have made to their local communities and today we wish to acknowledge such a person. He is not a ’yellow belly’, but he has/is totally committed to improving this part of Lincolnshire.
Having spent his earlier years in Herefordshire, where he had a variety of work experiences, including working in a tin mine – yes we could claim him as our own Poldark! He had a dream of how those more mature people would like to live their lives. Local sites/developments were visited, but they failed to meet his expectations. It was on a trip to the USA that he saw developments that were to inspire and motivate him to take his vision forward. He developed a concept for those more mature of us, living in a pleasant, peaceful and secure environment, in accommodation that was easy to maintain.
Torksey provided that opportunity to transfer his vision into reality. So in 1970s he and his family moved here. In those early days of transforming the old caravan site into his dream vision, he also did a full days work in the local coal mine to make ends meet. As the vision came a reality, so the family joined the family business – Marion, Johnny, Ann, Tracey and Stuart. All their efforts have won them a number of national awards over the years. Additionally to the main task of running their successful business, he has also ensured the local community has benefited from his success – not all being obvious!
Those that most of us will be aware of are the village green, which was donated to the parish and is also maintained by him; and the GP surgery, which was completed in 2003.
Additionally, assistance, directly or indirectly, in kind and/or financially to local organisations including: the parish church; LIVES, the early responding team; Kettlethorpe village hall; local schools; not forgetting his support for this play area. John Knich the Freedom of Torksey Parish.
TORKSY PLAY AREA OPENS
As you will be aware from the last edition, Torksey Play Area officially opened on Saturday the 18th of April. The weather was very good, with brilliant sunshine, which encouraged many to wear their shorts and T-shirts. Following many months of fund raising as well as going through the planning process, phase one of the project received a great welcome from Torksey residents and those neighbouring villagers, who came to support the project.
Children entered into the games (obstacle race; egg & spoon; wellie wanging etc) enthusiastically, with parents, grandparents and friends all cheering them on – certificates being awarded to the first 3 children in each event. At the end of the day all the children received a medallion, on a ribbon, to commemorate the opening of the play area. Even the adults could not resist participating in the wellie wanging, with some impressive distances being achieved by both mums and dads, although it was the ‘minus’ throw – the wellie went backwards – which received the biggest cheer! During the afternoon a presentation - the Freedom of the Parish – was made to John Kinch, acknowledging his many years of service to the parish.
The afternoon concluded with a hog roast for all.