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Kingston Pavilion Opens

Tuesday 15 June 2010

Our fine new Community Pavilion was formally opened on Thursday, 27th May. The occasion enabled appropriate thanks to be made to the many supporters and advisers who had facilitated the building of the Pavilion.
A luncheon, provided by the Parish Council, was attended by representatives from the Big Lottery Fund and Viridor,the Chairman and the President of the National Association of Local Councils, the Rural Advocate and Chairman of Commission for Rural Affairs, as well as village residents and representatives of the Parish Council, The Trustees and the Kingston Village Steering Group.
  A large number of additional guests village residents came along to the ribbon cutting ceremony, which was carried out by Mrs. Louie Staplehurst, at 92 years, one of our most senior Senior Citizens. After cutting the ribbon, she was presented with a bouquet by Sam McDonald, who like a number of other children from the village school had come with their headmaster, Mr. Andrew Dobell, to witness the occasion.
  A varied programme of sporting activities and entertainment for the younger children then followed, with drinks and a Big Village Tea for all, arranged by the Steering Committee and the Trustees. This included an excellent exhibition of tennis by Holly Bennett and the tennis club coach, Chris Wade; a croquet demonstration by Michael Day and Geoff Yates; a friendly football match between two teams from the village school
assisted by Mr. Andrew Dobell and Mr. Bob Gayler, providing colour and interest around the green.
  Many people appreciated the exhibition of photographs of 'old Kingston' which was mounted by Mrs. Joyce Taylor and a display of maps and environmental information manned by Steve Berry, Dinah Morgan and two of the Sussex Rangers also generated a great deal of interest.
The day was rounded off with a most successful cheese and wine evening generously arranged by Kingston Tennis Club.                                           Short presentations on Kingston past, presentand future were made by Margaret Thorburn,[former resident and local historian], Bob Gayler,John Greenslate, and Keith Gibson.Thanks were expressed to everyone who hadcontributed to making the day such a success,whether in the preparation or by cooking, givingtheir time and expertise to different activities, orby turning up to support the occasion. About 250people joined in and celebrated the opening.[The exhibition of old photos is still on display inthe Pavilion and can be seen on a Tuesday morning when the Pavilion is open for coffee].


-Diana Arlett