RESIDENTS of an award winning village have raised thousands of pounds for charity and demonstrated they are a community that cares.
South Kyme’s residents have taken their village to heart and have not only been organising many events to draw in the crowds, they have also gone to great lengths to make sure it is a beautiful place to live.
A group of volunteers take part in a village tidy-up each month, collecting the rubbish from verges, cutting the grass and weeding pavements, and enjoy a free breakfast afterwards the Hume pub in the village.
Their efforts paid off in 2010 when South Kyme won the small village category in the Lincolnshire Best Kept Village awards.
Residents put considerable effort into their fund-raising activities and last year events such as table top sales, quiz nights, coffee mornings in the Kyme Cafe and the Kyme Festival raised over £11,000.
The money was shared between good causes both locally and nationally, including Cancer Research, British Heart Foundation, Help for Heroes and the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, as well as boosting the funds of the village hall and parish church,
Resident Jim Nadin, who is involved in both the village tidy-up and fund-raising, said: “The fund-raising aspect is a big thing in our village. It is not just something we do for local good causes but for national charities too.
“South Kyme punches above its weight when it comes to fund-raising. We do it as a community and work together to get results.”
This year’s Kyme Festival, over May Bank Holiday on May 5 and 6, promises to be a spectacle for all the family, with activities including a duck race and a scarecrow festival, with medieval re-enactment on the field next to the tower featuring events such as jousting and knights in armour.
Craig Midgely, chairman of South Kyme Parish Council, said: “We are definitely the community that cares. You definitely get the feeling that everyone cares about the village we live in.”