If the Gladman housing development proposed for the town goes ahead new residents will find their new home is a great place to be if two recent events are anything to go by.
The first was the Kirkbymoorside Community Primary School harvest festival which took place in the Methodist Chapel. The staff, children and parent helpers got a bit of a soaking walking from school but there was nothing damp about the individual Key Stage 2 class performances which were wonderful. The Rev. Norma Davey welcomed a chapel full of parents, grandparents, carers and friends who thoroughly enjoyed not only the singing but the wonderful displays that the children and the local Rainbow group had created.
The second event was the Kirkbymoorside Scout inspired Peace Pole planting ceremony which you may have read about in previous posts on the blog.
The evening started with the scouts, guides, family and friends undertaking a peace march from the Scout Hut to the Millennium Garden where a large crowd had gathered. The Rev. Mark Brosnan gave a wonderful speech outlining the many groups who had been involved in establishing the Peace Pole in Kirkby and the background to this worldwide initiative. He rightly praised the scouts for their hard work in creating the pole which is apparently the first in the North of England.
The pole was duly planted, after which there were scout ‘promise’ ceremonies, peace candles lit, peace poems written and read by the children and finally a communal song for peace.
As the sun set on the evening and we all started to wander home many might have reflected how fortunate we are to live in such a caring, peaceful and vibrant community. With so many young people involved it gives hope that Kirkbymoorside may long remain so.