Kelsall and District Rural Amenities Society (KADRAS) was formed in 1969 in response to the pressures created by the rapid expansion of the village in the late 1960s, and the concern felt over the long delayed decision to construct a village bypass.
The objectives of the Society as laid down in the original constitution were threefold:
- To stimulate public interest in, and care for, the beauty, history and character of the area and its surroundings.
- To encourage the preservation, development and improvement of features of general public amenity or public interest.
- To pursue these ends by any means, including lectures, study groups, exhibitions, publications and other forms of instruction and publicity and the promotion of schemes of a charitable nature.
The Society would attempt to promote and encourage these objectives by charitable means only.
All the work of the group is carried out by volunteers who have worked hard over the years to live up to the objectives laid out by the original committee.
Other publications have included village directories (we are in the process of updating the latest directory for publication later this year), two editions of Kelsall Village Walks and a Parish Paths leaflet produced in conjunction with the Parish Paths Partnership and Cheshire County Council in the late 1990's. We are now in the final stages of a new walks leaflet which we are hoping to publish in the summer.
KADRAS also published a history of the village by Elspeth Thomas, a founder member and stalwart of the Society. She died before the draft was completed, but in 1996 the book 'The Story of Kelsall' was published in her memory.
The Kelsall Millennium Committee, having completed its work, made a sum of money available to KADRAS and a small bursary was set up aimed at the young people of the village. Individuals or organisations involving young people have been able to apply for small grants to help with a personal or group project. The original money was used within three years but the Society has continued with the bursary in the ensuing years and will still consider any worthwhile application.
The Society is the umbrella organisation for the Kelsall Website and the Theatre and Entertainment Group originally set up by the Millennium Committee. The Society, in conjunction with Cheshire County Council's Rural Touring Theatre Network, put on two productions per year, one in the spring and the other in the autumn.
In the past the Society has planted trees and bulbs at various sites in the village and purchased bulbs for other village groups to plant. In conjunction and cooperation with the Parish Council, bulbs were planted recently at different locations, hanging baskets were bought and filled and offered to various businesses in the village and a millennium garden was created on the Village Green by the War Memorial. We will continue to fill the baskets every spring as long as the businesses involved are happy to tend them. Another new feature for the village is the village Christmas tree which is erected in St Philips churchyard.
The village finally got its bypass in 1986, nearly 20 years after the society was formed. However this led to further expansion and a greater need for further amenities. We shall endeavour to carry on promoting and encouraging the original objectives of the Society as best we can.
Ray Evans - Chairman
|Ray Evans||Chairman (01829-752494)|
|Anne O'Donnell||Magazine Editor|