What’s been happening?

It may appear it’s been all quiet on the Kynren front but believe me there has been plenty going on, on and off site.

Eleven Arches have been shortlisted for an award by Living North Magazine for ‘Performance of the Year’

Jonathan Ruffer has also been shortlisted for an award for ‘Contribution to the North East Award’

Every Archer is delighted that Kynren has received recognition with both of these nominations and have their fingers crossed for Jonathan and Eleven Arches on the night.

To read more please click on the below link: http://www.livingnorth.com/northeast/events/living-north-awards/shortlist

Next up our hero, our saviour, our friend, Mr Jonathan Ruffer has been awarded ‘Philanthropist of the Year’ award at the Spear’s Wealth Management Awards.

Well done and many Congratulations to Jonathan.

You can read more about this award here: https://elevenarches.org/kynren/news/Jonathan-Ruffer-wins-Philanthropist-of-the-Year-Award

Off site you may have noticed many Kynren volunteers giving up their time to help and sell poppies in and around various supermarkets and locations in Bishop Auckland, a tremendous effort by each of them.

I have said it many times before throughout my blogs Kynren has united a community, all the principles were already there but the friendships that have been formed through just the first season has inspired the community to once again come together to give back to a worthy cause.

One element that the Kynren volunteers will continue to deliver forever and a day is; charities, supporting local businesses, the people and the towns we live in are important to us.

Kynren means family, and we couldn’t agree more.

On Sunday 6th November, the Archers had their first opportunity of coming together as a big group to carry out some work on the Kynren site for their tree planting day.


It was great to be back at our second home, surrounded by our new friends, who feel very much like being part of an adopted family.

The only drawback to the day was the weather, torrential rain and high winds for most of the day.

I was there early to help them setup and as the rain poured down, there was an initial question of how many will turn up?

I told staff and volunteers not to worry, the Archers will come in there 100’s no matter what the weather, it may sound strange to some, but Kynren is in our bloodstream now, we live and breathe it, and if we are available we come.

Even our fellow Archer Richard who lives in Bradford made the journey to plant his tree.

I have heard around 1,500 trees were planted on the day which is a fantastic effort, lots have been planted in memory of loved ones that sadly are no longer with us and others in dedication for themselves as a lasting memory of the contributions they have all made.

An analogy that someone wise once said to me was “From mighty oaks, little acorns grow” meaning great things may come from small beginnings.

And Kynren ethos is very much like this from the outset, Jonathan Ruffer delivered a vision, Eleven Arches have managed this vision and produced clarity, and through all of these people with every volunteers help and assistance we’ve delivered a project and an Epic performance of shows that we will be forever proud of.


Lastly, the new television advert and tickets for Season 2 will be coming very soon.

Eleven Arches will be announcing so follow their social media pages and/or subscribe to their newsletter to keep updated.

In October, all of the volunteers were invited to a special screening of a preview of the advert and you can fail to be impressed, so certainly keep your eyes peeled for that.

For more information please visit Eleven Arches website: http://www.elevenarches.org/ for more details.