I’ve been meaning to post a new blog for a number of weeks now, the next one was and really still is the awards night in April, that I still haven’t got around to finishing off.
I suppose I haven’t finished it or possibly not wanted to finish and post it, as it will be the last line drawn for me within my current Kynren adventure.
But it will be getting posted soon.
Season 2 is now only weeks away, and this year for anyone who regularly reads this blog, I have decided to take a break away from the project.
With different circumstances I’d still be there, I have no doubt or hesitation.
As a recap for anyone who may only be reading this for the first time, I chose with a heavy heart to walk away from something I very much loved, for a personal reason.
That personal reason was I had been diagnosed with depression in November, and no matter how much I tried and how much I wanted to continue, I knew I had to put myself and my health first.
Kynren was my saviour, it was my escape, it was something I could really focus on, a brilliant hobby as such too.
What the project did was introduce me to several different people who have helped to shape me.
Showing me that there is a lot more to volunteering than just giving up your time.
It’s not about the money and not being paid, it’s about the experience, the adventure, the smiles, the laughter, and most of all the memories you create.
During Season 1, I more than played my part, it’s something I have been able to reflect back on over the last couple of months and be really proud of my accomplishments and my achievements.
Kynren also introduced me to someone that would encourage me to write, and now it’s not just something I thought I’d have a go at, it’s a passion, it’s something I’m good at, it’s something I excel in.
And thanks to Helen I’ll always be eternally grateful.
And who knows what Season 3 may hold for me, this year is just a break but never a goodbye.
So what’s Kynren like outside looking in?
Especially when you’ve witnessed inside looking out?
It’s different I must admit.
From a locals point of view there is still an overwhelming buzz throughout the volunteers, something that I was and still am a part of.
The bond that each Archer has for each other will never wain or never die.
There is a growing community, strengthening each passing day.
A great support network and strong camaraderie spreading throughout the towns and the county.
The volunteers have created that all on their own.
So today brings around another full day of training, I only know because hundreds of new friends volunteering at Kynren have and had told me.
And thesedays were some of my favourite days.
The chance to get back on site, surrounded by new friends and meeting new faces, working together to bring something new, something different, something that the town can be really proud of to Bishop Auckland.
Yes the days are long, the days can be tiresome, but the Kynren site holds a magical feel about it.
I’ve only experienced it before when I’ve been to Disneyland, but it’s something much more.
It’s more than that, because it’s in our town, it’s our project, it’s something we’ve helped to create and hundreds upon thousands will continue to create and share.
Bishop Auckland and Kynren is a place to come, in future years it will be a place to stay and explore too.
It’s something not only am I passionate about but very proud of too.
We’ve come a long way, and will continue to keep growing, developing and learning with it too.
Since I’ve now left the project lots of talk have been about what is going to happen with this blog?
As far as I’m aware it’s the only Kynren Blog that has been written and recorded for the world to read, and the world has been watching and reading too.
Since the UK Blog Awards, Kynren is a project on a different audiences lips, and it’s important to continue telling the story.
This story is about what Kynren is like from a volunteers perspective and that’s what I intend to do.
Sharing some of the volunteers stories of why and how they came to be involved and how the project has changed and helped them.
It also offers me a chance to write from a local residents point of view too, outside looking in.
Kynren Season 2 starts on Saturday 1st July running for 17 show dates, ending on Saturday 16th September.
For more information or to book your tickets please visit the Eleven Arches website: