Tonight sees the return of Kynren for it’s third season, but it really doesn’t feel like yesterday from the moment we all volunteered.
Kynren has transitioned and grown since the first year, really even before that.
Thinking back to the moment Eleven Arches and Bishop Auckland announced that Kynren was going to happen, I was pleased but I had absolutely no intention of becoming involved.
I had many other “things” going on in my life, and whilst I thought it was fantastic for the area and the town, I wasn’t committed to being a part of it.
How wrong could I possibly be?
I got involved in Kynren around 6 months before the very first show of the very first season.
Friends constantly encouranging me to join and be a part of something that they could see was going to be special.
Week by week, they wore me down, and because of them, in that moment and moments, they gave me the greatest thing they could possibly give me.
They introduced me to a world of volunteering.
Until you do volunteer, whether it’s Kynren, whether it’s also Bishop FM for me, a charity, a sports club or whatever it is, it changes you.
Volunteering gives you a chance to not only give back to someone or something that needs and appreciates your time, but it allows you to really discover the person who you are, and all and everything that you are truly capable of, without actually knowing it.
Kynren has and will keep continuing to change lives, because it certainly has with mine.
I’m more aware of people than I ever have been before, I would always class myself as a people person, but to truly understand people of all wavelengths, some that are not necessarily who would fit your model, but then go onto becoming not only a friend, but a good friend, that you can depend on for life.
Kynren is so much more than a show, so much more!
Tonight is the very first live public performance, and the build up and excitement feels very much to how the first show of the very first season felt like.
For me, I’m experiencing it in a completely different team, but the same feelings and anticipation feels exactly the same.
Kynren is the name of a project.
Kynren is the name of a world class show.
But Kynren means a whole lot more to every individual who has given their time to it.
Kynren is the catalyst to a changing and developing town that is Bishop Auckland.
With all progress it really does take time, but through this show and other developments it truly is showing the way; that Bishop Auckland has a truly exciting future.
But the Kynren I first joined to the Kynren that is now is different.
Different in a good way.
Way back in 2016, which seems a lifetime ago now, the Kynren site was a construction site, a dream and a vision that many backed, but not quite sure of what it was, or what it was about to turn into.
I mentioned many times throughout this blog, Kynren has been a game changer.
It truly has!
Not just for me, but for many.
Yes the whole point leads you up to days like today, the first live show of a brand new season.
But what you see isn’t all that Kynren is about.
The show is amazing, seeing is believing, and until you see it with your own eyes, you won’t really understand it, but when you do, you’ll never forget it, and it will leave you with a sense of pride and passion to keep returning, time and time again.
But Kynren as I said is more than what you see, it’s the starting point of regeneration of a town that badly needs it.
And not just Bishop Auckland, it’s supporting communities and County Durham as a whole.
But that isn’t all.
If you strip Kynren back to what it means for every single person that is and has been involved, it tells so many different stories on why?
We all have a story to tell!
But one story which many if not all volunteers can’t help but express is pride, today is no different, everyone is proud of not only what Kynren means, what Kynren is instilled within our hearts, but we are each here, ready and now to deliver the very first of an amazing show of an amazing summer.
I want to wish all Kynren volunteers, staff and everyone that has been associated with this project over the last three years, gratitude and respect, we have done this.
Whether you believed in the project from the very start, or you are here now, your here and that’s all that matters.
We are Archers, this is our symbol, this is our name, and we are proud to deliver Kynren to our welcoming audience.
I hope and wish you all have a fantastic night and an incredible summer!
I also want to acknowledge as I always do at this point each year to the Archers who are no longer with us, you believed in this project, at times when some didn’t, you grew with Kynren, just as Kynren grew with you.
You are a part of Kynren’s history and new heritage, and you all, will never be forgotten, ever!
Thank you for all that you did.
We are a family at Kynren, we are close, we cherish the moments, we encourage and support, we love and we laugh.
But Kynren is completely; the story of us.
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