Last week saw my return to the Kynren project and indeed the Kynren site, for my first session of Season 3: Camp Kynren.
It will come as no surprise to many that I’m delighted to be returning back to the project.
It feels like home.
I don’t know how quite to describe the feeling you feel each and every time you enter the Kynren site.
It feels special, because it is special.
Walking across the Eleven Arches of the viaduct seperating Bishop Auckland’s town centre, is the outstanding sight of Kynren, in all it’s majestic awe.
Flashbacks hit, wave after wave, memory after memory.
From the Construction of the site back at the very start, the rain, the floods, the thick wet mud, that seemed to be everywhere because it was.
Watching the transformation take place day by day, week by week from across the river, or high above the site we all watched from afar.
And boy it developed, and has since delivered, it seems ridiculous and unimaginable that we are heading into Season 3 already.
The time has flown by, but time does when you’re having the time of your lives.
Reflecting back it’s been a ride, a ride of great proportions, a ride of rich experiences.
Self development and a confidence builder.
It’s seen many friendships start, blossom, and grow into treasures.
Outside looking in, each one of us can look at the Kynren project and see how it’s grown and developed, but for me, a volunteer, it really does show how much I’ve developed too.
I simply can’t think back in any real detail on how it used to be, or maybe I can, but choose to keep looking forward.
I’ve changed as a person, I’m more socially aware now, I was always active and engaging, but I feel I have developed more of an understanding for many situations, scenarios and people now.
I understand volunteering more, and I appreciate everything that is and can be.
Walking across the car park last week and watching all the cars come in, wave after wave, it brought a flashback.
Back to the days of the first general rehearsals, the wide eyed smiles, the laughter, the friendliness of each volunteer, keen to meet up once again and play their part in delivering an outstanding summer of shows.
Camp Kynren I’ve done before, I participated in something similar last year.
It’s more of an induction and information session than anything else.
A time to collect your passes, to provide any outstanding information, and to learn more about the overall objectives of the project in the year to come.
The best part of it is engaging and picking up where you last left off with many of the volunteers you may not have seen for awhile.
Or meeting brand new volunteers or existing volunteers for the very first time.
Kynren holds two elements.
The epic show that develops year on year and each and every volunteer can’t wait to see what they have in store for us in season 3.
And the volunteers circle, a group, but more like a family, of which we can all be proud of each other’s personal achievements.
Once you volunteer, you’ll feel part of something unique, something special, something that you belong too, and something to be proud of.
And there’s still time to become involved and play your part in a Summer that you will treasure forever and never forget.
This Wednesday 17th January, sees the final open call session in preparation for Season 3.
It’s your chance to come and have a look and see what it is all about for yourselves.
To speak to fellow volunteers.
To feel the same magic that I and many other volunteers feel when you arrive each time to the site.
If your interested, full details regarding Wednesday’s Open Call can be found in this link:
It will be great to see you and welcome you all to the project, there is a wide range of options of roles to become a part of too.
For me, as mentioned in my last blog article, I’ll be back into the cast, show team 7 this year.
Hoping to pick back up where I left off last year, and to create many more memories and take part in many more wonderful experiences, to not only live and breathe them but to share my emotions throughout each stage within this blog going forward.
It’s great to be back!!!
To find out more information on volunteering for Season 3 or to book your tickets please visit the Eleven Arches website:
To read more about Kynren and what it is like to volunteer on the project please visit my Facebook page: