Commemorating the past brings the community together


As well as traditional fayres and fetes, there are many events which can foster a sense of community.   Leicestershire's Green Plaque Awards Scheme is an example.

Children from the local primary school, parish, district and county councils, community librarians,  residents from the adjacent care home and interested passers-by joined together to unveil a commemorative plaque to a local artist.

The location for the plaque - at the Hunny Hive nursery in Smeeton Road, Kibworth Beauchamp - was chosen because Kenney lived nearby.  His home was demolished to make way for a new road in the 1960s.

John Theodore Kenney illustrated several Thomas the Tank engine books and numerous Ladybird books.  For many years, he worked for Kibworth-based Slater Design Studios producing large-scale display and advertising material for shops. 

He was a fine landscape artist who ably recorded and reflected the south-Leicestershire countryside.

The event was managed by Karen Wilde, Heritage Officer at Leicestershire County Council.

Before and after the unveiling, members of the community gathered at Kibworth Grammar School Hall to learn more about Kenney, and to enjoy delicious refreshments provided by a local caterer.