Little Thetford : Residents' Survey

Table of Contents
Intro
Part 1: Part 6:
Part 2: Part 7:
Part 3: Part 8: Places of worship, recreation and leisure
Part 4: Part 9:
Part 5: Part 10:

8. Places of worship, recreation and leisure
8.1 St Georges and the Baptist Church
Figure 8.1 shows what residents value about the Parish Church, St Georges. Just over half the sample (57%) value the historical building and 48% value it as a focal point for the community. Just over one in three residents value the church for weddings and funerals (38%) and for special services such as Christmas or Harvest Festival (38%). A total of 19% value the church for family services, 18% for baptisms and 17% for Sunday worship. A quarter of the sample either did not reply or said it was not applicable to them.
Figure 8.1 What residents value about St Georges Church

The Baptist Church is not valued as much for its historical building (29%) or for being the focal point of the community (28%) but 21% value the special services, 15% family services, 12% the Girls Brigade and 11% the regular coffee mornings (Table 8.2). Half the sample either did not reply or said it was not applicable to them.

Other reasons for valuing the Baptist Church were for midweek prayer and bible study and holding charity meetings.

Figure 8.2 What residents value about the Baptist Church

Reasons for attending service elsewhere: A total of 14% of respondents gave reasons for attending services elsewhere, the reasons being:
  • My religion or denomination not catered for (7%)
  • Style of worship (6%)
  • Service times more suitable elsewhere (1%)
  • Poor local information (1%)
  • Other 4%

Other reasons for attending services elsewhere are listed below:

  • Stretham a couple of times a year - where my parents live
  • Still attend our old church or Ely Cathedral
  • I attend other local churches in the vicinity as desired
  • We attend Cambridge Vineyard Church, we like style of service and worship
  • The Cathedral and concerts
  • Attend cathedral for special services only
  • Links with another village
  • Go to toddler group at Stretham church

What might encourage attendance at St Georges: A total of 12% of respondents gave reasons which would encourage them to attend St Georges:

  • 5% a different style of service
  • 6% different service times
  • 2% other reasons (Did not feel accepted by some of the older members of the congregation; nothing we are different religion)

What might encourage attendance at the Baptist Church: A total of 3% of respondents gave reasons which would encourage them to attend St Georges:

  • 1% a different style of service
  • 1% different service times
  • 1% other reason (nothing we are different religion)
8.2 Level of interest in other activities at St Georges
Respondents were asked to say whether or not they were interested in a number of activities which could be introduced at St Georges, some of which related to worship and others of general interest.

Half the sample (53%) said this was not applicable to them but 8% said they were interested in a local history group and 8% in children's holiday clubs. The level of interest in other activities is shown in Table 8.3.

Figure 8.3 Level of interest in a range of activities which could be provided at St Georges

8.3 Awareness of local groups
The awareness of local groups is as shown below with a significant proportion of residents unaware of each organisation:
  • 63% were aware of the Women's Institute rising to 70% of women;
  • 59% were aware of the Girls Brigade;
  • 45% were aware of the Ely Guild of Woodturners rising to 70% of those aged 75 or over;
  • 43% had heard of the senior citizens club, rising to 61% of those aged 60-74 and 76% of those aged 75 or above;
  • three in four respondents (78%) had heard of the Sports and Social Club.
8.4 Awareness of activities and the sports and social club
The awareness of event or activity is shown below with a significant proportion of residents unaware of each:
  • just under three in four respondents (72%) had heard of the monthly music nights;
  • 48% were aware of the darts team;
  • 45% were aware of the pool team;
  • 61% had heard of the cricket team;
  • two in three respondents (68%) had heard of the football teams
8.5 Level of interest in activities in a potential Multi Use Games Area
The questionnaire told respondents that consideration was being given to building a Multi-use Games Area (MUGA) near the village hall and asked whether they were interested in a range of sports. The level of interest was higher from households with children (Figure 8.4). A quarter of respondents (27%) were interested in tennis courts, 11% in netball, 14% in five-a-side football and 6% in other activities.
Figure 8.4 Level of interest in a potential games areaFigure 8.4 Level of interest in a potential games area

Other activities respondents mentioned were:
  • An aerobics class
  • Archery (4 people)
  • Badminton (6 people)
  • Basketball (5 people)
  • Cricket (2 people)
  • Would probably not use personally but would support its use for any purposeful activity
8.6 Senior Citizens Club
Respondents were asked whether they were aware that the Senior Citizens Club meets alternate Fridays with a range of activities and 43% said that they did, rising to 67% of those aged 60-74 and 79% of those aged 75 or over.

When asked if the would attend any of a range of activities if they were retired and available during the day, 10% of the sample said they would, rising to 32% of those aged 60-74 and 30% of those aged 75 or over. The most popular activity would be keep fit for older people (20% of those aged 60 or over).

Table 8.1 Activities of potential interest at the senior citizens club

Total
Aged 60+
Retired
Present club if a different day
1%
2%
3%
Regular lunch club
3%
8%
11%
Regular tea and entertainment
2%
5%
5%
Meetings with speakers
3%
8%
11%
Keep fit for older people
7%
20%
24%
Half day outings
3%
8%
11%
All day outings
3%
10%
12%
Other
-
1%
-
No reply
40%
51%
48%
Not applicable
50%
18%
15%
Base:
320
99
75
The only other suggestion was for a pilates class.

A total of 4% of the sample (13 individuals) said they would be prepared to help with some of these activities.

8.7 Mobile Library
The majority of respondents (70%) said they knew there was a mobile library which visited the village.

Use of the library though was much lower with 7% saying they used the mobile library.

8.8 Interest in a carpet bowls club
A total of 8% of respondents said they were interested in carpet bowls at the Village Hall rising to 11% of those aged 60-74 and 15% of those aged 75 or over.
8.9 Suggestions for Village Hall
Few respondents made any suggestions for other activities at the Village Hall (possibly because they thought the question related to carpet bowls and did not read it properly). Suggestions were:
  • Scrabble club, craft/art group
  • a bowls green
  • Youth Club, tennis Club
  • Youth club
  • Outside speakers, exhibitions
  • Keep fit, ball room dancing, singing groups
  • Badminton club, other musical / theatre events
  • I used to attend an aerobics class which was convenient and enjoyable
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom dance classes, salsa classes, pilates class
  • Proper dances, not discos
  • Family days, games etc.

Table of Contents
Intro
Part 1: Part 6:
Part 2: Part 7:
Part 3: Part 8: Places of worship, recreation and leisure
Part 4: Part 9:
Part 5: Part 10: