That was the Week That Was Village Halls Week

Hopefully, this first Village Halls Week has given everyone an idea as to whats on at the hall and a bit of an idea as to what goes on in terms of running the building?

In numbers, it has been a great week in terms of people engaging with the hall. We have had 6 new Facebook page likes almost 150 visits to the page as well as over 1300 people reached in total.

The website has seen over 150-page visits and our tweets have been liked and retweeted quite widely and we have gained 3 new followers on Twitter.

Therefore our online community looks in fine shape, but remember this is not just an online world, the hall is an actual building run by real people in a real community.

So much of our lives are ruled by our online presence (said as this is being written for our online community ?) that we can be in danger of actually not getting out and mixing in the community we live in. We are on the edge of an area of outstanding natural beauty as well as one that has a rich industrial heritage and we should do as much as we can to enjoy it and that includes the hall.

So, what happens at the hall at a weekend? Well just like Night at the Museum it can come alive, but with the shouts and laughter of young children who attend birthday parties held at the hall. We have one on Sunday, the third this month.

Our rates are some of the most competitive around and the hall is just right for such events, but also suits big people as well as any community gathering.

Please do consider the hall as a venue for your event and also do support events we hold at the hall. Yes, they are often fundraisers but they are also moral raisers in the community and we are keen to keep on building a stronger community.

During the next few months, we aim to hold an Easter Breakfast, a summers evening concert, as well as hosting the Scarecrow festival among a series of events. As we have said before the size of our committee dictates what we can do, so if you are tempted to get involved please do get in touch.

There is a ‘contact us’ on the website, you can message us on Facebook or call Martyn Hordern on 01538 750657.

You never know, you might just like it!

It would be very much amiss of us not to draw attention to the sad passing of a village stalwart, Cedric Woodward who died a few days ago at the age of 86.

At the time of his death, Cedric was Treasurer for the Britsh Legion branch in the village, the Gardeners Association and previously for the Village Luncheon Club. He was also Chair of the Pensioners Association and an active member of St. Werburgh’s Church and the Choir.

Without his efforts these groups would have struggled but its also an example of how organisations rely on the same people to keep them going.

He was a testament to those people who volunteer in our communities and we should count ourselves lucky that he was prepared to commit his time in the way he did.