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Hall


Introduction

Originally the village school, the Village Hall was built in 1845. The school closed in 1962 and the building was leased by the educational authority to the village until the building was purchased with the aid of grants and fundraising efforts in 1979. The Hall was registered in the same year as a charity and was declared a listed building in 1985. In 2005 a new extension, to match the design and construction of the existing hall, was completed with a sizable modern kitchen and 3 toilets, there is also disabled access to the building. The hall was also extended to the east side, thus allowing a larger number of people within the hall. Since then the flooring has been replaced, external lighting installed and the car park resurfaced.

The Village Hall is available for hire and can cater for small gatherings and events up to a maximum of 80 people. The kitchen is fully equipped with a cooker, dishwasher, heated plate cupboard, refrigerator (without freezer compartment), microwave oven, urn and kettles. There is also plenty of china, glasses and cutlery. Hall Hire

The Village Hall committee raises funds for the day-to-day running and maintenance of the hall by organising events and entertainment throughout the year and there is an informal coffee morning each Tuesday morning.

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Governance

The Village Hall charity, which governs the Hall, is an unincorporated association governed by its Trust Deed dated 25th April 1979. The Trust Deed provides that the Committee of Management shall consist of seven elected members and eight representative members, which may include not more than two co-opted members. As some of the representative bodies have ceased to exist, the Committee now comprises such elected representatives and co-opted members as is considered appropriate.

The aim of the charity is to hold the Village Hall for the use of the inhabitants of the Parish of Corton Denham without distinction of political or religious or other opinions including use for meetings lectures and classes and for other forms of recreation and leisure time occupations with the object of improving the conditions of life for the village inhabitants.

Review of the Year 2020

It is normally this time of the year that I give a report at our VH Committee Meeting on the previous year’s activities.   As such a meeting is not possible, this is the Review that I would have given.

2020 — that was quite a year !  We found ourselves unable to proceed with our normal fund raising events planned for the year.  We did manage to get the annual Quiz in before Covid 19 struck, which was well attended and raised £566 with thanks to our Grand Quizmasters, Lisa and Jim Adam.

Thanks to Ben and John, the 50/50 Club sold 116 tickets and raised £580 for VH funds, whilst giving out a similar amount in prizes.

Income from Hall hire up to closure was £182, Coffee Mornings raised £108 and there were generous donations of £103.

In August, we did manage to hold a much delayed AGM in the courtyard of the Queens Arms which was well attended and we are grateful to the Pub for providing an outside covered area for Villagers to continue to meet up for a weekly coffee morning.

Thanks to Derek Cole, a great deal of work was done in September to make the Hall Covid compliant and we were just about to reopen for distanced Coffee Mornings, when we were locked down again and we have not been able to reopen since.  The Hall stands ready for when we can reopen .

We also planned to hold an outdoor Bonfire Event thanks to Chris & Jac Lillingstone-Price and the Bonfire builders, but Boris cunningly imposed the next Lockdown on 5th November.  The Bonfire still stands ready, should we be able to hold a similar event in the future.

The VH has purchased a Zoom A/c for the year which has been made available for PC meetings, Gardening Society meetings, and any other Village organisations who wish to avail themselves of it.  Thanks to Derek Cole for setting up and hosting all these meetings.  It also enabled us to hold some VH Zoom Quizzes which started slowly, but is now building up in participant numbers.

The Post Office continues to operate from a van in the VH Car Park from 9.30-10.30 am on every Tuesday morning.  Please continue to support this valuable community service, so that it is not lost.

Finally the PCC and the VH got together to erect a Christmas Tree at the bottom of the Pitchen Path kindly donated by Robin Odgers, in lieu of the usual trees inside the Church and the VH.  The lights, although run on a series of rechargeable AA batteries, and kindly donated by Chris Bunker, miraculously seemed to light up every evening at 4.30pm.  The tree and lights were a great success and thanks to everyone involved in putting it up and running it.

Runnings costs for the year for the Hall came to £4,677, which includes decorating costs of £1,560 and Covid 19 equipment of £234.  Annual running costs therefore continue to run at £3,000, whilst we now have no income coming in.  However we were very fortunate to receive an unexpected Government Grant of £10,000 from S Somerset DC by qualifying as a Small Business with premises receiving Rate Relief to enable us, whilst closed, to cover ongoing costs, which means that our funds at the end of the year stand at £20,595.

Special thanks to Chris Chapman for kindly auditing our accounts, and finally to the rest of the Committee for their tireless and cheerful efforts to keep our Village Hall running smoothly.

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Click here for the Village Hall Aims and  Review 2020

Click here for the Village Hall Accounts 2020

Click here for the Village Hall AGM Minutes 2021

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