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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 2019

We trust many Villagers enjoyed the facilities, events and entertainment provided during 2019 and will continue to support the Village Hall activities during the coming year.

Allan Peters gave us another talk as promised. Allan is a retired met police officer, he was also a former close protection officer for HRH the Prince of Wales and later for HRH Diana Princess of Wales. The talk was well attended when Allan recounted more of his fascinating experiences during his work as a security officer for the Royal Protection Unit. We held this talk in aid of raising funds towards the Village Defibrillator. As a registered charity we are not allowed to give money to other organisations but are permitted to put on fund raising events for a good causes etc. as long as it is clear to all concerned what the event is in aid of.  Thanks to this being so well supported we raised £300 towards the cost of the Defibrillator, which I am sure everyone will agree was a worthy cause.

The Fifty, Fifty Club sold 116 tickets for £10 each. Two draws were made during the year with prizes totalling £570. The licence for running this costs £20. This increased the funds by a further £570 thanks to our hard working ticket sellers Ben and John.

The Annual Brunch took place in July. The brunch has become an annual event where friends and neighbours can get together and enjoy a late breakfast or brunch. This raised another £363.

Once again Chris and Jac L-P allowed us the use of not only their field but also their amazing and colourful fairground tent for the tea and cake stall. ‘Scrufts’, ‘The Utterly Amateur Dog Show’ has really gone upmarket. The weather was kind to us again this year and the event was great fun for all the family including our four legged friends. £398 was raised

In November we held a Silent Auction, it is several years since the last one. We are so fortunate to have so many generous people in our Village willing to donate such a wide selection of lots, over 90 in total, for auction. Pene assisted by Caroline did an amazing job of collecting, cataloguing and the many other things required to set up the Auction. Over 60 people attended to bid, enjoy the splendid finger buffet laid on by Lynda, Joan and Edith, whilst maybe partaking in a glass of wine of beer. Thank you to everyone who donated the lots, bid or worked so hard to make this such a success. £2,864 was raised for the Village Hall.

Income from Hall and equipment hire in the year was £953 and Coffee Mornings raised £477. Donations in the year were £75.

The increase in income from letting the hall was due to the elections being held ‘it’s an ill wind’ as they say.

Running costs for the hall came to just under £2,964. We would normally expect it to average out at more than £3,000 annually. Thanks are due to all the Village Hall Committee and our band of willing volunteers for their commitment to ensuring the continued smooth running of our Hall.

Numbers have continued to increase at the Tuesday Coffee Mornings. Gerarda and her team of volunteers continue to ensure that coffee, tea, and biscuits are in good supply to at these friendly gatherings, thank you so much one and all.

The Post Office, continues to operate from a Van in the Car Park for just one hour from 9:30am till 10:30am on Tuesday mornings. This is an important service to our community and would be greatly missed if we should lose it. Please continue to support this service.

During the year we had to reapply for our Hallmark Certificate from the Community Council for Somerset. We are pleased that our application for renewal was successful. The Hallmark Inspectors view our procedures, inspect the Hall and talk to some of the committee. This is to ensure we are achieving best practice in the management of our Village Hall and are compliant, in finance, licencing, health and safety etc. We have to make an application for this every three years. The Hallmark helps to keep our insurance as low as possible and is necessary when applying for grants.

The millennium garden, which has made such a difference to the appearance of the outside of the hall, was commented favourably on by the inspectors making the Hallmark visit. Thank you again for the continued hard work of some very dedicated individuals, in particular Stephen and Joan.

The funds at the end of the year stand at a very healthy £13,722, the Committee continue to feel it is prudent to keep £6,000 of this in reserve as a contingency for one year’s on-going costs and any unforeseen building costs which could arise.

Grants are still much in demand and the money available more difficult obtain, the probability of achieving a successful outcome to an application is very uncertain. We are very aware that any major building repairs would probably have to be met in full from our own resources.

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Click here for the Village Hall Aims and  Review 2019

Click here for the Village Hall Accounts 2019

Click here for the Village Hall AGM Agenda 2020

Click here for the Village Hall AGM Minutes 2020

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