Archive

2021

May 28: Additional advice re. May 17 relaxation 

  • The provision of attendance data via QR code and attendance form applies to over 16s;

  • Indoor sport/exercise can be:

    • on your own;​

    • in a group of up to 6 people (organisers or trainers are excluded from this number);

    • in a larger group of any size from up to 2 household;  and their support bubbles where eligible;

    • any number of people where the activity is formally organised by a business, charity or public body - the organiser must carry out the required precautions. Some sports contact should be avoided - organisers should read the guidance on what avoiding contact means for your sport.

  • Organisers of events or those working at the events are not to be included in the numbers allowable.

May 16: What can and cannot be done from May 17 - The following bullet points are additional to the information provided under the May 10 News piece:

  • ​Support, parent & child  groups in village halls can meet in numbers up to 30 (previously 15 was the limit) - under 5's are discounted in the numbers;

  • Indoor sport can re-commence, organised by business, charity or public body with the organiser taking responsibility to ensure reasonable measures are taken to reduce the risk of transmission;

  • Attendance at performances taking place in the Parish Hall should not exceed 50% of the normal hall capacity;

  • Distancing is a requirement at events where individuals are not members of the same household or part of the support bubble.

Face coverings are still a requirement, as is completion of the attendance forms (if the QR code cannot be scanned by attendees).

May 10: Relaxation of COVID-19 Rules - From 17th May the Parish Hall Committee will be able to offer the use of the Parish Hall for adult exercise classes (children's classes have been possible since 12th April) and amateur music/singing practice. The exercise classes include yoga, pilates, table tennis.

 

Wedding parties, wakes, christening parties with an attendance of up to 30 (the numbers do not include anyone working at the event e.g. waiting staff) will be able to take place.

 

Bingo and film shows will be able to take place.

 

However, some restrictions will still apply such as the wearing of face coverings indoors (unless exempt or could be injurious while exercising) and distancing - one metre plus. There is currently no advice relating to the discontinuance of QR codes, therefore, there is still a requirement to scan the QR code in the Parish Hall or to complete an attendance report if hosting an event.

As changes can be made at short notice, we will endeavour to keep abreast of any amendments to the rules which affect hall hire. Please keep looking at our news page for more information or go to gov.uk.

To book the hall please contact the Booking Secretary on 01666 837115.

Apr 29: COVID-19 and May 6 Elections - On May 6 the Parish Hall will be a polling station for the local elections and the Police & Crime Commissioner elections. While COVID-19 rules for distancing and the wearing of masks (unless exempt) will apply, there is no requirement to use either the NHS Test and Trace QR code or to provide details to enter the hall for the purpose of voting.

Voters are encouraged to go to cast their votes during quieter periods, to avoid queues, and to use their own pens or pencils.

Mar 12: Parish Hall Committee Meeting The Parish Hall Committee met on via ZOOM on March 8th following are main points from the meeting:

  1. CHAIRMAN'S REPORT: After accepting a grant offer from Hills Group Limited, we bought a new noticeboard for the outside the Parish Hall, two table tennis tables, plus equipment for table tennis, as well as a shed situated at the rear of the hall in which to house them. Our website has been wonderfully refreshed and updated. All the committee members have spent lockdown working very hard on behalf of our community organising the latest changes, for which many, many thanks.

  2. TREASURER'S REPORT:  Government grants have been received for managing the Parish Hall. These are grants made available to all qualifying village and parish halls affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

  3. HIRER REPORT: When COVID regulations permit, The Guitar Group and The Jammers will begin to use the hall again on alternate Tuesday evenings. Dancing classes wish to begin as soon as is allowed. The Parish Hall will be used on *Polling Day in May (6th) as usual for the elections.

  4. REPORT RE. NEW FACILITIES:  **Table tennis tables have been acquired and the shed in which they are to be stored has been erected. Many thanks for the time and effort that went into achieving this.

  5. WEBSITE REPORT: The new website was released last month, looking really up to date, and initial work is almost complete.

 

*When using the hall on Polling Day, please adhere to the current COVID-19 regulations.

**Information regarding table tennis in the Parish Hall will be published soon.

 

Mar 10: COVID-19 UpdateFollowing the publishing of the Government's road map on February 22nd, and then a further update on February 25th, ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) has provided community centres and village halls in England with advice and information relating to timing and relaxing restrictions. The steps outlined by the Government become relevant to the use of village halls from Step 2 onwards.

So, how do the changes to restrictions affect Parish Hall users?

Step 2: No earlier than 12th April - the number of events allowable are very limited. However, all children's indoor activities can resume, these include scouts, cubs and brownies, and parent and child groups (up to 15 attending - plus under 5's) can open indoors.

Step 3: No earlier than 17th May - the following are allowable:

  • Controlled indoor events with up to 50% capacity (please see our bookings page for capacity numbers);

  • Indoor sports activities can take place, these include exercise classes and table tennis, but not dancing;

  • Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions, funerals, wakes and christenings.

Step 4: No earlier than 21st June:

  • All limits on social contact are removed - village events such as fetes will be able to take place;

  • Dancing is permitted;

  • Restrictions on numbers attending weddings and funerals are abolished.

Bookings: Parish Hall bookings can now be taken for events, primarily from 17th May onwards. See our poster.

 

It should be noted that if the dependencies outlined by the Government (see GOV.UK) are not met it is possible that venues will be asked to close their doors again. Should this occur hirers shall not forfeit any deposits they have made for bookings where cancellation are outside their control.

Note: Until we are advised otherwise, test and trace requirements and attendance records will remain in place at the Parish H

Mar 04: Hills Group Ltd & Table Tennis for Stanton St QuintinOver the months of lockdown, Stanton St Quintin Parish Hall has been imagining what it would be like when we are all able to get back together.

 SSQ PH table tennis

One idea that came up was the chance to get back on our feet with a game of Table Tennis. Competition or just for fun... it doesn't matter. Once the Parish Hall opens again for sporting activities you will be able to team up and get down with a ping pong paddle, or come to the table with a table tennis bat.

The community of Stanton St Quintin, Wiltshire is today celebrating the news that Stanton St Quintin Parish Hall has received a £1,375.00 funding boost from The Hills Group Limited. The money has been made available through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) which is administered for Hills by Community First, the Rural Community Council for Wiltshire.

Some of this money has been put towards two new tables and a storage facility, to make  

sure we are ready to go when we are given the go-ahead. And so you will know what is going on and where, the money has also been used to provide a new notice board for the information and news in and around the Parish area. ​

The Hall is on a well loved and much used country walk between both parts of the village, used by walkers and those exercising their dogs.

"We think it is a wonderful opportunity to bring something back to the Hall" said Mrs Cara Voelcker, the Chairman of the Trustees, and "Table Tennis can be fun for all ages and a range of abilities - so it's good to be able to set it up with the help of this grant" said Mrs Jenny Plummer, another of the Trustees and a table tennis player herself - (seen here with the new storage shed for the tables).

The Parish Hall Committee is, once again, grateful for the generous support we receive from the Hills Group Ltd, via the LCF.

shed

FEBRUARY

Feb 25: COVID-19 Response With the publication of the Government's Road Map to ease restrictions in England, the Parish Hall Committee is planning for, and preparing the hall for, re-opening; having been closed for a number of months now. Our plans are to ensure everything is thoroughly cleaned and all equipment functions safely for when we can once again enjoy the facilities we have to offer. As information regarding the effect of the Road Map on community centres and village halls becomes available from village hall advisers we will provide clarity and detail on what this means to you, as hirers and users of the hall. Please keep checking our website for news.

Feb 15: Re-designed Website The Parish Hall Committee is delighted to launch its new-look website. As the major refurbishment of the hall has been completed for a little time now, and a lot of the information on the website was related to the changes taking place and the rebuild, it was felt it was time to streamline the website. We hope users of the website will find all the information they need to find out about what our hall has to offer and to make a booking.

 

JANUARY

COVID-19 Update From 4th January England was placed in National Lockdown. This meant community centres and village halls were to close with immediate effect, with very few exceptions to closure. The Parish Hall will now be closed to hirers until further notice. 

As restrictions are relaxed, please keep checking our website for updates regarding hall re-opening, as we endeavour to keep our hirers up to date with the latest available information, guidelines and regulation. Our bookings page contains information on the effect to hirers during periods of restriction due to Covid-19.

Covid Information: From 4th January 2021 England was placed in National Lockdown due to coronavirus. The Government stipulates community centres and village halls are to close except for a few limited exempt activities.

Limited exempt activities, identified on Gov.uk are as follows:

  • education and training - for schools to use sports, leisure and community facilities where that is part of their normal provision

  • childcare purposes and supervised activities for this children eligible to attend

  • hosting blood donation sessions and food banks

  • to provide medical treatment

  • for elite sports persons to train and compete (indoor and outdoor sports facilities), and professional dancers and choreographers to work (in fitness and dance studios)

  • for training and rehearsal without an audience (in theatres and concert halls)

  • for the purposes of film and TV filming