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Report to Parish Council

November 02, 2019

Autumn is  well and truly here, our rural Parish Hall being surrounded by autumnal coloured trees and hedges whilst harvested fields are being put to bed for the winter.

 

As the Hiring Calendar fills up,  excellent income for management, the Hall Committee is putting renewed effort into publicising our 200 Club Lottery.  Thanks to a lot of background effort, we now have a new leaflet which includes up to date rules and regulations. This Lottery is such an excellent way of supporting our village community asset – the monthly draw prize is £200 and Christmas Draw is £1000.  With only 200 members, there is a great chance of being a Winner. There are leaflets in the hall and interested new members can find joining information on our website.

 

We are delighted with variety of hirers booking the hall for – Christening parties, Wedding Receptions, Birthdays parties, Training days, Dog classes, Dancing classes, Cubs and Beavers as well as village Social Committee events. Due to our location, various Organisations find the hall useful for their area meetings.

 

Our committee energy and enthusiasm is given to looking after and maintaining the Hall for future generations, spurred on by the feedback we get from happy hirers.

 

Cara Voelcker, on behalf of the SSQ Parish Hall Committee

Report to Parish Council

September 20, 2019

Autumn has begun, the fields are being tidied up and the swallows are due to leave for Africa, there are still some about.  I contacted the Water Board about the work they are doing in front of the hall before it started and explained about hall hirers use. They were helpful and the work appears to go efficiently.  John Hodge, from Lower Stanton kindly  dealt with the weeds in the car park for us - we now need to make a regular arrangement  for keeping the outside tidy.

Am delighted that there are several new enquiries about hall hire.  Situated where we are, it is convenient, the refurbishments are much appreciated and it is really gratifying to see the variety of people making use if this attractive rural building.  Any village support and appreciation of our asset makes all the hard work put in to managing and  running the hall very worthwhile.

We are always interested in new members joining our 200 Club Lottery. The monthly prize surprises and pleases those who win £200 and then there is our special Christmas Draw for £1000. Details about the 200 Club are on our website. We are grateful to anyone who is able to support the Hall Management by contributing in this way.

Cara Voelcker

Report to SSQ Parish Hall AGM

May 31, 2019

In 1938 Farmer Worthy Tanner gave the land for this hall to the Parochial Church Council for the use of the villagers, who built the hall.

 

At our November 2015 meeting we heard,” that Companies House has agreed our Memorandum and Articles of Association which Goughs, our solicitors, will now forward to Companies House to complete our application to become a Charity (a requirement of our Lease from the PCC). The Memorandum replaces our previous constitution. At the moment we have three Trustees/Directors (interchangeable terms) and are very much hoping members of our community will come forward and join the committee and become Trustees. This would not commit anyone to financial involvement, but help give oversight and direction for this.” our 21st Century refurbished village asset.”

 

What a long way we have come since 2015, moving from the hall refurbishment stage to where we are now, at the Maintenance stage.

 

Members of our committee have changed though the original three Trustees, Jenny Plummer, Ros Whiting and myself, Cara Voelcker have remained constant. Trustees for the Charity Commission purpose and Directors for Companies House purpose.

 

The refurbishment project was overseen by Peter Boggis, the 200 Club (our fundraising lottery) was started by Jenny Plummer and Christina Smith and Ros Whiting has taken charge of all our hall hire bookings; Christina Smith designed and produced our website. Nick Greene is our PCC representative.

Generous villagers gave us loans which allowed the refurbishment to take place and many, many hours of time have been given to this project.

 

We are grateful to David Thomson for taking on the responsibility of being our Treasurer and to Thomas Powell Jones now responsible for our Website Development and is Committee Secretary; Wayne Fuller is Buckley Barracks Liason, Bea Majendie – Hirer’s Representative. Non Executive members are Andrew Jackson, Robert Whiting and Emma Cambourne.

 

Hirings have been increasing and various, which is gratifying.  We are a small hall and our geographical advantage is being close to the motorway so businesses and organisations from all parts of the county find it accessible for their larger meetings. A fundraising project to help this niche market would be a table top projector and two flip charts.

 

We are now meeting bi-monthly with in-between meetings when we need to organise a fundraising event – ie. Our Pub and Skittles evening in June and a Barn Dance in September.  We would be delighted if anyone felt able to help with these evenings.

 

Our Trustees attend meetings regularly thus oversee the Hall finances and Management.

My huge gratitude goes to our committee and residents who support and use this hall, ensuring that it continues to be a popular community hub.

Cara Voelcker

SSQ Parish Hall Committee Fundraising

June 21, 2019

The SSQ Parish Hall Committee held a successful evening of Bingo at the end of May. The money raised will go towards the upkeep of the wonderful facility that is the Parish Hall. All who attended thoroughly enjoyed the evening with most going away with a prize in tow! It was great to see the hall being used and full of people.

​On Saturday June 22nd, the SSQ Parish Hall Committee will be holding another fundraising event in the form of a Pub and Skittles Night. A well-stocked bar and refreshments will be available on the night.​

Come and be bowled over by a unique sport and an evening of meeting and socialising with like-minded people!

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