First published on 15 June 2018. The Queniborough Gazette is our community newspaper and is delivered free to all residents.
Chairman’s Review of the year
When I took over from Mike Bunn in May last year it was with a little trepidation. He had successfully run the team for several years albeit with one little break. That trepidation soon disappeared because I quickly realised that it is the team not the Chairman that actually makes things happen.
Our meetings are fast paced and lively, suggestions flow from all quarters and decisions are taken on a democratic basis after everybody has had their say. Not all agree to everything but everybody works hard to make any decision taken, a reality. Everybody on the team has a role to play and they play it wonderfully well.
The amount and breadth of the events that we put on is truly remarkable.
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First published in April 2018. The Queniborough Gazette is our community newspaper and is delivered free to all residents.
Welcome to a wet but hopefully now sunny and warm QVH Matters
Our AGM is fast approaching. This is the time of the year when all our officers tender their resignations and new officers are elected. We also open up the floor to new members. It will be held at the Village Hall on Wednesday May 9th beginning at 7.00pm and will be followed by our next regular meeting. Tea and biscuits will be available if you’d like to come along.
Next Events at the Hall
Our next event is our highly popular Junior Roller Disco (bring your own skates) hosted by the wonderful Paul Kirton-Smith. We will be holding it at the Hall on Sunday May 13th between 2.00pm and 4.00pm. Tickets are £5 and are available from Mandy Grainger or Liz Ellis. Remember, just like the popular supermarket, get in early because once they’re gone they’re gone!
Further down the line put the 7th July in your diary which is the date we have set aside for our ‘Summer Family Barbecue and Disco’. We are also choosing three more Live and Local shows but more on that when we have the details.
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First published in March 2018. The Queniborough Gazette is our community newspaper and is delivered free to all residents.
Welcome to a wintry March QVH Matters
We couldn’t survive without the money we raise from events and the donations we receive from wonderful people. So, first on my list today is a huge, huge thank-you to Tim Lowe and his team for putting on a fabulous Beer Festival. Charities to benefit from the hard work undertaken by Tim’s team included the Dystonia Society and the Queniborough Village Hall Appeal. There was a record attendance, all beer glasses were sold and it was a hugely successful event. I suspect that there were a few headaches in play the following mornings (including mine). Thanks again Tim and Team.
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First published in January 2018. The Queniborough Gazette is our community newspaper and is delivered free to all residents.
Welcome to a ‘Happy New Year’ QVH Matters
It’s wonderful to start the New Year with another success story, so I will. I mentioned last month that we were awaiting the outcome of our final grant application to the LCC Shire Community Climate Change Grant scheme for monies which would enable us to replace our aging double glazed windows and doors. I’m pleased to tell you that the application was successful and we were awarded £2,821, combined with the £10,000 from the lottery and £1,284 from the Parish Council, it means that we will be having the external windows and doors replaced over the Easter holidays later this year, which means of course that the Hall will be closed during that period..
We undertook a formal process to choose from the three quotations we received and have awarded the contract to Wilson Windows who are based in Loughborough.
I would like to thank everybody who wrote to me in support of the application, including The Britannia Inn, The Village Post Office, Clarkes butchers, S&J News, Inspirations hairdressers our Parish, Borough and County Councillors and all our regular users whose information concerning numbers who use the hall was vital to the application.
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First published on 17 March 2017. The Queniborough Gazette is our community newspaper and is delivered free to all residents.
Welcome to a Doris and the Mouse QVH Matters
First this month is a date for your diaries. The Queniborough Village Hall AGM is on Wednesday 10th May starting at 7:00 pm when we will be (re)electing the officers, i.e. Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. It’s an open house so you are all now formally invited to come along and hear the Chairman’s report and ask us any questions you may have (no booze I’m afraid but we will swing to a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit or two). Hope to see you there.
Following the success of Cinderella, our first Pantomime for many a year, we have rebooked the same company for their new pantomime in the New Year (that’s 2018 to you!).
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First published on 27 January 2017. The Queniborough Gazette is our community newspaper and is delivered free to all residents.
Welcome to a thriving QVH Matters
Firstly and most importantly, Happy New Year to everybody. Hope you had an overly indulgent Christmas and are now repenting at your leisure. I certainly am.
I’m happy to tell you that I can report on QVH’s first success of 2017 – Cinderella, our first Pantomime for many a year … oh no it isn’t … oh yes it is! It was amazing, the show was a sell-out with all tickets going before the performance aired. We sold nearly two hundred tickets and the only thing stopping us selling more were the fire regulations restricting (quite rightly) the numbers we can accommodate in the hall. Extending the hall to increase numbers, an addition to our work list maybe? Maybe not.
Six months of meticulous planning played a huge part in this success and it all went perfectly to plan.
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First published on 15 April 2016. The Queniborough Gazette is our community newspaper and is delivered free to all residents.
Hall roof replacement goes ahead on schedule
Official opening ceremony April 16th. All welcome.
As I write this, the work on replacing the Village Hall roof is well under way and on schedule. After a few anxious days when I saw the weather forecast over the Easter weekend, and knowing that completion of the roof work in time for us to get some electrical work done, and the hall clean and ready to open as planned was always weather dependent, I am very pleased to say that work is on schedule, going well and the weather forecast is good for the next few days. We have been visiting the site every day and taking pictures both for our website and to send to Biffa Award – you can see what the work looked like by going to www.queniborough-village-hall.co.uk. We have been introduced to the delights of enormous air bags that the contractor is using to protect the floor with, and after a few minor setting up issues on day one, everything is currently going smoothly. For those of you who use the hall regularly, I am sure that you will be pleased to hear that site foreman said to me yesterday, having looked at what they were taking off compared to the new roof, that we would really notice the difference in keeping the heat in the building now. Music to all our ears I am sure.
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First published on 4 March 2016. The Queniborough Gazette is our community newspaper and is delivered free to all residents.
Hall closure for Biffa Award funded roof replacement March 25th to April 10th 2016
We told you in January the good news about our success in being offered a Biffa Award grant to fund the much-needed Village Hall roof replacement, and that we were aiming to have the roof replaced during the Easter Holidays. I am pleased to be able to tell you that our plans are on target and the major work is scheduled to take place over the period March 25th to April 10th. In February, funded by the Biffa Award grant, we have had an essential Asbestos Inspection carried out. On receipt of that report the roofer confirmed that we are all systems go for the work to be carried out as planned. This means that the Hall will be closed for the 2-week period March 25th to April 10th, and you will see scaffolding being erected from Monday 21st March. Whilst the Hall will still be being used up until and including Thursday March 24th, we will be asking people to park at least 2 metres away from the building whilst the scaffolding is being erected during the week before the closure. We are just praying for decent weather over the 2 weeks so that work can progress on schedule.
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First published in January 2016. The Queniborough Gazette is our community newspaper and is delivered free to all residents.
Happy New Year and a great start to 2016
Biffa Award Success
We are really excited and pleased to be able to tell you all that we have been successful in our application for a Biffa Award grant to fund the much needed Village Hall roof replacement.
It was the perfect Christmas present after our year of hard work when on December 23rd we were able to accept the formal offer of a £38,000 grant from Biffa Award. The grant will enable us to replace the roof and forms a major part of the ongoing Hall refurbishment programme. If everything goes according to plan, we aim to have the roof replaced over the Easter period so that it will cause the minimum of disruption to our regular users.
Biffa Award is a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across UK. The programme administers money donated by Biffa Group Ltd through the Landfill Communities Fund.
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