QVH Matters from issue 355 of the Queniborough Gazette

Queniborough Village Hall Matters

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.

Once the work has been completed, we are planning on having an official opening ceremony, and Ed Argar, our local MP, who supported us throughout the grant application process, has agreed to come to the event and do the plaque unveiling for the official opening. We will be inviting local press and representatives from the Biffa Award team too, so keep an eye open for information about the date and further details, and come along and make it a truly village celebration.

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.

Calling all budding IT gurus

Do you have a hankering to develop your internet skills?

Have you ever thought that you might like to learn how to manage a web site? We’ve got the perfect opportunity for you. We are looking for someone who is interested in taking over the role for the Village Hall. The web site, Facebook page, Village Hall email and the booking system are all set up and running well, and just need overseeing and updating as required. Training and support will be available from the current IT Guru who has said that he will also be happy to support anybody after he has stood down whilst they settle into the role.

If you think you may be interested, please ring James on [removed] who will be able to answer any questions you may have about what’s involved.

Thank you

We would like to thanks Geoff and Ann Holyoak who earlier last year donated a kitchen to the Management Team that we had hoped we would be able to fit in the hall during last summer’s redecoration and kitchen re-fit. In the end we were not able to fit the donated kitchen and it had been stored in a garage over the past few months. Whilst we were not able to use the kitchen in the hall, Geoff said he was happy for us to keep any funds we could raise by selling it, and I am pleased to report that we were able to sell it on eBay and after costs raised £168 for our much-needed refurbishment fund. Thank you again Geoff and Ann.

Fund raising events

You will see a detailed report of the latest event that we held at the hall elsewhere in the Gazette. It was a great evening which everyone who attended enjoyed. We will be bidding for 2 more Centre Stage productions during 2016/17 and will let you know details as we get them.

For the future, we are excited to tell you that we have booked a professional Pantomime for January 2017 and are seriously exploring the possibility of trialling roller discos for our younger village members – watch this space and our website queniborough-village-hall.co.uk for more details as they become available.

Liz Ellis (for the QVH Management Team)