QVH Matters from issue 356 of the Queniborough Gazette

Queniborough Village Hall Matters

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.

To celebrate this major achievement, we are having an Official Opening Ceremony on Saturday April 16th. The hall will be open from 9.30a.m., with light refreshments available. Ed Argar, our MP will be performing the Official Opening Ceremony at 10.10 a.m. We have invited a range of people and users, including representatives from Biffa Award, the grant authority that made all the work possible, and the Parish council who made an essential 3rd party contribution without which we would not have secured the grant. You as villagers and users of the hall are all welcome to come along and join us in celebrating this milestone for the Village Hall. The press and local TV and radio have also been invited.

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.

Easter egg jar raises money towards Panto

We would like to thank Phil and Kate Jones at the Britannia who ‘hosted’ a large jar of Easter Eggs and sold raffle tickets for us for a few weeks in the run up to Easter. The lucky winner was Jenna Bell, and the raffle raised £91.00 for us. The money is to help us fund the professional Pantomime that I mentioned last month. It will be performed by the Dream Team Theatre Company and is booked for the village hall for Saturday 14th January 2017. I know that it is a long way off but get the date in your diaries now, it promises to be a really good event.

Calling any First Aiders out there

Do you have a qualification in First Aid? Could you spare a few hours to help some youngsters have a good time? If so read on.

We are hoping to trial roller discos for younger village members and need to have a number of trained first aiders on site during the events. If you have received First Aid training at work or similar and are happy to help for a few hours, please contact Liz on [number] or [number] and we can take it from there.

Can you help us?

The hall AGM will be held on Wednesday May 11th starting at 7.00 p.m. 2015/16 has been an exciting and busy year with the summer redecoration and re- roofing projects. Come along to the AGM and tell us what you think. We will be electing the management committee for the 2016/17 year and you would be very welcome to join us. We are looking especially for someone with knowledge of, or interest in Health and Safety matters as our current rep is standing down at the AGM. For more information please ring Liz on [number] or [number].

Liz Ellis (for the QVH Management Team)