QVH Matters from issue 363 of the Queniborough Gazette

Queniborough Village Hall Matters

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.

The team, under a nervous but confident Mandy Grainger’s iron-like direction met at 3.30 on the afternoon of the event. Chairs, matting and benches were laid out, drinks, snacks, teas and coffees prepared. After a brief pause for a well earned tea and biscuits, stations were (wo)manned, deep breaths taken all round and the doors were opened at 6.45. Good-humoured queues formed as we managed to hurry people through the door and at one stage it reminded me of my time clerking at the polling station.

Pre-show drinks and snacks were purchased. Children were accommodated at the front of the hall on exciting mats and benches, as near to the players as possible. The older members of the audience sat on plain old boring chairs. The atmosphere was awesome, fuelled by drinks for the parents and snacks for the little ones. Cries of ‘Oh yes it is’, ‘Oh no it’s not’ and ‘behind you’, which caught me out a couple of times, reverberated around the hall. The obligatory raffle swelled the funds and its drawing signalled the end of a very, very pleasant evening.

A big thanks to all who attended and everybody who gave up their time to help. I think it’s important to note that every penny people spent will go directly into our coffers to ensure we keep the hall successful and viable. Your £2.50 spent on a pint could well end up as a new piece of glass keeping the Hall even warmer than it is now.

Of course, no sooner has one door closed, behind you! than another one opens and we are now looking forward to our next events. Our second ‘Roller Disco’ is back by popular demand (cliché but true) and will take place on Sunday 19th February. There will be one or two, 90 minute long sessions depending on tickets sold. The first will start at 1.30 and the second at 3.30. Mindful of the floor in the hall we will be providing all skaters with equipment to clean their skates before they take to the wood.

Our table-top sale is scheduled for March 18th. It will be in the normal familiar format; you can book a table or two, set-up on the day and display your wares, no puns please!

The last currently scheduled event on Sunday 9th April 2017 (7.30 start), is a fantastic family comedy with music called ‘Eddie and the Gold Tops’. It’s set in the 1960’s and follows Eddie, a hard-working milkman in Bottledale, where local folk dream of stardom and success.

Eddie inherited the family milk round from his father, and has fulfilled his deathbed promise to never miss a delivery for the good people of the village. But suddenly he’s becoming a pop superstar, and may be on Top of The Pops… He’s heading for the high life, with the fabulous Gold Tops behind him. But when things take a churn for the worse, will he get back for the morning milk?

You can get tickets or more information for these events from Mandy on [number] or Liz on [number] or contact any member of the Committee who will also be able to help.

A plea for help now. Do you have a Blue Ray projector we could borrow? We’re thinking about hosting some ‘Film Nights’ later in the year and would look to buy our own projector but want to see if it’s an effective way of showing a film first.

If you can help give me a call on [number] or drop me an email [email address] or of course I’m always open for postal deliveries (remember, don’t ring too early you may wake me up!)

Mike Jones (for the QVH Management team)