Village Hall Committee report to Parish Council 28th March 2019
Annual General Meeting March 2019
All six current Trustees who put themselves up for re-election were elected. They were Melanie Clarke, Lynne Pemberton, Colin Pemberton, Lynda Payne, Anthony Bunce, and Sarah Dykes.
Melanie Clarke was re-elected Chair; Lynne Pemberton Secretary; Colin Pemberton Bookings Officer and PRO; Sarah Dykes was appointed Treasurer.
The audited accounts showed the accounts contained £1,590 at the end of December 2018. There was a deficit of £1,257 compared to the previous year, reflecting investment in new curtain poles (£686) and professional cleaning of the hall (£432) and increased electricity bills. EasyFundraising had now raised £559 from 21 supporters who shop online.
In her annual report, the Chair said the hall going from strength to strength with another upbeat and successful year.
There were now three regular, well-established, evening classes using the hall each week. Pilates on a Monday, Hatha Yoga on Tuesdays and ballet classes for children on Wednesdays.
The hall continues to be an attractive venue for birthday parties & family celebrations, wakes and wedding receptions. It is also continuing to be used for business meetings & sales presentations, training courses and seminars.
The burglar alarm contract with ADT has been ended in favour of a cheaper service from SSS of Inkberrow.
Ordinary Meeting, March
The Eco-lighting project to replace all the fluorescent strip lights throughout the hall with energy efficient LED lights was the main item of business.
Three quotes were considered from Buzz Electrical of Evesham (£2,693); John Hornberger (Worcester) £2,924; Abbey Appliances of Evesham ((£3,920)
- unanimously chose Buzz Electrical at £2,693 to do the work.
- indicated that it would be happy to put in £534
- agreed to apply to the Parish Council for a grant of £500
- agreed to submit a bid for £1,359 from the New Homes Bonus fund currently lodged with the parish council
- acknowledged with grateful thanks a donation of £300 towards the cost from County Councillor Anthony Hopkins
The Committee is also beginning research into another major project to replace the current heating system with an energy-efficient system.
-Colin Pemberton PRO