|Paula Graham||Booking Secretary|
|Howard Graham||Co-opted Oct 19|
|Brian Seddons||Co opted Nov 19|
Sutton cum Lound Village Hall is a charity run for the benefit of the residents of Sutton cum Lound.
It is governed by a constitution and run by a committee of between 7 and 11 residents. At present there are 8 residents on the committee, 2 of whom were co-opted when the numbers fell below the minimum due to resignations.
All adult residents of the village are eligible to serve on the committee and are formally elected at the Annual General Meeting. The officers are also elected at this point.
Why and what we do
The object of the charity is to make sure that the Village Hall continues to be an asset to improve the life and wellbeing for the residents of Sutton cum Lound and its neighbourhood. The Hall can be used for meetings, lectures and classes and other forms of recreation and leisure time occupation.
The Hall certainly is used every week and on many days during the week. Activities range from holding weekly or monthly meetings to special events organised by individuals or by the Village Hall Committee
The Post Office from North Wheatley comes twice a week to provide a variety of services.
There are two art groups meeting weekly as well as a Wargamer’s club and the regular Sunday quiz. A local band often rehearse in the hall and have given a concert. Dance lessons also take place
Meet the Neighbours meet each month for a meal and a catch up and the Womens Institute also hold their monthly meetings in the hall.
The committee also organise specific events to enhance the life of the village community. We have held successful Race Nights, watched the rugby together and hold a great New Year’s Eve party as well as other activities.
The Village Hall is a wonderful space for individuals to hold special gatherings ranging from birthday parties for all ages, to fund raising quiz nights for a local sports club.
Summary of main achievements this year – Chair’s report
Once again, the Committee has been busy maintaining and improving the facilities at the Hall so that all the users may benefit. There have been a variety of events organised by the Committee and we hope that all villagers have found something to their liking.
Unfortunately, the flat roof above the servery developed a leak and emergency work took place to replace the roof. Luckily there were no other major maintenance issues
During this year there has been a number of improvements made to the building. The stage area has had a major refurbishment and is now much more user friendly. The external stairs have been replaced by an integrated set approached from the corridor. This should give more space in the main body of the hall. There has also been improvements to the stability of the stage floor as well as the aesthetic appearance of the stage. New speakers have been made available for various events. The men’s toilets have also been upgraded leading to a better user experience.
Ian Macmillan, the Bard of Barnsley, gave a great Mid Summer’s evening performance to a full audience in the Hall. An evening of music and poetry that kept us all greatly entertained.
A month later, Jazz on a warm Sunday afternoon was offered to a small but appreciative audience.
Later in the year the Hall hosted a 70’s night, a Band night, the opportunity to watch the Six Nations Rugby, a Christmas wreath making workshop as well as a Festive New Year’s Eve party.
Outside the construction of a Multi-use Games Area (MUGA) has given all villagers a fantastic space for outdoor activities. Grants from Sport England, Nottinghamshire County Council and Sutton cum Lound Parish Council made this facility possible and the Committee would like to record their thanks to these organisations. Hopefully we will be able to have an official opening soon.
Mr and Mrs Pickwick’s Pizza van made a number of visits to the village and offered an opportunity for take-away or a more convivial occasion by joining together in the Hall.
This year the Committee established a Reserves Policy to set out the reasons why the trustees wish to maintain reserves at a particular level and to determine what this level should be. It documents the steps that are taken to establish and maintain the reserves at the agreed level and finally the arrangements for monitoring and reviewing the policy.
Accounts for the year
A considerable amount of grant funding was achieved this year to enable us to install a MUGA for use by villagers of all ages. This has been a priority project for the village since the publication of the survey results from our Parish Plan in 2010 and the Committee are pleased to have been able to deliver this during the year.
Our income has been further boosted by hosting the regular Sunday night quiz, as well as the continued support we receive from our stalwart regular users.
The number of internal improvements this year has increased our expenditure but our reserves are still in a healthy state.
Principal source of funds
- Regular users
Thanks to all those volunteers who give up their time to make sure the Hall is available to all. It is expected that they will be treated with respect at all times.