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The Annual General Meeting took place on 24th April and we are pleased to announce that Robert Shepherd will take on the role as Chair or Trustees, following the resignation of Kate Allen after a 10yr + stretch in the role.  We thank Kate whole heartedly for her massive contribution.  Some comments from fellow trustees follow.  We are also very grateful to Robert for taking on the very challenging task as we face the considerable challenges ahead.  His vision for the future year ahead follow.

Tribute to Kate

"The Village Hall Committee would like to sincerely thank Kate Allen who has recently stepped down from her role as Chair, a position she has held for over nine years.  During her time as Chair, Kate has overseen a variety of improvements to the Village Hall and car park to provide an up to date, safe and welcoming environment for all of our Parish residents, the school, nursery and other external hirers.  Kate’s energy, enthusiasm and dedication have enabled the community to enjoy many successful community events including two Royal Jubilees, ten firework displays, several fetes, a music festival and the recent launch of the 'Pop-Up Pub'.  She has served the community wholeheartedly with her resilience and commitment and by encouraging volunteers and participants to join in -  and always with a smile!  Throughout her time as Chair, Kate has shown incredible vision and determination and we shall be very sorry to see her go.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her wonderful example of leadership over the past decade and to wish her all the very best for a well deserved retirement from Chair duties"

Message from Robert Shepherd, Chair of Trustees

'The next chapter for the Village Hall is perhaps one of renewal.  It's over 20 years since the lottery-funded extension was complete and there are signs of maintenance issues and improvements required, as well as a lot of potential if we can engage the community and raise funds.

Our revenues are insufficient to cover our costs, which have been rising rapidly resulting in a shortfall.  In round terms, the annual costs are £16k and revenues are only £11k, so at that rate it won't take long to burn through our reserves and then we would be facing the loss of the hall altogether.

The capital requirements are likely to the significant. We need to properly understand the current status of the fabric of the building and the systems in it.  We need to reduce our energy and associated bills, by improving the fabric, systems and insulation to make the building altogether more efficient and contribute to lower running costs, as well as making the hall more appealing to more users, to drive revenues

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