Ashford Carbonell Village Hall & Sports Club AGM Minutes 10.05.16

Welcome This past year has seen a tremendous rise in the use of the hall.
Village Hall regular events continue to be held –
Quiz Nights: particularly successful this year with lots of youngsters attending, thanks to Peter Stretton our quizmaster and Lynda Tilt.
Flicks in the Sticks has had a very successful season, thanks to Liz Kelly, Clair Woodbridge and Peter again who sets out the hall.
Thursday teas continue to be well supported and well organised by Sue Phipers and her merry gang of helpers, thank you.
With our annual events-
The Car Boot Sale. Harvest Supper. New Year’s Eve party and Christmas Cracker. The Village BBQ, all made highly successful thanks to the large turnout and support of the villagers and committee members.
The Committee also continued the Foodie Theme and added to the range that began with Fish n’ Chips, while
New ideas from the Committee saw: Pasty Night, Pie Night, Chinese, Indian & Thai Nights, Sunday Lunch being included into the programme and thank you to Janie Jones, Carole Froggatt, Shirley White and their helpers for all their hard work. The Big Breakfast was put on by the School parents and was also a great success.
This year saw several very interesting talks, which were well attended: Ancient Man – Matthew Brundrett in aid of the Hall. The Battle of Curzneh Hill – Elizabeth Round in aid of the church. Follies – Stephen Treasure in aid of the Church. Leonardo de Vinci – Janie and Grahame Jones in aid of the hall. The Mortimers – Philip Hume in aid of the Church.
On a different note we had a few theme evenings: New Zealand Evening. Burns Night. Murder Mystery (St Giles). Casablanca afternoon.
This year has seen innovations such as: Posh Jumble. Wednesday morning coffee which has proved to be increasingly popular and very civilized! Sport & event ‘streamings’ like the Rugby World Cup Final, Wimbledon and The last night of the Proms. Bingo (for the kids really!) and Parish Boundary Walk ( for Children in Need).
Clubs & Societies who use the hall are: WI. Bridge – Wednesday afternoons and Thursday evenings. Bowls – Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Beekeepers. Yoga – Wednesday mornings, is new this year as was the Dance group – Monday evenings and Ludlow Twinning.
Private Hires
Including the WI and Beekeepers, there were 50 hirings during the year (not including all the other regular and one offs listed above). The hall continues to be the hub of the village with both the Church and School holding meetings and events in it. The Parish Council meet here and our County Councillor also holds regular ‘surgeries’ in the hall.
The Sports Field: Bowls as before. Children’s football – Sunday mornings. Daily use for fitness training. Forth coming Fete and Car Boot sale. Bishop Hooper School’s Sports Day. We are very grateful for the continued financial support from the Parish Council towards the Sportsfield maintenance.
Committee Business entails: Day to day maintenance & running of the Hall and sports field. Events (most of the above). Tying up loose ends of the refurbishment. Side gate and area around war memorial (now listed) and most importantly the Sports Field: Now ownership is split and the Village Hall Sports and Social Club now own the southerly half of the field. We are hoping to continue to lease the northern part of the field and we written to the owners requesting this, so far we have not had a reply. If they insist then we may have to put up fence across the sports field which would seriously curtail our activities. We would like to purchase the field, if possible.
Looking ahead, we are accruing funds again and we need to form a development plan with some possibilities being: The purchase of the northern half of field – we will need village help with this. Resurface the car park Adding a Conservatory off bar end of the hall to form a small meeting room.
Finally, may I thank you all for attending our AGM and for all the support you have given the Hall over the past year. If you would be interested in joining the Committee you would be very welcome, as we are always looking for new ideas and folks who like to get .involved.