The highlight of the last 12 months is the new kitchen and the replacement of the windows on the east wall. The project started last August when the trustees ripped out the old kitchen and was finally finished in October. There were a few hiccups along the way, namely the central heating system which at first refused to stop leaking, and the colour scheme which, from memory, was changed at least three times but I think we finally ended up with the right colour.
There was a slight increase in the costs, but all considered it was only about £700 more than the original budget with contingency - and 3.5% over can be considered a triumph in planning these days. Well done to everybody involved. The total cost of the new kitchen and other improvements was £20,415. This included the kitchen units, damp proofing, replacement of ceiling and insulation, new flooring, double glazing and rewiring. At the same time we replaced the windows in the gents toilets.
The Swan Allotments are now run by an allotment club, headed by Clive Collett. The holders manage the allotments themselves and pay the Village Hall a rent for this. This makes the admin easier and also offers an incentive for the allotment holders. The hedges have been tidied and laid again and thanks go to the team of volunteers, ably lead by Trevor Wintle, John Rodda and Paul Chilton.
For many years the number of key holders to the Village Hall has caused great concern, particularly when making a declaration list of holders for the insurance policy. The truth is we had no idea who held keys, or how many were out there. The only way we could monitor this was to change the front door lock and issue new keys. This had to be kept to a minimum and a register of key holders was made. The keys were issued only to regular hall users and even then this rose to a total of 26.
In the last few months two new oak signs have been made to give directions to the shop, post office and village hall and also a VH sign under the entrance porch.
Ongoing projects include:
Front Porch repairsPaving slabs at the front
Taps and water heater in Ladies loo
Rear doors to the hall
Hot water heater in kitchen
Shena (booking clerk) is stepping down after 17 years. A big thank you for all she has done over the years. From 7 October, Rosemary Sutton will be taking over as booking clerk. Her contact details are Tel: 839093 and email: email@example.com
Ken Templeton, our treasurer for many years, would also like to hand over his responsibilities, so we are looking for a new treasurer.
Finally thank you to the regular team that keep the hall clean, tidy and running smoothly.
Steve Luck, Chairman of Trustees
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