Hall News

Hall News

April 7, 2022

Our new community room has been hosting frugal lunches all through lent, and has been a huge success.  The room is available to book for occasions that call for a smaller venue.  It has WiFi, separate entrance, toilet facilities, kettle/sink and car parking facilities.

News from the Hall April 2

Well, we are in April already.  2022 is moving  on at a rapid pace.  Our hall has had a busy week.  Friday 25 we hosted a post bench dedication get together.  The bench was for Phyllis and John  Hope, two long standing and very active members of Folksworth.  A bench has been erected on the corner of Hawtorn Rd and Blackmans Road  dedicated to the couple who are sadly no longer with us.  It was a joint venture by her children and the Parish Council.  After the unveiling, we all congregated at the hall for tea coffee and prosecco.   It was a stunning afternoon, and we moved into the car park where old friends caught up in the spring sunshine.

Next day, the hall was open for Coffee AM, raising funds for a local Rabbit Rescue charity.

It was no April Fool on Friday,  as the hall committee hosted a bingo evening.  The hall was full with eyes down to win some amazing prizes, including a full Sunday roast, with two joints of meat and two deserts.  Huge thanks to Joy and Chris Blythe for organising this event.

Easter holidays are upon us, and from Monday 4 the main hall will be shut as a new floor is being put down.  The community room though shall remain open, with frugal lunches being served Thursday lunchtime, as they have every Thursday in lent.  This has proved very popular, and there is talk of making it a monthly get together.


Hall News

The hall has been a hive of activity so far this year.  Coffee AM had been thriving, with a great group of regulars, and new faces at each event.  So far this year we have collected for Parkinsons, and Thorpe Hall Sue Ryder.  Saturday 26 March sees an event for a local Rabbit Rescue charity.

This past Saturday we held a pop up Coffee AM raising funds for Ukraine.  We asked people to donate their spare change, and an incredible £673 was collected.  Amazing.  The people of this village are most generous, a fantastic achievement.  See photos below.

April 1 sees the very popular Bingo night take place, and 23 April we shall be holding a St George’s Day quiz, with bangers and mash.

Jo Underwood from Cats Protection has started doing regular jumble sales in the hall, and they seem hugely successful.

April sees more improvements on the way, as a new floor in the old hall is being put down.

With all these new improvements, this should see us through the next 70 years!

It is with great sadness that we must also announce that our chair, Annie Blair is standing down at this year’s AGM, she is leaving the village to be with her family.  She will be hugely missed, the main driving force behind the recent improvements.   We wish her luck with this new adventure, and thank her for the hard work she has put in though the year’s.  Andy Goodfellow has stepped in to the vice chair role, to get a feel for the position, and should be taking over this role.  Again, we wish him luck.



News update 7 January 2022

December was quiet for events.  We had a great evening of bingo on the 10th thanks to Joy and Chris Blythe, and that was all.  Unfortunately a new Covid variant arose and the Christmas concert by local folk group Frumenty had to be cancelled.

We are into 2022 and the hall has adopted previous measures for those using our venue, masks, distancing ventilation and regular fogging and deep cleaning.  So far, things are going along as usual, with all groups still using the hall.

The  next event will be Coffee AM which returns on 22 January 10 til 12, raising funds for Alzheimers.   As a bonus, Folksworth Art Group are putting on a display of their work at the event.  They meet every Thursday 12.30 til 4.30 in the hall, and it is £10 from 3 sessions.

News from the Hall

October 20 saw the first in person AGM since 2019 after the zoom 2020 AGM in February 2021.  Representatives from art, the Ladies Circle, Rainbows were there in person, and the opera group joined us via zoom.  It was also the first appearance of our new secretary, Megan Mawer.

Saturday October 23 saw Coffee AM put the kettle on for Macmillan and raised £91.

November will have two Coffee mornings,  13 November will be a poppy day event, and Coffee  AM will be on 27 November,  for Parkinsons.  Both these events will be 10-12.

An extra cuppa could also be had at the Cats Protection Christmas Fair on 21 November from 11am til 3 pm.


Our monthly event really took off last year, after a brief hello in 2020,  in 2021 we really found our stride and hosted seven coffee mornings.  In total, we have raised £854 for seven different charities.

It has become a great monthly social event in the village, with a fantastic clientele of regulars enjoying coffee cake conversation and a lot of laughs.

I would also like to thank the team behind the scenes who make it possible, the coffee makers, the washer uppers and the bakers.  All of whom give up their Saturday mornings to make it possible.

We shall return on January 22, 10 til 12 raising funds for Alzheimer’s.  There will also be an art display by Folksworth Art Group, displaying the talents of our local artists.  So we hope to see you all there.


News from the Hall

Into the final quarter of 2021 we head!

Coffee AM raised £102 for Yaxley Helping Hands in September.   October 23 will be the next coffee AM, raising funds for Macmillan.

September also saw the return of the Ladies Circle, which after a recruiting campaign over the summer resulted in a great turn out.  October’s meeting saw our local first responders give a talk on the amazing job they do.  If you fancy an evening of friendly chat, and maybe learn something, then 7.30 on the first Tuesday of the month is the place to be.

The hall AGM is due to be held on Wednesday 13 October at 7.30pm.  If you would like to meet the committee,  find out what we have been up to and are planning,  then come along.

Coffee AM…

Saturday 28 August saw another coffee morning success!  Blue Smile children’s charity will be the beneficiary of £100 raised.  Huge thanks to the incredible washer up and coffee machine, Steve Chapman, and the inimitable Joy and Chris Blythe who helped set up and take down the event.  The next coffee AM will be on 25 September, 9.30-11.30, in aid of Yaxley Helping Hands.  Other future charities will be Macmillan, Parkinsons and Sue Ryder.

See you next time!


News from the Hall – August 16th, 2021


What’s been going on at the hall?  Well, quite a lot actually.

The clubs and groups who use the hall are all back.  The chip van is a busy place on a Friday evening.  The new fence has been installed, which has expanded our car park by one car width and looks great.

Saturday 31 July saw a coffee am event. Funds for the Air Ambulance, in total £141, was raised.  Coffee AM shall return on 28 August, Blue Smile, a children’s organisation the chosen charity. We then had a book sale and art show on the 7 July.  Again, a huge success.  Busy from opening till closing.  Book sales came to £145.40,  tea and coffee sales £116, and we had £20 from the art group.

Huge thanks to all the volunteers who make these events possible, baking cakes, serving drinks, setting up the hall.  None of these would be possible without them giving up their time

News from the hall – June 28th, 2021

More changes are happening at the hall.  Friday 25 June, tractors and diggers were spotted in the car park, removing the old hedge and fence between the hall and flats, in preparation of a new wooden one.  A big thank you to Nigel Rome and his team from Manor Farm, Morborne for taking time out of their busy schedule to do this.

Coffee am returned on Saturday 26 June.  This month, £93 was raised for Centrepoint,  the homeless charity specialises in helping young people get back on their feet.

The July event will  be on 31, and raising funds for the Air Ambulance.

It is great to see, and hear, the hall in full operation again after lockdown.  Church is back on Sundays,  opera in full voice on Fridays,  carpet bowls are rolling on a Monday.  Rainbows in full effect on a Tuesday and art and pilates on Thursday.   The hall now also plays host to the fish n chip van on a Friday from 4.30-8.30.  A great addition, and success, so much so, on the first evening, they sold out of fish.

Looking forward to a busy July now!

Hall News  23 May 2021

It has been a big week for the hall.  Lockdown ended on Monday 17, which meant events and clubs were allowed to resume.  Pre school has been open all the time, providing a safe and entertaining environment for the youngest members of the community.  But then the hall fell silent.  So, it was with surprise and joy, that on Tuesday evening, cars were parked outside and singing was heard coming from inside.

Thursday afternoon The Art Group sharpened their pencils brushed off their easels and resumed, with new members in tow.

Then on Saturday, Coffee AM returned.  This time raising funds for the hall itself.  It was a very well attended event, with some delicious home made cakes on offer.  £166 was raised.

After lockdown, life seems to be returning to normal.  The hall will soon be having the imminent return of the indoor bowls club, opera society  the church group and pilates.  With more events on the calender, including further coffee mornings, the book sale and an autumn fair.  Safe to say we are coming out strong in 2021.  Hope to see you at some of the events!

March 2021

Treasurer report year ended 31st March 2020-AGM

Chairs AGM report


February 2021

Village Hall Committee AGM – Thursday February 25th at 7pm via the following link




February 2021


Despite an increase in our running costs in the past couple of years, the Village Hall trustees are pleased to announce that following our annual review, hire fees remain unchanged.


  • Hire fees are £10 an hour for the main hall and £8 an hour for the community room
  • A 25% discount is applied if 9 or more sessions are booked and paid for in advance.   This brings the charges down to £7.50 and £6 an hour respectively
  • A 25% discount is applied if bookings are made by a resident of Folksworth, Washingley or Morborne.  Please note this resident discount does not apply to individuals or organisations who are charging for a service they provide
  • If both the bulk booking and resident discount apply, hourly rates will be £5 and £4.

Due to National Lockdown bookings for the hall are limited as set out below.   However, please keep us in mind as and when we come out of lockdown and are able to resume normal activities.   Please contact Joy Blythe on 01733 241938 if you require further information


Community facilities in COVID alert level: Stay at Home (Tier 4) areas must close unless they are venues used for providing a small number of exempt activities, including:

  • support groups
  • childcare provided by a person who is registered under Part 3 of the Childcare Act 2006 or supervised activities for children
  • education or training
  • providing essential voluntary services or public support services, including digital access to public services, medical treatment, the provision of food bank or other support for the homeless or vulnerable people, blood donation services or support in an emergency
  • voting, counting of votes or activities ancillary to voting or the counting of votes in an election or referendum
  • support groups
  • childcare provided by a person who is registered under Part 3 of the Childcare Act 2006 or supervised activities for children
  • education or training
  • providing essential voluntary services or public support services, including digital access to public services, medical treatment, the provision of food bank or other support for the homeless or vulnerable people, blood donation services or support in an emergency
  • voting, counting of votes or activities ancillary to voting or the counting of votes in an election or referendum

19 November 2020


So we are two weeks into the second lockdown of 2020.  Things though still move on, if at a slightly different pace.  On Tuesday 17 the village hall committee had a meeting via Zoom.  Given our current circumstances, we were limited on much definite action, that is not to say we were short on ideas.

Firstly, we shall be having our AGM on 20 January 2021 at 7pm on ZOOM.

Second, Sarah Abbott is planning a garage book sale, to make way for more inventory, more details when we have them.

Third, as long as lockdown is lifted, a coffee am event shall happen on Saturday 19 December.   As it will be a short notice event, the proceeds shall go direct to the Village Hall.

Fourth, speaking of coffee am, more of these events are planned  for 2021, on the last Saturday of the month.  As long as we are not in lockdown.  Again each event will be raising  funds for a different charity.  The first event of 2021 shall be for Peterborough Autistic Society.

Fifth, the pre school shall be entering into the Christmas spirit by erecting a tree out the front of the hall, with a post box for all your Santa letters.  For  small charitable donation, you shall also get a reply.  So get letter writing!


So, even in lockdown the Hall remains central to village life.  We hope that the hall will open up again very soon, and the


clubs and societies can return to business as usual.


Stay safe.


News 10 November 2020


It has been a quiet week at the Hall.  Five days into the second lockdown of 2020, and the only activity has been from the pre school, as all other clubs and events have had to be cancelled.  This includes a remembrance coffee morning which was planned for  7 November.  However, we did our bit for the British Legion, as Stephen Abbott spent the morning in quiet reflection selling poppies outside the hall.  Luckily for him, the weather was on his side as the sun shone.

With Christmas around the corner, and at the moment no plans or events imminent, the pre school will be decorating a tree out the front of the hall, with a post box dedicated to Santa.  So get those lists ready!




This past Saturday saw another Coffee AM at the Village Hall.  This week we were raising money for the Farming Community Network.   A superb charity, very relevant to a rural community such as ours.  The coffee and tea flowed and the homemade cake selection flew off the trays.  A big thank you to all the bakers.  All under the watchful gaze of a John Deere tractor, courtesy of Manor Farm Morborne.  At the close of business, we collected £128 for our chosen charity!  A big thanks should also go out to parish councillor Steve Chapman, who valiantly manned the kitchen on his own all morning.


By early evening the same day it was announced that the country was once again going into lockdown  from 5 November due to the continuing Covington 19 pandemic.  As a result of this, the next coffee morning, scheduled for 7 November has been cancelled, as has the Christmas Fair.  Also temporarily cancelled are the carpet bowls, art group and operatic group.  The pre school however shall remain open.


The hall remains a vital part of our Village, and once the situation improves and the lock down is lifted, we shall open up and endeavour to bring you more social events.


October 2020

It has been a very unusual year.  The lockdown affected everyone, including the village hall.  No sooner had the refurbishments completed, than the hall was closed.  Leaving the fantastic job unviewed, the hall empty.


However, the hall is, as ever, at the forefront of village life again.  Pre-school is up and running, as are some of the clubs and societies which utilise the hall, the indoor bowls club, art group and operatic society.  The Parish Council shall be returning to the hall soon as well, after a summer of meetings on zoom.


The first of hopefully many coffee mornings was held at the end of August, raising funds for the first responders.  It was a great success, and building on that the next coffee morning shall be held on Saturday 31 October, 9.30-11.30, raising funds for the farming community network.  This shall be followed the next week, 7 November, 10-11am by a coffee morning raising funds for the British Legion. Last, but not least, on Saturday 5 December the hall shall be hosting a reduced Christmas Fair, 11am- 3pm.


All these events are socially distanced, hand sanitiser is freely available, and track and trace is utilised.  We hope to be bringing you more events as time goes on, we shall keep you all posted and up to date on this page, the village hall Facebook page, and in SCAN.


We are your village hall, please use us.


Thank you