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.
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!
NEWS 2 NOVEMBER 2020
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.
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.
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