Dear All,

On behalf of the Trustees of Stanwick Village Hall, I would like to send you our best wishes and I hope you and your family are keeping well in these uncertain times.

You will have been notified by Rebecca that the hall was closed following the Government’s advice. Thank you all for your understanding, we will keep you informed about any developments. 

The manager Rebecca is current furloughed due to the hall being closed.  Any queries will be dealt with on her return.  If you have an urgent enquiry or emergency please email, Phil Crooks, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (village hall trust chair, volunteer).

I thought I would take this opportunity to look back but also share some good news with you about the future.

Next year, 2021, will see the 10th anniversary of the hall's opening and it is clear that the hall has become a major village "hub" being used daily by a range of users providing social, educational and fitness/health opportunities. I am sure that the lack of these facilities during "lockdown" will be missed by users but hopefully we will appreciate them all the more when they can be run again!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Trustees and others who have worked hard, firstly planning and overseeing the building of the hall and secondly those that have served since then in ensuring its successful operation. The hall has been carefully managed over the last 9 years and this has allowed us to not only support users at this time but also be confident that we can see through this challenge and reopen when it safe to do so. However, when the hall reopens we will need everyone's support to ensure the hall is successful again and that we have new blood on the committee to help us not only celebrate our 10th Birthday but help us navigate the challenges of the next 10 years. When we open we will invite all users to come to a social event to celebrate the reopening but also start the discussions about the future - watch this space.

In the planning and the subsequent operation of the hall, we have always seen the hall as something that would serve the village for a 100 years! We have sought to ensure the hall is utilised as much as possible but also well maintained and a pleasure to walk into. The trustees continue to look for ways to ensure the sustainability of the hall and reduce its carbon footprint and this has included looking at solar panels and replacing the original lighting with LED lights. We have this week been given some excellent news; East Northamptonshire Council - Community Facilities Fund, have agreed to award us a grant of almost £10,000 to install this lighting, which we will do as soon as we are able to safely allow people into the hall. This should reduce the electricity costs by over 50% contributing to the sustainability of the hall by lowering our future costs as well as reducing the halls carbon footprint. This lowering of costs will help ensure the hall's longevity and help manage our rates.  It was a great moment to be informed about the grant this week !

Stay safe and please do come on board when the hall is reopened to help us successfully navigate the next 10 years.

Thanks

Phil

Chair - Stanwick Village Hall

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