Committee Members

The Village Hall Committee is:

Chairman – Phil Cooke
Treasurer – Pauline Cooke
Secretary – Pam Turner
100 Club – Phil Cooke
Member – John Atkinson
Member – Wendy Fabian

Please email us through upleadonvillagehall@outlook.com

Chairman’s Report from the 2019 AGM

I’d like to express my thanks to all of the committee members for their work during the year and hope that they will all re-stand for the forthcoming 12 months.

Over the past 12 months we’ve seen 1 new member join the committee but we’d still welcome more volunteers to assist in the organising and running of events.

The last 12 months has seen generally good support for the majority of events we’ve run, though we are always looking for ways to get more villagers involved in coming to our events. We had to cancel some events and other were not as well supported as we’d have hoped but we’ve tried to offer a variety of events to appeal to as wide a range of Villagers as possible. Regarding regular events, we still run a successful Table Tennis evening twice a week and a popular coffee morning once per month. Both events help us to bring in a regular income which is much needed as the Hall is not in a great state of repair. We also have a regular booking from May Hill Table Tennis Club who will now start using the hall for their matches as well as for training. We ran a very successful Plant Sale back in May and the feedback received was very positive with one couple stating it was the best one around (they’d been to several).

The future of the Village Hall is looking more certain as the Upleadon PCC is currently progressing to extend our lease out to 2059 which should enable us to apply for grants and funding so that we may improve the facilities and fabric of the hall. The Hall requires lots of work to make it a more welcoming location, it is cold in the winter and the roof and ceiling upstairs is not in a great condition. Some of the double glazed units in the windows have blown, making them less energy efficient, so we will hopefully focus on the infrastructure more in the coming years as funds and grants permit.

All of this requires funds and you’ll hear from our treasurer what our income and expenditure was for last year as well as a projected income for the next 12 months. We’ve taken steps to reduce costs where we can and make savings where possible.

As previously noted, we sadly had to cancel the odd event due to lack of attendees and have had disappointing numbers at a couple of others. We need to understand what events the Villagers want to see held but also to engage with them to ensure they attend and make the events a success. We are always looking for additional volunteers and event ideas and if anyone would like to join the committee to assist us, we’d be very grateful. Please come and see us after the meeting to discuss either joining the committee or to let us know events you’d like to see held.
One of our main fund raising events is the 100 Club and due to a slightly higher subscription and participation this year, we’ve been able to increase the number of prizes on each draw. We still have a few spare numbers which will be available in the New Year and would welcome anyone who would like to join. The draw for this quarter will be held at the end of this AGM, so good luck to everyone that has a number.

In conclusion, the current committee members and I would like to thank all of those who contributed to the success of the Village Hall over the last 12 months, either as a volunteer or by attending events and we look forward to welcoming even more people into the hall over the coming 12 months.