March 2021

LATEST UPDATE: Based on the recent government announcement regarding the phased lifting of restrictions, the Memorial Hall will provisionally re-open for some classes from 17th May with all activities scheduled to be allowed to take place from 21st June. For any booking enquiries please contact bookings @

With the uncertainty of getting back to some form of normal during this current lockdown or knowing when our hall will be allowed to open again, the trustees have agreed to postpone our AGM this year which under normal circumstances would be held before the end of March. Holding meetings in this way is currently not allowed, and whilst there was the option of maybe a Zoom meeting, we decided against this. We will now post at the end of March on our website and in either the April or May VN, both the Chairman’s annual report and the Treasurer’s end of year accounts with the option to raise any questions you may have via our website

We have now appointed Honeycomb Construction, a local builder, to carry out the new store/office extension to the hall, which is due to start sometime during April and should take around ten weeks to complete. We have been fortunate to secure outside funding of £20k towards the cost of this project. We will also be erecting a fence to the OTG boundary; this will be supplied and fitted by Baxall, the new school builder, as a thank you for the assistance our hall has given in allowing access to our land and temporary supplies for the build.

Although Spring is just around the corner, meaning early growth and jobs to do in the garden, no planned Saturday gardening dates are coming up. Still, we hope that with some easing of the lockdown rules and regulations, we may be able to start meeting again outside in a month or so. If you are a regular gardener, you can, though if you wish, carry out some general maintenance work on your own at the hall. If you need advice on what needs doing, please contact Jane Jewitt. We hope to see everyone back together again soon so that we can appreciate the many spring flowers that are beginning to raise their heads in our garden.

David Vallance, Chairman of Trustees