The committee has continued to meet via Zoom on a monthly basis. Our accounts for 2020 have been prepared by Charlie Findlay and examined by Ian Macnabb. Normally these would now go to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in April to be adopted. We plan instead to include a summary of the accounts together with our report for 2020 in the June edition of the Froyle Magazine and postpone the AGM until the autumn. The good news is that thanks to various government grants our finances are healthy. The committee usually stand down at the AGM and seek re-election. As this is not possible, the committee and the officers have agreed once again to continue to serve until it is possible to hold face to face meetings in the autumn.
After waiting patiently for nearly six months we have finally been informed by EHDC that they are making a contribution of £500 towards the cost of the new dishwasher from the 106 Developer Contribution Fund.
Froyle Village Hall is a registered charity whose objectives are to provide, manage and maintain a community hall for the residents of Froyle. Members of the committee automatically become trustees of the hall. In recent years we have operated with a large committee (currently 15 strong) to ensure that all sections of the village are represented and to share out the work of running the hall. The hall can now be hired for uses allowed by pandemic regulations. Discounts apply while numbers are restricted.
One of the issues raised while compiling our accounts is whether we have sufficient insurance. We therefore commissioned a report on likely rebuilding costs. The figure which emerged was £800,000 so our insurance will be adjusted accordingly.
We have taken advantage of the period of closure to spruce up the hall. The walls have been repainted, the woodwork revarnished, and the curtains cleaned and rehung. This has left the floor looking rather sad so at half term this will be scrubbed and recoated.
It was good to see the Meeting Place reconvene on 16 April, albeit socially distanced on the terrace. To celebrate we invested in a number of colourful umbrellas to provide shelter from the sun. Thanks are due to all those who helped organise the Rambling Quiz which was held over Easter. This involved mapping the routes, devising the questions, designing the leaflet, not to mention topping up the baskets with eggs. We estimate that around a hundred people took part and really enjoyed themselves. So also thanks to everybody who joined in.
Finally a date for your diary, Saturday 4 September when we plan to hold the much promised PLCFE: post lock-down celebratory Froyle event which for this year only replaces the fete. A party for the whole village by the village! We have nominated a sub-committee to work with a group from the Fete committee to devise an event that will bring us all together. I cannot tell you the exact form the party will take as this will no doubt evolve over the summer months. I have no doubt that working together and combing their resources and their resourcefulness the Village Hall and the Fete committees will cook up something special.