April News

Recently I was accused of liking meetings. What a reputation! After a lot of inner turmoil and some deep reflection I have had to conclude it was most likely, on balance, probably true. What follows is all the defence I can muster.

Committee meetings of Froyle Village Hall are rarely dull but the March meeting outperformed.

We welcomed Doug Johnson, Froyle’s resident energy expert, for a discussion about how we reduce our carbon foot print and more specifically how we could best use the power generated by our solar panels. Could it pre-heat the water entering our state-of-the-art boiler? We will investigate. Another suggestion was to replace the fluorescent tubes with LEDs. Again we will investigate. The savings will not be great but as someone once said every little helps. Could that unused electricity power a car charging point? Probably not as any car connected to the panels would take days to charge.

Following reports of anti-social behaviour in the car park, the question arose should we install CCTV? The committee was largely against this idea and a wide variety of objections were raised, not least that that the car park is owned by the Parish Council (PC)and any decisions about its security rests with them.

The big debate of the evening centred on a request from the PC. Could the workmen who will shortly be demolishing the football hut and removing the asbestos use the hall facilities as this would save the cost of providing their own? A cost that would be born by the PC. Here opinion was sharply divided. While some argued that of course we should do what we could to save the village money, others pointed out that we risked breaching our own child protection policy. Should we shut the hall for the period of the demolition, a little over a week? Could we reasonably hire the hall when workmen were marching in and out? Who would do the cleaning and who would pay. Then it got really controversial when the toilet habits of workmen came under scrutiny. Were these better or worse than the general population which boiled down to could their aim be relied upon or not. At which point there was a fierce defence of the working man, forced to use the inevitably disagreeable site portaloos and now being denied the comfort of the hall’s pristine lavatories. Minuting the meeting now became difficult and a member of the committee was heard to opine that the last thirty minutes were the most entertaining since he joined!

I like to think this was a good example of democracy in action. But it might also have been an outbreak of class war. Probably both.

So if you find that ‘Killing Eve’ has become tedious or that you can’t follow the plot of ‘Line of Duty’ join the Village Hall Committee for at least one good night out a month.

But there is more to report.

Plans for the Jubilee Big Lunch were discussed.

Renovating the pool table and tuning (or condemning) the piano were also discussed.

The Toddlers Group is restarting.

And we are hoping to have a new art class.

Plans are evolving to hold another Safari Supper in early September. In the past this has been a great success, providing an opportunity for residents new and old to meet up. If this idea gains traction then it might be an idea to defer the fete from September to its traditional spot in the second week of July. This will give more time for a fete committee chair to emerge.
The committee agreed the accounts for 2021 and these now go for inspection. They will be presented for approval to the Village Hall Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held at 7pm on 20 April. At the AGM the committee will stand down and seek re-election. Please do your best to attend. As encouragement we hope to premiere the Froyle Festival Film which Mark Lelliott and myself have been working on over the winter. It’s a chance to relive a very happy day in the history of our village.

And that’s just one meeting!

Finally on behalf of the village hall committee, can I thank and congratulate the No Wey Group for their successful opposition to the proposed incinerator. It was a magnificent effort. The beast may not yet be dead but it is sorely wounded.

Nick Whines