July News

Over the half term week the village hall floor was scrubbed and recoated and now looks very smart. Please do not use sticky tape to mark the floor as it destroys the surface. Similarly when moving furniture please lift do not drag! When stacking chairs please be careful of the newly painted walls. Having spent recent months redecorating the hall we are more than usually house proud!

The hall is lucky to have a Granwood floor. It is made from special blocks containing a combination of sawdust, cement and fillers which are then heavily compressed into shape with the desired density. They are then totally saturated in linseed oil. Next, the blocks are stacked to allow them to ‘mature’. It was found that once this had happened, the product unlike wood, was almost entirely free from expansion and contraction, it was fire and damp resistant, didn’t allow dry rot to form, was proof against vermin and insect attack, as well as being warm, resilient and extremely durable.

The blocks were invented early in the 20th century and the company went from strength to strength providing flooring for sports halls around the world. One hall burnt down but the floor emerged unscathed. Another was flooded to a depth of six feet. Again the floor survive intact. The weakness of the system was that it required the correct maintenance. If the wrong chemicals were used whole floors could be totally ruined.

So the floor is well worth looking after. We plan to buy some replacement blocks before the supply runs out. Sadly they are no longer manufactured.

Talking of blocks, we were pleased to host the Froyle Open Garden teas at the beginning of June and the loos coped well with the unusually heavy use. However the hall drainage system is far from perfect and can jam up quite easily. If you use the facilities please do not put anything down the WCs which might cause a problem.

Open Gardens brought to light the fact that an attempt had been made to break into the village hall container. An angle grinder had been used to cut of the padlock bolt. Fortunately the would be burglars still could not shift the padlock itself and had to retreat empty handed. Had they managed to get inside their disappointment would have been even more intense when confronted with the contents: the tug-of-war rope, a lot of bollards and an artificial Christmas tree. Had they broken into the football hut which would have been a great deal easier, they would have at least found a lifetime’s supply of reading matter and among the bric a brac and jumble, some summer frocks.

Talking of summer the flower bed outside the Hall is starting to show some real class. This is due in no small part to committee member Gordon and other half Faith who planted it up a couple of years ago.  But recently they have been going beyond the call of duty by doing some much needed weeding, which is very kind of them. So if anybody else would be prepared to pull up the odd weed on a regular basis, we (and they) would be very grateful.

I had hoped that by the time you read this all Covid 19 restrictions would have been lifted and the hall would be back to normal. However it was not to be. An increase in Covid cases has led the government to continue existing regulations until 19 July. We apologise that as a result we may have to cancel some bookings.

Once we can reopen fully it would be good to see the use of the hall increase. If you have ideas for future activities or events do make contact. Full details of the facilities and hire charges can be found on the new website at www.froylevillagehall.co.uk

For information about the proposed Froyle Frolic please see page X.

Nick Whines
secretary@froylevillagehall.co.uk

June News

Very gradually the hall is coming back to life but it is a slow process as restrictions are gradually lifted. Yoga classes have now resumed on a Thursday evening. The Mothers and Baby group thrives with three sessions a week although this may reduce after half term. The Meeting Place will soon be able to meet inside but still socially distanced.

On 6 May the hall hosted a masked and socially distanced polling station. If you voted you were probably too busy making your decision to notice the redecoration and the freshly cleaned and rehung curtains. I fussed about making sure the election officers were keeping warm (15 hours is a long sit with the doors open). By the time I left I had completely forgotten who I voted for!

To complete the renovation, over the week end 29-30 May the floor will be resurfaced. The hall will therefore be closed from midday on the Saturday to the following Wednesday to allow the floor time to cure. Thanks are due to Cllr Costigan for a grant of £300 towards the cost of the operation.

After waiting patiently for six months, £500 towards the cost of the new dishwasher arrived in our account from the EHDC 106 Developer Contribution Fund. Every little helps. Details of the halls accounts for 2020 can be found on page xx.

Also on the evening of 29 May the Posh Nosh catering van will be in attendance outside the hall. More information on page XX.

The PLCFE (post lock-down celebratory Froyle event) has been restyled the Froyle Frolic. A sub-committee has been established and will meet shortly. More next month!

Nick Whines
secretary@froylevillagehall.co.uk

May News

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 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. Our governing documents and accounts can be found on our new website at www.froylevillagehall.co.uk along with details of the hall’s facilities and information about how the hall can be hired. 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.

April News

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.

Nick Whines
secretary@froylevillagehall.co.uk

Froyle Village Hall Easter Ramblers Quiz

To be completed any time
from 2pm Saturday, 3rd April to 4pm Monday, 5th April
HUGE PRIZE FOR THE WINNERS!
HIDDEN EASTER EGGS TO FIND DURING THE WALK

You will be pleased to hear that The Village Hall Committee has not been completely idle during lockdown, despite rumours to the contrary.

We have come up with the idea of an activity “family bubbles” can all enjoy over the Easter weekend – between Saturday 3rd April and Easter Monday 5th April – involving both Upper and Lower Froyle. We are organising a prize-winning quiz, which will take the form of a walk through one or other (or both) villages. Each walk should take less than one hour. But NB these walks are NOT suitable for pushchairs – please ensure you wear suitable footwear/boots.

And along the way there will be:

  • Questions to answer;
  • Observations to record;
  • Easter eggs to find;
  • And afterwards (for the younger ones) a drawing/painting to draw or paint.


ACCOMPANYING THE APRIL MAGAZINE IS A LEAFLET CONTAINING THE QUESTIONS.

Alternatively, you can download it from the Village Hall website

Download Question Sheet

  • You will need a pencil and pad to record your answers;
  • You will find the directions for both walks within the body of the questions and you can begin anywhere. But if in doubt, we suggest you start the Upper Froyle Quiz at Froyle Park at the entrance off Hen & Chicken Hill and the Lower Froyle one by the Village Hall;
  • All answers can be obtained from the roadside or public paths – please do NOT venture onto private land at any time (other than the specific case noted where we have secured permission).


FURTHER DETAILS, INCLUDING HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR ANSWERS AND DRAWING/PAINTING, ARE ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE LEAFLET

The Village Hall Committee

March News

It was good to see ‘Dottie Tots’, the Bentley based nursery school, using the hall for a couple of weeks. Do come again.

We now have a brand new website with plenty of information about the hall. It includes a gallery of photographs of village activity going back over a number of years: a reminder perhaps of what we have been missing during the pandemic but also what we have to look forward to when life gets back to normal or at least the new normal.

There is also this blog which provides an opportunity to tell stories about the hall and its history as well as promote activities and events. So if you have a memory you would like to contribute please let me know. The problem with websites is that they are often started with great enthusiasm but keeping them up to date is not that easy. And nothing is sadder than a blog to which nothing has been posted for five years. So please remember to contribute. In the next few weeks members of the Committee will be trained to maintain the website, change the copy and add new photographs etc. We shall then be all set to respond when the hall is finally allowed to reopen.

While we wait we are going to do some redecorating and having the curtains cleaned so all is fresh for the party we intend to throw to celebrate reopening. There are lots of new faces in the village and we hope this will provide an opportunity to say hello and welcome and would you like to join the committee?

Now, do you use Amazon for your online shopping? I confess I have been known to. I mean it’s so convenient. There you are fresh out of four inch screws or thermal socks and next day they appear on your doorstep as if by magic. Amazon has introduced an app called Amazon Smile which sends a small donation to a charity of your choice every time you buy something. So why not download the app, make Froyle Village Hall your nominated charity and start spending. It will help offset Covid gloom and any feelings of guilt about the fact that Amazon doesn’t pay enough tax or that it is destroying the High Street. If enough residents join it might (eventually) pay for the paint. Here is the link to get you started.

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/281141-0

Nick Whines secretary@froylevillagehall.co.uk

New Year, New Website

The Hall may be closed but welcome to the new Froyle Village Hall website.

Here you will find plenty of information about the Hall and its facilities. When we reopen, and we will reopen, we want to see the Hall even busier than usual.

In the meantime the gallery and the Facebook page include a selection of photographs of Froyle events over the last five or six years which we hope will bring back happy memories and encourage you to start thinking about and planning future activities.

The website is of course work in progress so comments and suggestions welcome.

Nick Whines
secretary@froylevillagehall.co.uk