With a cut from Vic Cross’s golden scissors the ribbon fell away and the new kitchen part of the refurbishment was declared open. Around eighty-five villagers came along to the more formal evening to see the completed first phase of the Village Hall Refurbishment some seven years after it was first recognised that the Hall needed a serious upgrade. Celebrating with some fizz and a buffet, those who attended were able to see the improvements that have been made. The revised and illuminated signage means that people will no longer drive past the Hall, the improved entrance and driveway will make those visiting the Hall by car or by foot that bit safer and the new cement boarding makes the Hall much more appealing from the outside. Meanwhile, on the inside, the assessible toilets and newly-finished kitchen will make the Hall a more attractive venue for parties and life celebrations.
The trustees thank all those major donors who provided the main funding for the refurbishment as follows:
Parish Council-The Hall, Parish Council-Feasibility Study, Garfield Weston Foundation, Norfolk Community Foundation/Borough Council, The Mallard, The Bowls Club, National Lottery Awards for All, TFCC Communities Foundation (WREN), Tesco Bags for Life, West Norfolk Wins, Bingo Evenings, Film Night, Tennis and Multisport Club, and the Quiz Night.
The trustees gave a big thank you to all those individuals and families who have donated to the Refurbishment, either by attending or organising fund-raisers or by an individual donation. Thanks were also given to Jo and Mark Froment who donated the carcasses, doors and ovens to modernise the kitchen. Special mentions were given to those ‘Refurbishment Volunteers’ who had completed work to save on costs namely, Robin Arbenz for the kitchen, Tom and Mike Read for fitting the kitchen worktops, Brian Francis for painting the toilets, corridor and kitchen, Baz Pratt for the signs and design, Arthur Allen for financial planning and to Alan Petto for making and refurbishing handy bits of metalwork.
It is clear that Quinn Construction Services were the right company to complete the building work. Under the calm and considered management of Paul Quinn the various constructions have gone very smoothly with excellent rapport between Paul and the Refurbishment Committee. Equally, Christian Mountney, our chartered surveyor, who has been with the development since day one devising plans and helping with always sound advice, proved to be an excellent project manager and the trustees are grateful to him.
Phase 1 of the refurbishment took place after consulting with local people about their ideas on how to improve the Hall. The evening concluded with villagers being consulted on what improvements they would like to see as Phase 2 of the Refurbishment.
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Come and celebrate the completion of Phase 1 of the Village Hall Refurbishment
The Village Hall Trustees are pleased to announce that the first phase of the Village Hall Refurbishment is complete. Quinns, the contractors, have completed their part of the project on time and on budget with minimum disruption to the normal events at the Hall and Social Club. We’re pretty much there for Phase 1. Just a bit of tidying to do.
To celebrate, there will be an Opening Evening held at the Hall on
Wednesday 10th July at 6.30pm and all in the Village are invited. Opening Ceremony at 6.45 pm.
PLEASE NOTE THE REVISED DATE. POSTPONED FROM JUNE.
Please come along and see the improvements that have been made to the access to the Hall, the facilities and the overall appearance of the building. You will also have the opportunity to be involved in the thought process of ‘what happens next’ in Phase 2.
Ceremonies will be kept to a minimum but there will be a ribbon cutting and acknowledgements to all those who have contributed or been involved with the refurbishment.
Please come along at 6.30pm – light refreshments will be available.
The Village Hall
Update May 2019
You may have seen there’s a lot happening at the Hall as the refurbishment has well and truly got underway. Apart from an issue with finding traces of asbestos in the old floor of the ladies’ loos which has all been safely removed but has added to the costs of completing the toilets, it’s all been relatively plain sailing.
So far, most of the usual activities held at the Hall have been able to continue with just the minor inconvenience of having to use the changing room toilet facilities. The Trustees thank you for your patience whilst the work is in progress and hope that, by the end of the month, you will see it’s all been worthwhile.
Regarding funding, we are very grateful to the Parish Council for being so supportive, as the major contributor, by donating £75,000 for the project. Also, we have made our first claim for the initial part of our WREN grant and there’s good news too about two other smaller awards we’ve received during April. The Trustees applied for support both from the Borough Council Small Grants Scheme and The Garfield Weston Foundation (a family-founded, charitable grant-making foundation) which supports a wide range of causes across the UK. We are pleased to report that we were successful in both cases. These two awards, however, were smaller than we were hoping for but, nevertheless, very welcome. Consequently, to complete the work, we will have to reach further into our reserves than we would like.
The Trustees would therefore appreciate any financial contribution you can make, small or large, to help us finish the refurbishment on-time and to the standard we would choose.
Such contributions can be made to Vic Cross at the Hall or by bank transfer to our Co-operative Bank account, Sort Code 08 92 99 Account Number 65693630 00.
4th March 2019
Press Release : GOOD NEWS!
Funding approved for the Village Hall Refurbishment in Great Massingham.
Villagers in Great Massingham are set to get a much-improved Village Hall thanks to a £44,700 grant from the funding body WREN.
The money, awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, will contribute to the total refurbishment of the Hall’s kitchen, entrance, driveway and more accessible toilets, as well improving the overall look of the building, to facilitate greater usage to serve the local community in and around Great Massingham. The objective is to further enhance this crucial and well-used local amenity to provide a venue to support those who would benefit from more social interaction. It will also better enable the people of Great Massingham who seek to hold life celebrations within their own community.
Philip Ward, Chair of the Village Hall Trustees, believes the improvements will make a huge difference to the lives of the people living in the area.
He says: “This project will provide a real boost to the people of Massingham and surrounding villages. It’s fantastic that WREN has awarded us this money and we’re really looking forward to our improved Hall taking shape in the next few months”.
WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Richard Smith, WREN’s senior grant manager, says: “We’re delighted to be supporting the building refurbishment works at Great Massingham Village Hall project and pleased our funding will make such a difference to so many groups of people across the area. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and we’re looking forward to this one having a positive impact very soon.”
Mr. Ward hopes the refurbished Village Hall will be ready for use by mid-June. “As well as WREN providing the final funding to get us to our target to enable the refurbishment, the Trustees are grateful to our own Parish Council for their fantastic support and to the people of Massingham who have worked hard with organising and supporting events at the Hall to raise funds and to get this project underway.”
VILLAGE HALL REGULAR EVENTS
Great Massingham has a large hall which is used for a variety of village functions, from plays and pantomimes, through to dances, musical entertainment and sports events plus regular events:
Keep Fit Wednesdays 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Bingo Fridays at 7.30pm
Auction Most Sundays
Coronation Club 4th Wednesday in the month from 2pm to 4pm
West Norfolk Radio Sundays from 7pm to 10.00pm (live music broadcasts)
Craft & Chat 2nd Monday in the month from 2pm to 4.30pm in the Bar
Trefoil Guild 2nd Thursday of each month at 7pm.
Film Night 3rd Thursday in the month from 7pm for 7.30pm
Short Mat Bowls Resumes in the Autumn
Quiz Nights 4th Thursday of the month in the Bar from 7pm for 7.30pm
Historical Society 2nd Monday at 7.30 pm
Youth Club Tuesdays from 6.45pm – 9.15 pm
Yoga With a Chair Tuesdays from 10am until 11am
It is also available for private hire. Contact the Village Hall Management for details on 520588/520387
The Village Hall is also home to the Great Massingham Bowls, and Tennis & Multi-Sports clubs.
The Village Hall has a Facebook page @ great massingham village hall
New Hall Hire Charges From 1st August 2018
(First Increase since 2010)
1. Private Hire Rate £15 per hour. Minimum 2 hrs. (Includes children’s parties etc when bar is not open.)
2. Private Hire Rate, including bar, £25 per hour. Min. 3hrs. (Includes christenings, engagement, birthday parties and funeral
receptions when the bar is open.
3. Wedding Hire Rate (Village residents) £100 per day.
4. Wedding Hire Rate (Non-village residents) £150 per day.
5. Affiliated Clubs Hire Rate £10 per hour.
6. Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve £50 per hr.
Rates are open to negotiation for regular, repeat bookings & charity events.
Each application to be judged on its merits & approval by the Management Committee.
Hall hire includes 1 hr either side of the booking, free of charge for setting up and clearing up afterwards, UNTIL 12 MIDNIGHT.
All hours after midnight Private Hire Rate
Charles Dewar our Benefactor
Charles was born on the 28th of April 1858 and died on the 12th of September 1933 at the age of 75
He married Jane Smart in June 1889 and then moved Abbey Farm, Great Massingham with Jane. His son John Arthur Dewar was born on the 3rd of August 1891 and became Chairman and Director of John Dewar & Sons.
Charles was a Justice of the Peace, County Councillor and President of the Norfolk Chamber of Agriculture. His legacy in Great Massingham lives on with the land bequeathed to the community for the Village Hall. More recently, Charles Dewar Close was named in his honour.
The Dewar family at Great Massingham
Charles enjoyed his role in Great Massingham as a “gentleman farmer” and was held in high regard within the community.
Charles and his wife are buried in the church yard in St. Mary’s Church in Great Massingham
New sound system at the Village Hall!
There’s a new all-singing, all dancing sound system in the Village Hall, making the hall an even better venue for functions and parties. The system will play music from CDs, iPads or other Bluetooth devices. With the ceiling mounted projector, films can be screened from DVD or Blu-ray discs with near cinema quality 7.1 Surround Sound coming from seven speakers.
With a suitable lap-top, it’s easy to run slide shows and the set-up will accommodate up to four microphones for amateur dramatics. A Hearing Loop has also been fitted. The system is easy to use and, with a little training, is available for those hiring the hall for private functions or for village organisations who use the hall.
The new kit and installation cost just under £3,000 with half the funds coming from the ‘Comic Relief Local Communities Fund’ and the balance from The Film Club and the Village Hall.