HAPPY 90th BIRTHDAY 2016
Winchelsea Village Hall is a registered charity
(no. 235174), whose status and origins derive from a Declaration of Trust dated 29 March 1926.
For an old lady in her 90th year our hall is doing wonderfully well.
Management committee members
Elected at an AGM each year
Robert Holland – Chairman
Carol Scoines – Secretary
Steve Turner – Treasurer
Rob Mortimer – Committee Member
Anita Bevan – Committee Member
Jenny Lozano – Committee Member
Judith Paine – Committee Member
Rosemarie Roberts – Committee Member
Our latest work was ELECTRIC!
The latest work done to the hall is maintenance, repairs and improvements involving electricity:
The old kitchen lighting is improved to aid washing-up, particularly for those who are partially sighted.
A Portable Appliance Test (PAT) has been undertaken to ensure all electrical appliances meet high standards of safety.
The under-stage stores (both front and back) now have lighting.
The stage side lights are converted to low energy ones, to eliminate a fire risk.
The smoke alarms have been renewed with a 10-year battery-life type (all interlinked).
The emergency lighting is serviced.
The exterior lighting is adapted to include a delay, allowing the last person out to leave the premises under illumination.
For the community
The hall is run for the benefit of the residents of the Town of Winchelsea and is known locally as Winchelsea New Hall.
Our volunteers are an invaluable source of help and expertise, kindly donate time to make the hall efficient, well used, loved and cared for.
The hall is cleaned weekly by a professional cleaning service.
Maintenance, Refurbishment and Repairs 2016
So far the following items have been completed by the New Hall Management Committee in 2016, with help from our sponsors, supporters and the hall’s own funds.
New sound system with hearing loop for use with hearing aids.
New hot water tea urn.
A new notice board.
Electric projector screen fixed.
Pre-set temperature control being set each week, so the hall is heated two hours prior to usage.
Renewed lighting to table store.
Heavy duty lift handles added to the rear stage trap doors to allow access to storage.
Clearing and cleaning of cloakroom and kitchen.
New teapots and trays.
Grab rails added to two toilets – one each in Ladies and Gents.
The kitchen window facing the cricket field can now be opened.
New low wattage ceiling lights in main hall to stop a shadow being cast and reduce electricity used.
Health and Safety risk assessment made with some things put into place immediately: safety rubber cable cover, safety hazard tape at fire escape exits and new fire action signs.
Wall light added.
A cupboard has been removed from behind the entrance door to the ladies toilet, to help make it wheelchair accessible.
Signage for designated disabled parking space, for when the hall is in use.
Removal of smaller stage table.
Removal of old curtains in kitchen and cloakroom.
Bin area improvement.
Repair of some card tables.
Removal of unused music organ from back of stage.
Professional stage light bulb replaced.
Work in the pipeline
The following are repairs, improvements and maintenance we hope to carry out in the coming year. Donations, help and support towards any of these items are very welcome. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Relocation of heating pipes which are by the emergency exit doors
Fire exit door repairs
Under stage repairs
Defibrillator (supported by Icklesham PC)
Make the disabled ramp flush with the door and consider extending it to the car park.
Fill pot holes in car park
Grab rails along stairs up to the stage
New blackout blinds
Renew interior decoration
Renew stage curtain lining and pelmet (in hand)
Old curtains converted for use at the back of the stage and removal of middle heater to accommodate.
Refurbish shield above stage (in hand)
Add a mechanism for putting up banners in the hall
Protect lighting control in the table store
The following items are part of longer term development/repair plans:
Finishing kitchen (town sub committee in progress)
Badminton and/or table tennis (town sub committee in progress)
Sound proofing to soften sound vibration at big events, for the hard of hearing
Designated disabled toilet in an extended cloakroom
Draft proofing and thermal insulation
Reflecting panels above stage
Make decking area flush with fire exit door
We’ve been gradually tidying up the stage area. A spruce of paint has helped define the edges and view. We’ve stored neatly under the stage, extra staging and ensured scenery is stored safely and neatly.
New Hall documents
Health and Safety Policy 2015
Temporary Event Notice Application to Licensing Authority
Trustees Annual Report 2015 - 2016
Risk Assessment 2017
Regulations for the use of the New Hall
Information for Hirers 2016
Guidance for Hall Users