New Donation Scheme
If you are a regular contributor to the New Hall, thank you. If not, we’d love you to be! We are re-launching the donation scheme in the hope of increasing the number of regular supporters to provide much needed income for the hall and help towards our continuing improvement programme. Look out for leaflets or on winchelsea.com for details of how to become a supporter. If you are a taxpayer please consider completing the Gift Aid form as this allows us to claim back 25% of your donation at no extra cost to you.
Sponsor a window
This month works commence to renovate the exterior of the New Hall . We are re-decorating the exterior, resurfacing the front apron tarmac and renewing the main windows. The windows are original from 1926, with the odd new pane of glass here and there courtesy of the Cricket Club. It’s a measure of the quality of the original pine that the windows have survived over 90 years, but now we have concluded that renewal in Iroko is necessary.
The new woodwork will be highly durable, and painted to look as before. There will be double glazing to current standards, plus the sashes will be draught proofed. These improvements will reduce heat loss and acoustic intrusion for Hall users. Plus, of course, the windows will actually open! This will assist on those hot summer occasions and when dancing is in full swing!
A ‘How much is that Doggie in the window?’ campaign was launched at the Christmas Fair to raise sponsorship for the new windows. Sponsor a pane for £137 or a whole sash for £548. Contact any member of the New Hall committee for details.
We have a shortfall in funding of £5,500 for the window project after we secured 50% funding from the Little Cheyne Court Windfarm (£5,000) and The Rye Fund (£500). We have also secured £1,000 from the Rye Community Shop as 50% funding towards exterior re-decoration and £975 from Rother Community Fund towards the renewal of tarmac. Your New Hall Management Committee would really welcome your support for these projects, so please join our new donation scheme.
What a happy event our Annual Christmas Fair is! All the splendid stalls with their festive goods, the lovely atmosphere, the decorations, the raffle with some super prizes, the tombola stall which ran out of goods very rapidly as many people came back more than twice to try their luck – and not forgetting the delightful refreshments available.
So many people to thank for all their efforts in making this day such a success. In no particular order, our thanks go to the generous people of Winchelsea who donated bottles and chocolates for the tombola; the Garden Society who potted up all those bulbs; the kitchen team headed by Jo Sidders and all the cake-bakers and helpers; the ladies who manned the raffle table; Alfred McKenney who ran the tombola stall with such aplomb; the stalwarts who helped set-up and clear-up the hall and manned the door and, last but by no means least, our Chair, Anita Bevan and her committee for planning and managing the event.