The New Hall Committee works towards the end of lockdown and works on plans for the Summer Fete and Christmas Fair

New Hall

While we all await confirmation of the relaxation of lockdown rules, the New Hall management committee is preparing for re-opening and welcoming resumption of community events, with new committee members John Davidson (as Chair) and Laurie Rutman.

The earliest we can re-open for group bookings will be 17th May although we hope to be able to take bookings for activities such as badminton and table tennis for family groups or “bubbles” from 12th April.  The hall will also be open for the local elections on Thursday 6th May.

The interior re-decoration is complete with financial assistance from the Rye Fund. This spring should see the completion of some external works and resurfacing of the tarmac apron. Landscape improvements have also begun under the expert guidance of horticulturist Diego Perdigones and Robert Holland.

Two new projects are underway for completion this year, the renewal of the stage curtains and the underdrawing of the ceiling to provide thermal insulation to the roof. This last project will provide greater comfort in the winter; hopefully coats and scarves will no longer be obligatory for talks in the Hall this autumn and winter!

The Committee is now planning for the Summer Fete, which will be held on Saturday 14th August from 12.30p.m, on the cricket field as usual. Of course this will be subject to any COVID regulations in place at the time.  Our regular stallholders and attendees are delighted that it will go ahead and have responded with enthusiasm.

The attractions will include the traditional fun dog show, a local brass band, games, raffle and a BBQ, so please note the date and look out for further information. If you have any questions please contact Carol Scoines on 01797 222772.

Another date for your diary is the Christmas Fair which is planned for Saturday November 13th.  We would love to hear from someone who would like to join the small organising committee and take over from Robbie Gooders to help with publicity and promotions. If anyone knows of craftspeople who would like a stall, please ask them to get in touch with Hilary Roome.

Looking forward to seeing you all in the Hall very soon!