Rumours abound with what is going to happen to the Village Hall. Is it going to close? Is it fit for purpose? And the rest… so it would appear to be timely as we move towards the New Year to update you on the current situation.
The Village Hall Management Committee are all 100% committed to reopening the Hall as soon as we are able, this will be subject to final funding and we are actively progressing well in this area.
Special thanks at this stage must go to the following for their support and contributions thus far:
• Richard Kemp
• The Parish Council
• The Lawshall Trust
• All User groups who wrote letters in support of our grant applications
We are also working closely alongside the Babergh Communities Support Office on other grants and professional support that is available to us and I will update you further when I have news on these.
As I am sure those of you who have had dealings with insurance companies know, these people take longer to deal with. However, there is an offer and we are in the process of negotiating better terms on this.
We have also taken the time to review what people from the village and the groups using the Hall have been telling us about the perception and usefulness of the building and where possible these suggestions will be taken on board, but broadly they are split into three areas:-
1. The exterior of the building. The appearance isn’t inviting and is rather bland. It is our intention to redecorate outside and update the areas requiring work such as new guttering and windows. This will start when the weather allows.
2. The grounds. These are unkempt and overgrown. This will be rectified before the Hall reopens. The hedges and grounds will be fully tidied and any overgrown areas cut down. Fence painted, verges tidied etc.
3. The interior of the Hall. Is it fit for purpose? Actually most people say it is. It has a large floor area for all the clubs with side rooms, modern sanitary facilities and a well equipped kitchen. We do need to get the decoration right including the back rooms and of course there’s the floor. It’s highly unlikely that the current type of floor will be re-laid but this is still works in progress. Work on decorating will start in the New Year.
There has also been some misunderstanding as to who owns the Village Hall and the deeds are very clear on this. The Village Hall belongs to the villagers as long as there is a need and a Management Committee to run it. If the hall is no longer viable or wanted, there has to be a village meeting to discuss the options and if no resolution can be made the Hall is conveyed back to the Town Lands Charity to be held in trust for the village.
Given the fact that we have been very well supported by the numerous groups that use the Hall, the above is highly unlikely and indeed not wanted by most people. The running costs and upkeep of the Hall are supported by the advertisements in the R&A magazine and the village lottery and I would like to encourage you to help us at this time by joining the lottery if you are able.
If you would like any further clarification on any matter relating to the Hall please speak to one of the committee members who will do their best to help answer your questions.
Best regards Mike Underwood - Chair
We are pleased to welcome you to the Lawshall Village Hall website. It is divided into six main headings. Some of these feature sub-sections to give you more information. For example, if you want to know more details about our Hall, please go to the heading 'Village Hall' and then click on any of the three sub-headings that come up. Why not look under Regular Hall Activities sub section 'Important Dates'. This tells you all the events that will be taking place in the Village Hall. We hope, that once you look through the site, you will find answers to your questions and have a good idea of what our very spacious Hall can offer. In addition, you can find out what is happening in our village by downloading the latest issue of our 'Round & About Lawshall' magazine, to do this, please click on to the Download Latest Newsletter icon on each page.
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