Burwash Village Hall

Burwash Village Hall has been at the centre of village life during peace and war since its opening on 4th December 1907. The members of the Hall Management Committee (all volunteers) plan on it becoming the centre of village life again as soon as possible!

Now that government plans that the legal shackles on Covid-19 restrictions are removed, we look forward to several of our User groups resuming their meetings in the Hall from September. We shall all still need to take sensible precautions, and we shall continue with the current recommendations of allowing only half the Hall capacity, the wearing of masks, good ventilation, hand sanitisers and keeping a list of visitors to any event for Track and Trace purposes.

The groups who regularly use the Hall have been contacted with a view to recommencing their use of the Hall in September. The responses have been favourable, with the following plans: Quilters to return on Monday mornings, Monday Painters on Monday afternoons, Not So Young to return once a month on Thursday afternoon.  Short Mat Bowls have to wait for advice from their Federation. The Flower Arrangers have already made bookings: we wish their Chairman, Jean Plummer, a speedy recovery to full health. The Horticultural Society has already used the Hall for a successful talk in July, coping well with Covid-19 rules, and has made further bookings. The Jane Coleman School of Dance and Burwash Musical Theatre have been using the Hall for some time, also successfully.

The Snooker group are using their room, but not yet for matches – at the time of writing anyway.

The Whist group will be returning: further details will follow asap.

Regrettably, Burwash Ladies Group (BLG) and Circuit Training have decided not to return which means there are some vacancies in the bookings’ diary. Please contact us if you may be interested or already have plans for starting up a new group, or would like more information about any of the User groups.

You will have noticed the beautiful new Oriel windows have now been painted and have had their plastic covering removed. The new front doors are also in place, plus a new coir mat in the outdoor porch.

I have heard this week that we have been granted £4,500 by Burwash Parish Council towards the replacement of 3 external doors. We are very grateful for councillors’ support for completing this project of replacing all external doors and windows.

A start has been made on tidying up the outside spaces to the Hall, which will culminate in hedges being trimmed in early autumn.

We are grateful to David Hopkins for keeping the premises clean and tidy during these difficult months, to comply with the anti-pandemic regime. We are also, as always, very grateful for your support for our Village Hall.

Shirley Viney

shirley@bowzell.co.uk

01435 882497