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Update May 2010

Created on Monday, 17 May 2010

The good news is that after 14 months of being closed because of a structural problem in the roof, progress is being made to organise the repairs and to bring the Memorial Hall back into operation.

Public Meeting and AGM.

A public meeting was held at Petersgate School on the 22nd April and attended by approximately 75 villagers. At this meeting the current situation, progress made to date and future plans were explained and questions answered. The meeting was very positive and enthusiastic and more than 20 (now in excess of 25) villagers and users volunteered to assist with a wide range of activities, including acting as Trustees, Fundraising, Operations and Engineering Committees as well as the necessary tasks such as painting, gardening etc.

The appointment of new Trustees was approved and a hearty vote of thanks was applauded by all present for the retiring Trustees, all of whom graciously accepted to serve as Honorary Life President and Vice-Presidents accordingly.

It was reported that current estimates of costs are in excess of £ 70,000 to restore this much loved village asset to a safe and working order. A fund raising appeal has been started and as usually the case in Clanfield, the response has been most encouraging. Despite the current economic difficulties, approximately half of this amount has already been raised or pledged, currently major sponsors include:-

Ernie Mew and Sons  - labour to strip and replace the roof.

Dyer and Butler – perimeter safety fencing.

SCES – air conditioning for the Blue Room.

The New Blendworth Centre – publicity distribution.

Clanfield Parish Council – grant, creation and operation of Memorial Hall website etc.

Clanfield Voluntary Care Group – donation.

CIF (Community Initiatives Fund) – grant.

This list is by no means exhaustive and donations are continuing to arrive from generous villagers. The names of all sponsors, donors (if not anonymous) and volunteers will be recorded and displayed in the restored building and on completion will be placed on this website in order to record the generosity and support of villagers.

Trustees Meeting.

An initial meeting of the new Trustees was held on 5th May in order to commence the updating of the Constitution.

Trustees are:- Jennie Booker, Christine Haydon, David Newberry, Ken Moon, Bill Enstone and Brian Ahern. David Newberry was elected Chairman of Trustees.

The formation of a Memorial Hall Engineering Group, to plan and manage the roof restoration was agreed as well as the need to form committees for Fundraising and Operations.

A draft timetable to produce the revised constitution and the need for this to be presented to an Extraordinary General Meeting was agreed


An exploratory meeting was held on the 7th May and it was agreed that the fundraising would be divided into two sub committees.  One being responsible for Community Fundraising headed up by Ken Moon and the second being responsible for Grant Fundraising headed by Bill Enstone. 


Booking Secretary

Created on Sunday, 24 October 2010 

The Memorial Hall has a new Booking Secretary: Anna Richardson. She can be contacted as follows:

Telephone: 02392 711950