Fundraising for the hall’s new kitchen continues to make good progress. Comments are welcome, to Brian Cotton or Don Mildenhall. The work is planned to take place in summer 2011 and will mean the main hall and function room will be closed from 23rd July to 25 August.

We already have over £9000 banked from events and donations, sales of calendars and our 2011 lottery. We’re very grateful for some generous individual donations and for £500 from the Lympstone Shops Supporters Club winding-up fund.

The village hall itself has promised £10,000 towards the kitchen from its future income, and we’re aiming to raise the final £13,000 or so by the summer.

Altogether fundraising in 2010 raised a wonderful £26,000 towards improving the hall for current and future users – thanks to all involved.

Plans for the kitchen have been drawn up and are displayed inside the kitchen. We are now talking to builders and equipment suppliers.

Hall bookings:

2010 was the busiest year ever for the hall. Most weekday nights have 2 or 3 rooms in use. We still have availability on some weekends, especially in afternoons for childrens’ parties. In thinking about making bookings, remember that the main hall and function room will be mostly out of use from the end of summer term in late July to the August bank holiday, whilst we rebuild the kitchen. To help achieve even more bookings, the hall now has its own website at www.lympstonevillagehall.co.uk which contains information about facilities, charges and availability.

More developments at the hall

We have set out a five-year plan for improvement and repair works. This is how we spend the surplus we make from hirings. In the programme for this year are the purchase of some lightweight trestle tables, new curtains (to be made by volunteers) and improvements to the toilets. If you want to know more, please ask.

From time to time we have lost property handed in at the hall. If you lose something, try Pete Hardy first on 270157.

Don Mildenhall