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May 2021 – Village Hall Re-opening Update

As we slowly come out of lockdown another milestone, all being well, will be the gradual reopening of the village hall. The hall has been closed to all but Ladybirds pre-school for a year now but we welcomed the first of our other regular hirers from 17 May. All groups will be following advice from their governing bodies as to when and how they can safely restart.

The management committee have continued to meet regularly via Zoom to draw up plans for reopening with everyone’s safety in mind and have put in place some extra measures. The committee has installed hand sanitisers and extra cleaning will be carried out. We have invested in a ‘fogging’ machine which sprays a very fine mist of anti viral fluid everywhere and this will be used on a regular basis.

During lockdown the main hall has been painted, the curtains cleaned and the floor resealed and it is ready and waiting to welcome everyone back. So here’s a reminder of all our regular hirers. Most have decided not to restart until at least all restrictions have been lifted so please contact each group to find out their plans.

Children’s

Ladybirds have done a fantastic job in keeping the children safe and have stayed open the whole time. Their cleaning regime has ensured they have not had any cases of the coronavirus and they, together with our cleaner, Sarah, are to be congratulated for all the extra work involved. They are in the hall on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. (Manager@ladybirdsleavenheath.com)

Little Ladybirds mother and baby group meets on Tuesday morning and is run by Emma Appleby (little@ladybirdsleavenheath.com)

Beavers, Cubs and Scouts also meet on Tuesday and all groups are open to both boys and girls. (1stleavenheathscoutgroup@gmail.com)

On Thursday afternoons there is a dance class run by Marie Bligh (07957 452472 )

Friday evening Karate has been very popular with both children and adults for many years. Contact Trevor White (sefka@btinternet.com)

Sports and exercise 

We have two Badminton groups: Monday and Wednesday evenings. Table tennis meets on Wednesday afternoons and Carpet Bowls on Thursday evenings. None of these clubs are in organised leagues, preferring to play friendly but competitive games amongst themselves without the pressure that playing in a league can bring. For more information:

Bowls – Gay Amott 01206 263997

Monday badminton – Cecilia Hines 01787 210597

Wednesday badminton – Jill Dunkley 01206 262527

Sam Cooper runs two fitness classes on Wednesday morning. The first is a mix of Pilates, yoga and stretches which she calls Supple Fit. The second class is an aerobic class that is suitable for all abilities. (Enquiries4scfitness@gmail.com)

Pilates is on Wednesday from 5.00 pm. These are very popular and Katrina Wade keeps a list for those waiting to join. (www.bodyworksphysio.net)

Karate as mentioned earlier is for both adults and children on Friday evenings (sefka@btinternet.com)

Social 

Craft Club is a group who get together on alternate Monday afternoons. Contact Mary Ingleby for details on 01206 263935.

Leavenheath Ladies meet monthly and often have a speaker or craft activity. Ruth Garrett can let you know more (garrett_rd@hotmail.com).

For those who prefer not to go out in the evening, The Women’s Institute meet on the first Tuesday afternoon each month and usually have a speaker or demonstration. They organise trips out and lunches, coffee mornings, book groups and walks plus get involved in various charitable activities. Ann Boyd on 01787 212365 is the contact.

A Whist drive takes place monthly on the second Tuesday afternoon and is played in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Coffee morning is held on the first Saturday in the month and has proven very popular. It’s a chance to meet new people and talk with old friends. Similarly, Afternoon tea on the fourth Tuesday afternoon is another opportunity to socialise. Everyone welcome.

It is hoped to restart our popular monthly Film Nights in the autumn once social distancing requirements are further relaxed. However, several of our regular helpers have stepped down and before we continue we do need some replacements. If you could offer your services: being on the door, serving refreshments, or helping with the projection, please get in touch with Sarah Hunter (sarah6594@googlemail.com) There is the bonus of seeing the film for free and an ice cream or glass of wine!

Our two church services are looking forward to meeting again in person from September. First Sunday is a more informal and relaxed style of family service and there’s a chance to socialise beforehand. Evening Praise is held on the third Sunday of the month. Speak to Revd Val Armstrong on 01206 262814 for more information.

The hall has a very varied programme and we look forward to welcoming old friends and meeting new ones.

August 2020 Update

Leavenheath Village Hall

As you are all aware apart from Ladybirds we are still closed to our hirers.   Ladybirds are providing a very important service for the preschool members of our community and their families, in order to do this they are having to follow very strict procedures.

In these unprecedented times the safety of our hirers and users is paramount.  We are hoping to reopen the Village Hall in January 2021 to our other hirers.  This will of course be dependent on government advice.  In order to reopen strict risk assessment and procedures will be put in place both by the village hall committee and our hirers, this is for everyone’s safety in stopping the spread of the Covid 19 virus.

Once the hall is reopened we can then plan the reopening of the village hall cinema but order to do this we would like your help!  In 2021 a few members of our dedicated cinema organisers are standing down after many years of valuable help for which we are very grateful.  If you interested in volunteering in helping behind the bar, training to be a projector operator or helping to choose films, we would love to hear from you.

On a less positive note, we have noticed that our wheelie bins at the village hall are being using by people other village hall for disposing of their garden and household waste, today this included kitchen tiles and a broken kettle.  PLEASE refrain from doing this as they are NOT for public use.

Our village hall committee are a friendly group and over the next few months have a lot to achieve in order for the village hall to open safely if you would like to join us or our cinema sub committee please contact me, I look forward to hearing from you.

Sarah Hunter
Leavenheath Village Hall Chair
01206 263343

January: It’s About Time

January’s film ‘About Time’ was a good film with a very strong message at the end, which I do hope everyone got. We were hoping to show ‘Philomena’ in February but this is now not possible, we will be showing ‘We bought a Zoo’, we have only had positive reports of this true life Story.  We will be showing Philomena later in the year so please check with the web site or phone Ken or Lesley for  details of this and other films we have in store.

Unfortunately we are still awaiting quotes on the repairs required to the roof, for some reason it is not easy to get people to give us estimates for work these days.

Other than the Church Quiz, for which we have had no feedback at the time of going to print, it has been a quite month for the hall, which is normal for this time of the year, but we have had a lot of enquiries with regards to booking, which is excellent news. Plus the bottle bank had to be emptied twice over the holiday which is again excellent for our funds.

Both the hall and the film night can be booked through our web site. www.leavenheathvillagehall.org.uk

Lesley Collin – Chairperson

November: After the Storm

In November we showed ‘Behind the Candelabra’, we were lucky to get a delivery of ice cream just before the showing, as we had lost all our stock due to the power cut that followed ‘The Storm’, so a good evening was had by all. We were very lucky as the only other damage were had was one loose tile.  December’s film is ‘Nativity 2′. You can still book by phoning Ken or Lesley as well as online, there will be a glass of free mulled wine, or drink of your choice, as per usual for this Christmas film, we will also be holding a raffle, we look forward to seeing you there.

We should like to thank all of you who use the Village Hall Bottle Bank, this is a great source of income for us and has enabled us to maintain our hire prices over the last few years. However, with so many more bottle banks popping up in other local venues, we shall be watching closely how our revenue is affected, if the proceeds fall greatly we will indeed have to review our charges during the year.

November was a busy month but most of the events were held after this article has to go to print, I do hope they did well and your supported some of these worthy causes. We also purchased 6 small square tables, that have been available for many of these events, they have proved to be a very useful asset to the halls equipment.

Future events open to the public can be found on our web site. www.leavenheathvillagehall.org.uk  as can the times and details of the many clubs and regular activities.

The Village Hall Committee would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas, a properous and healthy New Year.

Forthcoming events are: Sun Dec 1st  – 1st Sunday Church Service

Sat Dec 7th -  Film Night ‘Nativity 2′

Sun Dec 15th – Evening Songs of Praise.

September – A New Website and Farewell to our Friends at The Lion

As you may know, Dirk and Zara are moving from the The Lion, the Village Hall committee would like to thank them for their support during their time in Leavenheath. They continued to donate the proceeds of their bottle bank to the Hall, and also held quiz nights for us. We wish them well in their new venture, lots of happiness for them both and little Max – we will miss them all.

It is the start of a new era for us as our new website goes online.The addresses are:

www.leavenheath.org.uk  or  www.leavenheathvillagehall.org.uk

Don’t forget the .uk at the end of both addresses, or you may be taken to other sites which are not ours! The new site allows you to book both the Hall and the Film Nights online, as well as giving you an insight into the availability for booking the Hall, short write-ups on future films, plus details of future events being held in the Hall. Please give us a visit even if you do not wish to book and let us have some feedback, we look forward to hearing from you. You will know you are on the right site if you see this article.

Hitchcock was well-attended in September, October’s Film Night ‘Song for Marion’ is getting booked up slowly. In November we have ‘Behind the Candelabra’. You can still book by phoning Ken or Lesley as well as online.

At the time of print, I have been unable to discover how well SESAW did at their Craft Fair, but we hope it was profitable for them as they need all the help they can get at present, as do most charities.

Jim’s Whist Drive went well, those that attended really enjoyed themselves, there will be another on 15th October, so do go along for a fun couple of hours and meet new people, plus get a good tea for a very reasonable cost.

 

Lesley Collin – Chairperson

Leavenheath Village Hall Committee

 

August: A Tiger and a Shiny New Floor

August is not a busy month in the Village Hall so there is not a great deal to report. The main hall floor has been re-sealed and polished, and looks really good.

The cinema  night went well Life of Pi was indeed a good film and was much enjoyed by those who attended. On September 7th we are showing Hitchcock, a film about Alfred and his wife’s relationship as well as being a glimpse of the days of classic Hollywood. To quote one reviewer: “Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock and Helen Mirren as Alma are alone worth the price of the ticket.” It also stars Janet Leigh and Jessica Biel, so an excellent cast.

We have had to swap round our October and November cinema programme due to availability of the films. So in October it will be Song for Marion, and in November Behind the Candelabra. We look forward to seeing you at one or all of the above.

We have just had the sad news that the Friday Table Tennis club has had to close due to lack of numbers.  We thank them for their support of the hall and wish them all well. However there is still one being held on a Wednesday afternoon if any one wishes to play, let’s hope that this continues to thrive.

SESAW had to cancel their fund raining event in August due to ill health of one of their organizers, but you will see they have re booked for September 14th.  Let’s hope all goes well for them this time.

Lesley Collin

Open Gardens & A Messy Church

In June we hosted a fraction of the Open Gardens event. I am very pleased to say that it all went well. The stalls were many and varied, the WI did an excellent job with tea and cakes, and we understand the Open Garden Committee raised a good amount for the two charities, which is excellent news.

Messy Church was also held in the hall at the start of the month, it was not well attended which was a shame, but Murray was playing at Wimbledon so they were not too surprised.

The wonderful change in the weather as I write this has helped to raise all of our spirits, long may it last, but I am sure the gardeners amongst you would like some rain, but it is great for the children with the school holidays currently.

If you happen to be reading this before 30th July, Colchester Hospital have booked the hall for a talk on Strokes. The events they have held in the past have been excellent, but unfortunately not as well advertised as they might have been.

Later this month we are having the floor re-sealed and polished. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused to regular hirers but we have to close the main hall for a few days. If we do not keep the floor in good condition it would mean completely relaying it at some stage in the future, which would be very costly indeed. This is taking place the weekend of Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July.

July’s film ‘Hyde Park on Hudson’ was well attended, but far from a sell-out. A pleasant easy-going film, however not one of our best. In August we are showing ‘Life of Pi’ which we have been led to believe is excellent, let’s hope that is the case. As usual you can book tickets subject to availability by visiting our Digital Cinema pages on this website.

Please remember you can also book the hall or committee room for your own event. Visit our Booking Enquiry pages for more information and to send us a booking request.

Lesley Collin