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.