Year in the Life of the Village Hall

Did you know that the Thorpe Morieux Village Hall that many of you were sat in (or outside of) on Sunday the 11th of November at the commemoration of “100 years since the end of World War 1” is actually derived from a World War 1 Army Hut itself? The land it stands on, together with its car park, was gifted to the Village in 1929 by Alan Dyer who at that time lived in Moat Cottage.

Since 1929 it has been used as a school for evacuees, seen weekly dances for both British and US troops and has even held a creche. Nowadays it is used for Village events, Yoga, Gardening & Bowls Clubs, private parties and Art displays.

The Hall is looked after by its Committee. Every Committee member is a volunteer and the Hall could not run without them. Currently we have 12 members including a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. We also have a Duke Of Edinburgh scheme participant joining in on our meetings as part of her course requirements. We have around 6 meetings and an AGM every year. As a committee member it is hoped that you will join in at events; including the planning, helping to set up, the serving of food and, ofcourse the washing up and tidying away. We do have a lot of fun and it really is great to sit down at the end of a busy night, knowing that you’ve given lots of people an awful lot of fun and plenty of good food ! We are also blessed to have lots of great people in the village who come along to help out and, without them, we would be still washing up on the following weekend!

Over the past 12 months we have held 4 Village Hall fundraising events; a litter pick with the added bonus of a full English Breakfast, a Wild West Shindig, our annual Harvest Supper and of course most recently the Centenary Fire Globe event. The proceeds from our events are used to maintain the Hall and keep it safe and sound for future generations to enjoy.

Although the Hall is a “un-sectarian and non-political place of recreation” it is important to remember that it is part of the Community and as such it has many other uses including being used as a Polling Station. We have also hosted a fund raising event for St Marys Church (back in February) and more recently have decided to gift some of the proceeds from the Centenary Event to St Marys Church which will form part of their donation to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

The Hall has also seen some private parties this year along with a Yoga Weekend Event, an Art Exhibition and a Swing Night. We are also a popular stop off point for passing cycle events and do a roaring trade in bacon rolls, tea and cake.

Income from the hiring out of the Hall also goes towards its maintenance. This year we have replaced the Fire Doors, repaired a window, upgraded the notice board, added a Thorpe Morieux Village Hall sign to the car park end of the Hall, commissioned the Fire Globe with a seating area around it AND had timers put on the heaters around the hall. We also plan to have the bar renovated this December and add new fridges, cupboards and coolers.

If you would like to come and join the Committee please do let us know. Hiring the hall can be done through Jasmin Gagen who would be only too pleased to book you in.

2019 looks like it will be a busy year with events such as a Beer, Banger and Bingo night, the SoapBox Derby BBQ, the Harvest Supper, a couple of Breakfast Walks and some further Yoga weekends and Art events already being planned.

Finally on behalf of the TMVH Committee I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and we hope to see you all in 2019.

Cala Russell