Collyweston village hall building is leased from Burghley House Preservation Trust. It is run and maintained by a volunteer committee
for the benefit of the community, its costs met purely by fundraising.
The committee is a Registered Charity, number 1065057.
December 2017 news…
Thank you to everyone for your support for the 2017 Christmas Fair. If you donated prizes for the tombola or came on the day your support is gratefully received. Also many thanks to the Community Shop for their continued support, and of course Santa who managed to find time to stop off in Collyweston and talk to lots of children.
We raised £248 towards hall funds. We need every penny towards the up-keep of the hall as it is increasingly hard to cover the day to day running costs of the hall. With this in mind we find we have had to increase our hire charges, the first time since 2013. The new price list is published here, and it comes into effect on 1st January 2018.
The indoor car boot sale held on September 30th raised £110.40 towards village hall funds. Thank you to those people who gave support to the event.
Friday Café Unfortunately, due to a lack of customers, it has been decided to close the café for the time being. Sorry to those few who have supported us regularly, but during the winter it would cost more to heat the hall than would be raised from sales. We shall have a re-think next year and maybe open again in the summer.
Christmas Fair This annual event will be held on Saturday 25th November at 2pm. Santa will be there as well as the usual Tombola, Raffle and Teas. There will be people coming round shortly to ask for donations for the Tombola. We hope you will be able to find a little something to donate. We are still looking for a few more stall holders, for £10 you can sell your own items! To reserve a stall contact Shelagh on 01780 444607 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are only able to accommodate then stall so don’t leave it too long to book! This is our main annual fundraiser and is always pretty busy. We have lots of Christmassy thing so get your present buying in early!
Charity auction will go ahead
We still hope to hold our charity auction on Saturday 30th September at 2pm in the village hall. But we still don’t have many suitable items to sell. We’ve had lots of donations but they are the sort of things that can be sold from a table. So, if we don’t receive enough items to sell via auction we’ll have a TABLETOP SALE ON THE SAME DAY AT THE SAME TIME! So do please come along. There will be refreshments.
The deadline for auction donations will be September 11th. You can donate anything large or small. Items can be left at the hall or collected – just let us know on 01780 444607.
Friday Café is still held on every Friday at 10.30am till 12 noon. Come along and join the fun – cakes and coffee and lots of laughter.
Early warning for Christmas Fair on Saturday 25th November. To reserve a table (£10 if booked ea.rly) please call 01780 444607.
Saturday 30th September 2017
We’ve already engaged a local auctioneer to help out. What we really need now is more items to sell! If you’d like to donate anything for sale, please contact Shelagh by email or phone (details in Collyweston News). Larger items can be collected.
Friday Café is still going between 10.30am and 12.30pm each week. During warm weather we have tables outside. Come along and join us! We have coffee, tea, cakes and LOTS of chat. It is turning out to be a good place to catch up on the local events, or information on things in the surrounding area. There are some copies of a logo quiz on sale for £1 in the village shop – please have a go as there are prizes to be won.
Helping hands – we need a few more committee members. Can you spare one evening a month? If you’d like to help out, please get in touch. If you are new to Collyweston, it’s a great way to get to know people.
Friday: a day to meet up for a chat
The Friday café is open every week and we’d love you to come along and try the home made cakes. We’re open between 10.30am and 12.30pm. It’s a good place to get information on village events! The Tots’ playgroup is on too, currently on the 1st Friday of the month, from 10.30am to 12.00 noon – a wonderful chance to meet other mums and to introduce your littlies to possible new local friends.
Updated 28th March 2017
Chairs, char, a call for volunteers and a Fair
We’re delighted to say we have taken delivery of the new chairs, paid for by a generous grant from East Northants Council community facilities fund. If you’d had the chance to try them, let us know what you think.
The Friday café is up and running so we’d love you to come along and try the home made cakes. We’re open between 10.30am and 1pm. It’s a good place to get information on village events!
We hope to get some paining done in the toilets and along the corridors in the next few months. Some volunteers have already come forward to help with this – but we can always use more! So if you think you can help please let Shelagh know. Refreshments will be available for all workers.
Tables are now ready for hire at the Christmas Fair on Saturday 19th November for just £10. Give Shelagh a shout if you’d like to reserve one at this incredibly popular and magical event. 3/10/16
Stand by for some great news about a grant application we put in late last year…
January 2016 news
The village hall is so busy at this time of year, the committee that runs it is having to hold its management meetings in the pub! (Oh, how we hate that… not!) With Bokwa now running exercise sessions on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and the Pantomime Players rehearsing on Monday and Wednesday evenings until April, it’s great to know our hall is right at the heart of village life. The committee has looked hard at the figures, and decided that – once again – there is no need to put the hire charges up this year. So, if you are planning a party or other celebration that looks like outgrowing your home .. why not have a look at our rates and then find out from Shelagh if the hall is available when you might want it?
November 2015 news
Have you filled in your village hall survey form? It was bright yellow and should have been delivered along with Colly News last month. Copies are available from the village shop if you’ve lost yours – or download it here and print off a copy. All completed and returned forms that include a contact name will be entered in a cash prize draw, and the winner of a crisp £10 note will be announced at the Christmas Fair on Saturday 21st November in the village hall. The survey asks about things you would like to see the village hall offering in the future, and what things you wish the village could provide in the way of entertainment that your household would enjoy. There’s no catch – just tell us what you think, return your form via the shop or at the Christmas Fair, and you’re in with the chance of going home in profit!
I’ll start with an apology – many of us are still hoping for an ‘Indian summer’ and already thoughts are turning to Christmas?? But our Fair is always such a brilliant and enjoyable day, and we do love to see you all … and November 21st is not as far away as we’d like!
This year we’ll have 2 extra reasons to celebrate: first and most importantly, Santa Claus has let it be known that he will be visiting, and will have presents for the little ones. The committee only has a few weeks left to build a suitably festive Grotto for him.
The 2nd bit of news is that we will draw the winner of the Survey £10 cash prize, from those who returned their bright yellow survey forms AND put their contact details on, during the Fair. Just think – an extra tenner to spend at the Fair, or to put towards something else! Spare forms are available from the village shop and that’s where to return them as well. Or download a hard copy HERE!
Special offer for new groups
Are you passionate about dance, art, books, any other pastime? Why not start a class in the village hall!
For a limited period, the hall is offering TWO free hires to get you started – on condition you don’t charge your clients for the first 2 sessions. That way, you should build up a good sized class quickly, and get them hooked, before you need to worry about whether you’ll be able to pay for the hall!
Contact Shelagh to find out more. Updated 27th March 2015
Our current Village Hall Brochure explains what’s available, who to contact and what it costs to hire the hall. There’s a shorter list of Charges too. Download our booking form here. Check availability here! (last updated May 7th)
Retired or living alone?
The Village Hall Committee are keen to encourage and support anyone who may be interested in meeting with others, by making available a warm pleasant venue for several hours during the day. If you are interested in starting or joining such a group please contact Chris via this page.
Thank you, Santa’s not-so-little helpers!
A huge thank you must go to everyone who made the Christmas Fair such a success: Paul and Sandra, for much help with publicity and generous donations of sausage rolls and mince pies from the village shop for warming in the oven; Werner for staffing the stall selling children’s gifts; Linda for helping with the refreshments; the stall-holders, whose wares made the hall look incredibly inviting; those from all over the village who donated Tombola and raffle prizes, and home baking, without whom there could be no event; and finally, the hordes of eager visitors who spent, spent, spent!
The total raised was £330.10, which goes a long way to keeping the village hall viable for village groups and individuals to use without paying the earth. But the real success was the smiles of those who were there – enjoying a good old-fashioned afternoon out with friends old and new.
Committee chairman Fiona apologises to anyone who thought they’d seen a ghost wandering along Main Road or Slate Drift on tombola collection night: “The Santa suit and the fairy lights kept me nice and cosy on a cold night – and it was a bonus that our treasurer Chris seemed embarrassed to be seen with me in public!”
Plans are already afoot to make the 2015 event even better, including a possible visit from Santa himself.
Anyone who’d like to get involved, in a large or a small way, please get in touch with Fiona on 07989 306389 or via the village hall web page at collywestonpc.wordpress.com/village-hall. Alternatively, talk to Paul or Sandra Johnson in the village shop, who have lots of clever plans up their sleeves too.
Can’t wait to do it all again… what do you mean we have to wait a whole year??
– Collyweston village hall committee