Chairman’s statement AGM 16/01/16

2015 was a year of development for the management of the Village hall. In fact our focus this year has been two-fold, clarity and understanding of the legislative demands of running a community resource and the expansion and development of our fundraising activities.

A key focus was to ensure that we were able to adhere to the requirements of Health and Safety rules and operational guidelines required to safely manage our hall and events both in house and when working in the wider community.

This included a wide range of changes both large and small from:

  • Re launching our Linton Village Website to advertise events and also share important documents such as the Financial accounts and minutes
  • Paying for a Community first officer visit to help us understand legislation and guidelines
  • Focus on legislation and rules for example Temporary events notices and music licensing
  • Achieving a food business registration and grading from Hereford council
  • Food handling training for committee members and a food handling workshop
  • Food handling records and procedures reviewed and adopted
  • Pat testing for electrical equipment
  • Fire extinguisher testing
  • Electrical testing replacement costs and charges
  • Implementation of procedures for staff on events with food handling including ingredient listing for food and cakes
  • Replacement locks and keys as part of our insurance policy
  • Cleaning review and monitoring
  • Paper towel holders in toilets and kitchen to replace hand towels
  • New foot operated kitchen bin

Within the focus area it was very important to ensure that our catering performance was up to scratch. In 2015 we were lucky further develop our events and to gain some larger catering business in addition to our own Village hall events, this included -:

  • Linton festival tea tent 1100 attendees.
  • The Festival Breakfasts over 200 fed
  • a wedding for 60 guests including delicious canapés and salads and deserts
  • An afternoon tea in the garden.
  • And of course … personal caterers to the Stars at the at St Mary’s church Michael Palin event.

Underpinning these efforts is our unique ‘Brand’. Under our ILOVELINTONVLLAGEHALL logo, we now have our own branded beer, uniform and mugs, which help establish our status as a professional and competent business.

During this year we have continued meeting the pledge made at the 2015 AGM to extend our community links within Linton Parish and beyond supporting St Mary’s church, VOLT and Linton Festival.

Without our own LVH and joint events we would not be in a position to contribute an income to the upkeep and development of the hall.

Thanks to our successes this year we have been able to:

  • Complete the internal painting of our committee room, the kitchen and hallways
  • fund the electrical inspection and repairs
  • insulate and clear the lofts
  • Accrue funds for unexpected problems.

One of these was the inspection and interim work on the main hall floor which will need to be extensively repaired in 2016. In addition we have updated out audio equipment and will shortly be providing a new suspended overhead projector and remote lapel mike to work with our hearing loop.

We will continue to develop and expand our programme of events at the hall, for example the Fashion Shows, Music nights, artisan markets and exercise workshop days. These continue to attract a wide variety of visitors which is an important focus as our ‘customers’ are what keep us functioning and growing

The Force is strong in Linton and nowhere stronger than in the Village hall team of our management committee , our helpers and our supporters. The

committee are the backbone of this effort and as Chair I have to say they are the most … committed, enthusiastic, inventive, talented, inspired people I have ever worked with – Thank you

As ever we look forward to the challenges we know the year will bring, we will continue to grow and work with our community. we will continue to bring exciting and vibrant events to the hall and of course we will continue…… to serve delicious food and cake.