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Chairman’s Report 2018

Chairman’s Report 2018

Since the last AGM we have continued to maintain the village hall and arrange social events. As you can see from the financial statement the position is sound showing a surplus of £199.25 for the year.  A further reserve of £5000 for repairs, renovations & improvements has been set up for this year.

Income was reduced this year with fewer fund raising events and donations.  The money for the windows project was already available in the reserve fund and the stone masons work on the windows project was completed within budget in the summer.

We have again covered the utilities from the hall’s income from hiring, and despite increase in the former it has not been necessary to increase our fees. Regular users continue to be the Pre School, Young Farmers, the Bowls team and Whist Drive. Bookings for functions and events continue at a healthy level, the hall being a popular venue for people resident both within and outside Hardwick. This usage means we continue to fulfil our role in making the hall available to people in line with the John Bridle’s tradition.

The main additional expenditure on the hall this year has been Phase 3 of the window refurbishment project.  All the remaining windows in the main hall have now been stripped of paint, the stone repaired & sealed inside & out.  This phase cost £3850.  Due to the stone masons work commitments on other sites this work was not completed until the end of August, which meant only the first part of Phase 4, namely to replace cracked & damaged glass was completed at a cost of £381.  This leaves the window frames to be painted inside & out.  This work will be undertaken in July/August 2018.

On the events front we had one Famous Farmer Bob quiz, the Horticultural Show and the New Year party.  All of these events raised money to supplement our regular income from the 50/50. Our healthy bank balance allowed us to offer tickets for the party at a reduced price, which included a prize draw.  We also had Andy, a table magician for a fee of £40. The feedback for this event was very positive and because of the magnificent effort from our cooks & the support of Derek Piggott in providing the fruit & veg and Ben Groves from Bell we still managed to make a profit of £194.00!

We raised a record amount of £665 for Florence Nightingale Hospice at our annual Hardwick Open Gardens event.   Thanks to all who opened their gardens, St Mary’s Church ladies for the teas and Ben @ the Bell for the complimentary Pimms for garden visitors.  Our annual Remembrance Day Brunch raised over £300 for the Royal British Legion.  Thanks to the Committee members and Jane McVea for their help on the day, and Sue Hoskinson for the Christmas cake for the raffle.

All of this could not have been achieved without the hard work of the committee members with particular thanks to Amanda Tofield for her management of the hall bookings and communications. To Sarah for her secretarial duties and to Louise as Catering manager. Once again special thanks to Linda for the brilliant job she does as Treasurer, the mainstay of the whole committee. Also to Garth Bickerton for the Annual Financial Audit.  Thank you Graham for taking  over management of the website this year & for being proactive in developing the site and adding new information promptly.

This is my first year as HVCA Chair, and I would like to thank all the committee members for your ongoing support.

And finally I can’t let Louise Davis leave the committee without proposing a vote of thanks for her outstanding contribution to HVCA over 12 years.  I am afraid the standard of the catering may drop but she assures me she is still happy to help at events. Thank you Louise on behalf of the committee, Hardwick village and from me personally for all your support.