Our church family, via the Hall Committee members, continues to serve our community through the provision of the Parish Hall for many community groups and large and small village events, plus outreach, parties and fund raisers of many sizes for people who live locally and from a wide area. It is particularly popular for large faith events and for the two major village events of Rose Queen and the Bonfire.
Income from hall lettings have been steadily increasing from 2020 through to 2022 – though is not yet back to pre-pandemic levels. The unaudited accounts suggest a slowly improving income stream.
The Hall runs at a small profit through a mixture of; the support from our regular users who provide services to all ages, occasional users who choose the hall for their parties and weddings, good stewardship of our funds and amazing support from our Hall Management Committee who commit their skills and a lot of time to ensure that regulations are met, income is received, financial stewardship and the Hall is maintained. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank other volunteers who are willing to help clean chairs, tables and windows at our Hall Working Party Days plus sundry other jobs such as reorganising the kitchen cupboards and painting the shed and Bonfire signs.
This small profit has been achieved despite running costs going up. As everyone is fully aware, utility costs have increased and the move to the Hive system to manage the heating has proved wise.
We have also had several ongoing projects, including finishing the car park project by adding new fencing and gates, maintaining the septic tank and improving the play area at the rear of the hall. This included applying for planning permission to remove a small tree inside the play area to enlarge the playing surface, part of which will be covered with artificial grass and to the appropriate safety standard. Planning permission has recently been received and the tree will be replaced nearby outside the play area.
Examples of other work undertaken include adaptation and improvement of the hall & CCTV after consultation with regular users, replacement of the water heater and regular repairs to the floor cleaner.
Some projects remain incomplete. These include the fire alarm system, which has been delayed due to discussions with a regular user to ensure the system is both compliant and enables them to continue with the services that they offer and the bike shelter, which has proved too expensive to refurbish after it was damaged in a storm. Alternative arrangements are in hand and will be funded by the budget set aside for small projects and replacement equipment.
A previous survey of hall users identified several areas for improvement. First on the list was the toilets and we have prioritised refurbishment of the toilets, as they are unchanged since the hall was built. Members of the Committee have become adept at viewing public toilets for ideas for the new ones at the hall. We are in the process of applying for grants to fund the work. The Hall has a reserve fund and PCC has agreed for us to use this as matched funding (often required by grant bodies) for the replacement of the toilets.
Other areas for improvement identified by hall users included replacing the kitchen and refurbishing the heating system. These will be addressed as funds allow.
Want to book Thelwall Parish Hall for your group or event?
There are three ways
By website: www.thelwallparishhall.co.uk and fill in the booking form
By email: Thelwall.email@example.com
By phone: 07483 158182
We have space and have invested and continue to invest in the facility. From regular bookings to one off events we can cater for them all. We look forward to your enquiry.
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