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Village Hall Committee

First this month is confirmation of the total raised from the fete...a magnificent £2,800. Once again a heartfelt thank you to EVERYBODY involved for such a wonderful result and to EVERYBODY who came along! 


The Sports on the Green was full of fun and laughter, gentle competition, neighbours and friends chatting and drinking and learning about-and helping-each other. Caz and Seb organised the rounders, running, and the equipment which was used so thanks to them. To see around twenty children playing and joining in together on the Green was possibly the best thing of all. Questions of the weather had raised its ugly head but in the end didn't bother anybody at all. Well done to the 'next generation'!


Upcoming events

Saturday 24th August-Craft and Produce Show in the Village Hall. Once again run by the Gardening Club-thank you to those kind people-and entry forms are available for you all. A single entry is worthwhile!! There will be a simple bar-prosecco, Pimms and tea and biscuit available. No BBQ this year though.

Saturday 21st September-Music Quiz. A ploughman's will be provided, bar open and eight rounds of music based questions, tunes or pictures. Please let Nigel know if you wish to enter either as a team, pair, or individual.

Saturday 19th October-Harvest Horkey with Wickham grown pork-and veg-pudding, coffee and chocolates. Bookings to Nigel please as numbers are limited.

Thursday 31st October-Children's Halloween Party. Once again organised by Denise and her team and following the same format as usual-more information in September.

Saturday 16th November is the November Fair with various craft stalls and a village tombola-so start collecting items that are suitable please. This runs from 12 noon 'till 4 pm and light lunches will be available.

Saturday 6th December-Nigel's Famous Village Quiz!


Also in December there will be a Children's Christmas party but as yet a date has not been settled upon.

To complete the year the provisional date for the Plum Pudding Walk is Saturday 28th December-but this still needs to be confirmed.


During the school holidays the Village Hall will be open from 9am to 12 noon for children, with an accompanying adult, to play table tennis. There is no charge although a donation to help buy new balls etc would be appreciated. Leigh is opening and locking the hall.






The hedge around the carpark has been cut back and dead wood cleared, the store will be 'painted' and we hope to find a way to improve the kitchen through, perhaps, a render on the outside to help insulate it. Finally congratulations to the Lunch Club for another FIVE STARS and all users should note that it is important that we try to maintain the hall and facilities at a high standard but need everybody’s help to do this. Please report any breakages or shortages to Denise after use and we will endeavour to rectify them quickly.


Happy Springtime to you all-get those seeds and plants in now for the best display at the Show on August Bank Holiday!!






Village Emails:


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Wickham Skeith Village Hall Management Committee. Annual Report

We had some lovely weather in June which helped yield a very handy profit at the Fete, raising over £2300 - once again ably led by Katie Durrant and her team. Not to forget all those incredibly loyal friends and neighbours who turn up to help before, during and after the event. The team are committed to continue their good work, so please make sure you keep your diaries clear for 22nd of June (also 21st and 23rd!!).

We are not running so many events now, but concentrating on the ones we know work well. However we are always keen to hear suggestions of other things that might attract attention, especially if we get offers of help to run them. Currently we have a small committee of just seven, but quite a few willing people who are happy to contribute on an ad hoc basis. A few more committee members would be welcome.

In the last year we ran a very enjoyable Burns Night, organized by Margaret and Kevin; a table tennis tournament; garage sales organized by Margaret Horne (we have decided to run this every other year in future). The Produce show was held in August organized by Rosie and Carol of the Garden Club. Denise and her team had big turnouts in both the Halloween and Christmas party for children. In November the Hall hosted the Craft fair and in December it was packed for the annual quiz. Nearly 40 adults and children managed 5 miles on the Plum Pudding walk and in January the Curry Night attracted a good number of diners! Unfortunately we were forced to cancel the Horkey due to poor take up of tickets and the planned July Tea Party on the Green was put off due to the terrible weather.

Jocelyn and Verity have started a monthly Crafternoon Club that has attracted people to share their skills, working side by side in a wide variety of craft and art projects.  The Hall is still well used by Hilltops, the Lunch, Garden and History clubs;the Church held numerous fundraising events and on Wednesday afternoons you can now play table tennis to coincide with Tea and Chat.

This year’s project was to update and insulate the hall store. It needed insulation throughout, plastering and a new floor coat, which was completed by Tristan. New lighting and re-wiring were fitted, whilst re-installing of the dishwasher, shelving, skirting and decorating was all done by volunteers, primarily Dave and Leigh. The 49/59 Village Hall Lottery fund contributed a big proportion of this cost as well as funding a dozen new chairs. Our thanks to Jeanne Mason for this.

My thanks to all who have helped, in particular Kevin, running the bar, and Dave Challinor who has kept the maintenance up to a very high standard. I want to thank Denise Alexander, our caretaker and bookings secretary, Jocelyn Bryant (secretary), Katie Durrant (fete chair) and Harriet Bowes our Treasurer.      Nigel Merriam




Village Afternoon Tea and Chat

An informal gathering for tea and biscuits. Open to all, young and old; dogs welcome too. Afternoon tea at the village hall happens every Wednesday from 2-4pm except Lunch Club days. As much tea/coffee as you can drink for only £1.



All bookings of the Village Hall and its equipment should go to:

Denise Carle, 9, Grange Road, IP23 8NE. Telephone 01449 767838 or Email

Hourly rate: £8.00 The rate is per hour or part thereof. Minimum booking period 2 hrs.

Day rate (24 hour period): £85.00. 25% reduction in rate for Wickham Skeith residents and Wickham Skeith village groups and organisations. Official bodies (e.g. elections): £200.00 per day. A 30 minute "warming up" period will be allowed in cold weather conditions.