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Village Hall Committee


The committee met as usual on the third Monday of the month - please come along to observe if you wish. You won’t be seconded onto the committee!

April was a quiet month again for the group but the Village Hall has continued to host any manner of other activities based in the village and which many people do enjoy. A new venture with the Table Tennis, led by Lee, is growing in interest and is quite flexible in times and days. The Crafternoon continues to be well supported and is inspiring and supporting many village crafters - please pop in and see what goes on. The kettle is usually on.


We paid the Insurance bill last month and the finances took a bit of a hit! The bill was £944 which takes a long while to recoup so everyone's continued support for our events is essential to the survival of our community hub. Not everything suits everybody but we hope over the year to have something for you all.


The next event in fact is on Saturday May 11th when we run 'Unplugged' evening. The bar will be open from 7pm; there will be light refreshments in the form of crisps and other snacks-no nuts-but the rest of the evening is a bit of a mystery at the moment. It relies on musicians, poets, raconteurs and readers to step forward and entertain. There won’t be an audience of millions-nor Ant and Dec for continuity-but just friends and neighbours out for a good evening. So do come along, bring your guitar, recorder or drum set, poetry book or favourite novel or perhaps you have a story to tell. But we could just sit at the bar and discuss Brexit!!


Not long to the FETE of course in June! Midsummer is the theme this year.


On July 20th a Sports and Games evening with the bar and BBQ available. Activities designed for all ages to enjoy, participate or observe and encourage.

Saturday August 28th is the Craft and Produce Show led by the Gardening Club-further details to come. Prosecco and Pimms from the bar!

Saturday 21st September is the second annual Music Quiz which is already in preparation.


And two final thoughts:

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not move the folding doors unless you have received specific training and there are at least two of you! We recently had a problem where they had left the runners and, as the combined weight is near to one tonne, it becomes a tricky problem!!

Secondly, if you are aware of anything breaking - glasses from the bar spring to mind -or running short, or out, please make sure that somebody on the committee knows.


Thank you




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!!





The Fete!! On Saturday 23rd June with a theme of Mid-Summer and all the old favourites appearing again! The plant stall, cakes, tea tent, coconuts, crockery crash, grand draw and hopefully a 'Battle of the Bands' from local schools, a Tug of War-get a team of eight together-and of course the wheelbarrow of booze!! The bar will be open. 

In July-on Saturday 20th, weather permitting, there is a Sports and Games afternoon starting at 5pm-probably with a BBQ and Bar.

August 24ththe Annual Produce and Craft Show;

From 20th September to 2nd November various early morning rugby matches may be shown on the big screen-bacon butties spring to mind!;

A music quiz on Saturday 21st September.

October the Harvest Horkey,

November the Craft Fair and

December Nigel's Quiz! An exciting year ahead but...

On Tuesday 18th March we need your help and input at the Annual General Meeting of the Village Hall Committee which begins at 7:30 in the Hall and will end by 8:00 pm.

You do not have to volunteer to be on the committee! You do not have to do anything! Just come along and support the Committee, hear the annual report, find out about the finances and future plans-or suggest ideas-and then go home. 




Village Emails:


Many of you will already receive emails from Nigel Merriam giving details of up and coming events in the village. If you are not already receiving them but would like to, please email Nigel at They are sent as a blind carbon copy so your email remains private.




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.