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Another year rapidly draws to a close and when we look back from a Village Hall perspective it has been another year of successful events, hirings and improvements. We have further enhanced the Village Hall, have money in the Bank-enough currently perhaps-and a hard working committee and volunteers who help out at very busy times, like the Fete for example. We are very lucky to have such a willing community who commit themselves when the calls come. Thank you to everybody who has helped with, organised, manned or attended events this year and we look forward to seeing you all-and many more-next year.


The Children's Halloween Party and the November Fair did very well. Particular thanks to Denise, and team, for the former and Margaret for organising the latter. It was felt that soups for lunch were a very good idea and we would like to encourage additional stallholders for next year's Fair-so if you are crafty please let us know nearer the time if you would like a space. The Tombola and cake stalls did remarkably well and contributed to a grand total of over £380 profit for the Village Hall. We do have a large bill to pay for the insulation work in the store which has mostly drawn on Village Hall funds from the Bonus Ball '59' Club which is administered by Jeanne Mason -thanks to her, and also Romaine for help selling the balls! They may be tempted to run two if there are enough investors so please let them know if you are missing out!


Village Quiz is on Saturday 1st December.


We hope you knew that and are going anyway-and the Newsletter is in time to let you know if you didn't!!! 7pm for 7:30 start with bar and hot dog. £5 per head, table of 8.


Children's Christmas Party on Saturday 15th December.


Booking will be necessary so Santa can bring the right gifts with him when he comes. It is very important to book tickets through Denise on 01449 767838 or from 9 Grange Road before 3rd December. (Please book on the Form on the inside back page)


Plum Pudding Walk on Thursday 27th December meeting at 11 am in the Village Hall for mulled wine, the choice of two walks around footpaths, followed with soups and French bread back in the Hall.


Cost is £3 per adult to help defray costs of the day. Please come along, bring family, friends and four footed companions - all welcome.




Saturday 26th January Curry Night with Film and Bar


We have had successful curry nights in the Village Hall previously so thought we would combine this with showing a film on our new screen. The format-subject to change-will be arrive for curry to be served from 7pm-bar opens 6:30-then film to be shown from 8pm (slightly flexible to allow finishing curry!). Bar will be open throughout. The curry is £6-and the film is free! Why not give it a try. It is unlikely to be a film with a rating suitable for children this time. Let us know if you would like to have a children's film night next year. Please let committee know if you are coming so quantities can be calculated-or contact Nigel 766222 or Kevin 767708 to book.

Next Year's Draft Calendar-


February-nothing settled

March 23rd-Table Tennis Tournament

April 27th- Garage Sales

May-Buskers and Poets Unplugged-[or Talent Night]

June 23rd Fete

July-Barn Dance

August-nothing settled

September-music quiz?

October-Harvest Horkey?

November-Craft Fair?

December 7th-Village Quiz Night

December-Plum Pudding Walk


We are always looking for new ideas-so please let us know!!


The Village Hall Committee wishes to thank Melinda for her sterling work with the Newsletter each month-village events advertised free, other advertising carries a cost which helps the production of the Newsletter so thank you to the advertisers also....







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 Alexander, 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.