The Busy Bodies playgroup has been a well respected and valued tenant of the Trellech Village Hall for many years, but next week will see the start of their last year with us before moving to a purpose-built facility within the Trellech Primary School grounds in 2020. The Trustees will be sad to see them go but agree that a modern, dedicated facility will be beneficial to children and staff and are delighted the council have secured funding to make it happen.
Busy Bodies’ move to better premises is not only to their advantage but also allows the hall to be used for a wider range of social, educational and commercial activities. The Trustees have been considering options for its wider use for some months: outline plans have been drafted for an extension to the hall and suggestions have been sought within the community. In order to maximise community engagement and confirm the best course of action for the future, the trustees will be holding several informal open sessions at the hall to share their thoughts so far and to listen to the views of others.
These drop-in sessions are planned for:
- Thursday 10th October between 6.30pm. and 9.00 pm.
- Friday 11th October 2pm – 5pm (upstairs in hall)
- Saturday 12th October 10am to noon
It is hoped that any residents, hirers or future hirers will come along to look at the draft plans which include larger, more fit for purpose facilities which could facilitate lifelong learning classes, entertainment, sports and social activities. There are also potential plans to enhance the grounds with an information centre, play area and bike racks.
The Trellech Village Hall is part of a registered charity (Babington Educational Trust) and as such the Trustees have a formal obligation to manage the assets of the trust in line with Charity Commission guidelines and UK law. The Trust includes the hall building and as such, revenues must cover its running costs as well as protecting the fabric of the building for years ahead. If the hall isn’t used it might have to be closed. Such a course of action is not desired by the trustees but will be the unfortunate outcome if realistic and financially sound use of the facilities cannot be identified.
The Trustees look forward to hearing the views of those in the local and extended community. We will also be launching a new website this week (watch this space!) and will also post a presentation on our recent work for those who cannot get to one of the drop in sessions.