On 10th June 2016 The Friends of the Babington Centre hosted Trellech Teas to celebrate the special birthday of a remarkable lady and in the process, raised £300 to go towards improvements to Trellech Village Hall.
That day was also the village hall’s birthday. 24 years ago, the Charity Commission approved the creation of The Babington Educational Trust which enabled a dedicated group of volunteers to raise funds to renovate the old school for the use of the people of Trellech.
The building and grounds are valuable assets for the whole village and like all old buildings and gardens they need maintenance and improvement to make them comfortable and safe for all.
In the last few years there have been many challenges with damp in the building which led to rebuilding the toilets and replacing the kitchen. The opportunity was taken to include water and energy-saving equipment and making the kitchen more suitable for larger events.
Most importantly a new heating system has been fitted and has enabled the hall to be much more comfortable in the winter.
The lighting, decoration, drainage system and carpets still need updating and as you can see a start has been made.
So many people have helped in the last 24 years to list them would be impossible.
You are all Friends of the Babington just by being here today!
Your support in the past, today and hopefully in the future is appreciated.
Peter Flower (Chairman)
On behalf of the Trustees of the Babington Educational Trust
Toasts were made in honour of HM The Queen, The Babington Centre (Trellech Village Hall), and HRH Prince Philip, who had just turned 95 that day.
Next year we need to celebrate the hall’s 25th anniversary!
The trustees of the Village Hall would like to thank everybody for their support during 2015 especially during the refurbishment process. We are particularly indebted to Peter Flower for all of his hard work and his band of volunteers who we would not have been able to do without.
Trellech Teas continue to provide funding, Trellech United Community Council and the New Grove Trust have been generous with grants that have allowed us to do more than we planned. Busy Bodies still operate from the hall and as well as providing us with necessary income are a fantastic asset to the village.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.
Firstly, apologies for the late arrival of this months’ newsletter – I’ve had rather a busy month! Still, better late than never.
As many of you will know, we’ve had some major work being done at the Hall – work that’s still ongoing. Read all about it below.
Our resident playgroup, Busy Bodies, has a rather strenuous fundraiser happening this month too – find out what below.
Apple Day is coming up and we have some visitors to Trellech Teas. So, grab a cuppa, and read on…
Can you believe it? We’ve been running the Teas for three whole years? We’ve made over £12,000 in total – much of which has gone to help pay for the recent renovations at the Hall. Much more importantly, though (at least in my opinion) is the fantastic community spirit at the Teas. I know many of you really enjoy coming along – and we enjoy having you there too.
Come along this week and celebrate with us. I have a very special cake slice that will make its debut. We will also hopefully get some visitors you’ll recognise from days gone by.
Hope to see you all there.
We need YOU!
As you know, Trellech Teas is run entirely by volunteers. The more people who can bake and/or serve, the better. We need more bakers and especially more helpers on the day. If you could spare some time, even if it’s only now and then, please let me know. t: 01600 860967 or e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday October 17th
Sue Flower is organising this year’s Apple Day for October 17th. If you’d like to help – via contributions for the day or to help out on the day, please contact Sue email@example.com or 01600 860754.
You may have noticed that we now have shiny new toilets. The kitchen is also in the process of being upgraded to allow users to cater for large events. This is the result of a program of upgrades planned by the Trustees to make the Hall a much nicer environment to use. For more information about what has been done – and what is still left to do – please click here.
Busy Bodies Fundraiser
As a registered charity, Busy Bodies attempts to keep fees at a minimum to be inclusive and open to all, and this means there is always a huge amount of fundraising that has to happen.
A small group of parents and staff are carrying out a sponsored hike on Sunday 27th September, walking the three tallest South Wales Peaks in one day:
· Pen y Fan
· Waun Fach
· Fan Brycheiniog
This will be around 20km of demanding walking – no small feat for anybody!
Please sponsor this excellent initiative. All funds raised will go towards providing much needed equipment for the playgroup.
You can donate online – click here. If you choose the online option, please send Laura Sims a text with the amount so she can check it’s gone through. (07733 448346).
Good luck – hopefully we’ll have some photographic evidence next time!
Take Over Teas
Last month The Narth WI and Garden Club took over Trellech Teas to help raise money for their groups. We had a lovely afternoon and I’m really pleased to tell you that they raised a healthy £225. So, thank you everyone who came along and supported.
Look out next month for requests for next year’s Take Over Teas opportunities.
As you (hopefully!) know we’ve been running a Food Co-op scheme at Trellech Teas for a few months now. This was instigated by Rosemary Decker-Thomas who has organised weekly deliveries and orders. It proved very popular at the beginning, but interest seems to have been tailing off of late. If you’d like to find out what you can order, or if you’d like to place an order, please drop into the Teas at any time. We need a minimum of 10 orders each week to make it work.
As you know we occasionally have local providers of goods and services come along to showcase their wares. Here’s what’s coming up this month.
October 2nd – June Hill, Jewellery
October 23rd – Phoenix Trading
If you know anyone who’d like a stall please ask them to contact Sarah Whiddett on 01600 860967 or firstname.lastname@example.org.