The new Committee was elected at the Village Hall Association’s Annual General Meeting on 17th August 2021 following the stepping down of the previous committee members.
All new committee members are residents of the area. Stuart Dunn was elected as Chair, Kay Simpson as Secretary and Kim Lowes was elected as Treasurer. No others stood for these positions. Amy Harden, Ann Lee, Colin Thirlaway and Adrian Hedley were all elected to the Management Committee. Local businesswoman Ali Miers has also joined us as a trustee and has been co-opted to the Management Committee.
Incoming Chairman Stuart Dunn said, ‘I’m delighted to be elected as the Chair of the Village Hall Association along with other volunteers. We have put our names forward as individuals who care about the future of the hall. While some of us are Parish Councillors we are taking on the Village Hall roles completely separately to that organisation. We have stood for election to the Management Committee to ensure the sustainability of the hall in view of the previous committee wishing to hand over the baton after eight years. We are committed to acting in the best interests of the Village Hall and we will manage any potential conflict of interest accordingly. Our election to the committee may well be time limited. One of our main aims will be to encourage other members of the community to come forward and engage with us with a view to others taking the reins in the not too distant future.’
Stuart added, ‘The new Management Committee want to pay tribute to the excellent work of the retiring Chairman, Paul Dodsworth, Secretary, Nicola Dodsworth, Treasurer Gary Robinson and Committee Members Trish Robinson and Wendy Orton. They, and other committee members over the years, have made exceptional improvements to this important community hub. They have provided a safer, warmer, and more energy efficient building and achieved greater use of the hall by the community as a result. While there is more to be done, due to the age of the building, they have made massive strides to achieve a sustainable village hall fit for the 21st Century. They should be very proud of what they have achieved in a relatively short period of time.’
The retiring officials have offered to work with new Management Committee to help the transition run smoothly. We will keep everyone updated with progress via our website and social media pages.