Report from the Trustees of Meppershall Village Hall September 2018

As we approach handover from Croudace in early November they are carrying out the final finishing and painting of the interior. As you may have seen the hoarding is coming down and everyone can see the Pre-school play area taking shape and the patio area which has been laid to the rear of the Social Area.

In the Social Area the bar and cafe units are being constructed and the moveable partition doors between there and the games area have been installed. The kitchen is now fitted out and the main hall sound and lighting is in the final stages of installation. The Pre-school area is now ready for inspection by Ofsted which will happen in the near future.

The next phase towards completion is the installation of additional items specified by the Trustees to make the building functional. We are very grateful to the Croudace team in assisting us with the installation of these items, which include a CCTV and Access Control system, wall mounted televisions, bar and cafe equipment. There are additional items specified by the Trustees to be installed after completion such as a modular stage system, new furniture in the Social Area, Parish Council office and meeting room.

Our next big task is to plan the move from the Interim Hall with as little disruption to our users as possible and we would ask for your understanding if normal operations or clubs are disrupted for a few days while this happens.

In the New MVH we will have capacity for new activities so would now like to be talking to event, club or sports organisers, including wedding planners (we will be licensed as a venue). We have designed the building to meet the league standards for sports including indoor bowls, and to provide high quality audio visual in the Main Hall and stage with adjacent changing room facilities with showers. The meeting room is ideal for small groups and presentations, fitted out with modern IT and TV screen facilities, available for hire by the hour, day or week. Catering can be arranged, and we have lots of parking. The new café will be a focus point for coffees, eating and social gatherings. We are flexible on hiring rates, and risk sharing of costs for new ventures to assist in the first couple of years as activity builds up.

We will be open for Christmas Events this year which will of course include the Pantomime from Meppershall Players ‘Snow White & the Magnificent Seven’ and various music and themed evenings organised by the Social Club.

Photographs of the building during various stages of construction can be viewed using the menus of:-www.meppershallvillagehall.co.uk or www.meppershall.org which are updated on a regular basis.

If you are interested in organising an activity to be held in the new facility from December 2018 please contact our Booking Secretary for initial discussions 

If you would like to use the sports field, please contact the Meppershall Parish Clerk to register your interest.

The Pre-School, Bar, Snooker, Social Cub, Bingo, Brownies, Kickboxers and Meppershall Players continue to thrive in the Interim Village Hall and are looking forward to operating in the new Hall as soon as they can. New members and participants are welcome, contact details are available at www.meppershallvillagehall.co.uk follow the links in the left-hand column.