Townsend Memorial Hall

The Townsend Memorial Hall

The Townsend Memorial Hall

  • The hall is available for parties, meetings, regular activities and social events.
  • Audio/visual equipment both upstairs and downstairs and is interlinked
  • Stairlift to the upstairs room
  • Disabled toilet and baby changing facilities
  • Refurbished downstairs kitchen by Autumn 2016

For all details and bookings please contact the Caretaker

  • Mrs Sandra Jones 01788 572176

CHARGES FROM 1 JANUARY 2016

UPSTAIRS Large Room £10.00 per hour
Kitchen £5.00 per hour
DOWNSTAIRS Room 1 £5.00 per hour
Room 2 £5.00 per hour
Kitchen £2.00 per hour

Great news for the Townsend Memorial Hall. The TMH Committee (Trustees) have just had notification from WREN Recycling Environmental Ltd that they have been successful with their application for a grant to refurbish the downstairs kitchen and back hall.

The Hall is one of our village treasures and used mostly non-stop by most village residents and those form further afield at one time or another, but its age demands constant repair and refurbishment. A survey of some 800 users was carried out last year and almost all of the results indicated the need to update the downstairs kitchen and bring it up to modern day standards of hygiene and now, thanks to WREN, this is going to happen.

When the work is completed not only will the kitchen provide for a much wider usage and more extensive food provision, but will be one of the largest improvements to the hall over recent years.

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community conservation and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities fund and has generated over £200m to more than 7,000 projects since 1998, which benefit people living within 10 miles of a landfill site.

Annual Report for year ending 31st March 2017

The year 2016 was dominated by the activity centred round the application submitted to WREN for a grant towards a new ground floor kitchen. WREN is a company registered to fund projects which are eligible under the Landfill Communities Fund. Fortunately, our application was successful. The contract for the new kitchen went to Rugby Fitted Kitchens and Berkeswell Builders.

A lot of work was required to bring about not only a successful application but also the project management work necessary to achieve a new successful kitchen build. To that end I would like, in particular, to give a sincere thanks to our secretary Julia Boyd who did so much hard work behind the scenes to bring about the successful build of the kitchen. Julia was relentless in progressing the work and dealing with problems and difficulties. She spent a great deal of time and tenacious energy bringing about the successful conclusion of the task in which she was involved. I would like to thank the TMH Management Committee and the kitchen sub-committee for their work and input and I would also like to thank Pam Luck and colleagues of Warwickshire Cava for their advice and support. Last but no means least, of course, a big thank you must go to WREN for supplying the finance and in particular to Mr Joe Newby WREN Contracts Manager and his colleagues, for their help and support during the whole process associated with the application and build.

Various items of equipment have been replaced in the Hall including a new instant hot water boiler in the upstairs kitchen and a floor buffer purchased so that there is now one on both floors.

The cottage tenant looks after the property and mows the grass as the garden is now mostly shrubs which the Trustees arrange to have tidied. The large tree in the garden has grown extensively and surgery is planned any day now.

Thanks to Dorothy Bancroft the Hall participated in the Festival of Flowers in St Mary’s Church to celebrate the Queens 90th Birthday.

TMH hiring charges have been in the main maintained at previous levels for the last 5 years except for an increase for the use of the kitchen. The Hall continues to be well used by regular groups, individuals, the Borough Council, for functions and for social events but there are still spaces for more activity particularly during the daytime. We know that the success of the TMH has much to do with our caretaker Sandra who is so very helpful and obliging to all who use the hall. I must put on record our thanks for her help and support and the help of husband Malcolm in making the hall the success that it is.

We have been unsuccessful in obtaining the longstanding grant from the Parish Council for the last two years. The Council now have a new procedure and application will have to be made for a specific amount for a specific purpose. The Trustees have agreed that the Parish Council position a defibrillator on the outside wall of the building.

I must record appreciation for the work done in 2017 by the secretary Julia Boyd and by the treasurer Julie Garratt. The Townsend Memorial Hall committee as a whole should also be complimented for the successful contribution it makes in accommodating such a wide variety of user groups that have a need for village hall facilities. We are lucky to have such a dedicated committee. Thanks must go to each one of them for their valued contribution in accommodating some of the activities and interests of our local community. However, committee member numbers are decreasing and there is a desperate need for additional committee members to successfully run, what must be a very valuable community asset. Please consider joining us to keep the TMH management committee viable and successful. There is still plenty of work to be done to improve the Townsend Memorial Hall building – and plenty of work to do in the week by week running of the hall.

I hope that everyone – those who use the hall, committee members and members of the public – will continue to give their full support and encouragement to our efforts to bring about the much-needed improvements to the building and to what the TMH has to offer.

 

Nb. Dorothy Bancroft added that the new water heater in the downstairs kitchen had proved unreliable, however an agreement had now been reached to lease a more efficient model.

 

 

 

A brief history of the Townsend Memorial Hall

This document has been produced with the assistance of the Clifton upon Dunsmore Local History Group.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE TOWNSEND MEMORIAL HALL