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Hall annual report 2015/16

One of the busiest years ever for hall
Adding monthly Film Nights to a full programme of live events made 2015/16 one of the busiest years ever for Clayhidon Parish Hall.
The hall committee’s “highly committed” members were
thanked at their AGM for all their hard work in ensuring the success of a packed schedule.
From October to April the hall committee and a subcommittee of movie buffs, led by Val Slabbert, organised six live events, two of which were supported by Villages in Action, and six film nights.
All were well received. Two gigs – the Thunderbridge Bluegrass Band (pictured) and the Irish folk band Dallahan - attracted audiences of around 90 and netted nearly £500 each for hall funds. Film Night audiences were smaller, between 30 and  55 –  “more than you would normally find in the commercial cinema”, said hall chairman Gareth Weekes, “and with a terrific social atmosphere”.
Volunteers sold ice creams, snacks and drinks. Moviola provided a high quality projector and screen and a man to operate them. There were some early problems with sound, but these have been largely solved by new equipment. All the Film Nights and live gigs made a profit for hall funds and the total made in the year was around £2,000, thanks to generous support from helpers, donors and audiences.
Rosemary Jones, giving her last financial report after 13 years as treasurer, said the hall’s income was £8,346 – 23 per cent higher than in the previous year. Once again funds were boosted by a £2,000 grant from the parish council. This left a surplus of £3,388, which Gareth Weekes said would be swallowed up in the maintenance and improvement of the hall. A presentation of flowers and a garden voucher was made to Rosemary and to Ted Pitt, who was also retiring from the committee, in thanks for their many years of service.
Plans for an extension have been worked on during the year, with help from John Shore. There have been meetings with Mid Devon planning and building control officers, and it is hoped a planning application can be submitted soon.
The proposal is for a highly insulated and energy efficient building, housing new toilets, a room that would serve as both a small committee room and a dressing room for visiting performers, with a loft to house the parish archives. The existing toilets would be insulated and adapted for storage of chairs and tables. Once permission has been granted the committee plans  to explore sources of funding, and they may seek to include other improvements, such as the roof, stage, heating and kitchen in one big project.
Sandra Aldworth was elected treasurer. The chairman, vice chair (Lucy Ball) and secretary (Caroline King) were re-elected. John Sparks, of the Country and Western Club, was welcomed as a new member of the committee.