The village Hall

I don’t think I am alone in taking amenities for granted. One sees a building day after day and takes very little notice as to what goes on inside it, how it is maintained or who it is that makes decisions determining its smooth running. Grimoldby and Manby Village Hall is such a building, and it’s just possible many of us don’t realise what a great facility we have sitting on our doorsteps


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Our Village hall

The hall has much more to offer us now than ever before. Those of us who have lived in this vicinity since before 1983 will remember, maybe with some fondness and nostalgia, the wooden hut that stood in its place, hosting village activities until the present one was built.

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the hall

 Are we aware on a weekly basis for instance, as to the number of regular clubs for whom this hall is now their regular meeting place? The following clubs and organisations are regular users of the Hall. They all warmly welcome new members so please do get in touch with them.

 The ABC Club for young children and their mums is held on a Monday morning from 8.30 until 11am, during term times. Contact Helen Morriss on 327320 for more information. 

The Whist Club meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month from 7.30pm onwards. Contacts are Diane on 327707 or Elizabeth on 07722861452 

On Tuesday mornings between 10 and 11 am, Joan Byatt runs a class called ‘Active For Life’- fitness for mature movers, which involves movement to music. Her contact number is 609043.

 Tuesday afternoon is the slot for the very successful Honeysuckle Club, which is a social club for the older members of our community. It takes place between 2.30 and 4.30pm. Contact Linda Knowles for more information and transport opportunities on 327495.

 Tai Chi is available on a Tuesday evening from 7 to 9pm. This club is run by Yvonne Smith and her contact number is 327793
 The Short Mat Bowls Club meets between 7 and 9.30pm every Thursday evening, except for the second week of the month when it is Wednesday evening. John Turney on 327932 would love to hear from anyone who would like to join.

The WI meet on the second Thursday of the month making a 7.30pm start. Contact Elaine Whetton on 327619 for more information.

 Bingo is held every fortnight on a Friday evening. Contacts for this are Diane on 327707 or Brenda on 328157. 

Tea Church meets on the first Sunday of the month between 4 and 7pm.

  Breakfast Church meets on the third Sunday of the month between 9am and midday. Contact Mark Harrison on 327373 for more information on both of these.
 Does anyone have any new ideas for clubs which at present don’t exist in the area? Remember, the Hall has a very high ceiling, and could easily be adapted for something like badminton. Linda Knowles, the committee secretary would like to hear from anyone with new ideas, as well as anyone who feels they would like to join the Committee, which meets every three months. The Village Hall Committee is particularly proud of their achievements during the last year. They have spent in the region of £10,000 in order to make our Village Hall one which rivals any other in our immediate area and well beyond! A brand new heating system was installed very recently, ensuring that anyone using the Hall can enter a toasty-warm environment for which you pay no extra! Unlike some other Village Halls. The Hall offers fully disabled facilities too. Security lights and cameras now give users a comforting feeling of safety. Anyone hiring the hall during the weekend can forget worries about parking as the school car park is now available, accessible through the green dividing gates. Returning inside, the three main rooms have all been totally redecorated. 

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Meting room

Rewiring and new fuse boxes have also been done to a high standard and hand driers have been installed in the toilets. The Hall also boasts a PA system, a stage suitable for plays, bands and discos and also stage lights ! So what do you get when you hire this Village Hall? Well, surprisingly some people are unaware that the Committee Room is available for separate hire at a very reasonable rate. Hiring the Hall includes full kitchen facilities. 


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The kitchen

Also included free of charge, is the Hall’s music licence, should you wish to use recorded or live music. (Just remember to mention that you would like to make use of this when you make your booking.) This facility represents a really substantial saving for parties and weddings. Tables, chairs, crockery and cutlery can also be hired separately for functions away from the Hall. 
Hopefully, this article will have revealed just what is available to us through use of our Village Hall. Making full use of this great facility will ensure its continued development and will hopefully encourage us all to try new things and meet new people. Members of staff at Manby Post Office will be happy to help you with your booking requirements and will pass all information on to Diane Nightingale, who has been the stalwart Caretaker of the Hall for more years than she cares to remember! The Village News team feel a particular allegiance with the Village Hall and support it in any way we can, including donating any profits we might make through the production of the magazine. 4 Village News March 2015 The Village Hall/cont Village Updates
The Hall committee would like to say a big thank you to everyone who currently hires the Hall and looks forward to meeting new people in the future. Jean Baker Here are all the prices and the booking details:- Grimoldby and Manby Village Hall Registered Charity No. 505484 Charges and Conditions of Hire Group 1. Private parties or shows - £50.00 Group 2. Mornings/Afternoons/Evenings (3 hourly sessions) For coffee mornings, meetings, children’s parties, whist drives etc - £18.00 Each hour required over initial 3 hours - £7.00 Group 3. Just Evening dances, small parties, concerts and other entertainment with no extras - £30.00 Group 4. Full Day. Wedding receptions, Elections National/Local Government - £130.00 Commercial exhibition or sales Group 5. Committee Room Hire £7 per hour These charges cover the use of all the facilities within the hall. Other periods and requirements can be made through the Treasurer and/or Caretaker. Furniture Hire. Trestle Tables (each) - £1.00 Chairs (each) - £0.25 Cutlery/Crockery etc - £5.00 Bookings for the Hall to be made at: Manby Post Office, Carlton Road, Manby Tel No: 01507 327396 During Shop Hours