Opening of the Village Hall by Bill Cash MP

Chairman’s Report for Year ending 31st July 2018
Whitmore Village Hall Management Committee
1st November 2018

(Registered Charity Number 1023021)


It is my pleasure as your Chairman to report yet another successful year for our village Hall. Additional income from the hire of the hall has enabled us to absorb an anticipated increase in operating costs, a reduction in fundraising services and finance planned capital purchases without serious damage to our bank balance. The purchases include the long overdue replacement of an inefficient outdated gas cooker with a very efficient user friendly electric cooker and my thanks go to our regular and one off hirers for their contributions.

My sincere thanks go to each and every member of the Management Committee, particularly to Mr David Platt, Hon. Treasurer; Mrs Krys Holbrook, Booking Secretary; Mr Peter Dixon, 100 Club Secretary; Mr Doug Newton; Mr Geoff Corbett, and Mrs Vivian Walwyn, Minutes Secretary (when work allows), all of whom give so generously and without recompense of both their time and expertise. A special mention for Peter Dixon who does such an excellent job as Minutes Secretary in Mrs Walwyns absence.

I am once again indebted to Mr Don Hinton our independent examiner and to Mr Peter Lewis whose management of our website has contributed largely to our recent success. My thanks to you both.

I am sorry to have to report that Mr Doug Newton will no longer be organising the annual New Years Eve Dinner Dance at the Village Hall. Doug and his band of willing helpers have provided the community with an excellent, memorable New Years Eve celebration for the last fourteen years, at the same time contributing generously to village hall funds. I know that many people on and off the committee will wish to join me in thanking Doug and his team for many years of good food, good fun in very convivial surroundings. The good news is that Doug will continue to serve on the Management Committee.

I am delighted to report that the scouting movement in all sectors continues to thrive as does the art group under the expert supervision of Mrs Betty Deaville and my plaudits go to all concerned.

I am pleased to confirm that our fundraising activities for next year include in October a visit from the very popular Daleian Singers.

The increase in hirers and forward bookings of the hall encourages us to plan for further capital expenditure in the coming year, to enable us to continue to improve our facilities and maintain our jealously guarded reputation as one of the best village halls in the county.

Claud Rowley
Chairman