Please see below for the Village Hall Chairman's Report
The Grand Damerham Duck Race and Mini Fair
As well as Jumble Sales the Village Hall Management Committee holds the Annual Grand Damerham Duck Race & Mini Fair every year on Easter Saturday starting at 12.30pm. The Mini Fair includes lot of fun games for the children after which the main duck race starts (usually at 2.30pm) when anywhere between 1000 and 1500 plastic ducks are let loose in the river with the race end down river at the church bridge (approx half a mile). This great family fun day includes a hog roast, BBQ, Teas and cakes , a licensed bar and has been running for seventeen years. Next Duck Race Easter Saturday 4th April 2015 when Our kind sponsors will be Woolley & Wallis
The Coffee Pot started in October, 2011, to provide a meeting place for Village people, with refreshments at “not for profit” rates. Increasingly, visitors from outside the village are being welcomed, and we have been asked also provide a venue for other, one-off events. Although we operate at rock bottom prices, we do make a small profit, and this too has shaped us. Now, we not only provide a place for friends to meet, and a source of a little revenue for the Village Hall, but each month, we draw the name of one of our volunteers out of a hat – and this person can designate a favourite charity for a donation. Everyone is welcome, and everyone, just by coming, adds something to the Village and its Hall. We meet most Wednesday mornings between 10.30am and mid-day.
A small group seeking to arrange and facilitate leisure activities for the benefit of the community and, if there is a need and sufficient demand, we find a teacher.
Sadly due to falling attendance this group has closed.
DAMERHAM BADMINTON CLUB
Damerham Badminton Club meets in Damerham Village Hall every Tuesday evening from 8 pm during the season from September to the end of April.
We are a friendly, social club who play for enjoyment and the opportunity to get and keep fit. We are a mixed group in terms of age, sex and badminton skills.
We would welcome new members to join us
Christmas Get- Together
Every year the Village Hall Committee holds a free Christmas 'get-together' usually around the second Saturday in December when all village residents, past & present and village friends are invited to the hall for mulled wine and refreshments (all free!). This is held as a 'thankyou' to the village for their continuing support of the hall. As you can see from the picture we really enjoy this warm & friendly event. We look forward to seeing you between 12 and 3pm.
The Village Hall is host to several Jumble Sales throughout the year.The next sale will be held on Saturday 17th January 2015 at 2pm.
CHAIRMAN’S ANNUAL REPORT NOVEMBER 2014
It is now nine years since I became Chairman of the Village Hall Management Committee and I find the task so much easier with the tremendous support from, what I believe is a strong and very conscientious committee. This year sadly two committee members left, Julie Butler and Mary Hicks who will both be much missed, we are very grateful for their years of service to the hall. However we did gain one! We welcomed former member Sarah Ings back on to the committee.
The hall is still regularly used as a wedding venue, the facilities and the surrounding area with its willows and river, makes it ideal for such events and I am delighted with the comments from these hirers, often coming from as far afield as Southampton and London.
This past year has sadly seen the closing of the Fitness class on Monday evenings which was run by Damerham Leisure headed by Roger Wilson, a great shame for those who attended regularly and for the village in general. Our long running Parent and Toddler group ‘Fluffy Chicks’ (formed back in 1996 by Lesley Cook and Caroline Barry) is currently operating on only one Tuesday a month due to falling attendance numbers but thanks to the small group of dedicated committee members, the monthly sessions are proving very popular and are attracting many more attendees and it is hoped that next year more regular sessions may be possible. My best wishes to the organisers of this important village group.
I should mention that the Village Hall is also still very proud to host events for our regular local organisations, such as The W.I., Tea and Chat, Coffee Pot, The Horticultural Society, Damerham Badminton, Damerham 12 Step Group, the Parish Council, St Georges P.C.C. and the long established Damerham Flower Group, to name but a few.
The Christmas Get Together 2013 was again enjoyed by all who attended this occasion. Thank you to all who were involved in this special day which continues to be a popular Christmas event.
Thanks to Cathy for continuing to organise the Jumble Sales and to all her helpers. These events are part of Damerham and continue to be a great social occasions as well as good fundraisers.
The Duck race again was a great success and for the first time we sold out of ducks. Some lessons have been learned from this, next year we have some new ideas for the day but will of course continue the successful race and fair. This year was the most financially successful Duck Race ever, so my thanks to all who helped with selling tickets, sorting ducks, the teas, BBQ, bar and in the stewards in the river and at the race end. To Sue Huzzey (supported by Eddie and Robin Robbins) who organised the Mini Fair, you did a sterling job! And special thanks to Chesterton- Humberts for their kind sponsorship and to David Pardoe for organising this.
But without the Bryant family this annual and very popular village event would simply not happen, Peter and David we cannot thank you enough for your support and help through the years.
This year we were delighted to receive just over £1792 from the Village Fair profits, a very large donation which makes up an important part of the Halls annual income and for which we are extremely grateful to the Fair Committee, for all their hard work organising before hand and on the show day.
The Village Hall has indeed been very fortunate during 2014, to our total surprise we have received two donations from other events namely the Pig Racing in August, We are very grateful to Rob Shepherd and his team for this kind, unexpected gift. Also to Challenge Adventure Charities, a locally based fund raising group and our thanks to Harvey Cracknell who we believe initiated this very generous donation to the Hall.
This year we have installed an industrial extraction unit above the gas hob in the kitchen at a cost of nearly £1800. Thank you to Andre Armitage and to Mark Williams who carried out the installation with no charge to the Hall, we are most grateful.
We have purchased new tables bringing the total amount up to twenty five large and twelve half size.
To Eddie Robbins I offer my thanks on behalf of the committee for his continued support for the hall, repairing, painting - the list is endless. Having him around is such a blessing!
Thanks also go to Jason Sims at the Bear Inn for his contributions to our funds although there have been fewer bars this past year; it is still an asset to the hall and does help to secure wedding bookings. Potential hirers are still amazed when shown the bar at viewings, usually commenting that it is the best Village Hall bar they have seen.
Thank you to Sharon Perrett our secretary for her efficient work over the past 12 months, we are very grateful to her.
And to Sarah Holt who oversees the hall’s accounts as Treasurer, we are very grateful for this.
Thank you to Mike Jerrard our caretaker for continuing to keep the hall itself, the surroundings and the vast amount of paperwork involved, up together.
Running the Village Hall is no different from running any small business. The paperwork involved is unbelievable. Keeping ahead of Health and Safety policy, Insurance Company requirements etc is only just short of a nightmare but we manage to maintain the Hall to the highest conformity.
Finally as I have said earlier we have a good team, supported by others not on the committee and I am proud to head this committee, again thank you all!
Carolyn Armitage (Chair)