Current (October 22)
To Book the Hall;
Current (October 22)
To Book the Hall;
The past couple of years have been less than easy for most of us, but as we emerge into the future a number of projects are bubbling to the surface, literally and metaphorically;
When we asked residents for their suggestions a couple were top of the lists;
Cinema – we have purchase 80% of the equipment needed and hope to have this up and running for Autumn and Winter evenings.
Indoor sports – we were asked about Table tennis and the committee is happy to look at purchasing one of these fold-up/stow away tables but we need to gauge the possible use before committing funds, and also to find someone to look after this ‘budding’ club.
Basketball – the equipment we purchased last year have been ‘in the wars’ a tad, with the wind blowing them over and damaging the rings. We are seeking a solution, but please take care when they are fixed as we cannot afford further damage and possible injury.
The Mums and Toddler play area – we have received two very similar quotes and hope to start on the ground work over the summer – watch that space. On the subject of M&T Group they are lookingfor volunteers to help run it – can you, are you willing to help, please get in touch.
Contact either Graham Harrison (07425 775679), myself (Frank Tunney 07860 917446) or Margaret Bowers (01829 732349) if you are willing to help on any of the above.
Attendance -UVHMC: Margaret Bowers, Kathryn Dahill, Richard Francis, Judith J Grant, Liz Hannath, Graham Harrison, Laura Jones, Karen Murray, Graham Stewart, Francis Tunney
20+ residents many of whom commented on what they would like to see ‘outside the hall’. This meeting was to explore what residents wished to see.
The first part of the meeting would be gathering information and views from residents.
Before the meeting commenced FT welcomed Judith Grant as a co-opted member of the committee.
NB: these notes are not verbatim minutes, but the best recollection of what was suggested and discussed by residents and the Hall Committee.
Chair’s summary – this was a very well attended meeting and a number of potential actions came from it.
The following will be deferred to the Parish Council;
This survey was taken to establish the types of activity that residents of the Village might like to see taking place. It was an indication of the areas that the Management committee might wish to explore further.
The survey is published in full below:
REVIEW OF RESULTS FROM UVH ONLINE SURVEY, NOVEMBER 2021.
The survey was run between mid-October and mid-November and was, initially, circulated on paper and around 12% of the results emanate from there. Overall, 84 questionnaires were returned by 15th November and the results are analysed later in this paper.
In terms of the demographics of the responses the results are in line with the Census Data from 2011 and so the survey has a degree of ‘truth’ in terms of the results;
|Census 2011||Survey 2021|
|0 – 4||35||5.0%||2||2.4%|
|5 to 10||45||6.4%||5||6.0%|
|11 – 18||66||9.3%||9||10.7%|
|19 – 39||108||15.3%||15||17.9%|
|40 – 65||312||44.2%||30||35.7%|
|66 – 100||140||19.8%||19||22.6%|
But, overall an 11% response rate is believed to be reasonable.
There were 44 activities listed on the expanded survey form and they split, broadly, into a number of groups The number of ‘votes registered is shown below for each major activity grouping ;
|Activity Group||Sum of Individual Score|
|Sport – Indoor||117|
|Sport – Outdoor||67|
|Food & Drink||64|
Looking at each of the individual activities there are some clear high scores (this table is shown in descending order of votes for each;
|35||Local Makers’ Christmas Fair||Retail|
|33||Cheese & Wine||Food & Drink|
|31||BBQ||Food & Drink|
|27||Table tennis||Sport – Indoor|
|27||Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts||Youth Groups|
|23||Pool / snooker||Sport – Indoor|
|22||Basketball (add another hoop||Sport – Outdoor|
|22||Indoor or outdoor football||Sport – Outdoor|
|20||Casino / Race Night||Social|
|16||Table football||Sport – Indoor|
|16||Youth group (11 – 16)||Youth Groups|
|15||Gardening Group / Flower arranging||Craft|
|15||Cards and Board Games||Social|
|15||Boxing||Sport – Indoor|
|14||Indoor, short mat bowls||Sport – Indoor|
|13||Cricket (on multi-sport court)||Sport – Outdoor|
|12||Chess / Draughts||Social|
|12||U3A for Utkinton and Cotebrook||Social|
|12||Badminton||Sport – Indoor|
|12||Duke of Edinburgh Awards Group||Youth Groups|
|11||Youth group 16 – 19||Youth Groups|
|10||Netball||Sport – Outdoor|
|9||Nosh and Natter’||Social|
|8||Homework Club (may need devices)||Youth Groups|
|7||Social event planning group||Social|
|6||Darts League||Sport – Indoor|
|4||Judo||Sport – Indoor|
Thus on single activity ‘Cinema’ is a clear winner whereas by group it is Social, and then Indoor sports.
Where should the UVHMC focus lie?
Some activities may require investment in equipment, others will require people to manage them but what can be deduced is that there is a desire for activities based around the Hall. A small number of people queried why ‘tennis’ wasn’t on the list and they might well be right. However, we have promoted the multi-sport court in all its guises for a number of years and the numbers participating has never changed substantially, so, perhaps, the time is right to review how we use the court area.
So, this report doesn’t give us any solutions, but it does help us to ponder.
2022 will see the Hall enter its 100th year (the foundation stone is dated 1922 and yet the Indentures are dated 1923) we need to be certain that it is equipped to last another.
On the basis of the above, I alone cannot decide the future of the Hall that has to be a collective decision of this committee and the Trustees – its over to you now.
15th November 2021
Meeting of Utkinton Village Hall Management Committee,
Utkinton Village Hall, Thursday 17th March 2022, from 7:30pm
Interested residents are welcome.
Following the recent UVH AGM (held on 17th February 2022) at which it was agreed to review the multisport court, Kathryn Dahill has requested a separate meeting be held to explore the options.
The Village Hall Management Committee would welcome ideas from the Utkinton Community on how to make best use of the outdoor multisport area. For example, what improvements or additions could be made so that this area better suits your family’s needs?
If you wish to attend please let us know so we can put out sufficient seating.
|Note those present and receive apologies for absence.||Chair|
|To receive comments from residents of the village attending||Residents|
|To discuss any documents in relation to the future of the Multisport court to the rear of Utkinton Village Hall||KD GWBS GH FT|
|To discuss and take proposals for further action vis-à-vis 2.0 above||UVHMC|
|Any other business||UVHMC|
Utkinton Village Hall Committee – AGM February 17th 2022
Utkinton Village Hall, 19:30
The recent announcements vis-à-vis Covid regulations suggested that we relax some of the precautions, however, the hall will be laid out in a socially distant and safe manner and we would ask that you enter via the front door, use the sanitiser provided and if you wear one keep your own mask on until seated. You can remove your mask once seated.
The hot water urn will be available as will tea, coffee and milk. All we would ask is that you observe distancing and exit via the fire exit.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Welcome and apologies Chair
Chair’s Report Francis Tunney
Treasurer’s report – Incl. Finance and Accounts for 2021/22 Graham Harrison
Election of Chair and Treasurer for coming 12 months All
Reports from groups:
Items for discussion All
Utkinton and Cotebrook PC Jubilee
The hall user survey If you have anything else that you would wish to add or discuss, please let me know and I will add them.
For many months we have had a quiet master of his art teaching others an age old way of martial arts – Glyn Roberts of Budo Ka Red Dragon SKA holds a class once a week at Utkinton Village Hall. Its almost a homecoming for Glyn having lived in the village, attended Utkinton St Pauls and having a great deal to do with the ‘Reading Room’ and the am dram in the Hall itself.
So, we felt his classes deserved to showcased and here’s how you can get in touch and, maybe, just maybe get a family session all to yourselves. His web page link is here: http://www.fighttofitness.co.uk/
Well actually only one is new (Hatha Yoga), but the posters for the others have been updated.
The Hall Committee is pleased to welcome to new classes to the Hall both starting soon;
Our hall reaches the venerable age of 100 next year and we aim to celebrate that in style.
Originally donated by CAPTAIN THE HONOURABLE HENRY ROBERT BAILEE-HAMILTON-ARDEN of Arderne Hall, Eaton near Tarporley THE REVEREND CANON WALTER OCTAVIUS MARSH HUGHES of the Rectory Tarporley and REBECCA TOWNSHEND PRESTWICH wife of Richard Henry Prestwich of Tirley Garth, Willington , the Hall was a wooden structure and was gifted to Utkinton Women’s Institute in April 1922.
It stood in a relatively small plot adjacent to the ‘Reading Room’ and a small grass plot that subsequently became a grass Tennis Court (which is where our multi-sport court stands today). Over the years it has been renovated and updated and, if we can find any, we will publish some old photos.