Village Open Meeting

A warm welcome (and slightly chilly church) greeted those who braved the icy roads on January 22nd to attend a meeting about two important features of village life: the Community Space and the Tally Ho. The evening kicked off with a glass of wine, followed shortly by an update on how the Community Space was faring since the church re-opened last May. There was general enthusiasm for the events and activities organised so far – there was a request not to have Cinema Night always on a Friday.

People were then asked what they’d like to see happen in 2013 and lots of useful ideas emerged. There were volunteers to investigate more activities for the younger members of the community that included a film show at Easter and a table tennis tournament. Wine tasting, an Auction of Promises, a talk by a local gardening expert and an evening devoted to local wildflowers & history look promising candidates for 2013, alongside the activities already planned – a concert in March, Get to know your Graveyard tour and a Spring Supper in April with a Craft Fair later in the year. Of course, it’s all hands on deck for the Littlehempston Fete in June.

It was agreed that so far the right balance had been struck between fundraising and fun when choosing events – long may it continue! The Community Space finances were in reasonable shape – a loan repayable over 10 years of £22,000 had been secured from the Diocese to finish paying for all the works to date, and further fundraising was in hand to secure support for creating a porch that would keep the cold out and new lighting. An special thank you was given to the Fete Committee and Ken’s Lottery for their huge support for the Community Space.

There were no concerns raised (especially now the car parking problem has been resolved) and it seemed that even those who were apprehensive about the adaptation of the church were pleased with what had been achieved. Everyone was encouraged to keep the suggestions coming in for 2013 activities and also to voice any worries.  To see what you missed, click here. There’ll be a Community Space AGM in May (the first!) at which you’ll get another chance to have your say! And if you would like to find out about organising an event yourself, please contact Jill Todd.

Next it was the turn of the Rally Round the Tally Team. An overview of the current position was given and the floor was then thrown open for questions as to what Littlehempston Community Pub Ltd. was all about. These were ably answered by the team and more information was provided by Tony Woodwalk from CAMRA. Sadly, weather condtions prevented David Fisher from the Plunkett Foundation, a charity supporting community enterprise, from getting there. If you too were unable to be there and would like to find out more about Littlehempston Community Pub Ltd., click here for the information leaflet that was distributed on the night. Hopefully this will prove a historic meeting – the first of many that will see the Tally Ho regain its place at the heart of the village.