Chairman’s Report – AGM November 2019

The village hall has functioned extremely well this year. We have a large amount of regular hirers of the hall and all seem very happy and content with their usage. There have been more bookings as well as extra from regular hirers.

We have tried to keep the hall in good order, clean and tidy, this does need regular supervision. Maintenance both in and out of th building have been continue and regular checks on electrics, hearing and alarm systems.

Extra lunches, polling usage, private parties and extra events have been in abundance, used by Tenbury associations, church functions, Kings College students, various music groups are all regular users. It has been very busy year as usual!

I would like to thank all members of the committee for their hard work and dedication, we have worked as a very close team which is a great and proud thing to say. I would like to especially thank Anne Dicken who has been a stalwart of the village. On behalf of the committee we thank you for years of hard work, interest and commitment in the village hall. Thank you Anne.

Other people who we couldn’t do without and help whenever needed are Peter Crownshaw, Eddie and Carolyn Belfield, Ann Wallace, Vernon Albert, Mike and Bridget Hughes.

The website continues to be a growing reference of all that foes on in the village and if regularly updated. Thank you Mark for you efforts.

Regular activities held in the village hall are Tenbury Floral Art, Women’s Institute, St. Michaels Singers, Social Dancing, Pilates, Mums and Tots and coffee morning.

Arranged monthly events have been extremely successful starting with a very entertaining Christmas village meal, an enjoyable old fashioned new years eve party (slight strictly style), a beetle drive, skittles night with ploughman’s and then we pushed the boat out with two shindig (live and local) productions. “It is now”, held in March was an entertaining play about a wedding, taking place in 1966 world cup day! We all felt we were at the wedding. The second was “Reynard the fox” in April, for the young at heart! We were quite surprised when the audience started to pour in. Both of these were successful and a treat to help and work with the acting teams, lovely people and a different event to offer!

We held an afternoon whist drive with tea and in May a most enjoyable pub games night with sausage and chips. There was a real buzz.

June brought the open garden weekend, where half a years organising was truly worthwhile!! People, weather, atmosphere and funds! Well done to all those who made this event such a hit.

In August we held a Sunday Prosecco and bacon bap morning, a new slant on a coffee morning which was most popular.

Out September Quiz night, hosted and presented by Graham Archer was most enjoyable and unusual. I like to think our recent Variety Night in October, last month was the best entertainment we have had in the village hall in a long! What an atmosphere.

As you know these events are important to our friends, neighbours who enjoy the social gatherings import to the hub of our village but also out funding at present is important towards the extension and refurbishment of the hall. We have planning permission, we are about to apply for the final stage of lottery funding to enable the project to go ahead. We are looking forward to this happening soon.

A busy and exciting programme of evens has been planned, just needs fine tuning.

Again without such a strong devout commitment from Jane, Mark, Anne, Pat, Geoff, Cherry, Robin, Ros, Mary, Mike, Janet and Ros, Thank you.

This concludes my report for 2019 and look forward to good things for the village hall in 2020.

Stuart

Review: Variety night 19th October 2019

The variety evening was full of surprises! in fact “the best entertainment in St. Michaels for a long while” was said several times. “By far the best evening we have had in years”

Friends, neighbours, supporters of acts and new and old interested guests came along and proved a most appreciative audience. It was great to see smiling faces and to feel a very warm happy atmosphere in the room.

Our very own Shed men started us off and made us smile! You want to know what mature gents do in a shed? Well catch up sometime and listen to the singing and playing of the tunes we enjoy from the 50’s and 60’s.

Graham Archer played and sang some fabulous tunes, accompanied by his ukulele. He got us singing along. Such a talented performer, a great surprise. Everyone enjoyed his performance and such amusing songs! The five girls from the college (Mexico, Brazil, Poland, Hungary and Mongolia) were brace and talented! A joy to listen to accompanied by ukulele and guitar. It was a pleasure to welcome them and their supports!

Grace and Gelan (autistry) sang to us, each song stole the show! Grace sings like and angel and the lyrics are a joy to listen to. The audience were spellbound.

After the interval Alan Hooper entertained us with his comic stories, very droll, yes subtle, clever and amusing!

The Rotundas were quite amazing, great lyrics to superb music, unusual stories of Birmingham canals and canal life and others. They were dressed for the part and set a great atmosphere.

Angela shared her wonderful ode, she had written to her 80 year old Dad, which was unusual and great to hear, followed by Ros who read two poems from Spike Milligan and Pam Ayres.

Last but not least we were entertained by John Mosedale who was incredibly entertaining and funny with his wide repertoire!

Thanks always go to Peter, Eddie and Stuart for setting up the room and staging, a special thank you to Brian Addys for setting up the sound system, certainly a hard days work, much appreciated.

Our best Variety night so far!
Make sure you get your tickets for next year!

Macmillan Coffee Morning

An excellent McMillan Cancer Coffee morning was held on 20th September 2019 at the Village Hall. Thanks go to Pam and Rod Owens and Cherry and Robin Moore for organising the coffee morning. A brilliant amount of £380 was raised.

Thanks go to everyone who supported this event which helps give support, financial help and emotional help to cancer patients.

Thank you to all.

Ros Plested

Kite Update

Keeping in touch with everyone is very much the message that our Good Neighbourhood scheme continues to use. It was decided at a recent kite meeting that the boundaries of St. Michaels would be looked at and extended incorporating all our known and in need community.

We need you all to tell us about someone who may require help from kite, please remember our many volunteers are willing to help with lifts to appointments, Drs, hospital, opticians, dentists, chiropodist, vet, shopping trips,prescriptions,visits to others, meetings, friends, dog walking and sitting. Maybe even small tasks’ friendly chat, discussion about the newspaper, the garden, what’s going on in the world and St. Michaels.

You may need a lift to church or the monthly coffee morning or to visit a friend, what ever please ask. I have recently used Kite twice, once to take me to the surgery to have stitches removed and the other to do shopping and have coffee as I was unable to drive!

We have had some unusual requests and interesting ones, you would never believe them! So — keep them coming and we’ll do our best! Please ring 07393 492467.