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Most of you must have noticed by now our brilliant fund raising thermometer on the east wall of the village hall, hopefully we will soon be able to start making the red bit rise up! The thermometer was designed by Pat our treasurer and Nick Dunnett very kindly made it all happen!

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to our newest Village Hall Trustees, Jo Webley, Jo has agreed to become our Bookings and our Buildings Manager, Jo lives in West Ashling and she will be responsible for the day to day management of the hall as well as taking and dealing with the many bookings for the hall.

The Village Hall quiz night was brilliant fun, Nigel Brown was a superb quiz master, there were some fantastic prizes in the raffle (thank you to all who donated a prize) and we all had a really lovely evening with a huge amount of shared laughter. Claire Abbey organised the evening brilliantly, from the quiz questions to the fish and chip supper, and her hard work raised a staggering £610 to go towards the refurbishment fund for the hall.

We would also like to say a really special thank you to Geoffrey Boys, Geoffrey has donated £2,500, some of the money he raised at his exhibition depicting the history of Funtington Parish, and some I understand was from a raffle and some of the money was a personal donation from Geoffrey. Geoffrey’s exhibition is now on display in Emsworth museum. Geoffrey’s amazing donation will help to fund the kitchen refurbishment.

We have now applied for some Grant funding from the SDNP and from the National Lottery, we have also applied for some funding from a central government scheme and we will continue to look around, and apply for, other sources of funding.

We hope to organise some more fund raising events, and if anyone would like to help please get in touch with either myself or Claire Abbey.

Please note that the village hall AGM has been moved to Wednesday 22nd May, this will now include a public meeting to discuss the incorporation of the hall. Please come along to hear more about your village hall and all of its latest news. Please have a look at some of the documents for this meeting, the AGM notice, the notice of the public meeting, the proposed resolution, the land transfer notice and the land registry documents.

Jane Mottershead
Chair of FDVH
01243 575480

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