Present: Eddie Critchlow, Bob
Smailes, Sharon Thorpe, Alison Sharpe, Barbara
King, Violet Currie, Steve Thorpe and Effie
Apologies: Lorna Budge and Barbara
Minutes of last meeting: Read and agreed
Matters arising not covered elsewhere on
Update on back room:
The opening ceremony was very
successful. Thanks were expressed to the
organising committee for their hard work. The
committee will arrange for a press release to be
issued to the Gazette.
One of the roof velux blinds is
still not working (may be a problem with the
controller – follow up with Bruce).
The soffit boards are to be
replaced (Vi and Eddie subsequently confirmed
that they were specifically excluded from
Alistair to brick up the alcove of
the old door.
Cracks in the old mortar above the
old door to be repaired as necessary.
Eddie will pass on details of the
named bricks to Vi so she can order them.
Work needs to be carried out on
the door into the backroom. The door keeps
banging which could damage the frame (Alistair
to deal with). A plate needs fitted and clear
varnish applied to keep the door clean.
Architrave needs glossing.
Ground levelling is to be carried
out tomorrow to see if the retaining wall needs
to be higher. This should slope away from the
hall. Banks to be reseeded with grass.
NNVHC PAT testing to be arranged
now. (Took place 19/7/13 cost £10)
Outside guttering is now ready to
be put up.
The crack in the floorboard has
still to be sorted. Alison to arrange for quotes
When Cramlington school stayed
overnight the grill on the cooker caused the
lights to fuse so no longer useable. Alison to
put a warning notice on the cooker.
Re disabled/buggy access Bob had
placed a wooden sleeper on the ground to prevent
cars parking too close to the gate at the
opening ceremony. As it was thought that there
could be parking issues if the previously
suggested low railing was put in it was decided
to try putting a “Please keep clear” sign on the
gate. Effie offered to laminate this sign.
To ease access in front of the
seat at the front right of the hall it was not
possible to move the seat as it had been
concreted in but Eddie suggested moving the seat
back and reattaching the back leg fixings to the
Bob has created the corridor from
the main hall to the backroom which was
universally approved. The next stage is to
purchase trolleys so that the bowls boards,
wooden trestle tables, voting booth can be
stored under stage leaving space to rearrange
the side room and 2 back storage rooms. Effie
asked if there was any space to store 3-2-1-0
equipment –to be looked at. Electrical
certificate awaited from Bruce re the corridor
A list of works is to be compiled for
discussion, prioritisation and fundraising at
the next meeting including:-
Entrance hall to be replaced
/renewed. Estimate of £2100 from Kitson. Window
Paramedics quoted £2750 to include the kitchen
window. Neil Davidson quoted £2562 including
kitchen and side-room windows. Vi suggested
refurbishing existing external doors and fitting
double glazed internal doors which was thought
to be a good idea.
The fire exit doors need
New roof. Eddie suggested the
possibility of fitting solar panels which would
reduce our energy costs and reduce re-roofing
Correspondence. Hire charge survey
received from NNVHC to be completed.
£2,315.35 currently held on the community
account. £12,454.02 currently held on the Saver
Expenses: Opening ceremony food
band £ 60
(George) £ 15
(Bob) £ 30 Bob
is owed £29.60 + £17.98
Income: Opening ceremony
Refund due from NPower approx £1037.99 – Sharon
to chase – standing order still in place.
Check if insurance for rebuilding costs of back
room followed up.
Fundraising: To be discussed at a
User Group Reports: ACT is holding
a music festival on 14th July. Sports Club
finished at half-term. WI passed on their
appreciation that the VH committee had responded
to their comments. Nothing to report from the
Parish Council or Bowls Club. The Church and Art
Group have been invited again to be represented
on the committee. The School are pleased to
continue their PE bookings they no longer have
any inside space for this at the school. 3-2-1-0
has started with 9 toddlers at the last session.
Hall Bookings: Bowls, sports club
and belly-dancing restarts in September. Felton
Beavers start in September every Thursday from
Any other Business:
Bob asked if George Walton could
be co-opted on the committee which was
unanimously agreed as he had provided invaluable
help to everyone.
Vi asked if a regular coffee
afternoon could be arranged as mentioned in the
grant application. Everyone thought this an
excellent idea but Eddie suggested that ACT (or
maybe the church) may be interested in
Next Meeting: Thursday 22nd August
2013 at 7.30pm in the back room.