Eddie Critchlow, Bob Smailes, Sharon Thorpe,
Alison Sharpe, Vi Currie, Steve Thorpe, Barbara
King, George Walton, Linda Gordon, Steven Bush
and Pam Pringle.
Apologies: Lorna Budge and Pat
Signing in of User Group Representatives:
All signed with the exception of Lorna Budge
and Pat Hawkins
Election of officers: The
following positions were filled:-
Chairman Eddie Critchlow, Vice Chairman
Steve Thorpe, Treasurer Bob Smailes, Asst
Treasurer Sharon Thorpe,
Secretary Sharon Thorpe
Co-option of Members: Pam Pringle
Minutes of last meeting: Read and
Matters arising not covered elsewhere on
Unable to progress on the
variation to the premises licence as NCC not
responding to emails or correspondence ST to
Update on back room:
Vi waiting for details of named
bricks from Pam (given at the meeting) so she
can now order them.
Both blinds have been closed
manually as the controllers are not working to
be followed up with Bruce (prev Alistair).
The soffit boards are to be
replaced to be followed up with Alistair
Contrary to what was agreed at the
previous meeting Vi proposed not to run a line
of paving slabs alongside the ramp as the block
paving area in front of the window is not large
enough for a seat - Agreed
Agreed to use Vis estimate of
£500 +VAT for blockpaving (as this was combined
with estimate of £100 for levelling the ground.
Alistair to brick up the alcove of
the old door.
Cracks in the old mortar above the old door to
be repaired as necessary to be dealt with
The plates for the backroom were
ready to be fitted after clear satin varnish
applied to keep the door clean. Architrave needs
glossing Alison and Vi to d/w.
The boards of the retaining wall
at the side will be painted by Vi.
Banks to be reseeded with grass
to be sorted.
Bruce is unwell and unable to deal
with the positioning of 2 bright outside lights
(1 outside Guyzance Room, 1 at the front side of
the hall) As this is a matter of urgency Bob
to arrange for someone else to carry out the
Bob to arrange for a carpenter to
open up under stage area for the storage of
Eddie to purchase table stacking
trolley for the backroom.
Zumba did not mind the snooker
table being used on the stage but access would
be required for darts. Help is needed to move
the snooker table.
Bob advised it would cost £500 for
a 12x8 shed to store the large trestle tables
and chairs for outside use. Suggested site for
the shed was at the kitchen side of the hall
with access through the fire escape. A concrete
base would be required.
Eddie has provided carpet tiles
for use by 3-2-1-0 instead of the blue mats but
these have not yet been used.
A grant of £4,500 from Jeff Watson
has been approved by NCC for the provision of
central heating. Amble Gas Service will start
work on Monday 18th November which should take 4
days. User groups have been warned.
Work on the kitchen window will
take place on Saturday from 7.30 to 10.30.
Work on the other windows, porch
and emergency exit will take place 31st
Agreed units should be delivered
once kitchen is prepared.
Jeff Wade would like to be there
when old units are disposed of so dates are
provisional depending upon his availability
Alison to check with him.
Small skip to be hired 9th -10th
November to dispose of old units.
Ceiling will require at least 4
coats of white paint plaster boarding of
ceiling discounted by Vi. Alison and Vi to carry
Small work parties to be set up to
remove old kitchen units Alison to liaise.
Check with Jeff Wade if existing
electrical wiring is suitable for new oven.
Bob to contact plumber for
estimate to remove urinals, replace with 2
cubicles, sink, radiator ,hand-dryer and tiling.
Possibly renovate quarry tile flooring.
Garry has helped put up new
Power has been disconnected from
old oven. Pam will arrange its removal.
Lorna placed a temporary sign on
the gate for disabled access but Barbara K
expressed concern that it needed to be more
visible. Agreed that when outside lighting
sorted the position will be reviewed.
Bob (and Eddie) to arrange for
moving the seat at the front of the hall back
and reattaching the back leg fixings to the
front legs to be sorted.
Alison to order a new hand-dryer
costing £19.99 Bruce to fit.
Electrical certificate awaited
from Bruce re the corridor lights Vi to chase
Alison to purchase insulation for
Lorna to be asked about contacting
the prison regarding an outside noticeboard.
(Possibly also try the high school).
£2,173.98 currently held on the community
account. £11,880.54 currently held on the Saver
Monies paid out. Insurance paid
£619.46 (Check if
surveyors estimate of rebuilding costs
obtained). Annual rent paid for garden
£100. PRS music licence £106.80. N Davison for
Monies received. Lettings £147.50.
Art group £200.
from previous minutes Bob is to obtain new
signatories to the bank accounts. (Currently Pam
Pringle, Barbara Cock, Eddie Critchlow and Bob
User Group Reports:
ACT Events planned are Halloween
26th October, New Years Eve party, Model
exhibition for January, Burns Night 25th
Bowls Club continuing to run
Sports Club had 32 children along
again on Friday. 2 weeks break resume 8th
WI held their AGM. Eddie reminded
them to access the Guyzance Room through the
main hall if necessary until the outside
lighting was sorted.
Parish Council nothing to report.
Church. No representative.
3-2-1-0 are hoping to increase
their numbers (currently 3). The Guyzance Room
floor was dirty and a discussion took place
regarding cleaning. As a result Eddie will
enquire as to the cost of hiring a cleaner
(£12.50 per hour), Sharon to contact NNVHC to
see how other halls manage the cleaning.
School want to use the hall for PE
Warkworth Cricket Club have booked
the hall for practice on Sunday mornings in
December and January. Pilates have booked an
extra 6 weeks. Holistic Dog Training for owners
(no pets) booked for main hall for 3 days in
November. A birthday party is booked for Sunday.
Weekend booking by scouts groups
was discussed and Alison will look into
Fundraising: To be discussed at a
Any other Business:
ACT are unwilling to organise a
regular coffee morning/afternoon as a social
activity for the village. Alison suggested that
a luncheon club would be a good idea perhaps
under the initial auspice of the Village Hall
Committee to mitigate the hall hire costs. This
was felt not to be the remit of the village hall
committee. Barbara suggested that as Rev Mike
Dent was organising a regular tea and talk in
Warkworth open to everyone in Acklington and
Warkworth he may be favourable to holding a
similar activity in Acklington. Sharon will
Thursday 28th November 2013 at
7.30pm in the Guyzance Room.