Chairman’s Monthly Report for December / January Parish Magazine
Memorial Village Hall
I did not think that I would be Wishing you all a very Peaceful and Healthy Christmas and New Year as I write this in the middle of November. However these greetings come to you all from everyone at the Village Hall.
Looking back over the year it has been a very good one. We have had one or two sad moments but mostly it was great with lots achieved.
Last Saturday November 9th we held a very successful Winter Fair adding nicely to the growing Building and Rooﬁng funds.
We welcomed several new stalls as well as the changed menu having sold out of pulled pork rolls and most of the mince pies and mulled wine.
The next couple of months will be busy for all of us making our own preparations for Christmas. We have kept things to a minimum because everyone will be busy.
Coffee mornings are open to all every Tuesday from 10 till 12. Our last one for this year will be Christmas Cheer on December 17th with mince pies and warming mulled wine or sherry as well as coffee, cake and cheese scones.
Chat club lunches also continue with the last one of the year on December 12th. If you haven’t yet booked please get in touch with me. We generally have the hall full for this traditional lunch.
Last month we had hoped that we would have “A Christmas Carol” one man show but unfortunately this has been cancelled.
As far as the diary is concerned that closes this year’s bookings organised by us, except the party in the hall to welcome in 2020 with ﬁreworks on the beach at midnight. The Hall will be open from about 10pm so come and join us after your dinners to have a drink and party the Old Year out.
2020 starts with our lunches on alternate Thursdays from January 9th through until just before Easter. Everyone is welcome to come up to the hall and enjoy a freshly cooked lunch.
Next booking is Burns Night supper on Friday 24th Haggis that have run all the way from Scotland! They won‘t be too thin by the time they get here!! Posters and tickets will be on sale after New Year.
We don’t have any other bookings for next year yet but watch the noticeboards for more information.
We are applying to the lottery for a grant to help with the ﬁnances for our build that we hope will start in the spring. If you haven‘t put your name to a roof square that is on the board in the hall do come and sign it and put some pennies in the bucket. We are unable to put names onto the roof itself but the “Roof Square” Funds Board will eventually be hung in the hall as a thank you to everyone who has donated to it.
Our Village Hall is for the use of everyone in our community, dinners, parties, other village fundraising events, new clubs that you would like as well as the established ones like Film Club and the ﬁtness sessions on Monday evenings and Wednesday mornings.
From me and the committee a very big thank you to everyone who has in any way supported us during this last year.
Seasons greeting to you all. Mavis Taylor 843407.
Chairman’s Monthly Report for November Parish Magazine
Memorial Village Hall
Autumn is well with us so at the hall we have done a deep clean after the summer use. Everything taken out of cupboards and off shelves. How does the sand get into the dark back corners ?. We have given the floor a good clean and new coat of protective polish for the winter. All our weekly activities continue, Pilates for the men on Monday evenings followed next morning on Tuesdays at 10am with Coffee Morning. Wednesday mornings at 10am it’s the Yoga group. Alternate Thursdays Chat club, this month they will be on 14th and 28th. December 12th lunch will be the last this year. Christmas lunch. The list will be available soon for those who don’t come on a regular basis but wish to join us for this meal. If you know of anyone in the village who would like a home cooked meal with company on a regular basis please bring them along or contact me and we will arrange transport for them. It is always very daunting to arrive alone at any new activity so nice to be taken for first visit. Film club continues on the first and second Tuesdays of every month in the evenings.
If you have received this parish magazine in time on November 1st to start the month Sheila Beesley has organised a Fish and Chip Supper in the hall to raise funds for RNLI. Tickets are available from shop or Chop Shop. Please come and support this evening. Living by the sea we never know when we may need to call the RNLI out and tend to forget the great work that they do and that it is all on a voluntary basis.
November 9th this year we are holding a “Winter fair” this is replacing Holly fair. We have all new stalls this year as well as cakes and a big table of jams, relishes and pickles. Try before you buy, little tasters on the day. This will be open at 10am and run through till mid afternoon. Next will be Press Gang on 16th an evening of sea shanties and pasties starting at 8pm. Tickets again from shop and hairdressers. Sheila will be in the hall again on November 23rd with the RNLI Shop Sale for you to buy your Christmas cards calendars and presents.
December 22nd we are hoping to have Dave Mynne with ” A Christmas carol” a one man show of Charles Dickens story, an evening of entertainment. It’s then almost new year and a party followed by fireworks on the beach.
We have the hall web site gorranhavenvillagehall.org with all information on it or contact me Mavis Taylor 843407 for all information.
Chairman’s Monthly Report for October Parish Magazine
Memorial Village Hall. October 2019
Hello everybody, summer has left us for another year so we now look forward to woolly jumpers and warm evenings by the fire. There is always something nice in every season of the year. Here in the Hall we have had a very busy summer of bookings from Birthday Parties, Weddings, Art Exhibitions, Produce Show, Art and Craft shows as well as the regular things like Wednesday morning Yoga and Monday nights Pilates. Coffee mornings on Tuesdays 10am to 12 followed in the evenings on first and second weeks of the month with Film nights. By the time you read this we will have done our twice yearly deep clean of the Hall with the floor having a new coat of polish after it summer of sandy feet
Pub nights recommenced on Friday 13th September and will run on alternate Fridays throughout winter months. Come up and bring your fish supper or other meal that you choose and enjoy it with friends chatting over a pint or a glass of wine from the bar. On the 5th October we are having a Caribbean night of food and fun, fancy dress if you like. The tickets will be available from the shop, hairdressers and coast path cafe. Chat club lunches have restarted and will be on 17th and 31st of this month and fortnightly up until the Christmas dinner on December 12th . We serve lunch at about 12.30. everyone is welcome .
A BIG DAY on 24th of October from 10am. For those of you who knew the late Glen Dutton his sister Ann is raising funds for Cancer Research. She is having all her hair shaved off. A VERY brave thing to do . Everyone is invited to come up to the hall and support her and raise money for a great charity. There will be a raffle, competitions, cakes for sale as well as tea and coffee. Ann will be putting posters up all around the villages. If anyone would like to help by donating prizes or cakes she would appreciate it. The BIG C affects us all at some time.
Our month ends with a race night on Saturday 26th. This will be run by us the hall committee this time as we now own all the films etc. We are needing to swell the funds for our Build and New Roof. When you come into the hall have a look at the board with the roof tiles on it. Each square shows that someone has made a donation. We are not able to put your name onto the finished roof but the paper roof that sits in the hall now will be framed and hung on the wall at a later date.
If you need to contact us for any reason any of committee members can help or contact me on 843407 or Richard 842482 or go onto our website gorranhavenvillagehall.org
Chairman’s Monthly Report for August / September Parish Magazine
Memorial Village Hall.
The beautiful weather that we are enjoying whilst I write this we hope will continue through the school holidays for all the visitors to our village.
August starts with Produce Show Day on the 3rd. We hope you have lots of things to enter in all the classes. This will be our second and we hope to have a big successful day. With the dry weather this year during the growing season it will be interesting to see how well our gardens have survived and produced fruit and vegetables. The cooking and craft classes do not depend on the weather. There are also classes for the children. Setting up will be on Friday evening and early on Saturday morning. The hall will then be evacuated for the judging of all the entries then once the doors open again the prize giving will follow at 12 midday . See our notice boards for schedule and timings.
On the evening of Saturday 10th August we have a return of Dino Baptiste. This evening of jazz music played on keyboard is not to be missed entry by tickets only. Posters will be up with all information.
Later in the month we will be holding our annual Day on the Sand. As usual we will have Adult and Children’s Tombolas. Food and games on the beach as well as the sand sculpture building competition.
The cafe staff will be holding another food evening soon please keep an eye out on the notice board for information.
Into September and we are thinking about the autumn, this is when Pub Nights start again on 13th. Bar will be open from 6pm. Bring your fish and chips up to eat with friends and a pint or you are welcome to bring your own supper from home and eat with us. We will run these evenings every two weeks through the winter months.
On 27th there will be an Open Mic night. We would love to have a sing song or listen to you play. It is just a bit of fun between friends not necessarily a polished performance. It’s Friday night so bring that school child of whatever age to entertain us and have a go 8 to 80 plus. See the noticeboards for information or contact Pete on 843997.
Lastly later on September 21st at 2.30pm we will be holding our second Gardening Club Forum. Talk with question and answer session , see what you have to do in your garden before the winter.
We have the prices in from the builders so we can now start going to charities for grant funding to build our Extension. All our fundraising goes into the funds to enlarge the hall to produce a stage area.
For bookings and information please contact . Mavis 843407, Looby 844506 leaving a message she will return your call. Richard 842482 or any committee member. Mavis Taylor.
Chairman’s Monthly Report for July Parish Magazine
Memorial Village Hall.
Hello to you all .
Last years summer has not been repeated yet but we are all expecting it to arrive any day.
The village is beginning to get busy with visitors enjoying the beach most days.
We have two lunches in July before we have our summer break. They will be on 11th and 25th July at 12 midday for chat before sitting down to lunch at about 12.30pm.
The hall has several private bookings during the month for birthdays and weddings.
Then we will be seeing all our friends at street fair on July 27th . We must all remember that the road is closed on that day from early morning till mid afternoon. To try and avoid traffic congestion we will try to work our one way system for early deliveries and those setting up stalls. The closure through the day will be from the top of Church Street and Foxhole Lane and from just below the Car Park down to the beach. If you have a stall and need to bring your things to set up the route is from the triangle along Chute Lane down Church Street and up Canton to unload then park in the Car Park for the day. If you are just a visitor come and enjoy the stalls lining the road. Lots of fundraising stalls , food, and fun open from 10am.
August starts with our newly restored produce, plants , flowers, cooking and handicrafts show. It was such a success last year so we are hoping for bigger and better this year. The show schedule is pinned up on the notice board on the lime kiln and on the hall website. Paper copies are in the Coastpath Cafe and the Hall or ask one of the committee. Come and join us and have a go.
On the 4th and 5th the old village photos will be on display. If you have any of the Village from 1970 onward we would love to see them and perhaps have copies for our collection. Contact Michael Bunney or anyone on the hall committee. Do come and have another look at them.
August brings the wonderful Dino Baptiste back to us with his wonderful keyboard and musical skills. If you have not been before it is worth every penny of the ticket price. They will be on sale in shop and hairdressers and from the Coastpath Cafe or phone me for them.
Then later in the month we will all be on the beach for our annual Day on the Sand building sculptures and castles as well as food to eat and tombolas one for the children one for the adults.
Then to round off the month of August we are planing an American evening with food and fancy dress if you like.
Watch this space because after the summer is over we are planing an Open Mic Evening for all those budding musicians in the area. No pressure just for fun. Have a great summer when it arrives. For any information connected to the hall give me a ring on 843407.
Chairman’s Monthly Report for June Parish Magazine
Memorial Village Hall
Another month has flown past and we are now really thinking summer.
We held our AGM in April but too late to report in May issue. Several members of the public joined us and enjoyed a drink after the business part of the meeting. We had the plans of extension on display so we were able to answer questions about them and the day to day running of the hall. Once we have the builders prices we will be adding some fundraising activities to pay for the extension and a complete new roof for the whole building.
When you read this we will have held our plant sale and coffee morning so we are hoping that you will now be growing all your plants ready for show time on August 3rd. Let’s make this show bigger. We had lots of entries last year so it will be good to see even more people entering and having fun this year. Grow veg and flowers, make jam and chutney, bake a cake or do some crafts. There are children’s classes as well.
Our web site is now up and working so do log on to see the show schedule. goranhavenvillagehall.org. If you would like a paper schedule they can be found in the hall and coast path cafe or ring 843407 and I will deliver one to you. You will also find the diary and contact numbers.
Chat clubs in June will be on 13th and 27th if you feel like lunch and haven’t booked do come along there is always enough to go round. It is always helpful if you know you are coming to ring and choose from the menu .
We have several private parties booked during the month as well as a wedding.
Thinking ahead into July we will be making plans for Street Fair at the end of the month. If you wish to book a place for a stall ring either Richard 842482 or Mavis 843407.
All the regular clubs continue, men’s Pilates on Monday evenings, coffee cake and chat on Tuesday mornings 10 till 12 then , film club on the evening of the first Tuesday of each month then yoga on Wednesday mornings.
We all hope that June will bring us some nice warm summer weather to enjoy.
If you have any queries about the hall activities, to book it for your celebration or to help us in any way give me a ring. Enjoy the summer and stay safe and well.
Mavis Taylor 843407
Chairman’s Monthly Report for May Parish Magazine
Memorial Village Hall May 2019
Easter is behind us and summer is on the way. Lots of things happening at the hall.
By the time you read this we should have prices from our three builders to do the work on the stage space extension. All we have to do now is raise the funds to pay for the building. We already have the removable staging stored in a purpose built shed behind the hall. This can be brought in for use at events so that those sitting at the back can see the activity on the front stage area now raised up.
Chat club lunches are on 2nd 16th and. 30th during May. Everyone is welcome to come , bring a friend and have a home cooked meal, meet other village friends and have a chat. All ages welcome ,this is not just for the older retired members of the village.
May 18th is Greenfingers plant sale with coffee and cake. Come and get your plants to grow on for Village Show on Saturday 3rd August. Or, may be just for your garden or allotment. Vegetables and flowering plants on our stalls.
On the 21st the hall hosts auctioneer Michael Vaughan from 1.30 till 4pm. He will value your treasures and if you wish to sell them as an auctioneer will take and sell them for you. He has done this for the last few years.
We look forward to seeing you at our activities each month and hope you have a great summer.
If you have any questions or wish to book our hall give me a ring on 843407 or go and look at our new hall website gorranhavenvillagehall.org for more contacts and information.
Mavis Taylor .
Chairman’s Monthly Report for April Parish Magazine
Memorial Village Hall
April is the month when we start to feel the warmth of spring and look towards Easter visitors and the summer activities. We have a number of private bookings in the hall this month.
The first public one is on Friday April 12th when Ondine will be with us again. This time she will feed us Mexican food. The last two evenings we have had with her have been great. The posters will be up with the menus on it . She needs us to book in advance. If you are on face book the menus will be circulated. Otherwise posters about the village.
The 18th brings us Anna Marie Murphy from Kneehigh with another evening of storytelling. “ The Winding World“. Tells the true story of a baby found in the snow in a Cornish cove, starting at 7.30pm. Posters in shop and around the village notice boards. Tickets available nearer the date.
Easter Saturday from 6pm Tally Oliver will be in the hall with an assortment of invited singers and musicians. She will be fundraising for Syrian refugees. Posters will again be about the village as for all our hall activities.
Easter Monday is the day to bring your decorated eggs to the hall at 10am and have them judged then roll them down Foxhole Lane. Prizes for all first places and some consolation ones. Tea coffee and cake on sale from the kitchen. It’s a busy few days because on the next day Tuesday 23rd we have the hall AGM at 7pm. Come and join us to hear about the things that we have done this last year and we will have the extension plans on display.
May will bring us our annual Greenfingers Coffee morning. This will be on 18th this year. Plants and all sorts of drinks and food goodies. Come and get the plants you need to grow for show on August 3rd. If you have spare plants we will be grateful to have them and sell to raise funds for the extension and roof.
Don’t forget Pilates on a Monday evening first session at 5.30 , there are lots of men enjoying these sessions.
Wednesday mornings are for yoga, start time 10am .
Don’t forget Tuesday mornings from 10 am in the hall there is always coffee and chat in good company.
For information about our village hall and it’s activities or to hire the folk to contact are me Mavis Taylor 843407 Richard 842482.
Now that we have our web site you can also contact us on there if telephone numbers are unavailable.
Chairman’s Monthly Report for March Parish Magazine
Memorial Village Hall
March is here and the old saying March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers. Well I think as I write this in February March has come early because it is blowing a gale outside. We are though looking forward to some nicer weather.
Our planning permission was granted by CC to build a small extension to the hall into the car park to enable us to have a stage area. Those of you who have come to shows in the hall will know that when you sit at the back it is hard to see what is happening up front. With a stage we will all be able to see. We now start the round of applying for grants to supplement our own savings.
All our regular activities continue with parties and weddings booked in through the next few months.
We have a new web site that you can find at gorranhavenvillagehall.org. It is still under development but gives you lots of information about the hall’s history and day to day diary of events and bookings. One or two things that are extra to regular bookings.
An afternoon of gardening interest on Saturday March 2nd at 2.30 a talk and question time. No need to book just come and see, listen and ask questions about those pesky grubs or plant problems. We will have a few plants for sale as well.
The next big booking is at Easter, on Saturday April 20th there will be a fundraising evening for an organisation helping Syrian refugees. Tally Oliver, Jamie Crowe, Matthew Fox and Richard Bennett will be joined by other musical friends to offer a varied programme. There will be food available as well as the usual bar. Look out for posters around the village and on social media for more details.
Next will be Egg Rolling on Easter Monday 22nd starting at 10.00am. Get thinking about your eggy designs.
On the next day Tuesday 23rd April we will hold our AGM. At 7pm. It’s open to all do come and meet us and hear all about the progress we have made this year. We will have our plans on display for you to see after the meeting with drinks, nibbles and chat. It is your opportunity to talk to us and give us your thoughts and ideas for your village hall.
Into May on 18th it’s Greenfingers coffee morning. If you have excess plants for your needs or you are looking for plants for veg growing or flower borders come and buy or sell some . Those veg will come in useful in the kitchen but also at our show on August 3rd. Remember you can contact us at any time. Here are some numbers of folk who can help you. Mavis Taylor 843407. Richard Bennett 842482 Jo Stuart Thompson 843465 If no reply try the next number.
Chairman’s Parish Magazine Message — February
Memorial Village Hall February 2019
Welcome to the new year. Lots of things happening in the next few months. February starts on the 1st with pub night then alternate Fridays until Easter. The hall will be open at 6pm, plates in the oven to warm ready for you to bring your supper from the chippy or home to eat with us and enjoy with a pint from the bar and good company. Chat club lunches will be on 7th and 21st. come at 12 and have a chat ready to eat at 12.30pm. Into March we have a new fixture which we hope will be either twice a year or three monthly depending on support and demand . It is a gardening talk and question time. Starting on the 2nd at 2.30. Spring and autumn seem to be a sensible spread but summer and winter meetings if requested. Coffee mornings continue every Tuesday from 10am and film club on the first Tuesday evening of the month. As I type this we are awaiting the reply from Cornwall planning department to see if we get our permission to extend the hall enough to give us a stage area. When we get it we will be going to companies and trusts asking for grants. We will use all local tradesmen to do the work for us if possible. It is so important to do this and work as a community. Our dates for later in the year are Egg rolling starting at 10am on Easter Monday morning . Then on the next day it will be our hall AGM at 7pm. We would be pleased to see you. I know that AGMs are very dry and boring but you will be able to see that we are an active and vibrant group working to give you a bright and pleasant hall to hold any activity you would like. We will be able to show you the plans for our extra developments. Greenfingers plant and coffee morning will be on May 18th this year. You can come and buy your plants to grow on for our show on August 3rd. The schedule will soon be available to see what plants you need and which crafts and cooking classes you would like to enter. Day on the sand will be on August 19 because the tide will be good for us on that day. Don’t forget that if your New Year resolution was to be fitter this year we have Pilates for the men on Monday evenings and Yoga for the ladies on Wednesday mornings at 10am. Any queries do give me a ring on 843407. Spring is on the way. Mavis Taylor.
Update — Great News Since this was written Cornwall Council have approved our Planning Application!
Chairman’s December message for Parish Magazine
Memorial Village Hall
Greetings for Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
I have to write this in middle of November and it seems strange sending good wishes from us all at the hall at this time but by the time you read this we will all be thinking about the festive period. We have had a very good year with lots of changes and improvements to look back on.
Next year is also going to be exciting with more developments. I hope to bring you news in the next magazine.
At the end of Nov we will be decorating the hall for all the seasonal festivities. As well as the booked private parties Holly Fair will be on December 1st.
New stalls this year for your presents and from the kitchen, mince pies with a glass of sherry or just a cake and coffee. Open at 10am.
Christmas lunch is on the 6th this year if you haven’t booked yet and would like to come give me a ring to book. We start serving at 12.30 so come early and have a drink before you eat.
There will be Carols at the triangle on the evening of 7th with mulled wine and mince pies, if it is wet we will retire to the hall and sing around the Christmas tree there.
11th Dec we have Craig bringing us his Christmassy puppet show, fun for all the family however young or old starting at 6pm. Tickets will be available from Cakebreads and Chop shop.
We will open the hall for you to come and watch the Strictly final on the big screen with your friends and a pint from the bar. It will be the same time as on the television.
The last activity for 2018 will be a party from 10pm to welcome in the New Year with our usual fireworks on the quay. Music and the bar will be open.
Welcome to 2019.
Our first booking on going to press is January 16th. A night of food with Ondine.
Please watch the posters as menus not yet decided 7pm.
Chat club starts again on 10th and then fortnightly 12.30 for a great home cooked lunch. It would be lovely to start the new year with some new faces. If you would like to come but not happy to come into the hall on your own please give me a ring and we will collect you until you have made some friends. 25th January sees our Burns Night supper 7pm to eat at about 7.30pm. If you have any questions about the hall or our activities please give me a ring and I will help if I can. Remember we have good parking for a few cars, easily accessible for the disabled.
We wish you all a happy, healthy and safe Christmas and New Year from everyone at the hall and me , Mavis Taylor. tel. 843407