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Autumn 2020




 The Village Hall and the Annexe has now re-opened after the shutdown and all the safety measures from government guide lines have been put in place to make it safe for hiring.

 We would like to welcome the regular hirers and all hirers will be expected to abide by the new conditions to protect themselves and their users.

 The committee will continue to vet new hirers to ensure that the safety requirements can be managed and there will be time gaps between hires to ensure that the previous hirer has cleaned and sanitised the contact areas used.

 Government guidelines have not always been easy to interpret and of course changes are being made on a regular basis. Hirers can rest assured that we are keeping up to date with all new advice and will keep them informed.


 The new annexe is open with its own entrance, kitchen and toilet. It has now been fitted with audio and visual systems including a projector, 2 metre screen, a sound system with microphones, hearing loop and a DVD player. This now allows for presentations to be quickly set and played to audiences of up to 70 people.

The capacity will be dependent on layout of chairs and the use of tables and of course at present the need for social distancing as in the picture above. More pictures on our web site.


Needless to say, due to our shutdown, we need to raise funds. Gift Aid is a scheme which allows charities like us to claim from HMRC, the basic rate of tax their donors have paid. Gift Aid increases the value of donations by 25%, so it means even more money goes to the charity – and it won't cost you extra. All you need to do is make a donation to our bank account and fill in the attached form (it can also be found on our website). Then we can claim the tax back from HMRC – don’t worry it won’t affect your tax code.


see our website’s Daily What’s on for latest class times and contacts.

 -        KickFit, Ladies Body Conditioning, Meditation yoga, Paracise, Pilates, WI, Yoga.


 Christine Holder has decided to retire from producing the monthly Simply Soup events which have been so much enjoyed by many. Not only has the event been such a success but the money raised for good causes has been welcomed including funds to help the building of the annexe.

 Putting on events for others with no reward is a challenge and a commitment that comes from a certain kind of person and we thank Christine for her unstinting help and advice.

We should also like to thank her husband Mike who does a lot of work in the background.

I hope we can find someone or a group of people who could create some regular events to interest people and provide the benefits of people meeting and sharing.


For the third year running Gigaclear has provided the hall with ultra-fast broadband. This is provided as a free installation and service to support the village hall.

Gigaclear is dedicated to bringing outstanding broadband to rural communities.

 Finally, the Parish Council have asked us to circulate this from Age Concern:

 From: Helen Atkinson <>
Subject: FW: Supporting Older People to Get Back to the Shops

Good Morning,

We are really pleased to see retail outlets and businesses opening up again within our local communities.  At Age UK Gloucestershire we really want those over 50 to stay as independent, connected to communities and economically active as possible.  As part of our focus on making the communities in Gloucestershire “Age Friendly” we have recently worked with older people to find out how we can help them return to the high street with confidence and have produced the attached information poster.

We are disseminating through various channels, but if you have routes to get this out through your Parish Council this would be much appreciated as we try and help the businesses across the county thrive and encourage older people to return to shopping feeling safe and supported to do so.   Please do come back to me if you have any questions.


At some point this Covid 19 virus will be beaten and let’s hope that is soon.