Ashingdon & East Hawkwell Memorial Hall

Ashingdon & East Hawkwell Memorial Hall


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3 Dec 2021

Lest we forget

Making connections with the community is paramount and 1st Ashingdon Scouts have provided and made these stunning soldiers. Something we envisioned last year, that they have bought to life.  This… this is what’s it about. To say as a team we’re proud. Very proud! Thank you 1st Ashingdon Scouts for making this possible!  
Go to our Remembrance Day page to see the community’s Trubute!  
9 Oct 2021

Hard work is always rewarded. 

The view from our new door.
The view from our new door.
The Room of Requirement is gradually getting there. Once the much sought after door was installed we realised the most beautiful breathtaking view that is St Georges Park. We still need to plaster, change the internal doors, paint, do the electrics, get the light fittings up, draw the mural, get the floor replaced and buy comfy furniture. It will be worth the wait. 
28 Aug 2021

Community Spirit

A real NeeNaw
A real NeeNaw
There was a nice surprise for one of our new hirers this weekend, Nee Naw Parties which hires our hall on a Saturday had a visit from a real Nee Naw vehicle in the guise of a rapid response Police car which parked in the car park, PC Adam Hollingworh and his colleague kindly popped in the see the children and allowed them to sit in the car and activate the siren and blue lights. With a wave goodbye from all the children they were soon back on duty protecting the public.
26 Aug 2021

A little more for today. 

New Kitchen Window
New Kitchen Window
We now have natural light and decent ventilation in the kitchen. I went in and thought someone had left a light on. Such a difference. 
25 Aug 2021

And there will be light…

New Windows
New Windows
The work has started. Yippee… what a difference already. Natural light playing in the loos and Room of Requirement is so welcoming. The toilets look, well, like toilets but now you can see yourself in the mirror in natural light.  One more window to go. The kitchen. I will post that soon. 
13 May 2021
Broom Lady
Broom Lady

Our Committee’s ongoing commitment 

As an ongoing commitment to bringing the hall up to standard for the community the committee have been at the hall clearing cupboards, fixing chairs and getting rid of broken furniture and equipment. 
13 May 2021

A new Room for hire

Room for Change
Room for Change
The committee have been working hard to bring a new room for hire online. This room will have new double glazed windows and a new door installed, it will eventually have new infrared heating coming from the ceiling. Plus new cafe sized tables and chairs. This room can be used for a cafe environment using The Little Honesty Coffee Shop next door, it can be used as a meditation room, class room, meeting room and a club room of any sort. There has been much interest in the intimate feel this room brings. So for fun we have called it ‘The Room of Requirement’ 
31 Dec 2020

The Year’s Story of a New Committee Member 

I joined Ashingdon and East Hawkwell Memorial Hall’s committee from an invitation from the Hall’s Manager. I officially became a member on 27th February 2020, which was my late father’s birthday. What an eye opener the following months would bring. 

It was obvious the hall was in a terrible state of repair and needed a lot of love, the bank balance I found out later (in June) was in a terrible state and it was obvious to me that the committee I had joined were prepared to dedicate a lot of time and energy on it. To lavish the love it so deserved and bring it back for the community to use to support them in their livelihoods, education and Celebrations. 

So what happened.... well, as you all know we went into our first Coronavirus Lockdown, the committee came together on Zoom to decide how best to carry on. We overcame the lack of information provided to us and the New Committee pressed on. We contacted the hirers each to confirm their bookings were still safe and to introduce ourselves. We managed to achieve a lot even with Covid restrictions in place the list is long, we:-

•built a new online booking system 

•built a new fresh, informative website

•took control of the bank

•applied for grants

•decorated the bar

•had the maple dance floor repaired and resurfaced

•re-carpeted the entrance 

•cleared the chairs in the main hall to give more space

•installed remote controlled water heater switches

•installed a new broadband service

•installed a broadband access point 

•changed the men’s urinals to a waterless system

•removed the coin operated electric supply for hirers

•produced Heath and Safety and fire procedures

•Produced a hirers information pack

•printed fire posters

•created and printed hall layout diagram

•added Covid sanitiser stations

•added women’s sanitary bins

•a new light in the ladies loo

•fixed the light in the foyer

•did some gardening

•created Covid safe events for our children in the community for Halloween and Christmas funded by the committee 

•created a multimedia account on Facebook to connect with our community 

•obtained a new telephone number

•updated our sign

•contracted a cleaner to deep clean and keep the hall Covid safe

•had two Covid safe quiz nights complete with raffle

•decorated the hall for Christmas 

•continue to answer the phone and reply to emails

•have official email addresses

•supported our community during Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday

•keep our website up to date with Hall News, Celebrations and community news. 

•did a community leaflet drop

•did online training to support the community 

•spent hours on the phone sorting out the halls utility bills. 

•spent hours trying to find the water meter

•had a gas safety inspection

•cleared old rubbish and furniture 

•created Covid signage 

•created free connectivity broadband usage to our hirers 

•each became caretakers of the hall opening for the hirers on rota so to save the financing a new caretaker 

But all in all we supported each other. Our partners and spouses supported us. We started as strangers and have ended up as friends. Each of us with tremendous strengths each bringing something different to the team. We have all worked so very hard with the same goal in mind. To provide our community with a hub, a place to turn to, a place to meet, a place to enjoy. We have so many ideas, so much to offer, and there’s so much we want to do. We would love a choir, a pantomime, a cafe, an Internet cafe, a mother and toddler play group, a teaching kitchen, a craft fair, a fish and chip quiz night, rebuild our porch, put back the outside door to the committee room, open up the windows at the side to the committee room, toilets and kitchen, double glaze said windows, have an open day to invite the community to meet us, our list is endless. But most of all we want our community to join us in bringing this all together. Bring our community back. Support each other in the good times and the bad, and we are forging through the bad. Aren’t we?

So as I sit here, on New Year’s Eve, I’m grateful for 2020 and what it has bought me and for what it has taught me.  It wasn’t the ride I expected or even told I would have as a committee member for the hall, but the ride has been exciting and fulfilling. It’s pulled me back into my love of technology and bought me back up to speed with life. Thanks to everyone who supported me on this journey. I’m so looking forward to what next year will bring. 

Here’s to 2021! 🥂

Glen Dryhurst
Hi Helen, I did not realise how many things that we all did. This list is so impressive. You have prepared and posted a beautiful list of achievements and the website is excellent, with a capital X. Glen
Sally Chinea
Amazing - if I can help in any way happy to join the great was t effort for our village - done so many thing over the years! teacher / artist/ organiser of rochford art trail/ carnival etc etc !
well done for all the hard work! The community appreciates it!
David Catchpole
It's been great working with you all in 2020 and Carol and myself look forward to the challenges that 2021 will bring. As you said we have all brought something to the party but I must mention Helen especially, you have brought so many skills and your enthusiasm sees no bounds.
All we need now is the residents of Ashingdon and East Hawkwell to come forward with offers of support to help us bring the hall back to its former glory. It is a wonderful asset for the community and must be preserved for future generations.
1st Ashingdon Scout Group
Wonderful achievements within the first year - the support given by the Hall Committee to the Scout Group is greatly appreciated
John Chapman
Brilliant job by all concerned! Well done to the members of the committee
John Chapman
A brilliant job by all concerned!
Thank you everyone for all your hard work in a very difficult year.
30 Nov 2020

We are ready to Welcome Back our hirers. 

Christmas Tree oh Christmas Tree how lovely are your branches.
Christmas Tree oh Christmas Tree how lovely are your branches.
The committee have been busy whilst in lockdown. We scurried in the hall like little church mice to put up the Christmas Tree and some decorations to welcome back our hirers. There is another surprise waiting for them too. Eek... we can’t wait for them to see! I will post our jewel in our crown when our hirers have seen for themselves. 
18 Nov 2020

A little gardening 

Tidy up
Tidy up
The committee noticed that it was time the garden in front of the hall needed a little spruce up. So four of us with gardening gloves secateurs, forks, hedge trimmer and plastic bags set to work. There was bramble growing in amongst the trees and the worry was that it would choke them along with the ivy. So we spent two hours clearing as much as we could. It’s not looking like Kew Gardens yet, but it won’t be long. 😆
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Helen T England