Ashingdon & East Hawkwell Memorial Hall

Ashingdon & East Hawkwell Memorial Hall


A Committee’s task list.

Supporting our Community with a Funeral Service

We were very honoured to be able to support some members of our community at a very difficult time in their lives.

On 22nd March, due to the back log of funerals in our area, we welcomed a humanist funeral ceremony into the hall.  The family chose a Woodside Burial after the ceremony and returned to our hall afterwards for the wake.

Our Chairlady and Bookings Manager were on hand the whole day to orchestrate proceedings with Stibbards Funeral Directors for the funeral and Seasons in Thyme for the Wake.

If we can help any of our community in this way while there is such a backlog please get in touch and we would be happy to help.

The Hall’s Committee Thank the Coop

Glen, David, Carol, Helen, Jamie (Guy Fawkes) and Danny.
Glen, David, Carol, Helen, Jamie (Guy Fawkes) and Danny.

A total this year of £3615.67 has been raised by you, our community, to help with the refurbishment of our kitchen when buying from our Coop. Our Committee met with the Coop at The Golden Cross to gratefully receive the donation.

There is so much our kitchen will give; a teaching space, a cafe, a place to prepare food for parties, celebrations and functions, a community cooking hub to support the needy, to name but a few. We are on our way, and if any of our community has any ideas or can offer some expertise on how to go about this refurbishment we would be truly grateful. Please contact us either by texting 07307 692889 or email.

Thank you all again for supporting us and supporting our Coop!  

What happened in December

We have had an upgrade to our sanitising stations around the hall. The toilets have received new soap dispensers and for the new mums with their babies a nappy bin service has been installed. 
The internal CCTV is now up and running. 
We are looking at new heating system so that the hall is consistently warm. This is taking a lot of head scratching and the whole committee and W.L.Copley & Sons Ltd are working on it together currently. 
The Room of Requirement and it’s toilets, the kitchen and all the loos have been plastered. The door leading in had been widened for disabled chair access.
A community Defibrillator has been installed in our porch too. 
We will be ready for our Christmas Break. 

Even though we have not been in the hall, we have still been working hard on trying to find ways to move forward. Two of our committee members attended online training with ACRE to ensure that the hall is being run within the Charity Commissions guidelines, to make sure the books are being filled out correctly and to work towards making sure that the hall is serving the community well. 

A team of committee members have been working on a Grant to try and raise funds to replace the windows, doors and roof.  You may have seen some drone activity around the hall. These volunteers offered us the free use of their Drones to capture the poor state the roof is in. We are very grateful to them both. 

Currently, like a tag team, committee members have been checking the hall has been safe during the inclement weather.

The same team are in full flow at the moment preparing the once called committee room into a room for all the community to use, be it a Chess Club, Cafe, Crochet Circle, Coffee Natter Group, A Teenager’s Evening Coffee Shop or Prenatal Mums gathering for a support group. The grant hopefully will pay for some new windows and a rear outside door. It is currently being stripped of the old wood chip paper and will get a lovely fresh coat of paint.  What we’re struggling with is a name for it, it has, for the moment been playfully named ‘The Room of Requirement’

We look forward to seeing you all soon and we will be inviting the community to come and meet us and see what we’ve been up to. 
Work in progress
Work in progress
Helen T England
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