Tomorrow is The Grand Opening of Sandford-on-Thames’ fantastically redeveloped Village Hall

Invitation notice

The rooms are available to hire from Sunday onwards and the regular groups and activities will restart from Monday.

Saturday’s event is an opportunity for villagers and users of the hall to see the new rooms and to meet the regular hirers of the hall.

  • Everyone will get too, to experience our fab market and cafe (11am to 3pm). We will be doing a brunch menu – all the usual bacon / egg sandwiches plus two hearty winter soups with big hunks of fresh bread and cakes from our fab bakers.
  • People will be able to try their hand at Talking Shop’s coming-soon Table Tennis sessions with Colin Williams and Matt Wicks.
  • Toddler group will be running craft activities and Natalie Ellett, previously of Kennington Playgroup will be running a printing session.
  • Most of the other groups that will be running from the hall will be represented too – yoga, pilates, tae kwondo, indoor bowls, lunch club, guitar society, wood turning, baking workshops…

Great Funding News too We got the decision on an important funding application we made a few months ago, this week… The Social Investment Business are awarding us a grant of over £28,000 to work with some fantastic local organisations to do the following –

  • build our capacity to run the Talking Shop Industrial and Provident Society and to plan and launch our Community Share offer
  • develop a Strategy for providing Community Services through Talking Shop
  • work out the details for our cafe and shop to include food education programmes, community cook-ups and free community meals
  • build Youth and Mental Health Strategies and a Strategy for Service Provision for older people
  • create our own Volunteer Programme with induction and training plans, support network, skills development opportunities
  • AND bring this all together in a detailed Business Plan

So once the dust has settled on this weekend’s opening we will be getting to work on loads of really exciting stuff so that we can demonstrate to the Parish Council that we are absolutely the best group to run a Community Hub from the hall.

After that we will set to work addressing the fact that there is no kitchen in the extension – in fact it is a completely blank (but wonderful) space. We will need to raise the funds to install the fixtures and fittings necessary to run The Hub. I am confident that we can do that. We have a great foundation of funds raised already and the work we will do with the SIB grant will really boost our ability to generate the capital funds we need.

See you tomorrow