After almost 30 years of keeping Pittington Village Hall in the best possible condition and keeping it running smoothly our caretaker Joan retired last week. Tonight she received a special thank you from Pittington Brass and from current and past committee members.
Thanks for everything Joan! Enjoy your retirement!
Pittington Village Hall will be offering a programme of activities aimed at children of all ages for the full duration of the Summer holidays, and what is even better, thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund through Awards for All and from Durham Area Action Partnerships through their small grants fund the programme will be free of charge!
There will be family play for toddlers and children up to and including 5 years old three mornings a week from 10am – 12 noon. Sessions will be led by qualified workers from Durham County Council’s One Point Services.
For children aged 6-12 there will be activities led by a qualified play ranger from Inspire Youth every weekday afternoon from 2-4pm. Children under 8 will need to be accompanied by an adult at all times.
For 13-16 year olds there will be activities led by a qualified youth worker from 6-8pm three times a week. For the first three weeks of the holidays these will be held on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. For the second half of the holidays the Thursday session will move to Wednesday. There will be no session on Friday 8th August.
All sessions will include drinks and healthy snacks provided for children.
Keep an eye out on here and on our Facebook page for more information and updates.
The server running the Village Hall website suffered a major hardware failure on Thursday 15th May which meant that the site was unavailable until a replacement server was brought online over the weekend and the content restored from the backups.
At the moment the only problems we are having are with the events calendar but we hope to get those resolved soon.
The mobile cinema returns to Pittington Village Hall with The Lego Movie on Sunday 27th April at 3pm.
The film follows lead character, Emmet a completely ordinary LEGO mini-figure who is identified as the most “extraordinary person” and the key to saving the Lego universe. Emmet and his friends go on an epic journey to stop the evil tyrant, Lord Business.
Find out exactly why “Everything is Awesome!”
Once again, tickets are just £2 on the door. A range of refreshments will be available including hotdogs, popcorn and hot and cold drinks.
Pittington Community Association are looking to employ a Village Hall Attendant. The job will be part time, for 20 hours per week including some weekend and evening work. Some of the work will be suitable for working from home but the majority will require regular visits to Pittington Village Hall.
The salary will be £15,000 per annum pro rata (approx. £8,100 per annum or £7.75/hour actual).
- To oversee the running of the hall and manage hall bookings
- To ensure that the village hall is an attractive property for hirers
- To open and close the Village Hall as required both during the week and at weekends
- To maintain the cleanliness of the village hall and deal with running repairs and maintenance
- To provide a positive experience for all hall users
Download the full job description here – PCA Hall Attendant Description and Conditions
Download an application form here – Hall Attendant Application Form
Questions can be emailed to the treasurer at email@example.com
UPDATE – Closing date for applications is now Friday 13th June 2014
Interviews are expected to be held during the week beginning 16th June 2014 with a proposed start date of 1st July 2014
As part of the Asset Transfer process that we are currently going through to try and keep the hall open we need to know what you all think about the Hall, how you use it and what else you would like to see us doing. This all goes to help us make the case to Durham County Council that we have a viable business model for the future. Please help us to keep the hall open by completing this survey and letting us know how we can improve what we are doing.
Please complete the survey by clicking here.
Your time is much appreciated and could make all the difference to keeping the hall open!
Following a very successful launch last year, the Pittington Village Hall Christmas Market returns on Saturday 23rd November.
Come and find that perfect Christmas gift!
Stalls already confirmed include:
Body Shop at Home
Jams and Preserves
Eden Gift Company
Vintage treats Cart
Plus our own Raffle, Tombola and Refreshments in aid of the Village Hall.
Pittington Village Hall will be holding it’s Autumn Show on Saturday 21st September 2013.
Competition entries need to be in by 11am, the show opens at 1:30pm and the presentations will be held at 3.30pm. Entry to the show and all competitions are free of charge!
All entries to be brought to the committee room by 11 am on Saturday
All vegetables to be grown in the parish
- Best Leek – freshly pulled, maximum two, any size
- Best Onion – white onions, freshly pulled, maximum two.
- Best Carrot – maximum of 3, any size
- Best Bloom – single flower.
- Funny shaped vegetable – single item, any vegetable.
- Best sponge cake – not iced.
- Best scone – maximum of 3.
- Best home-made jam – single jar, any flavour.
Childrens’ competitions (prize for each entry)
- Painting – a picture in paints, on paper.
- Decorated paper plate – own choice of decoration.
- Decorated cup cake
- Decorated sponge cakeHandwriting – sheets available in village hall. Primary school children only.
- Best Photograph – can be mounted, unframed.
- Best Pet Photograph – can be mounted, unframed.
Entries for the gardening categories must be grown in the parish. Children’s classes will be split into primary and secondary age groups and are open to children living or attending school within the parish.
Judging will take place from 11am.
Activities and Entertainment
Pittington Brass Band will open the show and following them there will be demonstrations from regular Village Hall users including Bokwa, Judo and Dance Fusion.
We will be running children’s crafts in the canteen including decorating biscuits.
There will be a range of refreshments available in the hall including Cream Teas and ice creams. There will also be a raffle in aid of the Village Hall.
Weather permitting we will have the bouncy castle, tuck shop and other activities running outside.
As this is the first year for quite some time that we have run this type of event, feel free to let us know what you think of the format and if there are other things you would like to see!
Durham County Council are running a Green Dog Walkers Event at the Village Hall to promote responsible dog ownership. There will also be free microchipping available courtesy of Stray Aid. The event will be held on Tuesday 6th August from 10am to 2pm and is part of the County Councils Responsible Dog Ownership campaign.
More information on the Green Dog Walkers campaign can be found on the County Council website.
During the campaign Pittington will also see increased patrols from dog wardens targeting dog fouling ‘hot spots’.
Pittington Village Hall Association is looking into the possibility of running a cafe from the hall. This is one of a range of opportunities that we are considering to help secure the financial stability of the hall as well as improving and extending the services we offer to the community.
We are looking for an individual or company to work with us to set up and run a cafe using the existing kitchen and canteen areas of the Village Hall following any required modifications. The details of the working relationship are up for negotiation, possibilities include a commercial lease, a joint venture community interest company and a profit share agreement.
As well as running the kitchen as a cafe there could also be opportunities for catering for parties and other events as a service to users of the hall. We would also be looking at ways of making the most of the times the cafe was open by providing additional benefits such as free internet access and a community book library.
At this stage we are inviting anyone interested in this opportunity to get in touch with the committee with their ideas of how we can take this forward together. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments and questions or to arrange to come and talk to us.