Pittington Village Hall Community Survey

Pittington Voluntary Community

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!

Christmas Market 23rd November 2013 10am – 2pm

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:

Phoenix cards
Body Shop at Home
Vintage Crafts
Word Art
Jams and Preserves
FM Cosmetics
Eden Gift Company
Children’s books
Vintage treats Cart

Plus our own Raffle, Tombola and Refreshments in aid of the Village Hall.

Autumn Show – Saturday 21st September 2013

Pittington Voluntary Community

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!

Competition Categories

All entries to be brought to the committee room by 11 am on Saturday

Vegetables

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.

Baking

  • 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.

Photography

  • 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!

Green Dog Walkers Event with free microchipping

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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’.

Business Opportunity – Pittington Village Cafe

Pittington Voluntary Community

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 treasurer@pittingtonvillagehall.org.uk with your comments and questions or to arrange to come and talk to us.

Northumbria in Bloom 2013

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Littletown, Low Pittington and High Pittington are taking part in Northumbria in Bloom again this year.

Judging for Low Pittington and Littletown will take place on 15th July. Judging for High Pittington is on 16th July.

The new Parish Council are keen to hear from anyone who is interested in helping the three villages prepare for judging in any way they can. A meeting of volunteers will be arranged shortly. The Parish Council can be contacted through their new facebook page or through the Clerk Amanda Sutherland – 07415009431 – pittingtonpc@hotmail.com or the chairman Cllr Andrew Sowerby – 07514431867 – andrew.sowerby@outlook.com.

 

Mobile Cinema – Wreck-It Ralph, Sunday 2nd June 3pm

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The mobile cinema returns to Pittington Village Hall on Sunday 2nd June at 3pm with the Disney film Wreck-It Ralph.

Wreck-It Ralph longs to be as beloved as his game’s perfect Good Guy, Fix-It Felix. Problem is, nobody loves a Bad Guy. But they do love heroes… so when a modern, first-person shooter game arrives featuring tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun, Ralph sees it as his ticket to heroism and happiness. He sneaks into the game with a simple plan — win a medal — but soon wrecks everything, and accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. Ralph’s only hope? Vanellope von Schweetz, a young troublemaking “glitch” from a candy-coated cart racing game who might just be the one to teach Ralph what it means to be a Good Guy. But will he realize he is good enough to become a hero before it’s “Game Over” for the entire arcade?

Only £2 per person. Refreshments available, including hot dogs, popcorn and hot and cold drinks.

Spring Market

Following the huge success of the Christmas Market last year, the Village Hall will be holding a spring market on Saturday 2nd March from 10am to 1pm.

Come along to see stall with fantastic crafts including handmade soap, handmade gifts, fabric bags, jewellery, cosmetics, candles, personalised gifts and cards, nail art, foil balloons, crafty parties in a box and wooden toys – find that perfect gift for Easter or Mothers’ Day!

We’re expanding with a mouthwatering food hall – come and select from handmade confectionary, artisan breads and jams, cakes and our chocolate fountain

Refreshments will be available plus tombola and raffle with fantastic prizes including four tickets for ‘Ladies day’ at Ramside Hall.

Pittington Village Hall Association AGM

Pittington Voluntary CommunityThe AGM for Pittington Village Hall Association will be held at the hall at 7:00pm on Wednesday 27th February 2013. All members of the Village Hall are invited to attend and to consider and vote on the following important items:

  1. The dissolution of Pittington Village Hall Association and the transfer of all assets to a newly formed incorporated charity to be called Pittington Community Association. The transfer to an incorporated organisation is a requirement of the asset transfer process put in place by Durham County Council.
  2. Election of the committee.

With respect to elections, the current Chairman and Bookings Secretary have both indicated their intention to step down so we do need new committee members. It is anticipated that the elected committee will become the first committee of Pittington Community Association if and when the transfer takes place.

Mobile Cinema – Madagascar 3, Sunday 17th Feb, 2pm

madagascar-3-most-wanted-posterThe mobile cinema returns to Pittington Village Hall on 17th February with Madagascar 3 at 2pm.

Entry is just £2 per person, refreshments will be available.

Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still trying to get back to the Big Apple and their beloved Central Park zoo, but first they need to find the penguins. When they travel to Monte Carlo, they attract the attention of Animal Control after gate crashing a party and are joined by the penguins, King Julian and Co., and the monkeys. How do a lion, zebra, hippo, giraffe, four penguins, two monkeys, three lemurs travel through Europe without attracting attention and get back to New York? They join a traveling circus. Their attempts to get back to New York are consistently hampered by the Captain of Animal Control who wants to make Alex part of her collection. Once they make it back to New York Marty, Alex, Gloria and Melman realize that they want to be part of the traveling circus.