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Welcome to the Over Haddon Village Hall news page.

This is the page to visit for any Over Haddon Village Hall news, alerts and updates. This page is updated regularly so please continue to check back for any news from the venue as it emerges.

Coronavirus update as of July 20, 2020: 

The Over Haddon Village Hall Management Committee met online recently to discuss the possible reopening of the village hall and following the Government’s announcement that community venues can operate once again together with the publication of extensive guidelines.

After a great deal of discussion and examining the process of reopening the hall, while ensuring that everyone remains safe, we have sadly decided to postpone it for the time being but to keep the situation under review.

There were a number of reasons which led the committee to this decision which included:

* At present, reopening under the current rules will result in very limited numbers of people being able to access the venue for activities such as film night, quizzes and keep fit and yoga.

* We are also not certain that even if we were to open for an event that people will want to come along until public confidence is restored in being able to go out socially.

* We are in a fast-moving situation and the rules are changing daily and it is currently uncertain if coronavirus will return following the partial lifting of lockdown across the country.

We know that when we reopen the hall, things are not likely to be the same as before and that there will be new rules to observe when using the building. We are as disappointed as you not to be able to offer our usual mix of entertainment and sports activities but we feel sure you will understand the situation both now and in the future.

The committee is due to “meet” again online on August 5 when we will again assess the situation taking into account any fresh guidelines and developments and will keep you abreast of our plans. Rest assured, we are working very hard to bring the village hall back into use as soon as it is safe to do so.

Meanwhile, following an extensive risk assessment and discussion among members of the Over Haddon Village Hall Management Committee, it was decided to reopen the playground from Tuesday, July 21.

But there are a number of rules and regulations to bear in mind for both children and parents and we hope you understand the need to heed these in order to keep everyone safe during these uncertain times surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

Please be assured that the committee has everyone’s health and safety at the forefront of everything we do regarding the playground and the village hall – which sadly remains closed for the time being.

Bear in mind that the playground is not supervised and although we have initially cleaned it ready for reopening, it will not be regularly cleaned and we cannot control who uses it on a daily basis.

The equipment has also been checked to ensure it is safe to use after the protracted closure.

The following rules must be observed – so parents please take time to make sure your children are aware of them. Notices will be posted throughout the play area to act as reminders and we recommend that one parent supervises your children while they are using the playground..

These guidelines have been drawn up by ACRE, which represents village halls, according to Government advice:

• Social distancing of 2m MUST always be maintained (or 1m with risk mitigation where 1m is not possible).

• Only one child is allowed on each piece of equipment at a time.

• No eating or drinking in the playground

• Parents/Carers – you will need to clean the equipment before your child uses it. Use hand sanitiser or wipes to clean your children’s hands before and after use.

• Do not touch your face. Remember to cough or sneeze into a tissue. Take tissues and any other litter home – use an arm if a tissue is not available.

• It is advised that children’s clothes should be washed when they get home.

• Families with clinically vulnerable members – do NOT use the equipment without first cleaning it.
If you or your family has any symptoms of Covid-19 then they should not use the playground and if anyone develops symptoms who has used the playground please contact the committee on 07975 591905 and we will close it immediately.

Many thanks for your cooperation,

Over Haddon Village Hall Committee

Coronavirus update as of March 19, 2020:

In common with all places of communal activity, Over Haddon Village Hall Management Committee has looked at the developing coronavirus pandemic situation and decided to close the village hall for the foreseeable future.

Everyone involved with clubs and groups that meet regularly in the hall is aware of the situation and fully in agreement that for now the hall should remain closed.

The management committee, while recognising that this needs to happen from a public health and safety point of view, is sad at the loss of a much-loved facility for the time being.

But it is buoyed by the positive messages of support that have come from people who are looking forward to the time when we will be able to re-open and once again offer our usual selection of events and activities.

May we take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support of the village hall and look forward to seeing you all there again in the not-too-distant future.

In the meantime, keep healthy and don’t forget to keep an eye out for your neighbours.

A fantastic turnout for our “Jazz in the Village” event

Dominic Spencer, left, and Ian Millar, right, performing at Over Haddon Village Hall.

We were really excited to welcome Ian Millar (saxophone) and Dominic Spencer (piano), a jazz duo from Scotland, to our village hall on Friday, November 22, for “Jazz in the Village”.

Based in Edinburgh, the duo has regularly and extensively toured the UK. They have embarked on many rural tours under their “Jazz in the Village” series, playing in hundreds of halls and often bringing jazz for the first time to remote communities. They frequently perform in intimate settings to appreciative audiences and the beautiful Scottish scenery that they have seen on their travels has inspired the writing of many pieces of music by Ian.

More than 40 people turned out to our village hall to watch the pair perform and there was high praise all round for an entertaining evening. So thanks once again to Ian and Dom for coming to our village hall!

Everything you need to know about Over Haddon Village Hall

If you wish to find out more information about the hall itself, how to hire the hall, what events are taking place and read about the clubs and groups which currently use the venueplease click on the appropriate links listed above to access those pages.

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