This is a page that provides information for Spaldwick residents from the Village Hall Management Committee.
To contact the Village Hall Management Committee, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following disappointing progress in 14 years to establish a new village hall, a new committee has been elected to drive this initiative forward and seek ways to benefit villagers. The new committee intends to keep villagers informed of developments via this page.
Minutes of meetings
Please click on the links below to view minutes of all meetings held:
Contact the Village Hall Management Committee
To contact the Village Hall Management Committee, email email@example.com. The committee would welcome any points for discussion at their next meeting. Emails sent to this address will be forwarded to all committee members. Currently, the following are members of the committee:
- Grahame Leach (Chair)
- Raine Thompson (Treasurer)
- Lyndy Pullan
- Stephen Bowring (vicar of Spaldwick)
- Mike Robinson (representative of the Spaldwick Parish Council).
The village community purchased the old village school in Stow Road from the Cambridgeshire Education Authority on 1st July 1980, to be used as the village hall under governance of a registered Charitable Trust. The Trust was to be administered by an elected Village Hall Management Committee as Charity Trustees with the Parish Council as Custodian Trustees.
The old school, converted for use as the village hall, was put to enthusiastic active use but, by 2000, it became clear that it:
- needed extensive refurbishment
- its use had declined, making it financially unsustainable
- it was no longer fit for purpose.
Planning permission for the development of a major extension on the site was refused.
The Parish Council called a Public Meeting on 28th March 2001, which carried the proposition that the old village hall should be sold and the proceeds be used to build a new hall. A new Hall Management Committee was elected with the mandate to sell the old hall, obtain a site within the village and build a new hall.
Sale of the old village hall was completed in June 2002 – nearly 13 years ago.
The response to a Parish-wide questionnaire in November 2002 endorsed the requirement for a village hall with facilities to cater for a wide range of activities and for a village playing field sufficient for field games. It was agreed that the village hall and the long-standing need for the playing field should be taken forward in tandem, thereby increasing the chances of obtaining both grants and planning permission.
Following the sale of the village hall, a critical sticking point was locating and buying a suitable site for a combined village hall and playing field development. Furthermore, since that time, the average house price of a property in the Huntingdon area has increased by about a factor of three. Sadly, the invested proceeds from the sale of the old village hall have failed to keep pace with property prices and building costs. The balance of the Village Hall fund on 31st December 2014 was £258,724.
On the 9th February 2015, an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) was held to elect a new committee that is targeted with making progress and, ideally, bringing a long-awaited new village hall to Spaldwick.