There will be a number of changes in arrangements for the Village Hall following the Hallkeeper’s decision to step down. Dunshalt Community Association are hugely grateful to Violet Crawford for her service to the hall and community for 14 years. It is however unlikely that we will find someone in the immediate short term who will take on all the duties previously carried out by the Hallkeeper and so we are having to share these round. Hopefully we can continue to provide an excellent service to our Hall user groups.
The new arrangements we are putting in place are as follows:
Phone - 07436 770021
We've set up a mobile phone and number which can be handed round committee members to ensure all holidays etc are covered. If you don’t get a reply, please do leave a message and we’ll get back to you ASAP.
We've set up a new, dedicated Hall email address which will be monitored by whoever has the mobile phone. We can also be contacted via the general Dunshalt Community Association email –
Web - www.dunshaltvillage.co.uk/villagehall
We've revised the structure of the village website so that all information about the Hall, including downloadable booking forms and let charges, are available on a single click
Our preference is for hall user groups to pay by bank transfer (BACS). This can be on an ad hoc basis or following a 3 monthly invoice. Our bank details will be proovided to users at the time of booking.
If payment is made in cash please place in an envelope, label it with the Hirer name and drop it in letterbox at 1a Chapel Road, Dunshalt.
We'll endeavour to have the Hall open prior to all Hall lets. However this may not always be possible and in this case the front door key will be available in the key safe on the Hall door. Users will be advised of the code at the time of booking.
In these instances we ask that Hall users ensure that all lights are switched off, the door is locked and the key replaced in the key safe at the end of the let.
We aim to have the Hall heated to a comfortable temperature for all Lets. For the most part (i.e. all regular lets) this will be accomplished by the automatic heating timer. Please DO NOT try to adjust the heating via the radiator controls – any adjustment you make will only make the Hall colder.
If you find the Hall too warm or not warm enough, please let us know and we can adjust the automatic system to meet your requirements.
We'll ensure that the Hall is clean and ready for all user groups. Whilst we do not expect groups to do any hoovering or mopping, we do hope that they will ensure that all litter (e.g. crisp bage, plastic bottles) is placed in the bin in the kitchen.
In taking on the responsibilities previously undertaken by the Hallkeeper, members of Dunshalt Community Association hope to continue to provide a clean, warm and affordable community facility for both Dunshalt residents and those in the surrounding area, as has been the case for the last 180 years.
Whilst there will no doubt be hiccups in this transition period we ask user groups forbearance. Without this volunteer input the Hall charges would have to rise dramatically, putting the facility out of the financial reach of many groups and organisations.
Should anyone have any comments, suggestions or indeed complaints at any time, please never hesitate to contact us and let us know.