Through a thorough and comprehensive regime of day to day to maintrenance / regular decoration / annual boiler servicing / annual safety checks of the play equipment / responding to feedback from hirers etc; the pro-active Village Hall and Recreation Ground Managemt Committee has been able to keep down expenditure - by dealing with minor, inexpensive problems, as they occur (rather than leaving them unti expensive, major works are required), In this way, the Committee has made best use of its resources, while at the same time keeping the fabric of the building and the decorative standard of tthe Hall sufficiently high enough to continue to attract both long and short term hirers.
Removal of tiles, battens, felt from one corner of the roof - and fiitng of new breathable roof underlay and new battens.
Location and repair of leaking CH supply pipe / deep cleaning of all radiators / replacement of various radiator valves / insertion of chemical inhibitor, replacement of diverter valve.
The cutting out and replacement of areas of damaged safety surface around the playground slide.
Wear & tear; and the replacing of the old flourescent strip lights with modern LED units resulted in holes and marks in the hall's ceiling. The holes and marks have now been repaired, and the ceiling (along with the kitchen ceiling and entrance porch ceiling) were re-decorated on April 6th & 7th 2019.
Following a trial installation of two units, all of the ceiling lights in the Hall have now been replaced by low-voltage LED units.
Each of these units provides the same (light) output as the old fluorescent units which they are replacing.
Their design means that they won't be susceptible to damage / they won't become receptacles for dead insects (!) / they'll provide the same level of illumination / they are easier to clean / they have a far more modern appearance .
But most important of all is their lower wattage: with all Hall ceiling lights on, the total power consumed will be over one kilowatt less than the existing lighting!
A little while ago, the kitchen was provided with a brand-new, LPG-fuelled cooker. This is a huge improvement on the old unit; and has already been much appreciated by hirers and users of the Hall. It has a grill, two fan-assisted ovens and seven burners.
In order for Pre-School to operate at the same time as the Parent & Toddler Group - a room divider has been installed.
This is a very impressive, sturdy item and has already proved to be a most useful and an invaluable asset to the Hall.
Day-to-day maintenance tasks have included::
The cutting back of vegetation, obscuring the Village Hall Sign.
Extensive cutting back / weeding / pruning / tidying of the grounds around the illage Hall.
Extensive gutter cleaning / repairing.
Thorough tidying /re-arranging of Committee Room.
Re-positioning of hallway noticeboards, to enble the trestle trolley to be positioned adjacent to the double entrance doors.
Remedial work to the kitchen sink waste outlet sytem.
Repair to Hall window frame / closer.
Replacement of taps / tap inserts in various locations.
Replacement of toilet cisterns and toilet seats.
Replacement of wired glass in main entrance door.
Fitting of 'hold-back' hooks to all three front entrance doors.
Refurbishment of counter lip and adj. area.
Dismantling and removing of old netball goal and basketball goal. (Items beyond repair).
Replacing the chains and associated fittings on all swings.
Installation of an external post box
Installation of lockable key-safe..
One of the front door locks became unreliable and was replaced by a new, high quality (5-lever Yale) mortice lock.
Replacing the fencing at the far end of the field which had been broken down, and afforded access into the adjacent field. (The VHC employed a local contracter to carry out the work).
The same contractor also carried out extensive tree surgery at the Recreation Ground: Damaged, un-safe branches were removed and the leylandii trees behind the play area were trimmed and their height reduced by 50%.
The cost of these works was significantly reduced by granting the contactor permission to shred and distribute the removed wood on site. (Thus avoiding off-site removal costs)