“A facility run by villagers for the good of the village”

Big Sing Impromptu Choir - 9th December 2012 (afternoon)

Following the success of last year's 'Flash Mob Sing', Emily and Dave return to get Osmotherley singing at the 'Christmas Big Sing'. All welcome, just turn up and sing! A small fee will be charged at the door. Refreshments available.

Heriott Hospice Ceilidh 15th December 2012

A night of celtic music and dancing in aid of our local hospice.

Carol Evening Monday 17th December 6.30pm

Please join us for carol singing with Osmotherley Silver Band, mince pies and mulled wine. All welcome.

Pocket Panto return with Cinderella! December 29th 2012 2pm

Pocket Panto, are proud to present their Cinderella, following last year's success at Osmotherley with Jack and the Beanstalk. Using a cast of three professional actors, Pocket Panto will be bringing everything you'd expect from a traditional family pantomime, with live singing, dancing and lots of fun!

Tickets £ 8, including refreshments. Call 883 721. Performance lasts approximately 1 hour.

Karate Fridays 6.00 - 7.30pm

A friendly club which welcomes new members.

Contact instructor Osmotherley - Sensei Lee Collier 07709497716

The club teaches Goju-Ryu karate and is a member of F.E.K.O (Federation of English Karate Organisations). They are fully insured, CRB checked and train students of all ages from 5 upwards. The First trial class is free for everyone, classes are then £ 5 per class or there are some offers available for students who wish to travel to our other classes and train multiple times per week.

The club offers a friendly and family orientated atmosphere yet also cater for the more serious karate-ka and can offer great opportunities to train with higher graded Goju Ryu instructors. We are an open group with the aim of educating each other in the vast area which is Martial arts and also coaching and introducing karate to the younger generations. Everybody is welcome to come and watch or join in at their own pace, there is no pressure, and our doors are always open to people who may have questions or are just curious to see what we do and why we enjoy it so much.

New heating and insulation system

Following a further meeting with the electrician, on July 26th the Village Hall Committee, which includes regular hall users, has finalised the plans for a new heating system.

Summary of agreed new heating system

4 storage heaters for background heat; Quartz infrared heaters for instant heat, separately controlled; fan heaters in toilets; panel heaters on stage kitchen and supper room.

Summary of agreed new insulation

Replace all windows to current standards; improve from door thickness to bring it to current standards; reduce drafts by installing curtain across entrance area.

Funding and and timescales

Costs will be covered from village hall reserves. Reserves will still be maintained in line with eth charity commission guidelines. Work is planned for w/c 23rd September.

LEADER match funding has been secured and this will be used to further improve the hall. We plan to improve the kitchen and the website.

Background information

Fryup Village Hall use infrared heaters and were contacted for information about their suitability. They are happy with their infra-red heaters. We asked specifically about the issues raised in our consultation and Fryup have not experienced those problems.

We have also provided to users an explanation of other options we investigated, specifically Air Source Heat pumps. These were have found to be unsuitable.

AGM October 18th 2011 Chairman's Statement

This year the hall has seemed busier than ever, particularly in the evenings, thanks to our ten affiliated groups and the fitness classes. We are lucky to have so much demand for the facilities. I am particularly grateful to the volunteers who are so committed to running activities for the benefit of the community.

As well as our regular activities, the hall hosted Royal Wedding celebrations with Friends of the School and a Yorkshire Film Archive event with Osmotherley Film. The committee have taken on management of the public toilets, enabling this facility to remain open.

The main investment this year was the new sound system, selected and implemented by Osmotherley Village Theatre. The new system is already benefitting groups such as Osmotherley Film, Youth Club and Zumba Keep Fit. We look forward to the Village Theatre using it in their next production.

This year saw a change in the Summer Games constitution to enable groups other than the hall to benefit from the funds raised. We expect the village hall will continue to be well supported by receiving 80% of the funds raised. The Summer Games have been an important source of income and have enabled the hall to build up healthy reserves of around £16,000.

A community consultation questionnaire indicated that poor heating is seen as the main problem with the hall. Next year we are planning to invest some of the reserves to address this issue. We intend to reduce our significant electricity costs by selecting more efficient heaters, with guidance from an expert from Teesside University.

We plan to respond to the community consultation questionnaire by increasing daytime activities, providing more fitness classes and scheduling some adult education classes. Other planned developments include a new screen for film events, Rural Arts performances and the use of social-networking to communicate news and events.

Thank you to everyone for your help in making the most of our village hall.

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