Mudford Village Hall, Main Street, Mudford.
Bookings: 01935 850770 / 07855989532
Village Hall Improvements
Further improvement works have been completed in September 2010 including alterations to entrance lobby, kitchen and meeting room, improved access and extension to provide new toilets.Grant funding from South Somerset District Council, Somerset County Council, Mudford Parish Council together with grants from Virador and fund raising.
Reopening of the Village Hall Cafe on Thursday 21st May 2009
Our newly renovated village hall has re-opened - the ideal place for family parties, wedding receptions and community events.
The six week restoration exposed original beams, installed hi-tech mood lighting and updated the decoration with new panelling, paintwork and curtains.
Philip Muscutt Chairman of the Mudford Village Hall Committee, said;"The result is absolutely stunning and we are thrilled with the transformation"
Villagers From Mudford, Chilton Cantelo and Ashington were able to see their "new" hall at a special cafe and market on 21st May, which was also attended by representatives of fund raising agencies.
Philip thanked the long list of people who had given their time and money so generously and in particular the committee, who had worked so tirelessly over the past five years to put on a varied programme of fund raising events.
The Village Cafe in Mudford Village Hall Every Thursday 10a.m. to 12 noon
To book the Hall visit www.mudfordvillagehall.org.uk Discounted rates for residents of Mudford, Chilton and Ashington; please ask for details. Higher charges for non-local or commercial hires.
For details on Mudford Village Hall visit the website www.mudfordvillagehall.org.uk
MUDFORD VILLAGE HALL - HALLMARK AWARDS
Hallmark awards – what are they?
You may have noticed that on Mudford Village Hall notepaper, or in various other places you will have seen that the hall participates in the Hallmark scheme and would like to know what this is. This is a scheme started by the Community Council for Somerset to provide standards for the way in which the halls which are affiliated to the council meet various criteria. This scheme has been so well thought of that it has been taken up by at least twenty other counties in England - a feather in the Community Council’s hat!
Hallmark 1 is about how the administration of the hall is managed: if you are a charity, as Mudford Hall is, then do you work within the constitution or "Trust Deed" of the legal description of what the charity was set up to do. In our case the charity exists to provide and manage the hall for the benefit of the residents in the "area of interest", without distinction of political, religious or other opinions. It may be used for meetings, lectures and classes, recreation and for leisure time activities. The "area of interest consists of Mudford and Chilton Cantelo parishes; the latter includes Ashington.
There is a committee of management who are the Charity Trustees, with at least 5 elected members; they have legal responsibility to the Charity Commissioners.
To be awarded our Hallmark 1 we had to show that all the members of the committee understood our Trust Deed, that we meet regularly and keep the hall usable, that we keep proper minutes of our meetings and have all the necessary licences and insurances. We had to show that our accounts are properly kept and are independently examined and that detailed returns are made to the Charity Commission annually.
Hallmark 2 is about the way that the hall is kept. The inspection covers checks that all electrical equipment is checked by a qualified electrician every year; that our gas stove is also checked and that the hall meets Health and Safety standards. There has to be a fire officer who does correct Fire risk assessments, and a record has to be kept of all accidents and consequent actions taken if necessary. There has to be a nominated trained Child Protection Officer, and as we have a licence for entertainment and sale of alcohol there is a trained "Premises Licence holder" – there are policies for all sorts of things!
Hallmark 3 is about what the trustees are doing for the community – how involved the community is in the hall and whether the hall committee is helping to meet the needs of the community. Your hall committee hasn’t got to the Hallmark 3 yet.
There is quite a lot do, and having once achieved a Hallmark, it only lasts for three years before the committee and hall have to be re-examined.