Village Hall Dates for your Diaries in May and June

May-June 2018In the Village Hall it’s AGM time: May sees the Parish Council AGM; and the LRA AGM is in June.  Both meetings are open to the public.
So do PLEASE come along to have YOUR say. Both organisations need YOUR input.

May’s film will be “Dunkirk”; June’s film to be decided.

The LRA (Lurgashall Recreation Association) is holding its popular fundraising supper and Quiz Night on Saturday 5 May – postponed from earlier in the spring due to the inclement weather.  If you would like to attend, please contact Malcolm Caird.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lurgashall Shop News

New Deli produceThe shop has begun to introduce new DELI PRODUCE each week in the chiller cabinet which  are ideal for lunch or a light supper, including a larger selection of cheeses, honey roast ham and a selection of patés.

For those with VEGETARIAN or DIETARY requirements, the shop now sells Quorn mince from the freezer, Artisan nut roast, Gordon Rhodes gluten free Bread Sauce, and Alpro almond milk.

 

Easter news at Lurgashall Village Shop

Shop Easter 2018Lurgashall Village Shop is now operating as a community shop and has just completed its third week of trading.  Huge thanks go to everyone who has enabled this vital village hub to continue, including:

  • all our customers, old and new
  • the army of volunteers
  • Pam, who has so kindly agreed to help keep the Post Office going in March
  • the “management” – Sophie, Annabel, Malcolm, Hennie, Sally and Anthony, without whom this whole venture would never have happened.

The shop is open over Easter Bank Holiday weekend, so please make a visit and buy your groceries (and EASTER EGGS)!
From Monday (26th), there will be daily deliveries of fresh HOT CROSS BUNS until the weekend.
And for those who enjoy BAKING, the shop has extended its range of ingredients available on the baking shelves.
If you fancy the cake without the baking, there are three new delicious COOLMORE CAKES to choose from: lemon drizzle, chocolate fudge and carrot cake.
There is also a selection of lovely EASTER CARDS, and 
STAMPS are now held at the shop counter, should you need to post a card or letter when the Post Office is closed.
So, we are well stocked, looking forward to seeing you – and wishing you all a Very Happy Easter!

Village Hall Dates for your Diaries in March and April

Mar-Apr 2018MARCH  has seen:

  • the postponement of the L.R.A Quiz Night (in aid of the Jubilee Field) – now re-scheduled for Sat 5 May.
  • a warm and cosy matinee showing of ‘Paddington 2’ – brilliant film, delicious ice cream and enjoyed by children and grown-ups alike!
  • another very successful Easter Bingo evening, run with great aplomb by Francis and Rose Dillon-Thiselton.

 

APRIL offers the Horticultural Club’s Spring Show, (STOP PRESS: change of date to Thurs. 19 April); and the LRA AGM, when we’ll hear the latest news of what’s going on in the Jubilee Field.

Snow – and a Postponement

Snowy Lurgashall 2 Mar20182 March 2018 – Lurgashall Village is carpeted in snow and looks wonderfully picturesque, but…. it’s not easy for many villagers, and so neighbours are out in force to make sure that everyone is safe, warm and well.

Meanwhile, the ‘makeover’ to the Village Shop continues, in spite of the wintry weather, and the large team of volunteers are well on schedule to have the shop re-furbished, re-stocked and open again for business on Monday 5 March.

However, one casualty of the snow – our village is virtually cut off – is the LRA Quiz Night on Sat 3 March.  This will now be re-scheduled for sometime in May.

Shop Volunteers’ Meeting at Village Hall – Tues 20 Feb, 7.30pm

Shop meeting 20 Feb 2018It’s now only a few days before the Lurgashall Village Shop re-opens shop as the village’s very own Community Shop, and we cannot do this without the help of volunteers.

Following on from the public meeting on 8 Feb., all those who offered to volunteer with the village shop – in whatever capacity – are invited along to a meeting at the village hall on Tuesday 20 February, 7.30pm.  Doors and bar open 7pm.

 

 

Public meeting about Lurgashall Village Shop Thurs. 8 February, 7.30pm, at Village Hall

Shop meeting 8 Feb 2018Since the first meeting at the end of October, and in response to the fantastic feedback from the questionnaires, the Lurgashall Village Shop committee (LVS) has been working hard to ensure that we can provide a thriving village shop for the community and surrounding area. 

There will be a public meeting to update everyone on Thursday 8th February at 7.30 pm at Lurgashall Village Hall.

Lurgashall Village Shop Committee is: Sophie Jowett (Chair), Malcolm Caird, Anthony Crandon, Annabel Grout, Sally Ohlson and Hennie Cooper
Lurgashallvillageshop@gmail.com / 01798 861583

Lurgashall Village Hall awarded highly respected Hallmark Quality Awards

The following press release was issued on 22 January 2018 by Action in rural Sussex:Action-in-Rural-Sussex-logo

Lurgashall Village Hall in West Sussex has been awarded prestigious Hallmark Quality Awards in both Administration and Health & Safety Compliance by peer assessors on behalf of Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE).

Hallmark CertificatesThis is a huge achievement for Lurgashall Village Hall as it was on the verge of closure 12 years ago due to lack of use and an expiring lease. Hard work by the local community, together with support from Action in rural Sussex’s Village Halls and Community Buildings Advisory Service led to the negotiation of a new lease, as well as the raising of funds which covered the costs of a refurbishment and installation of a new kitchen and heating system.

Now used regularly for a wide range of activities including a luncheon club, monthly teas, Pilates classes, meetings of local organisations and for children’s birthday parties, this village hall is now truly at the heart of the Lurgashall community.

This is a timely award for the village hall as the 22nd January sees ACRE’s first ever #VillageHallsWeek – an annual celebration of the 10,000 village halls and other community buildings which exist at the heart of England’s rural communities.

What’s on in January 2018 at Lurgashall Village Hall

Jan-Feb 2018January is typically a quiet month in the Village Hall, but we still have our regular activities for the local community:

Monday 8th – Village Lunch

Wednesday 10th – Film Night – film to be announced shortly, but it will be a golden oldie voted on by the village!

Wednesday 31st – Village Tea (3-5pm)

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January’s ‘Pilates for All’ classes are on Monday 8th, Tuesday 16th, Monday 22nd and Monday 29th – all 7-8pm.  Please contact Eliza Wheeler if you’d like to join – 07929 365088.

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If you’d like to hire the Hall for a party or other event, or if you need to hire equipment for your own party, please contact the Booking Secretary on 07796 162304 or email admin@lurgashallvillagehall.org

Lurgashall Village Shop – update, and get involved!

This is a copy of an update by Annabel Grout on the situation with the Village Shop and Post Office that appears in the January edition of the village newsletter.  (Click here for previous news.)

Village Shop“The results of the village survey were overwhelmingly in favour of keeping the village shop open, and so the working group has been considering how to establish a viable project.  

The working group has notified the Post Office that the community is willing to take over the running of the village post office but have not so far had any substantive response from the Post Office.

We have confirmed with the freeholder that the community will take on the shop and post office but we do not yet know the length of the lease or the rent that will be required.  Subject to necessary building consents, the freeholder has indicated a willingness to provide an office space and lavatory behind the shop.

There are a number of potential sources for grants to enable the fitting out of a new store once the building works have been completed, but grants are unlikely to be available for running costs, salaries or stock.  Community shops in small villages often struggle to break even and an element of ongoing financial support from within the Parish, as well as volunteering, may be necessary to keep the shop open.

The working group looking into all this is now: Sophie Jowett (Chair), Malcolm Caird, Anthony Crandon, Hennie Cooper, Kathy Grace, Annabel Grout and Sally Ohlson.

Is there anyone in the Parish who has retail experience and would be interested in becoming the manager of the shop, or would anyone be willing to take on the post office?  If so, please email: Lurgashallvillageshop@gmail.com