On Tuesday evening the Community Centre hosted a Reception to celebrate the signing of the new lease. The Committee were delighted to welcome members of the many clubs and organisation who use the Centre and whose regular contributions help pay the bills. Also present were residents who have been involved with the running of the Centre in the past. It is this continued support and commitment from so many individuals that makes such an important contribution to the Centre’s success.
Also present was Councillor Mike Jones, the Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council and Councillor Lyn Riley whose responsibility within the Executive is for Localities. The Council are the Centre’s landlords and their support is important in ensuring that the building and the ground are kept well. Providing local services in new and innovative ways is a key policy of the Council and the way the Community Centre is managed ticks many of their boxes.
Alan Wilkinson, Chair of the Committee said ‘It was a great pleasure to welcome our guests and say a big thank you for their support. The new lease means we can start applying for grants for improvements to the building so we can offer more opportunities for the community to get together. We are very, very ambitious for the Centre’.
After the Reception the Annual General Meeting took place and the Committee was re-elected for the following year. Thanks were given to Richard Orfanelli who stood down as Treasurer after many years of service. Richard was the sole survivor of an earlier Committee whose resignation was the catalyst for change. His contribution has been much appreciated and was marked by the presentation of a small gift. Ted Lush will take over as Treasurer and Sue Hardacre will take the role of the Parish Council representative.
The wine for the event was provided by the local Co-op
As I suspect many of you have found out by now, the Community Centre has finally signed a new 25 year lease with CW&C which has secured the future of the Centre for the next couple of decades. With this security we can now approach funding bodies to enable significant improvements to be made to the building so that more organisations can make use of it and that more village needs and aspirations can be met.
To get support for our plans, a Community Questionnaire has been delivered to every household. PLEASE DO NOT IGNORE THIS! It will be collected by members of the Committee and you should have had a visit before the end May. Your views will help us convince those holding purse-strings that we are an excellent cause and worthy of support.
Our film nights continue to attract excellent audiences, and on May 23rd there will be another great double bill – Rio 2 and The Grand Budapest Hotel. I am assured that the latter is a comedy! We have decided to take a break from the Sunday matinee now the good weather is here, but plan on bringing them back when autumn comes.
On Saturday May31st we have the Nottingham Playhouse coming to Tarvin. I get a tingle down my spine when I say that, Nottingham Playhouse is one of the leading regional theatre companies and this is their first foray into rural touring. To have them in our village is a privilege. The play, The Second Minute, is based on actual letters written by soldiers during World War One – it should be a memorable evening. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for under 16’s and are available from The Post Office, by ringing 01829 741962/741468 or by writing to me, Sue Hardacre, Sunnybank, Holme Street, Tarvin CH3 8EQ. Please make out your cheques to Tarvin Community Centre and include an email address/phone number so that I can acknowledge receipt.
In June there will be a new series of fortnightly meetings to introduce the intricacies of the technological world to those who feel somewhat overwhelmed by it. Called GoOnLine these sessions will be free, equipment will be available or you can take your own. The service is provided by Rural Community Services West, a charity that receives some funding from CW&C and its purpose is to encourage everyone to be able to make use of technology in our increasingly internet based world.
We are delighted that the Summer Fete is attracting so much enthusiasm and we look forward to a great event. With the boost to our finances that this will no doubt bring, the future of the Community Centre looks very rosy indeed.
For more information please go to our website www.tarvincommunitycentre.org or our Facebook page www.facebook.com/tarvincc or our Twitter account @TarvinCC. We also send details of events to www.tarvinonline.org and if you wish to get information direct vie email, then do join our Friends of Tarvin Community Centre group. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to join.