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.
New this season, films for grown-ups at only £5.00 a ticket
For all information about events at the Community Centre seethe A-Frame in Tarvin High Street where up and coming events are advertised. For details of regular classes, meetings and rates go to our website www.tarvincommunitycentre.org or go on line at www.tarvinonline.org.
A Dragon in Tarvin
An excited audience of about 45 youngsters – together with their appropriate adults! – enjoyed a lively and cheerful performance of The Dragon That Hates Poetry at the Community Centre on Friday October 18th. Performance poet Dommy B brought much laughter and some splendid joining in bits to the excited audience. With some lovely visual effects and some inspired ‘instant poetry’ Dommy B held his audience well.
What particularly pleased the youngsters was how willing he was to talk to them, both during the intermission and afterwards. Many members of the audience took the opportunity to purchase his recently published book of poems.
Over a drink with him afterwards – a perk of the promoter! – Dommy, otherwise known as Dominic Berry, said how much he had enjoyed coming to Tarvin. He realized that the audience was rather younger than usual, so adapted his performance by coming down from the stage to engage more directly with the young people. This also had the effect of re-focusing their attention and calming down their excitement. Dominic has taken this piece to the Edinburgh Festival, and has since been touring with it in the North West.
Sue Hardacre said, ‘This was a great piece of children’s theatre and we were delighted that so many people came. Once again, we are indebted to Cheshire Rural Touring Arts for helping us bring such good performers to Tarvin. We also made a modest profit, which was a pleasant bonus’ The Community Centre were especially pleased to welcome to the performance a little girl who had chosen the evening as a birthday treat and brought 14 of her friends along as well!
The next theatrical production is on Friday 1st November at 7.30pm. 6 Impossible Things is a comedy-theatrical-spectacular suitable for all the family and blends magic and science to create an exuberant ride to a topsy-turvey world where nothing is as it seems. Tickets will be £8 for adults and £5 for under 12’s and will be available from the Post Office or from 01829 741962
Somehow things in the Community Centre seem quieter in summer, but there is still the steady use of the two halls every week. It is this regular support that forms the bedrock of the Community Centre’s financial stability and we are delighted that so many organizations and individuals use our facilities. To add to the services on offer we now have free WiFi. Please ask a Committee member for the code if you need to use this while at the Centre.
The Family Film Nights continue to be a success and we plan to continue them throughout the autumn. So if you have young children do keep the last Friday of every month free. There may well be a show in August but we do not have confirmation of a film yet, so do look out for the A-frame in the village, visit our website www.tarvincommunitycentre.org or the new village website www.tarvononline.org
The Committee has been working with the wonderful Cheshire Rural Touring Arts organization to bring a couple of new shows to the village in the autumn. On October 18th out younger residents will be able to hear the very talented story-teller, Dommy B in ‘The Dragon who Hates Poetry’ and on Friday November 1st there will be a weird and wonderful show called ‘6 Impossible Things’ . Even the Committee is not quite sure what will be happening, as the show is being specially commissioned, but the company coming usually do street theatre and this is described as using music, magic and daring. It will be suitable for all ages so please do put these dates in your diary and watch out for further details.
Following our successful Junior Disco last year, we have arranged to repeat the event on November 15th.
Looking further into the future, the Community Centre Committee is working to support and sponsor a traditional Village Fete in July next year. At the moment we have a sub-committee of one, the incredible Jo Richards, who has already persuaded a large number of local organizations to participate. In September we hope that there will be a somewhat larger group formed to help Jo, so that this event, which will be to boost funds of both Community Centre and local organizations, can really develop momentum. So many people have expressed a wish that the Carnival of years gone by can be revived. This is the chance to get involved and make things happen. Go on, you know you want to!!.
Contact Alan Wilkinson on 01829 740868 or Sue Hardacre on 01829 741962 for further details of any Community Centre activities.