Annual General Meeting

Successful and eventful year for Village Hall and Playing Field

Lesley, Gerald and Mervyn.


Gerald Shervington, in his sixth year as Chairman, reported on yet another successful and eventful year for the Village Field and QE11 Playing Field.

The Hog Roast and Autumn Auction were again important fund raisers.

The Hog Roast: Despite the threat of rain on the day, the event still managed to generate over £2,200.  Thanks went to members of the sub-committee comprising Lesley Shervington, Angie Archbold, Pete Bowman and Stancy Coughlin. Gerald also thanked all the people who helped set up and take down the gazebos and those who manned the stalls and various games.

Another big fund raiser was the Autumn Auction at the Lamb & Flag, where villagers enjoyed watching Richard Houseman and Mervyn Beecroft 'extracting' £2,247 from those present. The total included £340 for an hour's flying donated by Tim and Maddie Harvey. In addition £232 was raised from a raffle in which the main prize was a meal for four at the Lamb & Flag kindly donated by Trevor and Carol Pawson.

Gerald thanked all those villagers who had baked cakes, donated gifts, painted paintings, made jams, given their time or simply turned up on the night. He also thanked the backroom staff who included Pauline Houseman, Pauline Beecroft, Pete Bowman and David Way.

The total raised overall was £2,468 which will go towards providing new external doors at the Village Hall.

Gerald had special praise for Trevor and Carol who again hosted the evening, and who over the years have raised an amazing  £81,000 for village causes - £53,000 from the autumn auction of £28,000 from the weekly meat raffle.

Club achievements

Gerald went on to report on the achievement and succcesses of member clubs.

The Bowling Club continued to prosper and now had over 40 members. The men won the Dalesman League for the fifth successive year and also won the mixed triples Bateson League for the third time.

The Entertainments Group had had a busy year with sing-along film shows or Mamma Mia! and The Sound of Music. In November they put on two one act comedies which were well attended and highly enjoyed. They were now preparing to put on Cinderella in February.

Croquet: The last season marked the club's 10th anniversary and a very full programme was laid on to mark the occasion. This included two new Yorkshire tournaments being hosted here for the first time, and two teams competing in the Yorkshire League. One of the club's players, David Widdison, who learnt his croquet at the club, had been picked to play for England. There was praise for Alan Wigby who maintained the lawns to a very high standard.

Table Tennis: The club continued to thrive with over 100 members with eight groups playing each week of the year. This involved 400 sessions a year and provided the Village Hall with a contribution of over £5,000. The club not only provided a competitive and fun activity but this also brought health benefits. The hope was expressed that more village residents would join the club.

Cricket: This was the club's first year using the covers kindly provided by Kebbell Homes. They had made a huge difference to the wicket. The ground was picked to host the prestigious main Nidderdale League Knockout Cup Final which was attended by over 200 spectators. Alan Wigby was congratulated on providing a fabulous wicket, and thanks also went to Bob Upton, Mick Jackson and John Binns for their hard work and dedication in maintaining the Playing Field grounds and also for their work within the Village Hall.

Gerald also referred to the Kebbell Homes development which is now well advanced and it was believed would be completed and fully occupied by the time of the next AGM.  When completed the development will bring 55 new residents to the village .

Gerald said Kebbell had promised various enhancements to the Village Hall and member clubs, and this was on top of approximately £30,000 in commuted funds which would become available when the site was completed

Gerald had special thanks for Alan Wigby who continued to ensure that our sports clubs enjoyed excellent grounds on which to play. Thanks also went to Mick Jackson, Bob Upton and John Binns for what they did to make the grounds beautiful and picturesque; to Lesley Shervington for her work both as Secretary and Bookings Co-ordinator and to Mervyn Beecroft for his work as Treasurer.

Gerald concluded by also thanking those 'too numerous to mention' who helped make this Village Hall and the Queen Elizabeth 11 Field the best in Yorkshire.

Financial position

In his Treasurer's report Mervyn Beecroft reported income for the year of £24,133 (v £24,589 in 2016) with the largest part of it (£19,818) coming from ground and hall rentals from some 800 bookings. Expenditure for the year was £15,567 (v £20,649 for 2016), providing a balance of £45,125 (v £36,560).

Mervyn said that while this last figure suggested we were 'awash with money' this did not reflect the true position.  In the coming year we faced steeply increased insurance premiums, the likelihood of more maintenance being needed and also some possible uncertainty about continuation of the fund-raising income from the Lamb & Flag. That was why having this largish balance was important.

Gerald thanked Mervyn for his hard work and wise counsel, while Mervyn thanked Gerald and Lesley for their tremendous input.

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