Ferring Village Hall July report

By the time you read this, we will know if normal life resumed on June 21st as expected.

But whatever happened, it’s certainly an exciting time for the village hall with lots of new

bookings, and a new chairman at the helm! Many thanks to our previous chair, Timothy

Baldwin, who has stood down after three hardworking years. He did a great deal to ensure

the hall continued as a hub for village events and remained at the very heart of all things in


So welcome to our new chair, Peter Phillips. And who better than the man himself to tell you all about him:

“I am 62, and live on Ocean Drive, my wife Lynda and I moved here 5 years ago from south London, and certainly have never looked back.  When we moved here Lynda was looking for voluntary work and quickly became the bookings secretary for the village Hall and soon roped me into becoming a trustee too. Due to work commitments she has moved on but my involvement has remained.  We always wanted to embrace village life as much as possible and give back some of what we get.

I am still in full time employment in the highways and planning fields, and this along with considerable updating of our home keeps me busy alongside our 3 grown up children, all married with 4 grandchildren.

My vision for the village hall is to retain, maintain and improve this central facility for the village, and look to how we can make it more accessible and useful to the residents of the village. The past trustees have done a sterling job and I have big shoes to fill, but with the current group of trustees, I see a positive future for this important part of village life.”

There are also four new faces on the committee, Debbie Dilks, Richard Curtis, Andrew

Jackson and Simon Cornish. They are all keen to bring their many talents to ensuring a

bright, successful future for the hall.

You may remember reading the article about Simon in last month’s All About Ferring. He’s

had some responses in his quest to track down the creators of the squares in the

Millennium tapestry which he rescued from the Tudor Close pub. But if it was you, or

someone you know who came up with the idea for the tapestry in 2000, then he’d love to

hear from you. Email him on simon.cornish@mail.com

It looks like being a wonderful summer for the hall, with lots of enthusiasm and ideas

coming from committee who are always keen to hear your thoughts or ideas too. There is

a new armchair yoga class if you fancy keeping flexible at a more leisurely pace and the

much loved and missed film club resumes this month(subject to government updates on Covid restrictions) . Look out for details on posters around the village.

Finally.. it might seem a long way off but 2024 marks a very special occasion for Ferring

Village Hall. It will be 100 years since Mrs Georgiana Henty donated the land and paid for

the hall to be built. Planning begins soon on just how we can commemorate the centenary,

and involve the whole community in what will be a celebration to remember for another

100 years! So watch this space and if you have any thoughts, or ideas, do get in touch

Village Hall Latest as published in All About Ferring

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The Hall’s Annual General Meeting will take place on May 29th at the Village Hall, and members of the public are welcome to attend from 9am for tea and biscuits with the AGM starting at 9.30am, followed by a committee meeting. If you would like to attend, please email our Secretary before 15th May, at ferringvh.sec@gmail.com as places are limited.

We’re delighted to report that after many months of closure, the first step towards re-opening our doors and getting back to normal was scheduled to take place on Wednesday April 14th with the first event being the weekly village market. Of course, all events  until June 21st will be run according to Covid-19 rules, including social distancing, the wearing of masks etc.

The next milestone is May 17th, from when indoor events can take place but at reduced capacity. The Main Hall will accommodate up to 30 people seated, and the Club Room, 20 people seated. On June 21st, these remaining restrictions will be removed with clubs and societies allowed to meet and we can even have a dance! And no masks necessary and no social distancing! But the test and trace system will still be operating so records of attendance will be required. (These dates are all, of course, subject to confirmation nearer the time).

A popular event already scheduled is the return of the Film Club, which is due to show Military Wives on July 16th.

As part of the Hall’s ongoing maintenance programme, we have a new flat roof on the Club Room and the boiler room.

As a post Covid effort and way to refresh our noticeboards, hirers have been invited to provide new posters to display in the boxes outside the hall. Do let us know if you like the new posters and if they inspire you to try some of the many activities going on at the Hall.

Ferring Film Society

Subject to Government rules, Ferring Film Society are planning to reopen and show the first film on Friday July 16th, 2021. Doors will open 6.30 for a 7.00 pm start. Ticket price £6


Friday 16th JulyMilitary Wives
Friday 17th SeptemberLittle Women
Friday 15th OctoberThe War With Grandpa
Friday 19th NovemberEmma