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