2015 Newly painted exterior
And inside, a Summer Tea Party
The Village Hall was moved from a previous
existence as a bunk house for dam construction workers, and brought to
the existing location behind the Red Lion Hotel in the 1940s. The
accommodation and facilities are basic, but it has been used for a
variety of purposes including village meetings, lectures, dances,
keep-fit, tai chi, voting, funeral teas, children's parties, school
leadership courses etc. There is a rudimentary stage. The kitchen has a
tea urn, microwave, electric cooker, refrigerator/ freezer, electric
kettles, crockery, cutlery and glasses. The capacity is approximately
120 standing, while there is seating and tables for about 60 persons.
Tables, chairs, crockery and cutlery can be hired for outside functions.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS :
Bredwardine & Brobury Work Day: Friday, 19th August 2016 10am - 1pm in the Bredwardine & Brobury Village Hall. No experience required. Weeding, pruning, painting, general maintenance. Contact Sarah on 01981 500 155 for more details or just show up on the day. Many hands make light work.
August Bank Holiday BBQ, Monday, 29th August 2016, 4 pm until dusk
will be held in the Orchard opposite The Red Lion Hotel, Bredwardine. Food served from 4.30pm. Licensed Bar from 4pm. Children's activities. Raffle drawn @ 7.30pm. Donations greatly appreciated. Although the Village Hall Committee organise the day, it takes a village to have a great day. Once-a-year opportunity to lend a helping hand. Offers of food, helping set up on the day, cook or serve on the night all welcome. To sign up to help please contact Sarah on 01981 500 155. For raffle donations please contact Jan on 01981 501 111. In the event of rain, the BBQ will be held in the Bredwardine & Brobury Village Hall
Bredwardine & Brobury Village Hall Committee Meeting: Thursday, 6th October 2016 6pm in the Bredwardine & Brobury Village Hall
Bredwardine & Brobury Monthly Market:
Always more social than market! Our September 2016 Market will be held on Friday the 9th September from 10 am until noon, in the Bredwardine & Brobury Village Hall. Crafts, knitted and crocheted items, soft furnishings and more crafts all on sale plus homemade c ards featuring birds, flowers and wildlife, for all occasions. Fresh, local beef and lamb from the Meat Box at Allensmore, h ome produce, yummy cakes and fresh eggs all for purchase . Fairtrade cafetiere coffee and tea still costing only 80p a cup. Home baked cakes for consumption. £1 fee to sellers for a table. No need to book in advance. Just turn up on the Friday. The Village Hall is open for setup by 9 am on the day. If you do have a query, please contact Philip on 01981 500 398 or Sarah on 01981 500 155. Hope to see you there.
The Hereford Food Bank needs our support. It is a worthy cause. Anyone who receives food from the Food Bank, is referred by local services such as Social Services or Citizens Advice. All non-perishable items help working families as well as the unemployed. Donations to include, but not limited to, tins of meat, tins of vegetables, tins of rice pudding, pasta, rice, custard, dried milk, sugar, bathroom necessities and pet foods for Hereford's Food Bank. If you would like more details, please contact Gwynneth on 01981 500 606. Thank you in advance
Market Dates for 2016, always the second Friday of each month
VILLAGE HALL BOOKINGS
If you would like to book the village hall for a class or party or event or whatever, can be placed through Sarah Morgan
on 01981 500155 or email.
It is great that our village hall is being used on a weekly basis. For the month of September, our village hall is being used weekly on Tuesday nights from 6pm to 8pm, for those who would like to have a game or two of table tennis. Wednesday afternoons starting on the 7th of September from 2-4pm the Artists Group will meet for an informal, drop-in session to draw, paint and talk about art. Wednesday nights the Tai Chi group use the hall for their class. Our monthly market will be held on Friday, September 9th this month. St Andrew's PCC will meet in the village hall on Thursday, 15th September starting at 7.30pm. Cathy's Village Teas will "pop up" on Saturday, September 17th from 2pm - 4.30pm, serving teas and cakes in the village hall . And all day on Saturday, 24th September King Edward School, Birmingham will use our village hall as a base for outdoor activities in and around Bredwardine. Heartstart is scheduled on Thursday, 29th September.
The hall is now being used at least three times per week which is exactly the purpose of having a village hall. We are able to keep the rental costs low due to the fact that when people book the hall, they tidy up afterwards, keeping the expense of monthly cleaning low.
Our Annual General Meeting for the Bredwardine & Brobury Village Hall Committee was held on Tuesday, 24th May. I am pleased to report that we have a "full" compliment of committee members and officers as follows:
Sarah Morgan (Chair and Booking Secretary), Andrew Head (Secretary), Dave Morgan (Treasurer), Philip Bauer, Heloise Kirby, Graham Middleton, Jan Staley, Doreen Strang, Sandy Strang, Cathy Widdicombe. Wendy Middleton will continue to serve as (Parochial Church Council
Representative) on the VHC and Dennis Price as (Parish Council Representative).
Many thanks to all who serve on the Committee.
VILLAGE HALL PROJECTS
Improved Drive-able Access Project for the Bredwardine and Brobury Village Hall: Did I mention last month that we have a drive-able access to the village hall? Isn't it just great? The drive and turning area is proving to be exactly what we needed for everyone whether dropping someone or something off at the hall. Many, many thanks again to Paul, Richie and Panda who worked to our budget and completed the drive in a very timely manner! And of course, without Michael Taylor's generosity in allowing us turning access this would not have happened. Many thanks, Mr and Mrs Taylor! As I mentioned earlier in this month's news, we completed the project with no additional funding. This was mainly possible due to the annual revenue from our photo voltaic solar panels which we installed in December 2009 thanks to the insight of Patrick Dyke. In addition, we did have two anonymous donations towards the drive-able access from families who wish to remain nameless, which kept us in the black. Thank you! For 2016, the Village Hall Committee needs your support at our events. One last reminder. The turning area at the top of the access to the VH is a bit tight. So please take care when reversing.
AWARDS FOR ALL GRANT TO FUND KITCHEN PROJECT:
Bredwardine and Brobury Village Hall Committee applied for and received an 'Awards for All' grant totalling £7,487, to refurbish our village hall kitchen. The Committee organised a Kitchen Sub-committee to run the project, who in turn accepted bids from local builders to install the new components. As part of the grant application, the Village Hall Committee agreed to contribute £1,000 of our own money to the project.
Due to the age of our vintage 1939 structure, additional costs were discovered during the course of the project. Our Sub-committee approached the Wyeside Parish Council, asking for an additional £700, which they generously granted.
Electricity was brought up to code to support the new appliances. Ceiling and walls were painted prior to installing the new vinyl floor. Old kitchen "bits and pieces" were sold or given away in an effort to recycle and reuse. Installation started the third week of August and now Bredwardine and Brobury Village Hall is the proud "owner" of an "award winning" kitchen!
A big thank you to Awards for All for the generous grant to install our completely modern kitchen. Many thanks to Wyeside Parish Council for contributing additional funds to cover unforeseen costs. Without both funding sponsors, our Bredwardine & Brobury Village Hall funds could not have covered the project. Many hours of sweat equity from a few VHC members made it possible to serve tea and cakes for our September Market using the new facilities. Eileen and Peter Elderton officially opened the kitchen. A great time was had by all. Two lovely ladies who lived in Bredwardine many years ago came along on the day to help us celebrate. Ah, memories! Thank you to everyone for your support. Now, photos of the project, click here
For more information about available A4A grants, please follow this link http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/
SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC PROJECT:
The VHC applied for financial
assistance from BRE, Building Research Establishment, to install eighteen photovoltaic panels on the south
side of the hall roof. We were granted funding from the Community Sustainable Energy Programme and
BERR, Low Carbon's Building Programme-Phase 2.
- Simply amazing! As of December 4th, 2013 our solar photovoltaic panels have been producing for four years. Where did that time go! They continue to generate over £1,400 revenue for the village hall each year. If you have any suggestions as to how our village hall committee could spend this money for the benefit of the village, please contact me. Many thanks, Sarah
- One year later we are still celebrating! Not only are we an accredited FIT Generating Site, but our payments are indexed-linked! On Friday, 8th April 2011 at our Friday Monthly Market, we toasted Good Energy for buying our electricity and Greenearth Energy, Ltd for installing our Solar PV Panels. The sun shone brilliantly during our celebration. Inside the Village Hall, everyone enjoyed tea, cake and Buck's Fizz compliments of our new found source of income. What a great day! Thank you to all who supported us
- Feed-in Tariff Accreditation
It was a long, drawn out process but our eighteen Solar Photovoltaic Panels on the Bredwardine & Brobury Village Hall have now officially been approved for Feed-in Tariff payment, meaning that we will now be paid for the electricity we are generating.
In April 2010, the UK Goverment changed the payment scheme and all generation stations were required to reapply for FIT Accreditation to determine payment. On Tuesday (22/2/11) Good Energy was allowed to pay us for solar energy generated between 1/4/10 through 12/12/10. All of our anxiety, frustration and patience has paid off. Every six months we will continue to be paid for electricity generated. We are doing our bit generating energy for the national grid AND being generously rewarded for it!
Planning registered the project on 4/11/09,
posted the planning notice at the village hall and
took photographs of the existing village hall
plus sent out notices to neighbouring residents promptly before
approving our project.
- Greenearth Energy installed the panels in just three days despite the
rain and snow, starting 1 December 2009
- Good Energy contracted to buy our surplus electricity
Life is good being "green"!
FIT Payment Celebration
As of 12/08/16:
Total Units Generated
CO₂ Saved 9886 kg
To view the project in
photos, please click here
Contact Sarah for more details
01981 500155 or email
Diamond Jubilee Celebration : June 3rd and 4th, 2012
The rains stopped, the sun shone and life was perfect on Bredwardine Hill, for the Diamond Jubilee picnic and beacon last Monday. Many thanks to the Bowen family for allowing us to have the village festivities in their fields. Special thanks to Clive for building the perfect pyre and transporting chairs to the "hill top".
Coffee, Cafe and Produce Market with an Alternative Energy Boost !!
Our October 15th, 2010 market with an "alternative energy boost" was brilliant! As part of h.Energy Awareness Week our market focused on local sustainable projects including our 18 solar photovoltaic panels. The tea and cakes were yummy as always. There was plenty of produce, cheese, firewood and crafts to satisfy shopping needs. Thank you to everyone who participated and attended. Unofficial count on the door totalled 55. Special thanks to Ali and Kate from h.Energy who organised this successful week of event!
Our little 1939, timber-clad village hall was nearly bursting at the seams with all of the "energy" generated by alternative energy discussions.
Our new photovoltaic
panels are up and running, so it was time to celebrate our
achievement! Forty-five villagers, neighbours and friends turned
out on Friday, 9th April to toast Greenearth
Energy, Ltd, who installed our panels. Greenearth Energy answered
questions and the Hereford Times photographed the event. If
that was not enough, we held our first Coffee, Cakes and Produce
Market of 2010. The sun shone making our solar panels work
70th "Birthday" Celebration of the Bredwardine & Brobury Village
Hall: May 9th, 2009
and Brobury Village Hall marked the 70th Anniversary of its original
opening last Saturday, 9th May with a day of activities for the whole
community. The effort was well worth it!
Teas were served in the
afternoon when visitors were able to look at a display about the Hall
which included details of its history along with photographs and
memorabilia from the whole period from 1939 to 2009. In the adjacent
field there were activities for the children who enjoyed them
afternoon the recently refurbished toilets, with a new
‘disabled’ cubicle, were formally opened by local resident
David Hughes. A Big Thank You to "Awards for All" for their
photo competition showing current villagers during their early years
was the focus of much interest and amusement, and some incredulity when
the results were revealed during the evening.
to tradition a dance was held in the evening, with the "Gentlemen of
Jive" providing the excellent music, which was very well attended, and
much enjoyed by the large and very lively number of people, of all
ages, bringing to a close a wonderful day of celebration which was a
tribute to the affection in which so many hold this venerable building!
Although not a profit making celebration, close to £400 was
raised for village hall funds.
Previous to the celebration day
a dedicated band of helpers painted and decorated the Hall ready
for the day, and organised the event. It was wonderful to see so many
people attending, especially those, now living elsewhere, who returned
to the Village Hall bringing their memories with them, and greatly
adding to the happy atmosphere of the whole day. Thank you to one and
all who helped make the celebration a great success!
The hall is a
registered Charity Number 1041618.