March 2010

At the trusts AGM on the 26th of January, people were able to study plans both for the hall and for raising more money. They gave them their unanimous support. Retiring trustees Rob Summers, Eleanor Wood, Paul Forster and Kimmo Evans were re-elected and were joined by new trustee Neville Cheeseman. Tributes were paid to Neil Shepherd who had contributed energetically as a trustee until his sudden death in December. The website he built for the community will stand as his legacy. It will now be run by his closest friend, Bill Corr.

Our 12th night supper was to have been held in the hall on January the 9th but due to the incredibly cold, snowy and icy weather, it was decided to postpone it for a week to the 16th to give us time to thaw out and mend the pipes! Yet again the hall was full to bursting, such is the impressive support from the whole community at the present time. The weather must have made us all very hungry as the food which everyone had brought to share was devoured in a short space of time. Despite there being no charge for entry to this event, a profit of £227 was made for the hall fund, £160 of which was raised by Tony’s magnificent raffle. Liz’s picture quiz made us all work hard as did the 2009 Year table quiz – and of course the children were kept occupied by Eleanor’s colouring competition. It was an extremely pleasant, sociable evening.

Last Night at the Nissen Hut, Umborne.

The very last social event ever at the Hall will be on Friday 26th February at 7.30 pm. It has been decided to have the ever popular Soup and Pudding night to give everyone the chance to say goodbye to the Hall. The evening will be a whole family event, £5 for adults and £3 for under 12’s. We would like you to bring a mug or bowl for your soup (bowls can be hired if you forget!!) which you can refill until all the homemade soups have gone. Pudding dishes for the usual superb range of desserts will be provided. There will be a bar, a quiz, a raffle and other fun things to do. Maybe you will also have the opportunity to take home a souvenir of the Nissen Hut, like an old screw or a mouse. After nearly 60 years of constant use, we have to make sure that we say farewell to our hall in style so please do come along and support us. Bring the whole family and have fun! Your local trustee will contact you very shortly to gather numbers to make sure we can all fit in! The last two events have been total sell-outs! Adieu, farewell and adios!

There is an organ concert by our very own world renowned organist Peter Lea-Cox at his home in Umborne on February 19th to raise funds for the new hall. Full details will appear in the April magazine, as will details of the 27 Shute and Umborne marshals who are giving up their time to help with the famous Axe Valley Runners “Grizzly” run around Seaton, Beer and Branscombe on Sunday March 7th.

Rick & Eleanor Wood