have the lease in my possession.
Just need to arrange a time to get all the three parties together to
sign it and get the last of the paperwork together.
Then it’s up to the charity commission to authorise the start
date then work can start
notice period ends tomorrow and I have a meeting with the solicitor
on June 7th , hoping I come home with the new lease and can arrange
for to it to be signed.
******Breaking news! *********
Today I got written
confirmation that we are to receive £40,000 from the section 106
money from the Meadowfield housing development. Big thanks to all of
you who bought a house!
we have raised £565,000 which is more than enough for the build,
any surplus and the £2,000 from Tesco and the co op members scheme
and anymore I can find will go towards the landscaping. Many thanks
to Councillors Paul Taylor and John Turnbull, Andy and Pam from Mid
Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP) for supporting the new hall and
all your help.
We are 5 days
into the 30 days notice period about the new lease and then it can be
you for your continuous support and patience. Lesley
St. John’s church aren’t having a spring Fayre this year
and are having a gift day instead. All money will be towards the new
heating system. All donations greatly appreciated and next year I can
get 25% back in gift aid. Please put donation in an envelope and pass
onto church or someone you knows who attends. I can take them if you
send me a message. Thank you.
Thanks to everyone who voted in the Tesco blue token scheme.
I’ve had an email whilst I was out (it’s my birthday today)
that we came 2nd and have won £2,000. This will be towards the
landscaping so thank you very much.
The hall is having a fundraiser at Meadowfield British legion on Saturday
February 17th. 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm . Craft stalls, refreshments, raffle,
tombola. Donations appreciated for tombola, raffle and cakes on the
With some more cake sales yesterday the total raised from Sunday’s
event is £403, this brings the total raised by the community to
over £18,000 which is brilliant.
forgot to change your co op membership scheme to the hall. Can be done
start January 2nd in various Durham Stores.
the deadline of tenders of 20th December to find how much is needed.
Total in the
pot so far is £524,646 with a few grant claims in the application
If you shop at Tesco please make sure you ask for the blue tokens. The
hall is in with a chance to win £4,000 between 2nd January and
28 th February. Brandon Carrside Youth club are currently in the scheme
so please vote for them.
An amazing £541
was raised at the rock & roll night which must take us over £518,000
now. 3585 is the only unclaimed raffle ticket from last night.
massive thank you to Jan Shoulder for organising tonight's latest rock
and roll night x
first AGM tonight. Thank you to everyone who came. Lovely positive comments
about the new plans. Building costs have gone up considerably but there
is an option for the hall part not to be as big but it would still hold
180 people seated and fit 10 round tables for 110 people for weddings/
This would make the back area bigger which the space could be utilised
for all sorts of outdoor activities/parking. Has a meeting room for
12 people and a large kitchen that can be used for meetings as well.
All exciting if we can get the lease and raise the rest of the money!
It's only been three years and we have achieved so much in that time.
For any enquiries please see Facebook stjohnshallmeadowfield
or contact Lesley on firstname.lastname@example.org
John's Hall Meadowfield AGM will be on Thursday, May 11th at 6pm in
St. John's church. The project managers will be there with the plans
in 3D images.
If any one has any questions, they must be given in writing before May
7th. Please send to either Lesley Baxter (email@example.com), Fr. Carl
or David Jocelyn. All welcome.
you to everyone who braved the rain and came to our fundraiser today
. Over £700 raised. Unclaimed raffle prizes please contact me.
rock and roll night on December 2nd was a great success and £550
was raised. Thanks to Jan shoulder for organising
The next fundraiser
is booked for Saturday February 11th at the British legion. An afternoon
event with refreshments, tombola, raffle and craft stalls. Donations
appreciated for the tombola and raffle. More details to follow.
this Friday - 25th November 7-11pm. Fundraiser for the hall and carrside
youth and community project
I went to see the
new community hall at hamsteels this afternoon and it looks lovely.
Mid Durham AAP are having their board meeting there on Wednesday at
6pm so I'll be getting a proper look round. Anyone can attend this meeting
where the councils budget cuts for 2017/18 will be discussed and the
police crime commissioner will be giving a presentation so should be
a good night. If you can attend please email Lynn.firstname.lastname@example.org
anyone is interested in booking the hall please email me email@example.com.
We are writing a business plan and need to ask users what they require
and what it will be used for . Also the more interested users the better
for grants. Thank you , Lesley
Thank you to anyone who nominated the hall to the TSB
community fund, unfortunately we weren't successful this time.
I have had a phone call from Newcastle building society so fingers crossed
that is successful. If anyone knows of any funding going please let
me know, down to the last £76,000!
We need your help!
We had our first meeting with the project managers this afternoon. Please
could people email or message me on what you think the hall needs. Facilities,
flooring, equipment, security, large toilets so can get changed in ,
baby changing facilities.
The project managers are looking at the plans which went to the council
but want to know exactly what it will be used for so they can tweak
What do you expect in a brand new community hall. It will be a dementia
friendly building . And have the hearing aid loops.
Also if any one is interested in using the hall for a group/event/party/meetings
etc please let me know, the more interest we get the better it is for
grants . We have a waiting list for parties already. I would love it
to be used for a wedding reception , the bride would have a blank canvas
to to with what they want.
Hope you can help. Lesley
you to banks community fund. Originally we were granted £5,000
which they changed to £20,000. Email received for in fact £22,000.
Total so far up to £492k. By the end of July I will hear from
another two potential funders. First meeting with D3 the project managers
on Thursday. The saga of the land continues but we are confident the
solicitor can sort it out so a lease can be granted. Next fundraiser
Friday from 7pm. Only a handful of tickets left so should be a brill
Brandon and Meadowfield residents group meeting tomorrow Monday 11th
July from 6.30pm. Held at the community centre at sycamore park( turning
opposite the Wok inn) Representatives from Dcc will be there to listen
to your concerns regarding the Stoneacre car dealership on sawmills
lane. Should be an interesting and lively meeting.
a brilliant week for the hall fund, found out last week we had £1,500
from Co. Durham foundation trust, yesterday we were awarded another
£5,000 from another donor through CDFT and today I came home to
a letter from the Foyle Foundation offering £5,000. That's £490k
in the pot now. Aiming for £580k to cover all the legal fees and
project manager fees. Almost there!
Next fundraiser - rock and roll night on 22nd July at the legion.
out today we have been granted £1,500 from co Durham foundation
trust. This brings the total so far to £480,000. There is a legal
issue that needs sorting out before we can move on to the next stage.
In the mean time I am filling in grant applications for the rest of
the building and fees costs. The budget is currently £570-580k
to cover everything so only £90-100k left! If anyone sees any
funding opportunities please please let Lesley know.
and roll night and raffle on the 22nd July from 7pm at the legion. Tickets
£3 and can be purchased from Lesley Baxter , Shirley Kidd , Jan
Shoulder or behind the bar.
Thanks, Lesley Baxter
Please support the hall fund
by registering at www.thegengame.com http://www.thegengame.com
Once registered order your smart plug and go onto "leagues"
click on the northern power grid logo and a drop down menu shows you
the charities set up. Any problems either contact me or of you use the
contact us they are very quick at getting back to you. You can win prizes.
you to everyone who came today , £937 raised for church funds.
£ 1.039 eventually
this week from the William Webster trust, this brings the total in funding
up to £ 477,500.
you to Jan Shoulder and Carol Cook for selling knitted ducks over Easter
for the hall fund. £135.50 was raised
a brilliant night, over 100 people old and young. A great joint event
with the legion and carrside youth club. Thank you to everyone who came.
£66 raised for the hall fund and all the raffle prizes were claimed.
If anyone has any photos please share them. Once i get the official
ones I will put them on
trying for this again, if anyone else wants to try for us that would
be brilliant. The postcode is dh7 8rg. Budget we are aiming for is £550,000
to include fees. There is a top prize of £150,000 which would
be enough for the rest of the building costs and landscaping/car parking
and regional prizes of materials Which would still be a great help.
- Building Better Communities is back with £250,000 available
to transform local communities
out yesterday that a funder who pledged £5,000 before the fire
have now offered £20,000, subject to some form filling, if successful
that's brings the total raised to £475,000. Nearly there!
I will be at Brandon welfare hall on Easter Sunday with some jewellery
and Tombola raising money for the hall fund as well as the clothing
bank. 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm
with the hall incase you were wondering why nothing was happening on
the site. An appointment of a project manager or a builder can't start
until we have a few things finalised. One was to become a registered
charity known as St. John's hall Meadowfield , this was confirmed on
22nd February. Another part is to sort out a new lease with the current
owners of the land which is the Lord Boyne estates. This is currently
in the hands of the solicitors. Finally we need to raise enough money
to complete the building and the conditions of the planning permission.
We have raised £450,000 so far plus £11,000 from community
fundraising. Planning permission has been granted and building control
have seen the plans. We do need to raise more than the original £500k
budget to cover the project manager fees. Another grant claim went off
last week and I have some more to look at. Any questions please message
me and I will try and answer any queries or concerns you may have. Thanks
you to everyone who came today, the stall holders, all the helpers and
organisers. Over £980 raised for the rebuild fund so thank you
so much, that's over £11,000 raised by the community since the
some great news this morning that St John's Hall Meadowfield is now
a registered charity. Number 1165657. It now means that the hall is
its own entity and can hopefully put in claims for funding from the
lottery, postcode lottery , health lottery and any others I can find.
Fundraiser for the
hall rebuild on Saturday 27th February from 1.30pm. Craft stalls, activities
for children, refreshments, tombola and raffle. Special appearance from
Anna and Elsa. Donations
needed for tombola, there is a box at the back of the church entrance
under the table. Donations
on the day of cakes/cup cakes would be appreciated.
permission has been granted. Next stage is the building control submission,
appoint a project manager, appoint a builder. Still need to raise funding.
Aiming for a budget of £550,000 to include fees. Total funding
so far £431,000.
I've applied to ASDA
spennymoor to be included in their green token scheme, I don't know
if it would help but if others could nominate us too? I just went on
Asda spennymoor website and their green token scheme is on the right
hand side and press the nominate button. Only needs a few words. Thanks
permission advert in Durham times. Any queries please contact me and
hopefully I answer any questions you may have.
£10,000 in the pot. That's a total of £105,000 in funding
plus £316k from insurance. Getting there slowly.
you to the British legion, Six nowt and everyone who came tonight, a
A brilliant £467 was raised tonight , thank you to everyone who
tickets for our fundraiser on Friday 25th at the British legion. Some
great raffle prizes including a £50 voucher from an Indian restaurant
in Durham, beamish day tickets, diggerland vouchers and many more. Please
can you share. Tickets from myself or at the legion. All advanced tickets
in a draw to win a bottle of vodka. I can keep tickets back and just
pay on the night. Thank you , Lesley
For the month of
September St johns hall fund is through to the green token scheme at
ASDA living in the Arnison centre. Please make sure you get your token
when shopping. Lesley baxter will there on the 19th promoting the hall
with the new plans between 10 am and 4pm.
Tickets now on sale
for the next fundraiser on the 25th September at the royal British legion.
six Nowt play 70's mod hits and a raffle. £3 in advance or £3.50
on the door. All advanced tickets will be out in a draw to win a prize.
Please contact Lesley baxter or Shirley Kidd for tickets.
night at the British Legion
Tickets are on sale NOW. Please contact me to arrange payment and collection.
I will be taking some to the legion at the weekend. Tickets can also
be bought from Shirly Kidd. £3 in advance Or £3.50 on the
night.every ticket has a number and there will be a raffle done in the
break for a prize for ticket holders.
Thank you to everyone to helped
and came to the latest fundraiser, another £325 in the pot. Hope
everyone had a good time. I am disappointed not as many people as the
last one in February so need ideas on how to advertise events.
needed on Friday 21st August to transport some tables from church to
the footballers club. Anyone with a van or large car as the tables are
6 foot. Please PM Lesley
1st September for the month if you are at ASDA living in the Arnison
centre please vote for St John's Hall Meadowfield in the green token
scheme. Can win up to £200 and hopefully go through the community
fund money to help with the rebuild. I will be there on the 19th September
between 10am to 4pm with a collection bucket. If anyone can spare some
time over the day please join me, it would be appreciated.
on sale soon for the evening of 25th September, group Six Nowt
and a raffle. £3 a ticket and from Lesley Baxter 0784 6542035
needed for the event on 22nd August, cake stall, bottle bags, bouncy
castles bouncers, if you can spare half hour so we can give people a
chance to see what else is there it would be great. Please message me.
Any donations of sweets or bottles please PM me so I collect. We also
have the police coming with the quad bike.
Cakes can be taken on the day or contact Lesley Baxter for collecting
the day before . 07846542035
you , Lesley
you to mid Mid Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP) for the £200
from their small grants. This will go towards the August and September
Volunteers needed for the event on 22nd August, cake stall, bottle bags,
bouncy castles bouncers, if you can spare half hour so we can give people
a chance to see what else is there it would be great. Please message
me. Any donations of sweets or bottles please PM me so I collect. Thank
you , Lesley
23rd July 2015
Sent off a couple more grant applications tonight so fingers crossed.
At the last count we had £60,000 confirmed and there is an offer
of another £35,000 (need to complete application forms and it
has to be approved) so along with the insurance money we have £411,000
so only £89,000 short from the £500,000 target ! Still waiting
to hear outcome of three more I applied for a few months ago. We also
have £19,000 from DCC neighbourhood budget for the planing stage
and any underspend will go towards the building. Applied to Asda to
be part of their green token scheme and if successful can then go forward
to their community fund for between £5,000 and £10,000.
Also have the community fundraising and donations of £9,000 and
£9,750 from the insurance for equipment. Have an idea to sell
bricks and name plaques so the community can have their name on the
building and also kept some old bricks. The application for the charity
was sent today so once we get a charity number more grants can be applied
for. Once we have the funding for the hall we need to get the church
entrance widened and think about the Parking arrangements. The back
of the hall needs to be landscaped so fundraising will continue. Thank
you to everyone who has helped over the last 16 months
22nd July 2015
with DCC planners today, was a productive meeting and just need to a
few tweaks to the latest plans of the new build. They prefer the new
all brick front but do not like the green cladding (it was the first
choice after two consultation events) a new colour needs to be chosen.
Parking was also discussed and we have a few options to look at to avoid
using all of the green space at the back of the building.The Diocese
and St johns church need to be involved as the entrance to the church
needs to be widened, this isn't included in the £500k budget so
more costs are needed. Thank you to councillors Paul Taylor and John
turnbull for coming today. As for funding we should have enough now
to build the outside structure, just need to raise more to cover the
fixtures and fitting, electrics and heating. so nearly there! Still
waiting to hear from a few places I have applied for and complete an
application form for DCC neighbourhood budget. The application to become
a CIO should be sent to the charity commission this week. Hoping we
can apply for more grants once we have a charity number. An advert has
to be placed in two national papers to make sure no one has any interest
in the land, it has always been assumed the land is still owned by the
Boyne estates as per a 1949 lease, then a lease can be set up between
the diocese (they manage the land on behalf of the owners), St. John's
PCC and St. John's hall meadowfield.
12th July 2015
to go into the fund tomorrow as proceeds from the fayre last week. Thanks
to all who came. The running total rasied since last June from fundraising
is £7,072! There are also donations of £1,903. A big thank
you to you all.
4th July 2015
you to everyone who came to the Fayre today, approx £1300 raised
to be split between the hall fund and church funds.
Next hall fundraiser 22nd August at the footballers club from 12pm.
28th June 2015
you to Meadowfield brownies /guides for the lovely donations to the
tombola for the Summer Fayre next Saturday.
16th June 2015
you like to be included in a book about the old hall? If you have any
memories or photos please contact me and your story could be used! Mine
were mainly the discos in the 80's. I lived at broom park so Brandon
seemed miles away! Was the time before mobiles so no photos.
3rd June 2015
Summer fayre - Saturday, July 4 at 12:00pm - St
Johns Church Brandon
28th May 2015
Received a chq for £1,000 today from persimmon homes community
17th May 2015
hall is in with a chance of winning £25,000 from Aviva insurance
please vote https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/412
or e mail Lesley for link, firstname.lastname@example.org
awarded from persimmon homes community fund
awarded from councillors Paul Taylor and John Turnbull. This pays for
the planning stage. Any underspend will go towards the new build.
Pre planning application was submitted in April and will take up to
12 weeks. Then the site investigations will take place before the full
application is submitted by Brandon and Byshottles parish council. They
have kindly agreed to do this in our behalf as they get a discount for
Sat July 4th Fayre at church (joint event with church funds). Craft
stalls, body shop, Osborne books, face painting , plants, bric a brac,
Ice cream van, cake stalls, refreshments, tombola and raffle. From 12
pm. Any donations for tombola, cake stall or bric a brac appreciated.
Unsold cd's &DVDs can be sold after the event
August 22nd from 12 pm at the footballers Club, Brandon a family fun
day. Pet party North East will be there with various pets including
snakes, spiders, ghekos, millipedes, plus furry animals rabbits, Guinea
pigs and rats. Candle making for kids and adults, card stall, tombola
, cake stall, refreshments and more. 50p and tickets from Lesley Baxter
September 25 th at Meadowfield British legion club from 7pm. Band Six
Nowt , covers including the specials, the jam, sex pistols and more
. Raffle . Tickets £3 from Lesley Baxter
2nd April 2015
day yesterday, got the name changed on the Facebook page - to
Johns Hall Meadowfield
share to your Friends, the more likes we have the better for grant claims.
Applied to Jewsons again and also had a tip off for Aviva who are doing
community grants. Will find out soon if these two have made it to the
public vote and will be sharing the links for people to vote. The Aviva
one is worth £25,000 and the Jewsons anything from £1,000
to £100,000. Hoping to find out soon if some funding is approved
then we can apply to Dcc for the pre planning application to see what
we need to get to the full planning stage. Also had a call from a organisation
who I applied for some funding last November and they are coming to
visit in May, sounds promising as he is coming up from York. Seeing
a premises tomorrow for a fundraising event planned for August. Next
fundraising committee is 11th April if anyone has ideas or would like
to volunteer to help out at events, will be needing cake and scone makers,
tombola and raffle prizes. Have a lovely Easter.
28th March 2015
What a brilliant night at browney club. Over £1300 raised for
the hall fund. Thank you to everyone who came and especially to Brandon
parish council and North Road
12th March 2015
Got home to
a chq for £30,000 from Garfield Weston. Yippee
11th March 2015
Charity night for the hall fund. Best thing is that organised by someone
else so I just turn up stress free. Thank you to Brandon Parish Council.
Browney Social Club
Hi, We are having a chairmans charity evening on Saturday
28th March 7pm-11pm towards the rebuild of St Johns Church Hall Meadowfield.
Entertainment from live band North Road, a magician, raffle, tombola
and a buffet. Tickets are £3 and are available from behind the
bar or contact 0191 3789947.
All welcome and hope to see you there. lease like and share.
9th March 2015
If you can spare
five minutes please can you nominate St Johns Hall to win some money.
Please call the scheme St Johns Hallabd the post code DH7 8RG, Thank
you. - https://www.buildingbettercommunities.co.uk
24th February 2015
Final figure to be banked is £1,536.00. Thank you everyone.
that's over £5,200 the community have raised since March 2014.
18th February 2015
long now for the Fundraiser ,tombola is going to be massive. Greggs
cakes, tesco Easter eggs, raffle including wok inn and bay horse voucher.
Please tell your friends
17th February 2015
Need a name for the
new hall. There already is St. John's community hall registered with
the charity commission so ideas needed for a unique name please
15th January 2015
Help is needed with baking cakes/pies, tombola prizes. If you have any
CDs or DVD's they could be sold towards funds and any left over could
be sold to magpie or donated to charity. Any ideas appreciated to raise
as much money as possible.
7th January 2015
Public event to see
new plans on Saturday, January 31 at 2:30pm at St Johns Church Brandon
3rd January 2015
Any donations towards a tombola for adults and another for children
for February would be greatly appreciated. We have Prof nincompoop the
children's entertainer and the bouncy castle for the younger kids as
well as facepainting, glitter tattoos, refreshments, and stalls for
Easter and Mother's Day gifts. Any bakers can bring cakes/pies/scones
from 12.30pm. The event opens 1.30 to 3.30pm. All proceeds are towards
the hall fund.
31st December 2014
A fundraiser for the hall fund has been organised for saturday February
21st at meadowfield sport centre between 1.30-3.30pm, volunteers are
needed to sell refreshments, sell raffle tickets, supervise the bouncy
castle. If you can spare half an hour it would be a great help . Please
a cheque for £500 today from the Catherine Cookson Trust for the
hall fund. That's £30,500 in grants and nearly £4,000 from
We have knitters
on board making hats, scarves baby wear etc. We need donations of wool
please and plenty of it. If you have any to spare shout out loud please
Another big thank you to everyone
who bought tickets for last night, people who donated raffle prizes
and the ones who came and got up and danced. The total raised was a
brilliant £616.00. This brings the total raised by the community
since March to ...........£3,901. Thank you all. Next event booked
is the 21st February at Meadowfield sports centre between 1.30 pm and
3.30 pm. Details to follow so watch this space!
Hall fundraiser event
Friday 21st November 7pm meadowfield club.
Church fayre for church funds Saturday November 22nd from1pm
Christingle service for children's society December 14th at 3pm
Christmas Eve Eucharist - 7pm, collection to let the children live.
Event for hall/church funds Saturday, 21st February 2014 1.30 to 3.30,
details to follow.
Last week for tickets, any requests for songs? Got some great raffle
Fundraiser night Friday 21st November 2014 - Friday at 7:00pm
Meadowfield and district social club, Frederick street south, meadowfield,
Drop off clothes, toiletries, nappies, to St. John's church on Wednesdays
between 10-11am. Last colection December 3rd for this year. Collection
will start again in January date to be annouced. Clothing bank on Tuesdays
25th November and 9th December at Brandon Welfare Hall. Run up to Christmas
toys, sweets and selection boxes wanted. Thank you.
What would you like the new build to look like? I have plans from a
feasibility study for an idea. I want the stage in the middle and a
back door out onto the garden ( another plan of mine) Also I saved some
bricks from the old building to do something with the burnt sign that
was also saved. It has been suggested people can 'buy a brick' towards
the funds. Your name can't be carved on it as they are so old but a
plan of the bricks will be on show with which one yours is! I'm meeting
an architect soon so any ideas greatly received. Thanks
have an intial cost for a new building but insurers want me to look
at alternatives to a brick building so any ideas anyone or examples
of good community halls?
Will be grateful for any thoughts.
Thank you to everyone who bought a teddy name or came to our stall at
tesco last week, another £55.50 in the pot. Since the fire £3,184.07
has been raised by the community through various ways, keep them coming!
Thank you again. Lesley
this Friday afternoon between 1pm and 5 pm at Langley moor tesco. Bric
a brac and name the bear. Thank you to Shirly Aberdeen.