Village hall gets new look during lockdown

A village hall management committee has been putting the past 18 months to good use by undertaking a huge renovation project on its community hall. 

Hollym obtained the former army hut from the military installations at Spurn when it was bought at auction in 1960 by farmer Clifford Drescher for the princely sum of £305 on behalf of the village. Two years ago a new committee embarked on an ambitious plan to eventually replace the 100-yearold hall with a new all-purpose building suitable for the needs of the community. 

However, the pandemic, the lack of large grants available and the high costs facing the building trade have held back plans to rebuild the hall, although this continues to be monitored by the committee and will hopefully one day be attained. 

Meanwhile, the hard-working management committee, with the help of some villagers, has undertaken a badly needed renovation programme to make long-overdue improvements to make the hall more attractive and comfortable to visitors. Money was given after a successful bid to the Stronger Together Fund through Hive, which administers community funding on behalf of East Riding Council. 

Probably the most significant task was the complete repainting of the interior of the main hall, while the funding also allowed repainting of the gents’ toilet and new floor covering, the installation of broadband internet, the provision of card payment equipment, an overhaul of the electrics, as well as the installation of new heaters, a new projector and screen, and a new digital television.  

 The new equipment has opened up a wide range of opportunities for current and future users of the hall, and it has already been put to good use by the WI, the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides

FRESH OUTLOOK: The exterior of Hollym Village Hall shows a lot of the work already undertaken

A grant from the East Riding Crime Reduction Fund has resulted in the installation of sophisticated security CCTV and intruder alarm to protect the new equipment. 

As a business rate payer the hall benefited from the receipt of grants to help it through Covid, and with the proceeds from the continuing support of members of the 100 Club, the management committee has been able to make other improvements to the hall’s amenities, including new upholstered foam-padded chairs, a new emergency exit to the annexe with overcladding of the annexe walls, new internal and external notice boards, new fire bells and smoke alarms, the painting of the ladies’ toilet and a new floor covering, and new floor covering in the entrance hall. The storeroom has been refitted – including painting, laminate flooring and shelving to provide more efficient and secure storage – and new window blinds have been fitted in the main hall, replacing the old curtains, and new kitchen windows have also been installed. 

Most of the work has been done by members of the committee and volunteers from the village but the more technical work was done by local contractors. 

The kitchen is being improved by painting, fitting new worktops, new flooring, hot running water and a new hand basin. This will be followed by internal improvements to the annexe. 

Committee chairman Harold Jobling said: “It would have been so easy to sit back and do nothing during the lockdowns and restrictions but we decided to use the opportunity to vastly improve our hall for the benefit of villagers and other users. I would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work already done and the work still to be done.” 

The management committee is planning a series of entertainment evenings during 2022, starting with a variety show on Saturday, March 5, so watch out for further details later or to pre-order tickets contact Harold Jobling on 07779 873690. The hall is available to anyone to hire for meetings or get-togethers and can be booked by contacting Maggie Boasman on 01964 612473

The village hall will hold its annual general meeting on Wednesday, January 19, at 7.30pm, and everyone is welcome.