People ask members of Metheringham Village Management
Committee why it costs so much an hour to hire the hall? Well, let me try to
explain a little about the costs involved in running the hall.
In the last financial year it cost us over £11,000 to run
the hall and in fact we made a loss with income being less than outgoing costs.
Perhaps it would be useful to mention a few of the costs involved.
Wages for the caretaker and cleaner in the forthcoming year
will be £5,000, an electrical inspection require to renew our Public
Entertainment Licence was £176.00, the Performing Rights Levy costs us £100,
water, gas, electricity and telephone was £2,170 and general maintenance cost
was £600. Costs for running the hall would be even higher if it were not for
the voluntary work undertaken by members of the committee in running the hall
and in keeping up general maintenance and redecorating the hall both inside and
Unfortunately, it does not help when people throw stones and
break some of the windows, which have to be replaced. It should also not be
forgotten that the Village Hall does not receive any grants from Parish or
District Council for the general running of the hall. The only way it can
survive is from income that is generated from hiring the hall to clubs, groups
and private parties. A big thank you to everyone for their continued support.
However, one thing that you can be assured of is that we shall always endeavour
to keep prices for hiring the hall as low as possible.
Should you wish to know more about the hall please do not hesitate to contact
either a member of the management committee or the Booking Secretary Brian
Crombie on 01526 320917.
We have started an exciting new club on Wednesdays for 6 to
10 year olds. Itsí held weekly, between 5.30pm to 6.30pm, in the Chapel hall.
In the hour we manage to pack in loads of fun, games, singing, crafts and
stories about Jesus. If you are between 6 and 10 years old come along and see
Start your Christmas Celebrations with a Candlelit Carol
Service, on the 23rd December 2001, in the Methodist Chapel on the High Street.
The Service will include something for all ages, favourite carols, Christmas
reading and poems. After the service tea, coffee and mincepies will be served.
We look forward to seeing you on the 23rd December.
If you wonder what the Christian faith is all about or have
any questions, there is an ALPHA course (as seen on ITV on Sunday nights)
starting in the New Year. This course is designed for non-Christians to find out
about the faith in Jesus. The evening starts with a meal, next a video about an
aspect of the Christian faith and then time to ask questions or comment on the
video. If you would like to know more contact Rosemary on 01526 322551.
Finally, ongoing meetings at the Chapel, on Wednesday there is a Bible
Fellowship every fortnight starting at 10.00am and a Communion Service monthly
at 11.00am. On Thursdays the Womenís Friendship Group meet at 2.30pm weekly. For
more information contact Joyce Sellars on 01526 321729.