The Reading Room is now well insulated and a wide range of necessary repairs have been completed. By the end of August, we hope that the new heating system will have been installed and that the main hall will have been redecorated. This work will cost almost all of the money raised so far (£18,000); the committee hope that if we are able to raise a further £12,000, this will cover the cost of redecorating the rest of the Reading Room and the installation of new windows. However, we know that once a project starts on a building of this age, there are always additional unforeseen problems and extra expense. Watch this space!
Despite the terrible weather during the Goose Fair this year, the event made a profit of £2582. Sadly, more than this amount was spent on new (more secure) fire doors after the old ones were smashed in yet another break in.
The committee members are grateful to Hazel Chalmers who is continuing to lead the Restoration Fund Raising sub-committee despite the fact that she has resigned from the main committee. Hazel has been very successful and her contribution is appreciated.
After a great deal of fund raising, getting estimates and sorting out priorities, at last work, has started on making the Reading Room a village hall to be proud of. Insulation has been installed in the loft over the kitchen/ entrance hall area, the ceiling in the main hall has been given external insulation, a new zoned heating and hot water system is being installed, redecoration is underway and there will be new heavy duty washable flooring laid in the entrance hall soon. When all this is complete the Reading Room will be warm, comfortable and welcoming. So please do support the events to be held - and help to spread the word about what marvellous facilities are on offer. Thank you to everyone for all the wonderful support which has led to this exciting refurbishment.
OVINGHAM GOOSE FAIR
The rain failed to douse the spirits of those who turned out to the annual Goose Fair. Although there were some cancellations by stallholders and entertainers, the hardy followers of the fair turned up and gave their support. Ironically the rain was at its worst as the weather lady from Look North, Hannah Bayman was proclaiming the Goose Fair open! Ponchos and umbrellas were the fashion of the day. Many of the organisers went home half way through to change clothes! Let’s hope next year will provide sunshine- we are due some don’t you think?
WHAT’S on in the READING ROOM
Events coming up in the Reading Room – not to be missed. Put these dates in your diary- or better still - book early to avoid disappointment.
July 9th An evening of Darts an exhibition and opportunity to pit your skills against a ‘champion’.
Film club dates; September 23rd, October 14th, November 25th, December 16th
between 10am & 1pm Saturday 16th April when the GRAND RAFFLE will be drawn at a special COFFEE MORNING andEASTER FAIR(No entry charge)
Raffle prizes include a diamond pendant, wines, hampers, vouchers for sports/paint-balling, restaurant meals, beauty treatments, etc.
Noticket?Buy one on the morning of the draw.
Cafe: Bacon Butties, Scones etc.
Decorated or dyed EGGcompetitions: separate classes for adults,for childrenunder 7 and under 14 years. Bring your eggs before 12 noon. Entry fee 50p per egg.
Gift stalls: All profit from these activities will go towards the Reading Room replacement heating system and refurbishments.
Raffle prizes include;
0.25 carat diamond on platinum chain, Champagne, food hampers,fruit and vegetable baskets, Family swim at Waterworld
Designer sunglasses, paintball session for 2 , Reflections gift vouchers, Whiskey, fish & chip voucher, wine & chocolate, hand embroidered picture, pedicure, meal for 2 at White Swan, Body Shop items, Windsor bakery cake, vouchers for family visit to Alnwick gardens & castle, jewellery set , Clarins makeup bag with samples, Georgio Armani vanity bag, travel hair straighteners, 4 Odeon cinema tickets
This very popular fun event will be held onApril 8th at 7.30. £5.00 per person, tables of 4. Pie and peas supper.
Thank you to everyone who took time to complete the survey form in the RR. The response rate was 43%. Most responses indicated that the RR needs to be warmer, suggestions being made were; to turn the heating on early before an event or activity, more insulation, e.g. under the floor in the main hall, a redecoration. Many respondents commented on the shabby appearance of the entrance and suggested sprucing this area up with new floor covering and repainting. The Committee is delighted to report that the project fund has been boosted by a grant of £1,500 from Northumberland County Council.
To book the Reading Room telephone 01661 83 2750 or email