Like many enterprises at the moment the Community Council (which has responsibility for our Hall, the adjacent car park area, the woodland running along George Street and the Hintlesham and Chattisham playing fields ) is facing the implications from the Covid-19 situation which is now, sadly , all too familiar to us.
Firstly, it hits our primary role, which is to provide a place for us to meet and enjoy each other’s company, and secondly, it significantly impacts our financial standing.
The Community Executive must give huge thanks to both Richard Debanks and the Social Committee in their work to allow us to open the hall and bar, albeit in a very limited way. Richard established risk assessments to ensure that we are fully Covid-19 compliant and worked tirelessly with hall hirers to ensure that all required actions were followed. The Social Committee must be commended for working hard so they have been able to open the bar on occasions which has allowed villagers to say hello to each other in person, which has been well received.
The impact of only opening in a limited way is financially devastating. Our income has dropped by more than half, whilst our overheads, which we are trying to contain, continue at almost normal level. The HCCC Executive, faced with a prolonged period of financial losses, will now only commit funds to essential maintenance tasks, such as structural repairs, maintenance work on the woodland with external contractors, and repairs to the Hintlesham Playing field boundary fence, all situations that need us to protect our property or to fulfil health and safety or legal requirements.
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Chair – Hintlesham and Chattisham Community Council
I thought it might be timely for me to give you an update on what is happening with the Hintlesham and Chattisham Playing Fields and the Hall as the Government eases the regulations.
As you would expect, we have been following the Government Guidelines with the result that the Hall as been closed following the lock-down, and likewise the children’s play areas.
From early this month, the play areas on the two playing fields have been opened with the appropriate signage concerning social distancing and hygiene measures. For guidance, we have followed the procedures adopted by Babergh and recommended in Government documents. The Hall play area has been kept closed, pending it being dismantled.
We hope that the Hall will be able to open by the end of July. All users of the hall will need to undertake risk assessments which will then have to dovetail into our arrangements.
With regard to the Bar, the Social Club Committee will be keeping Club Members advised.
A lot of work has gone into getting us into a position to be able to re-open the hall. This has involved producing risk assessments for the play areas and the Hall and then following that up with an implementation of the resultant procedures. For example, the provision of cleaning materials and hand gel at the right points, posters, one way systems, marking tape, and floor marking.
However, we have to be aware that it will be sometime before anything approaching the ‘old normal’ returns. For example, the Hall capacity is currently limited to 30 people, and the meeting room to 12; this is to meet social distancing requirements.
Above all our overriding priority is to safeguard everyone using the hall, and we earnestly follow all Government Guidelines.
If you want more detail about the guidance we followed, we have used Acre’s Guidance for Village Halls. (This is the national organisation which is linked to Community Action Suffolk). Acre has been working with the Government to support village activities.
Hintlesham and Chattiham Community Council Chair
I, along with six others, collect our membership money in May and June.
Obviously, due to the current pandemic, our collection will have to be delayed.
However, because of these difficult circumstances, if you are currently a member you will still be entered into the monthly prize draw.
When we are free of lock down restrictions, the collections can commence.
If you wish to pay by standing order please contact me at email@example.com
I hope you will feel able to continue to support the 200 Club, whose funds help to maintain our village community facilities, now and into the future.
Best Health and Stay Safe,
200 Club Co-Ordinator