Update from Pant Memorial Hall

As most will know, the hall has been closed since January 5th under the English lockdown. As always, that doesn’t mean ‘nothing going on’.

The 99th Annual General Meeting was held online on March 11th,, and we are delighted to welcome a new trustee to the committee. The committee have kept in touch by a combination of email, phone and socially distanced paperwork, and we continue our fortnightly ‘Covid 19 subcommittee’ zoom meetings to monitor the situation.

Along with so many others, the committee were deeply saddened to hear of the death of Agnes Barbour in late January. Agnes was an active member of the hall committee from 1980, and was the chairman for 35 of those years. She has been a huge part of everything that has been achieved at Pant, and of an enormous number of other achievements in the locality, all done with endless energy and humour. She will be so much missed by all her many friends. We send love and deepest sympathy to her family.

Pant Memorial Hall with Amistice plaques

Following last year’s new lights and new chairs, we are continuing plans for improvement. One item has been rather hastened, due to the discovery of occupiers that we thought long gone. The extremely persistent Pant woodworm have been busy in the kitchen exit doors, which date from the hall rebuild in 1981 and so don’t really owe us anything. Fortunately we have good reserves, topped up by government closure grants – this allows us to order replacement doors which are expected in early summer. These will be modern UPVC to the same pattern as now, and hence the woodworm will be leaving us for good.

The hall is booked as a polling station on 6th May for the local and police and crime commissioner elections. Please check nearer the time for procedures – the hall is ‘AA covid-19 safe accredited’ and we are doing all we can to help the election authority. Severn Trent also continue to visit once a month to do water sampling for the area.

The big question is of course ‘when will the hall reopen to other bookings?’ At the moment it is ‘not before May 17th’ – although community buildings can reopen from April 12th, the allowed activities are extremely limited. Details are on our website for anyone who is eligible. Covid-19 procedures and restrictions are expected to continue until at least late June. It is an ever-changing situation, so please keep an eye on our website and don’t hesitate to contact us with any queries. We are ready to reopen when it is possible.

To contact us: (open or closed!) call 07913 565708, email secretary@pantmemorialhall.org.uk, see our website www.pantmemorialhall.org.uk , Facebook @pantmemorialhall, twitter @pantmemhall, or leave us a note in the postbox.