News & Events

Isfield Village Hall - Part-time Cleaner/Caretaker Vacancy

Julie Hall, who has been our cleaner/caretaker for many years, is leaving as she has a full-time job with a local preschool, so we are seeking a new part-time cleaner/caretaker. Please see the attached for details of the job and how to apply. Closing date for applications is 20th December 2017.

 

Upcoming Events at the Village Hall

 

CHRISTMAS FAIR; Sunday 26th November 2017

Isfield's Frost Fair was once again a spectacular event; local artists, crafts people and suppliers created imaginative and very attractive stalls offering unique, locally produced gifts (knits, soft toys, ceramics, antique jewellery boxes and writing slopes, artworks, prints, jewellery, aromatic soaps and toiletries, chocolates etc.) and Christmas fare (cards, Christmas wreaths, table centres, decorations, Christmas tree ornaments, cheeses, fruit vinegars, curry mixes and chilli sauces, chutneys & jams, mustards, Christmas cakes & puddings, gift packs etc.). The fair was a huge success thanks to our wonderful stall holders and volunteers donating cakes and raffle prizes, offering teas and cakes, and running the raffle. Thanks also to local estate agents Mansell McTaggart for their display boards helping to promote the event and the Uckfield News for their interest in the event

 

Launch of 'The Friends of Isfield Village Hall'

The closure of Isfield Preschool after 40 years in the village was a sad loss to the community which impacted Isfield Village Hall severely; Preschool's subsidised hiring fees amounted to 42% of our income last year, and has been a much higher percentage in previous years. This is a huge blow, but we are financially stable and expect to be able to meet our day-to-day running costs with the ongoing support of our users, by continuing to run our own events, and by monitoring our expenditure even more closely, because we have:

 

- Refurbished the hall completely in August; this was badly needed, is a great success and should last a good few years, keeping maintenance costs down,

- Increased our revenue by diversifying over the past three years; by undertaking extensive marketing to ascertain which activities would be successful and to promote them (as far as budgets allow) and by finding and nurturing providers (e.g. Wine Club, Art Group, Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Vintage dance classes, Floral workshops etc.) and also by holding our own events (e.g. Frost Fair, Open Day, Race Nights, Film shows).

 

The Friends of Isfield Village Hall is an important part of our initiatives to combat the loss of Preschool's subsidised hire fees as this initiative enables us to build up reserves for regular maintenance costs (e.g. floor, decoration) and to make more improvements in the future (e.g. to the toilets, including a disabled toilet).

 

The management committee ran a survey in the village to evidence the level of interest in our ideas and ensure viability. We received 55 survey responses which is a tremendous result; thank you to everyone who responded and gave us so many good ideas. 54 responses strongly supported the need for the Village Hall, and 45 stated they would join 'The Friends of Isfield Village Hall.' See the last item on this page to view the survey results.

 

Accordingly 'The Friends of Isfield Village Hall' was launched on 15th September by a mail drop throughout the village. We are proud and delighted to report that we have received very strong support from the whole community with many Friends joining and donating to our long term maintenance reserves for which we are very grateful. Friends continue to join, and we very much welcome all new Friends. We plan to hold Friends' events (e.g. private view at Artwave in August, Christmas party in December) and setting up a Friends' Advisory Group to help us involve the wider community in setting Village Hall priorities. To join the Friends please email Katherine on to obtain a form.

 

2017 Village Hall Survey

Please select this link to view the results of the 2017 Village Hall Survey.