News & Events

CHRISTMAS FAIR; Sunday 26th November 2017, 11am to 3pm, FREE entry

Isfield's Frost Fair is a spectacular Christmas Fair and this year's event will be even bigger and better; local artists, crafts people and suppliers will create 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 will be a great success once again thanks to our wonderful stall holders and volunteers donating cakes and raffle prizes, offering teas and cakes, and running the raffle.

 

Launch of 'The Friends of Isfield Village Hall'

The closure of Isfield Preschool after 40 years in the village is 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 which we are now analysing. 54 responses strongly supported the need for the Village Hall, and 45 stated they would join 'The Friends of Isfield Village Hall' (one of the 5 responding 'No' has now joined the Friends). 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 across 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. Eventually we envisage running Friends' events (e.g. summer barbeques, Christmas parties) 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 to obtain a form.

 

Upcoming Events at the Village Hall

 

Official Opening of the Renovated Village Hall

As custodians of a beautiful early 20th century building, the Village Hall management committee have carried out much needed major renovation and maintenance work during the August school holiday period this year; kitchen, toilets, full internal and external decorating, curtains repaired and rehung, new kitchen windows and floor maintenance. Village Hall Trustee, Ron Levett, ably assisted by his wife Margaret, has done an enormous amount of work that has saved us a lot of money, and has kept the whole project within budget.

 

The hall is looking magnificent, the best it ever has looked. To thank our generous donors to the renovations, local companies KPS Composting Services and Millwood Designer Homes, Isfield Parish Council, and the newly launched Friends of Isfield Village Hall and regular Users, long-term and new, for their support, we welcomed the village to take a look at what has been achieved in a relatively short time at the official opening of the renovated hall on 13th October.

 

This was a very happy and well attended event. Lynne Smith, Sales Manager of Millwood Designer Homes, opened the renovated hall saying that Millwood support community efforts wholeheartedly, and were delighted that so many residents of their development were already actively participating in events at the hall. Danny Smyth, Director of KPS Composting Services, sent his warm wishes and regrets that neither he nor Paul Smyth could attend 'this lovely event.' Peter Holmes, Secretary and Trustee, thanked our generous donors, the Friends and our Users. He also specially thanked Ron Levett, supported by his wife Margaret, for his tireless efforts project managing the renovations and also doing work to save us money. Father John Wall spoke the words of a hymn and blessed the hall, after which everyone enthusiastically joined in a (donated) champagne toast to the ongoing success of Isfield Village Hall.

 

 

2017 Village Hall Survey

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