Village Hall & Playing Fields AGM 2018

A year of achievements with more exciting plans in the pipeline

The past year has seen many achievements at the Village Hall & Playing Fields with more exciting plans in the pipeline, Gerald Shervington, Chairman, said at the group's AGM held at the Village Hall this week.

Among the achievements has been the installation of much needed electric heating in the lounge and the installation of a state-of-the-art projector and sound system for shows, cinema and other presentations making the venue even more attractive to both village and outside hirers. These changes were project managed by Martin Minett.

Additionally, thanks to the generosity of Kebbell Homes,  the Cricket Club had been provided with new pitch covers, the Bowling Club had been helped with the purchase of a new mower and shortly Kebbell will help in building a retaining wall outside the pavilion and providing the base for new cricket nets.

Plans in the pipeline include the replacement of new external doors for the Village Hall, the extension of the existing pavilion and the creation of two boulodromes (thereby bringing a seventh sport to Bishop Monkton in the spring).

Apart from the contribution from Kebbell, the village is  still due to receive a sizeable sum in commuted funds from Harrogate BC which will help finance existing planned developments and enable further  projects to be undertaken.

To help finance these projects more fund raising will be undertaken, including new Games Nights at Village Hall. These got off to a good start with an evening run by Billy and Sammy Miller with help from Gary and Lesley from the Masons Arms. The evening, which included bingo, Play Your Cards Right and Open the Box with a bar produced a profit of  £300 for Village Hall funds.

A year of successes

Gerald said all the members clubs had enjoyed successful seasons.

Bowls: The club had had another successful season with a sixth successive Dalesman League win for the men with the ladies performing well in the Harrogate Ladies League. The club also finished second in the Bateson League and made a winning start in the fourth division of the York Private Members' League and next season will move up the the third division.

The Entertainments Group had put on a great pantomime, Cinderella in February, with elaborate scenery, costumes, sound effects and lighting. They also put on a Bollywood Evening in October which included some fabulous Indian cuisine and a Bollywood film, Bride and Prejudice.

Croquet: The club had enjoyed another successful season, with well supported club days four times each week, a full programme of friendlies and with two teams competing in the Yorkshire League and the club hosting two Yorkshire tournaments.

The only blot on the horizon had been a sharp deterioration in the quality of the lawns caused by the unprecedented heatwave and drought in the summer despite members using hoses and sprinklers to try to limit the damage. The outcome was the need to undertake a lawn restoration programme in the late autumn which has cost the club £1,600. It is hoped there may be financial help available to allow to the installation of a proper irrigation system similar to one used by the Bowls Club.

The club was again very grateful to Alan Wigby for the work he did in keeping the lawns in the best possible condition despite the ravages caused by the weather.

Club Chairman Richard Field was congratulated on winning a national award for 'outstanding services to croquet' receiving the award at The Croquet Association's AGM in London.

Table Tennis: This club continues to thrive with almost 100 members with eight sessions taking place every week. A welcome development was an increase in a number of village residents taking part. The club paid over £5,000 in rental fees and added an extra £1,000 to help with Village Hall maintenance.

Cricket: Unfortunately the senior team struggled to field a side most of the year and needed to win the very last game to avoid relegation. However there was good news with Newby Hall junior section deciding to move some 40 youngsters to play on the Bishop Monkton ground.

It is hoped that some of  the youngsters will in time graduate to play in the Bishop Monkton senior team, thereby guaranteeing the continuity of cricket in Bishop Monkton.

Financial position

Gerald revealed that the Village Hall & Playing Fields will be losing two valuable sources of income. One is the sizeable sums that have come from the Lamb & Flag over the years, and the other is from the discontinuation of Dance Sounds after using the Village Hall for 15 years.

Mervyn Beecroft, Treasurer, said the group had reserves totalling £45,880. Expenditure  in the past year was £26,315 while income from rentals had brought in £27,070, giving a surplus of £755 for the year.

Finally, Gerald had thanks for a number for a number of individuals who work tirelessly on behalf the Village Hall & Playing Fields.

These included Alan Wigby who continued to produce excellent playing  conditions for the cricket, football and croquet. Thanks also were extended to Mick Jackson, Bob Upton and John Binns for the  work they did in the hall and maintaining the excellent condition of the grounds and making them 'a most beautiful and picturesque facility'.  

He also thanked Lesley Shervington for her work as Bookings Co-ordinator and Secretary to the Committee and Mevyn Beecroft for being 'the wise old Yorkshire man that he is with our accounts'.

Gerald also thanked 'all those too numerous to mention' who helped making the Village Hall and Playing Fields 'the best in Yorkshire'.

Improvements achieved and more to come

Part of the new state-of-the-art equipment installed
at the Village Hall
New pitch covers have been provided for the
Cricket Club.

COMING SOON: A new extension to the pavilion
which will project 5 metres out in front of the
existing building and provide
much improved viewing facilities. 

COMING SOON: New boulodromes which will provide
areas where boules (petanque) can be played.This
will add a seventh sport to those already played
on the ground.