Village Hall & Playing Field AGM

A successful 2019 and more exciting developments in the pipeline for next year

               Boule courts being prepared..

The heavy metal balls you'll use.

At the AGM of the Village Hall & Playing Fields on Thursday, December 5, Chairman Gerald Shervington, outlined the developments at the hall and playing fields together with the progress and successes of the various affiliated clubs and users of the hall during the last year.  

Mervyn Beecroft (Treasurer) explained that our income was keeping just ahead of expenditure, though good reserves are necessary as the building is now 15 years old and maintenance work is needed.  Funds must also be available for any replacement of vital maintenance equipment as well as for new projects and progressing the hall, such as the veranda at the front of the pavilion and broadband/wifi.  Bookings are fairly healthy but a review of the rates and rentals are in hand to ensure that they are at market levels.  

The three principal officers agreed to stand again and were thanked by Bob Upton for all of their negotiations with Kebbell (and the ensuing benefits) and also for their ongoing involvement, particularly Lesley Shervington who ably undertakes both the role of Secretary and the very demanding Bookings Co-ordinator work. 

Top team who were re-elected for another year.

Highlights and successes 

Hog Roast

The annual Hog Roast took place in May, and raised a magnificent sum of £2,714. 
Thanks go to those people who helped in the setting up and taking down,  manned the stalls and helped running the various games.
Thanks must also go to the Hog Roast sub-committee who  spent five months organising the event.


2018 saw the lawns struggle in the unrelenting dry weather and much remedial work had to be done over the winter and spring.  However the long term solution is thought to be  the provision of an irrigation system to prevent a recurrence of the problems in 2018.  Club members continue to play an extensive list of friendly matches, compete in two Yorkshire Leagues and host two Yorkshire Federation tournaments. One member won one of the Croquet Association’s National Championships during the year. At the AGM Richard and Pat Field stepped down after 12 years as Chairman and Secretary respectively of the club and were thanked for all their hard work over the years..


The Bowling Club enjoyed a successful season-winning the Dalesman League for the seventh successive year, runners-up in both the Bateson League and Harrogate Ladies League gaining promotion in the York Private Members' League.  A notable achievement was recruiting seven new members at a time when many bowling clubs are losing members.

Table Tennis: 

Another good year  with membership remaining around 100 with most of the eight groups full for many parts of the year. Richard Field, who established the TT club eight years ago and has been largely responsible for expanding it to its current size and success, is standing down as Chairman and together with Pat Field , who has acted as Secretary for most of that time, deserve a huge vote of thanks. ClubTreasurer Martin Minett presented the Village Hall with a cheque for £6,175 which represents just over 80% of the annual profits for the club.


The Tennis Club has enjoyed regular coaching evenings this year provided by the new coach Ellie Makin who works with members of all ages and is very enthusiastic, and the club is looking forward to next season.  The social side of the  club is growing too and a recent event saw more of the members together at one time than ever before.


The senior cricket team struggled once again and unfortunately suffered relegation.  Good news is the establishment of a new junior section involving some 70 youngsters who are making huge strides forward in their respective leagues and it is hoped  will  eventually form part of the senior team. Kebbell Home Developments have donated a new net facility, and earlier provided new covers. The ground won the Best Ground Award for teams in the 3rd Division and again thanks must go to Alan Wigby for ensuring that our cricketers enjoy playing on a fantastic playing surface. The Golden Oldies, an international touring band of ‘old’cricketers, are once again visiting our shores, and will use our ground for three matches during August of next year.

Entertainments Group:

BMEG have been busy entertaining us as usual and, due to the installation of a state-of-the-art- projector and sound system,  have been able to put on movie and meal nights such as The Sound of Music and The Italian Job. They also organised a ceilidh which was a sell-out and in April 2020 they are organising a play entitled Out of Focus.

Kebbell Development

The Kebbell development is now almost finished and there has been a and very good relationship with the site management team.  Bob Upton, Mick Jackson and John Binns were thanked  for working so well alongside Kebbell. It is estimated that Kebbell have given, donated or supplied our VH organisations items worth around £20,000, including the new patio area for the Village Hall, a new mower for bowls, a new boulodrome (see photos above) and cricket nets and covers amongst other items. This is on top of the £60,000 in commuted sums from Harrogate BC ready to be drawn on. .


The Village Hall: 

Improvements have included the installation of some much-needed electric heating to the lounge, LED lighting to the main hall, and also a state-of-the-art projector and sound system for shows, cinema and presentations with thanks to Martin Minett who project managed the work. Further improvements in the pipeline are new replacement external doors, the completion of the new patio area with glass partitioning and two new boulodromes (with a possible official opening on July 14, Bastille Day, with vin rouge, baguettes and garlic cloves!).Thanks were expressed to  Billy and Sammy Miller for the games nights they organise, and to Gary  and Lesley at the Masons Arms for their support and contributions. 


Warm thanks were expressed to Mervyn Beecroft for handling our finances. We have the grand total of £51,100 split between our Building Society and bank current accounts. Expenditure in 2018-19 was around £18,500 and was offset by an income from our ground and hall rentals together with affiliated club income of £20,775 and the Hog Roast contributing £2,714. We needed to be mindful of exceptional costs that can occur and the fact that this year;there was no income from the Autumn Auction which would normally contribute approximately £2,000.


Thanks again to Alan Wigby who continues to ensure that our cricketers and footballers enjoy playing on a surface second to none, also to Mick Jackson, Bob Upton and John Binns for their work on numerous projects year round. Also to Lesley Shervington who combines the jobs of Secretary and Bookings Co-ordinator so efficiently. Also thanks were expressed to all those people too numerous to mention who help make this Village Hall and Playing Field the 'best in Yorkshire'.