News & Events
Donations and Planned RenovationsAs custodians of a beautiful early 20th century building that needs constant attention, the Village Hall management committee will carry 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. The hall will be closed from 13th August to 2nd September inclusive. We would not have been able to meet the cost of this work (over £17,000) without a very generous donation from Millwood Designer Homes who presented a cheque for £5,000 to Keith Taylor, Chairman of the Village Hall, and Peter Homes, Secretary, at a special ceremony held at the Lavender Fields show house on 9th March. We thank Millwood Homes most sincerely for this donation. The balance of the cost will be met from our own fund raising events over the last few years, and we are in the process of applying to other funding sources.
- Helen of Brighton Boogie ('Fun vintage dance lessons and events') is running a new 5 week course on Tuesday evenings, 7.30pm to 8.30pm, starting on April 25th. Helen's courses are very popular and a great way to get fit. Email Helen for more details and to register your interest, and take a look at her website.
- Andrea Kocache of Crowborough Tai Chi, a listed instructor with the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain, is running Monday afternoon sessions, 2-3pm. Please note that Andrea is happy for anyone to start Tai Chi with her at any time, integration guaranteed; there is no 'course' start date. In addition, Andrea informs us that Tai Chi is an internal art rooted in the healing, meditative and martial traditions of China which integrates relaxation, meditation, breathing and postural techniques, helps to develop/regain balance, promotes harmonious movement, improves suppleness of joints and muscles, improves coordination skill and stimulates the mind. Please register your interest by contacting Andrea on 01892 654585 or by email and take a look at the website.
- Isfield Dancing Club holds regular twice a month Wednesday evening sessions, 8-10pm, at the Village Hall, with occasional special event nights. This is a very enjoyable, relaxed evening and a great opportunity to learn and display your dancing skills. For more details please contact Ron Levett on 01825 750404.
- Isfield Art Group: Steve Pierce-Smith's classes take place on Thursdays 2-4pm at the Village Hall. The group use watercolour, acrylics, pastels and charcoal, and cover a wide variety of subject matter including life, landscape, pop art, portrait etc. All levels from beginners to experienced artists will find Steve's classes, and the group's support, stimulating and very enjoyable. For more details contact Steve by email on or phone him on 01892 723596.
- Isfield Wine Club which has built up a strong following, warmly welcomes new members. Meetings, held every other month, are relaxed and unpretentious - the next meeting is on Friday 19th May, 7.30pm to 9pm, at the Village Hall. Contact Keith Taylor for more details on 01825 749778.
- Blackbird Arts, run by Isfield artist Adele Scantlebury, are holding another Mosaic workshop on Saturday 17th June, 10am to 5pm. Local mosaic artist Hannah Griffiths will guide you through a small project suitable for a day long workshop, and also show you how to build on this at home. The workshop is suitable for beginners as well as those with mosaic experience. Materials are provided but also bring your own collected tiles, broken crockery and treasured objects to personalise your creation. Places are limited - for more details and to book contact Adele on 07969 119479 or email and take a look at the website.
- Blackbird Arts, run by Isfield artist Adele Scantlebury, are holding another Woodblock printing workshop on Saturday 15th July, 10am to 5pm, to teach the basic techniques using a wooden spoon; design, carve and print from your own woodblock. Places are limited - for more details and to book contact Adele on 07969 119479 or email and take a look at the website.
- Jane Will, a very creative florist from Rotherfield, is running a 'Summer Flower arrangements' floral workshop on Saturday 22nd July, 9.30am to 1pm. Jane brings a huge selection of wonderfully scented foliage and trimmings to the workshop for everyone to create their own colour schemes and structure. The choice has to be seen to be believed. All materials are included, as is instruction and guidance, as well as delicious nibbles and tea/coffee. Contact Jane on 01892 852189 or by email to register your interest and book up, and take a look at Jane's website.
Frost Fair; Sunday 27th November 2016
Isfield Frost Fair was held at the village hall on Sunday 27th November; local artists, crafts people and suppliers offered wonderful Christmas gifts (knits, ceramics, artworks, prints, jewellery, aromatic soaps and toiletries, candles, plants, bird feeders & nest boxes, hampers, French macarons, Free trade raffia handbags & hats, handcrafted wooden toys, gardening gifts, etc.) and Christmas fare (cards, Christmas wreaths & table centres, Christmas tree ornaments, cheeses, specialist charcuterie, chutneys & jams, mustards, Christmas cakes & puddings, gift packs etc.). The fair was a great success again this year thanks to our wonderful stall holders and volunteers donating cakes, and running teas, the raffle and stalls for absent stall holders. We will hold this year's Frost Fair on Sunday 26th November 2017.
Race Night; Saturday 15th October 2016
On a wet and windy autumn night, the Village Hall hosted a professionally run and very enjoyable Race Night which was magnificently supported. The price per person of £12.50 included 8 races, a £1 bet on the first race, a delicious ploughman's supper and a glass of wine. We had an experienced MC/compere, a computerised tote system, race cards, advance sale of each of the horses in the first 7 races and an auction of the horses in the last race, a selection of flat and hurdle races, and all races were shown on DVD. We thank everyone who attended for making the event such good fun; one supporter was surprised and delighted to see her brother's horse winning a race at York! We made £400 profit, including generous donations on the night. As you know, support for these events help us to off-set the high costs of maintaining the village hall which are entirely met by our hire fees and fundraising. This year we have had extra expenses of floor maintenance, a new back door and boiler repairs on top of our usual expenses, so the Race Night profits are very welcome. Thanks also go to Andy Brooks of the Laughing Fish for his practical help.
The Last Picture Show; Our Salute to Shakespeare's 400th Anniversary
Filmspot and Isfield Village Hall cannot continue to run film shows at a loss, and low attendance numbers (apart from our wonderful small group of regular supporters who we thank most sincerely for their loyalty) indicate that the village doesn't want this service anyway, in spite of placing film shows at the top of a wish list of events in our 2015 survey. So it's 'use it or lose it' time, and it's a pity, as anyone who has attended will attest to the high quality of these shows. Clearly Filmspot have been loyal and patient for a long time without seeing numbers increase, and are now withdrawing as there is demand for their services at other venues, so we have to cancel the planned two further shows this year. We thank Filmspot for their generous support and the excellent quality of the film shows. The Oscar winning film 'Shakespeare in Love' (marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death) was our final film show on Saturday 28th May. The film's witty script, excellent performances and wonderful costumes and sets were greatly enjoyed by our faithful audience of film goers, and a very warm welcome was extended to everyone with complimentary drinks and nibbles. We ran two Shakespearian themed prize competitions; 'Shakespearian actors and the characters they played' was won by Susie with a staggering 18.5 points out of 20, and 'Shakespearian quotes' had Jerry, Jan and Jean as joint winners.
Isfield Village Hall Submission to Isfield Parish Council for Funds under the Millwood Homes Development Section 106 Agreement
The Millwood Homes 'Lavender Fields' development's Section 106 Agreement contains the following details of contributions to Wealden District Council which total £167,509.52:
- Off site casual/informal children's space commuted sum £63,077.30
- Off Site Equipped Children's play space commuted sum £60, 528.72
- Off Site Youth and Adult Facilities commuted sum £43,903.50.
At the Isfield Parish Council (IPC) meeting held on 24th March 2016 we presented a succinct, serious and substantial submission under the Millwood Homes 'Lavender Fields' development's Sec. 106 for funding of £80,000 (i.e. approx. 50% of the £167,509.52 available under the Sec.106) towards the costs of building an extension to the back of the village hall (for an extra events room, a disabled toilet and storage) and to update existing facilities such as the kitchen.
We believe that:
i) improvements to the hall are essential for a growing community,
ii) we have strong support in the village (evidenced in the survey of the village that we ran in 2015, and, more recently, by positive, written comments we received from over 65 residents at our Open Day in March),
iii) the Sec.106 offers an unique opportunity for village improvements.
We were informed by IPC that our submission was not successful as the Sec.106 funds are for the provision of new or enhanced 'open space' initiatives. We sought clarification from Wealden District Council as 'open space' doesn't appear anywhere in the Sec.106 and were informed that all the funds were for 'a children's play area.' We asked Wealden for further clarification on how the 'youth and adult' category in the Sec.106 fitted a 'children's play area.' Wealden informed us that this category covered 'provision of playing pitches, MUGAs or Trim Trails and can sometimes be justified on the basis of changing rooms or other facilities in conjunction with existing outdoor play spaces to enhance the offer and usage of these sites.'
Isfield Village Hall belongs to the residents of Isfield, and Isfield Village Hall Trust is an independent charity that manages the village hall on their behalf. The costs of maintaining and running the hall are financed by hiring out the hall and by the management committee's own fundraising events such as Open Days, Race Nights and the Frost Fair. We receive no funds from Isfield Parish Council or any other institution, and all our management committee trustees and represented members are unpaid volunteers. Whilst our priorities are the maintenance of the village hall and its on-going financial stability, eventually we hope to obtain funding from other sources to improve our much used and valued village hall.
Please note that there is an additional Sec.106 contribution to East Sussex County Council of £204,380 for public works etc. on top of the contribution to Wealden District Council of £167,509.52 as listed above.
Isfield Village Hall Survey
Many thanks to everyone who completed the Isfield Village Hall 2015 survey - a 10% response which was very gratifying. The survey supplied us with many interesting suggestions for activities we could organise at the Village Hall, and improvements we could make. We started working on all of these in 2015, proactively organising many more activities in the Village Hall, and we intend to continue to make improvements throughout 2016.
Sincere thanks to the Laughing Fish PH, Halfway House PH, Holly Gap Farm Shop and Uckfield Volunteer Centre who allowed us to place survey response collection boxes in their premises. Also many thanks to Andy and Linda Brooks for hosting the prize draw at the Laughing Fish - the winner was an Isfield resident.
Please use the links below for a copy of the Survey and more details on the results.