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Coming Events

We have a great classic film for you this week!  Come and see Dustin Hoffmann and Anne Bancroft in “The Graduate” this Saturday,14th October in the Orchard Hall.

Tickets are on sale at Bob’s Butchers for £5 per person.  You can also buy your tickets on the door or reserve them by emailing Alison on orchardfilmclub@gmail.com.  Doors and bar will open at 7pm and the film will be shown at 7.30pm.

On Sunday 29th October, our fabulous WI ladies are putting on another event in support of the Village Hall to help us pay off that loan.  It’s called The Big T and it’s in the Cherry Hall from 3pm to 5pm.  Entry is only £3 per person so please come along for tea and cake and a chat with friends – everyone is welcome.

On Saturday 18th November our film is “A United Kingdom” starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike and tells the true story of Seretse Khama, the King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition.  Tickets will be on sale in Bob’s Butchers from the end of October and are £5 per person.

More events for 2017 and 2018

  • Sunday 19th November – Craft Fair
  • Saturday 2nd December – Dolly Parton Tribute
  • Saturday 9th December – Orchard Film Club – Going in Style
  • Friday 5th January 2018 – Orchard Film Club – Film to be announced
  • Saturday 20th January 2018 – Oxford Male Voice Choir
  • Friday 2nd February 2018 – Orchard Film Club – Film to be announced
  • Saturday 17th February  2018 – Gimme Abba
  • Friday 2nd March 2018 – Orchard Film Club – Film to be announced
  • Friday 6th April 2018 – Orchard Film Club – Film to be announced
  • Saturday 21st April 2018 – Michael Bublé Tribute
  • Friday 4th May 2018 – Orchard Film Club – Film to be announced
  • Friday 1st June 2018 – Orchard Film Club – Film to be announced
  • Saturday 9th June 2018 – Pantasy Steel Band
  • Friday 6th July 2018 – Orchard Film Club – Film to be announced

Orchard Film Club:
If you would like to join and/or make any suggestions for future films, please email Alison on orchardfilmclub@gmail.com to join our mailing list to keep you up to date with our plans.  Membership is free for 2017.

 

 

 

 

Latest News

For the latest news and pictures on the build please go to our Build post!

May 2017 Update – Build Complete, Hall Open!

Monday 1st May was the day of our Grand Opening and Celebration Event, sponsored by The Big Lottery and hosted by the Village Hall trustees. Click the above link for more details and a gallery of pictures!

April 2017 Update

What a difference a 18 months makes – at last our building work is complete and we have our Village Hall back!

We are just running through our final snagging lists with the builder and our first users have moved back into the Cherry Hall (the new name for what was the Main Hall).

It’s not over yet however, as we still have a large loan to repay to the Charity Bank.  We are hoping for some more Section 106 money in due course and will continue to apply for grants for specific items but we will also continue to fund raise for the foreseeable future to cover any shortfall (at the moment about £100K before grants).  Therefore please continue to support us with your donations, pledges and don’t forget our great events!

March 2017 Update

CHERRY HALL ALMOST READY!

The Cherry Hall work continues on apace.  The interior is almost complete with some minor snagging to be done.

Outside, the roof is finished and the new steps and porch are in place.  Work has begun on resurfacing the car park.

GRAND CELEBRATION EVENT

The Trustees are planning a public celebration event for Monday 1st May to say thank you to the village for all their help in getting this huge project to completion.  Highlights will include The Bagg’s Tree Buskers, Harwell Young Singers, Irish Dancers and much more with entertainments for children and refreshments for all.  Groups who use the halls have been invited to have a stand or display leaflets to show the huge variety of what’s on offer.

FUNDRAISING

The recent film Bridget Jones’s Baby film event was a huge success and raised £577 and we were awarded £1000 from the Tesco “Bag for Life” scheme to go towards trees and plants for our landscaped areas – thank you for voting for us!

The grants team continue to work hard and are applying for grants to cover theatre equipment and new curtains among other items.

January 2017 Update

In December our much talked-about retractable seating was installed and it looks fabulous!

The money for the seating came from a very generous grant from Biffa, the waste management company, who award funds to qualifying community improvement and environmental projects.

We can now seat 129 people for a film, theatre event or concert and tested them out in January with our first film of the year – Sicario – with great feedback.

For a video of the seating in action go to https://youtu.be/qIH9vzRlnOY.

We are now progressing further grants to buy stage furniture and lighting.

Phase 2 – Cherry Hall

Work continues on track in Cherry Hall.  The work on the roof will finish in February and inside the plastering is finished and decoration work begun.

We expect the renovation work will be completed in the spring.

December 2016 – Phase 2 Cherry Hall

Phase 2 works have begun and we would like to announce that the old hall will be renamed “Cherry Hall” on completion, with the whole complex retaining the name of “Harwell Village Hall”.  The booking system will reflect this change and we are already taking enquiries for bookings for Cherry Hall.

We expect that the renovation of Cherry Hall will be completed in the spring.

Parking and Access

All users should use the new Westfield car park
(OX11 0LG) while building works on the Cherry Hall and High Street car park continue. The footpath from the High Street to Westfield is still accessible for pedestrian access.

Fundraising

The film evening in November, The Lady in the Van, was very well
supported but sadly disrupted by sound problems. We have since then sorted that out and the new tiered seating has now also been
installed.  Thanks to everyone for your patience and support.

Our Orchard Film Club has launched so please contact Alison on
alison.fautley@gmail.com or 221052 if you would like to be on the mailing list.

£350,000 loan activated

Please continue to support us; we now need your help going forward to repay our bank loan. We are extremely grateful for all donations and do please gift aid them if you can.  Contact Keith Beswick on keith@kbeswick.co.uk or Clare Wagner on
clare.wagner@jabrin.co.uk for more information.

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November

We’ve had another wedding in the Orchard Hall and the Craft Group have held their very successful annual Christmas Fair – the hall looked fabulous for both events and the attendees were very pleased with the venue.

23rd October 2016 Update

It happened!  The Orchard Hall was handed over on Friday, and was “christened” with a big wedding on Saturday 22nd October.  The
couple were delighted with how the day went, and many guests said how great a venue it is.

The Old Hall is now handed over to the builders, and we will now be fretting about how long that will take, and when we might have two halls.  But for now, all our classes and events will be in the new,
Orchard Hall.

Our regular users will now be getting used to our new key-less
security!  Entry is by code and each club has their own code which only works during the time slot they have booked.  If anybody has any problems, please contact the Bookings Secretary on 01235 835 430 or Keith Beswick on 01235 835338.

We have an Open Afternoon next Sunday 30th October from 2-4pm, so do come and have a look around.

Finally, a thank you to all our users for all your patience over the last few months.  Now you can begin to see the benefits.

October 2016 – The Orchard Hall is ready!

Phase One of the £1.3 million pound contract to rebuild and
renovate Harwell Village Hall is complete. The new Orchard Hall will be open to visitors on Sunday October 30th from 2pm – 4pm.  Richard Potter of RPA Architects, the halls architect, will be present and the Trustees will be
delighted to show you round. It has taken a year to get to this stage but we hope you will approve of the new facilities.

The new Westfield Car Park (sat nav: OX11 0LG) is open for use from Friday 7th October.

Phase Two will see the existing Village Hall receive a full renovation and makeover during the next few months.

September 2016 – Phase 1 is nearly complete –
really!

It has been a longer road than we expected but now that the final hurdle of getting a new electricity meter installed (involving the
coordination of half of the south of England and with help from our MP to move it forward!) is complete, we now expect handover of the New Hall to happen in mid-October, following commissioning of the services in the new building.

We will have a small opening ceremony at that time so please look out for the posters and come along and see our fabulous New Hall!

When open, users of the New Hall can access the new car park to the rear from Westfield (OX11 0LG).

We expect that the final renovation phase of the Old Hall will now be completed early in the New Year.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact Keith Beswick on 01235 835338 or keith@kbeswick.co.uk.

Fundraising We will now begin to draw down on the loan secured from the Charity Bank so fundraising continues to be a prime focus for the Trustees.  Our Grants team are still hard at work identifying new funds to apply for.

The delay to the opening of the New Hall has meant we have had to postpone our planned film event so keep an eye out for the posters announcing a new date.  The Oxford Fiddlers are visiting us again on 16th October, come along for a fabulous evening of song and dance!

The New 100 Club is now up and running – monthly draw results will be posted on the Village Hall website.

Following news of a generous donation from the Harwell Feast fund, our new total still to find is now:

£287,500

Please continue to support us – we are extremely grateful for all
donations – please gift aid them if you can – and we also accept pledges (to be called in if we cannot raise the money in time through grants, etc.).

With sadness It is with great sadness that we commemorate the life of Trevor Packer, neighbour and former treasurer of Harwell Village Hall.  Trevor was a keen supporter of the Freeman Hall and the
Winterbrook Youth Club for many years.  He will be missed.

August 2016 – Opening of New Hall delayed

We are sorry to report that the proposed Open Afternoon scheduled for 20th August has been POSTPONED following unforeseen delays in the completion of Phase 1.  The Trustees and our Architect, Richard Potter of RPA Architects, are closely monitoring the situation and challenging the builders to move the project forward as soon as possible.

We will let you know as soon as we have a more definite idea of when the open Afternoon can be rescheduled but it is looking like
sometime in September.

July 2016 – Phase 1 – End in Sight!

The latest estimate for the handover of the new extension and car-park is now mid-August.  We will hold a simple opening ceremony and open afternoon on Saturday 20 August, for villagers and users to come and see the New Hall, entrance foyer, kitchen and toilets.  We will re-confirm the date nearer the time.

At that time, we will lose access to the Old Hall and its car park while they undergo renovation: new roof, double glazed windows, doors, new heating and lighting systems, the car park will be resurfaced and landscaped.  Users of the New Hall can access the new car park to the rear from Westfield.  The defibrillator will be moved near to the New Hall entrance.

Loan Success!  We are very happy to report that, after lengthy
negotiations and lots of hard work, we have been approved a loan from the Charity Bank which will enable us to complete the
renovation phase of the project.  Well done to Clare Wagner and Keith Beswick for this fabulous achievement!

Fundraising  The loan is a temporary solution which will need to be repaid, so we will continue to hold events and apply for grants, even after the building project has completed.

Please continue to support us in any way you can.  We are extremely grateful for all donations – please gift aid them if you can – and we also accept pledges (to be called in if we cannot raise the money in time through grants, etc.).  Please contact Keith Beswick or Clare Wagner for more information.

Grants  Congratulations to our hard-working grants team!  They have secured a grant from BIFFA for £41,000 to pay for the
retractable seating in the New Hall, which will be installed sometime in December!

Our new total still to find is now:

£290,000

NB We will continue to report our shortfall as a fundraising target to keep us focused, even though the loan is now in place.

Contact information:

  • Keith Beswick for general queries about the project, letters of
    support, business contacts, etc. on 01235 835338 or keith@kbeswick.co.uk
  • Clare Wagner for donations, SO mandate, etc. on 01235 835425 or clare.wagner@jabrin.co.uk

May 2016 – Moving closer to the end of Phase 1

We are now far enough into the project to release an estimate for the completion and handover of the New Hall.  At present we are looking at “no earlier than  mid-to-late July” for our transition into the New Hall and the start of the refurbishment of the Old Hall.

Changes to this estimate will be notified here and in Harwell News. We aim to minimise disruption by moving during the holidays.

We have had more good news this month from our grants team and the amount we still need to raise has dropped by another £10,000.   It now stands at:

£334,000

Please continue to support us in any way you can by donating or pledging and amount or supporting us at our events.

April 2016 – changing the way we report fundraising

As you know, about £1m has been raised to date.  We now have
detailed information on retractable seating for the new hall and this has been added to our target for funds (it was originally excluded from the main contract as it is specialist equipment).

To focus all of us on our new goal, we will now report the shortfall in our funds, rather than the total raised!

The amount of money still to raise is:

£344,000

A huge well done to our grants team who have secured another £10,000, this time from TOE2 – the Trust for Oxfordshire’s
Environment! Great news!

Please continue to support us in any way you can.  If you would prefer to make a PLEDGE rather than a donation (i.e. we only call in the pledge if we cannot raise the money in time through grants, etc.) please contact Keith Beswick (keith@kbeswick.co.uk) or Clare
Wagner (clare.wagner@jabrin.co.uk) for more information.

March 2016 update – on schedule but some
disruption

Work is continuing to progress well and the windows for the new hall are due to be installed soon.

The path on the south side of the hall needs to be dug up to
accommodate new water, gas, electric and sewage services. The Fun Club storage shed must be moved and the exit by the committee room blocked.  Also, the adjacent storage room used by Fun Club and the Wood Turners must be emptied to enable construction of the new toilets for the new hall.

We will need to accommodate as much of their equipment in the hall as we can so please bear with us during this disruption.  We have managed very well so far with your support and we are well on the way to our new hall being opened.  If you have concerns, please
contact Keith Beswick on 01235 835338 or keith@kbeswick.co.uk.

January 2016 update – planning the fixtures and
fittings; funding news

The Trustees have been working hard on planning the new kitchen to ensure plumbing and electrical requirements are met and that
suitable cabling is laid for sound, lighting and projection equipment.

Many thanks go in particular to Kath Luker for her tireless efforts to plan and spec out the kitchen and ensure it meets the health and safety standards.

To give you an idea of the huge effort put in by our grants team, here are some figures: they have reviewed 70+ trusts and funding bodies, applied for 35 suitable grants and identified a further 22, so far  they have had 8 grants successfully awarded totalling a fabulous £130,610 in promised funds. What an amazing effort!

December 2015 update – the shell of the New Hall is up!

The steel shell of the new hall is now up and visible from the High Street.  The mild weather has meant work has progressed apace and we are ahead of schedule – that could change if we have severe weather in the New Year but it’s good to have some time in the plan.

It has been noted that there is a lot of mud on Westfield Road and this is being regularly cleared by the builders – they may put some scalpings down on the verges to  reduce this but please rest assured that the grass will be reinstated at the end of the build.

The Christmas Raffle has been drawn and the full results are on the home page but well done to our top three prize winners, Ruth Slatter (£50 Bob’s Butchers voucher), Vicky MacArthur (£40 Hart of Harwell voucher) and Lois Farren (Luxury Christmas Cake)!

November 2015 update – the Freeman Hall is down!

The following is from our Harwell News entry.

Since the October update, great progress has made at the Village Hall Build Site.  A fence has been erected all around the build area and the stage is now boarded off inside the hall. The asbestos from the
Freeman Hall was safely removed and, on 16th November, the
Freeman Hall was finally demolished. The site for the new hall is being lowered by about 3 feet to bring the new hall in line with the original one and the footings will be dug in the next week (from 23rd
November).

Unfortunately, the cooker in the original hall has expired and will not be replaced until the new kitchen is installed, but we have added a 6.5L (11pint) slow cooker and there is also a microwave oven and warming cupboard for those who need them. The Trustees apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Fundraising to November 2015 – we have raised over £1m!

Our grants and fundraising teams are continuing to work hard and we now have confirmation of the release of the £96,000 of S106 money from the Blenheim Hill Development. We also have new
confirmed grants totalling £11,500, further generous gift-aided
donations from Harwell residents and £430 raised from our latest film event, Mr Holmes. Thank you to all who came.

Our new total from events, donations (received and promised), gift aid, grants, and S106 money (including refunded VAT) to:

£1,010,000

We still have more to raise to reach our target and have more grants to apply for and several things in the pipeline but we still need your help so please keep giving!

October 2015 update – Day 1: Monday 19th October 2015

Chairman, Keith Beswick  and Treasurer, Clare Wagner, of the Trustees met the new Site Foreman, the Architect and the Electrician on site to discuss the coming works.

Fencing is due to be delivered tomorrow, Tuesday 20th October, and the site will be set up to include the car park in Westfields, the courts and Freeman Hall and its toilet block.  Once fencing is in place there will be absolutely no access to the building site area – all requests or queries must come through the Architects via Keith Beswick (01235 835338), so please contact Keith if you have any concerns.

There will be construction sign going up at the front of the High Street car park.

A partition is being put up in front of the stage in the Main Hall on Tuesday 27th October and there will be no access to the stage after that.  The screen is still accessible for the Film Evening on 30th
October.

Please note that the Main Hall is still in operation and can be booked in the usual way.

Thank you to all those who have helped to clear the Freeman Hall, committee room and stage area in preparation for this time,
especially to Martin Ricketts who spent many days dismantling
furniture and taking things to the dump and lost an electric saw to thieves in the process!

There will be a time-lapse camera covering the new building site along with the normal security measures which we hope will put off any future vandals.

The contracts are signed!  Work will begin on 19th October 2015.

It was an historic day for the Trustees of Harwell Village Hall on
Friday 11th September 2015 when Chairman, Keith Beswick and
Secretary, Martin Ricketts, alongside David Marsh for the Harwell Parish Council signed the contracts for the Village Hall
Redevelopment Project with Graham Fennell of Fennell Blake & Co. Ltd, the builders who will be carrying out the work.

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“The project has enjoyed huge support from the Village and we would not be here today without teamwork and everyone pulling together. I would particularly like to thank Harwell Parish Council for their help with Section 106 and minimising the VAT impact of the project” said Keith Beswick, Chairman of the Trustees.  “The next few months will be very exciting with visible progress being made on site.”

“The aim is to keep the hall operational throughout and we will be
keeping all users updated on progress. Look here, on our website and in the Harwell News too.  We haven’t finished fundraising, so our events will continue and we have more grants in the pipeline. We still need your support so please keep giving.”

It’s Happening!

We, the Trustees are delighted to announce that after careful
consideration of the quotations tendered we have decided
unanimously to go ahead and award the contract to our preferred builder and start the works programme.  Our architect, Richard
Potter of RPA Architects Ltd, will Project Manage the build and will ensure that the terms of our contract are met safely, on time and within budget.

Works will begin in September with the pre-build phase of
demolishing the unsafe Freeman Hall.  Phase 1, building the new
extension and link area, will follow.  Phase 2, refurbishing the main hall, is scheduled to take place in the summer of 2016 to minimise
disruption to users.  By then, the new hall will be available to
accommodate our July/August users.

We anticipate that overall the works should take about 12 months to complete.

Important: If you have items or equipment stored in the stage area or committee room, these areas must be cleared before we can
commence the Phase 1 works.  Please contact Keith Beswick (details
below) to arrange to remove these items from the hall.

We are also pleased to announce that the Village Hall will hold its AGM on Wednesday 2nd September at 7.30pm in the Village Hall – everyone is welcome.

Choir Concert a Huge Success!

Many, many thanks to all those who contributed to the Raise the Rafters concert on 11th July which was a terrific village event and which raised over £1,000 for the Village Hall Redevelopment Project. What an uplifting event!  Thank you to all who bought tickets, our
performers, the Didcot Community Gospel Choir, Harwell Young Singers and the Baggs Tree Buskers and to all those organisers who worked so hard to bring it about.

Take a look in our Gallery for some great pictures from the evening.

July Newsflash!!

Did you see the write-up in the local newspapers last week?
http://m.oxfordtimes.co.uk/…/13348912.Singers_strike_right…/

We got some excellent exposure for our Project and Fundraising
Targets thanks to Liz Roberts of the Didcot Community Gospel Choir who organised a photo-shoot for three of the trustees at the Village Hall and had a “call to action” piece published in the local Didcot newspapers (Oxford Times, Didcot herald, etc.) asking for help to raise the remaining funds to get our project off the ground and into bricks and mortar!

Please show your support on Saturday 11th July (click link to find out more about this great event) and help Didcot Community Gospel Choir, Harwell Young Singers, The Bagg’s Tree Buskers, the Scouts (bar, with rumours of Pimms) and the church (venue for picnic and concert) push up our Harwell Village Hall fundraising total!

Tickets are on sale at Bob’s Family Butchers or call 834295 for
delivery over the coming weekend!

June 2015 Update

Many thanks to all of you who came to our stand at the Harwell Feast on Bank Holiday Monday – we had some great discussions and
helpful input for our “what events would you like to see” board.

We had some more excellent news in time for the Feast with £96,000 awarded to us from our application for Section 106 funding from the Blenheim Hill development and confirmation of another £25,000 from a grant we had applied for!  We also have of a promise of a £225,000 gift-aided donation from an extremely generous individual who has requested to remain anonymous and to whom we send very heartfelt thanks.

And since the Feast, following a meeting with the Parish Council we have heard that we will be able to save £74,000 of our costs through a VAT rebate of the spend of Section 106 funding for our build.  This is fantastic news and thanks to the diligent efforts of our Chairman, Keith Beswick and Treasurer, Clare Wagner.  We would also like to say a big thank you to Harwell Parish Council and their Chairman, David Marsh, for all his support, particularly over the Section 106 monies.

This takes our total from events, donations (received and promised), gift aid, grants, and S106 money to:

£983,900!!

So we now have access to almost £1million! Our target is £1,245,000 – a huge amount – but we are so close to achieving it. With further applications in the pipeline, we hope for more good news soon.

Please help us to raise the remaining funds!

To donate, just contact our Treasurer, Clare Wagner on 01235 835425 or email her at clare.wagner@jabrin.co.uk or, you can visit our “How to Donate” page on this website to download a gift aid form.

We, the Trustees of the Hall, are so grateful for the support we have received so far, and we hope you will feel moved to make further donations.  Join with us and “Be Part of It!”

May 2015 Update

NEWSFLASH: We have just had excellent news from WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Limited) regarding our application for a grant for the Village Hall Redevelopment Project. We have been awarded the absolute maximum amount they have available:

£75,000!

This takes our total from events, donations, gift aid, grants, and
Section 106 money from the Alder View Development to:

£600,000!!

Thanks to Sue Greatbanks, Clare Wagner and everyone who helped with the grant applications. We have more in the pipeline so watch this space!

April 2015 Update

In April, our Chairman, Keith Beswick and Treasurer, Clare Wagner met with the Richard Potter (of RPA Architects Ltd), our architect and Andrew Snowdon, the quantity surveyor. After reviewing a number of possibilities, four builders were identified (with a potential two more) and the
Committee will be asking for quotations in May.

If all goes according to plan we hope to be able to award a contract to the chosen builder in the summer.

Going forward the key next steps we will be following are:
• Demolition of the Freeman Hall
• Ground work
• Isolating the old Hall prior to beginning the new build*
• Building the new hall, entrance foyer and facilities.
• Fundraising for new furniture, etc.
• Moving to the new Hall
• Renovating the old hall

*This step is a critical enabler to ensure we can continue to run the existing Hall and host clubs, events and parties while the Extension is being built with minimum disruption.

Thank you for your patience. The average time to organise this kind of work is 10 years so please continue to support the hall. The trustees hope this project will give the village a first class social hub that
integrates with the RBL Club and Church Hall.

The Build

Open Day on Monday 1st May 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Come and have a good look around and marvel at our fabulous venue.  Refreshments and entertainment are all free so do drop in and say hello! Click here to find out more…

Friday 28th April

More planting in the flower beds around the site.

Marking out the beds
Front border
Dee, our Treasurer, makes sure it’s been done properly!
Barbara and Viv get stuck in!
Side bed by Cherry Hall

We still need to buy more plants to complete the scheme and are looking for donations to fund this.

Wednesday 26th April

In advance of our Celebration Event, our volunteers have done a fine job of sprucing up the flower bed in the Community Garden.

Tuesday 25th April

Four cherry trees have now been planted in the grounds, two in the front by the High Street wall and two in the car park at the back of the Orchard Hall.

Monday 10th April

The outside of the Cherry Hall is now complete and ready for its close up!

Saturday 18th March

The interior of the Cherry  Hall is now complete, we just have a few snagging queries left to sort out.

Cherry Hall, before hand-over. View looking east.

Thursday 16th March

Dick and Keith on the steps – we’re nearly there!

Tuesday 14th March

The interior of the Cherry Hall is all but complete and work has started to resurface the High Street car park.  First bookings for the new Cherry Hall are from 24th April and our Celebration Event is planned for 1st May!

Monday 13th March

The new entrance to the Cherry Hall is coming along nicely and the steps are being created.

 

Thursday 9th February

Decorating the inside of the Cherry Hall has begun and the new Committee Room is starting to take shape.

The store cupboard is already proving extremely useful as the new chairs have arrived – all 160 of them!

Wednesday 1st February 2017

Scaffolding is down as the roof is finished and the cladding has all gone up.

 

Christmas 2016

Phase 2 is now well under-way and work has begun on the windows, roof and insulation of the Old Hall.

The old kitchen is being remodelled into a new Committee Room and there are new storage cupboards going in where the old toilets used to be.

Once complete, the renovated Old Hall will be renamed “Cherry Hall” and the whole complex will continue to be “Harwell Village Hall”.

In the Orchard Hall, we are pleased to announce that the new
retractable seating has been installed and looks most splendid!

Thursday 27th October
The Old Hall is now handed over to the builders for the start of Phase 2 and at the moment they are predicting a completion date of the end of February.  However, that date will depend heavily on the weather we get over the coming months and a severe winter with heavy snow would cause a delay.  We will keep you as up to date as possible so watch this space!

Saturday 22nd October
The wedding was a wonderful success!  Here is the Orchard Hall ready to receive the guests:
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Friday 21st October – Handover of Phase 1
At last, the new Orchard Hall has been handed to the trustees and is due to have it’s first event tomorrow!
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Just cast your minds back a year to see how far we have come….
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Freeman Hall, 19th October 2015.

 

Thursday 29th September

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The car park to the rear of the hall is taking shape…

29 Sept 2016 bike_stands
… and the new bicycle racks have been put in place.

Friday 16th September

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Work continues on the hall while we wait for the new electricity
meter to be connected.

Wednesday 24th August

Despite the delays to the New Hall, we have seen some progress over the summer in the Old Hall ahead of the official start of Phase 2
refurbishment.

24 Aug 2016 Door & hatch to new kitchen from old hall
Door and hatch into new kitchen from the Old Hall with new
cupboard (right) and doors through to the New Hall (left).

We have also seen progress in the New Hall:

24 Aug 2016 Carpet down in Parish office
The new Parish Council Office with carpet!

24 Aug 2016 Cupboards being fitted in new hall
Storage cupboards being fitted to the New Hall

24 Aug 2016 One of lighting strips
Lighting strips being installed in the New Hall

Wednesday 17th August

Open Afternoon delayed!  There have been further delays to the project and the New Hall will not be ready in time for the proposed handover event on 20th August.  The Trustees and our Architect, Richard Potter are closely monitoring the situation and challenging the builder to move the project forward.

As soon as we have more information, we will update you.

Some of the trustees were able to visit the site today to try out some chair options and we have some more pictures of the interior for you.

17 Aug chair test
Testing chairs

17 Aug hall1
Inside the hall – screen end

17 Aug hall2
Inside the hall – retractable seating end

17 Aug foyer2
Foyer – towards main entrance

17 Aug foyer1
Foyer – from main entrance

Thursday 11th August

11 Aug 2016 Most windows have been in place for several weeks #Main Entrance coming together

11 Aug 2016 Walls prepared for rendering #Walls prepared for rendering

11 Aug 2016 Edge of 'garden' in place#Work continues on the garden area.

Saturday 2nd July

The Trustees got another chance to look round the inside of the new hall and see the progress that has been made to date:

inside the new hall 2 julyInside the New Hall

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foyer towards kitchen 2 julyFoyer – looking towards the kitchen

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Monday 30th May

Further Minor Disruption:  On 31st May and 1st June the builders will move the temporary wall by the former stage area slightly further into the Old Hall to enable them to construct the new permanent
internal wall without disturbing users.

As always, if you have concerns, please contact Keith Beswick on 01235 835338 or keith@kbeswick.co.uk.

Saturday 21st May

Building work is continuing – the high-level windows have been
installed in the New Hall and the first fix and internal plumbing work is well under way.

The Fun Club toy shed has been moved* and the nearby storage room emptied so work can begin on the new toilets.  Our thanks to Fun Club, the Wood Turners and Short Mat Bowls for relocating their equipment and we apologise for any inconvenience.

*The disabled car parking space is temporarily unavailable and we ask our disabled users to bear with us – as soon as the New Hall is ready, you will have access to two new spaces in the rear car park.

Today, the Trustees were invited on a guided tour of the new extension – here are some of the photos:

21 May 2016 Nearly all the scaffolding downLooking at the New Hall from Westfield.

21 May 2016 Garden areaThe Garden Area.

21 May 2016 Air conditioning in place in new hall
Air conditioning installed.

21 May 2016 New hall - retractable seating areaLooking to where the retractable seating will be installed.

21 May 2016 Power room
The Plant Room!

Friday 22nd April

And the first windows are in!

22 Apr 2016 First windows in

Thursday 21st April

The trench in the New Hall back garden is ready for the concrete to support the back wall:

21 Apr 2016 Trench ready for concrete

Wednesday 20th April

Here is a sneak peak inside the new entrance foyer with Kath giving us some scale perspective:

20 April 2016 Entrance Foyer

And here is an update on progress inside the New Hall, where they are busy with the first fix electrics:

20 April 2016 New Hall 3

Saturday 2nd April

We are progressing well with the link building that connects our old Main Hall to the New Hall.  Here you can see the two high windows which will bring light into the new kitchen which will be situated where the old stage once was:

2 Apr 2016 Windows into new kitchen

And work has also started on the new garden to the rear of the New Hall.  First they must level the ground:

2 Apr 2016 Garden area being levelled

Wednesday 9th March 2016

Here is another new time lapse video of the hall – the roof is now completely tiled!

Monday 7th March 2016

The tiles are going on the back of roof now.

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Friday 4th March 2016

The tiles are going on to the front of the roof.  What a wonderful blue sky!

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Friday 26th February 2016

After our monthly progress meeting with the Architect and Builders, Trustee Mike Fox-Davies  visited site and got a rare look at the inside of the new hall.  As you can see, it will be a fabulous space when it’s finished!

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Tuesday 23rd February

Here you can see the rear of the roof being prepared for tiling.

23 Feb 2016 batoning the roof

Over the last few weeks the metal roof has gone on to the new hall and been visible from the High Street.  This will be clad with tiles to match the roof on the Main Hall.

23 Feb 2016 roof

Friday 1st January 2016

Here is the latest time lapse video of the build progress – enjoy!

Thursday 31st December

A very happy new year to you all – the building work is progressing well.

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The steel work for the new hall looks completed and some block work has been started.

Here’s looking forward to the grand opening and thank you to the users for your patience and to all of you who have helped so
brilliantly to make the project reality. We are almost there but there is still another 20% of the money to raise!!

Happy New Year

Keith Beswick
Chair, Harwell Village Hall Trustees.

Friday 18th December

The shell is nearly complete!  From today work stops for Christmas and restarts in the New Year.

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Tuesday 15th December

Exciting times – the steelwork is going up and we are ahead of
schedule!

The Trustees hope the building work has not disturbed you too much and thank you for your perseverance.  It will be worth it when the new facilities open.

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Thursday 10th December

Final preparations are made ready for the steelwork to go in.

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Friday 4th December

Work is progressing. The image shows the footings for the new hall. Steelwork is expected to arrive at the end of next week and should be erected before the builders start their Christmas break on the 18th.

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4 Dec 2015 Trenches filled

Wednesday 2nd December

The trenches are dug and ready for the concrete to be poured.

2 Dec 2015 Muddy trenches

Tuesday 24th November
The site for the new hall is being lowered by about 3 feet to bring the new hall in line with the original one and then the footings will be dug in the next week.
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Click here to see a time-lapse video of the demolition.

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Welcome to our new post!  We will bringing you updates on a
regular basis as things move forward with the Redevelopment Building Work.

As you can see, quite a lot has already happened since Day 1 on 19th October so we have started a diary to record  this and that we will add to so you can see the progress.  From time to time there will also be some time-lapse video clips to show!

Saturday 31st October
Build site board is erected and fencing put in place.

Monday 9th November
A tent is erected to contain the asbestos as it is removed from the Freeman Hall
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Friday 13th November
Clearing the interior of the Freeman Hall
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Monday 16th November
A digger arrived on site and began taking down the Freeman Hall

Sunday 22nd November
The Craft Fair went ahead in the Hall with a good turnout, unaffected by the build.  Here are a couple of photos of the new cleared site where the Freeman Hall used to be:

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And the remains of the link to the Main Hall:

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The site for the new hall will now be lowered by about 3 feet to bring the new hall in line with the original one and then the footings will be dug in the next week.