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Fritchley Village Hall offers free use to volunteers

by Linda Philo

Fritchley Village Hall

Fritchley Village Hall re-opened in May after a sustained campaign from local people. It is now well used again for a variety of regular paid activities including craft sessions, Morris dancing practice and martial arts, and Boxercise. It is also hosting a good range of one-off fundraising events.

The recent Race Night was sold out and raised well over £800 for further improvements and equipment for the hall – thanks to everyone who came along and contributed. In the near future we have a concert by an amazing folk choir (7 December), and of course the village green Christmas tree lights switch-on (12 December).

All these events are organised and run by local people who give their time for free to provide opportunities for people to get together and enjoy themselves or learn something new. Now we are looking for some new community activities to use the hall, and volunteers interested in running them.

We know from experience that it can be daunting to take on organising an event – if there are costs involved and you don’t know how many people will turn up, it can seem risky. We’d like to offer anyone from the local area who’s thinking about starting up a community activity, or running a not-for-profit event, a period of free use of the hall to get their activity off the ground.

If you have a hobby or skill that you could share with others, or want to help people who might be isolated to socialise or try something new, and you’d like to set up a local group, free use of the hall could get it off the ground without financial risk.

It might be music, art, computing, dancing, flower arranging, board games, or photography... or you might want to run an event to raise money for a local charity or recruit new members. We can also help publicise the activity and support you in setting up the hall.

Please email us on or call Steve on 07789 373241 to discuss your ideas.

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