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Limehouse Lizzy tickets in demand
Even though there is nearly two months to go, tickets for Limehouse Lizzy on the 23rd July are in great demand. As previously stated, we don't anticipate there being any tickets available on the door so if you're thinking of coming now is the time to book. Details of how to get your tickets are shown just a little further down this page.
Superfast broadband now installed
To improve the service that we provide for hirers the Trustees have now upgraded our broadband connection to fibre. When it was checked last it was providing 82 Mbs (for those that don't know, that's fast!). The facility is available to everyone using the Hall. It is an open network and does not require a password. The network name is "OVMH". We hope that you find this beneficial.
Phase 1 refurbishment complete
Phase 1 of the on-going refurbishment of the Village Memorial Hall is now complete and all of the toilets have been brought up to a much higher specification and, in the case of the disabled toilet, to comply with current legislation. The showers in the South changing room have also been replaced. Our thanks go to Chris Adams and Nigel Bailey for their splendid efforts during what was, at times, a challenging task. Additionally, the old boiler that covers the Main Hall has been replaced with two new, eco-friendly, efficient boilers. We have now started applying for grants to raise the money for phase 2 of the refurbishment which involves a major modernisation of the Hope Room and the re-fitting of the Club Room kitchen.However, we still need to raise an additional £12,000 from our own funds and if any villagers would like to contribute to this fund please contact the Treasurer, Derek Buck, at ovmh.treasurer@otford.net or phone the bookings line on 01959 52518101959 525181 and leave a message and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
Limehouse Lizzy to appear at Otford Village Memorial Hall.
Brilliant News! After six months of negotiation we have finally managed to book Limehouse Lizzy to appear at the Memorial Hall on 23rd July. Tickets will be £14.00 each (£15.00 on the door but we don't expect there to be any available!) We haven't got tickets printed yet but if you want to reserve yours now drop me an e-mail to ovmh.manager@otford.net. Alternatively, tickets are now available from www.wegottickets.com/event/338639 but are subject to a £1.40 booking fee. Wegottickets is also the only way to pay with a credit card. As for the Fleetwood Bac concert, all profits will go towards the Hall's refurbishment fund.
Good news, Bad news
First the bad news. Sainsbury's have stopped hiring out glasses for parties, weddings, etc.

The good news is that they have given most of their glasses to the Village Hall! So if you're planning a party, wedding reception or just an event when you are going to give your guests a glass of wine or whatever we can supply the glasses for you. We actually have 70 champagne flutes, 70 wine glasses, around 50 pint glasses and over 150 hi-ball tumblers. We do ask for a small contribution to cover the cost of breakages, etc because we're a charity and Sainsbury's aren't!

Please be aware that these glasses are only available for use in the Hall and will not be hired for outside functions.

Please talk to the Bookings Secretary if you are interested in using them.
The Trustees are pleased to announce that Margaret Nicholson has joined them as the representative of Otford Lunch Club. Margaret will be taking over this role from Diana Arnaud who has given many years of loyal and valuable service to the Trustees but now feels it is time to hand over to someone else.
The Refurbishment Fund received a major boost recently with Kent County Council approving our grant application for £22,200.00 IN FULL! With this sum being matched from our own reserves we are now in a position to start undertaking some of the tasks that have been planned. Some of these works are going to result in the closure of certain parts of the building but we will be working in conjunction with affected hirers to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum. Although some of the works, e.g. refurbishment of the disabled toilets, will start very soon, the majority of the tasks will take place during August when bookings are at a lower level than usual. Our thanks again to KCC!
Many, many thanks to the 250 people who turned up for the Fleetwood Bac concert on Saturday and for drinking as much as you did! We hope that you had a great evening. It certainly seemed to go well and with a contribution from the bar we raised just short of £800.00 for the Village Hall Refurbishment Fund. We might do another concert later in the year so keep watching this space. Alternatively, if you're not on our mailing list send your e-mail address to ovmh.manager@otford.net and you'll be amongst the first to know what's happening.
The Trustees are delighted to announce that Ros Ward has been honoured with the British Empire Medal for services to people with disabilities in Sevenoaks and to charity in Romania. Ros is leader of the Sevenoaks PHAB Club, which offers opportunities for people with learning disabilities and physical disabilities to meet socially each week, and she is the founder of Care and Comfort, Romania, which began to fundraise in 1998.

Ros has only recently joined the Trustees of the Village Memorial Hall and is looking after fundraising. The Trustees would like to offer their sincerest congratulations to Ros. It was well deserved.
The Annual General Meeting of the Committee of Management of Otford Village Memorial Hall will take place in the Club Room at 8:00pm on Thursday 20th November 2014.
This is your opportunity to hear what has been happening over the last year and to make any suggestions as to how we can improve this valuable community resource.
If you would like an Agenda or a copy of the Minutes of the 2013 AGM please contact Ron Dullage, Secretary to the Trustees on e-mail: ovmh.manager@otford.net or call 07887 780 57607887 780 576.
We have now been advised that the Pay and Display scheme for the village car park will go live on Tuesday 14th October. The contractors have allowed one week's grace should you forget to collect a ticket. If you over-run your ticket you will be liable for an £85.00 fine (reduced by 40% if paid within a week). Disabled badge holders will be allowed three hours free parking anywhere in the car park! Fines will be issued to anyone parking outside of marked bays, on yellow lines, on the hatched area outside of the Hall (except for loading and unloading) or in disabled bays unless you are displaying a blue badge. Any queries about how the scheme will operate please contact the Parish Council on 01959 52480801959 524808.
New Bookings Administrator
After receiving nearly EIGHTY applications for the post of Bookings Administrator the Trustees are delighted to announce that Robin Daly has been appointed. Robin will be known to many of you through his involvement with elections held in the Village Memorial Hall. The bookings line telephone number stays the same on 01959 525181. We have introduced a new e-mail address for hall bookings – ovmh.bookings@otford.net but the old address of ovmh.secretary@otford.net will continue to operate.
Car park charges and introduction date
Well, it looks as though the proposed "Pay & Display" is going ahead (eventually). Originally the Parish Council planned to introduce it in October but there have been a few (as yet unresolved) legal issues to sort out and so, at the time of writing, there is no final date set. Watch this space and we'll keep you in touch with developments.

The proposed charges are - Monday to Friday - first hour free; next two hours 50p per hour and then £1.00 per hour thereafter. Saturdays - first hour free; next two hours 50p per hour and then £2.00 for the whole day. Sundays and Bank Holidays are free all day but the Parish Council reserve the right to amend this if they feel it is necessary. This also applies to all of the other rates. Charging times are from 07:00 until 18:00.
We're up with the technology!
Two more ways of keeping in touch with what's happening at the Hall - you can either follow us on Twitter @Otford_Hall or you can like us on Facebook. We're always pleased to hear from anyone, be it by letter, e-mail, text, Twitter, FaceBook or even racing pigeon!
Disabled ramp now available
The Trustees are pleased to announce that we have now had a new ramp built to enable wheelchair users to access the patio from the Main Hall. This ramp is stored away when not in use so if you would like it to be available for your event please contact the Hall Manager on 07887 78057607887 780576.
Handy with a paint brush? Looking to earn a little extra cash?
09 Sept 2010
The Trustees are looking for someone, who preferably lives in the village, who can do a bit of painting for us. Nothing terribly taxing - largely emulsion - and would ideally suit someone who is retired or semi-retired. We'll discuss a rate of pay later but we are not unreasonable! Hours will be pretty much to suit you (and fit in with our hirers). If you are interested either ring the Hall Manager on 01959 52518101959 525181 or e-mail ovmh.manager@otford.net.