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Village Hall faces closure unless new committee can be appointed.
Little Paxton Village Hall which is used by over 14 village groups will close at the end of the August unless residents come forward and join a new Management Committee.
The three remaining members of the Village Hall Management Committee (VHMC) have stood down at the July AGM however there will be a two month hand over period to a new committee.
Earlier in the year the VHMC tried to attract new members which was unsuccessful.
The VHMC has contacted Little Paxton Parish Council for help to attract new members for a new Committee.
The hall will only remain open if residents come along to a public meeting on Saturday 5th August 10.30am-11.30am in the village hall and join the new Management Committee.
Mr. Trevor Herbert outgoing Village Hall Chairman said ‘Little Paxton Village Hall is where many village groups and organisations meet on a weekly basis. To close the hall would have such a major impact on the local community’.
The Village Hall Management Committee meets once a month and meetings last approx 1.5 hours. A new committee requires 12 people including a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer as well as ordinary committee members.
The village hall accounts has been outsourced to a local accountancy firm.
Parish Clerk Jenny Gellatly said’ Little Paxton needs its village hall. It is an asset to the residents of Little Paxton and provides a meeting place to a large number of village groups spanning all age groups. If the hall were to close this would also affect annual events such as Paxfest, Christmas Bazaar, Presentation evenings, Quiz nights etc.
Cllr Jean Matheson, Parish Council Chairman said’ The residents of Little Paxton need a village hall and the village hall needs Little Paxton residents to ensure the hall is to remain open.’
'Bringing the seaside to Little Paxton'
Little Paxton’ annual village fete ‘Paxfest & Fun Dog Show’ will take place on Saturday 8th July. The event is held on the Queen Elizabeth II Playing Field and Village Hall, Little Paxton from 12 noon – 4.45pm
This year, Paxfest 2017 will be having a shorts, shade & seaside theme.
Cllr Jean Matheson said ‘As part of the seaside theme, there will be two beautiful donkeys providing rides for children on the playing field bringing the seaside to Little Paxton. The donkeys can also be petted. There will also be a free bucket treasure hunt where children can search all the stalls for the buckets and their treasure.’
The cake competition is back with a seaside theme. All cakes to be delivered to the Little Paxton Village Hall between 10.30am & 11.30am. Cakes can be any size, must be edible with no fresh cream. There will be an adult & children classes with fabulous prizes.
Parish Clerk Jenny Gellatly said ‘The seaside wouldn’t be the same without a stick of rock. So in keeping with the seaside theme there is going to be specially made ‘Paxfest 2017’ rock. Children can receive a stick of rock if they have a donkey ride, have their face painted, take part in the bucket treasure hunt or try the cricket bowling machine. The face painting, treasure hunt and cricket bowling machine are free activities.’
The Dog Show starts at 1pm with registration opening at 12 noon and is Ł1.50 per dog per class. There are 15 classes including best small, medium & large dog classes.
New for 2017 - there will be a ‘30 minute’ Community barn Dance’ at 3pm in the centre arena when there is a break in the dog show.
There will musical entertainment from Bedford Pipe Band who will open the event, Little Paxton School Choir, Porterhouse Jazz 6, Rushden Town Band and three Mr. Marvel Magic Shows.
Many village groups & organisations have stalls and there will be a beer tent, bbq, refreshments, candy floss and games.
This is a free event with lots of entertainment for all the family.
The forthcoming public events in the United Kingdom from the Events Diary of the British Towns and Village Network