November 21, 2017

Village Hall Task Force Day

There must have been at least 30 people turned up through the day last Sunday to help out and just about all the tasks on the huge list were completed!

Anne & the list!

 Anne W who was ‘in charge’ was absolutely chuffed to bits with the response and so was June,  jointly responsible with Anne for the maintenance activities of the VH.

Sustinence by Joy & Margaret

June & Colin brought homemade soup to fortify the workers and then set about the upholstered chairs and cakes and biccies were made and organised by Ann, Fiona, Joy  Margaret & Laura, Joy and Margaret were keeping the troops going all day with continual refreshments.

David E ably assisted by Owen was heaving out the wooden tables for cleaning which then evolved into preservation as Fiona found there was a touch of woodworm.  Meanwhile Ann Walker was cleaning all the metal tables indoors. Freda will be pleased that the tiles have been put up in the toilets, here you can see the evidence of Nigel’s hand.

Nigel's Handywork

Table Cleaning Team

Nigel and Fergus got onto the porch roof and sorted the leaks and Mike R was ‘persuaded’ by Dave & Pete to squeeze into a very small space to put some stabilizer into the heating system.  From inside the space a distant voice was heard to say “This is great, the old team is back together again!”

Mike Stuck?

Viv cleaned the millenium textile which she had desinged 12 years previously.  Caroline cleaned all the windows inside and Deborah & Lynne on the outside with Rosie and her long handled mop.  Geoff worked his magic with the paintbrush along with Rich and Angela set about the front door with gusto.

Angela Front Door Shine

Linda, Ken and Trish tackled the shrubbery aided by Rob, and Dave, Peter and Pete finally found the roadside water stop cock, unknown for at least ten years whilst Tim uncovered the fire hydrant!

Andrew turned up just in time to scrape the the peeling plaster and Mike Y offered his expertise in sorting out some of the windows and the paths.

Anne and Pete would really like to thank everyone who took part, it was a brilliant day and a perfect example of the community getting together to achieve something really really good.

Give Us Your Ideas for New Areas of the Website

We are looking to develop the site further and are keen to receive your ideas on what you would find useful or interesting on this site.

As a starter, here are a few things we have discussed and will consider over the coming months :

- A Discussion Forum
- Local Freecycling / For Sale / Wanted Ads (Virtual Car Boot sale)
- Community Suggestions Page – Ideas to Discuss & Consider
- A ‘Borrowing’ Board to offer and ask for things you may wish to borrow (e.g.Tools, DVDs)
- ‘Ten Questions’ Profiles / Interviews featuring local residents
- Competitions and Quizzes
- Polls (Serious and Fun)
- Videos and Photos of Local Events
- Liftshare / Carshare
- Recipe of the Week / Month
- Local Places to Visit (Reviews and Recommendations)
- BabySitting Wanted / Offered
- PetSitting Wanted / Offered
- Links with Claxton, GA (USA)

Give us your ideas to add to this list, tell us what you think are good and bad ideas and we will work towards improving and enlarging the site in the coming months.

Stuck for inspiration? have a look at www.villagesonline.com where there are literally thousands of Village and Community Websites listed (we should be on there soon, too) and let us know what you’d like to see here.

email us webteam@claxton-sandhutton.org.uk

Help Wanted….

We are looking for volunteers to help us build the Claxton & Sand Hutton Website into something the villages can be proud of.

Specifically, we need the following

  • Moderators : to look at any contributed articles and pictures and make sure they are suitable for publication according to the editorial guidelines. We may also introduce a discussion forum in the future which will need a moderator.
  • Helping Hands : are you web-lierate? if so we’d like your help in showing your friends and neighbours (especially the elderly) around the site and helping them to make the most of it.
  • Subject Experts / Correspondent : are you an expert in some area (e.g. Science, History, Sport) – then we’d like your help as a guest editor or contributor.
  • Reviewers : been to an event recently? : then write a review and tell us what you thought.
  • Clubs and Societies : Do you run a local club or group? If so we’d like to help you make the most of the site to promote your organisation to the villages and the outside world. We’ll provide hands-on training and support.
  • Kids : What would you like to see on the site? We’d love your ideas and help.

Whether you have a few minutes or several hours a week to help us out it would be most appreciated. You don’t need to be a technical whiz – all training will be given and help will be at hand if needed,

If you are interested in getting involved or would like more details drop me a line (Andrew Fawcett) amfawcett@gmail.com or give us a call (01904) 468020.