AGM and Our Jazz is Back in the Swing!

Aug 1, 2023

The AGM was held in July and David Squires, the Chair of the trustees, reported on the year to 31st March 2023. David noted that it has been a challenging but nonetheless rewarding year and, on behalf of the trustees, extended a big thank you to all the residents and organisations who have used the hall and its ever-improving facilities.

He also noted the importance of recognising that all the trustees are volunteers, giving freely of their time and that the hall is managed as a charity, not supported by any direct grants.

David went on to note the many improvements that have been made in the year including:

  • new doors to the ramp area; new heater unit in the small kitchen;
  • extension to the tables/chair storage space;
  • new lighting in the main hall;
  • sensor lighting in key areas to contain costs
  • and a CCTV system to help with the security of the building.

On the funding front, David noted that this is an ongoing challenge: hall bookings cover the day-to-day, but extra funds are always required for big maintenance items and facilities improvement.

Here, a number of initiatives have been successfully progressed, including the Trad Jazz evenings, which have raised £4,600 in the year (more on this later) and one of our trustees working closely with Tesco to help raise funds for the stage lift.

David then welcomed newcomers to the team this year and thanked everyone individually for the contributions they have made to help maintain the hall as a valuable asset for the community. Finally, David noted that there are a number of projects such as the main hall heating (now complete), and stage mobility lift that he wants to see through and, whilst remaining a trustee, will be stepping down as Chair. All attendees extended a big thank you to David for his dedication in progressing the long list of items for maintenance, improvements, and fundraising, and welcomed Jenny Glover as the incoming Chair.

In other news, our Trad Jazz programme will be kicking off again on Friday 29th September when Ian Bateman presents “It’s Trad Dad!”. A stunning lineup of musicians covering the music of Acker Bilk, Chris Barber, Terry Lightfoot, Kenny Ball, and many more! Tickets are £12.50, available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/townsend-hall, where you can bag your own table and seating, or for general availability seating from Clarke Electrical Services in town. If you’re keen, and why wouldn’t you be? more fabulous Trad Jazz events have also been booked for October and November – tickets are now also available from the same address above.

For more, take a look at our website, www.townsendhall.co.uk and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Haydn Ward
Townsend Hall Trustee