100 Club Winners Jan 2017

1st                                 26                      Anne Willis

2nd                               44                      Robina Curley

3rd                                30                      Adrian Cox

The full list is Here

Temporary Home for a Car

We are visiting our daughters in the USA this spring. Our home in Wing is protected with the latest in technology and regularly checked while we are away so we are not concerned about leaving it but we do have an imminent problem – our car. Our house does not have any parking space.

We are losing the parking space we had with our neighbour as their property is going to be sold so we are looking for someone with room for a car to be parked for up to 4 months.

We will pay for the space or give a donation to your favorite charity but we are leaving at the end of Feb. If you have, or know of someone has, such space please call 737761 0r email mycar@wingonline.com


MEETINGS Reschedule

As we have been uncertain about timing for the floor work in the Village Hall, the decision was taken last week to postpone tonight’s Committee and GNS meetings.
Whilst I understand the floor is now complete to avoid further confusion the meetings remain cancelled and are rescheduled as follows;
Good Neighbours Scheme               6 Feb from 6.30 pm
Village Hall Committee meeting: 6 Feb from 7.30 pm.



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There will be a short briefing about the Prepared Citizens Initiative before the meeting.


Welcome to Alison.


1 Apologies


2 Meeting Minutes

Confirmed and Signed as a true record


3 Matters Arising (Not covered by the agenda)


4. 100 Club


5 Health and Safety


5. Building Maintenance


6. Good Neighbour Scheme


7. Future Events


8. Treasurers  Report

Update on bank accounts


9. Hall Managers Report


10. AOB


11.Date of Next Meeting




This meeting is now rescheduled as the Village Hall is having a new floor installed and the work will not be finished in time.



Ever wondered how you would manage if an emergency occurred in your community? Heavy snow, flooding, extended power cut, road accident, fire ?

Would you know how to help?

The prepared citizen initiative is aimed at helping communities to help them selves. Alison Flemming of the Prepared Citizen Initiative  of LLR Prepared is coming to give a short presentation ( maximum 30 minutes) to show how communities can help themselves in time of need. 

LLR Prepared are the Local Resilience Forum that delivers emergency planning for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. To find information and advice on how residents, businesses and communities together can prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies please click the link below:

Please give just 30 minutes of your time to see how your community could manage a local emergency .

I look forward to seeing you there. Any questions? Please contact Joanne Beaver 737286   Joanne@jpbconsulting.co.uk

Defib Refresher Training

The Refresher Training is being delivered by The Ambulance Service on Sunday 15 January, Wing Village Hall, 2pm.

It will last no more than 1:5 hours including QA.
No one has indicated an interest so far.

Also please can the Defib Coordinator contact Residents who are on the emergency phone line for Defib use. It would be great if they had a chance to refresh their skills.

MEMORIES of Wing WI and afternoon tea

Wing WI Thursday Jan 12th – 2.30pm

Wing Village Hall

All WI scrapbooks, Archive minutes, Denman College and ACCW information will be on display and available to be looked at. The scrapbooks offer a great insight into what events have happened in Wing since the formation of the village WI 90 years ago.
Members are asked to bring a plate of food, savory or sweet.
Anyone interested will be  very welcome.
Cost £3

Healthwatch Rutland

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Giving Feedback takes minutes, but the impact can last a lifetime

We are developing our feedback centre so that you can enter your views, opinions, compliments and concerns on all health and social care services used by Rutland residents. Come back soon to complete this here online. In the meantime, if you have any views, opinions, compliments and concerns you wish to share with us, please email info@healthwatchrutland.co.uk , phone 01572 720381 or drop in and see us.

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Village halls face bleak future as ageing volunteers dwindle

 Elsted Village Hall in West Sussex (stock) 
 Elsted Village Hall in West Sussex (stock)  CREDIT: JEFF GILBERT

Village halls are facing a bleak future because a new generation of young volunteers are failing to step forward to help run them.

Once the cornerstone of local communities, Britain’s 10,000 halls are under threat as an ageing group of 80,000 volunteers continues to dwindle.

Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) said halls have struggled to recruit the next generation to keep the community spaces going and are calling for drastic action.

The annual show at Weburn Village Hall, Welburn, North Yorkshire
The annual show at Weburn Village Hall, Welburn, North Yorkshire CREDIT: CRAIG STENNETT

ACRE Village Halls Manager Deborah Clarke said: “Village halls are vital for the survival of rural communities. People want to use them but they don’t want to commit to running them.

“It’s understandable – there are a raft of duties to deal with, from licensing legislation to health and safety – but communities are in danger of taking their volunteers for granted.

“Younger people are especially hard to attract as they often work long hours away from village in order to live in them – while the newly retired often don’t want to commit.”

My mantra is you can’t complain about local facilities if you don’t get involved. People take these spaces for granted but if you put time and effort in, there’s no end of wonderful things to gain Alastair McPherson

Alan West, 69, vice chairman of the now disbanded National Village Halls Forum, said: “The crunch has finally come. We need young people to step forward and get involved in the future of village halls.

“The traditional village hall is the hub of a community. It means people can meet face to face.

“Younger generations sit in front of their screens and communicate via social media these days but in the hall they can actually talk and interact.

“In our village hall – Ringmer Hall in East Sussex – we run a food bank, carers can meet other carers, the Guides and Brownies do their activities – every day things are happening.”

Alan recognises younger generations are busy and lead “hectic” lives.

But he added: “Perhaps it reflects the culture we have got into – being at the desk all hours – and that goes back into private life. Younger people are at work all day and there’s not a lot of room left for helping the community.”

England’s 10,000 village halls rely on more than 12 million hours of volunteering each year, according to a national survey by ACRE.

But more than half of the halls who responded to the survey said they were struggling to find new recruits to help manage the buildings – with people saying they were too busy, too old or simply not interested.

Louise Beeton, 60, has worked as a freelance village hall advisor and consultant for over 30 years and says she has seen a “huge change” over the period.

She said: “It makes me sad to see the difficulty that trustees are now facing. Village halls need to adapt to the future and modern day requirements but they they can only do that if there is support, advice, funding and not too much of a tax burden.

“Occasionally a hall is lucky enough to get younger volunteers but most of them are relying on older trustees who are now in their 70s and 80s.”

Alastair McPherson, 43, has adopted a different approach to encourage young people to get involved with his local community centre The Woodside, near Hayward’s Heath.

He said: “One of the issues with the traditional village hall is that people my age and down see them as drafty old buildings run by older people. But ours is amazing – it’s a really modern building with big windows and lots of light.

“It’s a hub of activity. We held a beer festival, which attracted younger people and we have a Facebook page and we are working on more social media strategies.”

Alastair added: “My mantra is you can’t complain about local facilities if you don’t get involved. People take these spaces for granted but if you put time and effort in, there’s no end of wonderful things to gain.”

Meanwhile, supporters of village halls are doing everything they can to keep the community spaces alive.

The recently launched National Village Hall & Community Network now has 300 hall committees signed up, contributing to discussions and advising on how to move forward. And innovative projects like the first Passivhaus village hall – an energy efficient building – have received Lottery funding.