New steward

Picket Piece Village Hall is pleased to announce we have a new steward Ben Humphreys. Ben will be responsible for the day to day running of the club and oversee hirings. Ben is local to Andover and has been a member of the club for many years. With previous bar management experience we felt he was the perfect man for the job. We would like to also say a fond farewell and thank you to Peta Moffitt our departing steward for all your hard work.

Community Centre

Following on from our open meeting on 4th August 2014 the results have been fed back to Test Valley Borough Council for consideration. We hope to have a decision by the end of the year.

Recycling thanks

Test Valley Borough Council has written to the Village Hall to give thanks to Picket Piece villagers for their ongoing recycling efforts. From the glass bins located at the hall we have jointly recycled over 7 tonnes of glass!

Practical hints and tips

Here are Picket Piece Village Hall we are always looking for ways to help our community, friends and families. With this in mind we have added a new area to our website: “How to organise”. This areas includes hints and tips for perfect party planning. We will continue to add to this section of our website over the coming months and hope to show you that party planning needn’t be stressful.

Majority Vote for funding

On Monday 4th August 2014 Picket Piece Village Hall held an open meeting to discuss the potential funding for a local community centre.

Simon Potter, Chairman of Picket Piece Sports and Social Club opened the meeting and explained that as part of Section 106 of the Town & Country Planning Act (1990) David Wilson Homes, who are building in the village, are required to supply funding for a ‘Community Centre’.

The Chairman explained that as a village we would have two options. A new community centre built, which would be situated within the new development area or the funding can be applied to the existing Village Hall to help improve and develop what is already in place.It was explained that until the funding is awarded, there are no definite plans on what form the improvements would take.

46 people attended the meeting which were made up of village residents and Picket Piece Sports and Social Club members. Everyone who attended was asked to vote on either the funding to be allocated to a new building or to be awarded to Picket Piece Village Hall.

The vote was made in favour of awarding the money to Picket Piece Village Hall.

Elvis has left the building

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Elvis night held on the 14th June. It was great to see so many members and a few new faces. We rocked the night away with the sweet sounds of Rock and Roll before the start of England’s world cup match. If you have any pictures remember to share them with us on our facebook page.

New website for the community

With the increasing number of houses being built in Picket Piece the Picket Piece Sports and Social Club committee started to discuss how they could best communicate with these people. In addition they wanted to be better at telling members and potential hirings about how great the club is and what it had to offer. With this in mind they decided a new website was needed. The website was launched on 28th March 2014.

Simon Potter, Chairman of Picket Piece Sports and Social Club said: “By creating a new website we are now able to quickly and effectively communicate with our members, neighbours and local community. Picket Piece has had a Village Hall since 1948 and we hope it is here for years to come, in order to maintain the success of the club we must continue to tell people about what we do”

Katie Fluen, Media Officer of Picket Piece Sports and Social Club added: “A website is a must for any business operating in a time where more research and purchasing is carried out on-line than ever before. The website is a key tool in our marketing portfolio and will help keep people updated on events, news and much more. We have tried to keep our website informal and friendly to best suit our audience.”

We would like to say a special thanks to Jon Newlyn of Tickling Trout® for helping with the new site.

New identity

Matilda Murphy, Aged 14 has won the ‘Design a Logo’ competition held by Picket Piece Sports and Social Club.

Katie Fluen, Media Officer of Picket Piece Sport and Social Club commented: “Our local community is rapidly expanding and we felt it was time to update our image in line with these changing times. As a committee we wanted to involve our neighbours and members so we launched a ‘design a logo’ competition. Matilda’s entry was chosen because of its welcoming and relaxed feel. The logo will appear in many places but in particular is a great addition to our new website”

Simon Potter, Chairman of Picket Piece Sports and Social Club added: “Picket Piece will see the completion of 530 homes by 2017, the initial building plans included a proposal for a separate and new community hall. With negotiation from the villagers the current building will be utilised to meet these requirements. This has given us the opportunity to think about how we service our community and how we welcome our new neighbours, this all needed to start by us raising our profile and identity. Our new logo will help kick start this”

 

Changing for the needs of the customer

A small but key update has come to Picket Piece Village Hall. We now have free WiFi.

There were two key drivers for this upgrade. Firstly as a business we were limiting our hiring potential to local businesses by not having WiFi, with this now available we are able to open our club as a meeting venue at an affordable price.

Secondly we listened to our members, many families use the club but we only see a small number of younger people. Feedback we gathered suggested that sites such as Facebook, Twitter and You Tube were an important tool allowing these people to socialise. By getting WiFi at the club we are now able to cater to the needs of our younger guests and hope to see more of them soon – however members of any age can of course use the WiFi.