The New Village Hall "Project Team" were almost overwhelmed by the turnout for their "Update on Progress" meetings held at the Golden Pheasant last week.
Although the Thursday meeting was originally scheduled for 8 pm, the function room was full to capacity soon after 7:30 and late arrivals were directed to the bar to await the second sitting as a rapidly rescheduled first sitting was already in progress.
Fortunately this proved to be not too much of a hardship as it provided an ideal opportunity to sample David's selection of real ales and other beverages on offer at the Pheasant!
A full house for the third session on Saturday morning brought the total audience to somewhere around a hundred.
As the "second sitting" audience made their way into the auditorium, Peter Durrant and Clive Elderton, two of the current trustees of the Village Hall Charity were on hand to give an update on progress so far and to outline the problems and options for the construction of a new Village Hall for Farringdon.
Since the Folly was sold last year, Farringdon has been without a Village Hall, but proceeds from the sale passed to the Village Hall Charity which now has approximately £400,000 pounds to fund the construction of a New Village Hall.
While building is not likely to commence for some years, unless some progress is made, there is always the possibility that the Charity Commission may conclude that the provisions of the Village Hall Charity are not being met. If that were to be the case, the Commission could close down the Farringdon Village Hall Charity and transfer the funds to a similar charity which could be a neighbouring Village or somewhere much further away.
The Current Trustees are the Members of the Farringdon Parish Council, although the two responsibilities are distinct from one another.