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28th February 2021 – The Trust arranging to hand-back the lease to the PC

At the time of writing plans have not been developed to the point that we can confidently share details of the future management of the Village Hall, but we thought that it would be sensible to share what we know so far, as you may see the winding up of the Village Hall Trust as an agenda item in the Parish Council (PC) meetings.

The current situation is that sadly the Trust is arranging the hand-back of the lease to the PC. Following this it intends to apply to the Charity Commission to be taken off the list of registered charities.

It’s not all sad though. While the Trust and Management Team have had control of the Hall it’s achieved so much that will have value going forward into the next phase of its life. Even during this lockdown we’ve been improving the Hall. There is a state-of-the-art AV system now installed in the community room. This adds to the general improvement in the facilities of the Hall that we’ve achieved in the time we’ve been running it. Over the years we’ve dealt with the replacement of all the furniture, new storage systems, new AV system, new carpark lighting and a whole host of trouble around the heating systems. New cleaning machinery, booking systems, admin and maintenance procedures have all developed over the past five years since the team got into the depths of negotiating the lease. We’ve carried out nightly caretaking duties to ensure the Hall is secure and ready for the next days hirers. We’ve emptied nappy bins, changed smelly filters in the toilets and addressed some of the less glamorous elements of managing such a facility. The effort has always been worth it. We have always enjoyed terrific support from the community and it's been heartening to encounter so many volunteers who have been prepared to undertake backbreaking work to support us. We feel a sense of loss in moving on but we believe that the time is right for this change of direction.

It’s probably worth stating the value that the Trust has had to the community. Since taking over the Village Hall we’ve developed the customer base to the point that it was operationally self-funding in the last year of posted finances (2019/2020). This year (2020/2021) has obviously been difficult as we’ve had regular expenditure for utilities, insurances, maintenance and management but little to no income due to Covid limiting the use of the Hall. The PC supported the Trust in the first three years with grants totalling £35,000. After paying legal costs for the winding up of the Trust we will remit back to the PC in the order of £12,000 to £15,000. In addition the PC will take over the assets built up by the Trust. This value has been achieved through the reliance on voluntary effort and we sincerely hope that the PC will receive similar support in the future. The use of a Trust to establish the customer base, develop the facility and establish processes and procedures for the future has been terrific value for money.

At the time of writing we are early into our engagement with the PC so have no official position to report. We have proposed a timeline offering nearly six months of support for an orderly handover. Hopefully the Hall will be operational as soon as the lockdown allows but this is highly likely to be under the management of the PC, with handover support from the Trust and Management Committee.

The members of the Trust and Management Team do have some regrets for the change in operation. However, we will continue to support the community with our voluntary commitments to our other interests including Rotary, Breeze and of course The Social Committee. Keep your eyes peeled for any changes in the booking process and contact details and please support the PC as you’ve supported us.

The Upper Rissington Village Hall Trustees and Management Committee

24th December 2020 - Village Hall Closure as the Cotswolds moves to Tier 3

The Trustees and Management Committee of the Upper Rissington Village Hall advise you that following Government regulation and guidance the village hall will be closed
to all persons from 0001 hrs Saturday 26 December 2020 until further notice.

We regret having to make this decision realising the impact that his has on family events, activities and businesses that use the hall.

We can assure you that the Village Hall Trust continues to work in the background on meeting its objectives to develop, maintain and once again operate the village hall for the good of the residents.

We hope we can welcome you back soon. In the meantime, please follow the Government guidance and stay well.


If you have any questions you can contact us at: secretary@urvh.org, by calling 01451 821820 and leaving a message or speaking to us on 07508 274279.

Stay safe
The Upper Rissington Village Hall Trustees and Management Committee

30th November 2020 - Village Hall Re-opening

After careful consideration, the Village Hall Management Team have taken the decision to re-open parts of the village hall on 2nd December 2020.

The government guidance is not clear at all on the restrictions nor requirements for the opening of village halls. What is clear is that the government is trying to balance the risk of the wellbeing of the population, the need to generate trade and the spread of the virus.

Our area is in Tier 2 and the government guidance is as follows:
In all tiers, community centres and halls can remain open.

Across all Tiers, everyone:
• must wear a face covering in most indoor public settings, unless they have an exemption
• should follow the rules on meeting others safely

Specifically In Tier 2:
• you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
• organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with).

As before we shall only accept bookings from clients where the activities only involve persons of 16 years and over. Numbers will be strictly limited to 20 persons in the hall at any one time whilst complying with social distancing requirements. Only the main hall will be available for booking with the disabled toilet open. We will ensure that the accessible parts of the hall are cleaned daily after the last client leaves. Hand sanitiser and paper towels are available for your use as before.
It is the absolute responsibility of the Hirer and Users to comply with government regulation and interpret the requirement to "avoid mixing" in a safe and sensible manner. Should the Tier rating in our area change, appropriate action will be taken.

Stay safe
The Upper Rissington Village Hall Trustees and Management Committee

5th November 2020 - Village Hall Closed due to Second Lockdown

The Trustees and Management Committee of the Upper Rissington Village Hall advise you that following Government regulation and guidance the village hall will be closed to all clients from 00:01 hrs Thursday 5 November 2020 until further notice.

We regret having to make this decision realising the impact that his has on family events, activities and businesses that use the hall.

We can assure you that the Village Hall Trust continues to work in the background on meeting its objectives to develop, maintain and once again operate the village hall for the good of the residents.

We hope we can welcome you back soon. In the meantime please follow the Government guidance and stay well.

If you have any questions you can contact us at: secretary@urvh.org or by calling 01451 821820 and leaving a message or speaking to us on 07508 274279.

Kind Regards
The Upper Rissington Village Hall Trustees and Management Committee

The Brian Honess Community Award

12th October 2020

Community organisations, groups and individual volunteers make a huge contribution to lives in the Rissingtons. The Community Award, organised by Rotary in the Rissingtons, recognises and celebrates this great wealth of voluntary work undertaken by people in order to make their neighbourhoods better places to live.

This Award is in memory of Brian Honess, a long-time resident in the area who had a passion for life which was exemplified in his involvement with Rotary, with local people and organisations and his love of music.

All nominations are judged on how the organisation, group or individual has tackled issues that affect people living in their local area, have made a difference to their community, helped get people involved and inspired others. The Award is launched on 1st October each year; nominations close on 31st December and the Award is made in the following January on the anniversary of the founding of Rotary in the Rissingtons.

Please go to the attached documents and see how you can say “Thank You” to someone who has made a difference to your life.

Let your local hero win this Award


For full details and the Terms and Condtions, please open this PDF document:
Full Details....

For the Nomination Form, please open this Word document:
Nomination Form....


2nd September 2020 - Why no under 16's in the Village Hall currently?

Following on from some emails asking this question, these are the thoughts of the Management Committee and Trust about the Covid situation and its effect on the village hall:

We are a small group of volunteers with an ambition to make the village hall a vibrant hub of the community. As such we feel intensely the frustration of not using the hall for its intended purpose and have constantly talked about how we can get the hall back into its function without endangering our community. The fact we have to live with is that this is a global pandemic. In the nature of these things information and facts are developing at a pace but not quickly enough to give us any sense of confidence in introducing opportunities for community activities. We are by no stretch experts in the aspects needed to most effectively stop the pandemic from spreading through the use of our hall so we rely on the information we research from our advisory body and from our own studies. We do know that the use of enclosed spaces is the most likely source of spreading the virus. We do know that children are less susceptible to complications from the virus. We don't know how the virus transmits from and between children but we do think that young families are less likely to suffer life changing complications. Expert opinion is that the current low death rate is unlikely to be because the virus is mutating but more likely due to several other factors. The same opinion is of the view that the rate will go up as winter draws in and the virus transmits from the younger population to the older generation. In this environment decision making regarding the use of the Village Hall has become a heavy burden. We are all people that want to see the hall used for the role it can play in our community. We are all people who are depressed by our inability to offer a freely safe environment for the whole community. We are all people who would be devastated if our actions led to one fatal transmission.

We wanted to share with you some of the anxiety we are experiencing regarding our Village Hall and how much we've had to suppress that anxiety just to get us to a stage of opening it with its current highly controlled use. We hope it might help you understand why we don't feel empowered to negotiate this situation, whatever the arguments, for allowing a less controlled approach. This is despite the clear desire for our community to have more normality and interaction.

We have no paid staff managing the hall and we know that there are very few halls managed by volunteers that have opened at all. We understand why, because we know how complicated the issues are. We need to consider so many areas where we have little expertise that we can only err on the side of prudence.

We hope you'll understand our decision not to revisit the current restrictions at this time.

Kind Regards
The Upper Rissington Village Hall Trustees and Management Committee

14th August 2020 - Village Hall Re-opening

After careful consideration, the Village Hall Management Team have taken the decision to re-open parts of the hall on 17 August 2020.

The government guidance is quite clear on the type of groups and activities which can begin using establishments such as the village hall. This means that initially we shall accept bookings from clients where the activities only involve persons of 16 years and over. Numbers will be strictly limited to 20 persons in the hall at any one time.

The Management Committee has made the decision that only the Main Hall will be available for booking with the disabled toilets open. The Community Room, kitchen, the main toilets and storerooms will be locked. The entrance and foyer will be for transit only to the Main Hall.

The Management Committee will ensure that the accessible parts of the hall are cleaned daily after the last client leaves. Hand sanitiser and paper towels will be made available at the entrance and in the toilet.

Clients will carry out a risk assessment of their activity to ensure they can meet current COVID requirements. They will be allowed free time to wipe down all touch surfaces of the hall before and after their booking.

Individuals shall maintain 2 metres social distancing and wear a mask where appropriate, observe the marked one-way system marked and the markings on the floor of the Main Hall.

We are conscious that many of our clients wish to continue using the hall at the earliest opportunity. When government guidance changes, the Management Committee will consider if and when, access to the hall can be extended.

Please note, that the Terms of Hire have been updated with a Covid-19 additional information. Please read fully if you are wanting to book the Main Hall.

Kind Regards
The Upper Rissington Village Hall Trustees and Management Committee

17th March 2020 - Covid-19 update

The Trustees and Management Committee for the Upper Rissington Village Hall has been keeping a close eye on developments and Government Advice. Following yesterday's strong advice for 'Social Distancing' it is clear to the Management Committee that running a facility that promotes the opposite of this is inconsistent with that advice and so we are writing to advise you that we will today close the village hall until the advice changes.

We realise that this impacts the family events, activities and businesses that use the hall but we were unanimous in the view that our ambition of maintaining and developing a vibrant community hub is inconsistent with these difficult and unusual times. We hope that you understand and support the move and we will work with you over the next few weeks to give clarity on the status of bookings that have already been paid for, which will essentially be a refund or reschedule at your choice.

We will be keeping the hall in great condition and hope we can welcome you back soon. In the meantime, we hope you keep safe.

Kind Regards

The Upper Rissington Village Hall Trustees and Management Committee

14th March 2020 - Corona Virus (Covid-19)

The Management Committee want you to know that we are closely monitoring the guidance of the UK government regarding the spread of the virus and particularly as it applies to the operation of Upper Rissington Village Hall.

At this time no limitations have been placed on village halls, nor on gatherings which are likely to use our village hall.

With this being the case, we shall continue to operate the village hall until we receive official advice, or an order, to the contrary.

You can help us to do this by following the Government advice on hand washing and social distancing.

However, if you’re feeling under the weather, are showing any signs of a new cough or a fever or have recently returned from an affected area, for the safety of everyone we ask you to please not to visit the village hall until you are feeling better and/or are out of your self-isolation period.

If you have visited the village hall and the above applies to you, we would appreciate you contacting us as soon as possible on secretary@urvh.org or by calling 01451 821820 or 07508 274279 to tell us so that we can take appropriate action.

Should we find we have to close the village hall or place restrictions on its use, we will let you know through our website, social media and the booking system.


David Oliver
Chair of the Management Committee

Privacy film

27th February 2018

The Trust is listening to its hirers of the village hall and has fitted to the door windows in the Main Hall, a frosted film. This will give some privacy to activities in the Main Hall.

Please let us know what you would like to see at your village hall.