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Broughton Village Hall Broughton Playing Fields and Village Hall Association

About the Village Hall

Whilst there remains plenty to do, we now have really nice facilities which are enjoyed by young and old all year round. It is used for a variety of sports, the village playgroup, beavers and scouts, youth groups and various clubs and associations as well as a venue for celebrations, parties and other external events, and then of course there are the swings and slides.


The Committee are particularly keen to encourage new and different uses of the facilities .As an example, with the support of sponsors we promoted live theatre and music events by Northants Touring Arts, something we hope to do more of. Please let us know if there are any other activities which you believe could be successfully organised at the Hall.


I suppose the message is that the Playing Fields and Village Hall are a fantastic resource for the village and its villagers to benefit from; it does however need to be managed, looked after and maintained. We are currently looking for new volunteers to come and join the Committee – if you think you might be interested or have a little time to give, why not give the Chair or Secretary a call or come to one of the open committee meetings held on the second Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm at the Village Hall and see what goes on.


Clive Gresham

Chairperson

It is very important that everyone in the village is aware of the background and history to the playing fields and village hall as they represent a very precious and important community facility which belongs to us all as villagers in Broughton and Little Cransley. A huge amount of effort was put in by a group of villagers in the late 70’s to raise funds to help with the building of the Village Hall which, with the help and support of Kettering Borough Council, was eventually completed in early 1980.


The BPF&VHA was formed as a registered charity in August 1978 with funds of £11500 raised through voluntary contributions from the village for the purpose of providing and maintaining a village hall and recreational facilities in Broughton. In March 1980 the Borough Council granted a 99 year lease over the Village Hall for the benefit of Broughton villagers and its existing and future organisations to use and enjoy. The lease is held by the Parish Council as custodian and public trustee for the villagers, but the running, maintenance and upkeep of the Hall is the responsibility of volunteers from the Village, who form a management committee, the management trustees.


The day to day running of the village hall is through the Management Committee which is elected every year at the Annual General Meeting in June. The Committee consists of 3 elected officials, Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer, 4 representative members from organisations which use the village hall and up to 10 co-opted members. As you can see, without the support and involvement of the villagers, the Village Hall could not continue to function.


Sadly, one of the original founder members and long-time supporter of the Village Hall, Alan Meachem, passed away this in 2011. Not only was he involved from the very beginning in raising funds to see the Hall built but over many years was caretaker, maintenance man and booking secretary. It is absolutely fitting that one of the rooms is named the “Meachem Room” in recognition of all the time and effort he gave so freely and the commitment he made to keep the Village Hall running.


Since 2011 the various Committees have put in an immense amount of effort and energy into revitalising the Village Hall, refurbishing the rooms, redecorating the building, improving security and enhancing the recreational facilities. As a result, we have a Village Hall offering pleasant surroundings and a village resource we can all be proud of.


As you might imagine, running costs are a constant challenge and average £14,000 per annum. The Village Hall is not the most energy efficient building and also requires constant maintenance. Income can only be generated from hiring out the building and sports field; there are no regular subsidies or other sources of revenue. The BPF &VHA have occasionally received support for refurbishment work from the Parish Council and the BROUGHTON VILLAGE SHOW, which is the main fundraising event of the year, has now turned in to an annual event with villagers showing off their produce, flowers, arts and crafts supplemented by local musicians, side stalls, cream teas and of course the beer tent.


During 2011, the disabled toilets were improved, the bar area refurbished, the bar and kitchen redecorated as well as upgrading the CCTV to benefit security. Given the economic conditions, we have scaled down our earlier plans for redeveloping the changing rooms but 2012 will see them refurbished and the main hall heating system upgraded.


Broughton Playing Fields designated as a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Field




Saturday 8th September 2012 marked a historic moment in Broughton as the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge commemorative plaque was presented to Clive Gresham of the Playing Fields Association and Mary Rust Chairperson of the Parish Council by the Mayor of Kettering, Counsellor Jim Hakewill, at the 4th Annual Village Show & Fun Day held at Broughton Playing Fields. The plaque, bearing the Royal coat of arms, shows the site’s new status and will be a visual reminder that Broughton Playing Fields and Village Hall are now protected forever for the local community to use and enjoy. Kettering Borough Council signed up to the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, providing Broughton with a living legacy from the events of 2012 – the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Led by the Duke of Cambridge, Fields in Trust’s Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge aims to protect 2,012 open spaces as a tangible legacy from HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Broughton Playing Field is now part of the network of open spaces all across the UK which together form a fitting tribute to the events of this historic year.


Cllr Jim Hakewill Mayor of Kettering Borough commented "It is especially pleasing to have been able to mark this special occasion in Broughton as I have been honoured to represent the village as Borough Councillor since 1999. I am delighted that the work put in by the Village Hall Association and Parish Council with help from the Borough Council has resulted in this recognition. Broughton is a vibrant village with a true community spirit without which this would not have been possible."


Clive Gresham said “The Village is honoured that its Playing Field has been chosen as one of the 2012 recreational sites across the country to become a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Playing Field. It is really nice to know this precious village facility will be there for the villagers to enjoy for generations to come”


The Mayor, Cllr Jim Hakewill also said “The Fields in Trust programme is one of legacy and celebration and I am delighted that we are able to celebrate Broughton Playing Fields being protected forever through the Challenge. I feel the plaque is a delightful way to indicate the site is part of the Challenge, and will be a lasting monument to Kettering Borough Council’s dedication to safeguarding outdoor recreational space”


“By protecting Broughton Playing Fields, Kettering Borough Council has shown they value the wellbeing and health of both this and future generations. We’re delighted that Kettering Borough Council has joined the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, safeguarding outdoor recreational space for their community to enjoy and use. We would like to thank them for celebrating their new status with this ceremony. Alison Moore-Gwyn, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust said.



Further details on The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge can be found at www.qe2fields.com





Whilst there remains plenty to do, we now have really nice facilities which are enjoyed by young and old all year round. It is used for a variety of sports, the village playgroup, beavers and scouts, youth groups and various clubs and associations as well as a venue for celebrations, parties and other external events, and then of course there are the swings and slides.


The Committee are particularly keen to encourage new and different uses of the facilities .As an example, with the support of sponsors we promoted live theatre and music events by Northants Touring Arts, something we hope to do more of. Please let us know if there are any other activities which you believe could be successfully organised at the Hall.


I suppose the message is that the Playing Fields and Village Hall are a fantastic resource for the village and its villagers to benefit from; it does however need to be managed, looked after and maintained. We are currently looking for new volunteers to come and join the Committee – if you think you might be interested or have a little time to give, why not give the Chair or Secretary a call or come to one of the open committee meetings held on the second Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm at the Village Hall and see what goes on.


Clive Gresham

Chairperson

Diamond Jubilee Playing Field

Saturday 8th September 2012 marked a historic moment in Broughton as the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge commemorative plaque was presented to Clive Gresham of the Playing Fields Association and Mary Rust Chairperson of the Parish Council by the Mayor of Kettering, Counsellor Jim Hakewill, at the 4th Annual Village Show & Fun Day held at Broughton Playing Fields. The plaque, bearing the Royal coat of arms, shows the site’s new status and will be a visual reminder that Broughton Playing Fields and Village Hall are now protected forever for the local community to use and enjoy. Kettering Borough Council signed up to the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, providing Broughton with a living legacy from the events of 2012 – the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Led by the Duke of Cambridge, Fields in Trust’s Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge aims to protect 2,012 open spaces as a tangible legacy from HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Broughton Playing Field is now part of the network of open spaces all across the UK which together form a fitting tribute to the events of this historic year.


Cllr Jim Hakewill Mayor of Kettering Borough commented "It is especially pleasing to have been able to mark this special occasion in Broughton as I have been honoured to represent the village as Borough Councillor since 1999. I am delighted that the work put in by the Village Hall Association and Parish Council with help from the Borough Council has resulted in this recognition. Broughton is a vibrant village with a true community spirit without which this would not have been possible."


Clive Gresham said “The Village is honoured that its Playing Field has been chosen as one of the 2012 recreational sites across the country to become a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Playing Field. It is really nice to know this precious village facility will be there for the villagers to enjoy for generations to come”


The Mayor, Cllr Jim Hakewill also said “The Fields in Trust programme is one of legacy and celebration and I am delighted that we are able to celebrate Broughton Playing Fields being protected forever through the Challenge. I feel the plaque is a delightful way to indicate the site is part of the Challenge, and will be a lasting monument to Kettering Borough Council’s dedication to safeguarding outdoor recreational space”


“By protecting Broughton Playing Fields, Kettering Borough Council has shown they value the wellbeing and health of both this and future generations. We’re delighted that Kettering Borough Council has joined the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, safeguarding outdoor recreational space for their community to enjoy and use. We would like to thank them for celebrating their new status with this ceremony. Alison Moore-Gwyn, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust said.



Further details on The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge can be found at www.qe2fields.com


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