Mission Hall Trust makes significant improvements

The re-elected Mission Hall Trust officials (from l: Pam Dawson-Harris, Anthea Heathershaw and John Allan)

The re-elected Mission Hall Trust officials (from l: Pam Dawson-Harris, Anthea Heathershaw and John Allan)

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• A small but vocal audience turned out for the AGM of the Sutton Poyntz Mission Hall Trust. Reports from Chairman Anthea Heathershaw and Treasurer John Allan were very positive. The hall had been used a great deal over the last year, leading to a sizeable increase in rental income, and demonstrating the worth of the facility to the local community. The windows had been painted, new external lighting installed and plumbing and water heating adjustments. The biggest improvement was the complete replacement of the ceiling in the hall, with acoustic panels employed to deaden sound levels, plus boarding above the kitchen which gave much needed storage space. The ceiling work was carried out thanks to a very generous donation from Barbara Harrison, and there was spontaneous applause when Bill Edgerton proposed a vote of thanks to Barbara. The Chairman and Treasurer were re-elected, as was Pam Dawson-Harris, the hardworking Secretary, together with the five committee members. All were heartily thanked for their efforts, and the meeting concluded with refreshment, provided, of course, by the committee!

• Barbara Mills reminds me that the Abbeyfield(Weymouth) Society are holding their annual Summer Fete on Saturday 19 July at Macpherson House, Wyke Oliver Road starting at 2pm. There will be lots of stalls, cream teas, a BBQ and much more besides, with entertainment provided by Majorettes and the Weymouth Ukulele Band. All are welcome and there will be an opportunity to see the recently completed modifications to the Home. Entry is only 50p for adults and children are free. Wearing my shorts and with my youthful looks I might just sneak in for nothing! See you there.

• Betty Hennessey rang to say that the Weymouth East Scout and Guide Beach Stall had raised the magnificent total of just over £900, the largest total ever by a long way. Good weather and good crowds assisted, but Betty would like to thank everyone who contributed goods for sale and all those who helped with getting things ready and on the day. She is especially grateful to Simon Grant Jones for providing transport and giving up lots of his time. Betty is still looking for someone to take over the running of the two annual jumble sales. Without these sales the Scutt Hall will fall into disrepair, so if you can help, or you know someone who might, get in touch with Betty on 833614

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