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DITCHINGHAM 100 CLUB – SEPTEMBER

  • 1st    No 12 Mrs G Simmonds                 £25
  • 2nd   No 80 Mrs M Gooch                      £10
  • 3rd   No 43   Jenny Finch                        £5

There are some spare numbers. If you are interested in joining please telephone Jill on 01986 894677. The cost is just £1 per month.

Ditchingham Village Hall Building Project

Our ambitious building project for Ditchingham Village Hall is nearing completion – but needs your support to get there.

Who can remember when the Village Hall was built?  For over forty years, it has provided a social centre for our community.  A far cry from the empty, forlorn buildings that sit in some forgotten villages – our Hall is thriving to a point where (in ‘normal’ times) demand is higher than capacity!

Whilst we are fortunate to be in village where the Hall is so well and widely used, the Committee recognised some time ago that more capacity was needed in order to cater for the needs of our community.  As such, an ambitious project to build an extension to the Hall was conceived. 

The plan was this: to provide a smaller space for celebrations, groups and our excellent local Preschool – allowing them to increase their offer to local families – and in the process to free up the Hall every day of the week in order to offer an even richer array of classes, groups and sports activities to local residents.

Tremendous progress has already been made with the following milestones already complete.

£90,000 was raised in 2019 to complete the external build of the new extension – which as you will have seen is now complete.

With the help of the National Lottery, Garfield Weston Foundation, NISA, Ditchingham United Charities, Bernard Sunley Foundation, Geoffrey Watling Foundation and Saracens Norfolk Fund £56,212 was raised in 2020-21 (despite covid!) which means that the second stage of the building – which will install electricity, plumbing and heating will begin soon.

Now we are in the final stages.  With the other fundraising work we already have underway, we need just £15,000.  We have already received a range of generous donations from local people who were keen to support (like the best heroes they’ve asked to remain anonymous) but now we are asking for further donations to get us over the finish line.

If you feel you would like to help out – thank you! Please make a donation via BACS to:

  • Ditchingham Village Hall Extension
  • Sort code: 309997 Account number: 34567060
  • Or make out a cheque and post it to Paul Austin, 57 Loddon Road, Ditchingham, Norfolk

We are so lucky to live in a community where people of all ages have a place to go and things to do. We may be small, but together we can achieve great things!  Thank you to everyone who has already stepped up to the plate and shown their support; and thanks to those of you about to do so…

We will keep you updated with progress in future issues.

Ditchingham Village Hall Committee

Border Villages Community Group 

Coffee mornings tentative re-opening!

Oh it’s been so long, our last coffee morning was March last year.

The COVID rules are beginning to relax and by the time that you read this most of the over 50’s will have had their second jab and as things stand after the 21st June all restrictions should be gone. There might be the requirement for face masks indoors  (I know, it’s a bit messy when drinking your cup of tea and trying to eat a biscuit!).

The groups committee have met and subject to the lockdown easing as predicted and venues opening from 21st June it has been decided that we should tentatively re-open the coffee mornings from 7th July at Broome village hall between 1030-1200.

We will of course be following all government advice, so look out for the posters going up in the villages to confirm our re-opening as soon as we confirm what restrictions remain.

It’ll be the usual chat, tea/coffee and some form of audience participation all for 50p entrance fee and we are really looking forward to seeing you all again.

The BVCG team

Ditchingham Grand Village Fete

As a committee we have taken the hard decision to cancel this years village fete. Even though the road map out of lockdown is getting near, nobody knows how this will pan out. As you can imagine a lot of planning goes into these events and we would hate to get your hopes up and have to cancel at the last minute. Finger crossed for next year on the 31st July 2022.