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Closure of Hill Rise Hall from 24th March 2020

With the announcement tonight from our Prime Minister we will have to close the Hall to all hirers with immediate effect.  The committee would not be acting lawfully I feel if we continued to allow the hall to be used.  We will reserve your booked slots for you for when we are able to open again.  Those of you that are businesses and decide not to continue will not face any penalties if you do not return after the restrictions are lifted.

Please let Charlie know of the dates you have used the Hall in March if you have not already done so.  Together with our treasurer she will check that the correct amount was paid and deal with any overpayments.

This is a difficult time for everyone, when the support of colleagues and friends we meet at the hall would be a comfort.  I hope everyone can keep practicing what they have learned in their groups, to be fit and ready to return the moment we are able to.  Their may be some spring cleaning to be done before we can open, but we will re-open as soon as we are ready.

Stay strong, and cheerful; together we can do our bit to defeat this virus,

Suzanne Cooper

23 March 2020

Tel: 01256 353047

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Hill Rise Community Association has been open for business since 1979 when local residents decided that the boarded up building at the end of the road could be put to good use. They got together, approached the council to obtain a lease on the building and opened it up as a Community Centre for everyone to enjoy.

Since 1979 a lot has changed, people have moved on, clubs have opened and closed to be replaced by new ones but the hall remains and the Committee continues to manage the facilities for the community and user groups. The continued success of Hill Rise Hall is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the original members to lay the foundations of the association so that it could become what it is today.

In 2017 decades of hard work nearly unravelled. The Committee had fallen to just 3 members which just wasn't enough to keep the hall running. Faced with the real possibility of closure, 5 local residents volunteered to take on Committee roles at the AGM and saved the facility.

 

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