We were off into Melton this morning, went to Morrison then dropped off a bag full of curtains at the charity shop, round to the hospital and home for lunch.
No Friday clean done, it will have to wait until tomorrow, the kitchen floor needs mopping again. I have laid the fire, but not lighting it, we are off to the Village Hall for the Hose Feast. It is held annually, sausage and mash followed by apple crumble and custard. A quiz and also a raffle. There is no charge but a basket as you go out for contributions.
The hall was built some years ago with a part grant from the lottery Fund. Plans have been drawn up to extend and modernise it. The hall stands at the edge of the playing fields where there are football pitches, tennis courts and the bowling green. The hall contains dressing rooms for the playing fields, a fitted kitchen, bar area large hall and small meeting room. It holds quite a few events for the village including the village show and has a stage for concerts. It is also popular for receptions following village weddings. It has a very large car park, and the fireworks night bonfire and firework display take place at the far end away from the hall.
- The main hall is the size of a badminton court and can seat 200 people. It has a raised stage at one end. At the other end is a huge window overlooking the playing fields and the escarpment of the Vale of Belvoir. The hall is fitted with a Public Address system and an audio loop.
- Leading off the main hall is a bar, which can be used as a separate room if desired
- The kitchen has a serving hatch into the main hall and a smaller one into the committee room. It has been modernised to commercial standards with grant-aid from Awards for All, Leicestershire County Council, Melton Borough Council and Clawson Hose & Harby Parish Council. Facilities include a large gas cooking range, hot cupboard and a commercial dish washer.
- The committee room is separate from the rest of the hall and can be used to seat up to 20 people or as an additional room for changing etc.
- There are Ladies, Gentlemen and Disabled-access toilets.
- Disabled-access ramps runs up to the front and side doors
- One full-sized football pitch is usually available and there is space for a second if needed
- There are two changing rooms with showers for the use footballers and others
- The tennis courts (which are accessed from a gate at the far-end of the field) are for the use of members of the Belvoir Vale Tennis Club
- The bowling green (which is also accessed at the far-end of the field) are for the use of members of the Belvoir Vale Bowls Club
We are lucky to have such a facility in the village, and ensure that it is well used.
This is the little chapel taken in about 1901, it has not altered much since then. We do not have a resident pastor, but a lay pastor who lives in the bungalow next to the chapel. The chapel is registered as a charity, so does not charge for the use of the rooms at the back of the chapel, instead people make a donation.