Alan Glister delivered the following report on behalf of Scarning Village Hall and Estate Trust at the Annual Parish Meeting held on 15th April 2024:

“The Trust is pleased to report that Scarning Village Hall continues to provide a welcoming venue for an array of activities, celebrations, social gatherings and business use. The Trust works pro-actively in maintaining the Hall to a high standard and ensuring the Hall remains accessible for all.

Following extensive upgrades in recent years the hall has required minor updates during 2023-24. New energy efficient lights have been installed in the entrance corridor and all WC’s, Smart meters have been fitted to enable the Trust to actively monitor rising utilities bills. Wi-fi Contracts have been upgraded to meet the increasing requirements of Hall hirers and a new community defibrillator has been installed in the red phone box to the front of the Village Hall.

The Trust was fortunate that, in this case, the failure of the AED fell just inside the Martek warranty period. Community Heartbeat Trust were able to loan a temporary defibrillator until the new equipment arrived. The new defibrillator is now in place for the benefit of the whole community and holds a one year warranty.

In early 2024 the Trust reviewed the Village Hall hire fees as previously set in November 2022. Commencing 1 April 2024 the Village Hall fees increased by £2.00 per hour with deductions available for regular hirers. The Trust abolished the Non Scarning Resident Booking Rates to simplify the booking process and encourage bookings from the wider community. General public can now book the Hall from as little as £12.00 per hour with business rates commencing at £17.00 an hour.

The Trust has recently commenced further marketing of the Village Hall for event hire and would ask Scarning Parish Council to help in these efforts by signposting the general public and businesses to Scarning Village Hall whenever possible.

As a result of the Car Park Survey carried out in 2022 by Scarning Village Hall & Estate Trust, the Trust re-applied for and obtained Planning Permission, on 8 February 2024, to extend and improve the existing car parking facilities on Shipdham Lane. The Trust remains committed to completing this project within the next three years and recognises the importance of updating the area to benefit the local community and neighbouring facilities. A permissive pathway, leading from Shipdham Lane car parking area onto Dereham Road, (directly through the grounds of Scarning Village Hall) will be funded and completed by Scarning Village Hall & Estate Trust within the next 18 months as the first phase of the project. Scarning Village Hall & Estate Trust kindly acknowledges the £9,200.00 ring-fenced during 2023 by Scarning Parish Council towards the car park project and looks forward to working cohesively with the Parish Council to ensure that these funds are fully optimised in the next stages of the car park project.”

Alan Glister – Chair of Scarning Village Hall and Estate Trust