After a successful bid for lottery funds, the Hilgay Village Hall Committee used their award to carry out essential refurbishment and redecoration to the community hall.
Recollections about the history of the village hall state that - at one time it was used as a village school, and also served as the local gaol, not necessarily at the same time I'm sure. Hence the unusually high windows - escape clearly not an option for either prisoner or pupil?!
Whatever it may have been in the past, the hall is a lot more attractive these days - it is used for parties and private functions, art and craft classes, zumba lessons, craft fairs and coffee mornings -serving the best homemade cakes and soups in town, dont'cha know?
The hall until recently also held regular auctions - where else could you get golfing bag and clubs (OK the odd 5 iron and putter may have been missing), for a fiver? However it is best known for hosting Ali Dent's seasonal book sale which, over the years has raised many thousands of pounds for a tremendous variety of charities.
Well done Ali!
With additional plans in hand, the hall is on course to become a very popular and versatile venue.
|Welcome back HAG poster for the New Year!|
Owing to the ongoing refurbishment, the Hilgay Art Group were unable to begin the year until it's recent completion. The first of hopefully many meetings finally took place on Monday the 18th February, though on this occasion it was probably as much verbal as it was visual - and that's not a bad thing.
We began the year with a small but dedicated group - personal art projects were brought in, alongside 'works in progress' (which can mean anything from a few weeks to a few years. Or more!!). A very handy expression indeed.
I always recommend that you draw everyday if possible - even half an hour is good. So I did four days worth and drew the two still lifes/lives(?)...
Look forward to seeing you all - sketch pad in hand, on March the 4th.