The second lockdown has moved the goalposts on the scheduled reopening, and our planned timescales have gone out of the window.
Guidance from ACRE makes it clear that village halls should be closed during lockdown unless they house what are deemed essential services. More importantly for the reopening of Blewbury Village Hall, lockdown restrictions prevent us completing our work to test all the new systems and put in the necessary COVID safety measures. This will have to restart when lockdown ends in December. The good news is that the refurbishment work is nearly finished. The major work remaining is outside, improving drainage and the surface of the car park. Weather permitting this work should be finished by the end of November.
In view of all the above the Village Hall Management Committee has reluctantly decided that the Village Hall cannot be reopened until the New Year and we will now make every effort to ensure that the Hall will be open for some activities in the first full week of January, within prevailing COVID restrictions. We have discussed the reopening of the Blewbury surgery with Woodlands Medical Practice and they are also working towards reopening the surgery early in the New Year. The Post Office remains open and Karen will keep everybody informed of opening hours.
Blewbury Village Hall Management Committee