Getting Closer!

small image of new buildingAs the final few events in the old St Nicholas Church Hall take place, it’s time for an update on the progress of our project. There’s good news – most of the funding that we need is now in place. The Big Lottery have approved our application and granted us £550,000. We have been successful with several other grant applications and we are able to borrow some of the funds that we need on favourable terms.

But, we can’t be complacent. There’s still more work to do before we can start building, although we are very hopeful that we can start by the end of the summer. We are still pursuing more avenues of fund-raising and that’s where you can help. Please read on . . .

So that the project can advance as quickly as possible we need to keep fundraising, so that we have money in hand for such essential items as kitchen equipment, seating, stage lighting and so on. Once the build is complete we want to open the Centre as soon as possible, to maximise the benefits to the community.

dersingham village centre lotteryYou can contribute directly, by joining our Village Centre Lottery and by supporting our fundraising events such as film shows, markets, dances, race nights etc. Or, of course, you can just make a good old-fashioned donation! To join the lottery, just download a form here, complete it and hand it in at the Parish Council office. If you wish to make a donation the office will help you there too.

Keep up to date with our fundraising events and all the Village Centre news by subscribing to this Blog. Just enter your email address is the box where it says Get Village Centre News In Your Inbox – it’s on the left hand sidebar if you’re looking at this on a desktop, laptop or tablet computer. Them whenever we post something new here, you’ll get an email telling you about it. We don’t share your address with anyone else, you’ll only get emails from the Dersingham Village Centre Association.  It will be great to have you on board – thanks!

 

Midsummer Market Fundraiser

Midsummer Market posterThere’s another opportunity to help raise funds for the new Village Centre and Hall by supporting our Midsummer Market on Saturday 8th July. See the details on the poster and do come along to support the event. If you would like to support us even more, by having a stall at the Market, there’s a link to the booking form below.

Stalls Booking Form

Networking Business Breakfast

image of continental breakfastYou are invited to the next FREE Networking Breakfast on Tuesday, 13th June.  Join us for a continental breakfast from 7:30 to 9.30am in St Nicholas church hall, Manor Road, Dersingham, PE31 6JD.  Meet other local businesses and training providers, and hear from some key speakers from our area. This is a great networking opportunity for businesses and education/training providers in West Norfolk, and a chance to find out what is happening in your local community and how it could help your business or organisation.

Presentations so far include:

  • Daska Davis, Chapel Road Creative – Marketing, including to prospective employees.
  • Alison Thorne, Norfolk Library Service – Sessions they deliver for people who are unemployed, and those in work, to help develop skills and confidence building.
  • Richard Dix – Rural Broadband, Local broadband issues and news

There will be time for informal networking after the presentations. Please feel free to share this invitation amongst your own networks and ask people to contact the Parish Clerk (01485 541465) , or Jacquie Farrell at The Skills Service (07931 206628) direct to book a place.

We look forward to seeing you on June 13th.

The Skills Service – Free Networking Breakfast

image of continental breakfastYou are invited to the next FREE Networking Breakfast on Tuesday, 7 th February.  Join us for a continental breakfast from 7:30am to 9am in St Nicholas church hall, Manor Road, Dersingham, PE31 6JD.  Meet other local businesses and training providers, and hear from some key speakers from our area. This is a great networking opportunity for businesses and education/training providers in West Norfolk, and a chance to find out what is happening in your local community and how it could help your business or organisation.

Presentations so far include-

  •  Apprenticeships Norfolk Network (New Grant and Levy)
  • BAE Systems
  •  RAF Marham (Base future and The Lightning)

There will be time for informal networking after the presentations. Please feel free to share this invitation amongst your own networks and ask people to contact the Parish Clerk (01485 541465) , or Jacquie Farrell at The Skills Service (07931 206628) direct to book a place.

We look forward to seeing you on February 7th.

A Pancake Feast to raise more funds! Plus Lottery winning numbers

Apart from the Village Cinema screenings coming up (see our posts about that) we have a rolling programme of other fundraising events. Next on the horizon is a Pancake Feast and Beetle Drive, a bit of lighthearted entertainment to coincide with Shrove Tuesday.

The cost is just £3 and that includes your first pancake free. Don’t miss it! Phone 01485 540271 to reserve a ticket, or pay on the door. The fun starts at 6.30pm on Tuesday 28th February.

poster for pancake supper

Looking further to the future, here are some fundraising dates for your diary!

Tuesday 28th February, from 6.30pm. Pancake Feast and Beetle Drive.

Saturday 25th March 2.00pm. Afternoon tea dance.

Saturday 8th April from 2.30pm. Easter family fun afternoon.

Friday 21st April 8.00pm. Race Night at Dersingham Social Club.

Except for the Race Night all events are held in St Nicholas church hall, which is, of course, to be replaced by the new Village Centre. More details of these future events, including how to book, will be published here as soon as possible.

Village Centre Lottery Winners

Don’t forget that our own Village Centre Lottery is also a great way to support the project and you might win one the the three prizes every month. You can find an application form to subscribe to the Lottery here and below you will see the winning numbers from the last few months.

October 2016                         31        5          78

November 2016                    45        19        47

December 2016                     1          5          76

January 2017                         1          46        31

Our Next Events

Our quiz night on the 3rd January was a great success, with over £500 being raised towards the cost of our new Village Centre. We’ve already raised around £5000 in the last few months, but we need more, as we aim to start building in the coming Summer. Please help us and support our fundraising events, there’ll be more of them coming up soon. Meanwhile, if you would like to help in other ways, by joining the Village Centre Lottery, or buying bricks or roof tiles for the new building, you can find all the necessary information on our Fundraising page on the main website. Thanks!

Looking a little further ahead, you’ll find the posters for both our January and February Village Cinema Screenings below. Don’t miss them.

Poster for February Dersingham Village Cinema

poster for eddie the eagle screening in january 2017

More Fundraising Events

The Fashion Parade fundraiser held on Friday 18th November was a great success and a big thank you to everyone involved. We still need to push ahead with raising the necessary funds to make our new Village Centre reality, so there are more events on the horizon where you can help, and have a great evening too!

poster for Jungle Book film screeningOn Friday 25th November the Village Cinema will be screening the recent Jungle Book film, the acclaimed remake of the Disney classic. A cottage pie supper before the film is included in the ticket price of £10, so don’t miss this festive event. Tickets must be pre-bought, from the Parish Council Office, or from Tom Morris 01485 541450, or Vanessa Blyth 01485 544866, or Sue Payne 01485 540538.

 

Poster for New Year QuizJust edging into the New Year, we will be holding a fundraising quiz evening at 7.30pm on Tuesday 3rd January. Tickets are £3 on the door, or why not make a team with a maximum of six quizzers for £15. Refreshments will be available.

Both these events are held in St Nicholas Church Hall, opposite St Nicholas church.

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