8th January 2018

Past Events

The AGM of the Kelsey Hall Management Committee was held on Monday 8th October 2018.

Everyone was welcome to come and listen to the Chairman’s report about how the hall has fared over the last 12 months.
The Chairman’s report for 2017-2018 was as follows:.

Kelsey Hall Chairman’s report 8th October 2018.


It is a pleasure to deliver my report to the 2018 Annual General Meeting.

It has certainly been a busy and eventful 12 months, culminating with a major flood from a burst cistern in the ladies’ toilet. I shall come back to that later.

Kelsey Hall continues to provide excellent facilities under a very active committee. The hall maintains an extensive level of usage throughout the year with support from pre-school, clubs, groups, individuals and private bookings. For comprehensive details, past and present, please take a look at our website www.kelseyhall.org.uk.

We received our annual grant of £1,350.00 from the Parish Council in June, to whom we extend our thanks.

During the year we negotiated with Black Smoke Grill to provide take away food at K.H. every Friday. This was embraced and supported by the local community, but eventually ceased as the owner commenced alternative full time employment.

Hiring conditions and T&Cs were updated.

Central Archive facilities were established in the hall for all important documents.


Throughout the year we frequently called on the services of our local electrician, John Heath, to whom we send our grateful thanks. Smoke alarms  and emergency exit lights, 8 internal and 5 external, were all replaced, plus temperamental hall heaters  and exterior lighting required regular attention. Smoke alarms are now checked weekly.

Following the creation of a new position of Hall Caretaker Sarah Seager-Thomas carries out a thorough walk-through at the end of each week to check for any possible issues.  We are therefore immediately on top of maintenance and, where possible, preventive measures can be taken as opposed to reactive ones.

There is a recurring leak to the roof over the lobby in 3 places. A specialist has been booked to fix this problem area.

Additionally Sarah cleans the hall to very high standards saving us upwards of £1,500.00 p.a. as committee members are precluded from taking remuneration.


Bookings have been very good throughout the year and our Bookings Secretary  has been kept very busy indeed. Our appreciation and grateful thanks to Sarah Seager-Thomas are recorded. There has obviously been a drop off during school holidays and exceptionally due to limited facilities resulting from the flood.


The website continues to be a great platform for showcasing the many activities which take place at the hall. In addition there is now a Kelsey Hall Facebook page which can be found at www.facebook.com/kelseyhallifold

Our grateful thanks to Linda Thorpe for her work in attending to any technical

issues concerning the website and for providing technical advice.

Rental price review.

In October we notified all hall users that rental rates, which had not been increased since 2010, would increase from 1st February 2018.

I am pleased to announce that your committee has recommended that rates remain unchanged going forward until the next review in October 2019.

Although the accounts for last 12 months will show an excess of income over expenditure we must be mindful that Kelsey Hall is an old building with a voracious appetite for repairs and maintenance.

Autumn clear up

In November 2017 we completed our Autumn clear up and  we will welcome more help with this in November 2018.  When the date for this year’s clear up is announced please consider spending a couple of hours with us and don’t forget to bring along your rakes. Grateful thanks to Ifold Estates for their final Autumn clear-up.

Ifold’s Mid-Summer Madness fund raising event.

The Ifold Freeholders and Residents Association kindly donated £50 from the profits of their summer event.

July Flood

On July 27th we suffered a major flood from a burst cistern in the ladies toilet.  The Insurance loss adjustor has signed off on all repairs and replacements including new flooring in the ladies and the disabled toilets, plus relaying parquet flooring, sanding of floor, and application of 4 coats of lacquer.  Once the work is completed  it will be the equivalent of having a new floor. We took the opportunity of upgrading the ladies and disabled toilets, a decision that had already been proposed at our July committee meeting.

Officer resignations

David Watts resigned as Treasurer due to health reasons in June and we must place on record our thanks and gratitude for his professional handling of Hon.Treasurer over the past 9 years. We welcome his successor, Jean Costello.

Brian Gravestock resigned on 3rd September. Pending the outcome of chemical testing of the sub floor in the main hall the Loss Adjuster requested the hall be closed for reasons of possible HSE concerns. BG did not support the Committee decision follow this instruction, his concerns primarily being the adverse impaction on users and the community. Further discourse and disagreement following the Committee decision resulted in BG concluding his position on the committee to be untenable and he submitted his resignation. I understand that BG on 19th September asked the secretary to state the reasons for his resignation.

We must record the contribution and wisdom of BG over many years. On stepping down from Chairman in 2017 these qualities  were documented at last year’s AGM and they remain on record for all to see.


Going forward I am pleased to report that the condition of the hall is of a high standard. Along with the new kitchen in 2017 we now have upgraded the ladies and disabled toilets, plus new flooring in both. The refurbished parquet flooring in the main hall will be completed in October, during half-term week.

We would welcome more committee members and the position of V.C. is vacant.

Finally my thanks go to my committee for their support and unstinting approach to keeping K.H. up to scratch for the use of our local community.

Brian McNulty,

Chairman, Kelsey Hall Management Committee

Kelsey Hall Ifold‘Black Smoke Grill’ visited Kelsey Hall Car Park through the coldest days and hottest days of the year, battling through snow on one occasion! We’re sad to see them go but we wish Aidan Good Luck in his new full time job and for a successful house-hunt with his lovely girl, Catherine! We’ll miss them.

HERE IS WHAT AIDAN SAYS TO YOU ALL: “Hey guys and girls, I’d just like to say a massive thank you to all of you who have come down to see us over the last few months, be it wind, rain, sleet or snow, there have been some truly dedicated followers of black smoke grill and I honestly can’t thank you all enough!… Unfortunately due to some changes happening I’m saying sadly that this week will be my last week at Kelsey hall, it’s been a tough decision to say the least but hopefully we’ll be back on the odd occasion to fill your bellies!! Thank you again. All the best. Aidan”.
Kelsey Hall IfoldIfold Gardening Club held their Annual BBQ on Sunday 5th August 2018 in the Large Hall.

Non-members were welcome to attend this event.  See the photo montage from the event.

 Kelsey Hall IfoldKIPHRA held their Summer Concert on Thursday 12th July 2018 in the Large Hall. 

Kirdford, Ifold & Plaistow Handbell Ringers Association held their annual summer concert.
It was a treat to spend an evening listening to these enthusiastic campanologists! The programme included ‘Entrance of the Queen of Sheba’, ‘Fly Me to the Moon’, Miss Marple Theme, ‘Symphonia on Hyfrydol’ and many more delightful tunes.

Click on the picture to enlarge the view.

IFRA held a “Midsummer Madness” event on Saturday 23rd June 2018 in the Large & Small Halls

“The IFRA committee would like to thank everyone who supported our event on Saturday.
Although attendance was down on previous years those who did attend had an enjoyable time. The cakes were plentiful and varied, Black Smoke Grill did a great job serving hot food and the Ukulele band were extremely entertaining. The Mad Hat competition wasn’t as mad as we had hoped, but at least there were entries in three of the four categories. A HUGE thank you to the children at Little Acorns for taking part – your hats were delightful! There was a tie for 1st place so both Tamsyn and Oliver got a prize. Well done to everyone.
Despite everything we managed to raise £163.15 so Santa’s visit this year is assured!
Once again thank you for your support, whether it was helping on the day, baking cakes or just coming along. We could not have done it without you!
Barbara, Robert, Sue and Sarah.”

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Kelsey Hall IfoldJulie Stardust held a West End Musical Night on Saturday 19th May 2018 in the Large Hall

Julie took you on a journey through songs from your favourite West End shows to tell the story of her life in musical theatre.
There was a Licensed bar. Glass of bubbly. Canapes. Cheese. Chocolates.


 Kelsey Hall IfoldLittle Acorns Pre-school held their Spring Fair on Saturday 21st April 2018 

Annual fund-raising event for the Pre-school. Here is their report:

“Little Acorns Pre-school Spring Fair was a great success.  It was a lovely sunny day and plenty of people turned out to enjoy our treasure hunt, ducks on the water, teddy tombola, face painting, raffle, barrow of booze, homemade cakes and much more.

We raised a fantastic £1600 for Little Acorns Pre-school.

Thank you to everyone who supported our event.”

Kelsey Hall IfoldKelsey Hall IfoldIfold Gardening Club held its New Year’s Party on Saturday 6th January 2018 in the Large Hall

“The evening got off to a great start with the party-goers enjoying a delicious hot meal.  The main course had been cooked by committee members and was kept warm in the oven of the newly refurbished kitchen.  Waiters were on hand to serve the hot food and this was followed by “help yourself” delicious desserts made by club members.  Once the food had been cleared away it was time for dancing!  This was interspersed with a few games, as ever excellently organised by our Chairperson, Vickie, plus a table quiz and a raffle with many great prizes.  Although numbers were down this year due to the ‘coughing bug’ which is sweeping through the area, there were still more than enough party-goers to make it a memorable and enjoyable evening.”
Please click on each montage of photos to see them in full.

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