The Annual General Meeting of Brindle Community Hall will be held on Monday, 21st November in the main hall, starting at 7.45 p.m.
Brindle Community Hall
All are welcome to attend but, as per our Constitution, only those people who live in the civil parish of Brindle can vote, along with a representative of each of the users groups on the Management Committee.
We are pleased to report that the community facility is well run, maintained to a high standard and, importantly these days, on a sound financial footing. The hall itself started as Brindle Parish Institute back in 1923 before closing down in 1958. It re-opened in 1982 as Brindle Village Hall, becoming Brindle Community Hall some eight years ago, with the old wooden building on the site on Water Street being replaced in 2006.
Back in 2000, the Parish Council (who had been the overseers of the building for decades) worked with the Charity Commission and local residents to draw up a new governing document, handing over the running of the hall to local people and user groups; this was done so that the hall could be ‘independent’ and seek grant funding to facilitate a possible re-build.
Today, the Hall, like many community groups, is going through a transition. Five years on from opening a new, award winning community facility at the heart of the village, a number of hard working Trustees and volunteers have elected to step down from the Committee and the day to day running of the hall. As a consequence, we are seeking a Secretary, a Treasurer and a Vice-Chairman, along with a number of local people to serve as Trustees.
As a registered charity, the Brindle Community Hall comes under the auspices of the Charity Commission of England and Trustees must follow the constitution and charity law accordingly. The hall is not a Scout Hut, Church Hall or Social Club, but open to everyone – irrespective of age, race, religion, political beliefs, gender or sexual orientation. It cannot be run or dominated by one person or a small group of individuals or ‘representatives’ of a local organisation (as, unfortunately was the case over the years).
Elected Trustees, including those nominated by the hall’s user-groups, know that they cannot have their own aims or agenda, nor just be a “representative”, “mouthpiece” or be there to “fight the corner” for their group; they must act first and foremost in the charity’s and community’s best interest.
If anyone wishes to offer their services as a Trustee, they are welcome to give our Chairman Steve Williams a call on 01254 854298 for an informal chat.