Village Hall News

Honingham Village Hall Jazz Night

Great atmosphere, great music, lovely audience of villagers their family and friends……excellent food provided by Susan Grant and Roger Human……all in all a really magical night. Thanks to all the helpers, setting up, serving up, washing up, and putting away. Maybe we can put on more events in the Village Hall – like we used too – to bring the village together?


Jazz 🎷🎹🎤🎉

Exciting…..all set up for tonight’s Jazz session!


Violet Norman

As I am sure you may have already heard, Violet Norman, one of our Honingham Village stalwarts has sadly passed away. We have received the following from Shaun Harvey:

Violet was 85 and as you know sadly passed away on 4th January at Oakwood House care home where she had been since just before Christmas.

Violet and her husband Albert (or Ally as he was better known) were part of the fabric of the Honingham Village for 60 years after Violet moved from Stoke Holy Cross into the Old Post Office immediately after her wedding to Ally in October 1957.

Honingham owes much to Violet (and Ally) who were staunch supporters of the Village community particularly the Bowls Club, Village Hall and the Whist and Craft Clubs.

They were instrumental in raising funds to build the ‘new’ Hall in 1982 and, I understand, even donated land to facilitate building. Although both were very modest and humble I doubt the Hall would have come to fruition without them.

After opening the Hall in 1982 Ally acted as treasurer and committee member until he passed away in 1994 and Violet amongst other activities was responsible for Hall bookings and (without fail) cleaned it twice a week every week (and again after every use) for well over 20 years. Violet did much more – too much to list, but, I recall her cooking 100+ baked potatoes and frying onions for the barbeque at the Village fireworks event every 5th November for many, many years – no mean feat in itself!

I am sure she will be sadly missed by her many friends in and around the Village.

Funeral arrangements are still to be settled, but, I understand the service will be at Earlham Crematorium. I will advise the date and arrangements as soon as confirmed.


Jazz Evening Saturday 14th January

There are still some tickets left for this great night out in our Village Hall. All profits are going to The Village Hall funds to help towards the refurbishment of the toilets – so please support us in this venture. There is a cottage pie or veggie crumble hot meal to be served at about 7pm with the live jazz band commencing at 8pm. Bring your own booze! Tickets are £12.50 each from Roger on 01603 880089. Please let us know your dietary requirements and we will do our best to cater for you.


Village Hall Committee Meeting Minutes

The Village Hall is run as a Charity and is managed by the Village Hall Committee which meets every 6 weeks. There are representatives from regular users of the Village Hall and the Parish Council. Mr Ray Grant is Chairman of the Committee. To ensure transparency it has been decided to publish the Minutes of this Committee in the same way that the Parish Council Minutes are published on the website.


Honingham Village Hall Management Committee

Minutes of the meeting held at 4 p.m. Monday 27th November 2016

Present: Mr Ray Grant, Mrs Sally Blyth, Mrs Julie Turner, Mrs Christine Harrison, Mrs Linda Human.



  1. Minutes of previous meeting.

Read by all before the meeting and signed as a true record.


  1. Matters arising.

Ray had sent a letter to Christine Harvey re: sorting out and tidying her equipment kept in the storage cupboard.

The final figure from the history day is still to come. Ray to liaise with Susan. Sally gave Ray a bill of £77.40 for flip displays which will need to be reimbursed to Paul Blyth.

Ray to fit two battery smoke alarms.

The new booking form has been used for the first time – a potential booking for 24/12/16.

Julie presented a folder containing several relevant forms. This will be kept in the hall and is for the committee’s use only.

John Norfolk is drawing up plans for possible toilet improvements. Ray hadn’t yet received a reply from B.D.C re: our license requirements. More details will be presented at the “Toilets steering group“meeting on November 10th.

The boiler has been serviced.


  1. Treasurer’s report. No report.


  1. Health and Safety/Risk Assessment.( updates ).           No updates.


  1. Toilet facilities.

The steering group will be meeting on November 10th.


  1. Any other business.

The committee discussed the newspaper article about the “Greater Norwich Local Plan”. A huge development is proposed at Honingham Thorpe, to include housing, schools, community centre etc.


  1. The Festive Quiz is on Sat 3rd December, theme being “School Days”. £5 a head including buffet. Teams of 4. Bring an old school photo to display.
  2. The Jazz evening is on Sat 14th Jan 2017. Hot food at about 7 p.m. with the music to start at 8 p.m.
  3. Possible entertainment on 15th April 2017, tbc.


  1. Date of next meeting.

Monday 9th January 2017 at 4.00 p.m.



Police Connect- unlicensed music events in Village Halls

The following is a Police Connect message, but Honingham Village Hall Committee already has this matter addressed, we have changed our Booking Forms and ensure that we take photographic evidence of strangers who book (especially Fri and Sat) and also a larger booking fee from non residents at weekends. We also alert our local police if we have any suspicious requests for a booking – our latest policy has seen off at least one potential “rave”.

Police Connect:

Police recently dealt with a large party held at a Village Hall in North Norfolk. During the event nearby residents were disturbed by loud music, damage was caused to the hall and items stolen from within.

If you are responsible for taking bookings for your local Hall or Community Centre and have any concerns about suspicious bookings please let us know by contacting 101. It is important that deposits are taken; full details of the event and contact details for the organiser are recorded and preferably verified.

Please be vigilant around your local Halls and Community Centres and report any suspicious activity to police by calling 101.

Many thanks

North Norfolk & Broadland Police

Village Hall Quiz 3rd Dec 2016

A big thank you to Susan, Ray and Christine for organising this annual event and the catering. Thanks also to the Headmaster and his Deputy for keeping us all in line….

Great time was had by all, and a profit of £145.65 was made for the Village Hall funds!