News from the Village Hall - coronavirus

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News from the Village Hall                                      18th July 2020


We are delighted that we have been able to reopen the Village Hall.  Our aim is to ensure that the building is as COVID-19 safe as possible.  To achieve this, we have done a COVID-19 specific risk assessment and produced additional terms and conditions for hirers. These are based on the Government’s guidance for community buildings.  This new paperwork is available on the Village Hall website.  We all have a part to play in minimising risk of infection and therefore we ask that when visiting the Village Hall you follow the advice of the person organising the activity you are attending, and follow the guidance clearly posted throughout the building.  We suggest you wear a face covering, given this is a public space. 


We are also very pleased that the play area is once again available for children to enjoy.  Before you visit the play area with your children, we encourage you to do a couple of things:  ensure you have hand sanitiser with you to avoid cross contamination from play equipment and also have a chat with you child about the possibility that if the area is busy, you may need to leave and come back later.  There is additional guidance on both gates to the play area.  


Click on the button below to see the Hall's Risk Assessment

2nd July:  Update from Trustees


Hall Building

The Government has confirmed that Village Halls may open from 4th July, once they have all necessary arrangements in place to be Covid-secure.

The Operations Group and Trustees are working through the very recently published guidance to put everything in place ensure the Hall can be as Covid-secure as possible.

We are hoping to be able to open the Hall Buildings by the middle of July.

We will announce the opening date on this website and on local notice boards as soon as we are able to do so.

Play Area

Provided it passes its final safety inspection the Play Area will re-open for use at 9.00 am on Saturday 4th July.

When using the Play Area please follow the guidance from the Registered Play Inspectors International:

  1. Follow the current social distance guidelines when visiting and encourage your children to do the same. This is currently two metres wherever possible.

  2. If the playground is busy, consider coming back at a later time. Talk to your children about this possibility before visiting.

  3. Wash your and your children’s  hands before and after visiting. Take hand sanitiser with you and consider taking a bottle of water for if your children’s hands get covered in mud. Ensure your children are using hand sanitiser frequently.

  4. Follow and adhere to all current government advice in addition to the above guidance.


Earlier Update from Village Hall Trustees (1st June)

In recent days we have had a number of enquiries, so we want to clarify that the Village Hall is currently closed and will remain closed until at least July 4th 2020.

The Village Hall is classed as a ‘Community Centre’ in the current Public Health Regulations for England (amended in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic). Such facilities may not open under the Government’s current guidance

We are monitoring the situation through information from Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and the Government’s announcements and publications. You can access the ACRE web-site:

The Trustees and Operations Group are planning for re-opening. This will be when Government guidance allows us to, and we are satisfied that we and hirers can meet the Covid-19 Secure Guidelines.

If you have any questions or want to discuss future use of the hall please contact us by email at:

Earlier update from the Village Hall during Covid-19 outbreak (15th May)

The Village Hall Trustees and Operations Group both ‘met’ this week on Zoom and we want to update you as at 15th May. Government advice may have moved on again by the time you read this, so, for the most up-to-date information please check our website:

Play Area: The Government advice published 11th May made it clear that playgrounds are to remain closed due to the risk of cross-infection from equipment surfaces. Therefore, we took the opportunity to undertake the ground works to level the grassed surfaces and reseed where necessary. We hope that the grass will have grown back by the time the play area may be re-opened.

Hall Grounds: The ground works project (largely funded by a grant from Ryedale District Council) includes levelling the grassed area by the trees and Village Hall sign, so that it is suitable for market stalls in future. There will also be some repairs to fencing between the car park and path and a drainage channel created to resolve (we hope) the puddle that appears across the path from the car park to the Hall main entrance whenever we get significant rain. Please ensure that you keep the prescribed two metre distance from anyone working in the Hall grounds.

The Building: while all hire activities within the Hall stopped in March, we have been undertaking deep cleaning, there have been regular security, safety and maintenance checks and servicing and maintenance work continues. We are currently considering how (and if) the Hall can be safely used whilst the current “Social Distancing” measures are in place, once such facilities may re-open.

Governance matters: This is normally the time of year when we convene an AGM to which Villagers are invited, but that is not possible and we decided against a ‘virtual AGM’. We shall hold a procedural Trustee meeting to sign off the 2019 accounts so they can be published and submitted to the Charity Commissioners, which meets our obligations under the Village Hall constitution. We will hold an open meeting once it becomes possible to do so legally and safely.

Finance: The Hall has significant overheads to meet, regardless of whether it is in use. The solar panels are providing an income that covers part of these costs and we are able to meet the remaining costs from our reserves, but like so many organisations we will have to look at fund-raising opportunities once we are back in operation.

Best wishes to you from all those involved in managing the Village Hall. If you have any questions please email us at:

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Sheriff Hutton Village Hall

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