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The Hall Lottery

-with the June draw the lottery has paid out £17,000 in prizes.  Congratulations to the latest winners – 1st Sylvia Anderson £115. 2nd David Hilling £69, 3rd Geoff Rushworth £46.  Joining is easy, go to


Thank you to all who participated in this community survey.

There were 107 responses.  Sixty were submitted online and those on paper were keyed in centrally.  On an Eynsford per household basis this represents a return of approximately 12%.  Google survey software was used providing results analyses in pi charts and graphs and in a spreadsheet.

Assessed were current hall and new hall facilities and Harrow Meadow activities and facilities. See Design Survey.

ART STUDY DAY 13 May 2017 reported by James Staniland

  • The final art study day led by Dr. Graham Whitham covered British Art 1940-2015.There were four talks:
    1. War, Optimism and Anxiety c. 1940-1960
    2. Between Europe and USA c. 1950-1970
    3. The Changing Status Quo c. 1968-1990
    4. The Young British Artists)and Beyond 1988-2015.
    A great and informative day was had by all. Unfortunately Graham has decided to retire and take his wife off travelling around Europe so there were farewells and Sally Coston presented gifts to Graham and the three “kitchen fairies”: Jan Stanyon, Paul Boyle and Sarah Boyle who have produced refreshments for the art days over the last three years.
    Sally has raised £16,000 through staging these events. James Staniland thanked her and presented some bottles of wine to her on behalf of the trustees and said a few words about new hall plans.

Dr Graham Whitham


Thank you to all who have completed the design survey the closing date for which has now passed. The responses are being analysed and the results will be published as soon as possible.


Might  you take on the paid role of Hall Letting Secretary?  Helen is standing down after sterling, conscientious service for which the Trustees are very grateful.

The new Secretary should be local and be able to commit (Monday to Friday) to an hour or two or so depending on the amount of booking requests and enquiries. A Trustee backs up for holidays and absences.

The work entails a fair amount of email handling, maintenance of the online calendar and spreadsheet management, see the Letting Secretary Role.

Please respond via the EVH website contact form or by telephoning the Chair of Trustees on 01322 861695.

Jumble Sale

February 2017. A very big well done to organisers Sharron Burley and Jan Wilkes and their band of helpers on another successful jumble sale at the Hall.  £1,650 raised for the new hall fund.  Tremendous.


reported by Malcolm Richardson.

Some 65 people enjoyed a leisurely meander through France at a French Wine Tasting evening in the village hall on 28th October.  Some old favourites were on the menu, although wine guru Paul Boyle also introduced us to some different varieties such as Picpoul de Pinet from the Languedoc region.

The wines were accompanied by a variety of ‘nibbles’, such as prawns, cheeses, olives and saucisson, to demonstrate how wine varies with food.

Paul was an interesting and knowledgeable speaker, never lapsing into ‘wine speak’ so those of us who just like wine, rather than worship it, were never lost.

The event raised over £850 for the Village Hall.

Lottery prize money

payouts exceed £16,000, February 2017.  New members are very welcome and can join via the website Lottery page. There are monthly prizes with bumper payouts in March and September.

VILLAGE HALL LOTTERY Bumper Draw September 2016

many congratulations to winners:

1st John & Maria Cairns £175,  2nd Margery Robinson £105,  3rd Sharron Burley £70


reported by Michael Barker.  A great night was had by all at the Village Hall when a full house of enthusiastic music lovers was treated to an exciting and entertaining programme of big band jazz courtesy of The Jazz Project Big Band.

The band, led from the drum kit by Adrian Bashford, and MC’d by the urbane Mike Hatchard at the keyboard, ran through a varied repertoire of old and new numbers with great panache and musicality. Their ensemble work and solos were of the very highest calibre and were greatly appreciated by all in the hall.

The bar also did lively business and I’m sure all present, audience and band, are hoping that The Jazz Project will be back at the Village Hall in the near future.