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Welcome to the Monthly Newsletter of the Mechanics Hall.

(please help increase our circulation by forwarding to family and friends, thank you.)

Happy New Year Everyone!

Coffee Morning 10am till 12

Saturday 4th January


After the Hustle and Bustle of Christmas come along and chill out with friends.
Fancy a change from the Christmas fare, don’t despair
The Library will be open with all books available to buy from 50p
We hope you will come along and join us.

We have a selection of handmade cards and for all occasions available in the main hall
There will be the usual Tea, Coffee or Hot Chocolate & Biscuits,
cake stall, raffle, books and jigsaws for sale.

Free Entry Everyone Welcome

This Month

  • New Light shades in fitted in main hall. We inherited a mix of glass and plastic shades when we took over the running of the hall. One has recently been broken. We have replaced with a full set of polycarbonate shades that comply with all current fire and safety requirements at a cost of £600 for the set.
  • Decorated hall for Christmas
  • All first aid kits replaced
  • Light units replaced in Philip Taylor room
  • New blue roll holder in Brenda Hey Room


Your help would be much appreciated at the end of the coffee morning in putting the tables and chairs away back onto the stage.

Many hands make light work and all help would be most appreciated. Thank You.
Do you have any photos or old programmes with Longwood Amateur Operatic Society when they were based at the hall?  Please let me know if you have.

Jigsaws Wanted

We would appreciate any donation of jigsaws for the trolley at our coffee mornings.

Unwanted Christmas Presents

If you have any surplus/ not wanted Christmas presents we welcome these for the Raffle to raise funds for the hall.

Important- All Users – Deadline 30th January

We are having a big sort out and will be clearing out everything in the burnt-out cottage and in the cellar. Any items remaining in these rooms after 30th January may be disposed of in the skip

If you have anything stored in the burnt-out cottage or down in the cellar; please ensure it is removed. Any problems/concerns please contact Derek 07866337065

As we start the New Year

Everyone is welcome at the hall, we have an extensive range of activities

for you to try.

For anyone who is 55 or over why not try our Thursday afternoon SPACE group.
No skills required, tea and cake, afternoon chat and try a few of the board games or even Table Tennis. You will be made welcome.

Have you some time to spare. Could you establish a new group?

Chess, Rock and Roll, Creative Crafts, Ukulele, Bingo, Choir, Bridge,
Scalextric, Model railway, Community band, Yoga, Tai Chi
or help our Handyman. Do you fancy organising a community event?

What would you like to do?

Hall Bookings

The Hall is licensed for the sale of Alcohol on and off the premises.
We can provide a licensed bar for private functions held at the hall
Dates fill up very quick, please book in plenty of time to secure the hall for your private party or function.

Year Overview

We have achieved much in 2019.
Fitted new stage curtain.
Replaced the dance studio windows
Replaced the staircase windows
Repaired art room windows
Completed the side garden
Replaced 2 laptops for family history group.
Replaced 2 table tennis tables

The Year Ahead

We look forward to publishing the Longwood Community Directory in Early 2020

We would also like to replace the sink and facilities in the Brenda Hey Room (formerly the art room) due to the increase of users in this room.

Cottage 2020

This is our major project for this year.
After 50 years we now need to sort this.
The caretaker’s cottage was badly damaged by fire in the 1970’s.
The hall is very busy, and storage space is at premium.

We need to replace the flooring and joists in the cottage to make this into a safe usable area.
It would really help reduce costs if we could get some volunteers to help with stripping out the wall partitions, flooring and joist in the cottages.
We are looking to contract out the fitting of the joists.
Once the joists are fitted; we hope our team of volunteers will fit new flooring and line out the rooms.
We urgently need to do some fundraising to help cover the costs involved.Our first event will be a
Frozen 2 coffee morning Saturday 4th April. A Disney themed event.
Bring your little one’s in princess outfits and meet our characters from Frozen 2

All help would be appreciated.

The other projects in the coming years (no specific order) will be:

Replace landing and ladies’ toilet windows
Replace gent’s toilet windows and workshop windows
Replace library windows
Replace Philip Taylor room windows
Replace Fire exit door under porch
New porch and doors to go over the ramp at dance studio entrance
Full repointing of the building

Together our target is to complete all these projects by 2028

See you all soon!