Lophams' Village Hall

AGM 27th June 2014
; was attended by 5 of the 6 committee members and two residents of South Lopham.  After the usual formalites, the Chairman, Malcolm Birchall, presented his report which recorded a generally successful year overall. The 
Farmers' Market is steady but it needs more support from shoppers to maintain the variety stalls which give it its character. The hall continues to be used by a variety of groups, organisations and individuals for their events but could still be used more, especially during the day and the lottery is still providing a useful source of income. The Chairman thanked all of his fellow committee members and all the other volunteers for their efforts and suggested that it would be helpful to have some new faces, with new ideas, on the committee.  
The Treasurer, Tim Colyer, reported on the annual audited accounts.  Although spending had been quite high in the past year, work on the car park, kitchen and notice board accounting for expenditure of some £6,000, the overall financial position of the hall remains sound. There was still a financial loss on the annual bonfire and fireworks display, though much less than the previous year, but it is intended to continue with it as it has become an iconic event for the two villages.  
Hiring charges for the hall were discussed, they have not changed since Oct 2011. After some deliberation it was decided to maintain the rates at the current level for a further 12 months unless conditions deteriorate markedly.

The shutters and cupboards have been fitted
more improvements to follow.

Further work on the Kitchen area has been carried out to try to reduce the condensation problems.  New cupboards and a new shutter are planned for 2014.

Work to improve the car park surface after a run of severe winter weather has been carried out, aided by funds raised from the Village Hall Lottery.  Grateful thanks from the Management Committee go to all those who have supported and continue to support the lottery which provides funds for capital projects such as this.

The Village 'Sports Taster' event on Sunday13th May 
was a great success, the weather was good lots of people of all ages came and 'had a go' and many expressed an interest in competing in the Village Games at Watton on 17th June.  More on that soon.

The 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen' production of 'David Copperfield' 
was an exceptional experience for those who turned out to see it.  The two players switched seamlessly between multiple roles before the audience's eyes bringing Dickens' characters to life and developing an atmosphere of tension, drama, pathos and I might say, at times, fear.  A really entertaining evening, let down by a poor attendance.   

Some of the proceeds from the Village Hall Lottery 
have been used to purchase a commercial type dishwasher.  The committee decided on this course of action to improve the facilities for those hiring the hall for sizeable functions. Clearing away a mountain of dirty crockery or glassware after an enjoyable event can spoil it and the new machine is intended to remove some of the drudgery from this task. 

The Village Hall Committee would like to express its thanks to Lena, 
who has been a loyal supporter over many yearsbut now feels that it's time to take it a bit easier.  In particular we thank her for her help in the kitchen on Farmers' Market days; her supplies of teas, coffees and smiles are very much missed.  Thanks, Lena!


A molecatcher has been at work.  Several have been caught around the football pitch area.  When he has finished, we look forward to having a much smoother playing surface.


The kitchen is having a makeover.  The re-decoration is complete and futher improvements are planned.


The Bonfire and Fireworks Display 2010 took place on 6th November under clear skies and in front of a large, enthusiastic and appreciative crowd.  The Lophams' reputation for spectacular fireworks displays was maintained in style thanks to the crew who conducted the show.  The hot food and drinks were popular as was the new feature, the childrens' play area, which was busy all evening.  Thanks to all who helped and all who came to watch.


Ruby and Her Horses October 28th, 2010 a live show enjoyed by an audience of 89.  A combination of anecdotes, pictures and songs, both poignant and funny, brought to life the story of a family living through the agricultural depression between the two World Wars.  All in all, it was a fascinating evening.

The Village Hall Annual Open Meeting was held on 21st May, 2010 it was attended by 5 out of 6 Trustees, one co-opted member, the new Chairman of South Lopham PC and the outgoing Chairman and Vice-Chairman of South Lopham PC.  Reports were given by the Chairman of the Trustees and the Treasurer and the meeting was opened to questions and suggestions from the floor.  Full minutes will be available in due course.  Copies of the annual accounts are available from the Treasurer upon request (e-mail 

lophamsvillagehall2000-bookings@yahoo.co.uk) and will be published on the Charities Commission Website shortly.



Kevin Pilmer's presentation of historical slides of the Lophams and surrounding area at the Lopham Ladies' open meeting was a great success.  A good 60 people enjoyed the show, some were able to identify relatives in the pictures, some of which were around 100 years old, and several were able to add to the background knowledge. A vote of thanks was given by Peter Reeder to Kevin, to Richard Vere for helping with the commentary and especially to Lophams' Ladies for organising the event and supplying refreshments.


The Great Lophams Bonfire and Fireworks were blessed with dry, if cold, weather and a good crowd of spectators.  The hot food proved very popular while an unfortunate technical problem caused a delay to the start of the display.  Once it began, a dazzling variety of firework effects, lasting almost 30 minutes, entertained young and old alike, even seasoned watchers were favourably impressed.  Our thanks to the pyrotechnics crew, who seemed to enjoy it all as much as anyone, and to all the volunteers who helped both before and during the event.   


The Ceilidh on 30th October was attended by well over 50 people whose enthusiasm for dancing, encouraged by the lively music of the excellent 'Deneside Ramblers', made up for a certain lack of skill!  There was an abundance of good food  and high spirits which made for a successful event raising much needed funds for RUFUS.


Winston the Singing Farmer entertained 80 people on 25th September with a mixture of jokes, good humoured songs and Norfolk tales that could be enjoyed by all; delivered with a mischievous twinkle of the eye and an infectious grin.  Winston demonstrated considerable musical skill and his interpretation of a steam train was particularly fine, simaltaneously using vocals, harmonica and guitar to great effect.  Overall, it was an excellent show. 

Mad and Merry Monarchs by the Mad Dogs and Englishmen Theatre Companyproved a great success. True to their word, the company led a near capacity audience through 1,000 years of English history in about 90 minutes, from the battle of Hastings to the present day.  The work rate of the cast was phenomenal and the audience was not allowed to relax either, providing sound effects for the battle of Agincourt and a slightly reluctant Sir Thomas Moore to be struck down at Canterbury Cathedral; fortunately the axe was not real!  It was interesting to see the 'rapping' skills of some of our early monarchs and to learn that Shakespeare did not invent cricket after all.  A thoroughly enjoyable evening's entertainment.

3rd May: Garden and Craft Fayre 


The weather was fine, if a bit too windy for the comfort of the outside vendors and a good number of visitors came to the event.  There were a variety of stalls selling craft products, cakes, preserves and plants.  A painting demonstration and a biscuit decorating activity for the children added to the interest. Teas, coffees and light refreshments were served through the afternoon by volunteers. Entertainment was provided while the visitors circulated among the stalls by a brass band, which played a variety of music, and a drumming group.

The Village Hall AGM 2012 was 
held on Friday 25th May

Apologies were received from Mrs. J Vere, no members of the public attended.  The minutes of the previous AGM were approved.  The Treasurer presented the audited accounts to 29th Feb 2012 which showed that income from hiring the hall was steady, the Farmers' Market showed a net increase in income as did the Lottery all of which was encouraging in view of the general economic climate.  Consequently, the Village Hall Development Fund which is primarily intended to finance the renovation of the car park, although still well short of its target, showed a substantial increase in funds.

The Chairman thanked all the committee members and volunteers for their work over the past year in keeping the hall open as an attractive venue enabling Lophams' residents to use it for a wide variety of social and educational activities. 

Copies of the accounts are available from the Treasurer upon request.

In accordance with the Charities Commissioner's requirements, a copy of the Chairman's report and an income and expenditure statement will be posted on the CC website at the appropriate time.

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