About 1,000 people enjoyed family-friendly fireworks in Ridgewood on Saturday evening and helped raise £3,500 towards extending and refurbishing the village hall.
Tickets for the event, organised by the village hall committee, sold out in advance and members were delighted with the success of the evening.
Entertainment included fireworks, fire eaters, a brass band, barbecue, candy floss, popcorn, glow-in-the-dark toys, ice-cream and a bar.
Last month the hall committee organised a band night and hog roast and raised another £1,000.
Now they have moved straight into preparing for a Christmas fair which takes place on Saturday, December 1. That will include Christmas stalls, Santa’s Grotto and a Christmas raffle.
Computer-generated images have now been produced to give an impression of what the village hall will look like following refurbishment and can be seen below.
Annual general meeting
Committee chair Karen Bedwell is pleased that about 40 people went along to the annual meeting at the end of October.
They now have a sub-planning committee and a non-committee fund-raising group for those who didn’t want to be on the committee.
New neighbourhood representative is Helen Bromwich from the Brickmakers pub, and planning officer is Jon Gothard from Ridgewood Post Office.
Karen said there was lots of community cohesion and a friends of Ridgewood Village Hall Facebook page was bringing in lots of support for events.
She said building regulations for the work on the hall had been submitted and it was hoped to start tender packages before Christmas and apply for grants in the New Year.
No stone is being left unturned in finding the funds to carry out the work. A total £300,000 is needed and a crowd-funding page has been set up for people who would like to contribute.
Also people are being encouraged to help collect funds for the project through easyfundraising.org.uk.
All you have to do is register then shop as normal with more than 3,300 shops and websites including Amazon, John Lewes, Aviva, and Sainsbury’s.
The shop or site turns a percentage of what the shopper spends into a donation for the village hall.
You an add an app to your phone or register through the easy fundraising website.