Tenth Anniversary Celebrations 2014

10th Anniversary Celebrations – Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd June 2014

It’s been 10 years since the new Areley Kings Village Hall first opened its doors to the public. Located on the Recreation Ground, it replaced the Parish Room which was on the land next to Taylors Newsagents. After two years of planning and fundraising, and costing over £600,000 the new hall opened its doors in April 2004.

Build_01       akvh external view

It has professional stage facilities, solar panels and outside there is a popular playground. Today, the hall is thriving. It is the home to many community groups such as the Brownies, the W.I., a women’s book club and Areley Kings Players. It is a popular venue for parties, fairs and business meetings. It has hosted many professional arts events such as Shindig! and amateur performances from Stourport Choral Society. You can get fit at dance and yoga classes or make new friends at Areley Kings Wives or our popular Friendship group. It has become the hub of Areley Kings. The current trustees would like to thank all those, past and present who have worked so hard to make the hall a success. It is open daily and at competitive rates for both community and private users, and this could not be possible without the many hours given so generously by volunteers.

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This was our amazing birthday cake made for us by Godfrey Philpotts.



Programme of Events  (see photos in the Gallery)

Saturday 21st June [10am – 11.00am]
Martial Arts demonstration by Eclipse Martial Arts Club

Saturday 21st June [1pm – 4.30pm] Hall Open Afternoon
Join us for tea and delicious homemade cakes in the village hall, courtesy of the many volunteers from our community. Enjoy an afternoon of live entertainment on our stage by local people;

Stourport Choral Society
St Bartholomew’s Bellringers
the young winners of Areley Kings Got Talent
Severn Valley Samba
Areley Kings Players (a scene from Alice in Pantoland)
Areley Kings W.I (Water Babes)

Have a look at our exhibition about the history of the village, see displays from local people about what they are doing in the hall and check out the winners of our Photographic Competition! Children are welcome to join in games on the Recreation Ground.

Saturday 21st June [Evening]- Private dinner. By invitation only

Sunday 22nd June [2pm – 4.30pm]
Afternoon Tea Dance organised by members of the Friendship and Ballroom groups. Ballroom, Latin & Sequence dances.

Grand Draw
There was a Grand draw in support of AKVH, New Horizons Youth Arts and DIAL-A-RIDE. Thank you to our sponsors for donating the prizes and thank you for your support in buying tickets. If you were not a winner, better luck next time !!

10th anniversary Grand Draw results
Prize Donated by Number Name
£250 cash Copyfax Digital Solutions Ltd  1745 Jethwa
£50 cash Friends of AKVH  1091 P&E
£25 cash AK Wives  1241 Edwards
Slow cooker AK Women’s Institute  1113 Carter
Case of wine AKVH Trustees  1987 Powell
Case of wine Jim Perry (Londis)  0483 Johnstone
SVR tickets for two Mr Les Thomas for SVR  1396 Strut
Chocolate hamper Mrs Hazel Yates  0526 Golding
Chocolate hamper Mrs Hazel Yates  0477 Hughes

Photographic Competition
The trustees of the village hall organised a photographic competition as part of the 10th Anniversary Celebrations. They invited local people to take submit their photos of the places and people of Areley Kings. The winners are displayed permanently in the hall.

snipes oak web

Senior category – ‘ Frosty February Morning at the Snipes’ by David Grout

village hall in bandw web

Junior Category – ‘The village hall in B&W’ by Josh Middleton

Craft Club Project
Craft club tree example

As part of the celebration, the Craft Club which meets on Tuesday afternoon in the hall organised an arty project to commemorate the people and groups using the hall. Using decorative inks to add finger prints as leaves on hand painted trees, they created a beautiful display to put on permanent exhibition in the hall.



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