The Puhoi Hall committee would like to thank everyone for their support for the “Race Night” fundraiser for the Puhoi Centennial Hall which was held in November.
We would like to thank all the sponsors who came up with wonderful prizes for the “Race Horse Owners” or were added to the wonderful raffle prize. Special thanks to Pat Backley who came up with the idea and managed to fit the kit in her luggage travelling back from London.
The sponsers included Puhoi Canoes, Waiwera Hot Pools , Sugar loaf Waiwera, Puhoi Organic Distillery, Puhoi Pub, Puhoi Cheese Cafe, Puhoi General Store, Puhoi Beauty, Table 19 Warkworth RSA, Lothlorien Wine, Pat and Graham Backley. Val and Mike Smith Pat and Fran Endemann and Judy Lyons plus any one else who I may have failed to mention . Please be assured that your donation was really appreciated. Thank you to all the committee members who worked so hard, and the community for attending the race meeting and/or buying raffle tickets. We managed to raise $1276.30 for the Hall plus $ 50 for the Puhoi Fire Brigade. The raffle was won by Judy Lyons.
The money will go to help pay for general expenses and towards the upgrading of the kitchen.
May we wish you all a Peaceful, Healthy and Happy 2017.
A very warm welcome and thanks for attending the Puhoi Centennial Hall’s Annual General Meeting.
Once again I am extremely grateful to our team of dedicated Committee Members.
Cathy & Cody Mankelow, Val Smith, Fran & Pat Enderman, new members Marie Williams & Judy Lyons
This Heritage Hall would have to be one of Puhoi’s most valuable community assets and as a committee we all feel privileged to be part of it.
The hall is used for such a variety of activities, Dancing, Concerts, Art Shows, Badminton, Scouts, Funerals, Weddings, Birthday Parties Meetings and also the base for an emergency centre.
Our main objective as a committee this last year was to concentrate replacing the roof on the hall with new iron before April 2015. And I am proud to say this has been achieved. The work was under taken by Simon Straka and his team, plus our committee member Cody Mankelow overseeing the project. We were unsure until the old roof was removed as to whether we would have to replace any rotten timber. But I am pleased to say other than the iron, nothing needed replacing, A big” thank -you” to Simon, his crew and Cody.
We also renewed the spouting at the same- time, this made sense to do it there and then while we had the scaffolding in place. And new piles were replaced under the corner of the kitchen.
A good proportion of the money for the roof was received from Grants, the Lottery Board Commision,$10,000, The Rodney Heritage Fund $8,000 this amount will only be available to us in July.
I would like to thank those previous Bohemians for a hall well built 140 years ago. It can rain as much as it likes now and we should have no worries about leaks.
We also had a smaller amount of money granted, $3,500 from The Old Rodney Council This was money they had surplus and had to be spent before the end of their financial year, so 11 Community Halls benefitted by this grant.
Maintenance is always on going and we have several projects we want to achieve before very long, the up grading of our kitchen, improve bathroom vanities with hot water and upgrade heating requirements in the hall.
This last year was a challenge for us as a committee trying to organize community events. I can assure you we did try very hard working around bookings as to when the hall was available, and then only to find it was going to clash with other Puhoi Community activities, as a result not a lot happened on our part and I do apologise.
Back in Nov we were approached by Daniel a local who works at the Puhoi Pub who wanted to put on a community dance in honour of his late friend Ewen Gilmour a comedian from West Auckland. The proceeds going to the Variety Bash Trust,which is an organization that raises money for kiwi kids. And the hall would profit above a certain amount of tickets sold. This evening was well patronized and everyone enjoyed themselves, as a result the hall benefitted from a $1000.00 for which we were most grateful for.
On Sunday May the 3rd we as a committee invited the local people of Puhoi to our Roof Shout, this was our way of saying thank you to everyone who has been supporting the hall with our fund raising over the years and to help encourage new people to the district to become members and see our most valuable asset..
We provided light refreshments, barbequed sausages………and Gillian from the hotel kindly helped us out with a discount on the beverages. The afternoon was lovely and warm and was well attended.
Our hall is proving to be popular all the time with bookings well ahead into the following year.
This hall is owned by the Community of Puhoi; as a result we have to continually fund raise for its upkeep. But this is one of the things that makes Puhoi unique is that we have this lovely country community for people to live and work in.
Thanks again to Judith for all the reporting she has done for us and to Derek Hay for auditing our financial books for 2014/2015.
And finally a Very Big Thank you to my fellow officers and Committee, who have worked so hard and the people of Puhoi and surrounding district for your support.
For anyone thinking of joining our Committee our monthly meetings are held on the last Wed of the month at 7-30pm and are normally finished by 9pm.
[via Val Smith]
The Puhoi Hall Committee would like to invite everyone to The Puhoi Centennial Hall on Sunday 3rd May between 2.30 pm – 6 pm to celebrate the completion of the re-roofing of the Hall.
The committee would like to thank the community for their on going support in fund raising events which help maintain the hall to such a high standard.
Come along and meet your neighbours and enjoy your beautiful hall.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Kind Regards and thanks
Puhoi Centennial Hall AGM 28th May 2014
Alison Sampson, Kathy and Cody Mankelow, Fran Endemann and Val Smith. (committee)
Bill and Sue Marcroft, Carole and Derek Hay, Pat Endemann, John Simons, Ruth Cunliffe, Judith Williams, Maria Williams, Judy Lyons and Guinny Sorensen.( members and guests).
Alison Sampson welcomed everyone and thanked them for coming, especially on such a cold night.
Alison thanked all the committee members for all their hard work throughout the year and thanked the community for supporting the various fund raising events.
She said that the bookings had been consistent, which has taken the pressure off fund raising activities, but we are constantly seeking new ideas.
Alison thanked all the hard work done by Kathy and Cody Mankelow and John Simons in applying for a grant from the Lotteries commission, which was successful. We have been given $10,000.00 to help with the cost of replacing the roof.
We have had several successful events starting in June with the 150th Anniversary celebrations. The committee made sure that the hall was in pristine condition for the event.
In September we raised $1,700.00 with a dance, and Puhoi’s own “Cirque de Soleil” with Jasmine Papprill hanging from the rafters.
In November the Art group organised an exhibition of paintings by local artists, which was very successful, and they were able to donate $1,000.00 to the hall.
Finally in April we had our Anzac Quiz night, which was a resounding success giving us $1,200.00 profit. A big thank you goes to all the committee especially Fran Endemann, plus Pat Endemann, Ruth Cunliffe and many more helpers on the night.
Alison also thanked all the local businesses who have been very generous with their sponsorship throughout the year.
The hall has been well used throughout the year by family and friends celebrating a birthday or wedding, or sadly a funeral.
It is used regularly by the scouts, badminton, the dance group, and it is the venue for the Xmas street party.
Mike Swain, Jenny Neel and Christine Noone are standing down from the committee this year. Alison thanked them for all their hard work. She thanked Mike for all the work on the Puhoi website which has seen us getting more wedding bookings.
Alison thanked Derek Hay for auditing the books.
Treasurers Report for year ending 31st March 2014
Kathy Mankelow reported that the total income was $13,829.01 down $3,745.73 from $17,574.74 the previous year.
The committee had identified that fundraising efforts were decreasing and it was time to introduce some new events. Unfortunately we failed to come up with any new initiatives and this is reflected in the fundraising being down by $1,913.50 from the previous year.
The committee also identified that rather than relying on fundraising to cover the cost of maintenance, we needed to ensure that the hire fees being charged were consistent, competitive and actually generating hall income. After much research, the wedding and funeral hire fees were adjusted.
The total expenditure was down this year. Running costs were about the same and no maintenance work was done this year. Lower insurance premiums, that we worked so hard to achieve, have enabled us to have less day to day running costs.
Kathy was pleased to report that the hall maintained a strong financial position with a total bank balance of $34,.009.78 with 19 members.
She thanked Derek Hay, for once again, very kindly auditing the books. Being an Incorporated society and registered charity an Audited Annual Return must be filed with the Charities Commission every year.
Kathy thanked the committee, who are all volunteers, for their hard work . With the increasing population the hall is becoming a very popular venue. With more use, the maintenance of the building increases, plus the fact that the building is 114 years old we must make sure it is well maintained and updated when needed.
Kathy said the committee will need to continue to work hard to maintain the stable financial position we have.
The treasures report was approved by Fran Endemann and seconded by Ruth Cunliffe.
Questions from members and guests
We were asked how long the hall would be out of action when the new roof is being installed. We estimate two weeks for each side, depending on any problems being found when the iron is removed.
Alison also said that we hoped in the future to renovate the kitchen and toilets. We may also replace the curtains with roller blinds.
Chairperson – Alison Sampson nominated by Fran Endemann seconded by Judith Williams.
Treasurer – Kathy Mankelow nominated by Val Smith seconded by Carole Hay.
Secretary – Valerie Smith nominated by Fran Endemann seconded by Judith Williams.
Bookings Officer – Fran Endemann nominated by Kathy Mankelow seconded by Judith Williams.
Cody Mankelow- nominated by Fran Endemann seconded by Val Smith
Pat Endemann – nominated by Alison Sampson seconded by Kathy Mankelow.
Maria Williams – nominated by Kathy Mankelow seconded by Val Smith.
Judy Lyons – nominated by Val Smith seconded by Kathy Mankelow.
Friends of the hall include, Guinny Sorensen, Ruth Cunliffe , Carole Hay, Christine Noone, Judith Williams and Sue Marcroft.
Judith Williams thanked the committee for all their hard work.
The Puhoi Hall Committee would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported the Annual Fundraising Dance,” says committee member Kathy Mankelow. “The Band – The Damage provided awesome entertainment with many spellbound by the gorgeous lead singer. Special thanks to Bev and Amego for your amazing support and promotion of this event. We raised a fabulous $1700 which will go towards the new Hall roof. Our theme, Bohemians, Gypsies, Hobos and Clowns, was well received and more extra special thanks sent to our very own local gymnast Jasmine Papprill who surprised the crowd with her awesome aerial acrobatic performance during the supper break. Yes, our very own little ‘Cirque de Soleil’ Puhoi Style – you should have been there. Lovely Jasmine also turned Gypsy card reader to raise a few extra gold coins for the cause. A fun night was had by all, ending with a spectacular thunder and lightening storm. See you all at the next dance”. (thanks for that report, Kathy, ed)