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Peldon Village Hall – Contract Awarded

New Peldon VIllage Hall

Coming Soon – Contract Awarded

Peldon Village Hall – Contract Awarded

Stroods Specialist Contractors appointed to rebuild Peldon Village Hall

Peldon Village Hall Management Committee announces that its preferred contractor to build the new village hall in Peldon  is Stroods Specialist Contractors of West Mersea.

Bob Holmes, PVH Treasurer, said:

After an extensive tendering process, Stroods emerged as the clear winners with a proposal that met our budget expectations.  We’re delighted that, after several years spent working on the project, we’ve reached the stage when the building work is about to start and that we’ve been able to appoint a local firm with a good reputation for efficient delivery and strong connections to our village.

Lee Tyler, Director of Stroods, commented:

We’re very pleased to have been selected to carry out this project to replace a critical community asset with an exciting new building that will be of great benefit to the residents of Peldon and the surrounding area for many years to come.  We’re looking forward to working with the Management Committee in the coming months.

The Management Committee expects work to start on site in November with the new hall completed by the summer of 2017.

Funding the project

The total project cost, including professional fees, will be around £500,000.  The majority of the costs are coming from grants awarded by:

  • Essex County Council’s Community Initiative Fund,
  • the Abberton Reservoir Community Fund, and
  • Colchester Borough Council’s Big Choice Fund.

The remaining funds are coming from money raised by the Village Hall’s many fundraising activities over the last 6 years, including its recent Buy-a-Brick appeal which remains open, and from commitments from residents to lend the hall any final remaining funds by investing in PVH Bonds.

The Management Committee would like to express their sincere thanks to the grant funders and to all residents whose support over the years has made the project possible.

Crissy Lee

Crissy Lee

Farewell Party – October 30th

But, before demolition, there will be one last event in the hall, a farewell party on October 30th from 5.00pm to 9.00pm.  The entertainment will be provided by the Crissy Lee All Stars featuring Paul Wood.  Paul is the singer with the Glen Miller Orchestra; his repertoire includes Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davies Jr and Michael Buble among many others.  As well as a licensed bar there will be teas, coffees, snacks and cakes for sale.

With limited numbers you should book early, tickets are £8.00 each.  To book them contact Bob Holmes on 01206 735510 or [email protected].

Bob Holmes
Peldon Village Hall Management Committee


PAWS February – Lady Grace

Stacey with Pam, President

Stacey being applauded by Pam (President)

PAWS February – Lady Grace

28 members attended our February meeting when Stacey Belbin gave us a talk on “Lady Grace”.  Her dad was a commercial fisherman and ever since she can remember she helped her dad clean and mend nets and catch fish.  When she left school she worked for a Bank. Her life was all about her career until she met her husband, then she realised life is for living and not for working all the time.

She met Scott at 18, his dad had brought him up in the angling world and hers had brought her up in the netting world.  On their first date, Scott took her angling and since then, her dad lost his crew and they decided to buy their own boat, “Galloper”, to take people angling at weekends.  They both had their day jobs, Scott as a carpenter and Stacey in the bank, but they used to spend weekends running the fishing trips.

Stacey on board

Stacey on board

As the business grew she decided it was time to get her own toy to play with.  In March 2011 they bought “Lady Grace”, it took until the end of August to get her ship-shape for passengers and then she ran her at weekends and continued her weekday job.  In 2012 she then worked “Lady Grace” during the May and October half terms and the full 6 weeks school holidays.  After running “Lady Grace” for 6 weeks solid during the school holidays, in January 2013 she made the decision to give up the day job from the April and run Lady Grace 7 days a week 364 days a year.

Lady Grace off West Mersea

Lady Grace off West Mersea

The first year was testing, but rewarding. Stacey loves working on “Lady Grace”, which was evident by her passionate talk, and every day and every trip being a different one, meeting different people and a forever changing scenery with the tide coming in or going out and the different birdlife visiting through the year. She is also a photographer of all things beautiful on the water, whether it be a landscape, sunrise, sunset or wildlife.

You can follow Stacey and “Lady Grace” on Facebook.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on the 22nd March and is our AGM and therefore a closed meeting.  However visitors are welcome afterwards from 8.00pm, for a Quiz and Nibbles, at a cost of £5.00. Details of all our meetings and speakers can be found on the diary of the home page of the Winstred 100 website. If you would like further information about P.A.W.S please ring either of the following committee members: Alice Holmes 01206 735510 or Jane Anderson 01206 735505.


PAWS December – Dinner at the Coast

paws christmas 2013There was no meeting in December but instead on Tuesday 10th December 42 members met at the Coast Inn, West Mersea for the PAWS Christmas dinner, which certainly was a lovely way to set off the Christmas festivities. The restaurant was decorated for Christmas and very welcoming. Between eating our three course meal, we had a Christmas quiz and a raffle, which everyone enjoyed, in fact, they all agreed that it had been a fantastic evening. Going home was a little slow as there was very thick fog but thankfully we all did so safely.

Happy New Year to all our members and loyal visitors. Our next get together is on 14th January when our speaker J. Lilley is the “Storyteller”.

Currently membership is closed but visitors are very welcome at the cost of £3.50 which includes refreshments.

Details of all our meetings and speakers can be found on the diary of the home page of the Winstred 100 website. If you would like any further information about P.A.W.S. please ring one of the following committee members: Alice Holmes 01206 735510, Jane Banks 01206 7354004 or Jane Anderson 01206 735505.