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Volunteers Make Great Progress At Blackwells

2nd of February 2004

Local volunteers have been busy stripping-out the old Chipperfield Social Club premises in preparation for the planned extensive refurbishment and re-opening of the club as Blackwell’s – The Village Club. Work parties have been regularly undertaking work under the guidance of local builders, Richard Minshell and Colin Bayliss, and already major progress has been made. As a result, the club has entered into an arrangement with the Greene King brewery, and the main lounge bar area has been fitted out ready for use. This area will itself be the subject of a total refit next year, but in the meantime, please note that it has been thoroughly cleaned and painted, and is now available for individual event party bookings in addition to the existing function room – further details contact Graham Holt on 01923-269421. It was always anticipated that Chipperfield residents would be willing to assist in this venture, but the response in actually rolling up sleeves and getting on with the job has been exceptional. The more people that volunteer to help the better (skilled or unskilled) so if you are able to come along and assist us for a couple of hours, please call Steve Foskett on 01442-833684.

The New Year’s Eve Party held at the club was a total sell-out, and raised much needed funds in excess of £8,000 which included the proceeds of the Big Prize Raffle organised by Des Swainson. Further exciting, and rather unique, fundraising events are in the pipeline, and these will be publicised over the next few months.

The Trustees and all those involved in Blackwell’s would like to pass on their heartfelt sympathy to the Stabb family, following the death of Sir William Stabb QC, who was a great supporter of the club over a long period.

Peter Jackson

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