Fireworks raise over £3,500 for hall refurbishment

Ridgewood Village Hall held their second community family friendly firework event on Saturday night to raise money for the refurbish and extension of Ridgewood village hall.

Selling out of their 1000 tickets to access the event itself, the fireworks were enjoyed by many others standing along New Road and enjoying themselves at the Brickmakers Arms.

The event opened by Uckfield Mayor and Deputy Mayor, Spike Mayhew and Jackie Love , started at 4pm with the Uckfield Performance Ensemble and performance by Toxic Dolls Fire Eater displays.

Indulgent Ice Creams provided luxurious ice cream flavours to tantalise the taste buds and there was a BBQ, Candy Floss, pop corn and Sand Art along the way.

Ian Woodhams and Philip Horscroft put on an amazing firework display all paid for by local businesses including, Isenhurst, Thornes, Adam at Wealth Management, Peter Oliver, PGH decorating, GE Garden and home maintenance, The mortgage bureau and many more. We thank them all for their continued support.

Lynne and Paul Ireland from the bonfire society supported us with PA system, marshalling, signs, buckets and ropes and the ATC provided the Marshals.

The committee sold soft drinks and glow in the dark toys and ran a very successful bar all amounting to a profit of £3500 for the project fund.

Chair of Ridgewood Village Hall Karen Bedwell said:

“All the fundraising events at the hall are about bringing the community together and to see so many families together enjoying the event is exactly what RVH are trying to achieve.

“We were able to provide a safe environment where small children could come and watch a firework display that wasn’t too noisy, enjoy pocket money toys, run around; despite the dark and still be tucked up in bed by 7.15pm.

“So many people have contacted the committee to thank them for making the event about families that we have been overwhelmed by support.

Update on plans

Plans have now been submitted for building regulation approval and the committee have David Spurrell from RTS surveying on board as a project manager to help through the next stages of tender packages and grant applications.

Computer images of the proposed build are now on the RVH website and can be seen at the hall.

Karen added:

“We need to find a business sponsor to help us secure the estimate £3000k needed for the hall. If anyone is interested in getting on board with raising funds then please contact Karen through Uckfield

“The chance to become involved in an amazing community project and have your name involved with the hall for many years to come would be a great marketing opportunity for a large business.

She concluded:

“In the meantime the fundraising team move forward to the Christmas fair and raffle on December 1st 10-1.

Raffle tickets now available from Cubit and West, Paws and Claws, The Ridgewood Post Office and The Brickmakers Arms. We have some fantastic prizes donated by local business and tickets are £1 each and will be drawn at the Fair at 12.30.