Manuden Village Hall - 100 Club
In 1998, the old Manuden Village Hall faced a crisis.
Running expenses far exceeded income from lettings and the committee was few
Something had to be done. A meeting was held in the hall so that facts could
be faced; it was well attended. People came forward to join the committee and
Anne Bishop suggested setting up a 100 Club, a village lottery to raise income.
The committee agreed to support this venture and a mailshot was delivered through
every door in the village under the heading “You can help save Manuden’s Village
Hall!” People were asked to buy one or more numbers (for £2 each per month)
that would be entered into a monthly draw. It was proposed that half the income
would be given out in cash prizes and the other half would be funds raised
for the Village Hall, enough to keep it in the black. Anne hoped that 100 numbers
would be bought but the 100 Club was so well supported that more than 220 numbers
were sold for the first year of the 100 Club – 1999. This enabled prize money
to be £100, £50 and £25 each month plus an extra first prize of £200 twice
a year. The 100 Club has now been running for 16 years and has raising over
£50,000 to date. The old Village Hall was been kept open, refurbished and maintained until
its sale in 2015.