THAT’S HALL FOR NOW, FOLKS: Our village hall is one of the few assets left to Piddinghoe which, over the years, has seen the disappearance of a corner shop, a post office, a pub etc. Now we really hope to retain what is left of our community facilities and it would seem the church and the village hall are fundamental to this. There are some clear-thinking people who believe the hall needs to be extended to make it more attractive to residents and thus making it more viably utilised. Other equally clear-thinking people believe, conversely, that this might be a waste of time, energy and money. Who is right? It is hard to tell but improvements might be more difficult to achieve than some believe. We are still waiting for a reply from something called Rampion about a grant application which was made by our parish council quite a while ago now. Meanwhile it appears that progress on a risk assessment for the building needs an update, with the Chairman of the Management Committee advising that the electrics could do with a safety survey and a PAT test for removable appliances. An asbestos survey might also be required, which sounds a little bit scary when you consider all the bad vibes associated with asbestos, but this is felt to be unlikely. Who decides on this ? Meanwhile it has been noted by the PPC that village hall utility costs, heating and lighting and those sort of things, presumably, are very high and need close examination, to which end a meeting between the PPC and Village Hall Committee has been proposed by the former.