Residents Letter – January 2019

Charity No 267775


Dear Residents,

The Christmas Float took place over the weekend of the 8th/9th December. Thanks to the generosity of villagers, we managed to collect £1,405.73 after expenses which will go to further the work of the Community Trust for the benefit of all Capel residents. We plan to do the same week next year so put it in your new diaries you get for Christmas! Many thanks to all involved, especially Mark Ward and Trevor for safely driving Santa in the right direction! It was so special to see the excitement on people’s faces, young and older when the sight and sound of Santa’s sleigh came rolling down the street! You are so generous, and Santa sends a special thanks this year!

We congratulate and thank Capel Memorial Trust for their well organised remembrance and unveiling of the new memorial. It was heartening to see so many attend the various events. We are so lucky to have a such a great and supportive community attending this and many other events over the year - it would not be the same without you and we really appreciate your attendance and financial support.

Bonfire Night 2018 received a record in everything from the weather to the gate. We went through the 1200 mark, BBQ & glow products sold out on time, 229 tea sales and the giant bonfire & brilliant fireworks with the wind taking the smoke & debris away from the crowd. Creating a fantastic £3,200 profit. Thank you for everyone’s help. Mark your diary for 2nd November 2019.

Having nearly finished the Vine Lounge (just erecting the artworks remains), we are already planning the other sides refurbishment, starting in the Summer. This is a larger job with structural changes, re-wiring and plastering as well as a new bar and artwork with new televisions. It is hoped that furniture replacement will follow as funds allow.

We have had and are arranging a series of Public Consultation displays to share our exciting plans drawn up for the replacement of the pavilion building called the Capel Community Hub Building. Watch out for dates and we would be pleased to hear your comments. Plans can also be viewed on our website Any queries or comments on the plans can be sent to

Fundraising events and targeted approaches to various fundraising bodies are being prepared for this £3M overall development, to include much needed sports changing, external access and DDA Compliant public WC’s, a Gym, function and meeting rooms and associated facilities - so exciting for the village! This is not providing changing rooms just for the Football Club but many other clubs and associations e.g. Pickleball, Bowls Club and Running Club to name a few, which we have already consulted with, which there are many.
Phase 1 (car parking) will start in the New Year and will greatly assist with providing overflow car parking for the Bowls and Football Club and we hope will relieve residents in Friars and surrounding roads of the current parking issues which they have suffered with.

Finally, we would like to invite you all to our AGM on Monday 25th February 2019 at 7:30pm. It will be held in the library. We would love to hear any comments/suggestions you have for us.

So an exciting year to come! Thank you for your continued and valued support.