A symbol of what is good in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 12:18 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:04 26 October 2009

The community hall at St John’s Church

The community hall at St John's Church

SIR - With respect to last week s letter regarding the children s Christmas party held at the St John s Community Hall (Letters, January 2). This gives me a chance to express my gratitude to each and every volunteer who has worked very hard to keep this

SIR - With respect to last week's letter regarding the children's Christmas party held at the St John's Community Hall (Letters, January 2).

This gives me a chance to express my gratitude to each and every volunteer who has worked very hard to keep this hall alive.

St John's Community Hall is not just a building, but a great symbol of what is good in Hatfield and a crucial hub in the community.

This hall was the centre of my childhood where I attended the brownies, church, fetes and also the children's disco. I have special memories and, therefore, to be involved with the hall is as much a pleasure as anything else.

Councillors Ron Wheeler, Paul Smith and myself try to give as much support to the volunteers who run the children's disco on Thursday night. It is such a pleasure to see how each and every young person is treated with respect, care and allowed to just have pure fun.

Ron, Paul and myself would like to say a big thank you, not only to the volunteers, but also to Tesco, the fire service and the university who helped bring smiles to the faces of young people who attended the Christmas party.

It was a shame that the town council was unable to fulfil its promised involvement in the event, but may I reassure the writer of last week's letter that the children had a wonderful time.

Community is part of the borough council promise made to all and I can reassure you that Ron, Paul and myself take this pledge very seriously, along with the other borough councillors.

This is just the beginning and I would like to ask for the public's help in supporting and developing the hall so that the community can continue to use the facilities fully.

St John's Community Hall needs a new kitchen, toilets and other important building works, along with improving on the equipment such as a new disco with lights.

We have had kind offers of help from the university, local businesses and the fire service, but we need your help as well.

Therefore, if you can offer assistance, no matter whether you are a business or private individual, please contact either Ron, Paul or myself so that the volunteers dreams' could become real.

Councillor Kim Morris,

Welwyn Hatfield Council.

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