At this, the shortest and darkest time of the year, it’s perhaps time to peek inside Powerstock Hut where it has been far from dark.
As part of the Hut’s continuous important programme of maintaining the fabric of the building for future generations, during the school half-term break in October, three very local companies/artisans were engaged to put their skills to good use.
First up was long-time Powerstock resident Kenny Joy who put the finishing touches to the new window in the kitchen. Kenny had, during the summer, already spent hours making good and decorating many of the doors and window frames which were admired at the Hut’s highly successful local get together party at the end of August. Sadly some pesky squirrels have already been nibbling away at the putty around the windowsills.
Working in conjunction with Kenny was our local carpentry maestro Matt Roberts
who is seen replacing the last remaining wooden kitchen window with something more durable.
After months of planning, the Hut’s wooden flooring, a total of 124 square metres, was given a huge facelift skilfully done by craftsman Darryl Burt from Bridport Timber and Flooring
Nothing had been done to the flooring for about fifteen years so it was time for refurbishment. The work, carried out over five days, and having been delayed by two years due to Covid, involved mechanical and hand sanding followed by a sealing process using Osmo hard wax oil and Bona Traffic Lacquer to protect the floor for many years. Hut Committee members, and Powerstock residents, Richard and Paula Randall very kindly helped in the preparation and reinstatement process by moving the heavy piano and old school benches.
So, if you are thinking about a party or gathering of any description (well almost) please contact our Bookings Secretary Jane White
who will be delighted to discuss your requirements - or www.powerstockhut.co.uk. Rates of hire are remarkably low for a unique characterful quality building with excellent kitchen facilities, staging and step-free access.
In addition, the Hut Committee recently commissioned a revised report on possible replacement of all the internal and external lights to reduce our energy costs and make the lighting more appropriate to various functions. The much publicised nation-wide increase in energy costs has not gone unnoticed by your Hut Committee. The findings and recommendations of this lighting report will now go out to tender from local electrical contractors. In any event watch this space for further news in the new year.
Not being slow in coming forward, the Hut has applied to host the AGM of the seventy-strong Dorset Village Halls Association in May next year which would be a wonderful chance for greater local exposure for our Hut.
Whilst talking of next year - some creative minds are at work to come up with a plan to compensate for the unfortunate but unavoidable cancellation of Powerstock’s annual traditional Harvest Supper. Please share your views with Heather Pitcher on 01308 485524.
The Hut Committee would like to wish everyone a peaceful, healthy, and Happy Christmas and they look forward to seeing everyone in the new year when it is hoped that another series of interesting events will be rolled out.