Chairman’s Report

Roger Abrahams, Ralli Hall Chairman

A Message from the Chairman (August 2018)

Another year has gone past and the High Holy Days will soon be upon us once again. I wish Shana Tova to all my readers.

Currently, it is quite quiet at Ralli Hall, particularly as Dyson Gymnastics and The Italia Conte Drama School are both on their summer breaks. However, Hillbury House Nursery, now under the new ownership of the previous Manager, Lizzie, is in the middle of an upgrade and is now looking very smart
indeed.

As part of our continuing upgrade programme, we are in the process of renewing our Wifi system, so that every room will have high-grade Wifi, as well as ceiling-fitted projectors and wall screens, together with far improved sound systems, suitable for meetings and functions of all types. We will also have a three month room let in the autumn to Brighton Academy, a local Drama School for sixteen plus (including degree courses), comprising the use of all of the Lower Ground Floor rooms (fitted around the current user times), with the agreement including BA providing and fitting sprung floors in the Youth Lounge and Abrahams Room, and full length mirrors in the Gym and Youth Lounge – all now fitted and to be retained by RH.

Mail Hall from balcony with party

As you may be aware, we have not been able to provide full cooking facilities in the Milk Kitchen for some time, owing to the demise of the rather old cooker. We have now had the opportunity of purchasing a rather “swish” dual fuel range cooker, 90cm wide and with a full width oven, which I have since been told is almost identical to the two range cookers in the kitchens of the Mark Luck Hall.

Also, while the Meat Kitchen is not in use during the High
Holy Days, our caretaker will take the opportunity of carrying out an upgrade to this kitchen, including the fitting of new stainless steel base units, wipe-down splashbacks and a good deal of painting – we already have a new commercial dishwasher, compliments of the Lunch & Social Club. It should all look very smart and will make it a lot nicer and easier to use for our regular Lunch Club, plus separate function users.

We are prepared to link the Milk Kitchen to the Vegetarian Kitchen for larger, supervised, Kosher Milk functions, subject to the “pre-koshering” of the combined kitchen by the potential users. The Meat Kitchen is advertised as being “Unsupervised Kosher” while in regular use by the Jewish Care chefs, but this kitchen is also available for supervised functions, again subject to “pre-koshering” by the potential users.

We look forward to the continued, and increased, use of all our facilities by our Community, and please do not forget that the Great Hall alone is licensed for up to 200 people, and will comfortably hold about 140 people sitting at round tables, with the Magrill Lounge used for receptions and buffets, etc.

I look forward to seeing you all at Ralli Hall.

Roger