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Village Halls Domesday Book 2021

Village Halls Domesday Book 2021

A record of the good things village halls were doing to mark a century of rural community action
Many of England’s 10,000+ village halls date back to the 1920s. To celebrate the contribution they make to rural communities, created this virtual ‘Domesday Book’ for village halls to record the work they are doing in 2021. The record is being used to make the case for sustained funding and support for village halls which is especially important as the country recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.

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halls in the 2021 Domesday Book!

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Featured Halls
Chedworth Village Hall
Chedworth Village Hall, which was opened in 1976, replaced an old YMCA Hut that had served the village well since 1919. Our recently re-decorated spacious hall, with parking for 80 cars and free super-fast wifi has, frustratingly, been closed due to Covid restrictions. The wide variety of activities which would normally be taking place include dinners, talks, conferences, indoor games, especially table tennis, exercise and fitness classes. The large rear projection screen has enabled us to show films on a regular basis as well as live sporting events and live theatre. We are a popular venue for weddings and all events can be supported by the bar. It is therefore, disappointing that we have had to be closed to all users except the Pre-School which continues to run in its own rooms, and look forward to the time when we can open for business again.
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Copsale Village Hall
The Copsale hall has been serving the community since 1907 and, with refurbishments in 2021, hopes to continue for another 100 years. Monthly bacon butties are very well supported and the hall has a busy diary for hire.
Fradswell Village Hall
We are a vibrant community hub
at the heart of our tiny village of Fradswell (approx 170 residents).
We provide local opportunities
Howick Village Hall (Copley Hall)
The Hall was originally built circa 1876 as a reading room for the village residents and employees of the Howick Estate and is formally named after Mary Copley, the wife of the 3rd Earl Grey. It later became the village shop, part of the Howick Cooperative Society which had outlets as far north as Belford. It is owned by the Howick Trustees, who run the Howick Estate, and has registered charity status. As the Village Hall it provides a focus for the local community our entertainments programme and private functions and regular groups: the Craft Club, Coastal Choir, Howick WI, Film Club, an Art Group and also plays and musical events put on by the Highlights Company. The Hall is very well supported by residents of outlying areas. In recent years it has undergone a number of improvements to keep the hall a welcoming place for all ages without spoiling its old fashioned village hall feel. The Hall is also used by the Howick trustees as a training facility for it employees and is registered with Northumberland County Council as part of their Emergency Community Assistance Plan.
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Landford Village Hall
Whilst our Village Hall may not be the prettiest in Wiltshire, it was built to serve a purpose and it certainly does that, in normal times of course. After years of hard fund-raising, the Hall was finally opened by our then MP, Robert Key, in December 1993. The decision had been taken to provide a hall suitable not only for social events, but for a variety of indoor sporting activities, and that has proved to be an excellent choice. An additional meeting room and large store room was added and opened in 2010. The Hall is regularly used for Badminton (there are 2 courts), Short Mat Bowls (room for 4 mats), Table Tennis, children's Gymnastics, Yoga, Pilates, Cheerleading, Martial Arts, and also by a painting group. The New Forest C of E Primary School uses the Hall for PE when they cannot go out-of-doors, and for the normally annual Christmas festivities. The local Churches use the Hall for the annual Christingle Service. There are also regular charity fund-raising events held in the Hall. There are 2 separate meeting rooms, and Landford Parish Council uses one of them for their meetings. The Hall has proved more successful than the committee ever dared to hope. All those years of fund-raising have paid off! The current management committee and all the regular users look forward to the day when the doors can be opened for business once again. At this moment, like so many Village and Community Halls, the future is somewhat uncertain. However, as and when life returns to normal, I am confident that the members of the management committee would agree with me that the future for Landford Village Hall on the scale of 1-5, is a resounding 5.
Liverton Village Hall has won many awards for the initiatives and projects which have brought it to the heart of the community as well as surrounding villages and towns. We run regular events including Scarecrow Festival, Cider Festival, Murder Mystery and Comedy evenings. We organised Walks of Contentment and many mindful activities to ensure there is always something to look forward to in our lovely little part of North Yorkshire.
Middleton St George Community Centre
Our Community Centre was built around 1930 as a Pumping Station with four reservoirs on the site, and although not a listed building, it is considered “a non-designated heritage asset” by Darlington Borough Council’s Planning Department, and regarded as a “handsome” building. When the Pumping Station was no longer needed, the area was converted into the Water Park for leisure activities, and the Pump House became a new village hall, filling a much needed void. The freehold was sold to the Middleton St George Community Association by the Parish Council on 23 December 1980, for the sum of £15,000. The Parish Council and community members put £5000 into a bank account to cover necessary improvements. On 19 May 2006, the property was placed in trust with the Official Custodian for Charities on behalf of the Middleton St George Community Association. Run and managed by a small number of voluntary Trustees, it offers a central hub for classes and activities from multiple hirers; the perfect venue for private parties; plus a full time day nursery. A delightful place, which benefits the residents of the village and beyond. Working in partnership with Darlington Borough Council, the Trustees are thrilled to be able to take part in the community COVID-19 mass testing programme, currently offering asymptomatic testing at the centre. A very positive service in what has been a challenging year for us all.
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Privett Village Hall
Privett Village Hall has been an important part of village life since its original opening in March 1964. It is a charity run by a Village Hall Committee. The original building was renovated and extended in 2013/14 but maintains its rural appearance and setting. The hall has been the term-time home of the Privett Montessori Nursery since 1988. The Village Hall Committee organises events throughout the year as well as renting the hall to groups, clubs and individuals for their own events. Please look at our website for more information including how to book the Hall
The Old Chapel Godolphin Cross
Built originally in 1844 and added to in 1934, the people of Godolphin Cross raised £100,000 to purchase the Old Chapel for community use in November 2017. Since then, we have completed two major refurbishment phases and footfall has increased five fold in 3 years. There are opportunities for all, from 6 months to 96 years old (literally) with much more possible. Held in trust for local people by the Godolphin Cross Community Association, the Old Chapel is also a trading centre, with events, classes and a Farmers’ Market offering new experiences to the 700 or so people in our village in rural west Cornwall

The record can still be signed - tell us about what your hall is doing, the difference you are making to your community and any hopes you have for the future!

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This page has been published by Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE), the national voice for the , England's largest grouping of community support agencies. Find out more:
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