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Village Halls Domesday Book 2021

A record of the good things village halls are 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,
has created this virtual ‘Domesday Book’ for village halls to record the work they are doing in 2021. The record will help make the case for sustained funding and support for village halls which will be especially important as the country recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.

Foreword

Lord Gardiner of Kimble, Former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity)


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“Village halls have been a crucial part of rural life for the past century. They provide a space for activities and events that bring people together, create a sense of community, reduce loneliness and support local businesses.

At a time when many village halls are closed because of coronavirus, it is especially important to recognise and celebrate the work they do. As such, I wholeheartedly encourage anyone involved with a village hall to sign this ‘Domesday Book’ and help create a record demonstrating how important these buildings are, and what is needed to make sure they survive in the future” (January 2021)

Tell us what your hall is doing, the difference you are making to your community and any hopes you have for the future!

Sign here!


There are currently
787
halls in the 2021 Domesday Book!


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Featured Halls
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Ashton Keynes Village Hall
Wiltshire
Our Village Hall is the centre of the community and as the hub for numerous services, has remained open throughout the pandemic. Although group and social activities have had to stop, including our own fund-raising Rural Cinema; the Hall complex houses the Village Shop, the out-reach Post Office and the GP Branch Surgery. All of the these are classed as essential services and so we had to ensure that we made the Hall COVID-Secure in order to keep it open. We introduced disinfectant fogging, hand sanitisers, risk assessments, etc. The Village Preschool is also housed within the Hall complex and we had to accommodate this restarting in June 2020 (at the end of the first lock-down). The support of the Local Authority, Community First and ACRE have been exceptional. With luck (and the vaccine) we are looking forward to reopening fully sometime during 2021.
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Biddulph Moor Village Hall
Staffordshire
Biddulph Moor Village Hall was constructed around 1975, following a fund raising campaign by the local community, to provide a facility for the community and surrounding areas. Over the years it has proved to be a focal point for the community providing a venue for activities, clubs, celebrations and community events and remains so. The Village Hall is used for many different activities which cater for diverse age groups including a Playgroup, Radio Controlled Car Club, Bowls Club, Dog Club, Yoga and the Evergreens group for the more elderly local residents. It is also available for hire for private events such as weddings and special occasion celebrations such as birthday parties, anniversaries etc. Drapes can be hung to transform the hall into a very attractive and affordable venue. The Committee run a number of different events for the community as a whole including an annual fireworks display, musical events, discos, touring theatrical performances and themed dining evenings. The Committee work together with other organisations to operate community events such as the village Well Dressing and the Biddulph Festival. The Village Hall is a focal point for the community. It provides a vital, convenient, accessible and affordable venue for many activities and it is conveniently located within the village. This is really important to the local residents who would otherwise be deprived of these activities as Biddulph Moor is poorly connected to the surrounding area which makes it difficult to travel to alternative venues. During this current period of enforced closure due to the Covid-19 situation the Committee have been focussing on carrying out maintenance and improvement work and seeking grants for the refurbishment of the hall. The aim is to continue to improve the hall so that it is an even more attractive facility for the local community.
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Freckenham Village Hall
Suffolk
Our village hall is at the heart of the community used for farmers markets, film nights, theatre, music and other live entertainment. As well as weekly activities, bingo, quiz nights, coffee mornings, private parties and celebrations, even training events. We look forward to when we are able to open up the hall again with Government Guidelines in place.
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Hindmarsh Hall
Northumberland
Here in Alnmouth on the Northumberland coast, our village hall began life 250 years ago as a granary for the busy C18 grain port. Today it is the hub of the community, hosting events nearly every day in pre-Covid times from Beach School for kids to the Seniors’ lunch. We have turned the threat from Covid into an opportunity to complete extensive renovation work whilst the Hall is closed work and make the Hall. The aim is to conserve an historic Grade II listed building and make it more environmentally friendly and comfortable for users. So we are busy raising £120,000 of which we now have almost half. Everyone misses the activities the Hall offers in the village and so we have made extra efforts to keep folk informed about the work with newsletters and posters. A thriving village hall can be the glue that holds a community together.
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Princetown Community Centre
Devon
Our village community centre hosts our local GP surgery drop-in appointments, public library, early years preschool and, when fully open again, various local groups including the parish council, WI, yoga group, local church, history club, and cadets. We hire out the halls for family life events and local businesses, other charities and youth groups. We have spent the restrictions period tackling some much needed maintenance of the building having been supported by our local council and remain optimistic for the future.
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Wraysbury village halls
Berkshire
At the moment we are running a drop off point for a foodbank . Also the local voluntary group are using our kitchen to cook meals on wheels for local residents . Also have a local radio station based in our building (Swan Radio ) which is keeping the local area upbeat in this difficult time .


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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