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Village Halls Domesday Book 2021
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Village halls in Bedfordshire
Bletsoe Village Hall
Bletsoe Village Hall was opened in 1971 though the public subscription started after World War Two and there were several false starts along the way including potentially using the school when it closed down before a brand-new building (using a prefabricated bungalow design!) was chosen. The hall has been the social hub of a small village of 130 houses since then and has good regular local use for events organised by the hall, the church, WI and village fete plus hirers ranging from the local area Young Farmers, deanery churches, Morris Dancers, swing band plus plenty of private hires. We enjoy events such as concerts, Breakfasts, Food events such as Puddings Nights and the combination of food, dancing and concert which is a Haggis / Burns Night! Extended once including the provision of a formal bar with complete replacement of toilets and kitchen, it remains in good shape and is lucky to have the parish children play area next to it whilst the parish bought the field alongside which means that the hall has a large open space for games and activities that hirers can use. The pandemic has meant complete closure with only spasmodic use when permitted by two yoga groups that have come to Bletsoe as we were prepared to open under strict conditions. The available grant have cushioned the hall and mean that the future is secure as far as we can see. We look forward to getting back to some form of normality as soon as possible.
Eversholt Hall
Eversholt Hall, completed in 1989, is a barn-conversion style building replacing an old hall given in 1913 by the then Duke of Bedford as a reading room. It now forms part of this small village’s group of amenities along with a recreation ground, out-door heated swimming pool, cricket and and tennis clubs and the church of St John the Baptist (11th cent) The Hall is run by a charity and is funded by leasing to a catering co. for large events such as weddings and parties etc. This provides income to allow residents to use the Hall at minimal cost. It is used by a number of village organisations and residents, e.g. a lunch club, keep fit classes, yoga, Young Farmers and Parish Council meetings as well as childrens parties and residents bookings. The pandemic resulted in only 4 weddings being booked for 2020 but with the help of grant aid, the committee hope to resume more normal business in future.
Everton Village Hall
Our village hall was built in 1905, enlarged and renovated in 1982, and it provides the only public indoor space for the community. Throughout its 115 year history the hall has provided community activities for our village for all ages. In more recent times, activities include exercise classes, additional space for the local Primary School, ample indoor and outdoor space for children’s parties, coffee mornings, film shows, and much more. Within the main hall we have a memorial to the WW1 and WW2 fallen soldiers of the village, and items relating to the SOE personnel who served at the local Tempsford Airfield.
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Fairfield Community Hall
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Flitton & Greenfield Village Hall
Opened in 1969,our village hall has been at the heart of the community ever since and improved facilities recently have encouraged greater use by everyone of all ages. Currently having to be closed, we are taking the opportunity to refurbish the bar facilities.
Harrold Centre
The Harrold Centre sits at the centre of the village of Harrold in North Bedfordshire. Formerly known as the Harrold Institute, the original building was opened in 1902 and the main hall added in 1911. The village of Harrold has a long association with the leather industry and The Institute, as it was then, was built by a local philanthropist and leather factory owner Charles Pettit . The building was to be a place for everyone, for recreation and to enable the men of the village to learn new ideas and skills and that original purpose continues, in an updated form, to this day. As a tribute to its origins, the Centre hosts a small permanent exhibition of historic leather artefacts borrowed from the National Leather Collection. The Harrold Centre has permanent snooker room hosting the Harrold Snooker Club, and also possesses land around, encompassing a children’s play area, a car park incorporating a bottle bank/recycling area, and two tennis courts leased long-term to the Harrold Tennis Club. After some years of decline, in the early 1970s a new trust was set up to manage and improve the facilities. More recently the trust undertook an wide-ranging expansion and refurbishment which was completed in 2017. The Harrold Centre, the centre of village community life, now offers extensive, modern facilities and hosts many local groups including dance groups, toddler groups, amateur dramatics, keep fit, film nights and many others, as well as hosting private parties and celebrations. In addition, the Centre underpins the annual Harrold Pit run, a fun run raising funds for local organisations. Sadly the Centre has been more or less closed since April 2020 due to the pandemic and like every Village Hall we hope to be able to resume our full range of activities as soon as is safely possible.
Heath Village Barn - Heath & Reach Community Village Hall
Our Hall was once the agricultural store and stables for the farm that stood adjacent to it, now 2 private properties. It is approximately 150 years old and is a wonderful calm, quaint space for so many local activities, groups, clubs and private functions. It has been home to many for decades, such as the Heath Band and Leighton Buzzard Children’s Theatre. War time minute books are an interesting read and back through the decades it has hosted many a drunken Christmas party; Tales of blacked out windows throughout the war and the birthplace of a much needed Pre-school for village children that has helped families form life long friendships in the community. The Hall and it’s grounds are used annually for community events which bring the whole village together to celebrate, usually going on into the night with lots of laughter and many memories made. We have made many positive changes to the building over the years, a new kitchen and roof, decorating and new equipment, all made possible with regular fundraisers that provide the local community with some fun activities and memorable nights out! Our hope it to continue to improve and refurbish the building: outside stabling will be renovated and used for dry storage, new flooring and maybe even disabled access and toilets over the coming years. We have set up a Website and Facebook page for the Hall which have proved very popular ways to enquire and book the Hall. The Committee is made up of enthusiastic local volunteers who are all committed to continuing the good work and ensuring the building will be the heart of village life for many generations to come.
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Houghton Regis Memorial Hall
A Hall in the heart of the community
Langford Village Hall
Village Hall adjacent to King George Memorial Playing Field. The hall was built with monies raised in the village in 1976. There is a main hall, small hall, bar facilities, stage and changing room, which are hired out to regulars, and for weddings, birthday parties and other gatherings. The hall is on land owned by the Parish Council but run as a Charity by a Management team of volunteers.
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Lyons Community Centre
We are a brand new community centre in the centre of a new housing development. We currently have an alternative education group using the centre, but hope to be open again soon so we can also welcome back our regular exercise classes, children’s groups and support groups. The hall is managed by a full time Trust Manager who is supported by the Board and a committee of resident volunteers who help organise community events, more virtual events in the last year.
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Oakley Village Hall
The residents of Oakley gathered on 28th June 1943 – in the middle of WW II - to form the Oakley Village Hall Building Fund, with the aim of purchasing land ultimately to be used for a Village Hall. They were successful! In 1995 the original Hall was replaced with a larger and much-improved building which has a large room with stage, a committee room and a good kitchen – great credit to the various Hall committees and fundraising groups who have worked on this over the years. Annual events include the well-supported Oakley Show, with displays of produce, baking and art from village residents. The biennial Oakley Carnival brings excitement to the Hall and its surrounding land, and, of course, we are the local polling station. Our regular hirers include classes for ballet, Pilates, bowls and other activities; children’s groups; lace-making; and the WI. The Hall is also a popular venue for quizzes, events and parties. It is run as a Charity by a volunteer team of Oakley residents.
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Old Warden Village Hall
Shillington Village Hall
Slip End Village Hall
Our hall was built in 1909 by local subscription. Originally an educational facility but then a village hall. Situated in the heart of the village and complete with play area, adjoining newly refurbished playground and car park. Actively used by many local groups and at weekends for parties and weddings. Managed and run by local residents for the benefit of residents.
Stevington Village Hall
Stevington Village Hall serves a small rural community. Effectively closed since March, a team of volunteers has redecorated, improved facilities and made the Hall Covid-secure for reopening. We are looking forward to being able to welcome back Carpet Bowls Club, Table Tennis, Football and Pilates as well as restarting our monthly film night and live broadcasts from national venues such as National Theatre, RoH and Royal Ballet. These, and the sell-out Stevington Guitar concerts have been greatly missed along with the excellent wine, snacks and ice-cream served.
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Stewartby Village Hall
Stewartby Memorial Hall Built In Memory Of The Villagers Who Lost Their Lives In World War 1 And Is Where The Parish Meetings Have Taken Place Since 1937. Designed By E Vincent Harris. Stewartby Memorial Hall was built in 1929, the memorial hall stands in the Centre of Stewartby, the roll of honor consists of four stone plaques set into the inner walls. It now stands as central destination for the community and surrounding areas offering a great venue for associations, meetings and special occasions. Recently modernised the Hall boasts, a fully licensed bar, Kitchen facilities, Full stage and production facilities and help and advice in a wide range of catering & entertainment providers Stewartby Village Hall is the perfect destination for all your needs with unrivaled history and character in Bedfordshire.
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Sundon Village Hall
The village residents raised funds to build the hall in the 1970’s. Over the years it has hosted a range of activities including a Mums and Tots Group and a Youth Club. With the changing demographics of the village these are no longer running but have been replaced by a Friendship Club and a Choir for the local community. The hall has a number of regular hirers including a Church Group, Art Club and Fitness Class. In addition it is used for private parties and local elections. With the onset of the pandemic none of our regular users wanted to continue to use the hall, even when some of the restrictions were relaxed, the committee therefore took the decision to temporarily close the hall. We very much look forward to reopening the hall.
The Recreation Rooms
A multi purpose venue for parties and events to fitness classes and playgroups
Turvey Village Hall
Originally built as the “National School” in 1847 by one of the two philanthropist landowners in Turvey, the Village Hall holds events from Turvey Amateur Theatrical shows to Apple Pressing Day and the village Plant Sale to support the community orchard. Some memorable New Year’s Eve parties have been held there. The 1852 Museum room and associated Reading Room “for artizans” are used for Turvey Pre-school sessions and pre-Covid for smaller meetings including the Wednesday group where stories of village life were shared. Residents are told about all the village clubs and societies using the spaces through Turvey News which is designed, written and circulated by volunteers. Turvey History website has more information ( Activities, including the 2020 Plant Sale have been running on-line and “click and collect” through the lockdowns. Normal service will be resumed when feasible.
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Westoning Village Hall
Westoning Village Hall was built in the 1840's as school rooms and was bequeathed it to the village in 1940. Maintaining such an old building is challenging but new toilets are being built in 2021 to help ensure the building is fit for many more years.
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