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Acton Bridge Parish Rooms
Acton Bridge is a small rural village located near Northwich in Cheshire. Northwich is the UK’s salt capital, and the home of Britain’s chemical industry, founded by Brunner- Mond, which became ICI. Sir John Brunner the co-founder of ICI opened our Parish Rooms in May 1909. Since then, they have been the centre of our community life. In 1983 they were extended, and today we have first class facilities, two all-weather tennis courts, opened in 1995, and an all-weather bowling green. with active sections using these facilities. In addition, our Parish Rooms are used by 15 Interest groups (dancing, choirs, arts classes, WI, Taekwondo etc), and our village pre-school. At weekends, the rooms are available for private hire for weddings, christenings, birthday parties and family celebrations. In 2009, at our centenary celebrations, Sir John Brunner’s Great Grandson handed back to us, the key which our Parish Council presented to his great grandfather at the opening ceremony 100 years ago! Today, like all other village halls we are constrained by COVID measures and usage constraints, but our active trustees and volunteers have ensured that we can continue in a limited way to offer support and help to our village community. ACRE through Cheshire Community Action, continues to provide us with valuable support, thank you.
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Appleton Thorn Village Hall
Our Hall, like many others, is a converted village school and opened in 1981. It is therefore our 40th Anniversary! Since then, it has been the centre of the community providing a venue for many activities. The adjacent field owned by the Hall is used in a unique village fete celebrating Bawming the Thorn. It has a membership licensed bar providing real ales and winning many CAMRA awards. The Appleton Thorn Preschool is based in the hall. The venue is available for hire typically for local groups such as Appleton Thorn School of Dance, Brownies, Yoga, wedding parties, christenings, and birthday parties. When we finally re-open we would like to improve and extend the facilities making more use of the outdoor facilities for the benefit of the community. We joined CCA/ ACRE in 2019 and have benefitted from their excellent advice and help, especially during these difficult times during the pandemic. We are delighted to sign ACRE’s ‘Doomsday’ Book for 2021 celebrating ACRE’s 100th anniversary as well as our own 40th.adjacent
Bickerton Village Hall
Bunbury Village Hall
The hub of the village with classes/functions every day of the week
Comberbach war memorial hall
Our village memorial hall hosts all sorts of activities from WI to karate, calligraphy to cheerleading, brownies to dog obedience classes, fencing to yoga, dancing to local and general elections. Also a very popular venue for children’s parties and the much anticipated annual scout jumble sale. The memorial hall is an important part of rural village life and we are very proud to be part of ours.
Cotebrook Village Hall
Our village hall is used by numerous groups for many diverse recreational purposes from exercise classes, charity fund raising, hobby clubs, social events, etc, all of which are on hold due to the pandemic. We look forward to being able to open and continue to offer our facilities to the local community as soon as we are permitted.
Cranage Village Hall
Cranage Village Hall is a unique and picturesque “Arts and Crafts” building , built in 1907 by William Carver of Cranage Hall for use by his family and the village (his employees). It incorporated a social room, a billiard room and a caretakers cottage. It is a lovely old Hall with interesting wooden internal panelling and exposed beams in the main room, probably unique in this part of the UK. It sits in large south facing grounds. During the war it was used by the Home Guard, Young Farmers and was the venue for local dances. In 1947 it was given to the residents of Cranage to be held in Trust. The picture shown was painted by a long standing member of our committee who is also a member of the local art club. We have many groups who in normal times regularly use our hall, from art clubs, whist, bridge, mums and toddlers, karate, to yoga and many more. Weekends bring in caravan rallies, weddings, cycle clubs, exhibitions and family parties. Our own events include quizzes and murder mystery evenings to name but a few. Our annual 3 day Beerfest with live music is growing from strength to strength with the whole village getting involved and helping. For a village that has no Church, Pub or Shop the Village hall is the only community building for the locals. Our mission statement “Unity in the Community “ says it all and our merry band of volunteers work hard to keep the hall active and in tip top condition. We are now looking forward to welcoming back all our regulars and many new people and we are positive for the future. We are looking forward to re-opening in 2021. The pandemic will still be around for quite a long time and our long term plans will include events that are COVID secure and will bring our community safely back together in our lovely hall and large grounds. We joined Acre in 2020 and cannot thank them enough for all the help and advice they have given us. It is a privilege to be included in the Doomsday book 2021 celebrating Acres 100th anniversary.
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Cuddington and Sandiway Village Hall
Cuddington and Sandiway Village Hall is an attractive modern hall opened in October 2009. It replaces an old pavilion which stood on the same site and is the result of many years of hard work and fund raising by volunteers, local residents and community groups supported by the Trustees and greatly helped by a major grant from Vale Royal’s Rural Delivery Programme. Today the Hall hosts activities for all ages provided by individuals and organisations ranging from Bridge, Brownies and Blue Dragon Taekwon-do through the alphabet to the WI, Yoga and Zumba. Village Hall volunteers hold monthly Afternoon Teas, Film Nights and Rural Touring Arts events and the Hall is often hired for social events and family celebrations. Trustees and the Village Hall Committee continue to be grateful for the support, advice and information provided by Cheshire Community Action and ACRE.
Darnhall Village Hall
Darnhall Village Hall was built at the turn of the 20th century for a working men’s institute and has since been the home of the Parish Council, Women’s Institute, Brownies, Guides, Darnhall Dancers, Family parties and much more. Following a major refurbishment in 2019 we have had many exciting new groups involved including Baby Sensory and Keep fit. We are now ready to reopen and look forward to welcoming back our regular and new users.
Delamere Community Centre
We have been as open as we are able to be since this kicked off last March, which currently means the Outreach Post Office is open on Wednesday and Friday mornings. We stay in touch with all of our users via email and Facebook and look forward to seeing everyone back when rules allow.
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Dodleston Village Hall
We opened up in June & July to provide extra classroom space for the village Primary School to enable socially distanced teaching and learning for one year class. Currently we are providing a Covid-compliant teaching and learning space for the local Pre-School Group, although on a reduced weekly timetable. All other groups who would normally use the village hall during the day, in the evenings and at weekends have been absent since the start of the March 2020 lockdown. The hall (originally constructed in 1896 with an extension added in 1990) is owned and maintained by the Dodleston Village Foundation, a registered charity. All the charity’s trustees and co-opted members are volunteers who generously give their time and skills to running the hall. The charity also owns and maintains a recreational field a short distance from the hall, providing a variety of play facilities for a broad age range of children from the village and surrounding area.
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Dunham Massey Village Hall
Dunham Massey Village School and Schoolhouse, which dares back to 1759, were left for the benefit of the Community as a Village Hall by the late Lord Stamford in 1958 just before the Estate was taken over by the National Trust. Since that time it has served the purpose well and accommodated all the local Organisations, The Women’s Institute, The Friendship Club, The Parish Council, The Rose Queen Committee and The Dunham Thespians. Sitting in a generous plot of land it offers excellent facilities for Village events and private celebrations from within and outside the community. Regular features in our calendar are The Rose Queen Crowning in June and Car Boot sales on May and August Bank Holidays. We are responsible for all maintenance and improvements at the property and of course hiring and fund raising activities are all important for our continued livelihood. Fortunately we are blessed with a dedicated and hard working Management Committee, and a first class resident Caretaker, and in normal circumstances our facilities are well utilised. During the recent restricted conditions however, we have been able to take advantage of the fact that the premises were free to carry out extensive floor renovation and improvement works without any inconvenience to our regular clients, and as a result we look forward to offering much improved and more attractive facilities once we re-open for business. Our Village Hall has been and remains at the hub of our Community, providing a fitting adaptation of its historic school background, and it is an institution of which we are extremely proud. We relish the prospect of the sight and sounds of healthy Village life and activities returning to our threshold just as soon as circumstances allow.
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Gawsworth Village Hall
Our Village Hall is well used and loved by our sociable Gawsworth community. It is a great venue for clubs and organisations including the Parish Council, WI, mums and toddlers etc. and hosts a daily pre- and after-school club which has continued, when possible with COVID precautions during the pandemic. Cheshire Rural Touring Arts promote well attended events here and our pantomime, music and other arts events are nearly always a sell-out. Gawsworth Village Hall is also a popular venue for children's and family parties. In 2017 the Village Hall underwent a £50,000 internal refurbishment supported by a grant from WREN. Locally raised funds recently paid for a demountable stage and stage curtains and we have plans for further improvements to the fabric and facilities.. Our hard working Village Hall Committee runs the hall on behalf of the Parish Council.
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High Legh Village Hall
High Legh Village Hall in Cheshire was opened as a primary school building in 1905 and purchased by the Parish Council in 1981. It is now leased to the High Legh Community Association, a registered charity set up 1985, and is run and managed by the HLCA whose constitution aims are to provide a Community Centre for the education, recreation and leisure of High Legh residents. The Hall has had several major refurbishments and improvements which have been made possible with grants, fund raising and contributions from the Parish Council and now has a well equipped hall and two meeting rooms, new toilets and a modern kitchen. The Hall hosts village clubs, exercise classes, local community meetings, Social events including Sunday Teas, a monthly Coffee and Friendship morning, private parties and is an attractive and valuable amenity for the Village. The Hall closed in March 2020 but with a lot of hard work and valuable advice from ACRE it reopened in September to a small number of exercise classes before closing again in December. We now look forward to reopening later this year to host community events and welcome back our many customers.
Hough Basford and Chorlton Village Hall
Founded is 1966 through the fundraising efforts of the community and the generosity of a local land owner, the Hall has evolved to meet the needs of changing user requirements. These have occurred as the Village has developed from a small rural cluster of properties to a larger more mixed environment. Prior to the effects of the pandemic, the Hall was running at near full capacity, still within the buildings erected for its opening, and plans were in process to rebuild the Hall to meet the customer and environmental expectations of the 21st centuary. Although currently on hold, this project will progress as soon as the conditions allow.
Lawton Memorial Hall, Church Lawton
Lawton Memorial Hall was built to commemorate residents that gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars. It was officially opened in October 1953 by Mr R.G Lawton. After a well used community hall for many years, the wooden shaling was no longer able to meet the demands of building legislation. From heroic fund raising and a contribution from the National Lottery Fund a new purpose built brick building opened in July 2000 to provide residents of Church Lawton and surrounding areas, a facility for organisations and groups of all ages and interests to meet. Lawton Memorial Hall is a versatile venue perfect for a wide range of events. We are located on the Cheshire East / Staffordshire border, with excellent public transport links and free car parking. Set in a lovely countryside location, Lawton Memorial Hall is tastefully decorated and has a welcoming atmosphere. We have various rooms available to hire, from meeting and treatment rooms to the main hall. We are looking forward to opening up to the public again and our regular hirers and their clients are keen to return post lockdown.
Mickle Trafford Village Hall
Part of the Hall was the Village School till 1906. Part was used as a Chapel in winter before heating was installed in the 1970’s. The large room was used as a rifle range in World War 2. The building, recently refurbished, is used by many local groups including Church, child care ,bridge, educational, keep fit and model railway groups. It also hosts private parties and the Village Club
Mobberley Victory Hall
Our village hall was built by the men of Mobberley in 1921 as a memorial to those who had lost their lives from the village. It has been the focus of the village ever since. In recent years a new Trust Deed Committee was formed that has put an enormous and successful effort into making it fit for the 21st Century. It is an iconic black and white wooden structure within our conservation area, limited in potential insulation potential but we have recently replaced the exterior with modern composite materials, re roofed with lightweigth composite tiles (removing the layers of heavy felt), installed doubled glazed wooden framed windows, completely renovated the toilet area, redecorated the interior and had the electrics brought up to scratch. It’s such a shame that the only group currently able to use it is the pre-school and we long to get it back for all the local groups that used to meet there before the lockdown.
Mollington, Backford & District Village Hall
Our village hall has been serving the communities of Mollington, Lea-by-Backford, Backford, Chorlton by Backford and Caughall now for over 70 years. We are currently rebuilding our 70-year old hall with funding from The National Lottery and other funders, opening should be in early June 2021.
Pickmere Village Hall
Like many other Village Halls, our started as an Infants School on land donated by the Tabley Estate and a building erected for £200 - even considered good value in 1860 when it was opened with 400 attendees! As a school, it had a relatively short life, closing in the early 20th Century when its remaining 9 pupils transferred to Gt Budworth and Tabley. As a “mission post” managed by 4 worthies chosen by the Tabley Estate and vicar of Gt Budworth, it was used as an outreach from Gt Budworth Church and went through many iterations. Variously the meeting place for the WI who used it to knit socks for serving soldiers during wartime, a Home Guard station during WWII and then the centre for separate male and female youth clubs, a village playhouse for amateur dramatics and a gym used for boxing training. Our Parish Council was formed in 1947 and from this period the building was known as “Pickmere Institute” and was maintained on a shoestring budget by volunteers who added a stage, distempered the walls and dug drains. A modest extension was added in 1990’s to provide a kitchen and upgraded toilets and the building was bought for a token payment from the PCC of Gt Budworth Church by the Parish Council and is now known as Pickmere Village Hall. It has been used variously over the past thirty years as a rehearsal room for a brass band and aspiring groups, by the WI, two art clubs, a photographic club, a wine club and as the meeting place for the Parish Council and for varied meetings and consultations. Although showing its age and limited in scope for use and development, it remains a heritage building in the village and a facility that has been well used in many ways for over 160 years.
Plumley Village Hall
Our Village Hall was founded in 1954 & has served the local community ever since. Our facilities are used by all ages from the youngest tots to the sprightliest pensioners for social, educational & exercise meetings. We are also proud members of Cheshire Rural Touring Arts & hosts twice yearly events for the entertainment of our rural community. We aim to be the centre of the village & to provide safe space for people to come together when we are able.
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Tarporley & District Community Centre
Tarporley & District Community Centre and Recreation Ground Charity, commonly known as Tarporley Community Centre (TCC), is an unincorporated registered charity. We have four rooms with kitchens available to hire and on average we have 140 bookings per month. Our recreation field is also available for hire and holds the annual Tarporley Carnival each July. Despite the Coronavirus pandemic which meant we were closed for the majority of 2020, we under went a large refurbishment program which included replacing the roof, updating the ladies and accessible toilets and refurbishing our external metal staircase. This was done with a mixture of grants, donations from the general public and our own funding. We would like to thank ACRE and Cheshire Community Action for their support and guidance so that we could have everything in place to become a COVID secure building and were able to reopen in a safe manner. Our main focus for 2021 is becoming a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) and of course reopening again when this is permitted. We would like to thank our users for their support and look forward to welcoming them back asap.
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Tarvin Community Centre
We are looking forward to the future and hope it won’t be too long before we can start hosting regular and special events again. In mid- March 2020 we had 33 events on in one week and long to get that degree of activity back. It will take time but we are confident we will get there. Ballet classes, Bingo. Pilates, the Library, Film nights and Theatre performances, just some of the activities that will be on offer again.
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The Barbour Institute
Our lovely Victorian building plays host to many groups and societies, to pantomimes and weddings. We hope it will be able to do so again soon.
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The Jessie Hughes Village Hall
The original Jessie Hughes Institute was built in 1926 with donated funds collected by Mrs Jessie Hughes, wife of the Rector of Tarporley, as a meeting hall for the Women’s Institute. Toilets and a kitchen were added later but, by the turn of the century, the deteriorating fabric of the building led the committee to decide that a re-build was essential. The committee were able to facilitate this re-build in 2008 with grants from what was then Vale Royal Council, WREN and Awards for All, to the design of local architect Ken Parker and construction by local builders Cartwright Pond. The substantially improved hall brought new life to our village. Pre-covid, the hall was booked each week for over 40 hours of locally-run activities catering for a full range of ages. These activities include Pilates, Ballet, Yoga, Hi-Fitt Pilates, Tae Kwon Do, Ballroom Dancing and Bridge. Additionally there are monthly activities including W.I., Film Nights, Quiz Nights, Gardening Club, Tea’n’Chat, Parish Council and, less frequently, Church Socials and themed ‘Dinner and Show’ evenings. Due to Covid 19 all these events are currently on hold but we look forward to being able to re-open as soon as government guidelines and rules allow us to do so. We hope it’s soon as our villagers have really missed all these activities.
The Sir John Brunner Trust Barnton Memorial Hall
Vernon Institute
The VI as it is known in the village of Saughall was established in 1910. It was given by the Vernon family to the village and since then has been managed by volunteers to benefit the community. The buildings were a convalescence hospital after the First World War and have been the centre of hundreds of activities in the village since. In a year of challenge for all, the VI was one of the first Covid secure venues after the first lockdown in an effort to start to bring back some normality for the community. Our vision is for our hall to exist in another 100 years and we are planning how we modernise without loosing our heritage. The image of the hall shows our new external lighting we installed to enable the Vernon Institute to be lit in red for Remembrance Day as the village could not come together to remember the fallen
Waverton Village Hall
We are a large hall run by a volunteer committee for the people of Waverton. There is a mix of events, volunteer led sessions and private classes for people of all ages to enjoy.
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Wistaston Memorial Hall and Community Centre
Our Memorial Hall was constructed and opened in 1949 , in memory of sixteen Wistonians who perished in WW2. We have been fully supported by ACRE who supply top class advice and support.

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