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Village Halls Domesday Book 2021
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Village halls in Derbyshire
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Arkwright Centre
The Arkwright Centre provides a venue for local people to meet, hold events and support the community.
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Ashover Parish Hall
Feeling positive for re-opening
Barrow on Trent Village Hall
Our Village Hall is located in a small rural community in South Derbyshire. The land the hall is built on was gifted to the village by a local farmer in 1949. Parishioners fundraised to help build the Hall. It remains an integral part of village life offering a base for our local Playgroup along with a variety of regular weekly activities including : Women’s Institute meetings, keep fit, line dancing, choir practices, tia chi, parties etc. Trustees have taken advantage of the Covid lockdown to upgrade the hall by sanding and revarnishing the parquet floor, and replacing the carpets. We hope the hall will continue to be used and enjoyed by our community for many many years to come, it is an asset for our village.
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Coal Aston Village Hall
It’s been great to have the support and guidance from ACRE as we’ve become COVID Secure then closed then opened and now closed again. But the Hall is in good shape ready and waiting for our new normal just as soon as that might be possible.
Duffield Parish Hall
Built in 1992 in Duffield Parish Churchyard, the new Hall is an asset to the Church and Village Community
Findern Village Hall
Our hall is in the heart of Findern Village, set in a good sized area with a nice car park and is in daily use. Rebuilt from a small "institute hall" in the mid 1970's after extensive community fund raising. We have started to refurbish within the hall, beginning with the toilets, heating system, more comfy seating and most recently the kitchen, with the help of a Lottery grant, which was most welcome. Findern village now finds itself greatly enlarged in size from 750 houses, due to a large housing estate with 1200 houses recently established on the outskirts of the parish. We look forward to the future in continuing to provide a welcome place for preschool children and also offering a range of community activities for a wider spectrum of people. We are also hoping we may encourage more trustees to come on board and help with the management of this lovely hall.
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Frank Wickham Hall
The Frank Wickham Hall in Etwall consists of a main hall and a smaller room to the rear which overlooks the village bowling green. The main hall is used by Etwall Pre-school and local societies most weekdays but is available for hire for parties etc at other times. The small room is also available for hire when not in use by Etwall crown green bowls club. The hall has recently been refurbished with further improvements in the pipeline. The booking clerk can be contacted via the Parish council website.
Goseley Community Centre
The community centre opened in 1997 and has brought the community together providing facilities for Scouts, Lunch clubs and afternoon teas for over 50s. The local church is involved providing meals in the school holidays for children and parents. Weekly Tea Dance and many other activites.
Hadfield Hall
Given to the people of the surrounding area by Edward Platt JP, a mill owner and local dignitary, the hall, which also houses Hadfield Library, is a well-loved centre for a wide range of community activities. Sadly our rooms are closed at the moment but we have high hopes for the future.
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Hathersage Memorial Hall
Hathersage Memorial Hall community facility has been in use for almost a hundred years. Although we have had to close during the lockdowns over the last year we usually provide a facility for a wide range of local community activities. These include major amateur dramatic performances three times a year, choirs, horticultural shows, jumble sales, receptions and parties celebrating life events. We also host a wide variety of local community activities, clubs and societies including badminton, brownies, a Film Club and U3A classes. We and the adjacent famous outside swimming pool provide a focus for the village life. We look forward to being able to resume our activities as soon as we can safely do so.
Hognaston Village Hall
Until Covid we ran Litebites, a monthly lunchtime get together, which was affordable and gave the villagers a chance to meet up , chat and get the latest gossip.
Langwith Bassett Hall
Leased from the Duke of Devonshire and renovated with a lottery Heritage Grant in 2005, a lovely asset to rural community life.
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Morton Village Hall
Built in 1690 the hall was completely refurbished in 2019 with grant support from Viridor Credits, Foundation Derbyshire, The Princes Trust. During 2020 all classes paused but the hall was converted into a Covid Community Hub proving much needed food and essential items for the community. Post covid planning is underway which includes a community cafe and digital workshops.
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Peak Forest Reading Room
Currently seeking funding to renovate the interior of our Reading Room which is in great need of a lot of TLC. Trying to feel positive about getting there.
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Pomeroy War Memorial Hall
Sawmills village Hall
Doing our best for the local community
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Shirebrook Village Hall
Shirebrook Village Hall was built in the early 1970’s and was built to similar designs to village halls of that time across the country. Throughout that time the Village Hall has catered for many of Shirebrook’s family’s needs, be it a wedding, christening or that special family occasion. The hall is also used for various regular community groups and is available for hire at very competitive rates. The hall can be hired en-bloc with the use of the kitchen facilities, or you can hire one of the smaller rooms for your group or party. The licensed bar, which is run by the Town Council, is available free of charge on request.
Shirley Village Community Centre
Part of St Michael’s Church
Stanton Village Hall
Whilst it’s been a difficult year for all, our elderly and vulnerable hall users are perhaps hardest hit - needing to shield has meant they’ve missed their bingo here at Stanton Village Hall (between Burton-upon-Trent and Swadlincote) and their mobility-based fitness classes have finished with the early retirement of our usual instructor. However, COVID has provided us with a rare opportunity to pause, think about our building and user needs and refocus. We’ve gained funding for new signage, heating, blinds, CCTV, doors and interior items such as vacuum cleaners (to replace our very old Kirby!) over the past year. We’ve also upgraded to LED lighting and had a re-paint. Despite being closed, we’re keeping our volunteers somewhat busy! COVID aside, Stanton Village Hall usually hosts yoga, baby massage, karate, tai-chi, pilates, children’s art classes, car-racing, and slimming groups. Over the last 18 months, with a new website, social media use and an online booking platform we’ve extended our reach and this has seen an increase from 10 hours of use each week to around 25. Looking forward, we’re excited to repurpose a former store room into a small meeting room/pop-up space and feel this will help those who might be trying out new business concepts (perhaps displaced out of jobs because of COVID or just having a rethink). Our focus, moving beyond this difficult time, will be to re-engage our community - with the thoroughly modernised Village Hall that they deserve.
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Tansley Village Hall
Built in 1843, as the village school, the fully renovated and modernised building has been a village hall since 1950. It is run as a charity by volunteers providing three excellent rooms for many different classes, events, cinema, theatrical and music performances, and private celebrations.
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The Lonny Wilsoncroft Community Centre
It has been a difficult year during the Pandemic, however at the beginning of the first lockdown we set up a help page on Social Media so that local residents could post if they needed help in any way and other residents could offer to help them. We also decided that as our regular weekly lunch club would not be able to meet we would offer a delivery service to those who wanted it. This has kept some of our vulnerable residents in touch with us and given them the opportunity to have contact with someone during the week. We were asked to become one of the Community Hubs in Derby, providing vulnerable families and individuals with food parcels and meals during the beginning of the pandemic. During the School Summer holidays we carried this on to make sure young families had support. At Christmas we gave out Hampers with a variety of food stuff in them. We normally have a Christmas party for the children but were not able to do that this year, so we took our mini bus (which was turned into a Santas Grotto) out and went around the streets with Santa himself and gave out sweets to the children and mince pies to the adults. It really did give everyone involved a boost and lifted all our spirits.
West Hallam Village Hall
West Hallam Village Hall serves a population of some 5000 in the borough of Erewash. Our hall was built in 1852 as one of a number of school buildings funded by income bequeathed by the Reverend John Scargill in 1662. A grade II listed building, it forms part of the lasting legacy of his philanthropy as well as the built heritage of the village. The building was saved from threatened demolition in 1973 by local people and is also an important illustration of the importance of active citizenship in the preservation of heritage. Since 1973 it has been operated as a community facility by the West Hallam Village Hall Charity which was established for this purpose. However, the charity has a full repairing lease and has the added challenge of ensuring sustainability of the Grade II listed building. During 2019 we completed an exciting programme of work to construct an extension with new level access, toilets facilities for wheelchair users and baby changing facilities. The hall is now fully compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act of 2005. We had planned that the next few years would be an opportunity to rebuild our reserves after significant expenditure. Lettings and fundraising have been severely disrupted because of the pandemic. On a more positive note we have received a Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant and an Additional Restrictions Grant during the two lockdowns in 2020. More recently we have received a Tier 4 Local Restrictions Support Grant and Closed Business Support Payment for the lockdown that commenced in January 2021. All of this funding has been awarded as part of the government’s plan to support small businesses during the pandemic. The charity also received a full Business Rates rebate for the current financial year. In normal times, frequent use is made for private family occasions such as birthday parties or wedding receptions. The building is usually in busy on most days of the week and regular users would include the under 5s attending Mucky Ducks Messy Play sessions, young people attending Guides, Brownies and Rainbows and elderly clients of the Four Seasons Luncheon Club. Fitness, educational and interest groups include yoga, dance, portraiture, wine appreciation and Pilates. Erewash Ramblers Association and Women’s Institute meetings are held at the hall. The Trustees have well established working relations with other organisations in the village including the Parish Council. We work in partnership to deliver a range of events including the Christmas Lights Switch On, West Hallam Open Gardens and Village Show. We are looking forward to the time village life returns to normal and we can welcome the community back.
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Willington Old School
Willington Old School has served the local area as the Village School for 100 years, then in the 1990’s the building was renovated by the Villagers and it still serves the area, now as a Community Hall. COVID-19 hasn’t stopped us, we continue to provide Pre-School and After School Clubs for the Children of Key Workers. We keenly await the return of all of our clubs and activity groups.
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