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Village Halls Domesday Book 2021
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Charlestown Victory Hall
Run entirely by a small group of volunteers.
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Charlton Marshall Village Hall
Our original hall was built in the 1930s and whilst it had been the venue for many village and local family events for 70+ years, by 2010 it was in urgent need of repair or replacement and plans were put in place for an ambitious contemporary hall fit for the 21st century. After a mammoth fundraising effort and with grants from The National Lottery and others, the grand opening of our new and spacious hall was held on Saturday 7 September 2019. After so much optimism for this long anticipated new beginning, 2020 was unfortunately a year of stop and start for both our community events and the local activity groups that have used the hall for many years, including youth groups, yoga, indoor bowls and more. However, we are looking forward to welcoming our regulars back and to restarting our Film Nights, craft fairs, quiz nights and village celebrations in 2021 and for years to come and to once again playing our part in community life in our corner of Dorset.
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Community, Learning and Resource Centre
We have added more technology to the building so that we can be a Census Host Centre to support people fill in the online census form.
Fontmell Magna Village Hall
During all three lockdowns the Village Hall trustees made every effort to make improvements to the hall in readiness for reopening. The hall was redecorated and ultra fast fibre broadband installed. We are offering our hall as a covid-19 secure venue for those needing access to broadband and work has started on a joint venture with our neighbouring doctors surgery to create a cut flower garden as part of the social prescribing initiative. We know that our regular hirers will be keen to resume their activities as soon as they are permitted. Creating a website is our next challenge.
Artsreach performances in our hall give a great boost to the well-being of the community and surrounding areas. Looking forward to the end of covid restrictions and our next show.
Leigh Village Hall
Our Hall was built in 2008 and has been an amazing success. Before the Covid meltdown the Hall was used everyday and sometimes twice a day.
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Milborne St Andrew
Usually our hall hosts Ladybirds Playgroup in the mornings and some afternoons, and a big range of activities in the afternoons and evenings, including, to name just a few, yoga, line dancing, gardening club, and the Parish Council’s monthly meetings, as well as film nights.
Over & Nether Compton Memorial Hall
Due to Corona restrictions we had to close our hall for the time being but supported our community with a weekly prescription pick up and delivery service and some shopping. Despite COVID the development team is working hard towards our planned hall improvements. Plans had to be adapted and work will be phased around the fundraising, which is challenging in these times. We are looking forward to re-opening our much loved and well used hall and are optimistic that we can make the planned improvements.
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Pamela Hambro Memorial Hall
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Sandford Orcas Village Hall
Sandford Orcas Village Hall is the hub of our small community. There are regular Artsreach musical and theatrical events, several clubs including table tennis, billiards & snooker and monthly coffee mornings. We hope to expand our activities in the future, particularly for children and local artisans & traders. The hall is available to hire for private hire (
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Sixpenny Handley Village Hall
We have recently completed a fantastic refurbishment of our hall thanks to funding from Dorset Council, The Talbot trust and our community. We are supporting our community groups enabling them to operate, when permitted, in these uncertain times and we are desperately looking forward to hosting Artsreach and other live events to consolidate and develop our wonderful community togetherness. Feeling = Positive and optimistic.
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The Hall was rebuilt in 2006, with the local community raising over £200,000 ourselves towards the cost over several years, through fundraising activities and donations by villagers. The Hall is very well used during normal times, and there are a number of local groups, clubs and classes which would not otherwise have a place to meet; we also host community dinners and Artsreach rural touring shows, and of course also private bookings for parties etc. One end of the building is given over to a Social Club which is also a vital hub of the community. 2020 was a difficult year for us all but everyone is keen to get fully going again! There was a silver lining in the cloud though as we picked up new daytime bookings for exercise classes during the periods we were able to open, as their previous venues were not accepting bookings at the time.
Sydling St. Nicholas Village Hall
Winterborne Whitechurch Village Hall
Winterborne Whitechurch Village Hall is run by eight committee members at present. We have recently had a change in the members and roles. Our hall is used by a variety of local residents for activities and events. These include activities such as Zumba, keep fit, dance fitness, tai chi, taekwando, circuit training. We also have a weekly slot for a family with a disabled child. Our hall is used by the doctors surgery and as a polling station. Recently a local farmer has installed a milk station which provides fresh milk and produce which is a real asset for our residents. It runs off our hall electricity and WiFi, so we have a small fee coming in from this facility. We have also just converted our meeting room into a community library. We are hoping to open this once the coronavirus is under control. Our committee are looking forward to getting back to normal and running our events such as, tabletop sales, auctions, tea dances, fayres and workshops.
Yetminster Jubilee Hall
Yetminster Jubilee Hall was built in 1922 next to St. Andrew’s Church on the site of the old Rectory. The Bishop of Salisbury had backed an appeal to raise money by public subscription saying, “ . . its value in bringing people together, in promoting friendliness and an opportunity for doing good can hardly be over-estimated.” Completely refurbished, it was then re-opened by the Bishop of Sherborne in 2003. Since then, the Hall has been regularly used by a wide range of village groups and organisations as well as hosting parties, celebrations, meetings, film shows and other forms of entertainment. It has also enjoyed theatre and musical performances promoted by Artsreach, the Dorset charity that supports rural touring in all its forms around the County.
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