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Village Halls Domesday Book 2021
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Ashingdon and East Hawkwell Memorial Hall
A hall left in Trust to the residents of Ashingdon and East Hawkwell
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Bulphan Village Hall
Our hall was built in 1964 and was transferred to the community by Thurrock Council, under a Capital Transfer Asset 99 year lease in June 2019. Bulphan’s only shop had closed in July 2014, so the trustees set about building a shop as an annex to the hall. Thanks to a very generous donation from an anonymous benefactor, and numerous smaller donations and fund-raising initiatives, the shop was opened in March 2020, just as the first pandemic lock-down restrictions started. The income from leasing the shop is distributed to 4 voluntary organisations in Bulphan. Although there is no income from letting or from the Community Cafe the trustees run twice a week, the shop has been busy and has been a community hub (socially distanced of course!). The Outreach Post Office continues to use the hall twice a week. Over the last year, we have had to cancel many of our usual events, or move them to the recreation ground behind the hall. We look forward to when our many local organisations and regular activities can once again enliven the hall.
Chelmer Village Hall
Chelmer Village Hall is ideally situated in the heart of Chelmer Village and is home to many local clubs and organisations as well as a local pre-school. The hall is a Registered Charity run by a management committee on behalf of Springfield Parish Council. The Hall has been extensively refurbished and is available to hire seven days a week. There is also a Committee Room available to hire, which is perfect for meetings or small groups and has it’s own small kitchen area. The main hall has a larger kitchen and there is also a bar available for hire. The hall is situated in a pedestrianised area surrounded by local shops and backing onto a village green which gives this hall a real feeling of being part of the local community.
Flitch Green Community Hall
Gestingthorpe Village Hall
Originally the village school built in 1856. The school closed in 1965 and subsequently given to the village for use as a community hall and run by a management committee comprising of elected residents and representatives from the Church, Parish Council and other village groups. Over the last few years substantial improvements have been made to the building and facilities within the hall which has been financed through a programme of fund raising events, donations and grants. The hall is used for village events and is available to hire offering a fully stocked kitchen, disabled toilet and baby changing facilities, tables and chairs and free WiFi.
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Great Yeldham Reading Room
The original Reading Room building is believed to have been built in 1898 by the Rev. William James Earle M.A and his family, in memory of his wife and in commemoration of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee and was originally known as the Jubilee Reading Room. For a period of time you could borrow and return your library books there. Nowadays, the hall is used for a variety of activities, including - Line Dancing, Keep Fit, Mothers and Toddlers Group, Carpet Bowls, Youth Club, Dancing Classes, Ladies Club, Band Rehearsals. We also hold occasional Quiz Nites and Race Nights (usually organized by the Ladies Club). The first Cottage Garden Society in the country was founded in Great Yeldham, Essex in 1854 by the Rev. John Cripps, and is still going strong to this day, with meetings and the Annual Show being held in the Reading Room. Unfortunately, this last year has been written off with all the restrictions, due to Covid-19. Hopefully as lockdown eases, we will be able to return to some kind of normality and resume all activities, which are of great benefit to our community.
Mistley Village Hall
Able to undertake a full redecoration and refurbishment during lockdown
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Orpen Memorial Hall, West Bergholt
Plantation Hall
Plantation Hall is owned and managed by Heybridge Parish Council. Prior to lock down the hall was busy 7 days a week , hired out by community groups. Council cannot wait to re-open the doors to welcome them all back. During the lock down Council have been providing food bags for some of our vulnerable residents. Hearing Help sessions have been able to continue to run due to being an essential service.
Sandon Village Hall
Sandon Village Hall was opened on 17th September 1963. We have traditional groups using the hall; Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. These groups have been using the facilities since the hall opened in 1963. More recently we have; Language groups, Women’s Institute, Keep fit, Craft and Pamper events and various social bookings. We also have a small hall, viable for your business meetings, a large hall for your potential AGM and a stage for hosting amateur dramatics or small shows; We have had a great history of hosting 40 years of Pantomime through our friends who formally ran Saint Andrew’s Youth Fellowship. The hall has ongoing refurbishment and maintenance. Voluntary members of the SVH committee - with the help of local businesses - have spent time making the hall more presentable for users. We received an ‘Awards for All’ Grant in 2014, for our biggest project; the disabled toilet and improved accessibility. Since this grant we have also painted the entire building inside and out and invested in new furniture for our customers to use during their hire sessions. If you are a group wanting a regular venue to hold your activities/meetings or whether you are an individual requiring the venue for a celebration/event SVH is a well located hall in a conservation area.
Tillingham Village Hall
Tillingham Village Hall is a simple, tin clad structure of historic significance to our village having been opened by the Very Reverend Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, Dean Inge, on 28th September 1927 and is located centrally in Tillingham Conservation Area. Suitably updated over the years and extensively refurbished in 2009 we have this year installed new window frames with double glazing and feel the Hall is eminently suitable for use of the local community for diverse purposes at economic rates. .

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