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Village halls in Kent
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Applause Rural Touring
Kent
We have worked with many Village Halls across Kent and East and West Sussex. We applaud the work they do in their communities and celebrate the role they play in connecting communities to creativity! We have included a picture of All Saints Church in Allhallows Kent who have recently hosted a poetry residency.
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Chartham Hatch Village Hall
Kent
Chartham Hatch is a small hamlet near Canterbury in Kent. Our Village Hall lies in the centre. Originally built in 1873 as a school that closed in 1966, the hall is now a well used community facility. Before Covid Lockdown in 2020 our regular hirers included Guides, Rainbows, Dance classes, art and craft clubs, a Quilting Group, a Tea Club, a Brass Band and a Jazz Group. The hall is also available for anyone to hire for parties and occasions. The Village Hall is a registered Charity run by a Committee of volunteers who like to organise Community Events like Breakfasts, Games Nights and regular Quiz Nights for anyone that wants to come along – everyone is welcome. Funded by a Grant from KCC we were able to purchase a projector and screen this year for future Film Nights. Fund Raising events are fun community occasions. In recent years they have included Plant and Book Sales; Christmas Fair; Summer Fete; Firework Night, Curry Night and an Afternoon Tea. We also run a 100+ Club which is well supported. We are grateful to receive donations every year from the local Croquet Club. We have carried out an extensive maintenance programme during lockdown to ensure our facilities remain of a high standard and are very much looking forward to welcoming our villagers back into the hall.
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Crockenhill Village Hall
Kent
Money for the Village Hall was raised by the Victory Fund committee set up in the second World War and from generous donations from a number of villagers whose names can be seen embroidered on a cloth that has been framed and is currently on display in the village hall. It was not until 19th July 1958 that the Village Hall was completed and It was opened by Mrs Kathleen Herbert (Wood) who, with her mother, donated the land on which the hall was built. The village hall is run by a charity registered Management Committee made up of trustees that over see the running of the charity and ensure that the hall is maintained and fit for purpose. The committee is further supported by a number of volunteers that are very active in organising fundraising events to support the village hall. There have been several improvements and upgrades to the building since it was built. In the 1960’s a kitchen extension was added and in the 1970’s a Committee room and side entrance lobby. In the 1990’s a new roof to cover the whole building incorporating all the extensions and with better drainage for the rain water was raised. The kitchen has been redesigned and refurbished, a toilet for the disabled added and in 1993 an extension to the rear squared off the back of the building to give extra storage and space for the Parish Council office. in 2000 new curtains were provided and improvements to the bar area were made. in 2013 the ceiling of the main hall was insulated and the entire heating system upgraded. The Village Hall Committee work very hard on behalf of the village. The committee have had and still have some very dedicated members and the Village Hall is a much prized facility of which the village people should be proud.
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Godmersham & Crundale Village Hall
Kent
We can trace our origins back to a gift of land for troops coming home after WW1 for education and recreation
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Headcorn Village Hall
Kent
Our new modern Village Hall was opened in 2006 which also incorporated into the design the original Church School (built 1870). This has provided us with a very versatile complex to meet the needs of all our residents from the very young to the elderly, with a wide range of clubs, societies and support groups available on a daily basis.
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Hernhill Village Hall and Playing Fields
Kent
The Hall, Playing Fields and Playground area have been available to Hernhill Residents and the surrounding Communities for over 70 years. Its beautiful setting, with far reaching views is only rivalled by its excellent facilities in the hall that can accommodate a wide and varied range of uses from Home Schooling, Fitness, Dancing, Childcare, Society Meetings, Art Classes, Music Practice, Needlework groups and Village Fete. Whilst outside its playing fields host local football and cricket teams covering all ages with full changing facilities available as well. The playground provides a good area for children and parents to meet after school or from the Childcare Centre next door throughout the year.
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Hodsoll Street and Ridley Village Hall
Kent
The hall has been closed during the lockdowns but the old telephone box next door was re-purposed as a community larder. The local residents kept the larder topped up with food and other domestic products and everyone helped themselves to items they needed. The larder has since developed into more of a book, puzzle and games swop. Over Christmas the village joined in our local parishes’ enterprise to decorate a window to represent a christmas carol. Hodsoll Street was given “God rest you merry, Gentlemen” and a fine display was placed in one of the Village Hall windows for all to see. The outside of the hall was festooned with christmas lights and a christmas tree was placed in one of the other windows as a sign of hope for the future. We are looking forward to restarting all our activities when the time is right.
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Iwade Village Hall
Kent
Iwade Village Hall was opened in 1957 and has served the village very well. During the COVID-19 restrictions we have only been able to open for one of the local Nursery groups but look forward to being able to welcome back the numerous regular hirers such as Scouts, Cubs, Brownies etc. as well as all the villagers who hire it at weekends for birthday and anniversary celebrations.
Langley Village Hall
Kent
Opened in 1974. We now serve a much wider community with a lot of new housing being built just over a mile away. Thanks to grants received during the pandemic we have been undertaking repairs and a bit of a refurb. Just had news that Ballet and football will be back mid April ! Things are looking up.
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Newchurch Village Hall
Kent
Newchurch Village Hall has been at the heart of our community for over 30 years. It has spacious facilities, a good kitchen, plentiful car parking, Wi-Fi and accessible toilets. It is also home to the Newchurch Social Club, with its bar and snooker room. A large number of clubs, groups and societies use the hall or smaller rooms regularly, including a weekly Post Office. We welcome regular and one off bookings, offered at a very competitive price, via our dedicated booking phone number 07749 369861.
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Otford Village Memorial Hall
Kent
We have just completed a 4 Year Upgrade Project. This has led to our Hall becoming a vibrant and well used facility for Otford & District Residents and Guests. We have live theatre, concerts, fetes, fairs, private functions including wedding, children’s parties, U3A Groups, Table Tennis, Bridge, Short Mat Bowles, Cricket Club, Dance Classes for both adults and children, coffee mornings, a lunch club, Toddler Groups, and Exercise and Fitness Groups.
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Painters Forstal Community Hall
Kent
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Sheldwich Village Hall
Kent
We are well used village hall on the edge of the village green, during lockdown we have installed new LED lighting. As well as the usual village organisations, we have regular Pilates, Yoga and Bounce sessions. We have a well appointed kitchen and a Defibrillator. For lockdown we installed a book swap library in the hall car park. We are ready and waiting for the reopening
St Margaret’s Hall
Kent
Luckily we are a very busy hall. We employ a cleaner and manager and it used very regularly throughout the week.
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St Michaels Village Hall
Kent
We are continuing to maintain the premises in good repair both inside and out and will open again in accordance with government guidelines and legislation
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Stelling Minnis Village Hall
Kent
Stelling Minnis Village Hall is a very important well used community hub that hosts all types of events for all types of people in the surrounding area. People use it for parties, functions, pilates, meetings and yoga. The management committee and trustees are tasked with keeping the hall in good shape and ensuring income and expenditure is managed well. As these building start to age my hope as chairman is to ensure I can secure grant funding so that the building is kept in a good and safe condition for users to enjoy the hall when it reopens it doors in the Spring of 2021 following the pandemic and also long in to the future.
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Tenterden Town Hall
Kent
Our Town Hall was built in 1792 and is a grade 2 listed building, it currently serves a population of 8000. Tenterden Town Council staff work from offices here and our monthly council meetings are held in the assembly room, led by our Mayor. The assembly room is used for many occasions including weddings, funeral wakes, amateur dramatics, exhibitions, exercise classes, councillor coffee mornings and many others. Doors from the assembly room open up onto our balcony with a view of our picturesque High Street. We have exciting plans for an extensive refurbishment in the near future so that the Town Hall can serve the community for many years to come.
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The Evington Hall
Kent
The Evington Hall serves the rural communities of Hastingleigh and Elmsted on the North Downs in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to Wye, in Kent. The first village meeting was held in a ‘Parish Room’ in 1895. This 'Parish Room' only had a seating capacity of 60 so in 1949 the decision was made to raise funds to build a new hall and, without grants, over the following ten years, the money was raised through social events within the local community. The Evington Hall (so called as the land upon which it is built was part of the Evington Estate) was opened in 1960 and was extended in 1974 to incorporate a permanent stage and storage at the rear. Major refurbishment of the toilet facilities and other improvements were undertaken in 2016, solar panels were added in 2019 and during ‘lockdown' the interior of the hall has been completely redecorated. Over the years the hall has been the home to a variety of community groups and clubs, including Amateur Dramatics, Youth, Toddlers, the WI, Gardeners, Art, Calligraphy, lending library, film nights, coffee mornings and whist drives. An annual jumble sale and Christmas Bazaar are the main fund raising events. Additionally, the facility is regularly let for private parties and for Bodsham School events. The hall is managed by a committee of volunteer trustees.
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Upchurch Village Hall
Kent
The Village hall was completed in 1961 and is at the heart of the village providing amenities to the community and surrounding area. It offers a large main hall with stage and a back hall area. The main hall has recently been refurbished with a new suspended ceiling, new floor and fire detection and alarm system. The hall has parking available for up to 80 vehicles and is available for hire, please visit our website.
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Vigo Village Hall
Kent
Our Village Hall was made possible by Jody Developments, who donated the land to the community with the express instructions that a village hall was built on it. It opened its doors on the 4th April 1981. The hall is a registered charity and is run independently from the Parish Council (although we have a close relationship) by the Vigo Village Hall Management Committee, which is made of of people who live on the village. It has been used by the Community ever since for many different clubs which include an over 65’s Pop In Club, Brownies, Irish Dance and an adults Games Club. The hall is also hired out to the local Pre School, Library and an office for the Parish Council. It is also used for children's parties, meetings and other one off events. Obviously, due to the Corona Virus, we have had to close our doors to all but the Pre School which has continued to run. We all look forward to being able to open our doors once again to welcome back our existing users and their members as well as any new clubs and perhaps parties when allowed. We can definitely see a light at the end of the of tunnel and look forward to safely reaching it.
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