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Village Halls Domesday Book 2021
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Leicestershire & Rutland

Village halls in Leicestershire & Rutland
Cottesmore Village Hall
Leicestershire & Rutland
Cottesmore’s Village Hall plays a very central role in the life of its community, being located in the heart of the village. It’s a spacious hall that provides generous facilities for a wide range of social, sporting and cultural activities, both indoor and outdoor. A wide variety of local groups use the facilities – indoor bowls, table tennis, Brownies, yoga, film shows….; there’s a well-equipped kitchen as well. What’s more, thanks to our central location in the country, we regularly welcome users from around the UK for such events as caravan rallies and dog shows.
Desford Village Hall
Leicestershire & Rutland
The Hall is situated on the edge of the village and during its long history has been used as a Weslyan Methodist Chapel, an Adult School and a Christian reading room. The original building dates from 1867 when it was "a Mission House with Hall attached". At times it fell into disrepair until in 1931 the Desford Colliery agent, Sam Brooks, purchased the building for use as the local Miners’ Institute. It is now leased by the Coal Industry Welfare Organisation to the village in perpetuity. It is regularly used for children’s parties, family celebrations, arts and craft fairs, musical evenings, village quizzes, and a variety of classes.
Exton Village Hall
Leicestershire & Rutland
Exton Village Hall has spent 2021 staying safely open as much as possible for our community including exercise classes, music rehearsals, indoor bowls, afternoon teas for our older residents and fundraising events at a time when community is more important than ever. We look forward to expanding our activities in 2022 and beyond to keep our village healthy and entertained!
Great Bowden Village Hall
Leicestershire & Rutland
The Village Hall was the idea of John Henry Stokes, the famous Edwardian breeder of hunters, and commemorates the Coronation of Edward V11 in 1902 . There have been several improvements to the hall over the years the most recent being an award winning extension and refurbishment in 2007. When the Congregational Church closed in the village in 2003 the 1st and 2nd WW Memorials were rescued and are now displayed in our Meeting Room They are registered with the War Memorial Trust. The Covid epidemic has affected our bookings with the loss of 2 major users but we have subsequently taken on new groups including an Ante-Natal class, which is a first! Having only recently launched a website we are optimistic for the future.
Langham Village Hall
Leicestershire & Rutland
The hub of the community for over a hundred years and still going strong. Weekly Post Office continues during these difficult times and we are using the downtime to continue with our refurbishment project
South Luffenham Village Hall
Leicestershire & Rutland
Our hall is a former WW1 hut which has been at the heart of the village since 1922. It is used for Stay and Play group, Pilates sessions, teas, a painting group, dance lessons and theatre performances along with holding regular fundraising events for the hall and the village church. We are using the current closure to our advantage and carrying out an extensive renovation project which means we can reopen in style and once again become the vital focal point for our small community.
Tilton on the Hill Village Hall
Leicestershire & Rutland
Our village hall is 55 years old, having opened in 1965 after land was bequeathed to the village in 1949. At present the village hall is closed except for Tiddlywinks. We are though planning to reopen the village hall as soon as the national lockdown is lifted as many of our regular groups are looking forward to restarting their meetings and getting the community back together. Looking forward to the future, the VH committee are planning to find out how our villagers would like to see their village hall move forward into the 2020’s by creating a questionnaire to find out their views on issues such as future usage, meeting CO2 targets, why some villagers haven’t used the facility and what would make them use their village hall in the future. The results will help guide the VH committee to make the right decisions to ensure this important community facility is here for years to come.
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Walcote Memorial Hall
Leicestershire & Rutland
Shortly after the end of WW1 the citizens of Walcote organised and funded the building of a Memorial Village Hall to commemorate those who had lost their lives or been injured as a result of the war. Unfortunately by the 1990’s the Hall was showing its age and needed much work to bring it up to a modern standard and had no provision for any car parking. At this time the village primary school had been closed by the County Council and the buildings demolished. The Parish Council lobbied the County Council and eventually acquired the old school site and playing field. In 1996 a Charitable Community Trust was inaugurated to take the project forward, to raise the necessary funds, instigate the design and building of the new hall and then go on to manage its day to day running and develop and improve the facility further. Our new building opened in 2006 and has one floor level throughout for easy access for all able and less able users, provision of a disabled toilet and baby changing facilities, a well-appointed kitchen, along with a car park and a playing field. The Misterton and Walcote Community Trust continues to manage the hall and over the years has added a new additional storeroom, a block paved patio area now covered by an all weather awning which has enhanced the Hall for many functions during the summer months.
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