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Village Halls Domesday Book 2021
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Abthorpe Old School
From its inception as a school, built in 1642, Abthorpe Old School has been the centre of life in this small rural village near Towcester. Its history, reminiscences of past pupils, details of all the masters from 1642 until its closure as a school in 1959, and an architectural tour of this lovely Grade 2 building are described in a book, ‘The Free School in Abthorpe’, available from our website.
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Bradden Village Hall
Currently applying for grants to refurbish the hall.
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Clipston Village Hall
Following months of closure and many weeks of preparation, Clipston Village Hall has been back open since May 17th 2021. During the closed period, and continuing since, our car park is used by mobile shops bringing fresh produce to the village each week. Since reopening, we have been focused on encouraging people back and making people feel safe when they return. We have introduced two cafe sessions per week - one for carers of young children and one open to anyone - these run indoors and outdoors, staffed by volunteers and provide a way for people to be reintroduced to our covid secure venue. We also have two mornings of fitness classes running - one dedicated to the over 50s and a yoga/pilates class open to anyone. Our regular groups are returning gradually and we have a number of new hirers attracted by our covid secure measures and high speed wifi. Our renovation plans were halted by the pandemic but we hope to be in a position to move forward with those improvements in 2022. Our aims for this year are to provide a safe place for people to meet and to act as a hub of community activity with essential services and opportunities for exercise and socialising. Looking to the future, we would like to provide a more appealing, better equipped space that will attract a wider range of hirers and a full weekly/monthly programme of activities and events for the community.
Crick Old School
Crick Old School started life in 1846 as a Victorian village school for poor girls and continued until 1915 when the girls moved to new premises. Under new management in 2021, the Crick Old School is undergoing refurbishment and re-invigoration to return it once again into a vibrant community hub serving the community in Crick and the surrounding villages. It is an ideal small venue for hire in the centre of the village, best suited for parties, meetings, conferences, fitness classes and much more besides. A warm and friendly welcome awaits. Find us on Facebook or contact us on 07763 749075 or
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Culworth Village Hall
Built in 1938, Culworth Village Hall has served the local community since then, providing a valuable space for people to meet, socialise and take part in a variety of activities. During the Second World War it was commissioned by the Army as a regimental depot. In the past it has hosted billiards, WI meetings, Mothers Union meetings, indoor bowls, whist drive, games evenings and plays – a folk group used to practice there too. Now activities include Pilates and Tai Chi classes, coffee mornings, charity lunches, Snappers photography club, Harvest suppers, film nights and circle dancing, all providing support and friendship. The Hall is also hired out for parties, weddings and funeral wakes. The lockdown in March 2020 was the first time the Village Hall has closed its doors and none of the normal activities could take place. The Hall is a cold and sad place now without the buzz of human activity but the Trustees are looking forward to the day when we can open up again; we are Covid secure thanks to ACRE’s help and advice. As for the future - we plan to build a new Community Centre in Culworth to expand our horizons and incorporate the Culworth Cricket Club. Planning was granted in December 2019 but Covid has curtailed the funding process. We look forward to the future and to being able to complete our plan.
Finedon Community Centre
Finedon Community Centre is a unique building being a former Methodist Church built in 1905 and acquired on behalf of the Community in 1985. After much development the doors opened in 1988 as Finedon Community Sports & Leisure Centre. It is situated in the heart of this popular Town and is a completely self-funding registered charity run by a small team of volunteers. After many years of wanting a new heating system we were extremely pleased to be awarded grants enabling us to have Heat Pump Air conditioning installed in both the halls at the end of 2019. With two floors served by a lift and complete with original stained glass windows, it has a large hall on the First Floor with high wooden vaulted ceiling, servery, toilets and a seating capacity of 200 people for wedding receptions, engagement, anniversary and retirement parties. Also ideal for one off productions and events, concerts, indoor markets, badminton and bowls. The Ground Floor hall with smaller capacity has serving hatches from the kitchen on two sides. Ideal for meetings, conferences, funeral wakes, keep fit exercising, pilates and yoga. It is also very popular for the under 10s birthday and christening parties. More information: 01933 398377 or website:
Great Doddington Memorial Hall
Great Doddington Memorial Hall was built for the benefit of all the residents of the village and surrounding area. The Hall has just ‘celebrated’ its 60th Anniversary .It is run by a small committee of volunteers, is self-funding and an independent registered charity. It is an ideal venue for parties, dances, concerts, and a variety of fundraising events. The Main Hall includes a fully equipped kitchen, separate male and female toilet facilities and a theatre-style stage. The Elliott Room, with its own small kitchen and disabled toilet, is ideal for smaller groups. Both rooms are used on a regular basis by a variety of groups.
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Helmdon Reading Room
Helmdon village hall was built in 1887 by Charles Fairbrother as a Reading Room for the village. At that time a “reading” room was a public room where newspapers were provided with occasional lectures and public readings. Membership by subscription entitled people to use the room as a club, to read, talk, and do whatever else the membership decided upon. It had been managed with varying degrees of success by the church, the WI and volunteers from the working men’s club, until in 1979 it was registered as a charity and managed under a scheme drawn up by the Charity Commission. In 2020 the charity decided to adopt a new constitution and became a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) having greater powers to organise events and to co-operate with other village businesses. The hall is still the hub of village activity with a regular weekly café running alongside an outreach Post Office and a book and DVD swap library. Birthday parties are popular, and we occasionally enjoy visits from rural touring drama and music groups suitable for all ages. Pre-Covid… there were very popular monthly lunch events for the elderly, fundraising suppers, four age groups of girl guiding, a sewing group, the WI, womens’ group, events for the Retired Fellowship and a film club. Groups are now returning to meeting in the hall on a regular basis and a grand village festival is planned for August to re-unite the whole village through fun activities, music and food. We should like to expand the range of events on offer to the village to include much more fitness and activity-oriented sessions for all ages. We should dearly like to have some outdoor space attached to our hall to provide the flexibility for a greater variety of outdoor activities and sporting events ….. so more plans (and funds) are needed.
Laxton Village Hall
Marston St Lawrence Village Hall
Built 1939 and in the heart of the community, especially after a recent major refurbishment “The Next 80 Years”.
Polebrook Village Hall
Built in 1904, Polebrook Village Hall was presented to the Village in 1949 in memory of Brigadier General A.F.H Ferguson and his wife Margaret. The Hall was completely refurbished in 2012 and has a modernised kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave and full sized oven and a good stock of crockery and cutlery. It is ideal for meetings, classes, family and children's Parties. Prior to the pandemic it was used regularly by the local Brownies and Guides, a village exercise group, an Arts Class, dance practice and the village table tennis group. The Church Harvest Supper was held in the hall and the toilet facilities are available to the Church for regular Services. It is often used by wedding guests as a changing facility. Being in the centre of Polebrook, the village defibrillator is positioned near the main door. With the help of ACRE Guidance it has been made Covid-Secure and we look forward to being able to reopen and see our village social events and regular users return.
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Preston Capes
We have had to stop all activities in the hall but we have made it Covid secure so when we can we will resume activities. Preston Capes is a small rural community in south Northamptonshire which along with its sister hamlet, Little Preston, comprises of around 200 people. We are the only public facility in the village, apart from the church, so we double up as the social hub, the local pub with monthly bars, an annual Cook Out, croquet match, and several other events throughout the year. During this period we are having quizzes, a book club, and other events virtually. A facility we are offering free to anyone in the village to make use of to keep in touch with friends and family. We have events arranged for the autumn which we are really hoping will be able to go ahead and we can resume our normal events as well.
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Rothersthorpe Village Hall
Rothersthorpe Village Hall was opened in November 1982, and is unusual in that it is a shared facility with the village primary school. It was the result of a huge amount of work by local villagers, who raised money throughout the 1970’s to fund a community space as part of the new school which was then being built. The new hall replaced the old memorial hall which dated from 1925 (since demolished and replaced with an outdoor meeting space/garden). We are now proud to have a large hall which is shared with the school, a committee room, kitchen and toilets. The village hall management committee work closely with the school, and both parties have benefited from this arrangement over the years. Although we were closed for some time during the covid epidemic, we are now fully operational again. Regular hall users currently include WI, Art club, Table Tennis, Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, the Wellington Social Club and Pilates. We also have bookings for private events and village users receive a 50% discount on hire charges.
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Shutlanger Village Hall
We are very proud of our village hall here in Shutlanger, rural Northants. As a small but thriving village – our village hall remains one of our few community assets and as such it has a vital role to play in the life of the village. Believed to have been built in the mid-to late 19thcentury, we are committed to restoring this much-loved facility to its former glory. 2020 has been a year when the village hall committee has approached the project of maintenance and restoration with new vigour and 2021 looks set to be a year when much progress will be made. We are determined to enhance and improve our Victorian building so that it can continue to serve our community. In a normal year, without the current COVID-19 restrictions, we see many community activities here. Everything from folk nights, coffee mornings, fetes, community quizzes, dance classes, band practice and fitness sessions. We have a good-sized hall which is hired out for many a celebration – local and further afield, and a beautiful chapel which is used for regular church services. We are looking forward to seeing our facility back in use in the coming months: serving our village and providing a much-needed community hub again. We are delighted to be involved in ensuring that the legacy of this building lives on.
Stanwick Village Hall
Stanwick Village hall opened it its doors to the community in May 2011 and celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The site originally was home to ‘The Green Shed’, a British legion Hall but this was beyond repair and unused. (Photo if the Green Shed attached). The land was saved from property developers and a small group of community members formed the Village Hall Trust. After years of work applying for grants and burning the midnight oil funding was eventually secured. The dream to provide a great venue for the community moved forward... The hall is a fantastic modern building with a large sports hall badminton court, Committee room, x2 offices, commercial kitchen and patio area. It has air conditioning and underfloor heating, plus a large lobby area with seating open to the public. A lot has been achieved in the last 10 years. We are home to the community pre school. A number of regular groups also use the hall, bookings are back to back in the evenings. Our regular groups include table tennis, tai chi Karate, ballet, tap, theatre group, handbells, WI and a number of fitness groups. The hall has a manager who works on site. The parish council clerk also uses an office onsite. Over the years the trust have run and supported many community events, the queen's jubilee celebrations, christmas fares, barn dances, cream tea and jazz afternoons, quiz nights etc. Other group have also hosted Burns night, murder mystery evenings, film nights and much more for the community. We are also popular for family celebration events, weddings, funeral wakes, anniversaries etc. Children's parties are very popular in the hall, some weekends there are quite a few. The aim of the trust in 2011 was to provide a sustainable for the next 100 years. 10 years later the hall is doing well and looking forward to providing a soace for many more community events. Due to covid 19 things have slowed down a little in the building. We ha e been able to support the essential services of our pre school and support group. Our 10th anniversary will be marked but due to restrictions might be in a slightly different way this year! We are looking to what the next 10 years has to offer!
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Syresham Village Hall
Syresham Village Hall opened in June 2018, replacing an old wooden building that had served our community for many years. The new hall was very well used and enjoyed by our community until we were forced to close in March 2020. We were able to open again in July 2020, but with a greatly reduced usage. We now look forward to the time when our hall will serve our village organisations again, and provide an excellent facility for social, leisure and educational activities and events. The hall also organises a weekly coffee shop and the annual village Scarecrow Festival, and we look forward to resuming these events in 2021. .
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Sywell Village Hall
Sywell Village Hall began life as a Primary School in 1864 and remained so until the 1970’s when a new school was built. Following a refurbishment programme in 1986 the village hall, a beautiful Grade II listed building, was opened for use by the local community. For the last 34 years the hall has been very well used for many different classes and social functions. These include further education, a meeting place for local groups, a fund-raising environment hosting table top sales and social evenings and a polling station. In addition to the above the hall has provided a great venue for birthday parties, wedding celebrations, christenings and funerals. We are very grateful for the support we have received from our local borough council over the last year and look forward to reopening the hall as soon as we are able to do so.
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Walgrave Village Hall
Built around 1990 WVH provides a range of activities including short mat bowls, exercise classes, scouts, ‘mums and tots’, badminton and during the summer cricket. It also can be hired for wedding receptions and different types of parties. The large playing field has a well equipped children's play area and a ‘wooded area’ for adventure play. There also outdoor gym equipment and a basket ball court. Adjacent to the field is a scheduled monument in the form of the remaining earthworks of a medieval moated manor with fishponds. The hall and field provide a facility for all age groups to undertake activities and hold events. It contributes in no small measure to the wellbeing of local residents and surrounding villages. It is hoped that future generations will recognise this and maintain and develop it as necessary.
Watford Village
Set in Northamptonshire’s beautiful countryside the historic village of Watford offers an ideal location for events of all types. With easy access of the M1 motorway and rail networks, the facility is perfectly placed. The Hall is a modern, single story building with ample parking, situated in the Main Street of the pretty village, with fields to the rear and adjacent to Watford Green. The land the Hall stands on was made available to the Village by the Honorable Andrew Eden in 1993. The villagers cam together to raise funds and build the Hall for the use of the residents of Watford.
Yelvertoft Village Hall
Our Hall was established in the early 1950s on a site where WW2 POW accommodation was located and a building for the Youth Club. It is in a rural village setting with long distance countryside views and is close to the M1/M6 and A14 in a nationally central location. Since 2000, when the Hall purchased an adjoining area of about 8 acres, the Hall has been refurbished and significantly extended. The space around it comprises a sports area for football and cricket, children’s play area, basketball court, skatepark, Pocket Park and an outdoor Theatre by the Pond. The Hall has excellent facilities for groups of varied sizes and wedding receptions. It has a high quality specification catering kitchen and local suppliers and service providers are available to assist with any function.
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