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Ashwick & Oakhill Village Hall
Having taken advantage of the COVID lockdowns by refitting, redecorating and refreshing the main rooms, internal facilities and equipment, the committee are now progressing formal plans to convert the integral garage and adjacent store rooms into a new, larger kitchen and community cafe that will serves via a purpose-build external hatch next to the children’s playground with views across the recreational field and beyond - much fundraising work required! Externally we are repairing and replacing leisure equipment to facilitate increased usage. We are also addressing our environmental strategy and have planted a wildflower meadow and 11 trees along one boundary to be fitted later with various bird boxes. We also plan to become Hallmark Level 1/2 accredited!
Axbridge Town Hall
Built in the 1830s and owned and run by Axbridge Town Trust since 1889 for the benefit of the local community for functions, meetings, education and exercise.
Blackford Reading Room
The Blackford Reading room has been at the heart of the village for the past 109 years, opening in 1912 due to the generosity of Miss Emily Senior who sold the land it stands on to the Fidelity Trust for the sum of £25. Since then the Reading Room has hosted whist drives, dances, brownies, a Girls club, Womens’ club, concerts, lectures, several Jubillee celebrations, birthdays, anniversaries and numerous fund raising events. One of its most active periods was during the 2nd World War holding almost weekly socials with members of the Royal Airforce from the airfield at Sigwells. At the end of the war the Compton Pauncefoot and Blackford Working Party were presented with a personal message of thanks from Marshal of the Royal Air Force, The Lord Portal of Hungerford In 1993 The Fidelity Trust passed ownership of the Reading Room to the PCC who assumed the status of management committee and the Reading Room Trust was formed. Thanks to a substantial donation from the Lottery Commission and the Wyvern Trust and the hardwork and dedication of the Reading Room Trust, the building went through extensive modernisation at the start of the millennium making it the perfect venue for the local Gardening Club, Wine Club, Book Club, and the hugely popular monthly village breakfasts. We will be looking forward to opening the doors again soon!
Bradford on Tone Village Hall
A beautiful, traditional village hall built in 1913 at the heart of our lovely village. We host events and a variety of groups making it a vital community hub. We also let the hall for private functions.
Brompton Regis Village Hall
We are providing a top class facility for use by all of our community groups.
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Buckland Dinham Village Hall
The hall has been owned by various groups since it was built: originally gifted to Russell Duckworth to create a recreational place for the village, the Duckworth family gifted it to the Diocese of Bath and Wells in 1915. In 1978, a few years after the last live in manager retired, the “Trustee Ownership” was transferred to the Parish Council, and in 1981 it was transferred to the Charity Commission. Buckland Dinham Village Hall is now put to more varied use than it was originally intended for - no longer simply a coffee house and reading rooms, until the lockdowns it was the regular venue for short mat bowls, the WI and a monthly luncheon group, in addition to private hire by members of the public - but it still fulfils the original role intended by the Rev Clutterbuck as a place open to all the residents of the village.
Burtle Village Hall
Caryford Community Hall
Opened in 1994 our Hall serves the communities of Ansford and Castle Cary. As soon as we can do so, we will resume an ambitious building programme to improve the building’s capacity and make it more versatile for the needs of the growing number of groups and individuals wanting to use it.
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Charlton Horethorne
Charlton Horethorne Village Hall stands as a memorial to lives lost in the First World War. The land on which it is built was obtained from the Digby Estates in 1923 and a wooden building, which had been the Royal Engineers’ Dining Hall at Larkhill Camp, was purchased from the Army Surplus Depot in Yeovil. This building has been maintained and nurtured ever since and, such is the dedication of past and present Village Hall Trustees, it was awarded “Hallmark 2” rating in 2010. A focus for a variety of popular village activities and events, it hosts an annual pantomime, a youth theatre group, arts and crafts classes, country dancing sessions, short mat bowls, Pilates sessions, a number of exercise classes and a great deal more besides.
Cheddon Fitzpaine Memorial Hall
Due to the pandemic we are presently only supporting a local special school. We are also ensuring all of the maintenance is up to date so we can open for our regular users, Dancing, Zumba, Yoga etc as soon as the Government allow.
Chilthorne Domer Village Hall
Chilthorne Domer is a fairly small village with an active community. The Covid 19 lockdown has stopped many of the activities that regularly took place in the hall; Pop-up sports, Yoga, Pilates, Dancing, Big Band rehearsals and Gardening Club meetings among them. But we have remained open for our weekly half-day Post Office to assist the local community and we have opened for the Chilthorne Domer Church School when they have needed us for wet day PE sessions. The Hall was refurbished in 2000 and has recently had a new kitchen installed. We are feeling good about the future once meetings can take place again and the activities in the hall resume. The Government grant has been so useful in covering our maintenance and running costs whilst our income has been minimal.
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Combe St Nicholas
Very grateful for all the financial support we have received from the Council/Government BUT WE NEED PEOPLE! any village hall feels cold, empty and sad without people in it. We have all learned a lot from Covid not least how we all need interaction with others to keep us and our lives stable and meaningful. Roll on 2022!
Creech St Michael Village Hall
The hall, which is located in the centre of the village, was built in 1988 and it is hard to imagine the village now without this community asset. Looking back were so lucky to have a dedicated team who were determined to provide such a facility and they worked diligently to make sure it happened. A bright airy building, with disabled access to the ground floor, it offers a large main hall and two smaller meeting rooms (one upstairs) and parking for 30 cars. When times are normal the hall is used for many activities such as sequence dancing, short mat bowls, badminton, WI, art classes, martial arts, produce market, coffee mornings etc. It is also a popular venue for children’s parties, wedding receptions and for other celebrations. It is also used for blood donor sessions. As we were lucky enough to receive Section 106 money, the committee decided to use the enforced lockdown period to upgrade the hall. Works have included refurbishment of the main floor, new toilets, enlargement and revamping the kitchen, new carpeting fitted to the hallway and stairs and a new security and audio/visual system in place. Also new hearing loops have been fitted to the ground floor rooms. Once regulations permit, we are really looking forward to welcoming everybody back to our lovely hall.
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Donyatt Village Hall
Opened in 1925 the hall supports both the local and nearby needs of the community. Easily accessed with good parking and a safe children’s area, it’s ideal for all gatherings and well suited to wedding receptions. With our centenary year fast approaching we hope to get back to supporting the community as soon as possible. Our thanks to ACRE for their support in these difficult times.
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Draycott Memorial Hall
Our memorial hall offers excellent facilities for all types of activities from health and wellbeing (pilates, tai chi, chair yoga), indoor sports (short mat bowls, whist), amateur dramatics (Mendip Players) to larger functions of weddings, meetings, seminars and film nights etc. We are at present closed due to the coronavirus epidemic but have used the time to refurbish an upstairs room to a very high standard which will be available for hire by April. The hall is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) with views to the Mendip Hills and Somerset levels.
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Dulverton Town Hall
Our Grade 2 listed hall, at the centre of our Exmoor town, offers great facilities and a whole host of activities.
Dunster Memorial Hall
Edington Village Hall
The original village hall was formerly the Women's Institute and was handed over to the village in 1962. It was a wooden construction on a small site in upper Holywell Road. By the early 1970 's it became clear that there was a need for a new hall. After much fund-raising and applications for grants the village hall committee together with the local doctors purchased the present site on Quarry Ground to provide a hall and surgery. 1980 saw the official opening of what was to be named: The Village Hall Edington, as it was to be used by all the central Polden Villages in recognition of the help received from Catcott and Chilton Polden villagers. Since then there have been a number of extensions to the hall, with the latest being a new Entrance, Foyer, Lounge Bar area and Scene Doc. Normally the hall is used on a regular basis with Pilates, Line Dancing, Keep fit, Brownies, Upholstery Class, Dance class, Boogie bears, Young Farmers Club Yoga and Zumba. The Management Committee also run Film Nights, a Community Choir, Bingo, Drama group and Pop Up Sport.We look forward to being able to re-commence all those activities, once the COVID restrictions are lifted.
Fitzhead Tithe Barn
The medieval Fitzhead Tithe Barn has been our village hall since 1910 when it was made available to the village for use by the local community. We are a very small rural farming village in Somerset and the Tithe Barn is now the only remaining community hub left in the village where we can meet and socialise, and this helps us to maintain a strong and healthy community. The Tithe Barn is used for various activities such as the craft group, exercise groups, lunch club, coffee mornings, village social events & functions and village meetings etc, and it is available for private hire by the community for parties, weddings, funerals & other functions.
Glastonbury Town Hall
While the Town Hall has been mostly closed during the COVID 19 restrictions we have been busy giving the rooms a new look . Currently when restrictions allow holding a small market inside the main hall which proves popular with the local residents. To help during these unprecedented times (and after) a community fridge was opened which is supplied with kind donations from local supermarkets. We look forward to welcoming all of our events back at the Town Hall when able to do so.
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Hambridge and Westport
Situated overlooking the Somerset Levels and Burrow Hill, The Hambridge and Westport Village Hall must be in one of the most beautiful locations in Somerset. The playing fields surround the Hall and provide the opportunity for the Hall to be the centre of the community. We have a close association to the adjacent school, and a great team of volunteers preparing for the new dawn when public bookings can resume. The COVID situation has been used to update and improve the amazing achievements of the previous generation who concieved, built and maintained the Hall over forty years to the present day. A true community achievement.
Henstridge Village Hall
Our hall was built in the 1970’s it is of wooden construction and feeling it’s age. The Parish is now starting the process of building a new hall. In normal times we have many groups and activities using the hall and during the lockdown the local Primary School used the hall for PE lessons. For fundraising we hold monthly Car Boot and Table Top Sales and bi-monthly films and many other fun functions. Our Hall is at the heart of our community.
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Henton Village Hall
Henton Village Hall is run bay and for Henton and surrounding villages. It showcases green energy technology and sustainable planting with a community herb garden for all to use. Pre-Covid it was well used by local clubs, exercise classes, Headway support groups twice a week and for functions. Now made Covid safe Headway is restarting its support group and other essential services may hire the hall as well
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Holford & District Village Hall
Following a complete refurbishment in 2019 we are now ‘fit for the future’ with all the modern facilities you could wish for. Our community was delighted with the result. It’s so sad we are currently all experiencing the Covid lockdown. Let’s hope for brighter things to come.
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Jubilee Hall, Winsham
A lovely building, gifted to the village by Lord Bridport, originally as a reading room, to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887, becoming a charitable trust in 1965. Serves a small community of about 750 residents, and is kept very busy. Hi-tech facilities include wi-fi links, broadband, digital projectors, and a modern sound system. Located in the centre of the village.
Keinton Mandeville Village Hall
Built in 1998, the hall is so well used we are now considering adding an extension.
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Lady Alice Memorial Recreation Ground and Village Hall
The existing hall was built in1976, however as the years progress so do the number ofpeople using the hall. With the change in the type of activities using the hall andnumbers of differing groups wanting space, this has put pressure on the availablefacilities. Also the maintenance has increased in monetary terms and complexity withsuch an aging structure. We completed a Community Survey to all villagers and endusers. This provided a clear indication of what the community wanted - a new hall. A sub-committee was formed to compile a Client's Brief which would capture all that thecommunity and end-users had communicated to us. This document incorporated manyof the ideas and suggestions from the Sport England web site together with many RIBAsuggestions. We then investigated Architectural Practices with a track record in Village Hall design and asked four of them to provide us with quotes up to Stage 1 RIBA. We then chose two from the four quotes and interviewed both practices, to see if we couldwork together to fulfill the communities wishes and aspirations. The Aim of the Trustees is to provide a central amenity that provides adequate facilitiesfor ALL. That includes maintenance and enhancement to an aging building, with facilitiesnot in the 21st century. Our objective is to upgrade the existing facilities, possibly by building a small extention and reconfigutre the internal areas, to encouragemore end users and enhance the experience for existing users. Over the next 12 months we would like to obtain planning permission for our plans, and receive tenders for the building work. Whilst this is progressing we hope to raise sufficient funds to enable the buildinging work and fitted out. Our intentions are to manage the existing building whilst the work is achieved. Thus maintaining good relationships with existing users and providing a constant facility for ALL.
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Leigh on Mendip Memorial Hall
Erected in 1956 but with a modern extension our hall hosts various excercise classes, meetings for the WI, Parish Council, toddler group and the over 50’s Active Living Centre, private celebrations and is the local voting venue, just to mention a few of its functions.
Lydford on Fosse Parish Hall
Lydford Parish Hall has been so altered and modernised that there is little if any visible indication of its 15th Century medieval origins apart from the remains of the original roof trusses. In 1604 it was said to have been the Church House which would have been maintained by the Churchwardens for festivities, and the brewing and consumption of church ales. From the diary of John Cannon (Born 1684 in Lydford Fairplace) it seems likely that this was where he attended school as a small boy. Given to the Rector of West Lydford in 1827 and by 1841 described as three poor thatched cottages, it was converted into a day and Sunday School by the Reverend Colston. There were two small rooms above for the teacher. In 1873 a new Village School was built in the High Street, and by 1912 the properties had become a dilapidated liability for the Rector who conveyed their ownership to the absentee Lord of the Manor. He, in 1920, subsequently conveyed the hall minus the end two cottages back to the Rector and Churchwardens in trust. Used as a hall from then on it became known as the Lydford Parish Room. In 1952 the thatched roof was replaced with tiles In 2003 when it had again become apparent that an injection of funds was needed and that grants would only be forthcoming if the Hall was managed on a secular basis, the building was let on a long lease; the new Management Committee raised £140,000 and in 2006 the west gable wall was rebuilt, the roof was reinforced with a steel frame and the interior was gutted and extensively modernised. Lydford on Fosse Parish Hall is now held on a 99 year lease (expires 2102) by the Parish Council in the capacity of Custodian Trustee and is run by the Parish Hall Management Committee who are the Charity Trustees responsible for all aspects of the Hall’s management. The Management Committee is made up of four elected members together with representatives appointed by the various user groups.
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Merriott Village Hall
The Hall was built in 1924/25, and along with a house for a caretaker, was a donation to the village by Robert Blake, in memory of his wife Dorothea. He had been a successful farmer in the Falkland Islands, and also donated an adjacent car park and recreation ground to the Parish Council which can be used by Hall users. The Hall is an independent charity managed by a group of volunteers. It provides a valuable role in hosting a range of community interests including short mat bowls, badminton, yoga, pilates, dance, bridge, mental therapy support and pre-school activities. Normally there are quiz nights and occasional entertainment to raise funds. Over the years improvements have been made so that now the Hall is heated by air source heat pumps, has double glazing throughout and full disabled access. Last year a solar array and electric storage batteries were installed which are providing at least 80% of the electricity normally used with some being sold to the Grid. The Trustees look forward, once the covid pandemic is past, to being able to fully open the Hall and allow the villagers to enjoy their usual social activities
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Milverton Victoria Rooms
The Milverton Victoria Rooms, consisting of a Main Hall, a Reading Room and a kitchen, toilets and storerooms, were built by public subscription in 1887 on land gifted by the Broadmead family. This much-loved Victorian building has been the centre of our village and parish life ever since and we believe it to be among the earliest purpose-built village halls in the country. The hall is home to a monthly community market as well as to a variety of local organisations and societies, including music, drama, dance, keep fit and bridge. It is also available for special occasions and private parties - many a community or family event has been celebrated there. Maintaining any building - especially one of this age - is always an ongoing project and, during the coronavirus lockdowns, the trustees have taken the opportunity to carry out external improvements, redecorate internally and install some new heaters, as well as making the building Covid-secure. We look forward to re-opening as soon as possible, so that we can once again serve our active and vibrant community.
Moorland & District Village Hall
The current hall was built in 1981, and refurbished in 2014. It is used regularly for sport and social activities, and hosts most of the iconic Village events - the annual Produce Show, Harvest Supper and Christmas Fairs. It is also available for hire for private family celebrations, such as birthday parties and wedding receptions. It is equipped with facilities for those differently abled, and we hope to install a hearing loop in the near future. We have users from all age groups in our community, and our aspiration is to increase the appeal of the hall, and the events, even wider to secure the future for our marvellous hall.
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Moorland Hall
Wheddon Cross now has one of the most modern village halls in the country. The Moorland Hall provides a large room seating 150 which can be partitioned and staged, it is served by a full audio system and hearing loop. Other rooms include a smaller conference room seating up to 20; a handicraft/creche room, and a physical and social therapy room. Supporting services are provided by a modern commercial standard kitchen; full toilet facilities including for the disabled, and baby changing. It plays a very important part in village life. We hold meetings and fund raising events here. These events range from wedding receptions, play groups, fashion shows, bingo, dances and much more
North Barrow Village Hall
North Barrow is a tiny village near Castle Cary. The hall serves several nearby villages including South Barrow, Lovington, Alford, and Babcary. It was built in 1998 and has recently had some much needed refurbishment. There are usually many classes, events and other activities, so we are keen to get going again.
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Oake and District Village Hall and Recreation Ground
Our current village hall opened in 2003 on a larger site replacing the smaller but well loved ‘tin shed’ dating from 1927. Until the pandemic forced closure, we hosted a mini-day centre, various exercise classes including bowls and badminton, along with whist and bridge. Our Parish Council and WI hold their meetings here and it has always been a popular venue for family celebrations. Our new purpose built village shop and Post Office which opened in August 2020, adjoins the village hall and the recreation ground has been busy since it reopened in May - while the hall site has many visitors everyday, we look forward to opening our doors again to the community.
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Odcombe Village Hall
Odcombe is a small village with approximately 350 households a few miles out of Yeovil in Somerset. Following many years of negotiation and fundraising by the community the village hall was officially opened on 25th September 1971. It has been successfully run by a variety of community members who have volunteered their time and energy over the years to ensure that the hall is a welcoming place for all members of our community. It is used for; life events - birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, funerals; social events - Movie Night, Luncheon Club, Community Café, Baby & Toddler Group, Short Mat Bowls, Whist, Knitting & Craft Groups, Sequence Dance; exercise - Football, Pilates, Zumba, Tai Chi; fundraising events - Easter teas, Flower Show, Quiz Nights, Bingo, Fetes; Theatrical Performances, Lent Lunch, Harvest Festival, Village Carolers; pioneering events - Pop-Up Eco Supermarket, weekly outdoor food market and enablement of a 24/7 Milk Vending Machine; business events - it is hired out to councils and local businesses for training events. All this and more plus it houses our Post Office two mornings a week. In short our village hall is the hub of the community where you meet neighbours and make friends. During our enforced closure due to Covid-19 we have taken the hall out to the community by holding events such as Easter, Flower Show and Halloween Trails in the village; spearheading VE Day Celebrations and Christmas Lights events to keep everyone involved. Our Facebook page has advertised local businesses; jobs; helplines in the village; online exercise classes and generally tried to keep everyone involved. In this more than difficult year we have advertised successfully for new volunteers, with younger community members stepping up to take on roles such as Treasurer and Booking Secretary. Our Trustees are varied in ages and skills ranging from 30s to late 80s as are the pool of volunteers that help at events, the one thing we all have in common is that we want the hall to thrive and grow for the community to enjoy for many years to come.
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Otterhampton Village Hall
Otterhampton Village Hall serves the rural villages of Combwich, Otterhampton and Steart. It was bequeathed to the community in the 1940’s and was a former Malt House. It is a well-used community hub situated in the centre of the village of Combwich, hosting coffee mornings, fitness classes, monthly village market etc. (Obviously, these are currently all on hold due to COVID.) The facilities offered include a hall and stage, skittle alley and short mat bowls, there is also a social club. The Committee are currently finalising the details for an exciting and extensive refurbishment of the village hall including improved disabled access and energy savings, hopefully to commence very shortly.
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Sparkford Village Hall
Sparkford Village Hall was originally the village school, built in 1849 and extended in 1892. It could accommodate 80 children and had a mistress and a master. The school closed in 1947 and was subsequently bought by the Parish Council in 1952 and now comprises a large main hall with a curtained stage, a separate small committee room and a well equipped kitchen. In normal years it is home to a wide variety of activities including Scouts, Beavers and Cubs meetings, an Arts group, Pilates and Yoga classes, Bingo sessions, a model trains group, children’s parties and family/social gatherings. Parish Council meetings are held here and the Hall acts as a Polling Station at local and general elections. For the past year, except for a brief period from September to December when the Pilates and Yoga classes and the train group’s meetings were able to resume under prescribed conditions, the Hall has been closed. We look forward very much to the time when it can once again takes its much missed place in the community.
Stoke St Michael War Memorial Hall
Our War Memorial hall sits in the middle of our rural village located on the Mendip Hills. We bring the community together as often as we can, organising activities and events with a crafty, historic or community theme. We have great facilities which we love to share with others.
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The Charltons Community Centre
The Charltons Community Centre and Memorial Playing Field is at the heart of the Charltons community and we are currently fund raising to renew the roof and extend the hall to give the community a true heart.
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Victoria Park Community Centre
We offer a community café, with an over ‘s lunch club, Bingo, Art group, Karate, Yoga, Pilates, Dance Academy, meetings & conference rooms, children’s birthday parties , slimming world, knit and knatter, Credit Union - We are a community hub and have a nursery , doctors surgery and pharmacy on our site as our tenants providing services to the local population
West & Middle Chinnock Village Hall
Our village hall is over 80 years old and has always been the hub of the community. It remains the oldest purpose built hall in the immediate area. So many people and groups use our hall but sadly over the last year we have not been able to meet and use the hall. It is well supported and we hope to make some renovations/refurbishment over the next couple of years.
West Coker Commemoration Hall
We have bounced back better post lockdowns
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Wiveliscombe Community Centre
Our building, with some changes, has been providing space for a wide variety of activities in the town since 1928. With a growing population we needed to expand and took the opportunity this last year to begin to improve our facilities. During the Covid -19 pandemic we have mostly been able to keep the weekly outdoor market open, but are looking forward to opening for our regular users and new ones too. We still have a lot of fundraising to do to finish the renovations, but are able to open within restriction guidelines to meet the needs of the community.
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Wootton Courtenay Village Hall
The original Wootton Courtenay Village Hall was constructed on land kindly donated to the charity in 1931 by local families. The new hall, constructed and opened in 2002, was funded by a lottery grant and the local community. It comprises a large high ceiling timber frame / clad airy building with disabled access to main hall, meeting room, fully equipped kitchen and toilet facilities. The hall, along with the village owned shop, is at the heart of the community and provides a venue for variety of village activities including Short mat bowls, Table tennis, Art Classes, Pilates, Yoga, Cinema and Theatre events, Gardening club, Photographic club, Dance classes and other well supported village events. It is also available and used for a variety of local and private functions and is equipped with a large removable stage with full theatrical lighting system for our local Dunkery Players theatrical group events and live entertainment presentations. We love our Village Hall.
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