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Belstead village hall
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Botesdale Village Hall
Built in 1913 as The Church Rooms, in 1993 it became Botesdale Village Hall when Botesdale Parish Council assumed responsibility for it. It was refurbished with the assistance of a National Lottery Grant in 1998 with modern facilities which include a new kitchen, new toilets with disabled access and a new meeting room. The main hall is 12.8m x 7.7m and can accommodate 100 people seated at tables, 160 people with seating only and 200 for standing/dancing. The stage is 4.8m x 4.3m and is equipped with Stage Lighting and Sound System, Dimmer Lights and an Audio Loop P.A. System and is used by the local drama group and visiting productions. The hall is well used by local groups and is available for private bookings.
Bredfield Village Hall
Our hall was built by the community in 1983 and has been refurbished over the years, with a new kitchen in 2017 and an extension, new bar and new patio were completed in 2020. The hall is adjacent to a large playing field with tennis courts and a play area. There is Village Shop and Bowls Club on the site.
Bucklesham and Foxhall Village Hall
Our fantastic Village Hall, built in 1976, didn’t let a little thing like a global pandemic get in the way of village life. We may have temporarily lost our regular bookings, but hosted guest bookings to clubs that had lost their own regular venue. An extremely considerate bunch old ‘old regulars’ then agreed to change their permanent days to allow for the ‘guests’ to become ‘new regulars’ too. An extremely hard working committee lead by an excellent Chair, gave us all the impetus to apply for any and every grant available meaning we actually received 13 Grants totaling over £24,000 during 2020. We continued with our renovation scheme during Lockdown, and even though we started 2021 with a leaky ceiling and the news that a whole new roof was necessary, our spirits will not be dampened! None of the above would have been possible without the wonderful people at Community Action Suffolk and Suffolk Community Foundation guiding us all the way.
Burness Parish Rooms
The Burness Parish Rooms in Melton were built in 1904 and have been at the heart of the community ever since. Melton is a large rural village in East Suffolk dating back to Saxon times. Located on the banks of the River Deben, it is close to the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths, AONB and Sutton Hoo. There is a railway station with frequent trains from Lowestoft to Ipswich and on to London. The Parish Rooms were the gift of local benefactor James Alexander Burness. Run by an active committee of dedicated volunteers, there is a wide range of activities taking place each week, including Yoga, Art, Drama, Music, Brownies, Tai Chi and country dancing classes and many others. Over the past few years, the building has been modernised and refurbished and now provides an excellent venue for interest groups, private parties and family celebrations. Melton Women’s Institute meets here each month and the parish council holds public meetings in the large hall. Today, as with all public indoor facilities during the pandemic, we have been restricted by Covid regulations, however we have been able to continue with our traditions and provided space for Food Parcels to be packed, collected and distributed by volunteers to Melton residents, at a time when many of us have needed support and a helping hand.
Cavendish Hall Thurston
The Village Hall, Thurston (known as the Cavendish Hall) opened in 1914 as a memorial to Tyrell Cavendish who lost his life on the Titanic. The hall was extended and refurbished in 2002 and is used by many local groups such as scouts, brownies and WI, to name but a few. During 2021 we are planning to update the hall with a new kitchen and a new, environmentally friendly, heating system; ensuring that the hall remains fit for purpose for the rapidly expanding population of the village.
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Clopton Village Hall
Built by the local community in the late 1980’s. A large, light and airy hall with separate kitchen, toilets, lobby and side room. Used by the local community and those further afield for dances, children’s parties, group meetings, exercise classes and craft groups. The covid years have seen a decline in use, although we have also had new enquiries for the future. Fortunately, we have managed to stay afloat with careful financial monitoring and are looking forward to the future.
Community Room at St Mary’s Church, Haverhill
Screened community room within St Mary’s Church with separate access.
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Fortrey Heap Village Hall
Built in The Street in 1850 originally as a School. In 1895 the school was condemned and a School Board formed to build Barnby & North Cove Primary School in 1897/8. Little is known of the Hall’s history between the closure of the school and 1927 when Captain Fortrey Heap of North Cove Hall, after whom it is named gave the “School House” to the villagers as s social club and reading rooms. Over the years many alterations have been undertaken with the last major modernisation in early 1996. Most of the labour undertaken by volunteers with the help of fund raising and grants over four years by the villagers. The village hall is still in constant use by the villagers of North Cove, Barnby and surrounding areas, and is a great meeting place for all ages and hopefully will continue to be so for many years to come.
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Freckenham Village Hall
Our village hall is at the heart of the community used for farmers markets, film nights, theatre, music and other live entertainment. As well as weekly activities, bingo, quiz nights, coffee mornings, private parties and celebrations, even training events. We look forward to when we are able to open up the hall again with Government Guidelines in place.
Haughley Village Hall
From its central location in the village of Haughley this charming period building, previously a Maltings and drill hall, opened as a village hall in 1907. The hall has had extensive refurbishments over recent years including the complete renovation of the Green Room funded by National Lottery, repairs to the Maltings and Main Hall roof and the complete replacement of the Main hall flooring. Both the roof repairs and flooring replacement receiving substantial capital grants from MSDC. Haughley is an active vibrant community as the halls regular users show with a Pre-School, WI, Tai Chi, Disco Dancing, Arts & Crafts, Haughley Hoofers clog dancing and Haughley Amateur Theatrical Society. The hall has run a monthly Film Night from 2019 and started a Community Cafe in August 2021, it also hosts an annual Spring Quiz and Ploughmans Supper as well as events run by other community groups and is used as a Polling Station. The halls 3 halls are all available to hire privately for parties, weddings and other events.
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Herringswell Village Hall
Herringswell Village Hall was built in 1917 and extended in the 1960s. Apart from the Church it is the only facility in this small community and we hope to reopen again in the not too distant future.
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Horham and Athelington Village Hall (The Old School)
Horham and Athelington Village Hall (known as The Old School), hosts coffee mornings, yoga, art and craft activities, exhibitions and talks, parties and quizzes, provides free computer tuition and has a licensed bar. We miss all of this and are looking forward to more normal times.
Kirton & Falkenham Village Hall
The Village Hall sits on the boundary of the two villages of Kirton & Falkenham, approximately 3 miles from Felixstowe in Suffolk. Kirton & Falkenham Village Hall was gifted in Trust, to the two villages by two local land owning families (Ernest Prettyman, Viscount Newport and William Paul) and was opened by Lady Beatrice Prettyman on May 23rd 1906. The Trust holds charitable status and has been overseen and managed by users and residents of the two villages since opening. Land owned to the rear of the Village Hall was used to establish a bowls green in 1921 and continues in active use. In the past the Hall has been home for a variety of users including: Parish Council; British Legion (Men’s and Women’s sections); Football Club meetings; Over sixty Club; Village reading room. This century, the Hall has become home to the local preschool playgroup during weekday school term time, with an outside fenced play area created to the rear. The current regular users of the Hall are: Preschool Playgroup; Whist Drive; Women’s Institute; Gardeners’ Club; Short Mat Bowls; Thursday Club; Quilting Group. It is also used for ad-hoc parties and other celebrations. Both the Women’s Institute and the Bowls Club are celebrating their centenary years in 2021. Alterations were made to the building in the mid 20th Century to add a kitchen and toilets. This addition was enabled by adding a lesser sloping roof partway down the main rear roof to create a slightly increased footprint. The Hall had been heated by two fireplaces, and water heated by an associated copper boiler, however the fireplaces and chimneys were removed during these changes, and two large gas heaters installed. This century our plans are to improve the facilities by upgrading the facilities (toilets, kitchen, and storage/office space) to ensure it retains its appeal to current and future residents of Kirton and Falkenham.
Lawshall Village Hall
In comparison to some of the villages listed, our Hall is relatively modern. It has a large, well fitted out kitchen with a dishwasher, a large hall with a curtained stage and a smaller room with a large hatch to the kitchen with a further smaller room which is generally used as storage for additional chairs. There is further storage in a room at the side of the stage as well as underneath it. There is also outdoor space where a marquee could be used. We have an assortment of groups using the hall ranging from a Gardening Club, Dog Training, Pilates, Karate an Over 60’s Group and a Ladies Club as well as a Young Farmers Club to name but a few. The Hall is also booked for Parties and the occasional Wedding. We have held MacMillan Coffee Mornings and various entertainments at Christmas. The Village Hall has recently obtained a Projector and installed WIFI to encourage business groups to use the Hall. During the recent Lockdowns, the Village Hall Committee instigated a Wednesday Market in the Car Park. Traders pay a small fee to the Village Hall and the Market is quite well attended as we do not have a shop in the Village. We have a Fruit and Veg Stall, A Cheese and Pie Van, A Meat Van and a local resident collects pre-ordered bread from the nearby Town to be collected. Alongside the Market a recently retired lady from the Village has started a Community Cafe with help from volunteers within the Village. It is hoped that this will go on to serving light lunches. We also have a Fish and Chip Van stop in the Car Park on Tuesday evenings. Like most Villages, we cannot wait to get out of the awful situation that we are currently in as a Country and have normality return to our Village life.
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Nedging with Naughton Village Hall
Our hall was originally the village school up until the 1930s. Adjacent to the hall is a playing field with play equipment. Hopefully in 2021we will be able to reintroduce regular events including quizzes, games evenings and a summer BBQ. The parish is quite large and the hall provides a central point for villagers to socialise.
Nowton Village Hall
Nowton village hall is a fantastic place bringing the community together.
Otley Village Hall
Otley Village hall was built in the early 1960’s and to this day serves our community well as a centre for entertainment, education and exercise.
Red Gables Community Hall, Stowmarket
Former town library, extended and refurbished to serve as community space for all with gardens and parking
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Rickinghall Village Hall
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Waldringfield Village Hall
Our new Hall was built in 2001, replacing the original wooden hall from the 20’s. It is used for all sorts of classes, performances and concerts, Flower and Produce shows, Harvest Suppers, Quizzes, Pantomimes, legendary coffee mornings, badminton, bridge, Village societies, Parish Council meetings and even a Repair Cafe. Popular venue for private events, especially as double doors open onto a south-facing garden.
Westhall Village Hall
The village hall was established by local benefactors in 1931. Originally a WW1 army hut the hall has been extended and refurbished over the years to provide a warm and comfortable location for many activities, including: parent & toddler group, lunch club, ballroom dancing, youth club, girl’s brigade, religious services, dog training, art classes, community events and more. The adjacent playing field has a children’s play area and football pitch which is also occasionally used for camping in the summer.
Wetheringsett cum Brockford Village
Celebrating 100 years in 2021
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Wickhambrook Memorial Social Centre Village Hall
Our village hall is now recovering as regular hirers return. This means we are now increasing our booking. We have recently refurbished the roof at a cost of £70,000+, a huge undertaking which has been many years in the planning. We saved in a special fund and were lucky to get several grants including one from the National Lottery. The hall has been completely redecorated during the lockdown and the times when we could not have the clubs and activities in. Social distancing and all other regulations had to be observed at the same time. The hall was lucky to have the Trustees willing to do the work which would have cost a small fortune. Since the easing of restrictions we have had many enquiries for children’s parties and other events. We also now have wi-fi and a conference room available. We hope that the future is bright for the village hall.
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