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Village Halls Domesday Book 2021
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Abinger Hammer Village Hall
Thank you to ACRE for all the good work you’re doing, which is particularly important at this challenging time.
Alfold Village Hall
Built in the 1960’s following a great community effort
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Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall
APMH is delighted to be celebrating our 100th Anniversary in 2024. We have a project to celebrate by aiming to be Carbon Neutral and to this end we have had surveys completed and the work has already begun. Our hall is very popular and lies at the heart of the village. Regular users take part in a wide variety of activities from Busy Bees playgroup through to the Over 60s lunch club. Look at out website for details.
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Busbridge Village Hall
Originally a cricket pavilion, Busbridge Village Hall borders fields on the outskirts of Godalming and continues to serve its original aim from 1951 to support the education and wellbeing of the people of Busbridge. As lockdown restrictions have eased we’ve welcomed back our nursery, drama school, dance school, Rainbows, Guides and Scouts. We started hosting childrens’ parties again in May thanks to our large garden area. Over the summer we’re going to be the venue for many more parties for young and old, and we look forward to supporting, once again, our local church group, Bridge Club, WI and Brownies.
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Chiddingfold Village Hall
Chiddingfold Village Hall is the hub of community facilities in the village with the village nursery occupying the main hall during term time, amongst our diverse hirers we have ballet classes, brownies & guides, yoga, pilates and many village organisations such as the Lunch Club, Horticultural Society, WI, British Legion, joint Churches. The village hall also has a thriving twice monthly Cinema with all profits going to improvements at the village hall. Like many Village Halls Covid has impacted our funding greatly and we are looking forward to the return of the Cinema, Theatre nights, Quiz nights and general private hire. We have carried out a number of improvements since the initial Covid lockdown including refurbishing our large meeting room, we also have plans to install a new commercial catering kitchen, update expensive lighting with LED and also eventually replace the old heating system. We are Covid Secure and have a great management team, and we are feeling positive about the future.
Churt Village Hall
Our Hall, situated in the centre of the village was built in 1928 funded by a local businessman on land bought by villagers as a memorial to the dead of the First World War. One of the Hall’s early trustees was the local resident and former Prime minister David Lloyd George. The Hall is currently closed due to Covid -19 restrictions, except for use by Churt Community Pre-School. In normal times it is also used regularly by our village amateur dramatic society (CADS), the horticultural & produce society (CHAPS), the local WI and as a Polling Station. It hosts dancing & fitness classes, quiz nights, birthday parties and much more. We have a continuous programme of maintenance and facility improvements to make the Hall an attractive and well equipped venue for both local organisations and other social & commercial bookings
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Cobham Village Hall
Cobham has had a village hall since 1887 when, with the generosity of local worthies inspiring its construction, the original hall opened, on its site in Anyards Road. From its outset Cobham Village Hall has been at the heart of our community. The lobby to the Small Hall in the old building commemorated those who lost their lives in the Second World War, during which time the hall was adopted and used as a British Restaurant. In 1987 following the fund raising efforts of a special committee our current hall was finally built on our new site at Lushington Drive. It was opened by Dominic Coombe, grandson to the squire who had opened the original hall 100 years earlier. A new extension, completed in 2013 provides an additional, self-contained room with its own kitchen and toilets and sprung floor. Cobham Village Hall is the only venue in Cobham that belongs to its people and being together in a community is what makes it special. A charitable trust, with no funding except what it receives in hire fees and used for the benefit of all those living in Cobham, this hall hosts over 80 different groups a year, providing space to exercise, learn, party, dance, act, raise money for charity and nurture the youngest and eldest of our community.
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Cranleigh Village Hall
Opened in 1933 after fundraising by the local community, Cranleigh Village Hall is a prominent feature in Cranleigh High Street currently proudly serving the community as a COVID19 vaccination centre.
East Horsley Village Hall
The hall was built in 1988 and extended in 2000. It caters for all ages and hosts a Church Service on Sundays and a Nursery School
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Hambledon Village Hall
Hambledon Village Hall was built in 1902 as the Hambledon Institute and has been serving our small community in the Surrey Hills ever since. It provides the village with social activities such as the flower and produce show, the village quiz, the Christmas dance, fashion shows and more. Arts activities include regular performances from touring theatre groups (some through NRTF) and regular cinema evenings and in 2019 we held our first professional art fair. The hall is a social hub and support for children and parents through the toddler group and Cubs and it keeps the village active with Bowls and Pilates. We had to close during the first lockdown and activities such as Parish Council meetings and last year’s art fair, went online. With ACRE’s advice and support (and the hard work of our caretaker) we put Covid-secure measures in place and were able to re-open in September for most of our regular groups. We used the quiet time for repairs to the roof and some redecorating and we will soon be replacing the windows with double glazed ones to reduce our carbon footprint and improve the comfort of the hall. We have been completely closed since Christmas but with our active, enthusiastic and supportive village, we are looking to the future with optimism and are keen to resume our usual activities when we can.
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Kingswood Village Hall
The Kingswood Village Hall is operated by the Kingswood Village Community Association (KVCA) and is available for regular and one-off bookings. It has a main hall, raised stage with lighting, dressing room, foyer, kitchen and toilets. The main hall can seat 120 cinema-style and up to 72 seated at tables. It boasts a versatile audio-visual system, which can be hired at a small extra charge, and also WIFI and video streaming. There is also a good upright piano. The kitchen is well-equipped with a large oven and hob, a microwave oven and a small fridge. Both cutlery and china are available at no extra charge. The Hall has an adjacent car park with space for up to 18 vehicles. The Hall is an ideal facility for drama, concerts, lectures and presentations, local association meetings, exercise groups (for example yoga, Pilates, tai chi, fitness) and dance classes. It is used very successfully for quizzes, wine tastings, coffee mornings and has hosted toddler playgroups and table tennis. The Hall is also very popular for private parties for birthdays, anniversaries, retirements and other celebrations.
Long Ditton Village Hall
Long Ditton, once a Saxon settlement recorded in the Domesday Book, is no longer a rural village but a thriving residential suburb with many amenities and good transport links. Yet the much-loved Village Hall, built by public subscription in 1888, remains at the heart of the community. Extra halls, one with a stage, were added in 1907 and 2016 to meet local needs. The Hall is a registered charity managed by voluntary trustees whose aim is to maintain and modernise it to a high standard while keeping hire charges to an affordable level. People of all ages and abilities enjoy a wide range of classes, clubs and indoor sports and it is also a popular venue for children’s parties. Donations from income are made to local good causes and community events are sponsored. An external, unlocked defibrillator is available for anyone to use in an emergency. 2020 was a challenging year. The Hall was made Covid-secure during the first closure and was ready at all times to welcome back permitted activities. Sadly, following government directives, it remained empty for long periods and is closed at the moment. Most established users are planning to return when restrictions are lifted but some clubs and classes inevitably became victims of the pandemic. Spaces have thus become available for new ventures and we are optimistic for the future. Trustee meetings, which continue by Zoom, focus on what more can be done for the community by making the use of the Hall even more inclusive. The Hall was temporarily closed when it suffered extensive wartime bomb damage, but it recovered and will do so again. Mindful that village halls are vital for the well-being of the communities they serve, we hope that all will open again soon. Support and guidance from ACRE, always appreciated, became invaluable in 2020.
North Holmwood Village Hall
North Holmwood Village Hall was formerly St. John’s Primary School and the old parts of the building date back to the mid 1800s. The new parts were constructed at the rear in 1992 followingh closure of the village school. We currently have two halls and a committee room in use, plus a former classroom that we plan to renovate and turn into a ‘studio’ for the arts and for use as a comfortable meeting room. Under normal circumstances our halls are used for a wide range of activities including Ballroom & Latin dancing, fitness, pre-school, toddlers groups, beavers, cubs & scouts, bridge club, yoga and wellbeing as well as children’s parties and village events. The village hall is at the heart of the village opposite the village green and NT Holmwood Common in the Surrey Hills AONB.
Old Barn Hall, Great Bookham
An ancient barn given to the village in 1906 as a village hall has been extended over the years and now provides three halls with a full stage and kitchen facilities. It is home to many local organisations providing education and leisure activities for local people.
St Agatha’s Hall
St. Agatha's used the first lockdown to renovate our dilapidated toilet facilities. We aim to continue to provide a meeting place for community groups and for local celebrations and to bring the age groups together to learn from each other and maintain good community relations
Stanwell Village Hall
Our hall was opened in 1935 and since that time has never been closed. Even in this very challenging time of the global pandemic, we have made our hall available for our local food bank who work tirelessly to provide much needed supplies to the local community. It has been made Covid safe and we are ready to open our doors when allowed, to all the many organisations who operate from this lovely hall.
The Chichester Hall Witley
The Chichester Hall was built in 1935 funded by Mrs Spencer Chichester of Enton Hall in memory of her husband, Major Chichester. On its completion in 1939, the Hall was regarded as one of the finest village halls in the south east of England, and is proud to remain so today. The building is owned by Trustees to be used for the benefit of the community in accordance with the Deed of Trust. The Hall is available for use everyday with the exception of Armistice night or Good Friday. The Chichester Hall Management Committee runs a charitable trust dedicated to providing outstanding village hall facilities for use by the whole community at affordable rates.The Hall occupies a beautiful tranquil setting and as such is an ideal location for wedding receptions, birthday parties, christening parties, anniversaries, dances, social gatherings, public meetings or exhibitions
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The Winn Memorial Parish Hall, Dunsfold
The Winn Memorial Parish Hall in the Wealden village of Dunsfold, Surrey opened in Autumn 1916 shortly after the end of the Battle of the Somme. In design, both exterior and interior, it owes much to the Surrey Arts and Crafts movement hence it fits in well with the general architecture of the village. It offers a large and very attractive Hall with stage, a well-equipped kitchen and thanks to lottery funding and a gift from the late Lord Nugent of Guildford (Dunsfold resident and former MP for Guildford) an additional smaller Hall, named The Nugent Room, was completed in 1997. For more than 100 years it has provided a central point of the village and indeed it is located in the very centre of the village. It provides a venue for a range of gatherings, including art, dance, upholstery and exercise classes, as well as for Parish Council and other meetings and for toddler groups with mothers. It is the theatre for the local active amateur dramatic group and Its attractive interior also make it a popular venue for receptions for villagers including for weddings. Invariably it acts as the polling station for the village. Under normal circumstances, except for the month of August, its bookings mean that it is in use nearly every day. For most of the time during the COVID19 pandemic, along with other such Halls, the “Winn Hall” has had to remain closed which in many ways means that a part of the village is out of action. It will therefore be an important occasion when we can celebrate its opening again.
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West Horsley Village Hall
West Horsley Village Hall is situated in the heart of West Horsley with the original building having been built in 1924. We also have a much-loved playground for younger children on site. Before COVID-19, we were fortunate enough to have been a busy village hall with a huge variety of different activities taking place in each of our three rooms. Following the first lockdown, we re-opened in September 2020 to those hirers who were comfortable enough to come back to us and again after the second lockdown but, like everyone, we are now waiting to be allowed to re-open. We really look forward to be able to continue to help all those who benefit from the activities held within West Horsley Village Hall. We have used the quieter times during the lockdowns to do a few projects we have struggled to find time to do in the past so all is not lost but we are so looking forward to getting back to some sort of “normal”! Getting the premises “COVID-19 Secure” was (and will continue to be) a huge task but we could not have done it without the enormous help from ACRE and we are very grateful indeed.
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Worplesdon Memorial Hall ,
We are relaunching the Sime Gallery in2021, now a CIO which is within WMH to make the artworks more accessible as well as educate the public in the amazing works of a somewhat neglected artist illustrator of Victorian/Edwardian renown who lived in Worplesdon 1904-1948. Sidney Herbert Sime’s widow bequeathed all the works in her possession to the Hall trustees and paid for his dedicated gallery built on the first floor from the proceeds of her cottage after her death!It opened in 1956 to great acclaim. A wonderful story to tell as well as inspire others and bring more people to see the Hall as well as gallery as that is built as an Arts and Crafts designed Memorial Hall, begun in 1921 and opened in 1922.
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Worplesdon Memorial Hall in 2020 has gone through the transition of changing to a CIO along with the Sime Gallery which has been inside on the first floor since 1956 also as a separate CIO. Of course the hall over the last 100 years has been the centre of the village, WI, fetes, plays, dances, parties, weddings, badminton, and the grounds for football, cricket and tennis just to mention a few things. 2020 covid restrictions saw only the odd club being able to use facilities when covid rules allowed however thanks to Worplesdon Pre school that have been in operation since the late 1970’s they have provided early years education most of 2020 and continue. Even the WI met outdoors socially distancing who have been hall users since it opened in 1922. Our Parish council are now leaving after 100 years connection to be in rented facilities, however 2021 sees Evolve bootcamps using the room as office and personal training. We look forward as a community to celebrating 100 years in 2022 since opening the Memorial hall gifted by members of the Worplesdon community as the memorial to the fallen men of the Great War.
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