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Aldingbourne Community Sports Centre
Aldingbourne Community Sports Centre has exciting plans for rebuilding to create a more accessible, environmentally sustainable Centre with meeting facilities that will better serve the growing community, working together with Aldingbourne Parish Council. As well as a meeting hall the Centre charity provides changing facilities for sports groups using Olivers Meadow Recreation Field. Hopscotch Pre-School takes place daily, in evenings it is used by model car enthusiasts, a Ukelele group, Sunday choir, bingo, Social Club, Snooker and the Parish Council. Bognor Regis Model Railway Club run the old Barnham Signal Box, situated on the Field, and barn. Many adult and junior football teams are run by the popular Barnham Trojans Football Club. Aldingbourne Tennis Club, Bowls Club and Target Shooting Club also have facilities. The Centre opened in 1979, replacing the old 1935 Village Hall, and is a charity.
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Ashenground Community Centre
Looking forward to fully opening again for our vast array of Community Groups. We’ve managed to remain partially open during the Covid-19 pandemic for permitted activities including our Preschool.
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Barns Green Village Hall
Barns Green Village Hall is conveniently placed in the centre of the village overlooking our picturesque Village Green. It is an ideal venue for celebrations including weddings, christenings and birthday parties, meetings, lectures and concerts.
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Battle Memorial Hall
This facility is unusual, combining as it does the role of a village hall with a memorial to honour the dead of two world wars. It is situated in the busy High Street at the centre of the historic town of Battle. Originally built in the 16th century it has been altered and extended over time and in the early 18th century acted as a poor house. The building was acquired in 1958 by a member of the local Rotary Club who worked with the Town Council to convert it in order to provide the current facility. As well as meeting the needs of a wide variety of groups and organisations based in the town and surrounding villages it also hosts a monthly community cinema and is the home of the local amateur theatrical group.
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Beeding and Bramber Village Hall
The current village hall was built in 1930 and established as a charity. It was and is managed by a Management Council composed of representatives of the organisations and groups who use the hall. As well as the full Council there is an Executive group who are elected from and by the Council. In common with many Village Halls it has had its ups and downs. Thirty years ago the Hall was in a poor condition and in very straightened financial circumstances but as a result of enormous hard work by volunteers funds were raised and renovation work placed the hall back in good working order. From this time to the present day the hall provides a venue for community meetings and activities and a Pre School which has now served several generations of village children. The Covid 19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on the hall. Since the first lockdown the community groups have closed, the exercise groups have come back in a limited way when outside the complete lockdown or tier 4 regulations. Fortunately the Pre School has continued to operate although with reduced numbers of children which gives some income and a government grant of £10,000 was welcome. The hall has financial reserves but they will not last for ever. We are aware that some groups may not return to when the hall can reopen but intend to advertise with the support of the Parish Council to develop the customer base for the new situation. We hope to see this as an opportunity to ‘Build Back Better’.
Chiddingly Village Hall
Chiddingly Village Hall was built in 1848, but has been added to, many times, over the years. In the early days it was used as the village school. It is the social and cultural centre of the village, hosting many functions, from short mat bowls matches to plays, pantomime and concerts. We are itching to re-open and are planning, at the very least, coffee mornings, for locals to mingle, at long last.
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Copsale Village Hall
The Copsale hall has been serving the community since 1907 and, with refurbishments in 2021, hopes to continue for another 100 years. Monthly bacon butties are very well supported and the hall has a busy diary for hire.
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Dallington Old School Village Hall
Our hall was originally the Victorian village school. After a new school was built in 1913, the building was used as a Billiards Room, Reading and Club-room and Sunday School, and is now run as a registered charity. The hall is usually a venue for all kinds of community activities and clubs as well as fund raising events such as quiz nights. We had recently installed a new kitchen and fast fibre broadband. Until lockdown, our weekly community library café had become a popular place for residents to drop in, exchange books and enjoy a friendly chat over a cup of tea. During the summer, parents and children from the primary school also sell the produce from their school garden. We are looking forward to reopening as soon as possible to provide a hub for village life for another hundred years.
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East Preston & Kingston Village Hall
Covid shutdown is a frustrating time for everyone. Village Halls struggle to work out what to do for the best for their community.
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Eridge Village Hall
Eridge Village Hall was built in 1884 by the 1st Marquess of Abergavenny to serve as a reading room and place of study for the inhabitants of Eridge ecclesiastical parish. It was refurbished 20 years ago and is an attractive and popular venue for wedding receptions and parties as well as for the annual harvest supper. During the day it is well used for yoga and other classes. Since the start of the current pandemic, however, the Hall has remained closed and will reopen only when the Trustees consider it is safe to do so.
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Fairwarp Village Hall
We’re looking forward to all that we’re able to do in the year ahead. Nestled in the heart of the Ashdown Forest, we’ve made improvements and upgrades in the last 12 months and we’re ready to host and support those village events that we’ve sadly missed over the last year. We’re excited!!
Felpham Community Hall
Ferring Village Hall
Findon Village Hall
Well, we may be “closed for covid” at the moment but we are working with the Parish Council to get the extension finished, converting from a trust structure to a CIO, taking the opportunity to sort out some maintenance issues while we have the opportunity without interfering with normal operation and making sure we ready to resume serving our local community just as soon as we can!
Five Ashes
Jayne Torvill was the guest of honour at the official opening of the refurbished and extended village hall in Five Ashes on Saturday 28 March 2015. Jayne, best known for her gold medal winning performance with her partner Christopher Dean in the 1984 Olympics, cut the ribbon to mark the beginning of a new era in village life for the residents where village amenities are seriously restricted. The village hall was awarded a Big Lottery award towards the cost of the improvements in December 2013 and work started in March 2014. A second grant award from Wealden District council ensured that the completed building was finished to the highest specification. The completion and handover took place in October 2014.The work included the complete rebuilding of the Southern end of the hall to provide a much needed second hall along with new toilet facilities. The building features state of the art air source heating, LED lighting and photovoltaic cells as well as being built to the latest regulations for insulation purposes and compliance to disabled user requirements. We miss all the regular users which include the East Sussex school of dance,rifle club,Short mat bowls,Adult education,Table tennis,Children's parties,Dog trainers,Mayfacs,Creative writers,Weight watchers,Belly dancers,Yoga group ,Stool ball players,Cricketers and Horticultural society and look forward to welcoming everyone back later in the year.
Groombridge Village Hall
Groombridge Village Hall was built in 1913, on land donate by the Misses Saints in 191,1 after raising funds from the local population. enabling the Club Room to be built. In 1954 the hall burnt down and was replaced with the Main Hall and Club Room was renovated. In 2000 with the help of a lottery grant and donations from local councils, charities, businesses and local people. the New Hall was added together with a New Kitchen, Toilet Block, rear car park and frontal area remodelled. The hall is well used by many local clubs, exercise classes, dramatic society and Pre-School
The Hall provides a wide range of activities and events plus pre-school and toddler groups. The Hall is a modern building and is a central part of our community and is very well supported. A great venue for any occasion! Please see our website for full information.
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Horam Village Hall and Recreation Ground
We are a village hall and recreation ground in the centre of Horam. The residents and groups rely on the hall for activities close to home, to make friends, to host and take part in community events. The recreation ground has been an invaluable open space for exercise throughout lockdown and the subsequent months of uncertainty with a massive increase in visitors as well as fitness groups seeking a new outdoor venue. Once we can re-open we have two new activities - a choral society and yoga to promote physical and mental wellbeing in this time of personal burdens that the community is experiencing as a result of Covid-19. We have have been able to respond to the changing needs of the community by providing two new activities - firstly a repair shop which is a wonderful community hub - friendships are formed, information about repairs are passed on and the skills of local volunteer repairers are on display, many of whom make their living from them. Secondly, we have recently installed two table tennis tables on the recreation ground, adding this outdoor pastime to encourage people to enjoy nature and the surroundings which has become increasingly more relevant with restrictions on meeting indoors. We have spent the last 5 years refurbishing the hall through fundraising and grants and installed a new playground, outdoor gym and skate park. Our vision for the future is to become carbon neutral.
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Lurgashall Village Hall
Lurgashall Village Hall is a ‘mere’ 106 years’ old, having been conceived by the villagers themselves in 1911 as a suitable way to mark the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary, with building completed in 1914 for the princely sum of £976. In 2014 we celebrated the centenary of the Hall with many special events for the community, along with the publication of a booklet about its first 100 years called ‘The Walls Have Talked’. Like most village halls, we’ve had our ups and downs over the years, but the village is grateful to the Hall’s Management Committee and teams of volunteers for pushing forward with new ideas and improvements. In late 2019, many locals turned out for a topping-out party to open the new extension to the Hall comprising a much-needed storage area and a new side room for small meetings which doubles as the new village Archive of our local history. In 2020, while the Hall ‘lay fallow’ because of the virus restrictions, we took the opportunity to give it a top-class makeover, inside and out, with the help of three decorator brothers who were born and grew up in the village. It is now looking smarter than ever and ready for future village lunches, teas, film nights, pilates and dance classes, meetings, horticultural shows, wedding parties, bingo evenings, music events, children’s parties and a host of other events for our community. Here’s to the next 100 years!
Maresfield Village Hall
In 1926 the small brick building that was the Maresfield Reading Room was purchased by the Trustees on behalf of the village. It was extended and improved several times over the years and was renamed Maresfield Village Hall. During the Second World War documents show that it became the centre of social life for the soldiers stationed at Maresfield Camp, who attended numerous dances there. Regular users now include village clubs and societies, a toddlers group, dance classes, Pilates lessons and a well attended monthly lunch club. It is available to the residents of the neighbourhood for events, meetings and family celebrations. Covid Secure Guidelines have been adopted to allow limited permitted activities to continue between lockdowns, but the committee is looking forward to the time when the hall can be fully open again.
Mountfield Village Hall
The hall came into being in 1928, and is dedicated to the memory of Mabelle Annie Egerton. It is operated as a charity which is run by a small committee of volunteers. The committee are governed by a 1965 trust deed which states that it is for the purposes of a Village Hall for the use of the inhabitants of the Parish of Mountfield and the neighbourhood, without distinction of sex or of political, religious, or other opinions, and in particular for use for meetings, lectures and classes, and for other forms of recreation and leisure-time occupation with the object of improving the conditions of life for the said inhabitants. It offers a good sized multi-functional hall for about 80 seated and 150 standing, a stage, state of the art audio-visual facilities for presentations, a well equipped kitchen, disabled toilet facilities and car parking for 18 or more cars. It is regularly used by local groups for activities such as painting classes, the weekly blind club, Parish Council meetings and is available for private hire for parties, wedding receptions, etc. We have come out of the Covid period feeling positive, with the support of local authority lockdown grants keeping us in a good financial position.
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North Hall Loxwood
Loxwood village hall – North Hall – was the culmination of a project driven and largely funded by a local benefactor, Major North. The foundation stone was laid in 1937 and the hall finished before the outbreak of war. It served as a popular gathering point during the war and hosted many Saturday night “hops” attended by locals and servicemen of British, Canadian and American origin. When the peace came it continued to serve as a popular meeting point for Loxwood residents and served as a home for Mother’s Union, Women’s Institute, and various indoor sporting activities. The grounds in which the hall sits have been added to in the intervening years making a current total of about three acres and there is a long tradition of a village fete held annually in June. In 1962 we were granted charity status and in 1967 produced a Governance Document which is still the guiding light for the management committee. The Parish Council is our Custodial Trustee and we have nine Management Trustees who bear the responsibility for the day-to-day operations and long term projects to keep the hall fit for purpose. In recent years the hall has been extensively refurbished to bring kitchen, toilets and meeting rooms up to 21st century expectations and to extend the accommodation and storage facilities. We now host weekly table tennis, ballroom dancing, mothers and toddlers, performing arts for children, Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, the North singers (village choir), dog training, badminton and bridge. Monthly events include a lunch club for the elderly, a film club and a jazz club which brings fans from all over the home counties. Annually we have our village fete, which we try to keep as traditional as possible, and the LoxFest in May. This is another occasion for families to gather and enjoy rock and similar music from an open-air sound stage whilst picnicking and sampling some of the many locally brewed beers on offer.
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Northchapel Village Hall
Northchapel Village Hall is located in the village of Northchapel in West Sussex, within the picturesque setting of the South Downs National Park. Positioned at the edge of the village, the Hall is surrounded by lush farmland and enjoys extensive rural views. There is ample parking immediately adjacent to the Hall. The Hall was built in 1971 on Parish Council freehold land - permanent conveyance from Leconfield estate. Hall Trustees lease building on 35 year renewable lease. The Hall was fully renovated in 2008 when the Hall Development Committee undertook to raise approx £180k through local fundraising and grants from Big Lottery/District Council & misc. and Charitable trusts. Following the refurbishment the hall now has a new, hard wearing wood effect floor giving a solid foundation to enable it to be adapted for a wide variety of functions. It has a large, fully equipped kitchen and folding tables and chairs plus crockery and cutlery to cater for 100+ people seated. It has modern toilets including baby changing and disabled facilities. The hall has easy disabled access.
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Pagham Village Hall
Pagham Village Hall was formally opened by local racing driver, Derek Bell, on 16 September 1998. As long ago as 1952 a Trust was set up to raise funds for a village hall for Pagham. In 1989 a formal referendum of all Pagham electors voted in favour of provision of a Village Hall. With renewed impetus, a new Pagham Village Hall Fund charity was set up in 1989 and took over the £5,000 raised by the original Trust. By 1997 it had boosted the fund to just over £40,000, through various events including welly-throwing, dances, coffee mornings and buy-a-brick. Meanwhile, mandated by the referendum result, Pagham Parish Council had taken on the project. The Council purchased a greenfield site at Church Barton Farm, Pagham Road, where the current Hall now stands. In addition to the Trust Fund, the Parish Council raised money from ratepayers and also took out a loan from the Public Works Loan Board (since repaid) to fund the project, which cost £400,000. The Hall was designed by local architect, the late Geoff Evans, based upon the appearance of a traditional Sussex Barn. Two local schoolchildren laid the foundation stone in April 1998 and the new Hall opened for business in September. A new fund-raising group, the Mulberries, continues the tradition of the previous charities and raises funds for the Village Hall and other local charities through quarterly dance events. The Council set up the Pagham Village Hall Trust as a charity to maintain and manage the Hall. The object of the Trust is to manage Pagham Village Hall and associated facilities in the interests of the residents of the parish, for their benefit and enjoyment as a Village Hall, and to seek thereby to serve the recreational, leisure and social needs of local people, on a fair and equitable basis, regardless of age, creed, class, religion or politics. The bright and airy Village Hall has been a great success, and in normal times it is used by over 40 regular groups, as well as one-off events such as wedding receptions and children’s parties. It is hosts a pre-school (the only activity continuing in the current Covid-19 lockdown) and the parish council office. The Trustees have carried out many improvements, yet the Village Hall remains financially very healthy. The first major project was to replace the rough and pot-holed surface of the car-park with a proper tarmac surface. In 2014, the Hall was extended by the addition of a 50-seater Small Hall and a kitchen and toilets for the Village Station Pre-School which meets in the upstairs room. At the end of 2019, 87 solar panels were installed. The Hall has a large south-facing roof and is situated on the edge of a town with the best sunshine record on the English mainland – ideal for solar power. The Trustees decided to invest some cash reserves in a sustainable energy system in order to reduce the Hall’s carbon footprint and to reduce future electricity bills and generate an income through the feed-in tariff, which is paid for exporting electricity to the grid. The solar panels form a 23.6Kw photovoltaic system, with estimated payback within six years, based on predicted performance and feed-in tariff calculations. In its first full year of operation we saved almost £1,300 on our purchase of electricity and received Feed-in Tariff payments of £1,866. We thus received £388 more than we spent, in effect contributing £1,686 to payback on our original investment. The Trustees will continue to consider measures to save gas consumption and reduce the carbon footprint of the Hall. The Hall can be hired through the Trustee’s booking clerk, Terry Reed, on 01243 264028 and a list of What’s On regular bookings can be found on the Pagham Parish Council website at
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Queen’s Hall, Cuckfield
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Ringmer Village Hall
Despite lockdowns, the village hall is still delivering support to the community. Our community lead library is providing a collection and delivery service to the subscribers. Out Tiddler and Toddler group have opened up their store to provide a library collection service for toys. Specialist support via the food bank and AA groups continues as does hosting Zoom meetings of the Baptist Church. All user groups are keen to get back into the hall for face to face activities.
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Ripe and Chalvington Village Hall
Ripe and Chalvington village hall has been part of our community since 1872. It started life as our local school, but when the school closed in 1965, it took on another lease of life as our Parish Village Hall. Available for hire for our local parishioners and the general public from the surrounding area, our hall has been used for: birthday parties (- young and old!), small weddings, funerals, flower shows, May day celebrations, keep fit classes, Pilates, quiz nights, history nights, race nights and lots of other fun events. It now also plays host to the Ripe pre-school during the week ensuring that the hall is well used and well loved. Whilst the school can remain open, unfortunately the hall is currently closed for any local hires, we are looking forward to the end of lockdown when our Covid compliant hall can be used again.
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Robertsbridge Community Association
doing fine but committee al getting scarily old.
no thanks
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Rogate Village Hall and Recreation Ground
We serve a small village in West Sussex and will soon be celebrating our centenary. We have a fantastic hall, with a proper stage and a 5 acre recreation ground. In ‘normal’ times we host all manner of events and sports activities. Our annual Summer Fete is famous!
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Rotherfield Memorial Institute
Set at the heart of our community, the building has played an important role during the COVID19 pandemic. The building is home to the charity Rotherfield St Martin who have remained open throughout lockdown, using the hall to operate a ‘Feed it Back’ service to the community. Using food that would otherwise go to landfill and food donated from local food outlets, the charity have stored and distributed approx. 1 tonne of food a month from the hall. From June 2021 Rotherfield St Martin whose main aim is to combat isolation and loneliness for older people, hope to resume all daily clubs and activities from the hall and look forward to welcoming everyone back.
Scaynes Hill Millennium Village Centre
The Centre has continued to host an after school club through most of the lock down. Scouts have been meeting remotely and our many fitness and sports groups are itching to get back up and running. The WI are nearly all champing to get their inoculations I am sure. During lockdown we have been able to invest back into the hall with sustainable projects and streamlined administration. Hopefully a sunny summer will maximise the use of our Solar and Battery installation. Can’t wait to get back to a new normal.
Slinfold Village Hall
Our village hall, in the middle of Slinfold’s Grade II* conservation area, is as much at the heart of village life as it when it was first built 140 years ago. An extension and refurbishment in 1999 meant that it could continue to stay relevant to the community’s needs and is and is used by a wide range of groups and societies throughout the week.
Southwater Village Hall
SVH is a busy village hall serving a wide range of different local groups. Its primary user is SVH Pre-School which operates five days a week. Its Trustees are strongly committed to the continuous improvement of its facilities for the benefit of its local community. It has recently installed air source heat pumps and free Wifi. As part of a Section 106 agreement it has recently gained a new play area for its pre-school and is currently fund raising to provide a shelter in order that the children can play outside throughout the year.
St Wilfrid’s Church Hall
The hall was built in 1969, together with the adjoining Church by a unique joint project between the Parish Council, the Diocese and donations. It replaced the Victorian hall, which had stairs and so was not usable by many in the community. Over the last 50 years the hall has provided a base for over 500 people annually, for many activities and groups to follow their hobbies and interests. This includes the local WI meetings, Gardener’s Club, music groups, art groups, slimming clubs, dances, parties, markets and many more. The hall has a major refurbishment programme to fund, including a new roof, ceiling and flooring. In early 2020, new disabled toilets were installed. Being in the centre of Pevensey Bay, which is a coastal and holiday village, it is fully accessible with a large car park and near to shops, a community Library and buses. The hall has been closed during Lockdown in 2020 but the committee has a publicity programme in place and hopes groups will be able to resume their activities during 2021.
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The Henfield Hall
Wannock Village Hall
The original Wannock Village Hall was built in 1887, the year of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. It was replaced with the current village hall in January 1974. The hall offers a wide variety of classes and events. A monthly coffee morning is run and enjoyed by local people.
West Wittering Memorial Hall
Built in 1922; the Memorial Hall is nearing its Centenary and has provided,over all of these years, the central hub for the village social and group activities. It has been extended several times to meet the demands of a growing community and continues to be well used by a variety of activities such as Amateur Dramatics, Art Classes and Exhibitions, Horticultural Group meetings, Short Mat Bowls, Local Wives Group, Bridge Group and Dance Classes.
Women's Hall Billingshurst
The Women's Hall was built in 1923 and given to the women of Billingshust by the Miss Becks, sisters and friends of the Pankhursts. Since the pandemic our hall has continued to be used by a local child care facility as an over spill for their after school and holiday clubs. In 2020 a cabin was built at the rear of the hall with a new kitchen and toilet block. Although the childcare facility has made some use of this we can't wait to be able to open it up to past and new users!
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