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Village Halls Domesday Book 2021
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Village halls in Warwickshire
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Binley Woods Village Hall
Our hall was opened in 1957 and has been the hub of our rural village ever since, always providing social and educational activities for all age groups. Subsequent committees have worked hard over the years to raise funds to maintain and modernise the hall. Various groups hire the hall for:- zumba, children’s dance classes, indoor bowls, luncheons for the elderly, Scottish dancing, keep fit, over 60’s, coffee mornings, craft, playgroup, children’s indoor soccer, ballroom dancing, amateur dramatics , women’s institute, the church in Binley Woods and carer’s cafe. At weekends the hall is hired out for children’s parties, dances, fashion shows, baby shower parties, etc. Although the Hall has not been open during the Corona virus pandemic, the local fruit and vegetable shop (Turnips) have used it to make up orders to be delivered to local residents and people in surrounding villages. We look forward to opening up again and welcoming our residents back to a Covid secure hall, thanks to ACRE’s help and advice.
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Lowsonford Village Hall
Set in a picturesque location on the banks of the Stratford on Avon canal in a pretty, small village in South Warwickshire, the Hall, originally built in 1936, serves the local community proudly. Recently it has been fully refurbished and modernised and is well set to serve the community in the future.
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Shotteswell Village Hall
The Village Hall is the centre of our small community acting as the hub for numerous functions and events. The committee have worked tirelessly over the last ten months to support village residents. In December we became the Warwickshire launch venue of “Warm Hub”, further demonstrating the willingness of our trustees to do as much as possible for the local community during these times.
Snitterfield Village Hall
Snitterfield Village hall was built in 1931 and will celebrate its 90th Birthday this year. It is in the heart of our village and has been used regularly by many village organisations over the years including Rag Tag Toddler Group (which has been running for over 30 years), Snitterifeld WI and Garden Club and our monthly rural cinema and community cafe which is a life-line for many of our residents as a way to meet socially. We hire the hall out for parties, yoga, dance classes, live music events, theatre productions and other social events whilst also fund-raising for our capital costs. Like so many halls we had to close during the national Covid-19 pandemic lock-downs but have taken this time to create a new easy access toilet thanks to the help and support from ACRE and a grant from DEFRA. In the past few years we have upgraded our toilets and storage areas and our next project will be replacing our smaller meeting room. With the help of Snitterfield Actioning Climate Change (SACC) we aim to increase the number of solar panels on our roof and make this new room carbon neutral. Grant applications continue to be submitted for this project but due to the national situation with Covid-19 we are realistic about their lower chance of success. We are looking forward to re-opening in 2021 and to welcoming our community back to their village hall once more.
Stoneleigh Village Hall and Playing Fields
We offer excellent facilities for social events, craft and art classes, drama, singing, dancing and sport including Football, Tennis and Five aside Football.
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Wren Hall
A building of character set in a lovely green space: Wren Hall is a listed building, formerly the village school. Recently refurbished to the highest standards, it now boasts a fabulous new hall completed just as lockdown started in spring. Unable to open our hall we kept busy behind the scenes, working on new signage, a new website, an on-line booking platform and contactless payment system. We developed our social media skills and, following guidance from ACRE, we made our hall COVID-secure. In the absence of activities at the hall we worked hard to keep our community connected. A much enjoyed Scarecrow Festival brought smiles to everyone who passed by. We participated in a Live and Local Livingroom project and were delighted to be twinned with professional Berber performance duo Tiwkilin. Our challenge was to learn to sing a Berber song. A group formed over Zoom to meet and sing regularly - much laughter ensued. We were able to host Mudcakes, a new outdoor stay-and-play-group in our versatile green space. Wren Hall is famous locally for its charity-fundraising Sunday Teas and of all lockdown’s privations these have been missed most within our community. In October there was a short window when we were able to open the hall over four Sunday afternoons. Delicious, socially distanced teas were served, pre-booked, COVID-secure and with waitress service - it was a sell-out! In November, we joined Warwick District Council’s “Light up the District” campaign with an enormous brightly light tree positioned close to the road where all could enjoy. We encouraged local households to join in and to switch their Christmas lights on early to brighten the mood. Before Christmas we received a grant from the Heart of England Community Foundation to spread some festive cheer. We created 32 beautiful hampers bursting with tasty seasonal gifts. These were delivered around our local parish by Wren Hall helpers. It was a joy to see the delight on recipients faces and the feedback received was very moving. Perhaps the most exciting event of 2020 was Santa’s visit on Christmas Eve when, starting at Wren Hall, he toured the district in a blaze of light on the biggest tractor we have ever seen! Now our hall is closed again, but we are still keeping connected via our social media channels. ‘January Joy’ is a call out to share a photo of anything that sparked a little joy, images (e.g., something baked or seen on a local walk) are posted to Instagram, Facebook and on to our website and so shared with the wider community. Winter Lockdown walks - a virtual group of local walkers sharing weekly achievements to keep each other motivated and out of the house. We are so looking forward to opening up again sometime in 2021, to welcome our community in, to be able to enjoy our regular exercise classes (Tai Chi and Yoga), our regular community events, to host artists during Warwickshire Open Studios’ Summer Art Weeks, to be entertained by fabulous Live and Local performances, to hear laughter and the buzz of a community enjoying spending time together.
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