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Ashton Keynes Village Hall
Our Village Hall is the centre of the community and as the hub for numerous services, has remained open throughout the pandemic. Although group and social activities have had to stop, including our own fund-raising Rural Cinema; the Hall complex houses the Village Shop, the out-reach Post Office and the GP Branch Surgery. All of the these are classed as essential services and so we had to ensure that we made the Hall COVID-Secure in order to keep it open. We introduced disinfectant fogging, hand sanitisers, risk assessments, etc. The Village Preschool is also housed within the Hall complex and we had to accommodate this restarting in June 2020 (at the end of the first lock-down). The support of the Local Authority, Community First and ACRE have been exceptional. With luck (and the vaccine) we are looking forward to reopening fully sometime during 2021.
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Avebury & District Social Centre
Bishopstrow Village Hall
Bishopstrow Village Hall was the village pre-school until 1965, when the Hall was gifted to the village by the Temple family. Since then it has been run by a volunteer committee and used for all the usual hall activities. From 2013 to 2017 it underwent a huge refurbishment programme, with a new roof, new floor, new electrics, heating and audio-visual and a new-build kitchen. Up to March 2020 it was used every weekday for various activities (pilates, yoga, table tennis, bridge, music, art classes, as well as village specific events such as quizes, themed suppers, meetings, etc) and often at weekends for parties for all ages. We are hoping to get back to this level of use as soon as the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
Bowerhill Village Hall
Our current village hall was built in 2005 and is centred in the heart of our community with a wide selection of events and activities taking place for all ages and abilities. A selection of these are Local School, Yoga, Slimming Clubs, Craft Sessions, Church Groups, Scout Groups, Baby Toddler Groups, Dancing and a variety of Health Groups. All these along with a wide range of fund raising events. We also hire out the hall for weddings, Christening celebrations, parties and funeral wakes.
Bradenstoke village Hall
Beautiful hall, in a lovely village, The hall was originally the School built in 1873, it became the village hall in 1969 and made a Charity, It is owned by the village and looked after by A Board Trustees and a Committee of residents.
Brinkworth Village Hall
We are one of the longest villages in England and the Village Hall is vital for keeping the community together. We managed to get some decorating done in the summer with a great team of volunteers from the village (socially distant!) Sadly we have lost a couple of our main hall users during Covid including the Butterflies nursery that has been looking after our village children for more than 30 years. However, we are looking forward to welcoming back users such as Danceaerobics, Garden Club, Bramble Patchers, Cubs, Beavers, Lunch Club, Yoga and Pilates.
Broad Hinton Village Hall
Broad Hinton Village Hall was rebuilt in 2009 after the old hall built in 1963 was knocked down. We are lucky to have a new modern hall with excellent facilities that serves the local community. The hall provides a venue for clubs, weddings, parties and a place where people from the local community can get together. It also currently provides a Post Office service, which would have been lost when the Village Shop closed. The hall is essential for a Rural community, and hopefully will continue to server the community for many years to come.
Burbage Village Hall and Recreation Grounds
A large community asset that can hold up to 130 people. Sadly we have remained closed since the start of the pandemic and have only opened for use by the local Doctors’ surgery for flu jabs. We have taken the opportunity to redecorate with the help of local volunteers ready for a grand re-opening when safe to do so
Charlton Recreational Centre
Our village hall usually provides a wide range of activities for all ages and abilities and this has been much missed during the Covid pandemic. We very much look forward to be able to re-open the hall but in the meantime the outside space is still providing a much-needed opportunity for local people to walk and exercise and the car park has been used for pop-up takeaway. Our play area has continued to provide a vital space for local children to let off steam and have fun.
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Cherhill Village Hall
Prior to lock down the hall was a very busy place with activities, classes, clubs and groups, village events, theatre productions and parties filling almost every part of the diary. There was something for everyone and all ages from toddlers to lunch clubs for older folk. Lockdown has clearly changed all that but we are hopefully that we will get back to some kind of normality in the not too distant future. In the meantime we have been busy with hall maintenance jobs that were always tricky to schedule with so little free space in the diary.
Chippenham Rotary Hall
A community hall in the town centre of Chippenham, uniquely owned and managed by the local Rotary Club, providing a home for a wide variety of local community and faith groups. Profits from hiring fees after expenses are recycled to local and national Good Causes. Closed at first by the first Lockdown, the hall, now made Corvid secure, is currently let for an NHS training facility, and to a local charity working with disturbed youngsters. Looking forward to being able to welcome back our lovely usual hirers when normality returns.
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Chitterne Village Hall
Warm, welcoming and connected village hall in the beautiful Salisbury Plain village of Chitterne.
Clyffe Pypard and Bushton Village Hall
Sadly, we have began 2021 without any activities taking place in the hall due to Covid restrictions. This well appointed rural Village hall serves as the main socialising place for the 2 hamlets with a total population of around 300. Usually there would be regular various exercise classes, WI meetings, and Craft classes. Harvest Suppers, Plant Fairs and Christmas Fairs organised by the church, Big Breakfasts organised by the WI, Walks and Pot luck Lunches and quizzes by the Village Hall Committee and various other meetings have all been put on hold. During the various lockdowns have been able to use the car park for Jigsaw and Book swaps raising money for charity and for a very well attended Carol Singing Evening. And for the future, we just look forward to being able to open our doors to the public again, to see the hall being busy with folk being able to soialise with each other !
Compton Bassett Benson Village Hall
Our Hall is of the few remaining village assets in the small village of Compton Bassett along with St Swithins church and the White Horse pub. Compton Bassett is a Domesday book village and was a major Saxon settlement with a part Saxon church, 2 Saxon water mills and a Saxon princes palace just down the road. The Village Hall is used for Village fetes, barn dances, harvest festivals, Burns nights, quiz nights, talks, dog training, Little Fishes church school and even weddings and funerals. Sadly the Hall has been pretty much closed since March 2020 but we are looking forward to re-opening when we can.
Corsley Reading Room
Originally opened in 1892 the hall has continued to serve the community to the present day. We look forward to being a social centre again when covid lockdowns cease.
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Coulston Village Hall
Coulston is a very small village on the edge of Salisbury Plain with a population of about 130 and, apart from the Church, the Village Hall is the only public meeting place as there is no shop or pub. The hall, which was built in 1854, started life as the local school before becoming a village amenity. Although currently closed due to the pandemic we would normally hold a variety of social activities ranging from Harvest events, Quiz Nights and Christmas Fairs through to very enthusiastic sing-a-long suppers. We look forward to being able to resume these just as soon as we are able as our funds are dwindling rapidly.
Cricklade Town Hall
Cricklade is the picturesque first town on the River Thames and southern gateway to the Cotswolds. Founded by the Anglo-Saxons during the ninth century, it is home to the Snakeshead Fritillaries and is hugely popular with walkers. The Town Hall was built in 1933 as a memorial to local people who died during the First World War, and to provide much needed facilities for the town. It acts as the heart of the community, hosting a range of events including many public and private parties, civic functions, and weddings. Several of the town clubs and societies are also fortunate enough to call the building ‘home’, from the local Women’s Institute to the Cinema Club and the town’s band. While the building has been closed due to Covid-19 national lockdown restrictions, the management team has taken the opportunity to improve the amenities, including relocated and re-fitted disabled facilities and extra storage for regular hirers.
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Edington Parish Hall
Edington Parish Hall is a character 19th Century building that was built in 1885 for use as the Sunday School for the Priory Church and it has now become a valuable village amenity. In 2019, the existing toilets were upgraded to provide a disabled toilet and baby changing facility, a store area was refurbished to provide additional kitchen facilities and a small extension was built to give additional storage. Over £60,000 was raised through generous donations from a village appeal, the wider local community, local businesses and successful grant applications to provide these much needed improvements. Before the first ‘lockdown’ in March 2020, the hall provided a meeting place for the Parish Council, the WI, the Gardening Club, The Under 5‘s and a monthly luncheon group. It also hosted the annual Gardening Club Flower and Produce show, Pumpkin Day, Charity Christmas Card Sale, Quiz nights, Big Breakfast and smaller village events as well as private bookings for family parties and funeral wakes. Each August, when the Edington Music festival takes place, the Parish Hall is where the choristers and adult choirs rehearse and it is also their meals venue; sadly in 2020 the Festival was cancelled. Choirs that perform as part of the Edington Arts programme also use the hall. Throughout 2020, we received invaluable advice and guidance from ACRE and Helen at Wiltshire Community First on the ever changing Covid-19 restrictions and this enabled us to set up the hall in a Covid secure way so that in September, the Under 5’s group and a small Brass Band group were able to meet as exempt activities. Sadly, the hall is now closed due to the third lockdown. Like many, our finances are dwindling and because the hall is a Church building, we pay no rates so were not eligible for the £10,000 grant that many other halls received but having applied to Wiltshire County Council, we did receive a small Discretionary Covid grant. Support from the Village Volunteer group has ensured that the grass and banks have been maintained and decorating needs met. Our current financial situation means that our plans for further improvements such as updating the heating system and renovating the main kitchen will now take longer to achieve. We look forward to more normal times when the hall can reopen, everyone can again meet and socialise and the sound of chatter and laughter will once again fill Edington Parish Hall
Our village hall is very small and fairly old but is much loved and used by many groups in the village. We have refurbished the kitchen and are now aiming to put in insulation and upgrade the heating system
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Great Hinton Memorial Hall
The original hall with its corrugated iron walls and roof was erected in 1922 as a memorial to those from the Parish of Great Hinton who died in the First World War. In 2000 it was replaced with a brick-built construction with the cost being covered by the accumulation of funds from village events, especially the “Agony Runs”, and grants from the Landfill Tax Scheme and the National Lottery Millennium 21st Century Halls Fund. It is now maintained and managed by trustees “for the use of the inhabitants of the Parish of Great Hinton .... without distinction of political, religious or other opinions, including the use for meetings, lectures and classes, and other forms of recreation and leisure-time occupation, with the object of improving the conditions of life for the said inhabitants.” In normal times, the hall has been used by a number of village clubs and groups of an artistic, sporting or social nature. The Parish Council has used the hall for its meetings and makes a financial grant to the running costs of the hall. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020, the hall has been closed. It is hoped that use of the hall will return to pre-pandemic levels during the course of 2021 once Government restrictions on public life are permanently lifted.
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Grittleton, Sevington & Leigh Delamere Village Hall
Grittleton, in North Wiltshire, has had a village hall since 1949, also serving the nearby villages of Leigh Delamere and Sevington. The present building, picturesquely situated on land formerly belonging to the Neeld Family who lived in the manor of Grittleton House, was opened in 1988. The cricket club, which has existed for more than 150 years has its pitch and pavilion on the land. More recently a children’s playground and multi-use games area have been added, making it a very popular venue. We greatly look forward to resuming our indoor activities after the pandemic, and thank ACRE for all their help during this difficult period.
Hilmarton Parish Church Hall
Our present hall was built on a piece of land donated by the then Lord of the Manor in 1914. A prefabricated hall was built on the site in 1934 and as we come up to it’s 90th Anniversary, it will be replaced by an eco friendly hall to enable us to continue the many village activities taking place including the Community Cinema, Gardening Club, Indoor Sports and other ‘Get Togethers’.
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Idmiston Parish Memorial Hall
The Memorial Hall was built in 1958 to commemorate those who lost their lives in the World Wars, since then it has been at the centre of the community, hosting all sorts of happy events from the village fetes, the flower & produce shows to jumble sales and amateur dramatic productions. In recent years it has hosted a screening of the “Secret Spitfires” film , the village quiz and the starting point and tea tent for the “Open gardens”. All these events have been organised by volunteers within the community, have proved hugely successful and have helped raise funds for various charities and for the hall itself. It is the venue for clubs and activities for all ages from Baby & Toddler to Over 60’s, Beavers & Scouts, Dance groups, Art clubs, Badminton & Short Mat Bowls , Pilates, the parish council meetings, the WI and a Day centre for the elderly. It is a great space for parties, childrens’ parties, christening celebrations,discos, “Big birthday” parties, wedding receptions and funeral teas Once covid restrictions are lifted we hope to welcome many of our regular clubs back and host the following events: Open gardens - held in early June on alternate years (fingers crossed for 2022) Village Quiz - last Saturday evening in November (fingers crossed for this year) Jumble sale - a joint venture with St Nicholas School ( fingers crossed for later this year)
Keevil Village Hall
Providing a hub for the village to hold classes, provide entertainment and generally socialise. Also accommodate a Post Office one afternoon a week.
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Landford Village Hall
Whilst our Village Hall may not be the prettiest in Wiltshire, it was built to serve a purpose and it certainly does that, in normal times of course. After years of hard fund-raising, the Hall was finally opened by our then MP, Robert Key, in December 1993. The decision had been taken to provide a hall suitable not only for social events, but for a variety of indoor sporting activities, and that has proved to be an excellent choice. An additional meeting room and large store room was added and opened in 2010. The Hall is regularly used for Badminton (there are 2 courts), Short Mat Bowls (room for 4 mats), Table Tennis, children's Gymnastics, Yoga, Pilates, Cheerleading, Martial Arts, and also by a painting group. The New Forest C of E Primary School uses the Hall for PE when they cannot go out-of-doors, and for the normally annual Christmas festivities. The local Churches use the Hall for the annual Christingle Service. There are also regular charity fund-raising events held in the Hall. There are 2 separate meeting rooms, and Landford Parish Council uses one of them for their meetings. The Hall has proved more successful than the committee ever dared to hope. All those years of fund-raising have paid off! The current management committee and all the regular users look forward to the day when the doors can be opened for business once again. At this moment, like so many Village and Community Halls, the future is somewhat uncertain. However, as and when life returns to normal, I am confident that the members of the management committee would agree with me that the future for Landford Village Hall on the scale of 1-5, is a resounding 5.
Langford Parish Hall
Our village hall was donated to the parish by a generous benefactor 110 years ago. It is the hub of our village and in normal times offers a space for meetings, coffee mornings, pop up markets, keep fit, table tennis, youth club, parties, film nights and live musical events. During lockdown 1 we used it as a depot for pre ordered fresh bread deliveries. We are now offering a work hub as a break from working from home and a rehearsal space for individual musicians.
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Leigh Park Community Centre
Now on our 3rd lockdown we have been working behind the scenes to establish a new way forward to make our community feel safe. Online networking has become the new normal of saying hello and seeing how others are coping and to share information. We are very much looking forward to re-opening and re-uniting with our visitors old and new. Stay safe everyone :)
Liddington Village Hall
In 2019 we celebrated 25 years since the hall opened and being at the centre of village life
Manningford Memorial Hall
Our village hall was originally built in 1922 by the Grant-Meek family who were the Lords of the Manor, Manningford Bruce. The hall was replaced in 2001 by a completely new purpose built building with funds raised by the Parish Council and the Lotteries Grant and is available for private hire as well as hosting a number of village events each year. With a capacity for 100 standing guests or 56 seated it is a suitable size for most occasions. We have a comfortable, well equipped venue for all types of activities & social interactions. Regular activities such as Pilates, HiiT & Yoga classes, dog training, Still Life drawing, together with children’s parties, pop-up coffee mornings etc will continue once the pandemic is brought under control via vaccines in 2021 and normality, in some form, is restored. We can then look forward to hosting events & functions to bring together all parts of our local community. One thing this past year has made us all realise is that social contact, in any form, is vitally important.
Minety Village Hall & community Shop
We aim to act as a focus for community groups and activities for all of our residents and have assisted in the opening of a new community shop which has proved invaluable during the current COVID crisis. We look forward to welcoming our regular users back in the near future
Newton Tony Memorial Hall & Recreation Ground
Set in the Wiltshire countryside our village hall reached it’s centenary year in 2020. Although we had ambitious plans with a diary of activities to happen throughout the year, COVID put a stop to such ideas. In normal times we see our hall and recreational ground as the heart of our village community and would usually hold events throughout the year as well as offer the premises and field for private events. Such events would include the annual cricket match, a fete, quiz nights, film nights, coffee mornings, and interesting lectures. We look forward to kickstarting events hopefully in 2021.
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North Bradley Peace Memorial Hall
The Village hall has been in place since 1945, the land and hall site was gifted to the community for returning service men from the second world war. The hall is a real community space with many weekly clubs and groups using the hall on a regular basis. With lottery funding we have improved the hall over the years and its a very versatile space. We are a registered charity, we hold regular events across the yearly calendar to secure funds to maintain the hall and the local park, the committee are all volunteers from the local community, we strive and encourage the village to support us in all we do.
We modernised our village hall in Oare, updating the kitchen, heating and more. We so look forward to being the hub of the village community again, as well as welcoming guest bookings
Phoenix Hall Netheravon, Salisbury
Phoenix Hall is so named because in 1987 it rose from the ashes of our first village hall. We run Cheerful Cuppa (a weekly village coffee morning helping to support those with dementia), A Day Centre (for the elderly and infirm) and a weekly Youth Club (5-15 year olds). In addition we host several local clubs, classes and societies. We cannot wait to get back to serving our community to the full.
Potterne Village Hall
We have been closed to hirers since the first lockdown although we did just manage to have the 2020 Panto in the Feb half term. This year’s Panto has been cancelled and has been much missed. When we were in tier 2, we managed to run the lunch club following restaurant rules, culminating in our Christmas lunch on Dec 23rd, and we also had some socially distanced Karate, but the latest lockdown put an end to both of those. We have missed the Village involvement in the annual Art Show and Christmas market and social evenings like the Burns Supper, and look forward to things happening again.
Poulshot Village Hall
Last year we managed to upgrade our door and fascia. This year we are hoping to upgrade the kitchen and the audio system. Last Christmas we managed to raise money and food to create Christmas hampers for any household who needed the help. We had three referrals. We aim to help again this Christmas.
Ramsbury Memorial Hall
Opened in 1926 and built to commemorate those who gave their lives from our Parish during WW1. Now proudly situated at “the heart of the village”.
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Seend Community Centre
Like many other community centres, we have been changed from a thriving hub of our rural community here to one where our sole activity at the moment is providing a facility for a weekly visit by the Alzheimers Society Singing for the Brain group, as an exempted activity. In a normal year we host a pantomime and a Beer Festival – both with reputations that spread well beyond our local community, and even our county. Neither happened last year and the pantomime is already cancelled for this year. In 2020 we would have put on an ABBA tribute band concert, the annual village flower show, an Oktoberfest and numerous other smaller community events such as Nosh and Natter lunches and monthly coffee mornings as well as several private hirings for birthday parties and wedding receptions. We are optimistic that at least some of these can happen this year – dates are pencilled in. Indeed our survival depends on it. Throughout 2020 we received invaluable help and guidance in meeting the ever-changing COVID restrictions from ACRE, via our local Community First. This helped us set up the Centre in a COVID-secure way so that between the lockdowns we were able to open our bar, especially on the popular Friday nights! On top of all this we have been very grateful to our village residents for the support we have been offered in these difficult times. 2020 was a year that none of us would want to repeat. Now we can’t wait to get back to normal and start again doing the things we are here to provide.
Selwyn Hall, Box
The Selwyn Hall is built on land leased by the Parish Council in 1968 under a Deed of Trust. It is named after the Revd Tom Selwyn Smith who was the Vicar of Box at the time. The accommodation comprises the Main Hall, the smaller Millennium Room and the usual supporting facilities including toilets, store rooms and a kitchen. A small public library, under the auspices of the Wiltshire County Library Service, is situated on the Ground Floor, staffed by volunteers and open a few times a week. A good-sized stage, along with lighting and a sound system, is used for theatrical and other similar productions. In the past, the hall has enjoyed a variety of regular hirers including the badminton club an art group, the ‘Gentlemen’s Interest Group’, Box Primary School, Box Panto Group and Panache Cinema. At the start of the pandemic, the Trustees agreed that the hall should be closed. There followed a period of maintenance, defect repair and deep cleaning. As restrictions eased, risk assessments were carried out based on the excellent advice received from ACRE and other sources including the Health & Safety Executive. The hall was then re-opened for a couple of hirers who were required to carry out an induction programme covering the additional Covid related safety requirements. As the pandemic situation deteriorated, the hall was closed again. The opportunity is now being taken to develop a ‘plan for the future’ aimed at exploring how the hall’s excellent facilities might attract a wider range of hirers once it is possible to re-open. It is intended to improve WiFi connectivity and to develop the hall’s website which has fallen in to abeyance. There is a real feeling of excitement within the Executive Committee and the Trustees as we look forward to a ‘new normal’.
Shalbourne Village Hall
Shalbourne village hall began its life in 1843 as bible school and since then has evolved into what it is today at the center of the village and the heart of the community. It provides a space where villagers, local clubs and organisations meet. It housed a pop up pub when the local pub temporarily closed and homed the Church community during refurbishment and during the Covid crisis it has provided a safe space from which preordered groceries can be collected.
Sherston Village Hall
Our Village Hall has a long history, it used to be a tithe barn in medieval times and in the second world war it was a rifle range. Over the years it has hosted wedding parties, musical events, plays, a playgroup and now Pilates classes and yoga. We are hoping to give it a new entrance hall and modern toilets in the next year or so.
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St John’s Place, Lower Bemerton, Salisbury
The Victorian church of St John’s has been converted for use by school, church and community, opening for shared use in 2016. A much loved space at the heart of the local community, until lockdown in March 2020 we were being used for a wide range of activities including films, talks, yoga, exercise classes and coffee mornings, and also hosted church weddings, receptions, quiz nights and parties. We are looking forward to re-opening in 2021 to all the many activities which are held here.
Steeple Ashton Village Hall
Sadly we are closed due to the pandemic, but we managed to reopen for 9 days in October before we were locked down again! We are a new committee and it’s been a baptism of fire for us due to Covid-19! During the last year, we have used the time we were closed to tidy and clean out cupboards, carry out repairs and maintenance in order to ensure that when we do reopen properly, the hall will be improved and ready to take its place serving the community once again. We have replaced the leaking flat roof, had electrics updated and improved plumbing in toilets and kitchen, all things overdue. We then re decorated those rooms - all easily done within the guidelines. While this was happening, we were also looking at how we could reopen in a Covid-secure way and the help from Wiltshire Village Halls Association and ACRE was invaluable and we are so grateful for their guidance. It seemed a mammoth task to read, understand and interpret all the Covid rules but eventually we had the hall ready for use and all Covid steps in place. Unfortunately, only our local guides and brownies were able to use the hall before we were locked down again, but even that one evening meant so much to them and they had a wonderful time, proving also that our Covid secure measures worked. Our aim now is to continue to carry out improvements to the hall as much as is possible and to keep our community up to date with what we are doing, so that the Village Hall stays in peoples’ minds despite them not being able to use it. The ‘down time’ has enabled us to think about what we could do in the future, what events to hold, how to publicise our hall more effectively and we have even got to grips with Zoom virtual meetings so that we can discuss things as they arise. But we can’t wait to be able to use the hall as it should be used, to hear chatter and laughter and friends enjoying each others company once again.
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Tytherton Village Hall
Our village hall was built in 1924 for the working people of the village. It remains as the only community facility in the village. We are due to commence a new build on a new site in the very near future.
Urchfont Village Hall
Urchfont Village Hall was constructed by volunteers in the village from 1929-30. Our Village Hall is the main communal meeting point in the village offering space to over 30 clubs and groups and available for private hire. We have a large hall with stage, projector and large screen, a smaller conference room, a well appointed kitchen suitable for caterers and a Drs Surgery. Groups began to return to using the hall in 2021 as soon as they were able to and we operated strict Covid measures to help keep people safe. We used the time in lockdown to carry out various projects such as repainting some areas and renewing the tarmac in the car park. Now we are working to make the hall greener through improved insulation and hopefully eventually ditching the oil heating for a more renewable source.
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West Grimstead
Our village hall was built in 1913. As so many of our village amenities have closed over the years, our village hall is now the village social point with, amongst other events, drop in coffee mornings, quiz evening and skittles evenings. It is available for hire and we currently have four regular hirers - a line dancing class, an upholstery class, a yoga class and a keep fit class. Owing to coronavirus, our village hall is closed at present, but we are looking forward to re-opening again with an even busier social programme and hirings diary.
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Wilton Community Centre
Our busy Community Centre was founded in 1979 converted from an old Victorian school with three large rooms, a meeting room and kitchen for hire. The Centre is right in the middle of the small town of Wilton, near Salisbury, and has good, clean, warm, inexpensive accommodation with free Wi-Fi and a large car park. Before lockdown in March 2020 we had over 35 user groups with an estimated 36,000 people attending annually for social gatherings, classes, events, meetings and interest groups of all ages. It is run by a volunteer group of Trustees, volunteers and a caretaker and is a registered charity No 278026. To so many people, the Centre and it’s activities were a vital part of their week and social interactions and they have all missed this important aspect of their lives. Our Users and the management all very much look forward to reopening again and to restart this valued community asset when the world gets back to some kind of normality.
We are closed just now, but stayed open whenever permitted by Government regulations during the pandemic. We actually managed to attract several local bands for practising, as our size allowed greater social distancing than their normal venues. We are optimistic that we shall continue to thrive after the present emergency - we are popular for children’s parties and may even have an opera singer again too! She first performed for us in 2019.
Worton and Marston Village Hall
Usually Worton and Marston Village Hall provides a meeting space for groups and indivduals of all ages, primarily from either village, though it is open for hire to people and groups from further afield as well. We regualrly host a toddler group, Brownies pack, Ladies Group. WI, Pilates group and Gardening Club, as well providing a venue for monthly Parish Council meetings and a Polling Station. Villagers also use it for celebrations of important events in their lives or national landmarks and Trustees endeavour to ensure that there is at least one community event each month. It is also used by a couple of local businesses. Use in 2020 was sporadic and although the Trustees worked hard to ensure that the Hall was available and ‘Covid-19 Secure’ during times we were permitted to open, most hirers did not feel confident in resuming activities. Trustees therefore used the time to refresh the decor and review our policies (both ongoing) and we have explored improvements to make the Hall more accessible once we can open again e.g. a sound system and hearing loop. We are indebted to Community First, Wiltshire Village Halls Association and ACRE for advice and support and to Wiltshire Council for financial support during what has been a challenging time and we look forward positively to when we can use the hall fully again.
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