Village Halls week 2021 – National Domesday Book
Last year we participated actively in Village Halls Week (see below) but for obvious reasons, village halls can’t throw open their doors again this year. Instead, we’re delighted to be included in a new online record – the Village Halls Domesday Book – which provides a snapshot of halls across the country and how they see the future after such a difficult year. You’ll find our entry in there somewhere!
The Village Hall has remained open during the pandemic to allow the Post Office to continue (an essential service under the Health Protection Regulations). It was also put to good use by Cathy Reavy, who runs the regular Threads Workshops, to make scrubs for care and health workers. It re-opened from July for most normal users but from 5 November it has been essentially closed again under the prevailing ‘lockdown’ rules.
From 4 January 2021, national ‘lockdown’ restrictions apply, which permit only a limited range of activities, such as takeaway food services; temporary office work; funeral wakes, etc. If you have an enquiry about using the Hall, please use the email address below. Remember that face masks must be worn in the premises unless exemptions apply.
During this uncertain period for the village hall because of the cancellation of all bookings and its own fund-raising activities, we welcome donations of any amount. As a charity, donations benefit from gift aid, boosting the amount by 25p for every £1 received. Our gift aid declaration form can be downloaded here.
For more information or to discuss future bookings, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hall trustee and committee member Ian sadly died on 7 July 2020, after many years supporting the Hall. He will be sadly missed.
January Open Day (Village Halls Week 2020)
We celebrated our village hall at the start of 2020 with an Open Day on 26 January, as part of ACRE’s Village Halls Week. All our regular user groups were represented, teas and coffees were drunk, cake and scones eaten, and a very social day was had by all who dropped-in. You can see a PDF version of the slideshow that ran during the day on this link. See photos in the Gallery.
The Village Hall was previously the village school. It is an important facility for the village and is used by many of the groups listed on the right. It is a charitable trust registered with the Charity Commission No.228929. Its current trustees (committee members) are shown below. A copy of the Minutes from the last AGM can be found here.
There is an outreach Post Office service at the hall on Mondays and Thursdays (currently limited to 12.15-2.15pm).
The Hall is available for hire, for social or commercial purposes (see rates and availability below). Facilities include a main hall that can seat up to around 100; large and small tables, a stage-system; a fully-equipped kitchen; and a small room that can be used as an office or administration area, etc.
The Hall is situated close to the village centre, about 300 metres from The George pub. The full address is Beresford Lane, Alstonefield, DE6 2FR. Map. There is ample car parking next to the hall and in other car parks nearby – click here.
Refreshments are served in the Village Hall on the mornings of Car Boot Sales, normally held every fourth Sunday of each month during the summer.
The Committee often hosts concerts in the Hall for recreational and fund-raising purposes. These generally take place one a month, usually on Saturday evenings. We like to feature a range of musical styles, such as folk, blues, singer-songwriters, jazz, Americana/ alt.country, etc. There is a licensed bar and all concerts start at 8pm unless stated (doors 7.30pm). Tickets are best (and cheapest) if bought online – our current programme can be viewed here. Further details are available on our Events page.
Committee Members (officers)
- Chair (and History Group representative) – Martin Snodin (01335 310121)
- Booking Secretary- Joanna Griffin (07812 606 790 or email: email@example.com)
- Treasurer – Debs Railton (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Other committee members
- Dave Littlehales (Social Secretary)
- Val Littlehales (Parochial Church Council Representative)
- Mandy Domville (Friendship Club Representative)
- Frank Lipp
- Anne Morgan
Hiring the hall:
Standard hire charges (last updated June 2019):
- Main room:
– General rate £16 per hour (£8 for residents and local/Parish organisations)
– Social events on Fridays/Saturdays £20 per hour (£12 residents/local)
- Meeting room only £10 per hour (£5 residents/local)
- Exclusive use rate for weddings etc i.e. use of whole premises with sole use of car park for special occasions and events – £25 per hour (£15 residents/local)
- Corporate hire – on application
The Committee has discretion over all bookings and charges, as explained in the Hiring Agreement which can be found here as a PDF file (this version includes Special Conditions because of the current pandemic).
Please use the form below to request the use of one of the rooms at the Village Hall. Once reserved, we will contact you to confirm the booking, complete any relevant documentation and arrange payment.
To check availability or enquire about rates or facilities, please contact the Booking Secretary, Joanna Griffin – email email@example.com.
Policies and documents
The Management Committee is currently (January 2020) reviewing its policies, including its approach to publication of its policies on this page. Certain policies are in draft form, where stated (these must not be relied upon as the current policies of the Hall Committee):
Minutes of AGM 2019-20 (delayed until 29/7/20)
Hiring Agreement with Special Conditions – updated August 2020 (applicable during COVID pandemic)
Equality and Safeguarding Policy (section from Committee Handbook)
Committee Handbook – DRAFT last updated Dec 2020 (for committee members only)
Books for the Meeting Room library – currently suspended
[Books are available to buy whenever the village hall is open, in the meeting room (and a smaller quantity in the main hall). Books may be browsed, borrowed or bought (there’s an honesty box). If you would like to donate books (or CDs/DVDs), please contact Dave or Val on 01335 310322 and we will either arrange for collection or invite you and your books for coffee! Alternatively box your books and leave them in the Meeting Room to be sorted before adding to stock. Thank You!]
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