Village Hall (Memorial Hall & Community Centre)

About the hall

The smart, re-furbished hall was previously the village school. It is an important resource for the village and is available for hire for all kinds of events (see rates below). Facilities include a main hall that can seat up to around 100; a stage-system and pro-lighting; a fully-equipped kitchen; and a small room that can be used as an office or administration area, etc. There is ample car parking next to the hall and in other car parks nearby.  You can find us on Hallshire.com.

How to find us

Direction post near to hall

The hall is situated close to the village centre, about 300 metres from The George pub, near to an atractive direction post. The full address is Beresford Lane, Alstonefield, DE6 2FR. Map

Post Office

There is a visiting Post Office service at the hall on Mondays (1pm-4pm) and Thursdays (miiday – 2pm).

Regular events

For Village Hall concerts the box office is hopedalemusic@btinternet.com (or call 01335 310322). Information on upcoming concerts can be found on the Events page here.

Bookings

Contact Sue Lovatt (Tel. 01335 310458) or e-mail us.  For car parking information please click here

Hire charges

  • The Main Hall:  £14 per hour
  • The Main Hall and all its facilities including fully equipped kitchen, meeting room, wifi, sole use of car park for special occasions and events – £20 per hour.
  • Corporate Rates for the whole day are subject to negotiation. Local residents and organisations half price subject to the discretion of the committee.

Village Hall officers

  • Chairman – Jean Allen (01335 310201)
  • Vice Chairman – Dave Littlehales (01335 310322)
  • Secretary – Margaret Cohen (01335 310381)
  • Treasurer – Sue Lovatt (01335 310458)
  • Social Sec. – Dave Littlehales (01335 310322)

Committee members

  • Frank Lipp (01335 310302)
  • Marie McIlroy (01335 310293)
  • Jill Benghiat (01335 310230)
  • Ken Sharples (01335 310072)
  • Val Littlehales (01335 310322)
  • Martin Snodin (01335 310322)
  • Martin Wilding (01335 310025)

Book stall – books wanted!

A Book Stall is open whenever the village hall is accessible, in the office room. Books may be browsed, borrowed or bought (there’s an honesty box).

If you would like to donate books (or CDs/DVDs)to the stall please contact Dave or Val on 01335 310322 and we will either arrange for collection or invite you and your books for coffee! Please do not leave books in the hall as they need to be sorted and priced before adding to stock. Thank You!

Car Boot Sale Refreshments

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.

90 years young! Dorothy retires after 60 years’ service

After the Annual General Meeting on April 15th 2013 the members toasted  the retirement of Dorothy Critchlow.  Approaching her 90th Birthday, she retired from her position as Treasure and Booking Officer. She served on the Village Hall Committee for an outstanding 60 years. Chairman Jean Allen presented her with a DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD in grateful appreciation of her 60 years of dedication and service.  On Friday 3rd May, The Village Hall Committee hosted a surprise party for Dorothy. CLICK HERE to read the Ashbourne News Telegraph article on this.

Village Hall official opening

In Autumn 2011, the village hall committee faced a difficult decision whether or not to continue with the £100,000 project to build and equip an extension to replace the old school toilets with disabled facilities and to provide new storage areas and a meeting room.  With the help of grants from Staffordshire County Council, Robbie Williams, Garfield Weston Foundation and £20,000 of local donations the project was able to proceed.  Chairman, Jean Allen went on to say, “Along with past projects, we have transformed the old village school into what is now a first class village amenity which we can be proud of and will benefit our community for years to come.  Thank you all for your help”.

The 100 people attending the ceremony on 29th September 2012 saw Mrs Dorothy Critchlow cutting the ribbon to officially open the new extension.  Dorothy was presented with a huge bouquet of flowers to mark her amazing achievement of 60 years service on the committee. Read the Ashbourne Telegraph Report on the VH official opening – CLICK HERE

Re-opening of the Old School Garden

Until the late 1960s the Old School Garden was used by pupils to grow vegetables. Following closure of the village school in 1982 and the subsequent purchase of the building as our new village hall in 1985, the garden was included as part of the property belonging to Alstonefield Education Trust. Following the kind offer of the Education Trust to sell this piece of land to the Village Hall and the very generous offer by the family of the late Les Griffin to pay for it and donate it to the Village Hall Committee in Les’s memory,  the official re-opening of the garden, by the Griffin family, took place on the afternoon of Saturday 27th June 2009. The weather was kind to us as many gathered to enjoy tea, cake and light refreshments in the garden afterwards.

This page is maintained by Dave Littlehales