Village Hall (Memorial Hall & Community Centre)

To hire the Hall, see below

About the Hall

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, from 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.

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 – Martin Snodin (01335 310121)
  • Booking Officer – Joanna Griffin (07812 606 790 or email: alstonefieldvillagehall@hotmail.co.uk)
  • Treasurer – Debs Railton (email: alstonefieldvillagehall@hotmail.co.uk)

Other committee members

  • Dave Littlehales
  • Val Littlehales
  • Anne Morgan
  • Jamie Tomlinson

Hiring the hall:

Guide to standard hire charges (effective 19 July 2021):

  • Main hall:
    – Standard community charge £6 per hour (£9 Friday/Saturday evenings)
    – including full kitchen use £7.50 per hour (£11 Friday/Saturdays evenings)
  • Meeting room only £5 per hour
  • All facilities (whole Hall including kitchen use) £12 per hour (£15 Fri/Sat evenings) 
  • Exclusive use (all facilities including Old School Garden and reserved parking) £13 per hour (£16 Fri/Sat evenings) 
  • Exclusive use rate for weddings etc.  with all facilities and access from midday Friday – midday Sunday £850 (£750 for Parish residents)
  • Non-parish private/corporate/local authority hire, etc. – on application

Reductions may be given for regular users and local user groups entitled to be represented on the Hall Committee. A more complete guide to charges can be found in the Hire Charges notice, which is also displayed on noticeboards.

The Committee has discretion over all bookings and charges, as explained in the Hiring Agreement which can be found here as a PDF file. 

Please use the form below to request the use of one of the rooms at the Village Hall. Once requested, we will contact you to confirm the booking, complete any relevant documentation and arrange payment. PLEASE NOTE – If a room appears booked-out but you particularly want the date, do contact the Booking Officer to check, as we always try to give priority to local residents (non-profit bookings).

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To check availability or enquire about rates or facilities, please contact the Booking Officer, Joanna Griffin – email alstonefieldvillagehall@hotmail.co.uk.

Policies and documents

The Management Committee is currently (May 2021) 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

Annual Report to Charity Commission for year ending 31 March 2020

Health and Safety (PDF – DRAFT ONLY)

Premises Licence

Risk Assessment 2019 – reviewed July 2020 for COVID (PDF file)

COVID-specific risk assessment July 2020

Equality and Safeguarding Policy (section from Committee Handbook)

Committee Handbook – DRAFTv3 May 2021 (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!]

Since January 2021, restrictions have permitted a limited range of activities but as these are easing, we have a new table service and takeaway ‘pop-up’ cafe, as well as returning groups such as pilates, yoga and Parent & Toddlers. The Hall’s programme of concerts re-commenced on 21 June and for the next concert on 17 July (link here), COVID protocols will still apply (e.g. 50% capacity). Further information on our events can be found here.

If you have an enquiry about using the Hall, please please email: alstonefieldvillagehall@hotmail.co.uk.

We welcome donations of any amount, especially after the difficult period of the pandemic when our hiring income has been much reduced. 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.

Village Halls week 2021 – National Domesday Book

Last year we participated actively in Village Halls Week (see below) but for obvious reasons, village halls haven’t been able to 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!

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.

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