The Village Hall - Shipton Gorge

Village HallBackground

The Village Hall, originally known as the Parish Hall, was built in 1936 for the benefit of the Village on land owned by the Church, by Elizabeth Hansford in memory of her husband Herbert.

In 1985 a Lease and Trust Deed between The Salisbury Diocesan Board of Finance (through the Parochial Church Council), and The Trustees of Shipton Gorge Village Hall (represented by John Robert Crosse Hamilton and Neil Sidney Giles-Townsend) was agreed for a period of thirty five years at a rent of five pounds a year. The Lessor and the Council reserved the right to occupy and use the premises every Sunday in each year without payment except for heating and lighting. In 1991 the lease was extended to 31 December 2083 with Alec George Johnson and Mary Jane Boughton representing the Trust.


The Trustees are responsible to the Lessor for the maintenance, repair, upkeep and insurance of the Village Hall along with the payment of the yearly rent and any rates, taxes, assessments and outgoings payable by law. A declaration to this effect is signed by each Trustee.

Village Hall interior

The Trustees manage the affairs of the village hall through a committee structure defined in the Trust Deed. The Committee consists of five elected members, three representative members and up to two co-opted members.

The present Trustees are:
Chairman: Tony Mallett
Treasurer: Tony Lock
Meeting Minutes Secretary: Sue Porter
Bookings Manager: Graham Garner
Other Trustees: Kate Chomacki, Richard Hewlett, Christine Huxtable, James Webster, Sally Parker

Organisations having representative on the Committee are:
The Parochial Church Council (James Webster)
The Village Society (Sally Parker)
The Parish Council (Christine Huxtable)

The Trustees hold 4 or 5 business meetings each year, together with an AGM (which normally takes place in April), and these are advertised on noticeboards around the village. Everyone is welcome to attend. Minutes from these meetings (and details of Trustees in attendance) can be accessed below. 

Village Hall KitchenThe Hall
The Hall is a detached single storey rendered building with a main hall 6m. x 12m., a large well equipped kitchen, toilets, lobby and two storage rooms. Seating for up to 70 persons, foldaway tables and a stage are available for use. The Hall is licensed for music, dancing, stage plays and indoor sports. There is no dedicated parking but arrangements are possible for special events (own risk).

A diverse group of local organisations currently make use of the village hall including Shipton Gorge Table Tennis Club; Shipton Gorge Village Society; Shipton Gorge Heritage Ltd; Shipton Gorge Parish Council; New Inn Support Ltd; Bride Valley Ladies Choir; two dance groups; and a dog training class. The hall is also used for the village show and fete, church fund raising events and various social get-togethers. In addition, the hall trustees stage Artsreach productions and educational talks for fund-raising purposes.

Please contact Graham Garner (01308 897357; if you would like to make a booking.

Current hire rates for 2018-2018 can be found here


Meeting minutes



Committee Meeting 13th February 2019
Committee Meeting 22nd August 2018
Committee Meeting 13th June 2018
Committee Meeting 7th February 2018 
Annual General Meeting 2018
Committee Meeting 4th April 2018


Annual Report for year ending 31st December 2017
Committee Meeting 1st November 2017
Committee Meeting 23rd August 2017
Committee Meeting 21 June 2017

Committee Meeting 19 April 2017
Annual General Meeting 2017
Committee Meeting 25 Jan 2017


Annual Report for year ending 31st December 2016
Committee Meeting October 2016
Committee Meeting August 2016
Committee Meeting June 2016
Committee Meeting 27 April 2016
Annual General Meeting 27 April 2016
Chairman's Report April 2016
Committee Meeting 10 February 2016 
2015 Committee Meetings
2014 Committee Meetings

Forthcoming events

Sunday 2nd December 2018, 7.30 pm, Shipton Gorge Village Hall
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
An Edwardian magic lantern show based on the classic 1914 book by Robert Tressell. Meet the characters from the book and follow the events that surround the painters and decorators who are charged with the renovation of a large town house for local Mayor Sweater. Features projected animation, scenes, speeches, live music and song, and audience participation, with ‘The Great Money Trick’ as its centre-piece. An Artsreach event.

Tickets £9, £6 (u18s), £25 (fam 4 – max 2 adults) by email from  or online from the Artsreach website (

Wednesday 13th February 2019, 7.30 pm, Shipton Gorge Village Hall

Hall Management Committee Meeting

The next committee meeting will take place on Wednesday 13th February 7.30 pm, in the village hall. Members of the public interested in how the hall is run are most welcome to come along and watch.

We also currently have a vacancy for a trustee on the hall committee. If you think you might be interested why not come along to this meeting for a chat ?

Saturday 16th February 2019, 7.30 pm, Shipton Gorge Village Hall
Peter Francis, Empire of the Dead – how one man’s vision forever changed the way we remember our war dead
For those of us who have grown up with the poppy, the 2 minute silence and the stunning cemeteries and memorials built and cared for by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) it is difficult to imagine anything else. And yet remembrance as we know it, and dare one say it, take for granted, was a revolutionary concept in 1914. Never before had a nation, let alone an Empire attempted anything on this scale. Discover how the remarkable story of how one man changed the landscape of remembrance forever, how that vision was so deeply and bitterly controversial at the time, and how the organisation he created still keeps the memory of 1.7 million war dead alive.

Tickets cost £4 in advance from Graham Garner (01308 897357) or Tony Mallett (01308 898701) or on the door, if available.

There will be a licenced bar.

Sunday 3rd March 2019, Shipton Gorge Village Hall
John Osborne’s ‘John Peel’s Shed’

In 2002, John Osborne won a competition on John Peel’s Radio 1 show. His prize was a box of records that took eight years to listen to. This is an ode to radio, those records, and anyone who’s ever sought solace in the wireless. This show features a selection of records previously owned by the late John Peel. Many are very rare recordings by obscure and now defunct bands, and this is a unique opportunity for any Peel fans. A version of the show was recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre, broadcast on Radio 4, and it was chosen as Pick of the Day in The Radio Times.
“Beautifully-written, funny and poignant...” The Scotsman

Details on start time and ticket availability to follow.