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, Andrew Haydon, Richard Hewlett, Diane James, 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 (Diane James)

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 2018-2019 can be found here


Meeting minutes


Annual General Meeting 2019
Committee Meeting 10th April 2019
Committee Meeting 13th February 2019 



Annual Report for year ending 31st December 2018
Committee Meeting 7th November 2018
Committee Meeting 22nd August 2018
Committee Meeting 13th June 2018
Annual General Meeting 2018
Committee Meeting 4th April 2018
Committee Meeting 7th February 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

Village Hall Management Committee

Wednesday 28th August, 7.30 p.m., Shipton Gorge Village Hall

The next hall management meeting is on August 28th. All welcome to come along and see how the hall is managed.


Magellan Circumnavigation

Saturday 12th October 2019, 7.30 p.m., Shipton Gorge Village Hall

Performed by Bob Whitley and Lee Cuff, Magellan Circumnavigation is a musical story of mutinies, battles, storms, shipwreck, love, and loss. Performed in 16C sailors’ costumes, the show takes you back to a time 500 years ago when a sailor’s greatest fear was falling over the edge of the earth. Mirroring the lives of explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his wife Beatriz, it combines breathtaking vocal harmonies with intricate guitar and mandola instrumentation and melodic cello. Expect an evening of great music, drama, history, and storytelling. An Artsreach show.

Tickets £8, £5 (u18s), £22 (fam 4 – max 2 adults) on door if available, or in advance from:

by phone 01308 897407

by email

online from the Artsreach website (


A Christmas Carol

Saturday 14th December 2019, 7.30 p.m., Shipton Gorge Village Hall

Celebrate the festive season with an evening in the company of a tight-fisted, squeezing, grasping, clutching old miser. Come on a grim journey through the dark, dismal streets of Victorian London. Watch horrified as Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by four creepy ghosts, each one more terrifying than the last, and sob at the bedside of a tiny, malnourished child. A mesmerising performance by Dave Mynne. An Artsreach show.

Tickets £9, £6 (u18s), £25 (fam 4 – max 2 adults) on door if available, or in advance from:

by phone 01308 897407

by email 

online from the Artsreach website (





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