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.
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: Richard Hewlett
Treasurer: Tony Lock
Meeting Minutes Secretary: Sue Porter
Bookings Manager: Graham Garner
Other Trustees: Kate Chomacki, Andrew Haydon, Diane James, Tony Mallett, 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.
The Hall is a detached single storey rendered building with a main hall 6m. x 12m., a large kitchen, toilets, lobby and two storage rooms. Seating for up to 70 persons, foldaway tables and a stage are available for use.
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; a dog training class; and a fitness 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; firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to make a booking. All people wishing to hire the hall should familiarise themselves with these documents:
Hall Hire Rates | Hall Hire Conditions and Safeguarding Policy | Hall Fire Safety Documentation
Hirers wanting to provide food for an event at the hall should familiarise themselves with advice from the Food Standards Agency.
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the village hall has operated according to guidance prepared by Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE), which forms the basis of a COVID-19 risk assessment for the hall. This was updated in December 2021 to reflect the requirement that a face covering be worn by users when entering the hall unless an exemption applies.
The hall also has a set of special hire conditions. These are supplemental to, and do not replace, the standard conditions that apply to hiring the hall.
The hall Trustees strongly recommend that hirers restrict the number of persons in the hall to 50. The Trustees have adopted this limit for their own events and strongly recommend that all hirers do the same. This is intended to give enhanced reassurance that the event is being run in a COVID-secure manner.
The hall also has a NHS Test and Trace QR code which can be found in the entrance lobby and main hall.
Committee Meeting 17th November 2021 (to follow)
Committee Meeting 15th September 2021
Committee Meeting 30th June 2021
Annual General Meeting 2021
Trustee Briefing April 2021
Hire charges (video call) February 2021
Trustee Briefing January 2021
Annual Report for year ending 31st December 2020
Trustee Briefing October 2020
Committee Meeting 5th August 2020
Trustee Briefing April 2020
Annual General Meeting briefing 2020
Committee Meeting 29th January 2020
Annual Report for year ending 31st December 2019
Committee Meeting 20th November 2019
Committee Meeting 28th August 2019
Committee Meeting 19th June 2019
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