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.

Under a Lease and Trust Deed between The Salisbury Diocesan Board of Finance (represented by the Parochial Church Council) and The Trustees of Shipton Gorge Village Hall, the hall is held in trust for the use of the inhabitants of Shipton Gorge for education, recreation and leisure-time occupation. This arrangement continues until 31st December 2083.

The Trust is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the hall and for payment of all outgoings due on the hall. It raises income to cover these costs via hire charges (see below), however 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.


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: Richard Hewlett
Treasurer: Tony Mallett
Bookings Manager: Graham Garner
Other Trustees: Julie Bartrum-Lang, Kate Chomacki, 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 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; 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 operated according to guidance prepared by Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE). This included a COVID-19 risk assessment and special hire conditions which were intended to make the hall a safe environment for users. These requirements have now been withdrawn, but there are still steps we recommend users follow to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19 e.g.
- Get vaccinated;
- Let fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meet outside;
- Consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces;
- Wash you hands and/or apply sanitiser;
- Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms, and try and stay at home if positive.

Meeting minutes


Committee Meeting 18th May 2022
Committee Meeting 21st April 2022
Annual General Meeting 2022
Committee Meeting 16th February 2022


Annual Report for the year ending 31st December 2021
Committee Meeting 17th November 2021
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