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 not more than two co-opted members. The Committee shall hold at least two ordinary meetings in each year. The present Trustees are:

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

Organisations having representatives on the Committee are:
The Parochial Church Council
The Village Society
The Parish Council

The Trustees hold 4 or 5 business meetings each year, together with an AGM (which normally takes place in April). Details of all meetings are advertised on noticeboards around the village, and everyone is welcome to attend.  

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 ring the Bookings Manager on 01308 897562 for the latest charges (or click on the following link to see the current hire rates 2018-19.

Minutes of Shipton Gorge Village Hall meetings can be viewed by clicking on the following links:



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


 Wednesday 4th April – Annual General Meeting

This will be held at 7.30 pm in the village hall, followed by a management committee meeting. All are welcome to attend, with refreshments beforehand from 7pm.

Saturday 19th May – Mainly Monopoly, a talk by Bob Ayers

Using locations from the familiar board game (played live on the evening), Bob will give an illustrated talk comprising a miscellany of London-based folk lore. This promises to be both humorous and educational, with a half time quiz (based on the game) and spot prizes throughout the evening.

All welcome, starts at 7.30 pm.

Tickets cost £4 in advance from Doris Benselin (01308 897562) or Tony Mallett (01308 898701), or on the door (if available). There will be a licenced bar.

Proceeds will go to the hall's general maintenance fund.