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 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.

Current hire rates for the hall can be found here

Conditions that apply to hiring the hall can be found here

All hirers should familiarise themselves with the hall's fire safety documentation, which can be found here.

Hirers wanting to provide food for an event at the hall should familiarise themselves with advice from the Food Standards Agency.



 ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) has produced an information sheet interpreting government guidance on the reopening of village halls. This information can be found at It has been used as the basis of a set of special conditions of hire for the village hall, which incorporate the hall's COVID-19 risk assessment.These can be viewed here.

Some of the additional safety items present in the hall can be viewed here.  

Special cleaning measures in place at the hall can be viewed here. 


Meeting minutes


Committee Meeting 29th January 2020
Trustee Briefing April 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


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


Future Events - the hall is closed until further notice due to COVID-19, but we hope to reopen when conditions allow.