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Originally the village school, the Village Hall was built in 1845. The school closed in 1962 and the building was leased by the educational authority to the village until the building was purchased with the aid of grants and fundraising efforts in 1979. The Hall was registered in the same year as a charity and was declared a listed building in 1985. In 2005 a new extension, to match the design and construction of the existing hall, was completed with a sizable modern kitchen and 3 toilets, there is also disabled access to the building. The hall was also extended to the east side, thus allowing a larger number of people within the hall. Since then the flooring has been replaced, external lighting installed and the car park resurfaced.

The Village Hall is available for hire and can cater for small gatherings and events up to a maximum of 80 people. The kitchen is fully equipped with a cooker, dishwasher, heated plate cupboard, refrigerator (without freezer compartment), microwave oven, urn and kettles. There is also plenty of china, glasses and cutlery. Hall Hire

The Village Hall committee raises funds for the day-to-day running and maintenance of the hall by organising events and entertainment throughout the year and there is an informal coffee morning each Tuesday morning.


The Village Hall charity, which governs the Hall, is an unincorporated association governed by its Trust Deed dated 25th April 1979. The Trust Deed provides that the Committee of Management shall consist of seven elected members and eight representative members, which may include not more than two co-opted members. As some of the representative bodies have ceased to exist, the Committee now comprises such elected representatives and co-opted members as is considered appropriate.

The aim of the charity is to hold the Village Hall for the use of the inhabitants of the Parish of Corton Denham without distinction of political or religious or other opinions including use for meetings lectures and classes and for other forms of recreation and leisure time occupations with the object of improving the conditions of life for the village inhabitants.

Review of the Year 2017
2017 has been another successful year with various events which we hope were enjoyed by many Villagers.

The Quiz in January organised by quiz masters Lisa & Jim Adam with Liz and Graham Ellis, had us all delving into the labyrinths of our brains. This was a very enjoyable night and raised £450.The Saturday Coffee Morning in May with plants and produce, had a surplus of £176.

The Fifty, Fifty Club continued with 100 tickets being sold for £10 each. Two draws were made during the year with prizes totalling £250 for each. This leaves £500 in the funds.The Annual Brunch, a confirmed favourite in the Village where Villagers may enjoy a very tasty late breakfast with friends, raised another £356.

The highlight of the year had to be ‘The Black Cat’ production at the end of October. Julie, supported by Liz, Chris, and Graham, wrote, produced and directed this mystery. The Actors all in costume gave a very good and interesting performance, they are still waiting in the wings for their much deserved Oscars. We owe an enormous vote of thanks to Julie Bunker and her team. The funds were swelled with another £495.

With heavy hearts we had to cancel ‘Scrufts’ dog show this year. The weather was so awful it would have proved a very un-fun day. We apologise to all those who were looking forward to this popular event, especially our canine friends.

Income from Hall and equipment hire in the year was £931, and Coffee Mornings raised £402. Donations in the year were £220.

The WEA lectures, organised by Julie Bunker, were on West Country Folklore. The weekly lectures, six in total commenced in September. The Village Hall benefits from the Hall Hire charged to the WEA and the Villagers benefit from the opportunity to attend a course of lectures locally.

Running costs for the hall came to just under £2,500. We would normally expect it to average out at more than £3,000 annually. Savings have been made as two of our dedicated committee members have undertaken some of the work.  Thanks are due to all the Village Hall Committee and our band of willing volunteers for their commitment to ensuring the continued smooth running of our Hall.

Tuesday Coffee Mornings continue, thank you again to our volunteers headed up by Gerarda Solomon, with Villagers’ meeting, chatting and catching up on Village news whilst enjoying a cup of tea or coffee and using the services of the Post Office, which still operates from a Van in the Car Park for just one hour from 9:30am till 10:30am. This is an important service to our community and would be greatly missed if we should lose it. Please continue to support this service.

The millennium garden and pitchen path were given a major makeover. The Village Hall and Gardening Society joined forces in this venture. This was an enormous undertaking and a lot of hard work and time were given by those involved, thank you one and all. We will look forward to seeing the fruits of this in the spring.

The funds at the end of the year stand at a healthy £10,195.62, the Committee continue to feel it is prudent to keep £6,000 of this in reserve as a contingency for one year’s on-going costs and any unforeseen building costs which could arise.

With grants being increasingly more in demand and the money available less and less, the probability of obtaining a successful outcome to an application is very uncertain. We are very aware that any major building repairs would probably have to be met in full from our own resources.