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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 2018

We hope and trust many Villagers continued to enjoy the facilities, events and entertainment provided during 2018.

The Talk in February was given by Allan Peters, a retired met police officer, also a former close protection officer for HRH the Prince of Wales and later for HRH Diana Princess of Wales. The village hall was packed when Allan recounted his experiences giving us a unique insight on Royal Protection. We have invited Allan back to give another talk in 2019. Allan’s talk, which proved informative, interesting and amusing, was about the challenges in providing close protection and security for our Royal Family.  Thanks to this being so well supported we raised £425.

We again held the Saturday Coffee Morning in May with plants and produce. Thank you to all who donated, cooked, bought and helped. This raised £247.

The Fifty, Fifty Club continued with 102 tickets being sold for £10 each. Two draws were made during the year with prizes totalling £510. This boosted our funds by a further £510.

The Annual Brunch took place in June. The brunch is a confirmed favourite in the Village where Villagers may enjoy a very tasty late breakfast or brunch with friends and neighbours. This raised another £429.

Thank you to our new neighbours, Chris, Jac, Freddie and Edward, for not only letting us use their field but ensuring the field was mown so soon after their arrival. We are so fortunate to have such a lovely family willing to support the Utterly Amateur Dog Show, Scrufts. by name but not by breed, nature or appearance. The weather was kind to us this year and the event was great fun for all the family including our four legged members. £316 was added to the funds,

Our now retired Postman Phil and our own Alex Ferris gave a Jazz and Swing Concert in December in support of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and the Village Hall. This was a very enjoyable evening with £322 being raised for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and £169 for the Hall.

Income from Hall and equipment hire in the year was £484 and Coffee Mornings raised £458. Donations in the year were £500.

There were no WEA lectures during the year as the WEA now favour longer courses. The short courses of six lectures are not eligible for financial support, this means that if not enough people sign up for the course then it has to be cancelled. This is disruptive to both villagers and lecturers. Julie will consider organising a course in 2019 if there is sufficient interest in the village to make a course viable.

Running costs for the hall came to just under £2,820. We would normally expect it to average out at more than £3,000 annually. Savings continue to be 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.

Numbers have increased at the Tuesday Coffee Mornings. Once again we owe a debt of gratitude to our volunteers headed up by Gerarda Solomon, thank you so much one and all. This is always such a friendly morning with Villagers’ meeting, chatting and catching up on Village news whilst enjoying a cup of tea or coffee. The Post Office, continues to operate 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 has made such a difference to the appearance of the outside of the hall. This is thanks to the hard work of some very dedicated individuals, in particular Stephen and Joan.

The funds at the end of the year stand at a healthy £10,947.99, 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.

As grants are still much 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.










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