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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 2016 Year

2016 has been a very busy year full of both changes and events. The spring water supply to the hall dried up early in the year and although it returned the committee felt that it was time to consider having mains water installed. Quotes for this were sought and ranged from £4,147 to £10,805. Our Chairman took the lead and approached Viridor Credits for a Grant. There then ensued a challenging time in filling in the Grant Application, however David was up to the challenge and was eventually able to report back that  we were being awarded almost the full Grant subject to us fulfilling Viridor’s Contributing Third Party rules. A contribution of £427.35 was required which had to come from a third party or fundraising. The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations were an ideal way to raise this. Many thanks to Gina and Peter Sugden for supporting us by letting us use their land and buildings, also for their much appreciated help. Thanks also to all those who gave support and assistance with the bonfire on the beacon. £450 was raised by these two enjoyable events.

The February Quiz organised by Julie and Chris Bunker with Liz and Graham Ellis was well attended and raised £488.

The Fifty Fifty Club continued with 100 tickets being sold for £10 each. Two draws were made during the year with prizes totalling £250 in each.

John Griffin arranged for his Father Vincent Griffin and his friend Gerry to come over from Ireland to play their music for us. This is the second time Vincent and Gerry have been over here on our behalf. We were very fortunate to have them and our grateful thanks to John, Lindsay, Vincent and Gerry for a truly lovely night. This raised another £428 for the funds.

The Annual Brunch continues to be a confirmed favourite in the Village. Many Villagers enjoy a very tasty late breakfast with friends. There was a surplus of £310 from this, much enjoyed and looked forward too, morning event.

We were again able to hold ‘Scrufts’, the all fun dog show. Our canine friends and their owners once again did not disappoint. This has proved to be a really good family event and one which the children can be really involved with. Thank you John, Georgina and family for kindly agreeing, once again, to host this event on your field and for all your help on the day. We raised £216 and enjoyed a great afternoon.

We had a Bingo and lasagne night in November which raised £332. Nigel Young was our excellent caller.

Income from Hall and equipment hire in the year was £964, and Coffee Mornings raised £488. We received a very generous anonymous donation of £500.

The WEA lectures, organised by Julie Bunker, were The History and Natural History of the Islands of Great Britain, the lecturer was Stephen Parker. 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 £4,198 including decorating costs of £1,545. We also purchased some storage boxes for use in the new cupboard.

Tuesday Coffee Mornings, now from 10am, continue, 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.

We had to reapply for our Hall Mark Award during the year. This is not granted as a matter of course and requires that all our policies, procedures and accounts are of a good standard, thereby ensuring best practice. We are pleased to report we have now received this which remains valid for the next three years. We would not be able to apply for grants without this.

The funds at the end of the year stand at a healthy £9,113.95, the Committee continue to feel it is prudent to keep £5,000 of this in reserve as a contingency for one year’s on-going costs and any unforeseen building costs which could arise. It is worth noting that we would have had less than £5,000 in our funds had we not received the Viridor Grant.




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