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Village Hall

Ampfield Parish Council Village Hall

The Hall is a popular venue for parties and meetings. For more information about bookings and Hall availability please contact Martin Hatley (Village Hall Manager) on 02380 254040 or Email: martin.hatley@btconnect.com .

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Due to the Covid pandemic which has changed the way we live our lives this year, our village hall is currently very quiet and forlorn. Some meetings are taking place with great caution and safe social distancing, but it will be a while before we can restore its spaces to their former happy times. However, the Hall Trustees have not wasted this strangely quiet time, but have taken the opportunity to upgrade the hall facilities so we will have even more to offer you when we can reopen. We have installed new energy efficient heaters, are putting the finishing touches to the new floor, have redecorated the rooms and are about to fit gorgeous new curtains throughout. Of course everything is squeaky clean and thoroughly sanitised ready for your return.

If you would like to join our enthusiastic, friendly team of volunteers and become a member of the Hall committee, then please don't hesitate to contact julie@ampfield.org.uk for further details.

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On September 1st 1950, the original WI Hall was opened by Mrs Faber, she said  "This spacious red brick building has a permanent stage, dressing rooms, kitchen and cloak rooms. It is the only Hall in the village and will prove useful for many functions." Mrs Faber thanked her husband Captain S F Faber for the gift of the land and added  "this is a wonderful occasion for us. It is an event we have longed for since the Institute was formed two years ago." Captain Faber replied, "this hall is going to make a tremendous difference to the life of the village. He was sure it would enable everyone to know each other better."

Gradually, over the years, the WI found that managing the upkeep of the Hall was becoming more difficult and in 1994 a group of enthusiastic volunteers started to organise working parties to help with the work. On July 15th 1996 the WI leased the Hall to a Management Committee and three holding Trustees for a nominal sum of £1 per year, reserving the right to use the Hall for 52 days of the year and exclusive use of one wardrobe ! Major alterations began in February 1997 when the toilets were refurbished and all the doors were replaced. In the Autumn of 1997 all the windows were replaced. All the improvements were made possible by enthusiastic fund raising, hall hire charges and occasional grants. In December 2nd 1997, the first Pantomime was held in the Hall, it was the Pied Piper of Hamelin and began our long association with Forest Forge. Work began on an extension to provide a large storage area and a committee room at the rear of the Hall in June 1998. The small kitchen was refurbished in July 1999. The Village Market was opened for the first time on September 1st 2000. In July 2003 the Hall was given a completely new roof and the kitchen was updated for a second time. An evening of Celtic music and dancing with Matt Tarling and his band on September 20th 2003 marked the opening of the newly refurbished and painted hall, much of the hard work had been carried out by volunteers during the summer holiday.

In the summer of 2015 the Hall underwent it's most extensive transformation. A large new well equipped kitchen and annexe were added along with a super new patio.  A committee room and new toilet facilities completed the project. The car park provided much needed parking for the Hall users. In January 2016, Ampfield Parish Council completed the purchase of the freehold of the Village Hall from the Hampshire WI. The Hall is managed for the Parish Council by a group of Trustees, some are representatives of the user groups and others have been appointed from the local community. The Hall is a charity and is managed by the Trustees in the best interests of the charity. Most of the income for the upkeep of the Hall comes from the monthly Market, regular fund raising events, hall hire and occasional grants. All the Trustees are enthusiastic volunteers committed to keeping our Hall in good order and providing a top quality venue for all our many community groups and events.

Regular Hall activities include  Yoga. Bridge, Art and Crafts, Brownies and Romsey Modellers