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Village Institute Facilities, (original)

The hall is intended to be a flexible as possible, so it has been equipped with many useful facilities; however,
it is up to any user to ensure that facilities suitable for their event or activity are provided.

The basic layout of the hall and a specimen table layout can be seen by clicking here.

There is also a specimen table layout and some typical pictures of the hall set for a party.


The large recently refurbished kitchen is well equipped with modern and useful facilities.

Main Hall

The hall measures 12.4m x about 5.8m. It has a maple floor and oak beams with a ceiling height up to 5m.

The decor is blue and cream with stained and grained wooden beams.

To preserve the finish, there are restrictions about using drawing pins or Blu-tac on the walls, which will be explained when booking.


At one end of the hall is a simple 6.5m x 4.3m (15'x17') stage. It is accessed by steps from the main floor and has wooden flooring.


(Note the original bar has been removed to give more space in the open plan kitchen / Meeting room.)

A small bar hatch is located in the corner of the hall and provides access to the the recently enlarged Kitchen.

In the light of recent health and safety regulations, as well as ludicrous licensing laws, the serving and sale of drinks has become a minefield.
We do not have a licence for the sale of alcohol
If that is required, arrangements must be made with a qualified licensee, or a Temporary Event Notice obtained.

Many events held in the hall are now "Bring your own" as far as alcoholic drinks are concerned.
Selling soft drinks and snacks is no problem. Some users provide "Real Ale" from a barrel at no charge.
There is room on the bar for 9 gallon barrels.


The small grassed garden area alongside the front of the hall (70' x 25') now provides access for wheelchairs, pushchairs etc. from the road. This area can also be used for photographs, outdoor eating, or as serving area for barbecues. If desired. a lockable gate exists between the hall and garden, and the access to the main road via the steps is also gated to prevent children running on to the road.


Toilets and washbasins have been recently refurbished and facilities exist for disabled patrons.
Ladies and gents cloakrooms have sufficient space for the coats of participants in most events.


At the rear of the Institute is an area (30m x 60m) for car parking. It will take about 40 cars (more if properly marshalled).
The area is off the main roads and is fairly secure with car park lights for ease of access after dark.

NOTE: This car park is shared with the Glebelands Sports Association.
It  may become crowded if there is a cricket match on.

Parking at the front of the institute is dangerous, as it is on a blind bend.
As well as wishing to avoid injury or damage, we wish to avoid the inevitable yellow lines that would result from any accident.


Apart from a very small step at the front door, the hall has flat access for wheel chairs and pushchairs from the car park and the garden.

A path has been created permitting wheelchair and pushchair access via the pavement from the village.

The back door of the building leads into the kitchen, so it is easy to deliver prepared food and drinks, or collect hired chairs and tables.

A path leads from the car park to the front doors.  It is not advisable to permit entry to events through the kitchen.

Tables and Chairs

The Institute Committee has invested in nine 5 ft circular tables, which will take up to ten chairs each, but eight is a comfortable number.

80 upholstered chairs are available to complement the tables. About 40 folding chairs and tables are available for additional seating or use outside the hall.
Trestles tables and two rectangular tables are available for serving or "top table" use. A number of other tables are also available.


The general decoration of the hall is in Blue and Cream, which is intended to complement most events.


A range of lighting arrangements is possible to suit particular usage.


Hirers are at liberty to add decorative lighting subject to the usual safety considerations, but they must avoid damaging the walls or stanchions.

Hire (details on the Bookings Page)

For any further details or to arrange a visit, please contact a member of the committee.

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