Village Hall Notices

The village hall is now open...

Hopefully, the worst of the coronavirus is behind us. We celebrated re-opening with a Murder Mystery play presented by the Bartholomew Players - see the report here.

Since then there have been two wedding receptions, a Golden Wedding celebration and several anniversary and birthday parties. Our regular bookings for meditation and for crafting have returned.

The committee was not aware that a few fireworks would be let off, and nor were the bride & groom apparently!, at the first wedding since re-opening so we regret that we were unable to warn pet owners in the vicinity beforehand.

For the moment, we are not intending to reinstate Pub Night / Social Evening but would like to hold a Christmas Lunch on Sunday, December 5th. I know it may seem a long way off but we would welcome any offers of help with the setting up of the hall, preparation of food, serving or clearing up afterwards. Please let me know if you are prepared to help.

John Ashwell    01993 703534

The village hall has been provided, free of charge, with a fast internet connection by Gigaclear. This is a most welcome addition to the facilities that the hall provides. Find out more about Gigaclear from their own website.
The village hall has been provided, free of charge, with a fast internet connection by Gigaclear. This is a most welcome addition to the facilities that the hall provides. Find out more about Gigaclear from their own website.
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Your Village Hall - Your Community - Can You Help?

Would you like to be involved in village life, meet new people, make friends? Then this is for you!

South Leigh Village Hall is serving our village. We
urgently need new volunteers to help maintain and improve your facilities for the benefit of the whole community and all age groups.

If you think you might be able to spare a little time, please contact one of the
Committee members who will be pleased to tell you what is involved.
The village hall committee relies on volunteers:-

  • To tell us how the hall can better serve our community
  • To organise and help to run events to help bring our community together and raise funds for the hall
  • For administration
  • To organise and help to carry out maintenance

Village Hall

David Brown has kindly created an image of the Millennium Village Map that hangs in the Village Hall.
The high resolution version of this image can be downloaded by clicking on the button below. It's a 12.Mb file.
David Brown has kindly created an image of the Millennium Village Map that hangs in the Village Hall.
The high resolution version of this image can be downloaded by clicking on the button below. It's a 12.Mb file.
Download hi-res map

Contributors to the map are:

Village Hall ~ Guy Carden-Noad
Vicarage ~ Betty Langer
The Chapel, Holyrood ~ David Brown
The Church, St. James ~ Phil Brewer
Church End Farm ~ Sharon James
College Farm ~ Carol Everard
The Manor House ~ Jenny Carden-Noad
The Glebe ~ Anne Mumford
Gunn Cottage ~ Heather Horner
The Chapel ~ Rosemary Brock
Tarwood Lodge ~ Brenda Phillips
Limbrook Close aerial view ~ Tony Lowe
The Cottage (Chapel Road) ~ Chris Yates
The White Cottage ~ Glenda Brown
Upper Wayside
Lower Wayside
The Mason Arms
The Post Office

The Village Hall Committee is keen to make sure that it organises enjoyable events and provides facilities at the hall that are appealing to people in the village. It would be good to see more villagers participating in village hall events.

We would like to hear from you about:
  • Any events or activities that you would like us to hold or arrange
  • Any current events you would like us to stop
Please contact any of the committee members to discuss your ideas.

The village hall is a great place for a party or other family or business event. Feedback from people who book the hall shows how much they love the unusual Victorian building, with its light and spacious rooms and enclosed grass space outside. People are already commenting on how lovely the new curtains look and how they have improved the hall's acoustics.

If you are interested in planning or organising events or helping to run the hall, please contact one of the
committee members. You will be able to attend one of our meetings as an observer before any commitment on your part.


Nov. 2021: Nicky Brooks & Marina Pinker
Oct. 2021: Caroline Gane & Martin Wilson
Sept. 2021: Rosemary Brock & Rita Hutchings
Aug. 2021: Beryl Jones & John Alexander
July 2021: Rita Hutchings & Nicky Brooks
June 2021: Maisey Wilson & Jake Lowrey
May 2021: Ken Brooks & Terry Ellis
April 2021: Gary Nicholls & David Brown
March 2021: Marby Martin & Rachel Murphy
Feb. 2021: Martin Wilson & John Ashwell
Jan. 2021: Evadne Adrian-Vallance & Karen Wilson
Dec. 2020: Sue Washington & Sheila Long

100 CLUB 2021

We intend to run this again for another 12 months at the same subscription price of £12.00 per year per person with prizes drawn during the monthly 'Social evening'. The first prize draw of 2021 will be made at the end of January. As soon as the monthly 'Social evenings' are allowed to resume on the last Friday of each month, the draw will take place then.

Entry is very simple: please either make a BACS transfer to 'South Leigh Village Hall', account number 00177826, sort code 30-99-78 or give any member of the
Village Hall Committee £12.00 (cheques should be payable to 'South Leigh Village Hall') with a note of your name and address and you will be included and have a chance of winning a prize each month. If paying by BACS, please send a remittance advice to Then sit back and wait for the prizes to arrive!

This year we are able to pay a first prize of £20 and a second prize of £12 each month. The prize money amounts depend on how many people join the scheme - the more who join, the higher the prize money and as there are more participants than usual this year, the prize money has risen accordingly. The names of the monthly winners are always shown on this web page and in the quarterly newsletter. This means that this year, even with the 2nd prize you will get your £12 subscription money back, but still with the possibility of winning again later in the year.

Village Hall refurbishment

The village hall refurbishment has been a great success and is now run superbly by the village hall committee.

The village hall committee and the parish council have an agreement whereby 50% of the net profits of the village hall are donated to the parish council. You might also remember that as part of the refurbishment we had to take out a loan from the council and this had the effect of increasing your council tax. I'm delighted to be able to tell you that we have used this year's donation from the village hall to pay off a part of that loan reducing, its term by one year.

Thank you for supporting this project.

Nicky Brooks.

Village Hall Committee Report - year to 31st March, 2019

The village hall’s hire income recovered last year, showing an increase of 30% to £7,798, due mainly to a substantial increase in regular classes and our highest ever number of wedding receptions (seven – unlikely to be repeated anytime soon!).

The hall continues to be popular for birthday and other family parties and for wedding receptions, as well as for local businesses and other organisations. There is still capacity for more bookings so, if you know someone that uses similar locations for meetings, classes or events, please encourage them to use our hall. We are typically good value compared with many other locations, are in a delightful setting and routinely get glowing feedback.

Events we organised raised £2,211, up 80% over 2018, primarily due to the reinstatement of the Christmas lunch after illness claimed the one the previous year and to the inaugural Race Night.

Donations were significantly down, from £739 to £213, reflecting the absence of a donation from the Summer Fayre Committee.

Our costs increased by 10% to £4,308, primarily reflecting the purchase of a new BBQ, replacement gate, wi-fi extenders (so that the whole hall now benefits from access to the free Gigaclear service) and the installation of a Nest thermostat, which should enable us to manage our heating costs more efficiently, as well as ensuring that the hall is warm when exercise classes and other events start.

As in previous years, we paid half of the repayments due on the Parish Council (PC) loan (£1,376), added £2,000 to the future repairs fund and shared the remaining surplus of income over expenditure with the PC. Their share amounted to £1,434, which is offset by VAT recovered for us and the balance owing to us at the end of the previous year, leaving an amount due to the PC of £401.

Since the year end, the main hall, the entrance lobby and the corridor have been repainted, greatly improving their appearance. Six years of wear and tear had a huge impact on the overall appearance, as did the rising damp in the main hall walls. Later this year, we plan to paint the remainder of the hall and to install acoustic panels. Estimates are being obtained to increase the size of the car park and to make the bank at the front of the hall into a series of terraces. It is unlikely that all of these works will be initiated in the current year but, subject to approval, they may be in future.

As a Committee, we are always interested in knowing what events you would like us to organise, so do please let us know. Equally, if you would like to discuss joining us, to improve the hall or perhaps to organise something you feel passionate about, please contact me or any other Committee member.

Finally, my thanks to all of the Committee - (treasurer John Ashwell, Caroline Auger, David Brown, secretary Dorothy Carden-Noad, booking secretary Debi Diacon (and her substitute Liz Winslade), and Sue Washington) for their hard work over the last year. Our thanks also go to Tim Lawson, who looks after the village website and provides other IT support, to Sid Washington who makes our lovely signs, to Eileen Mawle and, more recently, Rachel Murphy for letting us use their land for parking, to traffic marshall Martin Collett, to Graham Diacon for arranging the Nest installation and for help with several other things, and to everyone else who has helped at the hall, at events, in the kitchen and in other ways.

Richard Law
Chairman, Village Hall Committee
13th May, 2019

Although the Village Hall Committee is in fact a sub-committee of the Parish Council, this report appears in the 'Village Hall' section of the website because the webmaster feels that this is the most logical place for people to look for it. The Village Hall accounts are incorporated within the Parish Council accounts and therefore appear in the 'Parish Council' section of the website.