Introduction

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.

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Governance

The Village Hall Charity 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 2023

Our first entertainments in February  and  April this year were Somerset Take Art live performances from blind comedian, David Eagle, and storyteller, Debs Newbold.  Both were pretty amazing and very entertaining in their different ways and raised modest profits of approximately £120 each.

In May, we had the Coronation weekend and helped to organise and pay for a Grand [Bring your own] Village Picnic with games in the Wyndham Barns field.

In July, we had our annual Brunch raising a sum of £253, and in August, our annual Dog Show, Scrufts, raising a further sum of £275 for Village Hall funds.

September to November was taken up with the revival of the Corton Denham Players and their performance of a Murder Mystery Musical, Strictly Disco, featuring dancing, music, mystery, murder and some outstanding performances by many newcomers to performing in public. All written, directed and held together by Julie Bunker. Two sold out performances raised over £900 for Village Hall funds and much fun was had by everyone involved.

Hire of the hall raised a healthy £942 and coffee mornings raised £146. Yoga classes continued twice a week and the end of the year saw the welcome return of our Post Office van on a Tuesday morning. The 50/50 Club again raised a magnificent £605, whilst giving out a similar amount in prizes thanks again to the efforts of Ben and John.

This year, we did invest a further £965 in some additional necessary staging and lighting for the play which will come in useful for future events. We also had some additional capital expenditure of £531 for the new curtains across the storage area thanks to the efforts of Pene and a new fridge costing £229 totalling capital expenditure of £1,725.  This has to be shown as expenditure against our income under our accounting system so that our expenditure this year of £6,092 exceeded our income of £5,137.  So, although we had a deficit of £954 for the year, if we exclude the capital expenditure, we actually made a modest profit of £771, and we still have a healthy reserve of funds amounting to £28,604.

Special thanks, as ever, to Chris Chapman, for kindly continuing to audit our accounts and to the rest of the Committee for helping to run our Village Hall so smoothly.

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VILLAGE HALL EVENTS:

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Click here for the Village Hall Aims and  Review 2023

Click here for the Village Hall Accounts for Audit 2023

Click here for the Village Hall AGM Minutes 2022

Click Here for our 2022 Hallmark One Inspection Report

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