Our Village Hall is an important venue in the parishioners’ social life. It is used for many social events and can be hired for celebrations, meetings and by clubs. Situated in the centre of village, very close to St. Clement’s Church, the hall is a handsome Victorian building which once was the village school. It was built in 1875 and opened as a Church of England Primary School.
In 1979, the building was sold to the village with the aid of a substantial grant. It is now managed by a village charity – Ashampstead Recreational Trust (ART). Over the years the hall has been extended and now comprises two main function rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, cloakroom, a garden area and parking for around 20 cars. There is also a marquee, portable bar and a PA system for hire. It is licensed to sell alcohol and can be hired as a whole or by each room.
The Ashampstead Arms is a pub night held, usually, on the first Saturday of each month in the hall to raise money for ART. We warmly welcome visitors, so why not pop in for a drink and chat!
Other regular events include an annual Charity Quiz Night, a monthly Tea and Chat event for older members of the village and the Winter Party, which is usually held on the last Saturday of January with a different theme every year. Last year it was a Music Hall singalong theme. ART are very keen to encourage the hall to be used as often as possible and retain it as a vibrant local parish facility and for hirers from other villages. Like many villages, it is sometimes a struggle to find the money to fund this invaluable community amenity so any income from hire is welcome.
If you wish to hire the hall or have an idea for an event, please contact: Mrs Trudi Butcher, The Booking Secretary, St. Clement’s Cottage, Church Lane, Ashampstead RG8 8SH. email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01635 579319
Top: Village Quiz Night, Vive La France Party. Middle: Music Hall Party. Lower Middle: Life Drawing Class, 2014 Food Fair. Bottom: A Midsummer Night’s Dream.