Chilcompton Village Hall - History

Chilcompton Village Hall - History

Chilcompton Village hall was officially opened by Sir Cecil Clothier QC, Parliamentary Ombudsman, on 6th June 1981, having been in use from March of that year.

The hall replaced an old wood and asbestos building, pre-fabricated by Edgells of Westfield in 1926 as a Miners’ Welfare hall and taken over by the parish council in 1967.

At this time there was a whist club, Wiltshiremen’s club, Golden Hour club, playgroup, toddler group, youth club, brownies, guides, yoga, W.I. and mother and baby clinic.

This old hall had been in use for 55 years and had served the community well. During the war it was packed with soldiers stationed at Emborough as well as local people attending regular dances.

 

Following the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977 organised by the parish council, a surplus of £400 started a fund for a new hall and in the four years up to 1981 the village hall committee raised £82,290 through grants, mainly from Somerset County council, Mendip District council and the parish council, loans and fund raising events.

Some of these fund raisers were Saturday markets, 50/50 auctions, Oompah evenings, Bingo, jumble sales, sponsored bike rides and walks, discos, dances and fancy dress parties. There was also a caravan on the Bennell layby serving food to travelling holidaymakers.

The hall was built by local Midsomer Norton firm, F Speed & Son and was extended in 1991 to provide a bar area, storeroom, disabled toilet and an upstairs committee room.

The hall was built on the same site as the old hall and once it was built and in use, the old hall was sold for £600.


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