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Tolpuddle Village Hall

Tolpuddle Village Hall is the focal point for much of the village's community life. But with the village having increased significantly in the last ten years, it is now too small for our needs as well as being rather old-fashioned (it was the former Victorian School).

With the full backing of villagers, the Village Hall Committee have ambitious plans to modernise the Hall. The existing lean-to extension at the back will be replaced with a much larger, more elegant structure housing a bigger, brighter kitchen, new toilets and general access (both meeting current disability standards) and more internal activity and storage space. We also hope to upgrade furniture and improve lighting and heating.

In April we received the excellent news that Viridor Credits will provide a grant of 95,000 towards the modernisation of the Village Hall. Together with funds already raised and promised (including 3,000 from the Parish Council), this means we now have around 70% of the anticipated costs of the works. We are in touch with other potential funders and, now we have this major grant, are confident that we can raise the remaining money needed for the project to proceed.

The next step, fund-raising apart, is to appoint a contractor and we aim to do that shortly following the tenders we received last year. The works should start in the second half of the summer, after the Martyrs Festival, with completion early in 2017. Obviously the Hall will be out of action for a period of time and the Hall Committee will be exploring ways to enable existing activities and planned events to proceed during that time.

Meanwhile, on behalf of the whole village, we should like publicly to thank Viridor Credits for their support. They have previously assisted with the Orchard Meadow project and with works to improve St John's Church, as well as supporting plans to upgrade the recreation ground in Puddletown, all of which are making a big difference to our community. The improvements to our village hall will be another step forward.

Village Hall Rates
For Village Hall Bookings please call Diana Foreman 01305 848419
Community Groups (Non Commercial) Tolpuddle & Southover Residents £5.00 per hour
Community Groups (Commercial) Serving Community £12.00 per hour
Private Hire for Tolpuddle & Southover Residents / Groups £6.00 per hour
Private Hire for non residents £12.00 per hour
Additional flat rate charge for full kitchen use £15.00
Table Tennis - Tolpuddle & Southover Residents only £12.00
Tables £2 each - Large £1 each - Small
Chairs 50p each  
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Village Hall Annual Report 2011-12 Download
Village Hall Accounts 2011-12 Download

Tolpuddle Village Hall,  Main Road,  Tolpuddle,  DT2 7EW

Tolpuddle Village Hall Charity No. 257403
Chairman Peter Walton 01305 848034
Secretary Teresa Turner 01305 849060  
Treasurer Andy Turner 01305 849060