Stanford Dingley Village Hall
Our historic village hall was totally refurbished in 2017 and now contains a fully equipped hall with state of the art AV suite and sound system, kitchen and furnishings to host a variety of events.
Best things come in small packages..
The hall is smaller then normal halls which makes perfect for workshops, business meeting and gatherings of smaller numbers. It has a much more welcoming ambeince then that of a vast hall.
About our Village Hall
We have a small village hall in the smallest parish, and one of the prettiest rural villages, in West Berkshire. The village is very rural, but also highly accessible, being about 10 minutes from M4 J12 and 20 minutes from M4 J13/A34.
In 2017 the village refurbished its hall from a very tired state; unsurprising in that the last major works were in 1978!
The hall now offers disabled toilet and baby change, a fully equipped kitchenette and servery, a very flexible and adjustable LED lighting system, a 900 Mb broadband connection and a full array of audio-visual equipment to support a wide range of different activities and events.
The key selling point for the hall is that, relative to most other local halls, it is cosy, more intimate, very well equipped and, reflecting its size, relatively inexpensive to hire.
The village offers two pubs that can offer dining/catering options either in their premises or in the hall. The walking opportunities around the valley of the River Pang are enormous and our parish church (which we believe to be the oldest in Berkshire) with its medieval wall paintings, is another point of interest.
Since we reopened in September 2017, feedback has been universally positive and it is pleasing that we must have got at least some of the refurb right. Our bookings have jumped enormously.
The potential usage is wide…
The hall is perfect for small family celebrations; christenings, birthday parties, dinner parties, private movie nights. Events such as exercise classes, educational talks and lectures, a venue for club and society meetings, a venue for offsite business meetings and training sessions, art and craft exhibitions, book clubs, bridge nights, quiz nights, children’s’ parties, wine-tastings, table tennis, senior’s social and support groups, baby/toddler groups and so on.
A little history about the hall…
‘The Clubroom’ was originally built by a local, teatotal, philanthropist Dr Watney; for use by the young men of the village as an alternative to the 2 public houses. He later sold it to the ‘boys club’ for £90 in 1931. In 1975 the venerable surviving members of the club generously donated it to the community as a village hall.
© Stanford Dingley Parish Council 2020