A friendly village hall for the community run by local volunteers
The first village hall in Countess Wear was built in 1922 by local men returning from the war, after the locally residing Lady Granger kindly gifted the land to the community to be used for such a building. In more recent years, members of the village hall committee and local community put in huge amounts of hard work to fund raise the money needed to build a lovely, new, modern hall (no more having to worry about a tin roof!) and in 2016, the hard work paid off and our current village hall was built.
We're proud to currently offer a wide range of activities, courses and events to the local community and we're able to offer great spaces available for hire.
It's great to have the doors open and the hall being used again after all this time.
Some fitness classes will be returning to the hall including Pilates, Yoga and Line Dancing, please get in touch with the class organisers directly to book a space as numbers will be limited to adhere to all social distancing guide lines or send us an email if you have any queries.
If you’re looking for a new venue to offer your classes or workshops from then we’d love to hear from you! We currently have more availability than usual in our weekly timetable and are always keen to offer more things to the community, please feel free to get in touch to arrange a visit to the hall.
It is now six weeks since we reopened our doors and the Committee are delighted that so many classes have successfully re-started. Users are enjoying Hatha Yoga, Pilates and Line Dancing with new classes such as Karate and award winning Drama Tots engaging new and younger users. It was good to read Carly’s facebook post ‘We’ve just got back from Drama Tots. It was so much fun!’. We're also really pleased to welcome The Maternity Collective and The Positive Birth Movement's Exeter group, which both provide brilliant and useful support for parents and parents to be.
Despite the ‘Rule of Six’ announced on September, the Hall is still available for hire; the only exception is purely social gatherings such as private parties. As a community hall we are still permitted to host events with more than 6 people, in accordance with government guidance and providing the local cases are low we hope to go ahead with our events; keep an eye on the events section for more details. We’re open to new ideas to ensure the Hall is working for you and your families.
We know that many of you were very disappointed when we made the difficult decision to cancel the Robert Davy talk by Ed William Hawkes. We felt with the spike in local cases it was the right thing to do. Our history events are always popular and we will reschedule it for next year. It was particularly disappointing for us as we were planning to announce the start of a ’local history’ group to research and celebrate bygone times in Countess Wear. If you’re interested, please get in touch.
As Covid cases amongst University students decrease, it’s sad to hear that those in the community are increasing in Exeter. Dr Virginia Pearson, Director of Public Health in Devon gently reminds us “Everyone – and particularly those people of working age – must be extra vigilant about maintaining social distancing, handwashing, wearing face coverings and avoiding social mixing if they can.” Please keep safe.
Due to the current situation, we're currently running a more limited timetable. More activities will be added here as and when they are confirmed and the timetable will begin to look a lot more like normal as things continue to get safer.
We’ve rescheduled this fair for Autumn and as long as we can host it safely when the time comes around, then we’ll be welcoming back a variety of local crafters with lovely things for sale. From home made, organic soaps to ceramics, plants and textiles.
If we can, we will also have hot drinks and cakes available to enjoy with a sit down, so even if you just want to pop in for a cuppa and a look around, everyone will be welcome!
We regularly hire the hall out for celebrations, classes, courses, meetings, wakes and all sorts of other events so please feel free to fill in the booking form below or get in touch if you have any enquiries, we would be happy to meet and show you around.
There are a number of different spaces available for hire, on the ground floor we have our main hall which is our largest, bright and airy room, there are plenty of tables and chairs if needed and there is also a serving hatch through to the kitchen. The kitchen is suitable for making drinks, washing up and is well stocked to serve premade food from. The ground floor also has ladies, gents and disbaled toilets as well as baby changing facilities and there is a lift up to the first floor.
Upstairs we have two cosier meeting rooms which are carpeted and have tables/chairs available for use as needed. We do also have a television and projector which can be made available for use during your hire, just let us know about your requirements and we'll do our best to meet them.
It makes for a decent music venue for up to around 100 strong audience without too demanding a PA system. Have seen Mick Groves and the Spinners Legends perform at the venue in the past and hope to do so again.
It makes for a decent music venue for up to around 100 strong audience without too demanding a PA system.
We recently hired Countess Wear Village Hall to host after the funeral of a loved one. The facilities were immaculate, clean and new and the hall worked perfectly as a blank slate to build upon when styling. We'd like to thank those who volunteered and for being so kind and helpful especially when packing down and cleaning on behalf of the family.
The facilities were immaculate, clean and new and the hall worked perfectly as a blank slate to build upon when styling.
Lovely new hall.
This is a really lovely, clean space and the staff are very friendly.