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.
The latest village hall newsletter;January 2020
Firstly, and most importantly, we hope you’re all keeping safe and well. These certainly are unusual times for us all and while things have sometimes been difficult, it has been a great source of positivity to see so many communities coming closer together to offer support and help to those who may need it. We wanted to keep you in the picture and give a brief insight into what we’ve been doing since March to try and ensure that anyone within our community who may need or want help from us, knows that we’re here.
The Village Hall Committee are; registered as volunteers with the Estuary League of Friends (ELOF) as they are the designated support hub with the council for this area, are registered with ECC and DCC community groups, have contacted our local community builder (Barbara) to offer ourselves as volunteers, have offered help on our Facebook page, have been in touch with people around the area (through friends, neighbours, informal groups, email groups, WhatsApp, Facebook etc), we’ve also posted notes through lots of doors in the area offering help.
So far our efforts have put two volunteers in touch with a family and we have a great team of people on standby who've come forward to help anyone else in need. A huge thank you to everyone who's been in touch to offer help and to the volunteers who helped distribute notes around the area.
In other news, due to the current measures in place, the committee have been unable to meet in person to elect new officer roles for 20/21 or to welcome the new members to the team so we have done this online instead. We've also taken this opportunity of unexpected down time to have the downstairs of the village hall building redecorated throughout to keep everything spick and span, ensuring that all social distancing guide lines are adhered to of course. We're working on possible plans for opening the hall later in the year when it's safe to do so and look forward to welcoming you all to our rescheduled events and activities.
Take care everyone and best wishes,
The Countess Wear Village Hall Committee
We're teaming up with the lovely Kat from The Creation Station again to offer a great Spring/Easter themed workshop for kids and families!
Come and join us for a fun filled workshop, kids will be able to complete two different crafts and will be able to take their wonderful makes home with them. More details about the crafts to follow.
During our Industrial Exhibition, we celebrated the history of lime burning in our neighbourhood and mentioned how influential the Davy family were in the area. Ed has researched the life of Robert Davy and will bring to life key aspects of this extraordinary man’s life and his impact in Countess Wear, Topsham and across the world. Ticket price to include refreshments.
We're excited to be hosting another craft & gift fair this Spring! Like last time, there will be a variety of local crafters here with lovely things for sale from home made, organic soaps to ceramics, plants and textiles.
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 is welcome!
Enjoy a leisurely walk with Andrew as he leads us around some of the key industrial sites in Countess Wear. His guided walk follows on from our Industrial Heritage Exhibition and will help us understand more fully the rich history in our neighbourhood. This event is free, booking is recommended. Available soon online from TicketSource or from the Tally Ho!
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.