28 School Lane, EX2 6LB


A friendly village hall for the community run by local volunteers

Village Hall Front

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 newsletters;

August 2020
January 2020
We're Open!

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.

Update from the committee


We hope you and your loved ones well.

As we adjust to the new Tier 2 restrictions and prepare for Christmas, I’m sure we’ll all agree that this year has been difficult for us all. You’ll appreciate that some of our plans to reopen on the 2nd December have been postponed as we’ve responded to changes in government guidance. Although the committee are working hard to ensure the Hall is open and safe for you to visit, sadly some events are unlikely to happen until the New Year. We’re keeping in touch with our users organising exercise classes and private events though and ensuring these are in line with Tier 2 guidance so there's still plenty going on at the hall, all things considered.

In the last two weeks, we've heard the news about the arrival of new vaccines. This has given an incredible lift for everyone and provides a sign of hope that life in the coming months could slowly return to something more normal. But, as we all know, now is not the time to drop our guard. The virus is still about, so we must all continue to follow the rules, maintain social distancing and good hygiene at all times.

If you’ve not heard already, BBC Devon is promoting a Christmas Carol sing-along on the 16th of December at 6pm. Why not help spread some festive cheer by downloading the carol sheet and encouraging your neighbours to join in on their doorsteps.

We’ll keep in touch via our website and FaceBook page and if there’s anything you’d like to share please let us know. Our next newsletter is planned for February where details of our proposed events will be included. The AGM is scheduled for spring and we’ll be looking for a new Trustee and Committee members, please give it some thought as we’re always looking for members with new ideas about how the Hall can best meet the needs of the community.

Take care and stay 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.




Craft & Gift Fair

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!


Hire the hall

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.

  • Main Hall
  • 13 x 7 meters
  • £15 per hour
  • Meeting Room
  • 5.5 x 3.5 meters
  • £12.50 per hour
  • Kitchen
  • Basic facilities
  • £5 per rental

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.

Mark H, Facebook

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.

Rebecca H, Facebook

Lovely new hall.

Sandi S, Google

This is a really lovely, clean space and the staff are very friendly.

Craig G, Google

Great facility!

Lord A., Google


28 School Lane, Exeter, EX2 6LB
07709 687415
Trustees, Management Committee and Officers 2020-21
Trustees: Alan Suter, Chris Moore, Tim Davies, Vacancy*
Chairman: Carole Raymond
Deputy Chairman: Tim Davies
Treasurer: Sarah Brimblecombe
Secretary: Helen Laws
Committee Members: Angela Goddard, Carole Raymond, Chris Moore, Helen Laws, Jess Startin (Administrator), Jill Weller, Jo Dew-Jones, Mitzie Slater, Sarah Brimblecombe, Tim Davies
*Anyone with an interest in becoming a trustee should contact the Secretary via email

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