The Village Hall Project

A NEW COMMUNITY HALL / SPORTS PAVILION 2021

The original Fordcombe Village Memorial Hall was built in 1921 to remember the fallen in the First World War.

Exactly 100 years later in 2021, we celebrate the completion of a new village and sports hall on the same site.

Fordcombe community raised an amazing £60,547 over five years from a multitude of events, including Quiz Nights, a Christmas Ball and village teas, plus a village lottery. £185,000 was granted from Sevenoaks Council’s Community Infrastructure Fund, £40,000 from Penshurst Parish Council and £90,000 from The National Lottery’s Reaching Communities Fund, along with a number of personal local donations. Significantly, we received a large bequest from the will of one of our Action Group members which helped achieve the total needed for the project.

The old Village Hall had served its purpose well and hosted many wonderful community events and functions over the years, from village fetes and cricket matches, to ballet classes and innumerable children’s birthday parties.

The new Village Hall will promote social cohesion, encourage and nurture social, physical and sporting activities for all, from the very young to the elderly and lessen social isolation for those without transport. This enhanced new facility will not only attract new users but also retain existing ones to ensure a sustainable future for the building and improve the overall quality of life within the village.

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The Oak Hall

The Oak Hall is the largest hall at Fordcombe Village Hall 14.2m x 7.0m with a double height vaulted roof.

Available for events, meetings , parties and weddings on weekends and evenings with a capacity of 70.

Facilities include access to fully equipped stainless steel kitchen oven, dishwasher, crockery, cutlery, hot tap, cooking facilities,  with serving hatch to the kitchen, disabled toilet and toilet facilities. 50 cushioned chairs, 20 plastic chairs and tables are also available.

Bouncy castles are allowed in the main hall providing they are of standard size, weighted down and matted underneath so the floors are protected. Please ask for our preferred providers list.

Acorn Hall

The Acorn Hall is 8.7m x 5.9m, with a capacity of 30.

Available for some evenings and weekends for small parties or in conjunction with the Oak Hall.

Facilities include kitchen with serving hatch, instant hot water tap, dishwasher, fridge and access to a free flow fenced-off outside garden area.

30 plastic chairs and tables are also available.

VILLAGE HALL BOOKINGS

Please see our calendar below for availability. If you would like to book the village hall, please use the contact form below or email bookingsclerk@gmail.com with full details of your booking enquiry.

BOOKING FEES

Hall (per hour) Standard rate Regular/local rate Charity rate Both halls rate Both halls regular/local rate
OAK HALL £20.00 £16.00 £16.00 £30.00 £20.00
ACORN HALL £15.00 £12.00 £12.00 £30.00 £20.00

BOOKING ENQUIRY FORM

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The Charitable Trust

The Fordcombe Village Hall is a registered charity (number 235361), and is managed through a Village Hall Committee and five Trustees who monitor the work of the Committee. The Committee and Trustees are all unpaid volunteers.

The Village Hall is a charitable organisation, held in Trust for the use of the inhabitants of the village of Fordcombe and the surrounding neighbourhood. The hall and surrounding land was gifted to the ownership of the Official Custodian of Charities so that the land and building will be safe from other development in perpetuity.

Its use is for meetings, education, recreation and leisure occupations with the object of improving the conditions of life in the above area of benefit – promoting and facilitating community spirit to those individuals and organisations linked to the village.