This calendar shows the bookings we have for the hall(s):
Shortly after the end of the First World War a committee was formed to provide Bampton with a village hall in memory of those who had lost their lives in the war. However, it was not until after the Second World War that land on which to build a hall was donated by Mr Christopher Stacey. This is the site of the present hall.
In 1946 a Trust Deed was signed, donating the land on which to build a Memorial Hall 'for the use of the inhabitants of the parish of Bampton and the surrounding district'. The Hall was to be used 'as a non-sectarian and non-political place of recreation and social intercourse.. ...for the advantage and benefit of the male and female inhabitants of the Parish of Bampton and of the surrounding district'. The Memorial Hall was opened in 1951 and this is now usually known as the 'Large Hall'. Another Hall, originally called the 'Coronation Room' but now more usually the 'Small Hall', was added in 1953.
The Memorial Hall is a Registered Charity, Charity Number 224015, and is managed by a committee, the members of which are also the Trustees of the Trust which still governs the management and operation of the Hall.
TRUSTEES AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS
- Lesley White Chair 01931 713530
- Jeannie Murray, Secretary
- Lucinda Weymouth, Hall Bookings, 01931 713245
- Carole Willet, Treasurer 01931 713219
- Maureen Barber
- Ray Bruin
- John Garside
- Alison Jones
- Ken Jones
- Viv Lewis
- Jane Storey
- Carl Walters
The Hall is used for a very wide range of activities. These include regular meetings of local voluntary organisations and clubs such as the WI, Local History Society, the Red Squirrels Toddler Group, yoga classes, domino drives, indoor bowls, the local Commoners Association and the Parish Council. It is also the polling station for national and local elections and hosts a Recycling Centre for the village.
In addition, the Committee organises events for the local community including regular Saturday coffee mornings which provide both a social meeting place and a fund raising event. Other activities using the Hall include Cheese and Wine Tasting, the Village Pantomime, Murder Mystery plays, Talent Nights, an annual Bampton Sports Day, Duck Race and Raft Race, BBQs, Ceilidhs and plant and table top sales. The Hall is licensed for the sale and supply of alcohol.
Our facilities are also used as a base by the local secondary school for adventure weekends, for scout groups, and for young people undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. It is the base for the annual Haweswater Half-Marathon, occasional property auctions and has provided temporary accommodation for flood victims.
The Hall is also hired out for private social events such as birthdays, weddings and funerals. There is provision for car parking at the Hall with an 'honesty box' for payment.
In recent times, major investments have been made to the fabric of the Hall by improvements to the insulation and upgrading of some of the electrics. New curtains have been provided for the windows and the stage. In addition photo voltaic panels have been installed on the roof of the Hall to generate 'green' electricity. This has reduced the electricity bills and provided income from the electricity exported to the grid. We are very grateful to the various grant awarding bodies that have made these improvements possible - the Lake District National Park Sustainable Development Fund, the Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust, the government's Low Carbon Building Programme, and the Bampton Trust. Eden District Council has provided new fencing and signage for the Recycling Facility.
An extension to the Large Hall has provided modern disabled toilet facilities, a shower room and a store room. A number of further grants have made this possible - £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund Awards for All, Eden District Council Village Hall Fund, the Hadfield Trust, and the Bampton Trust - together with Hall funds.
Being a registered charity the Trustees of the Hall are accountable to the Charity Commission for keeping accurate financial records. These are open to public inspection on the Charity Commission website.
LIST OF CHARGES
Please download one of the booking forms below to see the hall charges - there are lower charges for local hirers in the second form.