West and Middle Chinnock village hall was built in 1934 and remains the oldest purpose built hall still in use in the immediate area. The hall is located on Higher Street, West Chinnock, TA18 7QA. The hall is available for hire for many occasions including private parties.
The hall is capable of seating 64 people at tables and more in theatre style and also has a modern kitchen. The hall is used for a variety of events and is the meeting place for many village groups.
In the hall is an electric screen & Digital projector which can be used by hirers and is easy to use. There is also a stage within the hall.
Bookings can be arranged through Bill Mannering, Phone 01935 881414/07747 103627. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The charges for hire are as follow:
£12.50 per session ie am, pm, evening £6 for an hour and a quarter
For any other enquiries please contact: Zoe Grainger on 01935 882712
LATEST NEWS Village Hall Improvements
The Village Hall Management Committee is considering some improvements to the hall. If these go ahead, then additional funds will have to be raised to pay for them. The major improvement proposed is to the toilets but the committee is also considering an alteration to one of the roadside windows.
The committee would welcome comments on these proposals.
Two options are under consideration (see plans).
In both options, it would mean changing from single sex toilets to unisex toilets.
In both options, it would include the provision of a Disability Discrimination Act compliant toilet, which would be in a cubicle close to the entrance lobby, where the existing gents toilet is but taking up a smaller area. This toilet could be used by anyone, of course. The door to this toilet would have to open directly onto the main hall.
In both options, a new chair storage area would be created.
In neither option is a change to the external structure of the hall or the windows or the toilet block proposed. The changes would be internal to the toilet block and to the doors, which would all open outwards into the hall.
Two unisex cubicles to be created on the side of the building furthest from the entrance lobby, where the existing ladies toilet is
A small lobby area would separate the cubicles themselves from the door to the hall
Each cubicle would have its own wash basin and would be structurally isolated from the other (i.e. no half-walls or the like)
There would be some additional, although limited, storage space either side of the toilet lobby
A chair store to be created between the two toilets, opening onto the hall
Option 1 is estimated to cost about £15,000 to £20,000
A single unisex cubicle to be created on the side of the building furthest from the entrance lobby, where the existing ladies toilet is but taking up a smaller area
A (chair) store, larger than that in option 1, to be created between the two toilets, opening onto the hall
Option 2 is estimated to cost about £10,000 to £15,000
Pros and cons
Option 1 has the benefit of the third toilet and the separation of cubicles from the main hall by the small toilet lobby area. However, option 1 would mean a smaller chair store.
Option 2 has the benefit of a larger chair store, which might be used for more than chairs. However, option 2 has only two toilets and both would open directly onto the hall.
A note about chairs
The Management Committee is also considering replacing the current chairs with new ones, which are lighter to carry and easier to stack, but still upholstered and comfortable to sit on.
If option 1 were the preferred option, new chairs would be necessary if all of them are to be accommodated in the smaller chair store area.
New chairs are likely to cost in the region of £2,000 to £3,000.
The Management Committee is also considering having the wall below one of the roadside windows knocked out and French window to the floor being installed, subject to necessary consents.
The purpose of this is to enable better use of the area outside the hall, with access other than through the kitchen or the main entrance.
It would also make possible the erecting of a marquee at the front of the hall, so extending the usable area for events with access through the French window.
This is estimated to cost in the region of £3,000.
Two other improvements are under consideration
Removal of the tiles where the two fireplaces were originally located and replacement with timber flooring to match the rest of the floor. The existing tiles are beginning to break up. The cost of this is estimated to be in the region of £1,500.
Replacement of or repair to external stone window ledges where the existing are deteriorating because of ”concrete cancer”. We are awaiting estimated costs for this work.
If you have any comments on any of these improvements, please let us know.
What do you like or dislike?
Do you think, perhaps, that no change is necessary?