Merriott Village Hall


    REGISTERED CHARITY No 280536

     
    51 Broadway Merriott TA16 5QH
     
     Contacts:

    Bookings - Martin and Michelle Rowswell    Tel: 01460 72508          

    Chairman - Andy Lawrence         Treasurer - Rosemary Evans

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     Help the Hall by buying at the Co-op

    and choosing Merriott Village Hall as

    your local cause.

    Every time a Co-op member chooses to buy Co-op branded goods and services and uses their Co-op membership card 1% of what they spend will go to their chosen cause.
    For the next six months Merriott Village Hall is one of two local causes which can be your local cause. The money from the Co-op will be used to make improvements to the Hall – in particular the mens' toilet needs upgrading and changes are needed to the kitchen to make it more efficient by re-arranging the work surfaces and installing new equipment such as a dishwasher.
    If you are a Co-op member please choose Merriott Village Hall as your local cause. You can do this in store or by going on line to coop.co.uk/membership

    If you are not a member please join (no cost) either in store or by going to coop.co.uk/membership and select the Hall as your cause.

    The more the Hall receives next September the better the Hall facilities for you to use.

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    Further Improvements this Summer

    As a result of a new grant of £10000 from the Big Lottery Fund and new grants from the Merriott Heritage Trust and the Co-op further improvements to the Hall will be made this summer. The windows on the front of the Hall will be replaced with double glazed units to match those on the other 3 sides of the Hall. The front paving will be relaid with the broken slabs removed and the Mens' toilets will also be renovated.

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    A Much Used Village Asset

    The Hall has several regular users including Short Mat Bowls, Merriott Badminton Club, U3A Badminton, Breeze Dance, Marquetry, Pilates and Rotary. 
    Occasional uses of the Hall include Elections, Craft Fairs, Children’s Parties Church Bazaar, Flower Shows, Wedding Receptions Christening Parties, Wedding Anniversary Parties, Funeral Wakes, Charity Events, and Barn Dances. 

    Facilities

    Five years ago the Hall was extensively refurbished at a cost in excess of £60,000. More recently a further capital injection has allowed many windows to have new double glazing, a new door has replaced a window and allows access to a small patio and the adjacent car park. The Hall has a hearing loop and PA system. State of the art electric heating / cooling air conditioning is installed, together with new lighting, stage furniture and a new bright colour scheme to create an excellent facility of traditional character and up to date systems.  The stage has been further enhanced with new curtains. There is a fully fitted kitchen, a reception/meeting room, and extensive cloakroom facilities that can make excellent changing rooms for stage shows. The Building is adapted to allow easy access by, and provide cloakroom facilities for, those with restricted mobility. The main room can accommodate 220 persons closely seated or 90 for table seating. The Blake room has seating for 12 persons at a table, is adjacent to the main room and fitted kitchen and can be hired separately. The Hall has a licence from the Performing Right Society for the performance of copyright music and from the Phonographic Performance Licence. A Temporary Event licence is needed for the sale of alcohol.

         

    The Hall and Governance

    The hall was given to the residents of Merriott by Robert Blake (of Marks Barn Merriott) in 1925 as a memorial to his late wife Dorathea. The members of the Blake family continued as trustees until 1995, when the trust deed was updated. Villagers now elect at the AGM the trustees, and form themselves into a management committee, supplemented by representatives from the user groups who are entitled to appoint representatives to serve on the Committee.