Merriott Village Hall


    REGISTERED CHARITY No 280536

     
    51 Broadway Merriott TA16 5QH
     
     Contacts:

    Bookings - Martin and Michelle Rowswell    Tel: 01460 72508 or email merriottvillagehall@gmail.com         

    Chairman - Steve Bateman         Treasurer - Rosemary Evans

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    Further Improvements this Autumn

    As a result of a new grant of £500 from the Merriott Heritage Trust further improvements to the Hall will be made this autumn. The area behind the kitchen will have new railings - instead of the wooden fence - and a new concrete surface.

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    A Much Used Village Asset

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

    Facilities

    Five years ago the Hall was extensively refurbished at a cost in excess of £60,000. More recently a further major capital injection has allowed all the 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.