Following an extensive programme of fund-raising in Beech over the past few years and the award in late 2008 of additional funding from the Big Lottery Fund, Beech Village Hall has recently been extended and extensively renovated.
The final touches were put to Phase I of the building project in early 2010 and the new Hall was officially opened on Saturday 6th March 2010 by broadcaster, novelist, journalist, gardener – and former Beech resident – Alan Titchmarsh MBE.
Read more about the building project.
As a result of everyone’s hard work, Beech now boasts probably the best village hall in the area (at least!), including:
- A stunning, locally-made oak entrance porch
- Main Hall: a fabulous 12m x 9m space with a flexible portable stage. Projector and large screen, CD/DVD player and full audio system available by special arrangement.
- Lounge (6m x 6m) with fully-equipped bar and 42” TV; separated from Main Hall by accoustic folding doors
- Commercial-standard kitchen
- Male, female & disabled toilets
- Opens onto the well-kept Village Green
- Ample car parking
Phase II, which should be fully completed in early 2012, involved the conversion of the old storage room and toilets into an additional, separately-accessed 4.75m x 4m Meeting Room with its own unisex toilet.
The Annexe Meeting Room has been available to hire from January 2011.
Plan: Download outline floorplan here (PDF file 63KB).
The new Hall already plays host to a wide range of clubs, classes, recitals and talks as well as regular village social events. Over the years these have included visits from a number of artists, entertainers and experts, including:
- Alan Titchmarsh
- guitarist Gordon Giltrap
- folk singer Julie Felix
- comic singer/songwriter Mervyn Stutter
- gardening photo-journalist John Negus
Regular events include Quiz Nights, a Family Games evening and the annual Children’s and Adults’ Christmas Parties, as well as the monthly Village Social – an opportunity for Beech residents to meet friends and neighbours over a pint or a glass of wine and a home-cooked meal. See the Village Diary for details of forthcoming village events.
The Trustees of the Village Hall are also responsible for the maintenance of the Village Green and the Recreation Ground, the location of the annual Village Bonfire & Fireworks Night.
To read about these and other recent social events, click here.