Clipston Village Hall

Welcome to Clipston Village Hall, situated conveniently in the centre of the village with the entrance driveway diagonally opposite the church.

19th JULY 2021 - VILLAGE HALL RESTRICTIONS LIFTED

In line with the government’s lifting of legal restrictions, we have reviewed and made some amendments to the guidance and signage displayed at the hall. With mandatory rules now replaced with guidance, the responsibility is firmly with hirers to make their own decisions about how to operate and manage covid risk. Advisory signage relating to hand and respiratory hygiene will remain in place. Our NHS track-and-trace QR code, face covering and one-way stickers also remain in place but these now serve as invitations rather than conditions of entry.

We are now taking bookings for all private parties and events

If you wish to make a booking, you will need to complete a booking form and sign to accept the additional Covid condition of hire

Also, please refer to our notice: UPDATED GUIDANCE TO MANAGE COVID RISK (July 2021)

OUR ADDRESS

If you'd like to visit us, our address is :

High Street, Clipston, Market Harborough, LE16 9RU

BOOKINGS

To make a booking, please contact :

Faye Tan - 01858 525275 - faye@oldrectory.uk.net.

who will let you know availability and charges, and answer any questions you might have.

GREAT FACILITIES

The hall is used regularly as a meeting place for village groups, and has a well sized car park for easy access.

2018 Village Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Village Hall view from kitchen into hall

 

 

 

We have a large kitchen area, with plenty of serving space for use as a bar at functions, for serving meals or coffee and cakes etc.  There is a catering sized warming oven, particularly useful for serving crowds at harvest suppers, breakfasts and similar events.

The hall comprises a stage, with 2 side rooms for dressing rooms, full length easily operated stage curtains and excellent lighting equipment.  There is a large hall area with seating for around 80-90 people making it excellent for plays and concerts. 

 The stage can be curtained off, to make the hall more intimate when used for coffee mornings, meetings, parties, classes, exhibitions, parents & tots, etc.

INTERESTING HISTORY

The village hall was built in 1862 and used as a Church of England Girls and Infant School until 1928.  The Clipston Church Council then agreed that the premises should become a village hall. 

 1928 Village Hall (was Girl's + Infants School)Some years later the Bishop of Peterborough notified the Rector at that time that the building belonged to the Church and should be known as the Church Hall.  In 1952 the Diocesan authorities wanted to dispose of the "old school", but the Rector and Church Council persuaded them to let it remain a Church Hall.  Again in 1967 the Peterborough Diocese advised the Church Council that they had definitely decided to sell the "old school", and the Church Council had first refusal at a reduced market price.  Unfortunately the Church Council had no funds and suggested to the diocese that the Hall was offered to the Parish Council.

 A well attended public meeting was held and a vote taken in favour of going ahead with the purchase.  A Steering Committee was formed to raise the necessary funds, and following many fund raising events throughout the village, in August 1972 the Village Hall was bought for the parish for £1,250.

 Further fund raising was necessary to improve the Hall, make the necessary repairs and purchase equipment to provide the proper facilities for parish functions, which in total cost £8,350 -making the total expenditure £9,606.  A grant of £5,685 was obtained, and the remaining £3,921 was raised through village events and donations.

 The Village Hall was officially opened in May 1973 by the High Sheriff of Northamptonshire.  Since that time, many further improvements have been made to the building and adjoining car park.

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