Report from the Trustees of Meppershall Village Hall January 2019
Over the last few years (or maybe a little longer) we have been discussing the prospect of a new Village Hall and after several bumps in the road we are delighted to finally confirm the opening of the brand new Meppershall Village Hall.
After several years of negotiation and planning, in 2015 the Meppershall Village Hall Trustees negotiated to sell the land on which the Old Village Hall stood so as to provide an access roadway to a residential development by Croudace Homes of adjacent farmland.
Meppershall Parish Council made available playing field land for the construction of the New Hall , in return for which a new children’s play area for small children and the relocation of the one for older children, a fully drained football pitch to league standards, a juniors pitch and a Cemetery area would also be provided.
This sale and exchange of land enabled plans to be made for the provision of substantial facilities, and following extensive consultation in Meppershall, the Village Hall Trustees, acting with their advisers and in agreement with the Parish Council, prepared a detailed design and master specification to be constructed.
The hall has been developed with the Meppershall community in mind, both now and in the future. The centre piece large hall provides space to hold functions, clubs, sports activities and, with the addition of the stage area and lighting facilities, is available for performances from our own Meppershall Players and others. Both the kitchen and bar can serve directly into the hall, and the kitchen facilities provide an opportunity to hold larger functions such as wedding receptions and parties.
We are particularly pleased to welcome the Walnut Tree Café which is open weekdays 9am – 2pm and serves locally sourced produce.
The bar run by Meppershall Social Club is open to all and will usually open weekdays 5pm-12am and weekends 12pm-12am. Meppershall Social Club have several event nights planned for the year ahead, alongside some of the village favourites like bingo, quiz nights and karaoke, so keep your eyes peeled for more information.
The snooker table from the previous hall has been professionally set up in the games room, along with a new pool table. So please come down and enjoy a game or two with your friends and family.
The Sapling room is a child friendly room with kitchen and outdoor play area. This is a wonderful space used by Meppershall Pre-School during their opening times and is otherwise available for hire.
The two independent meeting rooms provide a confidential space to meet in the heart of Meppershall whether it's for a formal business meeting or a community gathering.
Two large changing rooms with showers provide fantastic facilities for local sports clubs once the sports field is completed and also back stage space for productions.
The new children’s play areas and existing (cordoned off during construction) multi-use games area are scheduled to become available in spring 2019, and depending on the weather, later in the year the sports pitches will be available once when the grass has become established. The contractors were fortunate with the weather making it possible to complete the ground works and seeding in the autumn of 2018 ahead of schedule.
Bookings can be made, and availability checked online at www.meppershallvillagehall.co.uk.
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Thank you for all your patience and support of the last few years, it has been a long time coming but we feel that the new hall provides space for our community to do what it does best and is something that we as a community can really be proud of.