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Cheriton Village Hall in Hampshire is a Charity supporting the Community in Cheriton and the surrounding areas


HAPPY NEW YEAR!


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Simon Newman's 2019 Cheriton Calendar
Simon has kindly allowed for this to be downloaded for free, but with a suggested donation to the Village Hall Appeal. There will be a donation box in the village shop
Access the calendar Here

Come to the Café on the Green at the Village Hall every Thursday morning between 9am and 12 Noon

  - A joint volunteer venture between the Church, the Village Hall and the Village Shop


From March 2018 the Hall has
high speed  WiFi! Thanks to a generous donation.

Cheriton Village Hall Committee is pleased to announce that the purchase of the Hall from the Church was completed on 25th June 2018. Its efforts will now be to raise funds for the Hall's improvement and extension. A planning application was submitted by our architect, Paul Masser, to the South Downs National Park and approval was obtained in February 2019.




Cheriton Players are generously organising a RACE NIGHT in aid of the village hall on Friday 1st March as per the poster below. 
To book tickets click here

The Ella Janes and Jeremy North evening on 19th January was a sell out, and a hugely popular event. The full financial result for the village hall fundraising will be announced shortly. 

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Click on Previous Events to see earlier fundraising activities....  




THE LAUNCH OF THE CHERITON VILLAGE HALL FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
ON 3 MARCH 2017

and an article from WINCHESTER TODAY by Kevin Gover, News Editor





By Kevin Gover, News Editor
7 March 2017

In my many years of working here, I have come to find that every village in Hampshire seems to have that community spirit that has somehow been lost elsewhere. Cheriton is no exception, the village hall is the heart of that community.

And so it was that Winchester Today paid yet another visit to this extraordinary place to find out more about a fundraising scheme on a grand scale to purchase the freehold from the Church. The freehold would then be held in trust for the benefit of residents.

Once this has been done, it will be much easier to attract grants – and let’s face it, the hall is in need of repair. Founded in 1911, it’s clear that many aspects of the hall are now way beyond their sell-by date.

Outside, the elements looked like they were celebrating too and were determined to liven up proceedings – with thunder and lightning illuminating the skies around Cheriton, with torrential rain and even a short power cut!

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(Absolutely packed!)

The meeting started at 7, with the room already packed to the rafters as we came in, and more following us behind. Maybe everyone had received word about the delicious food available? With salmon being passed round, it was like being at somebody important’s 21st. “More wine sir?”

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In an exclusive interview for Winchester Today, the Chairman of the Cheriton Village Hall Committee, William Beardmore-Gray, explained to me why he called the event a celebration when he addressed the crowd: “A lot of people have spent a lot of time getting us to where we are now. It’s probably taken four or five years of negotiation getting us to where we are now.

“It’s a celebration because we’re about to exchange contracts on buying the village hall – which secures its future in the heart of the village.

“There’s not a day goes by where the hall isn’t being used in the day or evening – it’s very well supported.”

I ask William what he reckons about the turnout: “You never know how many people will come to events like this, but we’re a very close community – there must be almost 100 people in there. They’re very interested and excited about such an important building in their community”

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Here’s a list of what needs to be done: improve the layout, improve the access both inside and outside, better toilet facilities, better natural lighting, better storage facilities, upgrade electric lighting, improve the stage area, provide a new kitchen, provision of an in-house PA system and roll-down screen, improve safety and security, improve insulation, provide a new environmentally-friendly heating system, install solar panels, air conditioning, improve drainage, install broadband – and anything else they can think of!

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Drawing by Paul Masser

1950s 
2011

Centenary