At the Heart of Our Village

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



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 has been submitted by our architect, Paul Masser, to the South Downs National Park for approval.

We are sorry to say that the CHERITON SESSION - Ella Janes on 19th January (see poster below) -  is sold out 

About 100 people turned up to a very enjoyable Christmas drinks on 7th December, and Rupert Boissier updated everyone on fundraising progress


'Nearly Diamond'
on 1 December 
raised an amazing £1,340 for the Hall!


Techer Jones's superb talk on the archaeology of St Cross on 10th November attracted about 150 people and raised a staggering £1,853 - thanks to him and Janet and their band of helpers - and to Katie Hinds for the proceeds of the sale of her book '50 Finds from Hampshire'. 


Cheriton House Fireworks on 27th October was a wonderful evening, and raised more than £4,500 for the fundraising effort.
 Many thanks to the May family for hosting, to all those helping, and to very generous sponsors and donors.

The latest Cheriton Sessions on 20th October with Dean Dyson raised £343 so that the total to date from the Sessions amounts to £2,693, thanks to Paul Hellard. Another is scheduled for January 19th featuring Ella Janes. See below for details


To book tickets

The Annual Quiz Night on 12th October organised by Viv Pain and her band of helpers raised the extraordinary sum of £1,473, boosted by a couple of very generous donations

Jo, Jenny and Stephen Corbett hosted a day on 9th September at Durden Lodge showing their collection of historical farm machinery in the 'new' barn - and collected a magnificant £275 for Hall funds

 performances took place in the
Old Rectory Gardens 
on 22nd and 23rd June 2018 and was a huge success! £15,450 net was raised for village hall funds and allowed early completion of the purchase from the Church

On Sunday 3rd June 2018
raised £2,838 for the Appeal. 10 gardens welcomed 283 people on a lovely afternoon. Thanks to Viv Pain and her committee for a superb result!

CHERITON SESSIONS took place on 
 on Saturday 12 May.

was a sell out and huge success raising nearly £500 for the village hall fundraising effort. Many thanks to Paul Hellard for organising.

 On 9th February
Cheriton Sessions
raised over £300 for Hall Funds
Thanks to Paul Hellard and Gang!

As at January 2018 the total raised towards our £80,000 target for buying the Village Hall exceeded £60,000

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

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!

village hall
(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?”

village hall

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”

Cheriton Village Hall

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!

village hall

Café on the Green

at the Village Hall

 every Thursday morning 9am-12 Noon

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


Drawing by Paul Masser