The Village Hall, located in an attractive setting on the Sturminster side of the village, provides a fine location for meetings and events. It is used for various village functions and being combined with the cricket club, on match days in summer, forms a well-equipped pavilion. It is the clubhouse for Sturminster and Hinton Cricket Club. They play on Saturdays in the Dorset County Division 4 and the 2018 fixture list is shown below.
It has a modern interior and the main room with an approximate area of 35 sq. metres can seat up to 45 (theatre style). Tables and chairs are available and there are male & female toilets. It has two changing rooms and a shower room. Easy wheelchair access exists as well as a disabled toilet. Electric radiators provide heating and a small kitchen equipped with glasses, china, cutlery and a refrigerator adjoins it. Ample car parking is available for up to 20 vehicles on a paved area and the windows look across the cricket field and to the beech avenue beyond.
The original building was constructed for just the cricket club between the wars. In 2003 it was felt that a modern fully equipped village hall would benefit the village and over a period of 7 months major improvement works were carried out by a team led by Chris Hardiman and Mary Andrews who at the time was Chairman of the Parish Council. Funding was obtained from various sources and the work was largely carried out to modern standards by a team of DIY villagers. It included an increase in area, provision of modern toilets, creation of a kitchen and new water and electrical systems as well as total redecoration.
It is available for hire during the day and evenings at an hourly cost, plus a coin meter for any electricity used. To arrange a booking please contact Chris Andrews, Telephone No. 01258 473107. Email address firstname.lastname@example.org. The hire agreement booking form (download here for a copy) will also need to be completed and returned. In the past it has been used for meetings, children’s parties, small wedding receptions, exhibitions, illustrated talks, study groups and handicraft clubs.
In 2012, a stone seat was installed in a corner of the cricket field to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It was funded by profits from the previous year’s Village Show. On 3rd June 2012 it was inaugurated by Mrs Valerie Pitt-Rivers, then Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, with a leading part played by the village’s oldest resident Mrs Hilda Douch aged 96. For photograph see Gallery.
Improvements and Repairs.
At the committee meeting held on 24th October 2019 it was agreed that together with a donation from St Peters Church, profits from the Village Show and existing Village Hall funds, in the New Year we will renew both Ladies and Gents WC toilet pans, seats and cisterns and Gents basin taps. We will also renew the Main Hall front window with double glazed easy opening, maintenance free windows and redecorate the exterior woodwork as needed as well as repairs to the veranda decking where required.
Funds will allow us to carry out these works, some labour cost will be free of charge but we will require some help with the exterior redecorating. Anyone wishing to help please contact Chris Hardiman in the new year.
Village Hall Charges.
Over the past few years we have experienced ever increasing costs including insurance. Also Business rates and Electricity costs have increased. We try to keep our Hire rates very low to encourage more use but as from 1st January 2020 Villagers Hire Rate will be £5 per hour and Normal flat rate for outsiders with be £6 per hour.