Ashbury Village Hall



Forthcoming Events:

Art and Craft Sessions in the Village Hall:

To book any of these sessions or for further details pleas contact Margaret Smith (710800) or email: Early booking is advisable as the workshops are popular and the number of attendees is limited.

Regular Meetings

Water Colour Painting Classes – September onwards

This friendly group meet on the first Saturday morning of each month (not August) from 9.30 am – 12.30 pm.  From September there will be space for two more people.  The group are mainly beginners who enjoy being tutored by Hilary Sinclair and chatting during the break over a cuppa and slice of cake!  The group started almost two years ago and during this time have painted seascapes, animals, trees, people, still life, flowers, Ashbury scenes and much more.  The cost is £8 per session.  If you would like more information, or would like to come along and try a session, please contact Margaret Smith,

Total Body Workout – this group meets on Thursday evenings (start time to be decided either 7.00 or 7.30 pm).  Like the Pilates group this is pay when you attend, and the cost will be £5.  For more details contact Jude Ruggerio on 07890 656053.

Advance Notice of other art/craft workshops in Ashbury Village Hall

One off workshops, from October – March, to look forward to include: Autumn  Flower Arranging, Marzipanning and Icing your Christmas Cake, Christmas Wreaths, Mosaics, Pottery.  Details of dates and process to follow.

Events Being Planned for 2017/18

Saturday 28th October 2017 – Flying Seftons Theatre Company: “Are You Sitting Comfortably”  Ghost stories with Michael Garland. Tickets £10.00 from Margaret Smith (710800) or Maggie Simons (710801).

Open Gardens Event 2018 – as a result of positive feedback from the 2016 event, a follow up will be organised for 2018, perhaps with a different theme.  More details in due course.

Volunteers are needed both to join the Committee responsible for planning these gardening events and to provide support from the side lines.  If you would like to become involved or have any suggestions or queries please call Julia Blake (Chair – 07760238929) or Norma Fergusson (Secretary – 710055).  New people with fresh ideas will keep us “up with the times”.

Village Hall Booking Diary

View the Village Hall Booking Diary for  October 2017

View the Village Hall Booking Diary for November 2017

View the Village Hall Booking Diary for December 2017

Village Hall Specifications, Photographs, Booking Arrangements and Key Holders

View the photographs Read about the specifications and booking arrangements

Key holders are: Lin/Kevin Clark (first contact), Maggie Simons, Margaret Smith, Roger Baker or Maxine Curtis.  This list is also displayed on the Village Hall Notice Board.

The Village Hall Committee

View the Committee Membership

Chairman & Secretary’s Annual Report

View the 2016/2017 Report

Refurbishment and Re-opening of the Village Hall

June 2015 – Find out about the refurbishment/re-opening of the Village Hall and unveiling of the Village Textile Map.

Read more about the background to and development of the Textile Map.

The Textile Map booklets have been reprinted.  The cost of the booklet, including a postcard, is £2.50.  Please contact 710800 if you would like a copy.

Reports on 2016 and 2017 Events held at the Village Hall

Faringdon Singers Concert – 10th July 2016  
This concert was organised jointly between the Church and Village Hall.  There were about 30 Faringdon Singers in the choir who sung a variety of songs with a break for a drink and nibbles.  Funds raised from this event were divided between the Church and Village Hall. 

 New Year Party – 7th January 2017
Around 45-50 people of all ages attended the party.  This was a free event, with attendees bringing a plate of food to share, and included a quiz before tea, and games and singing after tea.

Village Wide Garage and Table Top Sale – Saturday 15th June 2017

There were 14 garage sales around the village and 5 table top sales in the Village Hall where refreshments were available. People started arriving soon after 8.00am (from Chippenham), even though the sale did not start until 9.00am. There were quite a few dealers calling in on their way to other sales attracted by the range of items on sale, which ranged from a car trailer and bicycles to fresh vegetables, toys, books and bric-a-brac.




Christmas Event 2015





Christmas Crafts 2015 (above & below)






Pottery Workshop 2016 (above)

Willow Workshop 2017 (below)





New Year’s Eve Party 2017 (below)







View 2015 event reports and photos


View 2015 event reports and photos

Reports on 2014/2013 Events held at the Village Hall

View 2014/2013 event reports and photos Photos from recent events:    

Background & History of Ashbury Village Hall

Ashbury Village Hall (copyright Margaret Smith)

Ashbury Village Hall enjoys a central location in Chapel Lane, close to the War Memorial. It was built in 1864 to accommodate The National School, a charity school for children of the poor. Following construction of a new Ashbury with Compton Beauchamp C of E (Voluntary Aided) Primary School in 1960, the old National School was used as a Village Hall. This arrangement was formalised on the death of the Countess of Craven, in 1961, when she bequeathed this building in her will for the use of the people of Ashbury. Today, the business and upkeep of the Hall are overseen by a local Committee. The Hall is used on a regular basis by a number of Village groups and it also hosts several community functions each year.