Ashbury Village Hall



 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 Booking Diary may be consulted at point 4 below.



Users of the Village Hall are asked to note that the textile map has been taken out of the wall case temporarily in order that minor conservation issues can be addressed.  The glass front of the cabinet is currently in the small meeting room with a row of chairs in front of it. Please do not remove the chairs or touch the extremely heavy glass front.    If  you are using the hall please do not allow unsupervised children to enter the small meeting room.

  Forthcoming Events

1.  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.

2. Regular Meetings:

a)  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.   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,

b)  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.

c)  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.

3) Other Events

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”.

Red Cross First Aid Session – Saturday 24 February 2018  10.00-12.00 in the Village Hall
This workshop is aimed at over 65s or those living with or caring for older people who are at more risk of slips, trips and falls but they will be applicable to multiple first aid situations.  Skills such as broken bones, choking, bleeding, head injuries, burns, strokes, heart attacks, harmful substances, unresponsive and breathing, unresponsive and not breathing, can be covered.  Numbers are limited so please let Maggie Simons know if you would like to attend.  There is no fee for this workshop.

4.  Village Hall Booking Diary

View the Village Hall Booking Diary for  January 2018

View the Village Hall Booking Diary for February 2018

View the Village Hall Booking Diary for March 2018

 5.  The Village Hall Committee

a)  View the Committee Membership

b)  View the 2016/2017 Report

6.  Refurbishment and Re-opening of the Village Hall – 2015

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.

7.  Reports on 2017/2018 Events held at the Village Hall


Mosaic Workshop 10th February 2018

Twelve people attended the Mosaic Workshop in Ashbury Village Hall on Saturday 10 February.  Lucy Cooke, the tutor, provided everything needed to make a mosaic and some people brought along sentimental pieces of china to incorporate into a new design.  The end results were very pleasing and we hope Lucy will make a return visit, this time running a Christmas mosaic workshop.  Jackie says about her photograph:  “This sums up how much concentration is needed to make a mosaic.  …we had to do homework and grout our tiles – mine was doubly difficult as I had to do both sides.  However, I’m very pleased with the end result which needed a much wider variety of skills than I ever imagined.  It’s a lovely way to remember my first days as a student choosing my own coffee mug.”  (Jackie had brought her old coffee mug and dissected it so the pieces could be used in the bird mosaic).  Jackie’s daughter, Caroline, made the coaster.  Claire who has recently moved to the village enjoyed making the love heart.





Christmas Wreath Workshop – 12 December 2017

On 12 December Marianne Astor ran another inspiring Christmas Wreath workshop.  Wreaths quickly took shape under Marianne’s guidance.  It was amazing how much greenery was used, and then various decorative items were added to the wreaths.  The end results were well worth the effort and participants took home some splendid wreaths to adorn their front doors!




Christmas Cake Decorating Workshop – 9 December 2017

On a bitterly cold morning, much warmer in the hall(!), Yve Yoxall demonstrated different ways to decorate a Christmas Cake.  The ladies who opted for fondant icing left with a finished cake!  During the workshop they managed to marzipan their cake, then cover it with fondant roll out icing, and create an intricate pattern around the cake before putting on some decorations.  Those who preferred the more traditional royal icing had marzipaned their cake at home and were able to apply a first layer of icing to the sides of their cake at the workshop.  They will have to wait 12 hours before decorating the top, and a further 12 hours before applying another layer.  It could take three layers of royal icing!  We were shown how to use leftover marzipan to make petit fours and cake decorations, and how to make very effective simple flowers.  It was an enjoyable and informative morning.


Are You Sitting Comfortably?  28 October 2017


Ashbury Village Hall was transformed, helped by the new stage lighting and the work of Richard Pallasio and John Clements on the evening, into a venue to stage Michael Garland’s “Are You Sitting Comfortably?” – Ten Tall Tales Told to Terrify.  Michael Garland performed all the ten stories holding the audience enthralled.  A lasagne supper was served afterwards.

Willow Workshop 2017 (below)






New Year’s Eve Party 2017 (below)

Around 45-50 people of all ages attended the party.

This was a free event, with attendees bringing a plate of food to share;

there was a quiz before tea and games and singing after tea.





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.