To book the High Halden War Memorial hall and collect keys please contact :
Paul Buggins on 01233 860335 or email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Present Day September 2017
View the events calendar and regular bookings
Full details of regular bookings see below
Views inside the Hall
Set up for a Dinner and Music event
View from entrance door across main hall showing adjacent alcove
Parking and Drop Off Zone
15 September 2017
MEMORIAL HALL’S NEW PARKING AREA IS OFFICIALLY OPENED
In High Halden The Parish and the People by Marcia Mitchell and Ian Murdoch published in 1981, the history of the War Memorial Hall since its inception in 1921 is described. It is recorded that “the lack of parking space has always been a limiting factor in hall use and over the years several planning applications have been made to make a long lay-by, or alternatively to remove the hedge and tarmac the whole area in front to provide parking space. None of the applications were approved by the County Highways department in spite of professional advice being taken”.
Residents and visitors will have seen that the badly needed parking and drop off area has been created and is already being used and appreciated by hall users with the immediate benefit of not having to get in and out of cars parked by necessity on the busy A28.
Local resident, Henry Starnes, cut the ribbon to declare the parking and drop off area officially open on Wednesday 6th September at the end of the monthly YAH meeting. YAH chose the hall as their charity in 2016 with the funds raised going into the “project fund”. Paul Buggins, Management Committee Chairman, thanked everyone for attending and acknowledged the significant grant contributions made by Kent County Council, Ashford Borough Council, High Halden Parish Council, Charlie Simpkins (formerly KCC councillor for High Halden) and Alan Pickering, Ward councillor for Ashford Borough Council, all of which have allowed the parking project to be completed.
With a new notice board, made from recycled plastic, and subtle but effective lighting installed, the new parking area will allow safe and convenient access ensuring that the hall is now much better placed to meet the needs of users of all ages and mobility.
From left to right – John Audsley, Mike Hill (KCC Councillor), Paul Buggins, Henry Starnes, Marcia Mitchell
4 September 2017
Many of you will have spotted that work on the Parking and Drop Off area has moved on at a good pace in the last few weeks. As planned the hall has remained open as normal during the works with no regular bookings or events having to be cancelled. There are just a few final items to be finished off, including some subtle lighting and a couple of usage signs.
A short “Ribbon Cutting” ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday 6 September at 15.30. It will be a time to reflect on this latest step in the evolution of our village hall, and importantly thank those who have made it possible with their financial support, please come along.
3 May 2017
Another very positive progress report. Our applications to both KCC, grant £15500 and ABC, grant £10000 have been approved. This means we have a full funding package in place to progress this important project. The Management Committee are really grateful for the support received
The Management Committee are in the process of updating and reviewing the quotes received from three local firms to undertake the main construction activities. It is anticipated that the selection of main contractor will be complete during the next two weeks with work starting on site during August
A further update will be provided when a firm schedule of activities has been agreed. It is hoped that work on site can be scheduled to ensure that the hall will remain open most of the time causing the minimum disruption to regular users.
7 March 2017
It is pleasing to report that Ashford Borough Council Planning Authority have approved the application to create a drop off zone and parking at the Memorial Hall. This is a very important step and means we now move forward to see if we can complete the funding arrangements and gain formal approval for the dropped kerbs.
In addition to the commitment of £3100 from the Parish Council, £1315 has been provided by Charlie Simkins from his KCC members grant fund and Alan Pickering has contributed £500 from his ABC members grant fund. The Management Committee are very grateful for this commitment to funding this project.
We expect to have news regarding our requests for grant funds from ABC and KCC by the end of April.
The Hall Management Committee are pleased to report that an application has been made to Ashford Borough Council to create a ” Drop Off Zone and Parking Area ” at the front of the Hall ( ABC reference 16/01883) This is the first formal step in trying to bring about this long awaited improvement at the Hall. The result of the application should be known late in March 2017, and if approved will be followed by an application to KCC highways to create the dropped kerb and path crossings that will be needed.
In parallel the Management Committee are continuing activities to finance the project. Applications have been made to KCC for a grant from their Village and Community Halls scheme, our KCC Councillor, Charlie Simkins for a donation from his members grant scheme, ABC for a grant from the Community grants fund ( to be submitted by end of January), our ABC Councillor, Alan Pickering , has indicated he will support from his members grant scheme.
Importantly at a recent meeting of the High Halden Parish Council they approved support for the project including a financial contribution of 10% of the project cost, up to £3100. The Hall Management Committee are very grateful for this ” vote of confidence ” of their plans to bring about improvements at the Hall.
Fund raising for this project and future improvements at the Hall will remain an important part of the Management Committee`s focus for a long time to come. Any ideas for fund raising, donations and other support will be very welcome, please contact Chairman Paul Buggins.
The provision of the “Drop Off Zone” and Parking at the hall will significantly improve safety for those needing transport to/from the hall, particularly the most vulnerable ( children , the elderly and those using mobility aids) Additionally it should provide the platform for those who have previously felt unable to use the hall to be properly included.
Further update and news of this exciting project will be made late March 2017.
The Link below takes you to a copy of 2016 Trustee Report
The Link below takes you to a copy of 2017 Trustee Report
Facilities available at the hall
- The main hall area is sufficient to have 12 tables of 6 people seated for a meal.
- The kitchen area is ideal for the final preparation and serving of food, through two serving hatches.
- A traditional stage is available, which is often used on quiz nights
- The main Hall is 16.5 M Long and 5.5 M Wide
- There is an additional Alcove, off the main hall, measuring 7 M by 3.5 M, with a serving hatch from the Kitchen
Summary of Hire Fees
Updated Fees – Effective 1 November 2016 ( Reviewed Nov 2017, no changes made)
|Normal Hire||Resident of HH **|
|Afternoon 13.00 – 17.00||£50||£30|
|Evening 18.00 —||£70||£50|
|Morning and afternoon||£90||£50|
|Afternoon and evening||£100||£70|
|Use as a polling station||£175|
(see conditions of hire)
|Booking deposit||£50 ##||£50 ##|
## or the booking fee if less than £50
** defined as within the Parish Boundary and immediate vicinity.
Effective from 1st November 2016 subject to annual review
Paul Buggins on 01233 860335
- Booking Agreement – Hire agreement Oct 17 with access to conditions of hire and safety etc [PDF]
- Conditions of Hire [PDF]
- Health and Safety Policy:
- Fire Policy:
- Plan of Hall evacuation exits and fire fighting equipment
- TRUSTEE REPORT 2016 trustee-report-october-2016
- TRUSTEE REPORT 2017 Trustee Report October 2017
Contact details for more information
Telephone: Paul Buggins on 01233 860335
Please see the link above to events that includes details of bookings at the hall.
Regular Weekly / Monthly bookings are:
10.30 to 13.30 CRAFT CLUB
16.00 to 18.00 BROWNIES
18.30 to 21.00 PARISH COUNCIL ( Second Monday Monthly )
10.00 to 12.00 YAH Coffee Mornings ( Second Tuesday Monthly )
13.00 to 16.00 TIME OUT, Games Club
13.00 to 16.00 YOUNG AT HEARTS (YAH) ( First Wednesday Monthly )
10.30 to 13.30 W I Darts
19.30 to 22.00 WOMENS INSTITUTE ( Second Thursday Monthly )
19.30 to 22.00 SHORT MAT BOWLS