Dorchester on Thames Village Hall is on Queen Street just a short walk from the Abbey. It is an excellent spacious venue that boasts a vaulted main hall with a sprung wooden floor, ideal for dancing.
The main hall was built in 1872 and was designed by the well respected architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, originally as a girls infant school, although Scott is best known for his Gothic revival churches (he also worked on our own Abbey). Scott felt that St Pancras station was his most successful project, but in August 2021 the Scott family approved the name 'Gilbert Scott Hall' in recognition of the historic nature of our building.
In fact, we are extremely fortunate in having an outstandingly historic and attractive Village Hall that's highly flexible and adaptable for hire or use as a regular meeting place, special occasion, celebration, wedding reception, exhibition, theatrical production and any number of other activities.
Dr Malcolm Airs and his son Thom have made a short series of films about some historical aspects of the village, including this film on the history of the hall.
The Trustees have formed a committee to refurbish and extend the hall in a £600,000 fund-raising campaign. For further details and how to donate, visit our new project website.
The main hall has a superb vaulted ceiling and an open, unobstructed layout that can seat up to 100 people for sit-down eating, with meals available from our own kitchen, The White Hart Hotel or local catering companies. It is regularly used for theatrical productions, race nights, fitness and Pilates classes, private parties and weddings.
We have a permanent equipped bar facing a reception area that leads to a second, self-contained meeting room at the rear of the building through double doors. This light, airy room can be used even when the main hall is hosting a separate event. From the meeting room, double doors open onto an enclosed outdoor courtyard that has been used for barbeques and pig roasts.
The building has gas central heating; free wireless broadband; an excellent acoustic; a sound system and hearing loop, padded seating for up to 100; standing capacity for 140 people; flipchart and projector; plus tables, crockery and cutlery for hire.
|Basic Hire Service||Time||Included||Standard Fee||Village Fee|
|All Day Function||9am to 12am||Hall Backroom and Kitchen||£195||£120|
|Daytime Function||9am to 6pm||Hall Backroom and Kitchen||£105||£ 65|
|Evening Function||6pm to 12am||Hall Backroom and Kitchen||£105||£ 65|
|Main Hall only||£10 per hour||£6 per hour|
|Back Room||£6 per hour||£4 per hour|
|Kitchen||£5 per hour||£3 per hour|
The Committee manages a prize draw called The 200 Club, so called because that is the limit on how many annual tickets are available for sale. In March, June and September we draw prizes of £75, £45 and £25 per draw and then in December the first prize is increased to £100 - a handy sum to win and a good way to support a village charity and amenity.
Membership is only £12 per person
per ticket a year. You are
welcome to purchase more than one
ticket and funds raised help us
maintain the hall for the benefit of
the village. If
you would like to join, please
either send a cheque payable to
Dorchester on Thames Village Hall to
Elaine Williams, 20 Abingdon Road,
Dorchester on Thames or complete the enclosed
Standing Order and send it to
Elaine. We will take a copy and send
it on to your bank. If you set up a
standing order via online banking,
please e-mail Elaine.
Best of luck!
Here we have the bookings calendar so you can check any month to see what's on and check if dates are available for your event. For advance bookings, please call 01865 689452 and leave a message or e-mail to discuss your requirements.