Improvement Scheme

The Main Hall was opened as a community hall in 1980 and the Palmer Room in 2000.  At present both halls are completely separate with The Old School House, the living accommodation originally assigned to the headmaster and then used by the caretakers, situated between them. The halls are regularly used but are in need of updating to improve the heating facilities and ensure that they comply with current safety and access requirements.  

The Trustees have an ambitious plan to improve the village hall by driving forward a number of projects:
  • linking the two halls and creating one central entrance and lobby area  
  • upgrading the toilet facilities 
  • providing a new accessible kitchen for the Main Hall
  • improving the heating of the halls    
  • replacing some of the large draughty Victorian windows with identical wooden framed double-glazed units
  • mounting solar panels on the roof and using green energy to light/heat the halls to save on energy costs 
  • establishing purpose built storage within the hall for use by hirers and the trustees, and building an external store to replace the old wooden sheds used at present. 
If they can raise enough money, they will
  • widen the Main Hall with the addition of a sun room which will overlook the garden and make the most of the view which at present cannot be seen from inside the hall because of the height of the Victorian windows   
  • make a patio area giving easier access to the garden for those with mobility problems.
The Trustees believe that making these improvements now, will widen the appeal of the hall and ensure that it continues to serve the community in the 21st Century without incurring prohibitive running costs.  



In making these improvements, the Trustees have tried to preserve the Victorian features by insulating between the beams of the vaulted ceilings and purchasing wooden framed windows which are more expensive.

Over the past three years many improvements have been made to the site.  In 2011/2012 the vaulted ceilings of the halls were insulated and external drainage installed to cope with run-off from the car park all done with the help of grants from South Oxfordshire District Council and Lafarge Aggregates & Concrete Ltd.  Eye & Dunsden Parish Council gave a grant towards the replacing the windows in The Old School House with wooden double-glazed units and TOE2 gave a grant to replace one of the large Victorian windows, and a smaller metal framed window in the Palmer Room.  

The Trustees have used funds raised through lettings and fundraising events to make significant improvements to The Old School House which had serious damp problems.  A damp-proof course was installed, in the Old School House and along one wall of the Palmer Room, and a problem chimney removed. The loft has been insulated and the building rewired.  The Trustees have established a new front entrance installed a new kitchen, refigured the electric wiring, decorated and installed new flooring.  The property is now let and the income is being used to support other improvements to the halls and grounds.

In February 2015 the hall's electricity supply was upgraded to cope with the increased usage of the hall. In addition to these improvements the Trustees have installed safer heating in the Palmer Room, more efficient lighting in the Main Hall and externally, and applied for another grant from TOE2 to replace one of the large Victorian windows in the Main Hall which is cracked and draughty; unfortunately they did not secure a grant on this occasion because of the demand for the grants available.  Outside they have cut back the overgrown hedges and have planted a new hedge at the front of the hall and new trees donated by the Woodland Trust; they have also replaced fencing to improve security and filled in old cesspits which posed a hazard.

We are delighted to report that we have been awarded an improvement grant by South Oxfordshire District Council. In order to use it, we need to raise matching funding ourselves. Our target is currently £60,000. To find out more about these exciting plans, please download our appeal brochure.


If you would like to contribute to the hall’s transformation please contact Beth Timms, the Appeal Director.
Telephone 01189 461987 or email dunsdenvillagehall@yahoo.co.uk. You can also donate including Gift Aid at mydonate.bt.com/charities/eyedunsdenvillagehall.
On request, donors will be commemorated on a special board inside the new hall.

If you feel you, or your company, may be able to help us raise the necessary funds the Trustees would be happy to hear from you.

Plan of improvements





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