Improvement Scheme

The Main Hall was opened as a community hall in 1980 and the Palmer Room in 2000.  Both halls were 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 in desperate need of updating to improve facilities and ensure they meet the needs of our local community and comply with current safety and access standards.  

Supported by South Oxfordshire District Council, The Phillimore Charitable Trust and numerous generous local donors, the Trustees have embarked on an ambitious improvement project to improve the village hall as follows:
  • A new central entrance and foyer - linking the two halls and enabling 'all under one roof' access for larger parties and events.  
  • Upgraded and accessible bathroom facilities. 
  • A new kitchen for the Main Hall with both an internal and external serving hatch/bar. 
  • Improved and energy efficient heating - underfloor heating for the halls.  
  • Replacement of the large draughty Victorian windows with period-style wooden framed double-glazed units.
  • Solar panels on the roof providing green energy to light/heat the halls and save on energy costs. 
  • Reorganisation of the storage facilities making them more user-friendly and fit for purpose.
  • An extension to the Main Hall overlooking the garden and making the most of the stunning views over the garden and local countryside. 
  • An extended patio area giving easier access and linking the Main Hall to the garden.
  • An Outdoor Store with WC facilities that will mean the paddock can be hired out separately for events. 

In making improvements, the Trustees aim is to preserve the Victorian features whilst delivering 21st century comfort and facilities.  

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.  This was 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 and more efficient lighting in the Main Hall and externally.  Outside the overgrown hedges have been cut back and replaced with a new hedge at the front of the hall and new trees donated by the Woodland Trust.

We are delighted to report that we have been awarded an improvement grant by South Oxfordshire District Council.  In order to use it, we had to raise matching funding ourselves - via donations and fundraising events.   To find out more about these exciting plans, please download our appeal brochure.  There's always more to be done - curtains and blinds; landscaping; improved AV/projection equipment; kitchen equipment - our wish list is ever evolving! 

If you would like to contribute to the hall’s transformation please contact the Appeal Director on 01189 461987 or email

You can also donate including Gift Aid at

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

Plan of improvements

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