Welcome to Harwell Village Hall!
COVID-19 Emergency – Status
Harwell Village Hall status as Wednesday 6th January 2021
Following the announcement from the government about the third lockdown, the Village Hall is now closed from Wednesday 6th January 2021. Our reopening is dependent on the outcome of the next Government review, due in mid February and we will let you know as soon as possible about reopening on this website.
If you have a booking with us in January or February, you will be contacted by Amy, our Bookings Administrator.
We will continue to take bookings from 1st March but these will be subject to the lockdown being lifted on or before that date, and dependent on what restrictions remain in place once it has been lifted.
6th January 2021
Harwell Village Hall status as from Boxing Day
Following the announcement from the government about Oxfordshire moving into Tier 4, the Village Hall will be required to close again on Saturday 26th December until further notice for all but a few allowed activities.
Information about expanding opening for more activities will be forthcoming once the conditions for coming out of Tier 4 are known.
If you have a booking with us after Saturday 26th December, you will be contacted by Amy our Bookings Administrator.
It is unlikely that we will be able to take future bookings until at least after the 31st January, subject to the Tier 4 restriction being lifted and dependent on what restrictions remain in place.
23rd December 2020
Harwell Village Hall re-opened on Wednesday 2nd December
With transition from the second Lockdown to the revised Tier system, the halls have re-opened as of Wednesday 2nd December.
As you are aware, Oxfordshire is in Tier 2: High Alert, so we are asking all hirers to re-visit their Risk Assessments to ensure they are able to comply with the new rules, in particular that there must be no mixing of households/bubbles indoors.
At the time of writing, we believe all current bookings from 2nd December can remain in place, dependant on the hirer being able to confirm that they are able to operate within the new guidelines and legislation.
As previously, all regular users will be expected to adhere to our Covid-secure Terms and Conditions which have been updated in light of the new restrictions, and be able to demonstrate that they have robust processes and procedures in place to ensure the safety of their classes, and anybody who might be using the halls at the same time.
Private parties and other social gatherings of more than two households are still not allowed at the present time.
Please be aware that if government advice or guidelines change, bookings may not be able to proceed, but hirers will be notified as soon as possible if this situation arises.
For any questions please contact Amy on firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 07970 581924.
2 December 2020
Halls to be closed from 5th November to 2nd December
Following the announcement from the government about the second lockdown, the Village Hall will be required to close again on Thursday 5th November until at least Wednesday 2nd December. Information about reopening will be forthcoming once the conditions for coming out of lockdown are known.
If you have a booking with us between 5th November and 2nd December, you will be contacted by Amy, our Bookings Administrator.
We can continue to take bookings from 2nd December, subject to the lockdown being lifted on that date, and dependent on what restrictions remain in place once it has been lifted.
2 November 2020
We re-opened Harwell Village Hall on 1st September 2020 for most, but not all, users.
From 1st September, all regular users will be expected to adhere to our new Covid-secure Terms and Conditions and be able to demonstrate that they have robust processes and procedures in place to ensure the safety of their classes, and anybody who might be using the halls at the same time..
Unfortunately we are not yet able to host parties and other social gatherings of more than two households.
However, government guidance is updated regularly so please use the calendar to request bookings on the understanding that they may not be able to proceed if these restrictions have not been relaxed by the time of your booking.
We look forward to welcoming you back to Harwell Village Hall and hope to see you soon.
If you live in Harwell, and are passing the hall, and notice anything suspicious that might need attention, please let us know by emailing email@example.com .
2 September 2020
About our halls
Ours is a vibrant and well-used Village Hall, originally built in the late 1920s and situated in the heart of Harwell village in the Thames Valley, Oxfordshire, just a few minutes from Didcot.
The hall is the focus of many groups from the village and the surrounding area who meet weekly or monthly in either the Orchard or Cherry Hall for a variety of pursuits including fitness and dance for both young and old, Arts and Crafts, Woodturners, Harwell WI, Short Mat Bowls, various clubs for toddlers and young children such as Fun Club, our youth theatre group Gobo Theatre and the Harwell Parish History Group. It is also the local Polling Station and the Parish Council have an office by the foyer entrance.
The hall is available to individuals to hire for adult or children’s parties as well as other social events. A registered charity, we are funded by the revenue from this hire which is used to cover the cost of insurance, repairs, heating, etc.
For our latest events click here.
Village Hall Redevelopment Project
We have just completed a £1.3million project to extend and refurbish the Village Hall and I am sure you will agree it looks splendid! For details of how we did it, take a look at the Hall Redevelopment Project pages.
In 2010 the Village Hall Committee of Trustees began to explore possible options both to refurbish and extend the Hall or, move to a new site and build a new facility.
Extensive surveys were done of the usage, both current and future and the requirements were carefully defined. After thorough
investigation, risk analysis and consultation with the village, a decision was made: we would remain on the existing site, extend the main hall and refurbish the existing hall!
Our Hall Redevelopment Project pages give details of the approved plans and describe how we are raising funds to realise our goal.
If you would like to help or become a trustee of our hall then please contact us for more information.