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Chidham and Hambrook - The Village Hall

Chidham and Hambrook Village Hall

The Village Hall is on the Main Road, close to the junction with Chidham Lane. Recently refurbished, the kitchen is fully equipped to cater for up to 80 people
Map showing the location of the Village Hall

Chidham and Hambrook Village Hall is available for hire for meetings, events and private parties.

The hall consists of two floors
The lower floor
( Rod Isted Room) includes a well equipped kitchen , toilets and outside patio area. This floor can be partitioned with large multi – sectioned folding doors.
The upper floor, has a raised stage and is perfect for events with music and dancing. Each floor can be booked separately, if required. The Hall is fully accessible for all with a lift to the Upper Floor and a disabled toilet/ baby changing facilities
The Village Hall has a car park at the rear of the building.

The current booking fees are as follows:-
Daytime and Regular Bookings -
£9 / £10 per hour.
For evening social events -
£12 for one floor/ £15 for both floors .
'One Off' Bookings can be arranged.
For private parties, a refundable deposit of £50 is payable.
All fees include use of the kitchen

For all booking queries, please contact the Bookings Secretary on
Tel. 576580 or email
see information about the management committee
Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall is a registered charity, (Number 1037050)
New lowered Terrace for our Village Hall completed
As part of the planned refurbishment of the Hall the new paved outside terrace has just been completed. It provides additional space accessed via French doors from the ground floor increasing the hall’s capacity and lending itself to al fresco food and drink in fine weather. Perfect for parties. Read more here:
posted Aug 2014
The Committee
Chairman Steve Tanner
01243 574980
Secretary Jacky Sheppard
Treasurer John Letheren  
Bookings Jane and Tim Towers 01243 576580
Committee Members John Wingrove
Barbara Penny
Gill Hale
David Rodgers
Bert Chalk

Angela Sewell

Wed Oct 25,
Village Hall

Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall

Come along to hear a review of renovation progress so far and plans for the future

Oct 9

AGM - Nov 2015

Prior to the AGMChairman Steve Tanner gave a fascinating and well researched talk about the history of the Village Hall.

In due course this will be placed on the website.

Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall toilets
Oct 2015 - At last new toilets!
Gone are the old 1950's damp, dark toilets reminiscent of distant school days. The Management Committee are relieved that the relief of users of the Hall will now be a pleasant experience rather than one to be avoided.
The toilets have been completely rebuilt and equipped to a modern standard and the entrance remodelled. This is part of Phase 2 of the total refurbishment.
This was made possible by grants from S106 funding, New Homes Bonus, Big Lottery and contributions from the Chidham and Hambrook WI , Film Society and Art Group.
Our thanks also go to the Parish Council for their support and assistance. We look forward to the final phase of our development which will see an extension to the upper floor with lift for disabled access.

October 11th, 2014. Open day at the Village Hall.
see press release
The New Lowered Terrace at the Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall was formally opened on Saturday 11th October by Cllr Mrs Eileen Lintill, Deputy Leader of the Chichester District Council. Constructed and landscaped by local run business, J&D Castle of Chidham Lodge Nursery, the lowered terrace provides 450 sq.ft of additional floor space at ground floor level. This gives increased capacity for major events and the future growth of the community.
The terrace provides the Community with a formal outside paved area which complements the use of the hall. It forms a secure area for children to play without the danger of them straying away from supervised events – it also provides a welcomed outside facility for food and drink in fine weather. For the more formal occasions such as village celebrations, weddings, anniversaries, parties etc., a modular marquee system can be hired to provide a temporary enclosed & covered area over the terrace. When used in conjunction with the ground floor hall, the terrace, when covered, will provide a greatly extended functions area. This, together with the new Kitchen facility which was designed with this in mind, will help to bring other events into the Village as well as enhancing community activities. This will support the local supply chain, enhance the rural development of the area and improve the future viability of the community-owned Hall. The lowered terrace will be accessible to everybody in the community using the hall irrespective of age or mobility. The £25,000 scheme has been primarily funded by a Chichester District Council New Homes Bonus Grant and a £1200 grant has been provided by the Chidham & Hambrook Parish Council for a low level lighting scheme. Some local contributions have also been made.

“The New Homes Bonus Grant is provided by the Government to authorities where new housing development has taken place in their district said Cllr Lintill. The Chichester District Council pass all this funding onto our local communities where it can do the most good. It is very rewarding that the money is spent on projects which can be used for multiple purposes and this is an example where it provides a great deal of benefit to the Community for many years to come”.

The terrace project is part of the Village Hall programme of refurbishment and has been met with great public support. It takes into account the views expressed by the community during the preparation of 2005 Chidham & Hambrook Parish Plan. So far, works have been undertaken to provide disabled access to the lower hall, a new fully equipped semi-commercial kitchen, a new heating system, storage, new furnishing and the lowered terrace. This has encouraged many new regular functions to take place such as the community Film Club, Lunch Group and many other local activities. Further construction is hoped to start shortly on the new toilets and cloakroom.

“The programme of refurbishment works has been prepared to ensure that the Village Hall meets the future needs of this growing community” said Rod Isted, Chairman of the Management Committee. “We would like to give a very big “Thank You” to all those who have contributed over the past few years. In particular, to the Chichester District Council, Chidham & Hambrook Parish Council, West Sussex County Council, National Lottery, Chichester Harbour Conservancy, local community organisations and our community, for supporting the refurbishment works”.
September 2014. A WSCC grant to Chidham and Hambrook Film Club has been used to buy a new projector and screen for the Chidham and Hambrook Film Club.
The new projector will bring enhanced image quality to the films shown in the village hall. The new screen will improve viewing from an angle, make viewing easier, and will be wrinkle free! Any screen of that size weighs a fair bit so the team were justifiably elated when they completed the installation.
Saturday, 26th April 7pm
Village Hall
The evening will be led by Deck & Fo'c'sle, an enthusiastic local group, who are in great demand. Song sheets will be provided. includes Fish & Chip supper (alternatives available). Licensed bar.
Still time to get tickets £10 incl.meal
( book by April 25 deadline)
. Tel 574074/576580
Sat 23 Nov 2013
Christmas Fayre
Grand opening ceremony of the new kitchen
see more photos

Cakes Crafts, Gifts, Preserves and much more
Father Christmas in his snowy wonderland

Mon 11 Nov Village Hall AGM see Agenda
Chairman Rod Isted talked about what has been achieved this past year and the exciting new plans for the future. Guest Speaker: Diana Beale will give a talk ‘A Year in the Life of Cobnor”
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Two new classes on Wed evening
at Chidham Village Hall
6-7pm Core, pelvic floor & much more ante natal exercise.
7-8pm Posture Pilates
For more details contact Laura on 01243 527726 / 07866 446106
posted Aug 20
Village Hall renovation next phase
The Village Hall Committee has raised enough money to start on the next phase of renovation. Work starts on 14th January on the extension and refitting of the kitchen. It will take approx eight weeks and provide state of the art facilities to allow catering for up to 100 people. read full story
posted Dec 18

Brenda retires
Sept 2012

Brenda being presented with a bouquet of flowers by Vice-Chair Gill Hale of the Village Hall Management Committee.
At a recent meeting of Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall management committee, Vice-Chair Gillian Hale (who was deputising for Chairman Rod Isted) presented Brenda Gontaruk of The Avenue, Hambrook, with a bouquet of flowers to acknowledge her dedication to keeping the Village Hall clean and tidy for so many years.

Brenda was retiring from the post after almost nine years service at the Hall.
12 Sept
3pm - 7pm
Village Hall
Taylor Wimpey proposed development of 25 more houses in Broad Road
posted Sep 10
in the Village Hall
Let Taylor Wimpey/Genesis Town Planning know what you think. Make sure the Parish Council and the District Council do as well.
Send your comments
to the website and we will publish them
Phone Taylor Wimpey on 534050 or email them
email the Parish Council Alastair Wooley (Chair)
email your local District Councillors Myles Cullen and David Myers
20th Oct

till late
The Village Hall
posted Sep 9
Dance to
Yes, NIGEL HOAR is back!
Tickets £7.50;
tel 01243 574074
Licensed bar
Hot Dogs
Wednesday 19 Sept
Village Hall
Pop-Up Cake Shop in the Village Hall
A chance for everyone to come with friends and have a cup of coffee, piece of cake and a natter.
Also at Funtington Village Hall on Sept 12
posted Sep 9
Film Society Autumn Programme in the
Village Hall
Friday Sept 28 - 'Midnight in Paris'
Friday Oct 26 'Woman in Black'
Friday Nov 20 'My week with Marilyn'
see poster
Doors open 7.30pm, Film screens at 8pm
576580 574074
or email:
Friday 25 May 2012
Saturday 3 March Village Hall Open Day

Dec 2011 - Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall plays host to Simon Callow
The classic actor spent last week rehearsing by day in the Village Hall for his new one man show in London, A Christmas Carol, while appearing at Chichester Festival Theatre in the evening. His production team hired the upstairs room and commented on the wonderful atmosphere and character of the building.
With two floors the hall makes a great venue for parties and celebrations. Details for booking see above.

Village Hall

with Father Christmas and his grotto

A very successful event which raised nearly £700 towards the refurbishment project. Entertainment was provided by the delightful Ukelele Orchestra of Chidham led by Rick Hales.
see photos

Nov 22
Thur Nov 17
7pm for 7.30
Village Hall

see poster

Village Hall AGM
• Village Hall improvements over the past year
• Refurbishment Plans – see the Drawings
• Question and Answer Session
• Refreshments

THE BOAT PROJECT – Come and hear a fascinating talk about this living archive of people’s stories and lives - a 10 metre seagoing vessel made from donated wooden items
posted Nov 7
Chidham Ukulele Workshop will be performing at the
Village Hall Christmas Fayre

Sat Nov 19th
(at about 12.30pm)
The Chidham Ukulele Workshop will continue to meet in the Village Hall on the third Wednesday of each month in 2012 from 7.00 to 8.00pm.
Posted Nov 8

Oct 28
Village Hall
7pm for food, movie starts at 8pm

Chidham and Hambrook Film Society present....
Pre-booking essential for food
posted Oct 13
Tickets : 01243 576580/ 574074 or email:
Sept 30
Village Hall

First film of the
C&H Film Society
Winter Programme
tickets: Tel 574074/572902

THE GHOST (Sept 30)
This gripping conspiracy thriller adapted from the thriller by Robert Harris stars Ewan McGregor
posted Sept 14
Village Hall Big Lottery Grant
June 2011
Following a successful grant last year from "Grassroots" for new upholstered chairs for the Village Hall, I am pleased to say that, thanks to the efforts of the management committee, we have been successful in an application to Big Lottery for a grant to provide disabled access to the ground floor of the Village Hall.  The grant will cover the cost of clearing the hedging and construction of a ramp and handrail, which will provide easy access to the front door.  Work will be carried out by local contractor J & D Castle and the work is scheduled to start in August.  It is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete.  This is another step towards our aim of completely updating and rennovating our wonderful Village Hall.
Steve Tanner, Secretary
Chidham and Hambrook Film Society presents
Posted Apr 28
May 6
7.30 for 8pm
Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall

Starring Gemma Arterton.
A comic romp set in rural Dorset inspired by the classic works of Hardy with a 21 st century twist. Tamara -once a teenage ugly duckling now a smouldering femme- fatale -returns to her old village and causes something of a stir amongst the locals. She kick-starts a trail of envy, lust, scandal and gossip with very funny results.

Doors open 7.30 for wine and chat. Film starts 8pm
£6 non-members, £5 members
( to include glass of wine)
Tel : 574074 / 576580 email:

Friday April 15th
Film shows at 8pm
Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall
Presents a showing of the film
Tickets: £3
available from
01243 574074 / 572902
Licensed bar
Through visually stunning footage shot entirely from the air from over 50 countries, photographer Yann Arthus-Bernard shows us a view of the world most of us we have never seen. posted Mar 12
Friday March 25
Village hall

A Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers. Will his story be believed?
Directed by Danny Boyle and winning a raft of Oscars
this life affirming film is a must.
Delicious vegetarian and meat curries and a glass of wine
Tickets available from:01243 574074/ 572902
Pre booking essential for food
Every Tuesday
Village Hall
Yoga classes are now available at the Chidham Village Hall
every Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:00.
Please contact Dave Morgan if you are interested to find out more.
Tel: 01243 573297. Mobile: 07565 865247
Thursday, 16th December 2010
CHALKS Christmas Lunch party

Having been postponed for two weeks due severe winter weather, the first CHALKS Christmas Party took place on Thursday, 16th December and was voted an overwhelming success by all who took part. Eighteen guests and five volunteers assembled at Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall to enjoy an aperitif, followed by a festive meal with all the traditional trimmings. During the meal, guests were surprised and delighted to receive presents distributed by Father Christmas. After lunch everyone enjoyed the entertainment provided by Chidham Schoolchildren, who sang carols and played recorders to the accompaniment of a guitar, played by one of the teachers.

Christmas spirit was present in abundance and afterwards a vote of thanks was made to all the volunteers who had worked so hard to make the occasion a success.

13 Nov
Village Hall Christmas Fair.

(and Father Christmas was there!)
Bottle stall, cakes and plants Christmas gifts
village calendar, and much more.
Snowdrop Trust and RNLI stalls
Raffle, Coffee and Mince pies
10th October 2010
3rd Chidham and Hambrook
Village Garage Sale
from 2pm (till 4pm)
For details of participating resellers - see leaflet
This year there will be stalls in the Village Hall
Tue Oct 12th
Village Hall AGM (in the Village Hall ....)
Sep 16

Friday, 4th June saw the first meeting of “CHALKS” being held at Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall. This is the new social and lunch club which meets there on the first Friday of every month from 11:30 am. to 1:30pm.

“CHALKS” stands for C hidham & H ambrook A ll-comers L uncheon K itchen for S eniors and as you can see from the photos, everyone was enjoying the chance to make new friends, catch up on the “gossip” and savour the two course meal. Teas and coffees are available before and after the meal and all this for the very reasonable price of £4.

When things have “bedded in”, the idea will be to have displays of arts and crafts etc. which can be appreciated by the diners. We are also open to any other ideas for improvement. The next meeting will be on Friday, 2 nd July. As the name implies its open to everyone of 50+ years. Why not come along and join in the fun? Prior booking is essential so contact John Wingrove today on 01243-572902

Grant for Village Hall
After months of attempts and disappointments Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall have at last had their first success in their quest for funding in order to improve conditions at the Hall. Grassroots Grants have awarded the Hall £5,000 for the purchase of new, comfortable, upholstered seats, some with arm rests. The Hall is now a popular venue for the Chidham & Hambrook Film Society who present a variety of eclectic films during their annual season, which runs from September through to April. Last season the Society recommended that those people who found the hard plastic “bucket” chairs uncomfortable bring their own cushions! Next season this will no longer be necessary as everyone will soon be “sitting comfortably”.

“Giant oaks from little acorns grow” and buoyed with this success the Management Committee are determined to track down the “big one”, which will enable the Hall to be improved to a standard of which the community can be proud.

New Lunch Club at the Village Hall
Would you like to join our new lunch club? It's called CHALKS
Chidham & Hambrook All-comers Lunch Kitchen for Seniors. Full details
posted 26 May

Village Hall Christmas Fayre on 5th December 2009 Chidham and Hambrook Village Hall welcomed Father Christmas to a Christmas Fayre on Saturday 5 th December. The hall was filled with a variety of stalls which included cakes, crackers, jewellery, paintings, plants and Christmas cards, as well as a bottle stall, a raffle and ‘guess the weight of the cake'. Santa's Grotto was popular with the children, some of whom had their photograph taken with the great man.

The final total of over £500 was made, which will be used to effect more improvements to this unique building.

Transformation at the Village Hall?

It may be the start of the pantomime season but has some fairy godmother really waived her magic wand to transform Chidham and Hambrook Village Hall?

No, just a group of really hardworking locals who have given it their all and made the difference.

Come and see for yourself at the Opera Affair on November 21st or at other events in the run up to Christmas.

Village Opera Affair in the new look Village Hall
Chidham and Hambrook Village Hall hit the high notes on Saturday ....
see full report and photos......
Ground Floor First Floor
Chidham Village Hall to be re-launched

You will all be aware of the disappointment earlier this year when it was announced that the New Chidham & Hambrook Village Centre project had failed to attract Big Lottery funding. This has obviously delayed the project by several years whilst alternative sources of funding are identified.

In the meantime and as an interim measure the Chidham Village Hall Management Committee voted earlier this month to re-launch the venerable Chidham Hall as The Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall. Plans are now underway to provide disabled access, initially to the ground floor and hopefully, eventually the first floor as well. Marshalls have kindly donated 17 sq.m. of non-slip paving and we are looking to form a wheelchair ramp on the east side, from the car park to the side door entrance. We are also investigating the provision of disabled toilet facilities.

Funds will be sought to re-decorate and upgrade where possible. We intend to seek permission to install a new attractive sign on the north side adjacent to the Main Road, to hopefully raise the profile of this fine old building.

Most importantly, we need to encourage its use by local people and societies. We desperately need to increase revenue. A new film society is in the process of being formed. This needs your enthusiastic support together with your ideas for other supportive ventures.

The Village Hall Management Committee

The Village Hall is on the main road, close to the junction with Chidham Lane
Map showing the location of the Village Hall


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