** Refurbishment and reopening update **
The second lockdown has moved the goalposts as far as reopening the Village Hall goes, and our planned timescales have gone out of the window. Guidance from ACRE makes it clear that village halls should be closed during lockdown unless they house what are deemed essential services. More importantly for the reopening of Blewbury Village Hall, lockdown restrictions prevent us completing our work to test all the new systems and put in the necessary COVID safety measures. This will have to restart when lockdown ends in December.
The good news is that the refurbishment work is nearly finished. The major work remaining is outside, improving drainage and the surface of the car park. The resurfacing work on the car park will mean closure of the car park for a few days, we will let people know when this will be as soon as we have a firm date.
In view of all the above the Village Hall Management Committee has reluctantly decided that the Village Hall cannot be reopened until the New Year and we will now make every effort to ensure that the Hall will be open for some activities on 5th January, within prevailing COVID restrictions. We have discussed the reopening of the Blewbury surgery with Woodlands Medical Practice and they are working to the same timescale. The Post Office remains open and Karen will keep everybody informed of opening hours.
As soon as the Hall is ready, we will make announcements via the usual channels – the Post Office, the Blewbury website and app, the Blewbury Stop press email system and the BVS Facebook page.
The Main Hall (17.5m x 10.6m) can accommodate up to 200 people standing or 150 seated but during COVID-19 restrictions, these numbers will be reduced to 20. Tables, chairs and modular staging are available for use in whichever configuration best suits your function, while food and drink can be served directly from an adjacent kitchen/bar area.
The Vale Room (7.3m x 7.3m) has a maximum capacity of 100 standing or 50 seated if not subject to COVID-19 restrictions. Tables and chairs are available and users can access the kitchen if it is not being used by a separate Main Hall event. Please note that we are NOT using the Vale Room whilst COVID-19 restrictions are in place.
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We are not currently taking bookings, but as soon as we are, this page will be updated accordingly.
If you are thinking of hiring the Village Hall, please familiarise yourself with the relevant policy documents by clicking on these links:
Main Hall Bookings Diary