Village Hall

News update on the village hall.

First of all a big thank you to Viscountess Rothermere for the very kind donation to the Village Hall from the Ferne Gardens Open Day. We would also like to thank the PCC for their kind donation from the Fete.

On Saturday 4th October at 7pm, David Waters (Great Bustard fame), will be giving a talk on his time in the Police Force in aid of the Hall. Please keep an eye out for posters.

Date of next Committee meeting is Monday 29th September all are welcome to attend.

Have you seen our new lights yet? They are really bright so you can see to read at last, but can be dimmed for more intimate occasions! There is something going on in the Hall every month so, if you are planning an event, be quick as the diary is filling up fast.


A note from our chairman

If anyone is interested, we are looking for new blood to come along and join us, as we have a couple of vacancies on the Committee. So if anyone is interested please give me a call on 01747 828024. Gordon has retired after many years of help and commitment and none of us is getting any younger.

The history behind the Berwick St John Memorial Hall and hire details.

The Land that the hall is built on was gifted to the village in 1929 by the Duke and Duchess of Hamilton. Since then there have been three Halls on this site, the present one replaced an old nissen Hut. In the 1970s a few villagers got together and raised funds to build a new hall by hosting harvest festival dances etc. The community later applied to the council for a grant but where told that the next village down the valley was getting the money as they were in desperate need of a new hall. The story is still told that one Sunday morning a group of villagers equipped with sledge hammers, tractors and ropes pulled the old Hut down, cleared the site leaving a concrete slab. The chairman called the council on Monday and told them that we should have the grant as we no longer had a hall. After some persuasion the man from the council said he would visit and to his surprise NO HALL. We got the grant.


In 1998 Berwick decided to refurbish the hall and again the community stepped up to the challenge. We raised enough money from events in the village and various grants to re roof the hall, put in a new kitchen with all mod cons, extensions on the side for a meeting room, bar and store, a patio area and play ground. We now have a Youth Club, Keep fit, Pilates, Toddler group and numerous other events held in our wonderful Hall.

Details of charge structure for Berwick St John Village Hall

Contact details:

To book the Hall please contact Kevin Meade

2 Hop Gardens, Luke Street, Berwick St John, Shaftesbury, SP7 OHJ

Tel: 01747 828024.

Or email:

Please note all bookings should be made via the phone.


120 Restaurant

150 Close seated

175 Dancing


The main hall has a curtained stage, kitchen, committee room, bar, patio, play area and all areas are disabled friendly.

50 soft seated chairs + 100 plastic chairs

Tables; 14, 6′x3′, 10, 3×3′, and 5, 12′x3′ and 1, 10′x3′ trestle tables


2 cookers, fridge, freezer, microwave, warming cabinet, movable serving tables.

Place settings for 120 + assorted serving utensils etc


The is a serving hatch in the main hall, fridge,120 wine glasses + numerous assorted beer, shorts and mixer glasses.

Committee Room:

Carpeted, seats approx 20

Village Hall Hire Charges :

All of the Hall: £13.50 per hour

Meeting Room: £6.00 per Hour

All day Hire/ Weddings etc. £200.00

120 place settings for Dinner: £0.10 per item.

Outside functions: Chairs £2.00 per 10, Tables £ 2.00 each

There are no charges to set up before the event or to clear up afterwards. All we ask is that hirers take their rubbish home and leave the building as they found it. To book the Hall please contact Kevin Meade Tel: 01747 828024 or email:

If alcohol is to be sold a license can be obtained from Salisbury District Council.

Please note: No naked flames are allowed on the premises.

Vlllage Hall AGM

Chairman Kevin Meade (828024) Vice Chairman Michael Milburn (01722 780263)

The AGM was held on Monday the 4th March and it was proposed that the hall committee should stand en block.

Chairman / Bookings Clerk Kevin Meade

Deputy Chairman Michael Milburn

Treasurer Richard Hall

Minutes Secretary Julia Hall

Other members: Mary Sparkes, Bridget Marks, Angela Bridges, Pat Avrell, Marina Meade, Frank Meade, Meryon Bridges and Tony Bell

Gordon Marks stood down and was thanked for all his work over the many years with the village hall.