In 1914 the locally well known architect H.G. Ibberson drew up plans for a proposed 'institute' to be built near St. Mary's Church in
Holme-next-the-Sea. The final construction differed from the the original plans (much the same often happens today) but still resulted in a
building of considerable character.
The Le Strange Estate of Hunstanton presented the building to the Parish Council of Holme-next-the-Sea and Hamon le Strange laid the foundation stone. Subsequently the building was well used by the local branch of the Women's Institute and so became known as "The Institute" and, eventually, "The Village Hall".
Today's building has been much improved and extended with the recent addition of a large kitchen and a meeting room. However, the main hall has retained much of its original character and features an attractive beamed ceiling. The Village Hall is regularly used by groups based in Holme-next-the-Sea - the Parish Council and the Knit, Stitch and Natter group hold their meetings in the meeting room and the Carpet Bowls Club uses the main hall every week. The Hall is also used as a Polling Station for local and parliamentary elections.
Both the main hall and the meeting room have coin-operated infra-red heating.
The toilet facilites include a dedicated W.C. for the disabled. There are no steps in any of the public areas and there is easy wheelchair access throughout the whole of the building.
The main hall measures 37'6" x 24' (11.43m x 7.31m).
The meeting room measures 24'5" x 18'6" (7.44m x 5.64m).
The building is licensed for a maximum of 75 persons - and that includes all staff working during the function.
There are 72 chairs available and a number of tables with folding legs - most are 6' x 2' (1.83m x 0.61m) and a few are 4' x 2' (1.22m x 0.61m).
The kitchen is equipped with two sinks with independant instant hot water systems and a separate sink for hand washing. There is an electric oven with separate grill and hob. There is an under-surface refrigerator and a tall, larder fridge. A microwave oven, two stainless steel heated warming/storage cupboards, two hot water boilers (with a fast re-boil facility) and two electric kettles complete the equipment line-up. A plentiful supply of cutlery and china cups, saucers, plates and bowls is also available.
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|Function and Use||Hire Charge|
|Part Day Hire (morning, afternoon or evening)||£12|
|All Day Hire||£36|
|Holme-next-the-Sea Village Groups
(Knit, Stitch & Natter, Bowls, Church, PC etc.)
|Charity Events organised by HntS Parishioners||Free|
|Charity Events organised by others||Standard
To book a function or event in the Village Hall at Holme-next-the-Sea please phone Mrs. Mary Burton on 01485 525279 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To mark the centenary of the laying of the Village Hall foundation stone, the Village Hall Committee organised a special cream tea which was served in the hall to about
90 parishioners at 3 p.m. on Sunday July 27th, 2014. There were plates of delicious scones, strawberry jam and oodles of cream and frequently replenished pots of
tea - plus a wonderful selection of home made cakes! A successful event to remember a special occasion in the life of the village.
After tea, many parisioners walked down the lane to St. Mary's church for a special summer Songs of Praise. All of the organisations, clubs and committees in the village had been invited to choose a hymn to be included in this service. The five bells of the church were ringing from 5.30 before the start of the service at 6 p.m. The Rev. Dr. James Monro introduced each hymn with words chosen by the nominating group and the hymns were sung with great gusto!
Several local photographers captured moments during the afternoon. Click on these thumbnails to see larger pictures...