Oare Village Hall Refurbishment Project

A major programme of enhancements to bring the Hall into the 21st century

Now that Oare has lost its pub, the Village Hall is the only remaining centre where people can meet and take part in village and community activities. Each year the Oare Village Hall Committee organises as many different events as possible, whether held in the Hall or elsewhere a plant and produce sale, the Easter trail, our summer show, food nights from around the world and carols at Christmas.

The Hall is also used by a range of organisations Farming Club, Oare Mothers and Toddlers, as a venue for yoga and dance classes, and as a meeting place for the Parish Council, among others. It is also our local Polling Station.

Oare Village Hall is showing its age originally built in the 1970s, it was extended in the mid-1990s, but has had virtually no major work done to it since then. Although we have maintained the fabric of the building, it is in urgent need of an upgrade.

The Hall eats money huge electricity bills, high insurance premiums, the need to pay for waste collections, and health and safety requirements. If we are to survive, we need to reduce some of these outgoings, as well as making the space much more user-friendly and attractive to users.

Phase 1 is nearing completion

We have put in an insulated suspended ceiling to stop all the heat disappearing straight out of the roof. This will also vastly improve the dreadful acoustics in the Hall, as well as allowing us to install new LED lighting. These changes should have a material effect on our electricity bills, which will help the Hall remain viable.

Our fabulous new kitchen is going in next and we hope it will be installed by Christmas.

And we have recently finished cleaning and repairing the gabled roof, and have replaced the very old and leaking flat roof over the extension.

kitchen at oare village hall
Artist's impression of the new kitchen © Howdens Joinery

Funding the work

All this costs a great deal of money and the Hall has almost no reserves.

We have raised some funds from a National Lottery grant to go towards the cost of the kitchen and have received several extremely generous donations locally. However, we need to raise a lot more, not only to finish paying for this first phase of the project, but to shore up our reserves for the future.

Phase Two refurbishment plans for the Hall include:
- installing windows on the back wall to improve natural lighting
- replacing the aged and inefficient heating
- installing Wi-Fi to encourage new users such as small businesses and training companies
- buying new tables and chairs which take up less room and are easier to use
- generally future-proofing the Hall so that it remains a valuable asset for the community

ceiling at Oare village hall
Work on the new ceiling and kitchen

How you can help

All donations made at the annual Christmas Music and Carols evening at Manor Farm, Huish on Friday 21st December (with many thanks again to James and Lygo Roberts) will be going towards the Oare Village Hall Refurbishment Project.

And if you would like to make a separate donation, please contact our chair, Victoria Le Sueur, at vjlesueur@gmail.com.

Thank you for supporting the Village Hall and ensuring this last remaining community space has a future.

Oare Village Hall Committee
- Autumn 2018

02 Dec, 2018 | Phil |

Christmas Music & Carols, Friday 21st December at 7pm

carols at huish

01 Dec, 2018 | Phil |

Huish with Oare Parish December and January church services

St Nicholas, Huish

As in previous years, Oare School will attend a special St Nicholas Day service on Thursday 6th December at 10am. St Nicholas is known as the original Santa Claus due to his legendary habit of secret gift-giving which gave rise to the traditional model of Santa Claus.

There will be a Midnight Christmas Communion service at 11.30 pm on 24th December and on Sunday 13th January, there will be a sung Evensong at 4pm to celebrate the Baptism of Christ.

Holy Trinity, Oare

On Christmas Eve at 3pm, there will be the popular Crib Service and at 11 am on Christmas Day a Communion service will be held.

A Team Communion Service with carols will be held at Oare at 11am on 30th December.

On the first Sunday in January, we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany at Oare at 11am followed by coffee/tea and biscuits.

All will be welcome at any of the above services in either Church.

30 Nov, 2018 | Phil |

New Ladies Yoga class at Oare Village Hall

Starting Monday 3rd December, a new weekly yoga class for ladies lead by Mark Woolfenden of Labyrinth Healing.

The class is aimed at helping with a range of health issues including:
- Pelvic floor
- Digestion
- Improved balance to gain symmetry and better control of the body
- Improve posture
- Stretch and strengthen the back, knees, arms, thighs and core stomach muscles

Click here for more details.

Contact Mark on 07525 623633 or mark.woolfenden@btinternet.com


16 Nov, 2018 | Phil |

Remembrance Service - Sunday 11th November

To mark the centenary of the ending of the First World War, there was a large congregation attending the Remembrance Service at Holy Trinity, Oare.

The collection at this service is always donated to the Royal British Legion, and this year we are sending the sum of 400.

A big thank you to all those who so generously contributed.

Oare Church

07 Nov, 2018 | Phil |

Oare & District Show - 1st September from 2.30pm

Oare Show 1st September 2018

button to download show entry form

04 Aug, 2018 | Phil |

Oare & District Show 2018 - entry form and schedule

Please download the entry form and schedule here

Oare & District Show

Saturday 1st September 2018, at Pound Lane Field, Oare

Entries And Exhibits - 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Staging By 12.15 p.m.
Show Opens at 2.30 p.m.
Prize Giving at 4.30 p.m.

Download the Entry Form and Schedule here

03 Aug, 2018 | Phil |

Harvest Festival & Supper in Huish & Oare

Harvest Festival Service - Sunday September 9th at 6pm | St Nicholas Church, Huish
Everyone is welcome at this popular service. Any donations towards flowers and decorating the church are always welcome.

Harvest Supper - Saturday 15th September at 7 for 7.15pm. | Oare Village Hall
The annual Harvest Supper takes place on Saturday 15th September. The cost is 5 per adult, family 12.50. Raffle, quiz and licensed bar. Tickets from Margaret Giddings on 01672 563655.

02 Aug, 2018 | Phil |

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