village hall NEWS

Another Tremendous Award

We are delighted to tell you that our village hall charity has just been granted the princely sum of £27,000 by The Veolia Environmental Trust. This is fantastic news and comes soon after our grant of £12,980 from the T H Russell Trust.

Since we launched our appeal in November last year, we have raised a grand total of about £80,000 towards our goal of £150,000. That is a wonderful result in such a short space of time!
About £4,000 of this money has come from the generous individual gifts made by members of our community and friends. Thank you all very much.
Of course, some of the money has gone to meet our setting up costs (legal and professional fees, equipment, repairs, fundraising and running costs) but we are now in position to conduct the entire refurbishment of the kitchen/toilet block, with a new roof, disabled and baby changing facilities, and a refurbished and equipped kitchen. We’ll soon be able to start work on the main hall.
The fundraising goes on and we have initiated more applications for funds from municipal and corporate bodies. But we still need contributions from our community and friends.

One great way to help is by joining our ‘SVH 200 Club’. If you haven't joined yet, please consider doing so. All the details are on our Donate Page.

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To be replaced!

At the Village Fete

Our Village Hall manned a stall at the Sandleheath Fete on Saturday 15th June. The forecast was rain, so our flimsy summer gazebo was shrouded in a heavy-duty tarpaulin to keep out the impending deluge. It did its job, as there was no rain all afternoon!

The many people who visited us seemed most supportive of our endeavours and were interested to see the latest architect's drawings for our works programme. These have gone for Building Regulations approval and once we have selected a contractor and completed a few other tasks, the builders can move in to refurbish the kitchen/toilet block.

Watch out for signs of work at St.Aldhelm's during the summer.

Whilst they were at the fete, a number of our community signed up to join our fundraising 'SVH 200 Club' (have you filled in your form yet? Please visit our Donate Page to see how).

Many more joined our email Contact Group. You can join this as well; just send us an email: Those signing up for the Group at the fete were entered into a draw. The bottle of champagne was won by Simon Courtney.

The photos show (click them for larger versions):

  • Above - Village Hall trustee Mike Richardson shows how our stall should have looked.
  • Below - What it actually looked like, whilst being visited by legendary racing commentator Murray Walker. Trustee Nigel Holmes in attendance.
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Thanks to all those of you who shopped at Waitrose in Ringwood in June and placed your green charity tokens in our section of the collection box, we have raised £244. That's our share of the £1,000 available at Waitrose in June; three charities get proportionate sums according to the number of tokens they attract. So as we are somewhat distant from the store, just under a quarter of the money, is a great success. Well done everyone!

Waitrose Green Token Scheme Success

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Two of our trustees have drawn the names for this month’s ‘SVH 200 Club’ winners. Our total income this month was £170, of which £85 is being paid out to the winners and £85 to our Refurbishment Appeal funds. The winners were:

  • 1st Prize £42.50 - Caroline Kemp.
  • 2nd Prize £25.50 - Philip Stockton.
  • 3rd Prize £17.00 - Wishes to remain anonymous.

If you live in Sandleheath, you can sign up to this excellent scheme, donate to our Refurbishment Appeal and be in with a chance of winning! All the details are on our website’s Donate Page. Please do consider taking part and encourage your friends and neighbours.

SVH 200 Club - July Winners

Works Update

Here is the latest on our refurbnishment works plan. The tenders for Phase 1, the kitchen/toilet area (see photo), have been sent out to four contractors for return on 19 August. Tenders will be opened on 26 August and our trustees will decide which is successful. Depending on when the selected contractor is available, the two-month works programme will commence in September or October. We are thrilled to have raised the funds to enable this and that there will soon be practical steps to refurbish our village hall.
Our trustees have agreed that the hall should be kept available for hire during the kitchen/toilet refurbishment programme and a portable disabled toilet will be on site for the duration. So if you need a space for anything, book our hall now!

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We are delighted to inform you that we have a new member of our Village Hall Team. After kindly volunteering, Terry Hillman has been appointed as our 'Secretary to the Board of Trustees'. He will start his duties on 02 August and will deal with all trustee matters.

From then on, his SVH email address will be:

New Trustees' Secretary

Collecting the Waitrose Cheque

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On Wednesday 31 July, our trustee Mike Richardson visited Waitrose in Ringwood to collect a cheque for £244, the proceeds of our successful Waitrose Community Matters 'green token' scheme (see article below). The presentation was made by Waitrose partner Susie McClements, who is also a Sandleheath resident. 

The money will go towards funding the second phase of our refurbishment works programme; the main hall.

The photo shows Mike and Susie at the Ringwood store (click the photo to enlarge it).

Well done again for all those who put their green token into our section of the collection box. Your efforts have made us a sizeable sum!

We're in the Forest Journal Again

Our Village Hall featured in our local newspaper, the Forest Journal on 2nd August. The article describes the current status of our fundraising development. 

We are delighted at the close interest the Journal is taking in our progress.

Click the picture to read the full article.


August 200 Club results

The latest draw for our 200 Club prizes was made on 15th August. The lucky winners were:
•    1st prize: £42.50 - Tracey Lacey.
•    2nd prize: £25.50 - Gordon Harris.
•    3rd prize: £17.00 - John Greener.

Well done everyone who took part. Not only were we able to give out these prizes, but the same amount went towards our Refurbishment Appeal: £85.
Not a member yet? If you live within the Sandleheath parish boundaries, you can join in by reading the details on our website Donate Page. Find the joining proforma and just print it, fill it in and mail it, or drop it into our mailbox in the St. Aldhelm’s porch and we’ll do the rest.

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The Village Band plays The Village Hall

We are delighted to announce that the renowned Sandleheath Band has freely offered its services for a Band Concert in aid of our Village Hall Fundraising Appeal.

The concert, titled ‘The Village Band plays The Village Hall’, will take place at St. Aldhelm’s on Friday 20 September from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

There will be a varied programme of music, including some famous movie themes, and it promises to be a most enjoyable and memorable evening.
If you wish to attend, tickets cost £7, including a glass of wine or soft drink and some nibbles at the interval, and can be purchased at the Sandleheath Village Store
(SP6 1PP).

All the details are on the poster (click it for a bigger version).
Please do join us for the evening. Not only will the occasion raise much needed funds, but also we hope to encourage many of our residents to visit the hall, meet local people and make use of our facilities in the future.


We're Action Hampshire Charity of the Month

Action Hampshire is a charity that supports not-for-profit organisations in Hampshire and Portsmouth to deliver great services to local people and communities, and speak up for the changes they would like to see. Action Hampshire strengthens not-for-profit organisations by supporting, developing and connecting them. Their specialisms include: community led planning and solutions; research and engagement; health and social care; rural issues such as

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affordable housing; community buildings; social enterprise and trading; children and young people’s issues; equalities; corporate social responsibility.

To read more about Action Hampshire, visit its website: click here or click the logo.

Sandleheath Village Hall is an Action Hampshire member and this month, the organisation has swung the spotlight our way to promote our great facility.

To read our entry on the Action Hampshire website: click here.

SVH 200 Club - September Winners

The latest draw for our 200 Club prizes was made on 15th September. The lucky winners were:
•    1st prize: £42.50 - Philip Stockton.
•    2nd prize: £25.50 - Jo Phillips.
•    3rd prize: £17.00 - Terry Turner.

Well done everyone who took part. Not only were we able to give out these prizes, but the same amount went towards our Refurbishment Appeal: £85.
Not a member yet? If you live within the Sandleheath parish boundaries, you can join in by reading the details on our website Donate Page. Find the joining proforma and just print it, fill it in and mail it, or drop it into our mailbox in the St. Aldhelm’s porch and we’ll do the rest.

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On Friday 20th September, we held a most successful evening Band Concert in our Village Hall. A large local audience enjoyed a diverse and enjoyable programme of music by the excellent Sandleheath Band, conducted by Lyn Bird, which had given its services for free in aid of our Refurbishment Appeal. We are very lucky to have such an excellent band in our midst that bears our village name.

The music ranged from famous marches to well-loved film scores and was very well received. As a bonus, those attending were able to meet their fellow villagers and make new friends over a glass of wine and some splendid canapes, prepared by some of our generous supporters.

Huge thanks to all those of you who turned up to support us. The evening was deemed to be a great success, judging from the kind messages of appreciation we have received from some of those who attended.
As a result, we made a £217 profit for our Appeal and those who attended could see first-hand that our Village Hall is very much up and running and open for business. 

The Village Band Plays The Village Hall 

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To book Sandleheath Village Hall, please email: or leave a voice or text message on 07887 763707. Full details are on our website at:

Deconstruction work - help wanted

Although it has taken longer than anticipated, the start of the works that will transform our Village Hall kitchen/toilet block is getting nearer! We intend to carry out some preliminary deconstruction work before the builders move in - and we need your help. 
This activity will take place on Sat 26 and Sun 27 Oct from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. each day, or until we have finished. It consists of stripping out, and removing a cupboard and a brick step. In addition, we’ll clear the mortar off some of the bricks that we remove and do some tidying.
We need people to help for a few hours each day. No experience required but those taking part should be prepared for physical activity and wear suitable protective attire (gloves, strong shoes/boots, tough clothing etc).
Can you give up a little of your weekend to help? If so, please let us know as soon as possible, with the times that you’ll be available.

You can email us at:, or use the form on our Contacts Page.

Thank you!

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