Monday;           Yoga at 11.30am.  Contact, (Starting in January 22 but to be confirmed)
Tuesday;           “The Tuesday Coffee Mornings from 10-12noon are in conjunction with the Craft &vChat sessions in the Village Hall from 10 - 12 noon & cost £1.
Bring your own craft projects or join in with knitting Twiddle Muffs & Lap Blankets for Dementia Residents. (Wool & Needles & Pattern can be provided)”
Badminton at 7.00pm and we have spare rackets if needed.  Contact,
Wednesday;    1st, 3rd and 5th weeks skittles at 7.00pm. Contact,
                           2nd and 4th week Art class at 7.00pm.  Contact,
Thursday;         Yoga at 6.30pm and 7.45pm.  Contact,
Friday;              Yoga at 9.30am.  Contact,
Saturday;         Village Cinema usually 3rd Saturday of the month at7.30pm.  Contact,
Sunday;            Breakfast Church 4th Sunday at 9.30am.  Contact,


Anybody interested in tennis?  We can’t offer tennis courts but we do have a very good table tennis table and all the equipment to go with it.  If there is anybody who would like play please let me know.  There are times during the day or in the evening when the hall is free.  The cost would be £3 per person an afternoon/evening session in line with the other sports we play, badminton on Tuesday evenings, skittles alternate Wednesday evenings and short mat bowls on a Friday afternoons. 


Peter Brinck, 01935 891822,

posted 16.5.22


posted 14/04/22

Village Hall

With the new loft ladder now fitted we have been having a reorganisation of the items stored in the loft.  We have about 20 wooden children’s chairs that we no longer need, if you know of anybody that would be interested in making a small donation for them please ask them to get in touch with me.  We also have about 40 ordinary chairs with metal frames and a vinyl type covering, likewise available for a small donation.

When I turned on the fan oven in the kitchen recently fumes started coming from the inside, I have no sense of smell so assumed that it was coming from the fan and contacted a firm to repair it.  A very helpful lady who came to repair it found that there was nothing wrong with the fan but what looked like bits of pizza were stuck to the fan and stopping it working.  I am pleased that we didn’t need to purchase a new fan but it still cost us a call out charge so please make sure that food does not come in contact with the fan. 

Peter Brinck 01935 891822 or


posted 10/03/22


Village Hall

Improvements are continuing at the Village Hall.  We have installed a loft ladder in one of the changing rooms so that there is easy access to the loft which previously had to be reached via the large double doors in the main hall using a ladder.  The patio roof has also been replaced as over the years this has developed many holes.

We play skittles in the hall on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays of the month and would like more people to join us, please see separate article for more details.

Peter Brinck 01935 891822 or



posted 14/2/22

Village Hall News

At a meeting of the village hall committee at the end of last year, it was agreed that a tree should be planted in memory of Betty Harris in recognition of her dedication to the village in general  and especially the village hall.  This we have now done, it is planted on the left hand side of the path leading to the side entrance of the hall.

Last month we received a very generous donation of over £900 from the Halstock Theatre Company.  This relates to the profit that they make by arranging Artsreach productions in the hall.  These are vary varied shows from professional groups, so do try and support the shows as by doing so you will also be supporting the Village Hall.

posted 14/04/22


Village Fete 

I am very pleased to say that my article in last month’s Chimes has produced some response.  Somebody has agreed to be in charge of the Bric-a-Brac stall but we still need more people to help organise it before the event and on the day.

There are still the other items that are needed, bottles, or cans, of anything from water to whiskey for the bottle-bola stall, Bric-a-Brac items and offers of goods or services for the silent auction.  If you need anything collected please let me know and I, or somebody with a bigger car, will collect them.

Peter Brinck 01935 891822 or

Fete posted 14/2/22


 We are now progressing well with preparations for the Summer Fete and it is time to start asking for donations for all the different stalls that we organise.  We will need donations for the Bottle Bola stall, these can be any drink from whisky to lemonade but please make sure that they are in date.    The always popular bric-a-brac stall needs lots of items for people to peruse, they don’t have to be I perfect condition but good enough for sale.  The silent auction would be pleased to receive any more valuable unwanted items or offers of services such as gardening.

We always need more hands to help on the day and the stall which requires lots of people, especially at the start of the Fete is the bric-a-bac, could you offer to help for just one hour at the beginning?  

There will be a photographic competition this year.  We have 6 categories and you can enter one photograph for each.  We’ve also divided the competition into age ranges to encourage and include the younger villagers.  All entries will need to be submitted by Friday 19th August, printed, with a maximum size of 8 x 6 inches.  Details on how to submit them will be provided in next month’s chimes.  Each entry will cost £1 (proceeds to the Fete funds).


Caught unawares

A wing and a prayer

At the end of the day

Close up and personal

Family Life

Whatever the weather

The ‘’Family Life’’ category will be judged by a community vote on the day and the other categories will be judged by 2 members of the Halstock Camera Club.

Age ranges; Up to and including 11 years old, 12 – 17, 18+.  If you have any questions regarding the photo competition please contact Pete or Chris, of the Halstock Camera Club, on 01935 891333.

Finally, don’t forget this year the Fete is taking place on Saturday 3rd September, one week later than it been in previous years.

Peter Brinck 01935 891822




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Village Hall



The hall management committee normally meet on six Monday evenings during the year, however, due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year our planned meeting for May was a virtual meeting via the wonders of the computer.  It is also not possible to hold our Annual General Meeting in the hall so we are placing the relevant documents in the Community Room and also on the village website.  If it is felt we still need to have meeting in the hall I will arrange one when restrictions allow.

Most of the usual events took place until we were forced to close the hall due to Covid-19.  Yoga classes had started again, badminton on Tuesday nights was very popular and short mat boles took place on Friday afternoons.  Pot Luck Lunches still ran on Wednesdays.  As numbers had been falling the club had a publicity campaign to try and increase the number of people attending and, along with other changes, this had started to improve the attendance which we hope will continue once we are able to hold the lunches again.

The Village Cinema is going from strength to strength, some of the films shown had a record number of people attending.  Due to the cost of hiring the films we did have to increase the ticket price by 50p to £6.50, however this is the first time we have had to increase the cost.  As with everything else we had to cancel all shows due to Covid-19 but we are planning to start again in September if this is possible.

During the year the chiller cabinet in the bar went wrong and we have now replaced this and a fridge was donated to the hall so there is now a fridge in the kitchen and the bar as well as the chiller cabinet.

I always mention the paper shed which up until now has given the hall a very useful income.  I am sorry to say that due to the fall in the value of paper for recycling, the firm will no longer collect paper from us.  I would like to thank all the people who for years have put paper in the shed and those people who emptied it early on, some wet, Saturday mornings.  Please in future would you put paper in the council recycling bin?

Finally I would like to thank all the committee members for their help during the year and I look forward to the time we can get back to normal, whatever that will be.  Also a big thank you to people who are not on the committee but continue to help in so many ways.


Peter Brinck

Chairman, Halstock Community Hall Management Committee

Variation Notice

Notice is given that Peter Brinck has applied to Dorset Council for a variation of a premises licence in respect of Halstock Community Hall, Leigh Lane, Halstock, Yeovil, BA22 9SG for regulated entertainment and the provision of alcohol generally between the hours of 09.00am and 01.00am on Monday to Saturday and between 09.00am and Midnight on Sundays.

Any interested party or responsible authority may make representation to, The Licencing Section, Dorset Council, South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1UZ within 28 days from the date of this notice.  The licensing register and details of this application may be inspected during normal office hours at the above address.

It is an offence under section 158 of the Licensing Act 2003 to knowingly or recklessly make a false statement in connection with an application and the maximum fine for which a person is liable on summary conviction for the offence is a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale (£5000)

1st March 2020

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