Village Hall Autumn Clean Up


A small band of people met at the Village Hall on Saturday 14th October for our autumn clean up.  Although there only three of us we managed to get the windows cleaned inside and outside, the gutters cleaned and the old paper shed rearranged so that our gas BBQ can now be stored there rather than in thee committee room.  The committee room was then organised and cleaned.  A big thank you to the helpers on the day.

Over the last year the committee has lost some of its members.  We have for a long time been without a secretary and we should have more co-opted members, so if you feel you could help by filling one of these vacancies please let me know.  With one exception, all the members of the committee are retired and it would be good to have some younger people join us, it does not involve a lot of work and we only meet on six Mondays during the year, so again get in touch with me if you can help.


Peter Brinck 01935 891822 or

Village Hall Activities

As you may know we play badminton at the hall on Tuesday evenings at 7pm and short mat bowls on Friday afternoons at 2.15pm, you would be made very welcome to join us at either of these sessions.  You may not know that at the hall we also have the equipment to play table tennis, snooker and skittles.  There are days and evenings which are free so if you would like to play these games get in touch with me and I can tell you the slots that are available and show what equipment we have.


Peter Brinck 01935 891822 or


Tuesday:          The Tuesday Coffee Mornings from 10-12noon are in conjunction with the Craft & Chat 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,
Friday:            2.15pm Shortmat Bowls 
Saturday:        Village Cinema usually 3rd Saturday of the month at 7.30pm.  Contact,
Sunday:          Breakfast Church 4th Sunday at 9.30am.  Contact,

Halstock Community Hall

Annual General Meeting



Notice is hereby given that the Halstock Community Hall Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 10th July 2023 in the Community Hall, Halstock commencing at 7.30pm to conduct the following business.




   1.   Members present and apologies for Absence.


   2.   Minutes of the AGM held on 11th July 2022


   3.   Matters arising from the minutes.


   4.   Chairman’s Report


   5.   Treasurer’s Report.


   6.   Election of Management Committee.


   7.   Amendments to the Constitution.


a. To remove representatives of organisations that no longer exist and increase the number of co-opted members to 8.


b. To change the date of the AGM from June to July.


   8.   Any other business.



   All inhabitants of the parish of Halstock aged 18 years or over are entitled to attend and to vote at the Annual General Meeting and all are cordially invited.

Village Hall Activity


The hall saw another village event on Sunday 7th May, ‘The Big Lunch’ to celebrate the coronation of King Charles 111.  I was not able to be there but I would like to thank all the people who put so much effort in to making the hall look so wonderful for the event.  This did not just include putting up the decorations but also doing various maintenance work such as painting the seat at the front of the hall and cutting the grass.  Thank you.  Please see the separate article giving details of the ‘The Big Lunch’.


When we went to play short mat bowls last Friday two of the yellow jacks which we use had been removed from the cupboard in the store room, does anybody know what has happened to them?


Peter Brinck 01935 891822 or


8 May 2023

The Coronation Lunch - Sunday, May 7


The marquees went up, the bunting was fluttering and the music was rocking. By 1 o’clock friends and neighbours had gathered to dress their tables and enjoy a shared picnic. The noise levels rose and it was joyful to hear the babble of voices, laughter and music. The Halstock Coronation Big Lunch was under way!


The table decorations were extremely imaginative and as there was a prize for the best dressed table, it made the judge’s decision very difficult. Halstock Village Shop kindly donated a delicious hamper for the first prize which was awarded to ‘the Halletts’ for their inventive display and pretty garlands. Runners up were Marriotts Farm Cottages – absolutely brilliant! In between all the chatter, there was a chance to play the coronation table quiz and a new Halstock board game – Halstock Community Chest. The only thing that couldn’t be organised was the weather…. and weren’t we lucky! It stayed dry all day and the children were able to enjoy the games that had been organised in the field.


Music, food, drinks and good company made for a relaxed and happy afternoon. A big thank you to everyone who joined in the fun and to all the organisers who made it happen. Truly a special day to remember.



posted 21.11,22

Village Hall

I am glad to say that on the morning of the 29th October it was a dry sunny day.  This meant that the members of the hall management committee who had gathered for our annual clean and tidy of the hall would be able to tackle jobs both inside and outside the hall.  While some were in the hall doing jobs such as cleaning all the cupboards in the kitchen or organising the store rooms, others were cleaning windows and doing much needed gardening and patio cleaning.  Work went on well into the afternoon and while there are jobs still to be done it was a very satisfying day’s work.  Many thanks to all who were able to help.

Peter Brinck 01935 891822 or


posted  1 Oct

Village Fete 

On Saturday 3rd September, after a two year gap, Halstock once again had a Summer Fete.  After a very hot summer, the days before and after the Fete, were very wet but on the important day we had a fine, all be it overcast, day.  After a brief shower in the early morning everyone got to work arranging all the attractions, the marquees had been erected on the previous Thursday.  

We had many of the usual attractions but also some exciting new ones including a corner of the field dedicated to ‘The Shire at Crockermoor’ who brought along a selection of their animals and a Field Marshal tractor.  It was wonderful to see the flying display put on by the Chesil Model Flying Club again and this year they were joined by the Yeovil Model Boat Club.  As there was no Flower Show this year we were able to use the hall for some of the attractions such as the book stall and an art exhibition.

I would like to thank all the old, and especially the new members, of the committee who have put so much work into running this year’s Fete.  With so many more people helping I am sure that next year’s Fete will be even better.  I would also like to thank all those who are not committee members offered to help on the various stalls.  Finally a very big thank you to all the people who came along to the Fete because without you there would be no Fete.  If you would like the see a video of the Fete taken by one of the model aircraft the link is

It will not be possible to say how much money the Fete raised or give details of the charities to which donations were made but this will be in the next edition of the Chimes.

Peter Brinck 01935 891822 or

posted 1 oct

Village Hall

Having purchased new chairs for the hall some time ago we now find we have more than we need.  There are two types we wish to sell, about 40 with a PVC covering and about 30 with a fabric covering.  If you know of anybody that may be interested in purchasing any please let me know.  We are happy to sell them individually if required.

Over the past years we have had yoga classes in the hall, however the current teacher is unable to continue so if you know of anybody looking for a venue to teach yoga, or any other similar classes please let me know.

Peter Brinck 01935 891822 or

posted Sept 1

Village Hall

COMING SOON.  The hall has been funded to install a defibrillator which will be fitted to the front wall of the hall.  The hall does host several events with a large number of people and having a defibrillator on site is a wonderful addition to the facilities available.  Once it has been fitted there will be a training session on its use.   

It is good to see the hall being well used again after the restriction of Covid over the last two years.  If you are using the hall could you please ensure that all the lights are turned off before you lock up?  When I checked on the hall after a recent event I found that two lights had been left on, one in the ladies toilet and one in one of the changing rooms. However, as we have changed all the lights in the hall to LED fittings so this does help to minimise any waste.  Halstock Village Cinema and Artsreach presentations have been attracting good attendances so do look out for any forthcoming shows.

Peter Brinck 01935 891822 or


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


Income Expenditure Summary for Year to [...]
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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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