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Village Hall News

Last month I reported that we were going to have a Jumble and book sale in the hall, this will be on Saturday August 14th.  We are not looking for any more books or jumble as enough has been collected since the last Fete in 2019, so please do not turn up with items for sale.  I hope that the hall will be open for most of the day so that we can keep within whatever Covid regulations may be in force at the time but look for further details when the posters come out.

I have had some interest shown in the idea of holding skittles sessions in the hall, please let me know if you would like to be included, let me know which days and times you would be available to play.

Artsreach has returned to Halstock with a production of Henry V taking place on Friday 2nd July at the hall but the actual production being held in the field, if you weren’t there you missed a very enjoyable evening.  There are future productions and workshops later this year so watch for the posters for further information.

Peter Brinck 01935 891822


Village Hall News April May 21

As Covid-19 restrictions are now beginning to ease I have started taking bookings for the hall, yoga classes will be starting on 21st May and badminton from 18th May, both of these will require us to keep to the rule of six until further easing is announced.  Before anything starts it will be giving the hall a through clean and hand sanitiser will still be available.  We are not sure when we will be able to start our Film Nights again, it may well have to wait until the autumn but you will see the usual signs up around the village as soon as we have a date.

Peter Brinck 01935 891822


Village Hall News- March 2021

Unfortunately the hall remains closed due to the current lockdown but before next month’s Chimes is published we may get some more information about some restrictions being lifted.  This may mean that we can start some of our regular activities such as badminton, art classes or yoga.  If I do get any news that we can open I will waste no time in contacting people.

Peter Brinck 01935 891822



This is the time of the year when we would normally be organising this year’s Fete but as we all know this year is not normal.  We have waited until now to decide whether we can safely have a Fete this year as we all live in hope that restrictions may be lifted before the summer.  I think that it is now obvious that restrictions may be eased a little but in no way are they going to be relaxed enough for us to hold an event which attracts over 400 people.  It is therefore with great regret that I have to let you know that there will be no Fete 2021.  We are working on the idea of having some tables set up in the hall where we would put out all the books that we have in store and possibly some bric-a-brac items, then a regulated number of people could have a rummage to see if there was anything they wanted.  We would aim to have the hall open all day and have one person to collect any donations.  I will give more detail when we know a little more about any restrictions being lifted. 

Peter Brinck 01935 891822




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

Village Hall News

You will have noticed that the tree in the hall car park has now been taken down.  We would like to plant a new tree but that is not possible on the same plot so we will be looking for ideas as to where we could put it and what we could do with the old stump.  By the time you read this the paper shed will have been emptied.  I am sorry if you came down and found the shed was full, this was because the lorry which collects the paper broke down when the shed should have been emptied so we had to arrange a new date.

Peter Brinck 01935 891822


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

Village Fete 

January is the month when we start meeting to arrange the summer Fete.  I have had a few offers of help but we do still need more.  We are planning to have all the usual attractions again this year including the Punch and Judy, donkeys, music, BBQ, ice creams and lots of stalls.  We meet once a month in the Community Room and the meetings usually take about one hour.  So why not come and join us or if you are not a ‘meetings person’ find out how you could help on the day.

Peter Brinck 01935 891822 or



 First Responders                                                     £450

 Village Hall                                                              £650

 Football Club                                                          £100

 Garden Club                                                           £100

 Church Fabric Fund                                               £300

 Community Room                                                  £100

 Dorchester Cancel Unit                                        £250

 Ukelele Band                                                          £100

 St James' Church East Chelborough                   £100

 British Legion                                                         £150

 Sherborne MS                                                         £100

 WI                                                                               £50

 Bridport Model Railway                                       £100

 Chimes                                                                     £100

 Nordcat                                                                    £200

                                      Total                                 £3,300

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