The Village Hall

The old village school closed in December 1966 at a time of great change in primary school education. All over the country smaller village schools were being joined together and the pupils from Hickling moved to a newly extended Kinoulton primary school.

We are very lucky to have a wonderful Village Hall in Hickling and we are all incredibly grateful to the many volunteers who keep things running so smoothly. It has long been the centre of village events; hired out for family parties and community groups; home to the WI and the Parish Council; venue for plays and performances; fundraising with teas, quizzes, village breakfasts and film nights. If you have any stories, photographs or information, please get in touch with us!

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Hickling Village Hall (March 2019)
Hickling Village Hall (March 2019)

Originally opened as a school in 1876 with 78 pupils, the building remained in the ownership of the Church and was used as a Church Hall for a short period after the school’s closure. In 1973 plans to turn the building into a Village Hall began and the building, after some years of leasing from the Church, came under full community ownership in 1985 at a cost of £12,000.

A History of Hickling Village Hall

By John Robinson (2019)

At a Village meeting in February 1973 the proposal for a Village Hall was launched ‘Village Hall Project’, the object was to see if the proposal carried the support of the village. An outline plan had been produced showing how the old Victorian village school building closed in 1966 and now used by St Lukes as a Church Hall might be extended and adapted for use. A committee was elected to create and execute submission of plans and proposals to Bingham Rural District Council and Department of Education and Science whom grants could be obtained from. A constitution had to be written and this was included in the Trust Deed. In March 1974 a lease was agreed, work started in October on the Hall and the ‘200 Club’ was launched.

Hickling School 1966
Hickling School 1966

On 6th December 1974 a ‘Lease and Trust Deed’ was signed between Rev. Leslie Harwood – Incumbent of the Benefice of Hickling, Edith Spencer of School House and Christopher Granger of The White House being the Church Wardens of the Parish of Hickling, AND William Walker of Lincoln Lodge Farm, William Lott of Hiddesen and Dorothy Windey of Elm House – The Trustees of Hickling Village Hall.

The lease was for 21 years at £26 per year.

The objective was ‘To provide suitable premises for the purpose of a Village Hall for use of the inhabitants of the Parish of Hickling without distinction of political, religious or other opinions.’

Hickling Village Hall (March 2019)
Hickling Village Hall (March 2019)

The first three months of 1975 saw individuals and organisations make a contribution in cash and kind, the building works finish, many volunteers painting the interior and bookings for the Hall commenced.

  • 29th May 1975, 1st Annual General Meeting took place.
  • 2nd October 1975 became a Registered Charity.
  • A second hand heating system was installed.
  • Two flat roof rear extensions were built with interest free loans from Committee Members and the sale of bricks to anyone.
  • 28th February 1985 ‘Deed of Appointment’ was signed between William Walker of Lincoln Lodge Farm and Dorothy M Windey of Elm House, (William Lott was residing out of the country) – the Continuing Trustees and David Johnson of Havendale, John Robinson of Meadowcroft and Alan Smith of Harles Acres.
  • The Hall was purchased from Southwell Diocese on 29th March 1985 for £12,000
  • Grants from Rushcliffe Borough Council, Hickling Parish Council and Nat West Bank totalled £6,000.
  • This then left £6000, which required a mortgage.
  • The Trust document and the Trustees had to be changed to be able to secure a mortgage. The ‘Deed of Appointment’ made between William Walker and Dorothy Windey, (William Lott was residing out of the country) and David Johnson of Havendale, John Robinson of Meadowcroft and Alan Smith of Harles Acres, was executed and they were appointed Trustees under section 36 of Trustee Act 1925 to enable the purchase.
  • A mortgage was secured for £6,000 which was finally paid off in June 1989. Following the purchase the official custodian of the Village Hall was The Charity Commission and The Lease and Trust Deed became only useful as the Trust Deed which details the management structure and trustees of the Hall.
August 1986
August 1987
Hickling Village Hall (March 2019)
Hickling Village Hall (March 2019)

In October 1982 Hickling Village Hall became the first Village Hall to obtain a full 7 day Licence to sell alcohol. The original Licensees were Judy Birkett (till July 1984) and Geoff Clayton (till June 1985) which changed to John Evans (July 1984 – May 1986), Gordon Chell (July 1984 – Jan 1986) and Richard Page in June 1985.

5th June 1986 Alan Smith and John Robinson were added and all three remained until the licence was not renewed in May 2002.

There have been funds raised by the Committee at various times for large maintenance items:-

Hickling School 1966
Hickling School 1966
  • 1976: Roof space insulated
  • 1981; Rear flat roof extension built.
  • January 1987; The Hall’s pantile roof tiles were completely replaced and roof slope insulated.
  • July 1989; The Bell Tower was repaired.
  • April 1990; The rear flat roofs re-felted, re boarded and insulated.
  • August 1991; new heating boiler and convector radiators.
  • August 1996; the kitchen refurbished.
  • Section of the Halls timber floor boards and joists renewed.
  • August 2007; the Bell Tower structure rebuilt and re shingled.
  • August 2010; the kitchen altered and completely re-equipped, the front boundary wall rebuilt, new tables and chairs, upgrading of the Hall lighting.
  • August 2015; Removal of existing flat roof and an enlarged pitched roof entrance with disabled toilet facilities added and refurbishment of the existing toilets.
  • August 2016; insulating of the Halls ceiling and the external walls internally, plastering and redecorating it all.
  • August 2018; re-surface the car park area. Re place rooflights on the flat roofs. Replace boiler and mains gas brought into the hall.
  • October 2019: Replace Hall general lighting with LED. New gas hob.
Hickling Village Hall (March 2019)
Hickling Village Hall (March 2019)

There have been successful grant applications to various bodies which have helped with these items.

The Village Hall is maintained by hall lettings, fund raising events and grants, by a volunteer Committee and Trustees.

The Village Hall has been and is used by Village groups such as; Play School, Toddlers, Drama Group, Sunday School, Girl Guides, Scouts, Silver Jubilee, Women’s Institute, Youth Club, Table Tennis, Parish Council, Yoga, Keep fit, Pre-school, Cricket Club.

Link to a selection of event tickets and adverts

Hickling Village Hall: Officers 1973-2019

YearChairmanTreasurerSecretaryBooking150 Club
1973William WalkerChris GrangerWilliam Lott
1974William WalkerMr J A WortleyWilliam Lott Started
1975William WalkerPeter ThurmanMr J P BurtonDorothy WindeyPeter Thurman
1976Mr GrovesPeter ThurmanMr J P BurtonPeter Thurman
1977Gwen CaneGeoff ClaytonMr J P BurtonAlan RobsonGeoff Clayton
1978Peter ThurmanGeoff ClaytonAlan RobsonGeoff Clayton
1979Peter ThurmanGeoff ClaytonAlan RobsonGeoff Clayton
1980David JohnsonRon ShawMrs CowlandRon Shaw
1981Geoff ClaytonRon ShawMrs HewittMrs Cowland Ron Shaw
1982David JohnsonRon ShawChristine RichardsonJudy BirkettRon Shaw
1983David JohnsonJohn RobinsonJune Swingler Judy BirkettJohn Robinson
1984Alan SmithJohn RobinsonJune Swingler Julia EvansJohn Robinson
1985Alan SmithJohn RobinsonJune Swingler Julia EvansJohn Robinson
1986Richard PageJohn RobinsonDorothy ChahalJulia EvansJohn Robinson
1987Richard PageJohn RobinsonDorothy ChahalTed Atkins June Swingler
1988Richard PageJohn RobinsonDorothy ChahalTed Atkins June Swingler
1989Richard PageJohn RobinsonEileen NashTed Atkins John Robinson
1990Richard PageJohn RobinsonEileen NashTed Atkins John Robinson
1991Richard PageJohn RobinsonGwen CaneTed Atkins John Robinson
1992Richard PageJohn RobinsonGwen CaneTed Atkins John Robinson
1993Richard PageJohn RobinsonGwen CaneTed Atkins John Robinson
1994Richard PageJohn RobinsonJan Neal Mary MurrayHilda Fortey
1995Bob NaismithJohn RobinsonDebbie ChambersMary MurrayHilda Fortey
1996Bob NaismithJohn RobinsonDebbie ChambersMary MurrayHilda Fortey
1997Tim McEwenJohn RobinsonDorothy ChahalMary MurrayHilda Fortey
1998Tim McEwenJohn RobinsonDorothy ChahalMary MurrayHilda Fortey
1999Tim McEwenJohn RobinsonDorothy ChahalKristina GouldHilda Fortey
2000Tim McEwenJohn RobinsonDorothy ChahalKristina GouldHilda Fortey
2001Tim McEwenJohn RobinsonDorothy ChahalKristina GouldHilda Fortey
2002Roger StanleyJohn RobinsonDorothy ChahalSue PearsHilda Fortey
2003Roger StanleyJohn RobinsonTim McEwenSue SextonLiz Vear
2004Roger StanleyJohn RobinsonTim McEwenSue AitchensonLiz Vear
2005Roger StanleyJohn RobinsonTim McEwenPhilippa JacksLiz Vear
2006Roger StanleyJohn RobinsonTim McEwenPhilippa JacksLiz Vear
2007Roger StanleyJohn RobinsonTim McEwenPhilippa JacksLiz Vear
2008Tony HandJohn RobinsonTim McEwenPhilippa JacksLiz Vear
2009Tony HandJohn RobinsonTim McEwenPhilippa JacksLiz Vear
2010Tony HandJohn RobinsonTim McEwenPhilippa JacksLiz Vear
2011No ChairJohn RobinsonTim McEwenPhilippa JacksLiz Vear
2012Barbara McEwenJohn RobinsonTim McEwenPhilippa JacksLiz Vear
2013Barbara McEwenJohn RobinsonTim McEwenPhilippa JacksLiz Vear
2014Barbara McEwenJohn RobinsonTim McEwenPhilippa JacksLiz Vear
2015Barbara McEwenJohn RobinsonTim McEwenPhilippa JacksLiz Vear
2016Barbara McEwenJohn RobinsonTim McEwenPhilippa JacksLiz Vear
2017Barbara McEwenJohn RobinsonTim McEwenPhilippa JacksLiz Vear
2018Barbara McEwenJohn RobinsonTim McEwenPhilippa JacksLiz Vear
2019Barbara McEwenJohn RobinsonTim McEwenPhilippa JacksLiz Vear

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