New Dishwasher we have now installed and commissioned a commercial dishwasher for the use of hirers. This operates very efficiently and completes a washing cycle in a matter of minutes, however it operates at high temperatures and uses caustic materials. For this reason the power supply is locked and the machine can only be made available to users who have been briefed on its use. Hirers are welcome to use this new facility but please contact us well in advance (see CONTACT page) so that we can arrange to take you through the details. This is already much appreciated by our regular users and is a great further addition to our facilities.
Refurbishment Programme The Village Hall Committee have an almost continuous programme of improvements, the majority of the work and especially the HEEP (Heating and Energy Efficiency Programme) started in 2016. This involved the installation of an air sourced heat pump (ASHP). This takes heat out of the external air to heat the Hall and provide an eco-friendly, more controllable and cost effective solution to ageing night storage and convector electric heaters. The system is managed online to provide us with much more flexibility and control, reducing our heating bills by perhaps as much as 65%. In addition new double glazed doors and windows have been installed to improve insulation and reduce costs.
Recent improvements in 2019 include installation of an automatic door opener for the Doctors' surgery, electric hand dryers (that really do dry hands) in the loos and, by the autumn, a commercial dishwasher in the kitchen.
Other improvements have included - - Renovation and new furnishings for the Committee Room - New lighting to provide controllable lighting sources suitable for sporting activities, parties, meetings etc - New entrance signs and information boards - Relocated waste and recycling bins. These are locked and for village hall users only - CCTV to provide additional security - Resurfacing of the car park - Redecoration - New tables, and trollies on which to store them - Cleaning and renovation of the chair stock - Additional sports equipment - Updating of the electrical wiring with a new RCD board - Refurbishment of the floor in the main hall
These improvements represent a substantial five figure investment to bring our Village Hall up to the highest standards. We are very grateful to those organisations that provided grants and support for the work. These include - ~ Hampshire County Council ~ The Lottery Fund ~ Hambledon Parish Council
Village Hall Key Would hirers please ensure that they return the key promptly for the benefit of the next user. The keys are security coded and cannot be copied without the access codes - please dont lose a key, they are difficult to replace.
Car Park The car park is for the use of Village Hall users and occasional visitors by arrangement. Would residents please ensure that they do not regularly park their vehicles at the Village Hall.
Village Hall Business Plan The Business Plan summarises the current status of the Village Hall and includes comprehensive details of its management, operation, finances and future plans. The Plan is regularly reviewed and updated by the Village Hall Committee, we are currently performing against the targets and milestones outlined in the Plan.
Website and Booking System The Village Hall has streamlined its administration with the purchase of the Hallmaster system to manage bookings and invoicing. This means that our bookings can now all be handled online. There are numerous benefits to users in that they can check availability and prices, make provisional bookings and easily and quickly contact the Bookings Secretary. To complement the new system this new website has been developed. This will provide easy and simple access to the booking system and help to promote the excellent, modern facilities that the Village Hall provides.