A centre for the whole community

A centre for all

A new hall for village events, activities, meetings and much more

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Features of the new Dersingham Village Hall

The new Village Centre will be built on the site of the existing Church Hall, which was built in 1911 when the population was just 1,500. It is now not suitable for a large and growing community of over 5,000 people. A structural survey pointed out some serious defects, which mean it is not financially viable to renovate or adapt the existing building. St Nicholas Parochial Church Council have offered the site to the Parish Council for the new Village Centre.

The new building will provide for the existing groups using the Church Hall, who deliver valuable services to users but have to deal with a lack of modern facilities and adequate heating. However, the new premises and facilities will also appeal to a wider range of people and offer more activities. The amenities of the hall will cater for the large retired population of the village, and for the many younger families with children.

See the plans here Larger floor plan (opens as a PDF)

Some of the features of the new Centre will include:

  • The design of the building will contain elements of the traditional appearance of the current hall
  • Café style area with internet access to create a community hub.
  • Dedicated space for young people.
  • An office for the Parish Council.
  • Large hall suitable for major functions.
  • Portable staging can be set up in any of the rooms.

Activities will include:

  • Regular youth club
  • Training and education to help raise aspirations. This will include communications and digital technology.
  • Business networking centre
  • Social/drop in facilities for lone parents, struggling families, and single older people.
  • Public health related activities such as exercise groups. Support and clinic sessions for people living with long term conditions, for example diabetes, obesity, mental ill-health, and stroke.
  • Whole village events such as the village cinema. Touring music, theatre and drama groups.

As well as catering for clubs, the building will accommodate large social functions, for example weddings, birthdays and presentations. At present anyone wishing to hold a large event (including village groups) has to use a hall in another area. This takes members and their families out of the village.

Building is under way

Preparatory on site work commenced in September 2017 and we anticipate a twelve month build time, so you should be walking through the doors of the new hall in autumn 2018. The latest information is that the hall should be available for hire from the 1st October 2018.

The Parish Council has a budget of £875,000.00 which has to include professional fees. Our application for funds from The Big Lottery has been successful and we have been allocated £550,000 towards the project. There have been some minor tweaks to the plans to reduce costs, and some elements (car park surface, fencing, signage) will not form part of the initial build. Other items such as the kitchen and photovoltaic cells will be funded with separate grants. Also, the budget does not include furniture and equipment, so we are fundraising for these and applying for small grants.

The car park will be unavailable during the build period, but we hope to have the overflow parking area in use as soon as possible, after some minor works are carried out. The footpath across the site has been closed by the County Council but there is foot access around the side of the site. We do apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The Village Centre will be an attractive building...

hall roof
A pantile roof The main roof will be tiled with weathered pantiles to give a traditional Norfolk look.
Detail window
Large windows To admit light and provide a visual feature there will be extensive glazed areas.
Local building materials
Eco-friendly Natural building materials will include local carrstone and larch cladding.
Cafe and display area
Café and display area A café, display zone and parish drop-in area combine to make a village hub.