The story of Carleton Rode Village Hall
In 1977 the village of Carleton Rode was holding an outdoor celebration of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee when it rained heavily. The festivities decamped to a local barn, but it was then that a decision was taken to build a village hall. After a tremendous fundraising effort and with a grant from the Local Authority the hall was inaugurated in 1982 and named Carleton Rode Jubilee Hall. Since then it has been at the heart of village life. The hall is used by Country Kittens baby and toddler group and Carleton Rode playgroup. There is a thriving short mat bowling group, regular yoga sessions and currently Swing Jive sessions are running on Sunday afternoons. The large main hall is marked out for badminton and is used by several groups of players. We have a stage and a green room, and a well-equipped kitchen. The hall is the venue for meetings of Carleton Rode Parish Council, the Village Hall Committee and numerous other local organisations such as the History Group, the Ploughing Association and the local amateur dramatic group, the Jubilee Players, whose pantomime in the New Year is an annual highlight. The Ploughing Association hold their annual dinner at the hall, as do the local British Legion group. Church events at the hall include the Harvest Supper, the annual quiz and the annual fête. It is available for private hire and has hosted many birthday parties, wedding receptions and other celebratory occasions. Part of the hall is let out to the Carleton Rode Social Club, which hosts a variety of events throughout the year and works closely with the Hal l Committee in fundraising and running the hall. Behind the hall is a large playing field with a children’s play area that has been recently upgraded with new equipment added in and the older equipment revamped. There is also a large grassed area with football goals and a tennis court. The tennis court is usable, but is soon to be the focus of a fundraising drive to resurface it and – it is hoped – to provide a multi-use games area.
£6 per hour daytime and local groups
Evening events £80 (up to six hours, additional setting-up/clearing up time charged at the hourly rate)
Provision of bar by the Social Club £40