Charity Commission Reference: 1096425
Welcome to the James Hargreaves Hall website! We hope you will find it informative and useful. Our vibrant community hall is used by a variety of local user groups including the long established art groups, knit and natter, table tennis, gardening club and more recently pottery and yoga!
It is a meeting place and a doing space which enhances our village by bringing our community together. There are also a variety of social events held in our hall throughout the year.
Delve further into our website to find out more about our events and the history of the hall!
Gerry Poole (Chair of the Committee)
The mission of the James Hargreaves Hall trustees, who represent the local community, is to continue to manage and develop the hall for the community of Morcombelake and surrounding villages. Our aim is to provide appropriate activities and support for the whole community but also to promote, where appropriate, local and national charities.
The James Hargreaves Hall was built in 1863 by James Hargreaves who was the local minister. By 1997, the Chapel was in need of urgent repair and as the congregation was in decline, it was decided to move their worship to St Gabriel’s Church instead.
In 1999, The United Reformed Church gave the community the chance to buy the Chapel and the Hall for £15,000. The funding came from West Dorset District Council, Dorset County Council, Char Valley Parish Council and the generosity of the local community whose kind donations also helped raise the money to buy the Chapel and the Hall. In early 2004, the community finally took ownership of both the Chapel and Hall.
The committee produced a plan which concentrated their efforts on renovating and decorating the Hall with the aim of making the Hall the hub of community life. At this time, it was renamed the James Hargreaves Hall, in recognition of the minister who had founded the Chapel and school in the village over a 100 years ago.
After a decade, sufficient funds have been secured to carry out the majority of works to make the Hall a real community asset. Many local clubs and groups meet in the hall on a weekly basis, such as art groups, dance groups, the gardening club, table tennis club and many more….
In addition, a dedicated group of villagers organise a monthly over 70’s luncheon club which is very popular with those who sometimes find themselves isolated within their community.
Many fund raising events are run by the current committee, including Harvest Supper Night where 40+ members of the community met for an evening of fantastic food and great company!
A treasure hunt walk is held on New Year’s Day and warm soup/hot dogs are available on return! There are quiz nights, race nights, skittles evenings and much much more..
The committee produce a monthly newsletter, letting the community know what events are scheduled that month. If you would like to receive the newsletter, either by hand or via email, please contact Karen Southcott on 01297 489191
The Hall is also available for private hire at the reasonable cost of £12 a session, either morning, afternoon or evening. If you would like to book the Hall, please contact Judy Godfrey on 489313.
The Hall has excellent facilities for any club or party to utilise. There is a fully fitted kitchen and toilet (modified for disabled use) as well as the large hall itself.
The current committee aims to formulate a 3 year plan, which hopes to include improving disabled access to make sure the Hall is as inclusive as possible to all the community and surrounding villages.