Venue History

On the 18th September 1951 the freehold of Poor’s Field, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, was conveyed to the Trustees from the Jane Luther’s United Charities Trust and a wooden structure was purchased and erected on the land.

On the 1st March 1962 a Trust Deed was set up which detailed the Management and aims of the Charity.

During the period 1968 to 1972 the project of building a Village Hall was undertaken and with money from the Trust’s assets and a Grant from Essex County Council the construction of an architectural building commenced. This was completed in 1972.

Between 1973 and 1990 various small projects were undertaken these including enclosing outside areas to provide storage and the construction of annexe which later became the Committee room.

Between 1994 and 1995 following the construction of a separate building on the land to house Changing Rooms and Showers this released space within the Village Hall to enabled a disabled persons toilet to be constructed and for the ladies toilet area to be enlarged as they were far too small to house the number of person using the Village Hall.

In addition at the same time the kitchen was moved to a larger area within the Village Hall to allow for an appropriate sized kitchen to cater for the number of persons that the Village Hall could accommodate.

Since 2005 various projects have been undertaken either maintaining or replacing worn out equipment and repairs to the buildings.

In 2013 the side wall Fire Exit was converted into the main entrance with an entrance lobby and the original Fire Exit lobby area was converted into an entrance area for the disabled, ladies and gentlemen’s toilets and a Fire Exit.

In 2015 with continual problems with the floor, aided with funding provided by the Kelvedon Hatch Parish Council and the “Big Lottery” the old floor was taken up and replaced with a new floor.

In 2016 a major refurbishment was undertaken of the Disabled, Ladies and Gentlemen’s Toilets and access area located within the Main Village Hall. This was achieved as a result of Funding from Essex County Council, Kelvedon Hatch Parish Council and from the Reserves of the Charity.

2017 a major refurbishment was undertaken of the Meeting Room that is located alongside the Main Village Hall. This refurbishment included new lighting, new ceilings, new Kitchen facility (excluding oven) and the provision of new toilets including a toilet for disabled persons.

The Meeting Room can be hired separately from the Main Hall and has its own dedicated access/exit.

This major refurbishments was achieved as a result of funding from The Big Lottery, Essex County Community Initiatives Fund, Charles S French Charitable Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Fowler Smith Jones Trust, Kelvedon Hatch Parish Council, Rotary Club of Brentwood a Becket and from the Reserves of the Charity.

The Trustees continue to explore opportunities to continue with upgrading the Village Hall to make it attractive and eco-friendly.