Kirk Langley Village Hall






Join our Friends of Kirk Langley Village Hall initiative

The hall committee has put in place an initiative to raise money towards our modernisation objectives.

The scheme seeks to boost our modernisation fund by regular or one-off donations from members of the public. This greatly assists our ability to secure funding for the improvement projects we have planned. By demonstrating there is a wide community support to our plans and that we are able to allocate our own contribution to the costs the various funders can match fund or consider even greater contributions towards the larger scale project.

Booklets setting out the details of the scheme have been distributed around the village households and there is already a modest take-up. If you haven't seen a copy and would like to then use the contact form on this website to request one.

Hiring the hall
The hall is available to hire with the following charges:
 Meeting  £20
 Private tuition/classess
 Child’s Party 
 Private Party £50
 Fundraising Event 
 Funeral “refreshment”
The above charges are all year round charges and for bookings of up to 3hrs (with discretion to 4hrs). Effectively morning, afternoon and evening bookings.

Chairs and tables can be hired for functions outside the hall at £20 per day.

The Committee now owns a powerful PA system which is available for hire to local groups
. Hire costs are negotiable, based on ability to pay! (say £50 - £100 per use). One of our team would assist in setting it up etc.

Village Halls Week... 22-25 January 2018
Introduced for the first time this year by ACRE the idea is to:
  • celebrate volunteers
  • share stories of success and learning
  • run events and training sessions
  • promote ACRE Network training and support
ACRE stands for Action with Communities in Rural England. It provides much guidance and support to community organisations and represents such halls as ours at government level. It can have significant influence through lobbying government when it comes to improving legislation or when new bills are being prepared.
On 24th January RAD (Rural Action Derbyshire)
held an event at Dalbury Lees for village halls in South Derbyshire at which they provided guidance on the General Data Protection Act coming into force in May 2018.

It was reported that to commemorate Village Halls Week a poem has been written by the renowned poet Ian McMillan and was read out on Radio Sheffield. Ian's poem is included here

The Village Hall Committee

The committee comprises eight members of the Kirk Langley community. The chair of the committee is Richard (Ben) Benfield. Other members include Gordon Blackwell (treasurer), Cathrine Johnson (secretary), Godfrey Meynell, Brenda Goth, Steve Smith and Chris Plackett. The committee meets regularly and oversees the ongoing maintenance and caretaking of the hall.

The Leeke Memorial Hall is registered as a charity. The Leeke Hall committee runs the hall separately from the church as a community facility. This arms length relationship is being enshrined in a revised lease agreement which will allow greater autonomy for the committee in the eyes of the Charity Commission. This in turn will strengthen the committee's position when applying for capital funding for the modernisation plans.

If you would be interested in helping this committee develop the hall into a modern community asset then please get in touch with us - 824403 or 824447. We are particularly keen to encourage people who don't mind tackling small maintenance jobs, painting etc!!

Work taking place in the hall 

We are delighted with the new heating installation. Having put in a new gas supply we have hot water in each of the loos, as well as the kitchen. There are now four radiators in the hall and kitchen all controlled by a central thermostat. The old electric heaters are still in place so if people still want cooked heads - feel free. Hopefully these will only remain as a standby!

The Hall
The hall is a Grade II listed building wholly owned by the church of St Michael. The hall is a popular and an essential asset for the community in and around Kirk Langley, providing a place for celebrations, meetings, clubs’ and societies’ functions, drama productions, adult learning and much more. In order to ensure that the hall continues to provide suitable accommodation as well as enable better access for all potential users a great deal of money needs to be spent. An architect has created plans for a viable scheme and calculated a budget cost. Following liaison with the church commissioners, conservation and the Amber Valley planning department the scheme now has secured full planning approval and Grade II Listed Building Consent.

We are now actively searching for further funding sources to pay for modernisation of the hall, providing disabled toilet facilities, better insulation and heating and improved kitchen facilities. Local fund raising continues but large grants will still be needed to make a real difference. This will hopefully get some of the essential work underway.

A Brief History
In 1750 the Reverend John Bailey with the aid of the parishioners built the Old School and endowed it with four acres of land. In the late 18th century an annexe was added and used as the head master’s residence. The school was further extended and the adjoining land has since become the village cricket and sports field. In 1952 the hall was leased out to be run by committee and the name was changed to Leeke Memorial Hall in memory of the Reverend William Meynell Leeke who had been rector up to 1947.

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