Village Halls Week 2022: What’s On?

This Village Halls Week’s theme is ‘Innovating the future’, and village hall volunteers are being encouraged to think outside of the box and consider what can be done to improve their operations for the benefit of local residents.

Throughout this week, Village Halls across Bedfordshire have plenty of activities for you to get involved in. Regular activities are also listed below, so you can find out what is happening near you.

The programme for Village Halls Week is as follows:

  • Monday: Do something different #DoDifferent
  • Tuesday: Something for everyone #ForEveryone
  • Wednesday: Celebrating and supporting the arts #RuralTouring
  • Thursday: Beacons of hope for a more sustainable future #NetZero
  • Friday: Financial resilience #FinancialResilience
  • Saturday and Sunday: Put on your own event!

Blunham Village Hall

Throughout the week, Blunham Village Hall want to know what events/classes they would like to see at the village hall. Contact blunhamvillagehall@gmail.com if you have any comments or suggestions.

The timetable for current activities is as follows:

  • Mondays – Blunham Village Hall Coffee morning
  • Mondays and Thursdays – Danceworkz Blunham Dance Club – Mixed ability dance class for ages 4-12.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays – Belle Etoile Academy of Dance – Preschool and first ballet and modern dance classes for ages 4-6
  • Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays – LJ Pilates – Mat and Barre Pilates courses
  • First Tuesday of the month – Gardening Club
  • Last Friday of the month – Blunham Community Cinema
Blunham Village Hall

Haynes Village Hall

After having our hall closed for several months during the covid pandemic, and knowing that some of our hall users would not be returning, it was with some trepidation that we opened up for business.

However, within a few weeks are fears had vanished, as our village clubs returned and new people contacted us.

Current rota (January 2022):

  • Monday mornings – Exercise for over 50s
  • Monday afternoons – Cheerleading
  • Monday evenings – Dog training
  • Tuesday evenings – Yoga (returning in February) & Badminton
  • Wednesday afternoons and evenings – Cheerleading
  • Wednesday afternoons – Tea and chat (returning in February)
  • Thursday mornings – Pilates
  • Thursday evenings – Private dance group
  • Friday evenings – Bowls
  • Saturdays (all day) – Dog training & Football (our team plays in the Saturday league matches and uses the playing field and our changing rooms)
  • Sundays (all day) – Dog training
Hayes Village Hall

Heathfield Community Centre, Caddington

Once the Heathfield Community Centre has reopened in February, Pickleball will be available on Thursdays after Men’s Club.

Played indoors or outdoors, as singles or doubles, Pickleball is super accessible as it involves less running around than tennis, the skills are easier to master, and its high energy and fun for all abilities.

Two or four players use solid paddles to hit a perforated ball over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports. The dimensions and layout of and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications. Pickleball is for all ages and skill-levels, so come and join us for this active and very sociable sport.

Please email heathfieldcentre@gmail.com for further information.

Healthfield Community Centre

Lyons Community Centre, Caddington

Monday 24th January: Doing something different

  • Community drop in – tea and coffee provided, have a look round the hall, stay and meet your neighbours
  • Community Lunchtime walk to unplug people working from home to help with mental health, build community connections and use the centre as a focus to spin other events
  • Childrens Ballet – opportunity to improve childrens balance, fitness and social skills
  • Street Dance – all ages improves fitness and co ordination, working in a team
  • Over 50s keep fit for woman – fitness for mind and body and builds social connections
  • Self-defence for woman and children – improves self confidence and personal safety.

Tuesday 25th January: Something for Everyone

  • Jazz dance for ages 3 to 11 helps with balance co-ordination , team work, following instructions
  • Kung Fu for children and adults – co-ordination , self-defence and fitness
  • Adult Tai Chi and mediation – helps with mental health and mindfullness
  • Weight watchers – weight loss to improve health and quality of life.

Wednesday 26th January: Celebrating the arts

  • Little city children up to five role play group – helps encourage imaginative play
  • Ragdolly Annas Music and rhyme for the under fours builds language and social skills
  • Children’s ballet 3 – 5 year – balance co ordination , team work, following instructions
  • Contemporary dance Ages 7 + 5 – team work, fitness
  • Adult hip-hop dance and fitness and social interaction

Thursday 27th January: Sustainable future

The Lyons community centre is a modern building built with sustainabilty in mind. eg solar panels on the roof etc.

  • Community drop in, have a look round the hall, stay and meet your neighbours
  • Community Lunchtime walk to unplug people working from home

Friday 28th January: Financial resilience

Vibrant community group through the weeks and booked up months ahead with private functions and parties outside of regular group times. The building also houses an alternative education provision during term time. Very active and dynamic social media presence.

Old Warden Village Hall

OPEN DAY Saturday 29th January 1.30 – 5.30 pm

We hope that you will come and join us for a tea or coffee and chat about the exciting future of your Village Hall.

What improvements do you want for the Village Hall?

  • Upgrade of kitchen ; cupboards / cooker / work surfaces / tiling / extension?
  • Storage ; extension for storage of tables and chairs with easy movement into hall?
  • Furniture ; new chairs ; more comfortable and easy stacking and fitting onto trollies?
  • Outside storage shed ; move away from hall wall to fence under tree to allow for extension / change to entrance?
  • Main Hall decoration ; restoration of floor , lightening up dark wood panels?
  • Committee room ; return to meeting room / tea room / free books lending facility / easy access door?
  • Heating system (2005) ; upgrade , solar panels?
  • Communications ; internet access? Facilities for zoom meetings?
  • Extension for games room ; pool/snooker/table tennis.

We would like to do something different , something for everyone, support the arts, a sustainable green future and financial resilience.

We look forward to seeing you on SATURDAY 29th JANUARY anytime 1.30 – 5.30 pm

Old Warden Village Hall

Roxton Village Hall

Tea, coffee, cakes, and bacon rolls for sale!

Roxton Hall Committee will be opening the hall on Saturday 29th January, for all users to promote their organizations, and showcase all they do. These are groups like The Bridge Club, St Neots Art Club, Roxton Flower Show, Women’s Institute, Dog and Puppy Training, Keepfit Classes, Roxton Chapel, Local History Group, Over 60s, Parish Council, all gatherings that help to keep our hall open and prosperous.

Along with refreshments, the Roxton singing and music group will be entertaining us.

Opens at 10.30 am. Please do come along and enjoy a few hours at Roxton Village Hall.

For more information on Village Halls Week, please visit the ACRE website.