Minstead Village Hall
MINSTEAD VILLAGE HALL CENTENARY
At the onset of hostilities in 1914 various large temporary huts were erected at a site on the outskirts of Romsey to house and train the thousands of horses that were needed for the War effort, many were shipped in from Canada and North America, landed at Southampton and taken to this Remount facility. At the end of World War I the Government of the Day decided to sell off these now redundant buildings.
Dan Hanbury a local benefactor bought two of these huts probably at the instigation of his wife who was a staunch supporter of the then newly formed W.I. that was in need of a large venue for their meetings (well over 100 women from the village and surrounding area). In 1920 the newly positioned huts formed the main part of the building that you see today. It’s purpose – for the benefit of the villagers and local area – and was known as The Minstead Hut, the largest community building then (as now) in the New Forest.
Over the Century it has had many uses and centre of so many local activities as it continues today – it even underwent a name change after the villagers had paid of the debt to buy the building in 1963 (don’t know the history – read it in the Congelton Room} it is now known as The Minstead Hall. The fabric of the building is much improved and adapted to comply with modern tastes and needs. We learnt the building is sound following a recent Structure report, however we did not think that 100 years should go unnoticed and thought it would provide a good opportunity to add value to the building for future generations. Over the next few years the cladding, especially on the south side (front) needs replacing. There are enough funds to do this but with extra we could re-clad using cedar which not only would look better it would also last much longer, but cost nearly twice as much. To this end we are putting on various activities and events to celebrate the Hall’s centenary and raise funds for this project.
Please take note of the following dates in your diary and support and enjoy the Celebrations of YOUR HALL.
27th June Speak-Easy Dance & Buffet (M H Management Com) POSTPONED
5th September Special Centenary Flower Show (Flower Show Com)
20th and 21st November Old Time Musical (Minstead Players)
Junior Minstead, WOW, History Club, Minstead Social Club, will also be organising events dates to be announced
For enquiries you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 023 8081 3143.
Minstead Hall is the largest of its kind in the New Forest. The main hall (65ft by 45ft) with its modern wooden floor and PA system makes it very suitable for dances, Wedding receptions, family gatherings, conferences, concerts, children’s parties, quizzes, theatrical productions, bingo etc. The Hall is licensed to 240 people. It has full disabled access and toilets, kitchen, bar, central heating, good quality décor and lighting. A stage and backstage area are also available at one end of the hall. There is a skittle alley along one side which can be booked separately. A noise level inhibitor is installed to control the volume of amplified music/sound. There is a large amount of parking available around the hall in particular within the dedicated car park accessible from the front entrance. Please avoid parking on the verges.
Check Availability & Make a Booking
For those that would prefer to use paper, the Hall Booking Form can be download from here (July 2018).
The Minstead Hall weekly auction is held from 6pm every Monday. If you would like to enter any items you should telephone 07720 023950 in advance to arrange to bring them to the Hall between 1.30pm and 4.30pm on the Monday. The cost of entering a lot is 50p plus 10% of the selling price.
The layout of the hall is shown below. Click the image to download the Village Hall Plan PDF.
Feedback from our customers…….
“We thought the hall was a good venue and guests liked the bar with reasonable prices. We appreciated the work you and your team put in to make the celebration of my daughter’s wedding a great evening.
Thank once again.
The Green Room
This smaller room measures 31ft by 16ft and is ideal for meetings (seats 50), or games such as bridge. It adjoins the main hall
and they are often hired together. The private bar is located in this room allowing for refreshments to be served separately from the main hall. When not in use the bar is closed off.
Kitchen A kitchen adjoins the Green Room. It is fully equipped with fridge/freezer, cooker, kettle, urn, crockery, cutlery and plenty of work surfaces. There is a serving hatch to the Green room. If needed the Hall’s caretaker can provide you with a list of catering firms. Note that the Kitchen is only intended to serve attendees of events at the hall. It is not intended as a facility catering for members of the public not attending an event.
There is a bar at the end of the green room which is manned by staff from the Minstead Social club. Minstead Hall holds a full premises licence which includes the sale of alcohol. Bar staff are available if the bar is part of the booking. An installed beer cooling system can provide draught bitter, cider, larger and Guinness. White, red and rose, wine is also available by the glass or bottle. A range of 50 plus spirits and liqueurs including malt whisky’s, a full range of bottled bitters, lagers and soft drinks are all available at a reasonable price. Alcohol may be purchased on demand or bar tabs can be used to fund drinks for guests of the hirer. Corkage per bottle will be applied to alcohol brought into the hall. For special requests for alcohol. Please email email@example.com.
The Danby Room
The newly refurbished Danby Room is a perfect venue for corporate meetings of up to 20 people, or up to 30 theatre style. It’s also great for small parties with its dedicated kitchen.
The following tables and chairs are available for use:
- 20 x 6ft by 2.5ft collapsible tables
- 180 plastic stacking chairs
Other equipment & features include:
- Wheelchair access
- Black out facility
- Staging Sound equipment
- Skittle alley
- Fire alarm
- Window locks
- Intruder alarm
- Main hall
- Lounge bar
- Projection screen
- Disabled parking
- Committee room
- Disabled toilets
- 2 x large sinks
- Accessible toilets
- 2 x cookers
- PA system for speaking events – not appropriate for discos
The Hall has oil-fired central heating supplying thermostatically controlled radiators and hot water.
There is a large car park adjoining the hall which can take up to 49 cars and there is easy access for coaches. There is a separate area for disabled parking.
At the behest of Mr Dan Hanbury, Minstead Hut as it was called then was erected on this site in 1920, two wooden huts having been moved from the Re-mount Centre in Romsey. He gave this facility to the villagers of Minstead and its immediate surrounding area for their pleasure, education and use. Sadly it was discovered on his death in 1949 he had not made the relevant legal arrangements and it was therefore included in his estate. With the financial assistance of Lady Congleton it was bought from the estate and a Trust Deed set up emulating his original wishes and the formation of a Management Committee. Many village fund raising events were held during the ensuing years until in 1963 Lady Congleton’s loan was repaid. It was decided to call it The Minstead Village Hall.
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The images below are on display in the Minstead Village Hall showing the history of Minstead.
Please note that the list of Events below is not an exhaustive list of Minstead Hall bookings, it is limited to events that are of relevance to the local community. To find out if a particular date is available please complete the Contact Form at the top of this page.