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Ditchingham Village Hall on Loddon Road, replaces a hut erected in 1920 and stands on a part of the heath donated by the Carr Estate.  In 1975 a committee of dedicated villagers proposed replacing the hut with a structure that would serve the needs of every section of the community. Grants of 50% from the Department of Education and Science and 25% from Norfolk County Council were available on condition that the village found the rest. By 1980, owing to inflation and more ambitious plans, Ditchingham’s original target had doubled to £15,000. In 1981, when the building was opened, the village had raised £18,000 from coffee mornings, fetes and donations including those from Ditchingham United Charities.


Ditchingham Village Hall Bookings

If you are interested in hiring the hall during the week or at weekends for celebrations etc – Charges from £5.50 per hour.
Booking Clerk: Paul Austin Tel. 01986 892012

Village Hall Bookings

Monday

  • Preschool  8.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
  • Exercise Classes  1.30 – 4.00 p.m.
  • Core Stability Exercises 5.00 – 6.00 p.m.
  • Dancing 7.00 – 9.00 p.m.

Tuesday

  • Circuit Training – Black Dog  6.00 – 8.00 a.m.
  • Running Club
  • Preschool 8.30 a.m. – 3.45 p.m.
  • Bollywood Exercise Class 5.30 – 6.30 p.m.
  • Bingo 6.45 – 9.15 p.m.

Wednesday

  • Preschool 8.30 a.m. – 3.45 p.m.
  • Badminton 7.30 – 9.30 p.m.

Thursday

  • Preschool 8.30 a.m. 1.30 p.m.
  • Bowls  2.00 – 5.00 p.m.
  • Pilates  6.00 – 7.00 p.m.

Friday

  • Preschool 8.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
  • Meditation 12.45 – 1.45 p.m.
  • Soft Tennis 2.00 – 4.00 p.m.
  • Dancing 6.00 – 9.30 p.m.

Saturday

  • Reserved for activities and celebrations

Sunday

  • Reserved for activities and celebrations.

On Behalf of Ditchingham Village Hall Committee.


DITCHINGHAM VILLAGE HALL EXTENSION: THANK YOU TO THE PEOPLE WHO HELPED IT HAPPEN – January 2022

Readers may recall that in Summer 2021, we put out an appeal for funding to support our efforts to build a much-needed extension for Ditchingham Village Hall.  We were astonished by your response.

Thank you to the good people – many of whom chose to remain completely anonymous – who contributed to the cause. You will see that building work is underway and your generosity is coming to fruition.

Thank you for stepping up to the plate; and thank you for caring.  The world needs more people like you.  Thank you!

Ditchingham Village Hall Committee 


Village Hall Building Project – December 2021

As you have probably seen, work has restarted on the 29th November, after the long delay caused by Covid and subsequent disruption to building works. This final stage is likely to take 10-12 weeks – including the Christmas break; We will try to keep any disturbance to a minimum. Once completed we will still have some internal decorating and finishing – e.g carpets  – to sort out and we will probably need volunteers and donations to help to get this extension in use by Easter.

In the last Parishioner we suggested that this extension should have a name and requested nominations, there have been some but we need more, before putting forward the favourites for your vote.

Since the lockdown restrictions were lifted, activities have picked up. Here is a list of our present weekly schedule. All groups are looking for more participants – so if you are particularly interested in joining any activity, please contact PAUL AUSTIN 01986 892012, who can give you contact details.

If you are interested in hiring the hall during the week or at weekends for celebrations etc – Charges from £5.50 per hour. Paul can sort out details.


DITCHINGHAM VILLAGE HALL

Building Project UPDATE!

An ambitious building project for Ditchingham Village Hall is now well underway.  Read on for the story so far and to find out how you can support this new resource for the village….

Since it was built in 1981, Ditchingham Village Hall has provided a social centre for generations of residents.  It offers something for everyone – from playgroups and a preschool to sport, classes and celebrations.  A far cry from the empty, forlorn buildings that sit in some forgotten villages – our Hall is thriving to a point where demand is higher than capacity!

Whilst we are fortunate to be in Village where the Hall is so well and widely used, the Committee recognised some time ago that more capacity was needed in order to cater for the needs of our community.  As such, an ambitious project to build an extension to the Hall was conceived.  The plan was this: to provide a smaller space for celebrations, groups and our excellent local Preschool – allowing them to increase their offer to local families – and in the process to free up the Hall every day of the week in order to offer an even richer array of classes, groups and sports activities to local residents.

Tremendous progress has already been made – with £90,000 raised to complete the external build of a spacious new extension.  As you may have seen (or heard – thank you to the many people who have shown great forbearance with noise and traffic) building is already underway and is nearing completion.

This means that the extension project must now move to ‘Phase 2’ – focusing on the internal ‘fitting out’ of the extension to make it perfect for the next generation of local children who will learn there.

Much work is already underway to secure the remaining amount needed – £80,000.  Several large funding bodies, such as the National Lottery, have already expressed their interest in supporting us with this stage.  However, every little helps and as such we are asking the people of Ditchingham to help us as we near the final furlong in this project.

We would like to raise £5000 from local residents – which will not only boost our funds, but will demonstrate to some of our potential funders the huge public support and commitment to this project.

If you would like to help, please visit our official Crowdfunding page on https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/newbuildforDitchingham and click on the ‘Donate’ button.

We are lucky to live in a community where people of all ages have a place to go and things to do.  Please help by investing in the Hall’s future and securing learning and activities for generations of residents to come.