Dinton Village Hall

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Dinton Village Hall
Bratch Lane

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Ross Cowan

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Dinton Village Hall description

Village Hall / Business Meeting Rooms / Wedding Venues / Community Hall / Commercial Venue

Large (1-300)

Fully disabled compliant
Ideal for conferences,corporate days, weddings, parties,training or meetings
Free Wifi
Parking on site for 150 cars

Room 1: Main hall
217 sq.m to seat 200-250, dine 150 or dancing up to 300 without tables/150 with tables.
Separate bar area with bottle fridge and large commercial fridge
Equipped with crockery, cutlery, table linen and glassware to cater for up to 150
3.5m square electrically operated overhead screen and projector
Lectern with built in microphone/light
Dimmable lights
Large stage 7m x 5m with two separate changing rooms with toilet facilities. Box curtains and front stage curtains. Stage lighting
Hearing loop, PA system and Yamaha digital piano

Room 2 - Meeting room
Projector screen
Fully heated and air conditioned
Capacity 40 theatre style

900mm Falcon electric cooker, three hot cupboards, Hobart commercial dishwasher, full stainless steel Moffat kitchen, 2 x large urns, fridge/freezer, extraction system, two preparation tables.

Venue suitability

This venue is suitable for the following uses:










Venue facilities

150 spaces

Within 0 meters



Yes - Full - Facilities to prepare meal

15 round tables, 22 rectangle tables

200 chairs



Yes - Bare (just space)

Other venue facilities






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Latest news:

New website!

20 June 2018

Our new website is now live!  

Check out the beautiful photos showing our fab facilities in the lovely sunshine.

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Regular users of this venue:

Dinton & District Short Mat Bowls Club

Contact: Dave Witt - 01722 716553

Regular Wednesday evening club nights

Dinton Historical Society

Contact: Sue Gillingham - 01722 717865

Membership of Dinton Historical Society for 2018 has been held at the already low last years prices. Single Membership costs £8 and Couple Membership costs £10. Members gain free admission to seven lectures over the year, plus the chance to join four local outings and two social gatherings. Please come to any meeting to join or contact Sue Gillingham on 01722 717865.

Dinton Womens Institute

Contact: 01722 717881

Meetings 2nd Wednesday of every month except August 1000-1200

Visit the Dinton WI website at http://dintonwi.weebly.com/


History of our village hall

Our village hall came into being in 1920 thanks to two benefactors, Bertram Phillips and Daniel Combes. Mr. Phillips paid for the original building and Mr. Combes paid for the plot of land owned by Alfred Lane, a carpenter, where Old Hall House now stands in Bratch Lane. It was originally an officer’s mess building and was hauled by horse and cart from Codford. Over the years wooden huts deteriorate and as with many village halls during the latter part of the 20th century, they were a money pit constantly needing maintenance. They were also fairly primitive, relative to today’s standards, so there was not much income to be made by hiring out the premises. It was purely for village use.

The idea of a new hall was first conceived about 1986 and in 1988, probably as the result of rumours about a new hall being planned by the village hall trustees, came an offer from a local developer to buy the existing hall. That started discussions in earnest, although that sale never took place. Eventually it was agreed that we could build it on the Recreation Ground as no other land was available. Plans were drawn and outline planning permission eventually granted in 1989. Fundraising began and the village came together to organise fundraising events such as clay shoots, sponsored runs and raffles as well as donations from villagers. There were also various charitable organisations that offered grants once we could get a reasonable fund built, but we knew it would be a very long campaign if we were to succeed. 

With the announcement in November 1992 that the closure of RAF Chilmark would take place in 1995, an opportunity presented itself to acquire a piece of land more suitable than the Recreation Ground.  A letter was immediately sent to the RAF requesting the gift of some land to build a village hall. It took a further five years to get to an agreement in which the Ministry of Defence sold us the present site for a very reasonable price. It was the last sale of its kind that was not at market value. Another stroke of luck came in 1994 with the launch of the National Lottery. Realistically there was no way we would ever raise enough money as inflation was increasing the build cost faster than we could raise funds. The Lottery was the one chance we had of getting the large amount of funding to make our dreams come true. At our third application, we were given a grant of £132,000. With the sale of the old hall for £75,000 and a very remarkable amount given by the village of about £40,000 plus other grants, we were ready to build. One small problem was that our original build cost was four years out of date and the Lottery made it clear that if we exceeded our budget we would get no more from them. We had come this far and fortune favours the brave so we went for it. Unable to afford professional site agents to manage the project we did the job ourselves. Everything had come together and from breaking ground to opening only took nine months and remarkably it was completed within the original budget. 


Trustees of Dinton Village Hall


Chairman - Ross Cowan

Vice Chairman - Kathy Seastron

Treasurer - Helen Bridge

Secretary - Helen Bridge

Bookings Secretary - Kathy Seastron

Maintenance - Rob Begg

Committee member - Sue Gillingham

Dinton Parish Council Rep - Justin Fry

Committee member - Andrew Swannel 


We are always looking for new trustees, please contact us if you're interested.


Price List


Basic Rate

Meeting Room £7.00 per hour

Hall £20.00 per hour

Kitchen £20.00 per session


Special Offers

Weddings – 2 day hire £350.00

Childrens’ birthday parties £10.00 per hour


Available to hire on request*

Round/oblong/square linen table cloths

Linen napkins




Audio Visual and Lighting equipment

*extra charge may be incurred


We are flexible on pricing so please get in touch if you're interested in hiring the hall.

For all information please contact:


Ross Cowan

Tel: 07768997352

Email: bookings@dintonvillagehall.co.uk

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