The Hall facilities are available for hire with preferential rates for village family and organisations.
Mrs Stephanie Young
- Tel: 01223 971006 (before 9pm)
- Alt: 07580 2991644 (before 9pm)
The Village Hall is run by an excellent committee (the Trustees); all of whom are dedicated to its success. Hirers are asked to leave the hall as they find it – namely clean and tidy. This minimises the time spent by its part-time cleaner which in turn helps to minimise hiring charges.
Village Hall Amenities
The hall is extremely well equipped as listed below:
Seating for 140 (covering all three rooms)
Electronic access to all doors
CCTV cameras inside and outside
Chair Lift to first floor room
Demountable modular stage
Audio/Visual system and electrically operated large screen
Oil fired central heating
Table Tennis tables (3)
Carpet Bowls equipment
Adequate storage space
The hall is double glazed and the walls are extremely well insulated to prevent heat loss and noise pollution to neighbouring properties ,
The hall is heavily used by a wide variety of organisations and individuals.
The following list is not exhaustive:
Cambridge Guild of Weavers
Children’s Dance Class
Comberton Antiquarian Society
Comberton Bridge Club
Comberton Crusaders (youth football)
Comberton Friendship Club (over 60s)
Comberton Lawn Tennis Club
Comberton Parish Council
Comberton Parochial Church Council
Comberton Playground Group
Comberton Twinning Association
Comberton Wine Club
Keep Fit class
Mini-music (under 5s)
Morning Studio (Art Group)
Mother and Toddler Group
Royal British Legion
Weekly Café each Tuesdays
Worldwide Church of God
In addition to the above the hall is used for numerous parties for both children and adults.
It is also a popular venue for funeral wakes and wedding receptions. Casual users of the hall include the NHS , Village College, U3A. Charity fundraising events including for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Arthritis Research, Breast Cancer. Various village organisations use the village hall to raise funds for their own needs.
Each year in the summer the Trustees sponsor a Supper followed by entertainment for the senior citizens of the village. This is always very well attended by about 100 residents and is free . There is a long tradition of holding these suppers – 2017 summer will be the 89th !
Each year, at Easter & Christmas, Fayres are held. Village Bingo is held once a month on Friday and the Village Café is open every Tuesday (this has been running continuously since the new hall was opened.) . There is a Village Cinema once a month when some of the latest films are shown using the hall’s state of the art projection equipment.
Comberton Players was founded when the new hall was opened. Two productions are staged each year – a play in the summer and a pantomime in December. These are always well supported. The Players are the main users of the demountable modular stage which has the advantage that the size and shape can be adapted to requirements.
Comberton Village Hall was built in 2006 and first used in November of that year. The Hall was officially opened by Andrew Lansley MP in May 2007
It replaced the previous Village Hall which had served the village since 1968. This hall was a converted HORSA hut purchased by the Parish Council from the County Council after it ceased to be needed as a classroom at the Village School when the Village College opened in the early nineteen sixties.
The decision to replace this hall was prompted by the Disability Discrimination Act. The cost of upgrading the hall to meet the requirements of the Act were so excessive that it was decided to build a new hall. In addition the facilities were extremely basic and the hall was not large enough for the size of the village.
A New Village Hall Steering Committee was established in 2002 consisting of volunteers from the village, members of the Parish Council, Village Hall Trustees and ‘experts’ from the village. After many meetings a plan was arrived at and quotes of its cost of construction were obtained from three builders. Fundraising then commenced in earnest – over £400,000 was required for the construction with a further amount to equip the hall.
Fundraising to build and equip the new hall
Appeals were made to many organisations, companies and grant making charitable trusts. The successful ones were as follows:
Comberton Parish Council, Waitrose,South Cambridgeshire District Council, Age Concern, Department of Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Help the Aged , Wren (Waste Recycling), Awards for All, Donarbon (Waste Recycling), Virgin Retail, Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation, Rugby Cement, The Hedley Foundation, The Batty Charitable Trust.
A personal appeal to every household in Comberton was made and numerous fundraising events were held in the village including:
Open Gardens, Quiz nights, Coffee mornings, Lectures, a Fashion Show, Brass Band concert, Choir concerts, Orchestral concert Christmas and Easter Fayres. A donation was made by the Le Vaudreuil Twinning Association (Le Vaudreuil in Normandy has been twinned with Comberton since 1999). Two private donations from Jeffrey Archer and Francis Pemberton were made.
A low interest rate loan was taken out with the Charity Bank to complete some internal works. This has now been repaid in full. The total amount raised was almost £500,000