Important Coronavirus Notice
Further to the closure of the Village Hall for much of the last 12 months, we are pleased to confirm that the facility is now open in line with government guidelines. However, in light of the ongoing situation, and advice received from Community Council for Somerset (CCS) and ACRE, please be aware that we have updated our hire conditions to ensure the ongoing safety of our users, their families and the community.
We remain a Community resource, here to serve the residents of Ashwick, Oakhill and beyond. The playing field is open and its use is encouraged, but do please act in accordance with social distancing and other guidelines that come into play.
The Village Hall itself is always available for activities commensurate with supporting our community through difficult times – Let us know if there is something specific we can do to help.
We can be contacted via Facebook, email at [email protected] or Telephone on 07853 112241
Thank you, and all stay safe!
Village Hall Committee
The Ashwick & Oakhill Village Hall and Recreation Ground (to give it its full title) is located in Oakhill itself at the top of Zion Hill, on the right. The site was bequeathed by the Sherston family, to be held in Trust for the leisure and recreational benefit of the local community. The Custodian Trustees are the Parish Council, whilst the Managing Trustees are the Village Hall Committee, who oversee the general running and operation of the Village Hall and grounds.
The current Village Hall opened in 1986, some 30 years ago. Much credit must go to Bryan Wells and friends for their foresight and drive in its design and construction. The Community owes them a great debt. The Hall and grounds have been well used over the years for numerous leisure activities ranging from talks to the various Clubs and Societies, the Committees that regularly meet there, plus Indoor Bowls and Table Tennis teams, as well as hosting annual events such as Beer & Carols Evenings, Garden Shows, cricket and football matches, Village Fêtes and Festivals, private hire events, etc.
The Hall benefits from having a large car park, and within the grounds there are cricket and football pitches, a fenced off area for young children and a small outdoor gym area, plus a BMX track that was installed some years ago.
Free Wifi is available in the Village Hall, courtesy of Truespeed.
The Network ID is: Truespeed Ultra – 36KBC;
The Password is: 9W98WDCHB9WR
Address and Contact Details:
Chair: Andy North
The Recreation Ground, Zion Hill, Oakhill. BA3 5AN
For Village Hall hire and other enquiries, please email: [email protected]
To book the hall, please see Booking Information
Please check events calendar for available dates.
Work continues to progress on renovating the Village Hall! The old gas convector heaters have been replaced by new hotwater radiators and a new floor has been installed in the Main Hall. The Foyer, the Meeting Room, Main Hall, WC’s and hallways have all been redecorated, the lighting systems upgraded and new curtains fitted. New, comfortable, seating has been purchased. Major Rejuvenation plans are in progress to create a new, larger kitchen and comfortable seating area in place of the existing garage and adjacent storeroom with new access to the rear hallway and on to the toilet area. This will enable a wider use of the facility by more people at the same time without disrupting each other when moving between areas.
Longer term proposals include upgrading and extending the building for externally accessible changing rooms so that existing changing rooms can be repurposed for storage and/or additional rooms eg. Community Library/Local History area. The outside leisure facilities are also being reviewed with a view to upgrading the old BMX track and installing additional leisure/exercise equipment that will appeal to multiple age groups and abilities in a way that excites and encourages individuals to become more active.
The Trustees are anxious to involve the community in shaping these developments. More details are, and will continue to be, included in a separate page ‘Rejuvenation Project‘ on this web site as well as via the Village Facebook pages.