Lurgashall Village Hall awarded highly respected Hallmark Quality Awards

The following press release was issued on 22 January 2018 by Action in rural Sussex:Action-in-Rural-Sussex-logo

Lurgashall Village Hall in West Sussex has been awarded prestigious Hallmark Quality Awards in both Administration and Health & Safety Compliance by peer assessors on behalf of Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE).

Hallmark CertificatesThis is a huge achievement for Lurgashall Village Hall as it was on the verge of closure 12 years ago due to lack of use and an expiring lease. Hard work by the local community, together with support from Action in rural Sussex’s Village Halls and Community Buildings Advisory Service led to the negotiation of a new lease, as well as the raising of funds which covered the costs of a refurbishment and installation of a new kitchen and heating system.

Now used regularly for a wide range of activities including a luncheon club, monthly teas, Pilates classes, meetings of local organisations and for children’s birthday parties, this village hall is now truly at the heart of the Lurgashall community.

This is a timely award for the village hall as the 22nd January sees ACRE’s first ever #VillageHallsWeek – an annual celebration of the 10,000 village halls and other community buildings which exist at the heart of England’s rural communities.

What’s on in January 2018 at Lurgashall Village Hall

Jan-Feb 2018January is typically a quiet month in the Village Hall, but we still have our regular activities for the local community:

Monday 8th – Village Lunch

Wednesday 10th – Film Night – film to be announced shortly, but it will be a golden oldie voted on by the village!

Wednesday 31st – Village Tea (3-5pm)


January’s ‘Pilates for All’ classes are on Monday 8th, Tuesday 16th, Monday 22nd and Monday 29th – all 7-8pm.  Please contact Eliza Wheeler if you’d like to join – 07929 365088.


If you’d like to hire the Hall for a party or other event, or if you need to hire equipment for your own party, please contact the Booking Secretary on 07796 162304 or email

Film Night – a golden oldie – Wed. 10 January

So, what to show for our first film of 2018?  Good question!  We thought we would ring the changes by going for a classic, but which one? – there are so many!

Film Night LogoGigi – The Great Escape – Gone with the Wind – West Side Story – Road to Morocco – Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Bridge over the River Kwai – It’s a Wonderful Life – The King and I – South Pacific – Some like it Hot – The Ipcress File – Zulu – The Graduate – or any film with Fred Astaire!

If anyone has any thoughts as to what we should show, either from this list or something else, please get in touch: 01428 707120 or email .

Lurgashall Village Hall – Wed. 10 January.

Tickets £5 on the door. Doors and Bar open 7pm for 7.30pm start

Lurgashall Village Shop – update, and get involved!

This is a copy of an update by Annabel Grout on the situation with the Village Shop and Post Office that appears in the January edition of the village newsletter.  (Click here for previous news.)

Village Shop“The results of the village survey were overwhelmingly in favour of keeping the village shop open, and so the working group has been considering how to establish a viable project.  

The working group has notified the Post Office that the community is willing to take over the running of the village post office but have not so far had any substantive response from the Post Office.

We have confirmed with the freeholder that the community will take on the shop and post office but we do not yet know the length of the lease or the rent that will be required.  Subject to necessary building consents, the freeholder has indicated a willingness to provide an office space and lavatory behind the shop.

There are a number of potential sources for grants to enable the fitting out of a new store once the building works have been completed, but grants are unlikely to be available for running costs, salaries or stock.  Community shops in small villages often struggle to break even and an element of ongoing financial support from within the Parish, as well as volunteering, may be necessary to keep the shop open.

The working group looking into all this is now: Sophie Jowett (Chair), Malcolm Caird, Anthony Crandon, Hennie Cooper, Kathy Grace, Annabel Grout and Sally Ohlson.

Is there anyone in the Parish who has retail experience and would be interested in becoming the manager of the shop, or would anyone be willing to take on the post office?  If so, please email:

Join the Lurgashall Village Hall 50:50 Club!

New VH logoThe Village Hall’s 50:50 Club was launched in 2008.  Since that time is has provided essential income for the maintenance and development of the Hall whilst bringing a welcome cash prize to two members each month and a windfall to one lucky winner each December.  Village members of the 50:50 Club have won a total of over £1,400 in 2017!

The 50:50 Club has been run very successfully since it began by Annabel Grout, but she now thinks it is time to hand over the reins and so we are delighted to announce that Stephen Meyer has agreed to run the Club from here on.

Thank you, Annabel, for all your wonderful work, and thank you, Stephen, for picking up the reins!

If you are not already a member, you can join by simply contacting Stephen Meyer on 01428 707162 or email .  Members each pay between £1 and £10 per month, usually by standing order.




Pilates for All – January Classes at Lurgashall Village Hall

Pilates position







Eliza Wheeler is a qualified physiotherapist and experienced Pilates teacher, and she has started up ‘Pilates for All’ classes in Lurgashall Village Hall on (mostly) Monday evenings, 7-8pm.

The classes are proving to be very popular and will continue into 2018.

January class dates are: Monday 8th; Tuesday 16th; Monday 222nd, Monday 29th. All 7-8pm.

If you would like to join in, please contact Eliza for details on 07929 365088 or email