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.

Public meeting about Lurgashall Village Shop Thurs. 8 February, 7.30pm, at Village Hall

Village ShopThe newly formed Lurgashall Village Shop Committee writes:

Since the first meeting at the end of October, and in response to the fantastic feedback from the questionnaires, the Lurgashall Village Shop committee (LVS) has been working hard to ensure that we can provide a thriving village shop for the community and surrounding area. 

We plan to hold a public meeting to update everyone on Thursday 8th February at 7.30 pm at Lurgashall Village Hall.

Lurgashall Village Shop Committee is: Sophie Jowett (Chair), Malcolm Caird, Anthony Crandon, Annabel Grout, Sally Ohlson and Hennie Cooper / 01798 861583

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

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 – November Classes at Lurgashall Village Hall

Pilates position







New Lurgashaller 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.

November class dates are: Monday 6th; Monday 13th; Tuesday 21st; Monday 27th. All 7-8pm.

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

Blackdown Air Crash 50th Anniversary Commemoration at Fernhurst Village Hall – 4-5 Nov.

Blackdown air crash 1967All 37 passengers and crew lost their lives when an Iberia Airlines Caravelle, heading for Heathrow, crashed into the hillside at an isolated spot close to Upper Blackdown House at 10.02pm on 4 November 1967.

The police report from 1967 gives a harrowing account of the event:

“About 10.02 p.m. on Saturday, 4th November, 1967, a Caravelle Airliner No. EC-BDD, owned by Iberia Airlines of Spain, crashed at Black Down Hill, Sussex (map reference 919289).  This Hill at its highest point is 902 ft. above sea level.  The aircraft was on a scheduled flight from Malaga, Spain, to Heathrow Airport, and was piloted by Captain Harnando Maura [Pieres], 37 years, an experienced Pilot.  It left Malaga at 7.30 p.m. G.M.T. and the estimated time of arrival at Heathrow Airport was 10.10 p.m. G.M.T.  The weather at the time was slightly misty with intermittent drizzle but there was reasonable visibility.”

Now, the Fernhurst community has come together to organise three commemorative public events:

  • Exhibition – telling the story of the accident and its aftermath – Sat. 4th and Sun. 5th November 2017, 10.30am – 4pm, Fernhurst Village Hall
  • Memorial ServiceSat. 4th November, 12 noon, St Margaret’s Church, Fernhurst
  • Unveiling of Commemorative Plaque – Sat. 4th November, 2pm, Fernhurst Village Hall

For more information, please go to Fernhurst Society

Meeting about Village Shop – Thurs. 26 October


To discuss the future of the Village Shop, a MEETING will be held in Lurgashall Village Hall on Thursday, 26th October 2017 at 7pm.

The new freeholders are very keen to keep the Shop going, but they are looking for practical ideas and help in order to do so.

We need people who live locally and use the Shop to come to the meeting.  We also need local people who use it very little at present, but who would like to see it updated and upgraded in order to use it more.



New Village Hall website is launched!

Lurgashall Village Hall is pleased and proud to launch its new website!

This is very much a work-in-progress, but our aims are to:

  • keep you up-to-date with what’s on at the Village Hall
  • attract hirers, users and visitors from the village and further afield
  • link in with social media via Facebook’s Lurgashall Page
  • develop the Village Hall as a vibrant hub for our community

We’re not website experts (yet!) so please bear with us, but we welcome any comments for improving what we’ve done so far or adding new things.