Update April 2021: Due to the pandemic, the Hall is subject to the latest Coronavirus restrictions, which may impact your activities and use.
This page contains all relevant information for the Park Street Village Hall, including events, classes, bookings and contact details.
History of the Hall
In 1936 a village hall was built for the villages of Park Street Frogmore and Colney Street. The village was in a primarily agricultural area with a number of small dairy farms and some smallholdings producing eggs and fruit. It was a time of social change with the opening of the Handley Page factory in Colney Street. The Company grew rapidly and the airfield soon encompassed Frogmore and Park Street, its expansion influenced by World War 2 and the cold war that followed.
Due to social changes brought about by increased car ownership and television the Hall usage and income declined and the Hall deteriorated and was no longer an attractive venue. By 1994 the Hall was in a parlous state, cold, leaking, unloved, unattractive, and facing demolition without enough income to pay overheads. The Management Committee decided to form Park Players Drama Group to raise money.
Insufficient savings accumulated to finance a new build. At this point the Management Committee decided to explore the possibility of a major rebuild and improvement programme on the existing site. Following successful fund raising this is now well underway with a second hall, meeting room and small kitchen in use.
The Rebuilding of the Hall
The build has been led by Paul, a local builder and one of the founder members of Park Players and a team of local volunteers. In addition students from Oaklands Building College have built walls and plastered, preparing the job as if it was a paid commission, doing all the necessary paperwork, risk assessments etc. The Hall is now the hub of the community with income being generated from rentals to local groups and individuals, keep fit classes, film evenings, themed parties, quizzes etc.
One of the many classes held in the Village Hall
Hall Hire & Contacts
All profits from hall hire and fund-raising events are ploughed back into the ongoing rebuilding and refurbishment programme.
Small Hall Empty
Small Hall as a Meeting Room
Large Hall Empty
Large Hall laid out