Brompton Regis is located on the southern edge of the Brendon Hills, with a population of c407. The parish extends from the Haddeo Valley up to the ridge of the Brendon Hills. It includes Wimbleball Lake, which holds more than 4,000 million gallons of water and offers all kinds of water-based activities, the village of Withiel Florey and the hamlets of Bury and Gupworthy.
The Brompton Regis Village Hall is a community building in the centre of the village, with car parking to the rear. It is managed by a voluntary committee as a charitable trust.
The village hall, or reading room as it was originally called, was built in stone in 1914 and a wooden extension was added in the 1920s. The extension was used to house a full-sized snooker table which was loaned to the Men’s Club ‘so long as the club existed’.
In 1983, this snooker table was moved out of the wooden extension and into the original village hall to make way for the existing permanent extension to the hall.
In 2011, the village hall underwent another major extension and refurbishment at a cost of £150,000, of which £50,000 was raised by the community and remainder funded by a grant from the Local Action for Rural Communities which was part of a European funded programme for the rural development of England. Although all sections of the community helped to raise funds, the main driving force behind the project and who made it happen was the village hall Secretary at the time, Jenny Stringer.
Following this renovation, the village hall now boasts a fully-equipped and modern kitchen with a long service hatch to the main hall, a meeting room, spacious and modern toilet facilities and full accessibility for disabled people throughout.
In 2012, when the village shop needed a new home, it was decided to re-locate this important community asset to the Village Hall. To make room for this and in the interests of the overall community, the Men’s Club agreed to re-locate the snooker table. This was dismantled and moved to the Old Vicarage where the Men’s Club continue to provide a snooker facility for all within the community.
More recently, improvements have been made to the main hall by installing dimmable downlights allowing users to select the lighting arrangement of their choice. Also, to help with noise levels in the main hall, acoustic panels have been installed on the walls around the room. The village hall plays an important role in the local and surrounding communities with many clubs holding their meetings and fundraising events in the hall. These include WI, Young Farmers, Art & Craft Group, Short Mat Bowls, Monthly Village Lunch, Mother & Toddler Group, Parish Council. Please do visit our Regular Users page to see some of the events which go on in our village hall.