Bawdeswell’s new village hall provides flexible and convenient spaces for regular use by local residents and for one-off events for villagers and the wider community.
It has been made possible by the generous residents of Bawdeswell who have been fundraising and donating for years and by grants from the Parish Council, Breckland Council, the Geoffrey Watling Trust, The Garfield Weston Foundation and the Fitzmaurice Trust, and of course by a substantial grant from the Big Lottery Fund, separately covered elsewhere on this website. Much advice and support in kind has been received from Norfolk RCC, Pro-Help, Chaplin Farrant (architects and engineers), Lovewell Blake (Accountants) and Birketts (Solicitors). It has been built to a high spec by a local firm, Omnis Construction Limited.
The design of the new hall building is determined by the shape of the land designated for a village hall beside the bowling green. This piece of land is registered in the name of the Bawdeswell Parish Room Charity No. 800970. The rest of the recreation ground, other than the bowling green, is registered in the name of the Parish Council.
The main hall has eight roof lights which provide a surprisingly well lit space and has large doors at the west end which open onto the reception area, with its view straight through to the patio and onto the Children’s Play area.
The Reception area is a large space giving access to all areas of the building. It is furnished with small tables and chairs and has a bar for serving coffees, teas, ice creams and wine and spirits at specific functions when a licence is obtained.
There are two further rooms, the larger seen as an Activities Room and the smaller as a Committee Room. Both have large windows looking south over the recreation field.
On the north side is the kitchen with a hatch to the main hall, two stoves, a fridge and freezer, a boiling water point and work benches, including a bench suitable for wheel chair users and children.
There is a separate disabled toilet for wheelchair users, and both the male and female toilets have one cubicle each that meet ambulatory disabled standards.
There are two sets of changing rooms also accessible separately from the north side of the building with showers and toilets to be used as either “male” and “female”, or for “home” and “away” team events.
Outside there are patio areas, on the west side looking towards the Children’s Play area and a narrow area along the north side providing a viewing space for the bowling-green.