Village Hall History

Henllys Village Hall
The Project to provide a New Village Hall
A Potted History –

View of the hallThe project to build a new village hall for the community had been a long drawn-out affair dating back to before 1997. The old hall, in the lanes through to High Cross, served the community for many, many years. Welcome page picture (Information, from David Williams’ website, about the old village hall can be found by clicking on the picture on the right; further information about Henllys Village itself can be found on David’s excellent website – www.henllysvillage.co.uk.)

However, as the number of houses in Henllys grew so did the traffic through the lanes, making the location of the old hall more and more of a problem for access, parking and safety of users.

The village hall committee embarked on a project to build a new hall in a better location. With the support of Henllys Community Council and Torfaen County Borough Council the project was started but little did everyone realise in those early days the many obstacles that would beset them. Land in the centre of the village was identified for a new village hall together with some residential buildings and planning permission was granted on the condition that the builder must build the village hall at an agreed cost before the residential buildings could be sold. There have been many changes of builders along the way – Mowlems, Beazer, Persimmon, and with each change the goal posts moved; legal issues, land registry issues, failed Lottery funding; a slump in the housing market all resulted in long delays and frustration.

Nearly there 2010!

The old hall had been sold and the proceeds banked to pay for the build of the new hall (with some additional funding from Henllys Community Council and Torfaen County Borough Council). Contracts had been signed with a local builder, Pendragon Design and Build Ltd., and work started on the site early 2010. The new hall was handed over to the village hall committee in December 2010 and bookings were already being taken from January 2011 onwards. In addition to the main hall the new hall has a smaller room suitable for meetings, an office, a bar, a kitchen, foyer, toilets and storage. There is also a dedicated car park for the village hall.

2011 – We are now up and running!

Solar Panels on roof

Please refer to the Booking page of this website for details of how to make a booking.