Blockley Parish Council

Serving the communities of:
Blockley, Aston Magna, Paxford, Draycott, Ditchford and Northwick Park.

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    Blockley Parish Council

    Serving the communities of Blockley, Aston Magna, Paxford, Draycott, Ditchford and Northwick Park.

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Blockley Parish Council Website

Blockley Parish lies on upland farm and woodland close to the northern extremity of Cotswold District. It forms part of the boundary between the headwaters of the Rivers Thames and Severn. Significant clay deposits lie between the attractive limestone hills; springs form the main source of the several steeply-falling streams which flow through Blockley, Aston Magna and Draycott villages. By contrast, Paxford village, also within the Parish, lies on more open, level ground drained by the Knee Brook, a tributary of the River Stour.

The human and visual characteristics of Blockley Parish are strongly influenced both by its relatively isolated location in the rural North Cotswolds and by the industrial history of Blockley village, its main centre of population. With a population of about 2000 (in the 2001 census) it is one of the largest parishes in England in terms of area, at about 12 sq miles (30 sq km). The entire Parish lies within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Bell Bank, Blockley
Main Hall Seating for 35
Standing capacity 50
Kitchenette
Gallery for small meetings
Nearby Parking for c.20 cars
Disabled Access & Toilet

Blockley Little Village Hall on Bell Bank, Blockley, provides a charming and unique meeting place for all kinds of activities.  It is a hall with a difference.  From its windows, high above the roofs of the High Street, there is a wonderful view of the surrounding countryside.  Fully restored, thanks to a major Lottery grant and many generous donors, it is in first-class condition, bright, light and well-equipped.  Original art works by local artists decorate the walls.

In 1792 the Reverend Elisha Smith, Baptist Preacher, enlightened social reformer and leading Blockley merchant, saw the necessity for a new church meeting house. As the silk trade began to develop, bringing with it many non-conformist silk "throwsters" from Coventry, a chapel became a vital amenity. The site on Bell Bank was Elisha's own land initially, and money was raised from various philanthropic donations. Religious meetings began in 1794 but by 1840 the chapel was already too small, and was replaced by the Ebenezer Chapel in High Street below. The Bell Bank chapel was used for a variety of purposes, and by a motley of religious groups, until  the end of the First World war - during which it became a social centre for troops and fraternising locals, hence its nickname of "Cosy Corner". Elisha's great-grandson Edward Robinson, Chairman of the great Bristol paper and packaging company of E.S. and A. Robinson, then acquired the old chapel on behalf of the people of Blockley, and converted it at his own expense as a village hall. Trustees were appointed and the ownership of the Hall was vested in the residents of the Civil Parish of Blockley, in perpetuity. So it was truly our own and original Village Hall.

The Little Village Hall is particularly suitable, and fully licensed, for:

• Business and private functions
• Dinner parties (with outside caterers)
• Small Wedding Receptions and Christenings
• Lectures and audio-visual presentations
• Exhibitions and demonstrations
• Committee and business meetings
• Educational classes
• Rehearsal and recording room
• Children's parties
• Live entertainment

List of Facilities

• Main Hall floor area: 5.5m x 5.5m
• Seating for 35 or 50 standing
• Gallery floor area: 3.5m x 2.9m
• Tables & chairs available
• Kitchenette (no full cooking facility)
• Wheelchair access to Main Hall
• Screen available on site
• Picture display and exhibition space
• Broadband and BT Openzone available
• Excellent natural and interior light
• Good parking 30m away

All hirers enjoy free use of chairs, tables,
kitchenette and projection screen.

We charge a nominal fee of 50p per session
for the use of broadband.

Refundable deposit of £50 on booking may be required;
hirers are responsible for any damage.

All charges normally payable in advance.

Blockley Little Village Hall is conveniently situated close to the centre of this charming Cotswold village, which is itself easily accessible: by road (postcode: GL56 9BB) with the M5 and M40 approximately 15 to 18 miles distant, or by rail to Moreton-in-Marsh (3 miles) with its regular services to and from London, Paddington station, or by bus from Stratford upon Avon or Cheltenham.

Cars should approach via Greenway Road and park on Backends Green. Pedestrian access is also possible up Bell Bank from the High Street.

Contact:

Mrs Dianne McCaul, Custodian: 01386 700880 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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