There cannot be many 19th century churches in England that have been converted so successfully as Westbury Leigh Community Hall.
Sympathetically altered in 2000 to preserve the essence of the original church, the Community Hall modestly boasts (amongst other impressive features) a main hall measuring some 17m by 7m, benefiting from under floor heating beneath a wonderful beech floor.
The Community Hall, which enjoys views up to the original and restored beamed church ceiling, boasts original stone walls, a stage (measuring 7m x 2m), four original windows, a hatch to the kitchen and three hardwood framed glass screens, one of which contains partition doors that can be opened into the chancel of the church.
The chancel is still offered for regular Christian worship and celebrations, thus making Westbury Leigh Community Hall an ideal venue for weddings.
In addition to the main hall, a meeting room (or Upper Room) was created in the south wing by building a second floor above the newly created kitchen and toilet facilities.
A staircase and disabled lift in the church’s tower provide access to the Upper Room; a well lit room which also benefits from natural light from the church’s south and east facing windows.
A particular feature of this room is the beamed ceiling and the glazed hardwood arches that overlook the main hall.
The Upper Room is also fully carpeted and heated and provides comfortable seating for any occasion. It measures about 11m by 4m.
The well equipped kitchen comprises a cooker with hotplates and oven, a tall fridge, warming cupboard, urn, china and cutlery, double sink with double drainer, a microwave and plenty of worktop space.
Multi Use with Disabled Access
The hall is a vibrant and favourite local amenity and home to many events. Folk dancing, keep fit, zumba, yoga, bridge and cribbage and a variety of parties are just some of the events and activities that take place at the Community Hall.
The entrance to the hall is step free, right through to the main hall, adjacent to which is a disabled toilet.
A lift has been installed in the tower to provide access to the meeting room.
Maximum capacity of building – 120 people
Number of chairs for main hall -110
Number of tables for main hall – 20
Number of chairs for meeting room – 32
Number of tables for meeting room – 1
Upright piano – 1
Wi-Fi is available in the main hall and the upper room
There is a gravelled courtyard to the front of the church providing parking for about 23 cars. In addition, on street parking is available and a large public car park is available 100 metres away.
Please do not park at the back of the church in Salisbury Close, as that is a private road.
Emergency contact numbers are given on notices in the Main Hall and the entrance foyer.
First aid boxes are kept on the kitchen/corridor windowsills.
Fire exits are clearly marked with a “running man” and provide emergency lighting. Fire extinguishers are kept in the Upper Room and in the entrance foyer. There is a fire blanket on the kitchen windowsill.
Keeping the Community Hall Clean
Hirers are requested to leave the Community Hall as clean as they would expect to find it for their own booking – there may be another booking straight after you.
Cleaning materials, brooms and waste bags are always available in the kitchen for a thorough clean up.
Our clean up protocol requests hirers to:
- wipe tables before storing them under the stage
- stack chairs around the sides of the Hall (not against the folding doors to the church)
- wipe up any spillages on the floors with a damp cloth (please note that too much water will spoil the Hall’s floor)
- sweep floors with particular attention to glitter and other party debris
- do the washing up and put the crockery and cutlery away in the drawers and cupboards wipe down the kitchen worktops
- take recyclable rubbish away and dispose of non-recyclable waste in the wheelie bin by the front door
- replace used waste bags in the bins (kitchen and toilets) with new bags
Award of Excellence
In 2003, the Community Hall was awarded a certificate of excellence from Community First’s Village Halls in Wiltshire Competition.