This community centre is available for celebrations, concerts, exhibitions and seminars. The two halls are also in regular use by a score of local groups; for cinema screenings, theatrical performances and blood donor sessions; for annual elections and the Village Show. The Small Hall is the home of Acre End Pre-School while other rooms serve as Police Offices.
Parish Council Chairman Gordon Beach cut the first sod for the hall on 20 October 2000, after negotiations going back more than 20 years, as reported in the Eynsham Echo of February 1998. Local architects Stanhope Wilkinson Associates (SWA) had the building open within 12 months and Fred Wright supplied an overview in the Eynsham Record 19 (2002) pp 14-17.
|05/03/2012 Village Hall Site Plan|
The two halls are in regular use by a score of local groups; for monthly cinema screenings, occasional theatrical performances and blood donor sessions; for annual elections and the Village Show.
and our millennium tapestry. The needlework represents:
Row 1: Allotment Society; Women's Section British Legion; 1st Eynsham Brownies; Judo; Eynsham Society; Day Centre; Roundabout; Tuesday Fellowship
Row 2: Morris Dancers; School of Dancing; St. Leonard's Wives Fellowship; Indoor Bowls; Friends of Eynsham Library; Choral Society; Cricket Club; 1st Eynsham Rainbows
Row 3: History Society; St Leonard's Bell-ringers; Amnesty International; Aelfric Lodge; British Legion; Bartholomew Archers; WEA; Horticultural Society; WI; Road Runners; Probus; Scouts
Row 4: Eynsham Pre-school; Angling Club; Croquet Club; Bartholomew Players; Flower Festival; St Leonard's Church; Baptist Church; Adult Learning; Parish Council; Village Show; Art Group; Acre End Pre-school.
Architect Roy Wilkinson of Stanhope Wilkinson Associates was involved from the outset and is still on the management committee.
This shows the floor plan in relation to the rest of the site. It is also available to download at larger scale, as a print-friendly PDF.
This early sketch plan was restricted by a very tight site area (green) owned by the Parish Council and a very awkward site (blue) belonging to the Scouts.
A land swap was agreed between the Parish Council and the Scouts, enabling each to have much better areas of land.
Parish Council Chairman Gordon Beach cuts the first sod for a new community centre.