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St Mary Bourne Village Centre

Welcome to the St Mary Bourne Village Centre website
Registered Charity No: 301936
Location: Bourne Meadow, St Mary Bourne, Andover, SP11 6BE

St Mary Bourne, situated in the centre of the beautiful Bourne Valley, is inside the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just 5 miles to the north east of Andover, close to Whitchurch and is easily accessible from the A34, A303 and A343 for county wide events. We would be pleased to show you what we have to offer.

From 1989 to 1993, nearly everyone in the parish of St Mary Bourne was involved in building a new village hall. When the new St Mary Bourne Village Centre opened in April 1993, £300.000 had been raised [and spent without a penny owing] through a tremendous community effort and generous grants, and understandably people still feel proud of that achievement.

Today the Village Centre is a successfully managed village asset with healthy finances, run by a committee of trustees and volunteers within the framework of a new constitution devised by the Charity Commissioners.

The St Mary Bourne Village Centre overlooks a picturesque Recreation Ground with adjoining lake, bowling green, new games & sports area with tennis court, play ground and Village Shop with Post Office outreach services. There are excellent car parking facilities.

The Main Hall
The big hall (9 m x 15 m) is used for many purposes, from private parties, weddings, theatrical performances and film shows to auctions and sporting activities. It is large enough for 120 guests to sit at tables with room for dancing, or it can seat 200 in rows for meetings. There are 20 large tables (180x70cm) sitting 8 each and some smaller ones. Well-equipped kitchen and bar facilities lead directly off the hall. A stage is also available for those wishing to use it. For bouncy castles, inflatable slides and party extras contact Andover Bouncy Castles, tel: 01264 395567, mob: 07840 863407.

The Sound System
The availability of a comprehensive sound system for the Village Centre has added a new dimension. This system comprises loudspeakers, fixed and radio microphones, stereo CD player, stereo cassette tape deck and a professional mixing console ready for PC connection, and is available for hire within the Village Centre by existing and new users. It is ideal for village and public meetings, lectures, theatre performances, discos, concerts and recordings.

Committee Room
This smaller upstairs room can accommodate 20 or so around tables, or 40 to 50 people standing. With access to the kitchen and toilets downstairs, it is well suited for committee meetings, smaller displays, social occasions or buffet-type parties.

Clubroom
Larger than the committee room, having its own separate entrance from that of the main hall, the Clubroom is self-contained with its own small kitchen and WC. The Clubroom can accommodate 30 or so around tables, or 50 to 60 people standing. It is ideal for functions for which the main hall is too large. It is especially suited for activities that involve children, such as discos and birthday parties.

Summary
Although the Village Centre is primarily for the use of the local community, it is available for, and also welcomes, other outside bookings. Hire charges are very reasonable and there has been little increase for some years (see 'Hire Charges').
From 24 November 2005 the Village Centre has been granted a Premises License in accordance with the Licensing Act 2003. This includes a licence to sell/provide alcohol for consumption on the premises. See more under 'Village Centre premises licence'.

Bookings:
If you are looking for an excellent venue at a very reasonable cost for your private party, charity function, dance, business meeting, conference and exhibition, family celebration, or any other function, contact the Bookings Secretary, Miss Angela Cook, tel: 01264 738158 or 01264 738083 - email: smbvillagecentre@btinternet.com . Please collect keys from Diplands Cottage, near the War Memorial in St Mary Bourne. For urgent enquiries see below.
To get in touch: Any of the trustees will be happy to answer your questions. Melissa Cavell-Wells (Treasurer) t: 01264 738658 - John Churchley t: 01264 738094 - Karen Crofts (Secretary) t: 01264 738025 - John Dixon (Chairman) t: 01264 738218 - Michael Widén (Vice-Chairman, Entertainment, Designated Premises Supervisor and personal licence holder) t: 01264 738250
Urgent enquiries: Call either Ray on 07733 481774 or Michael on 07880 808111

Last updated: 10 August 2013

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