Ashingdon & East Hawkwell Memorial Hall
Our sincere condolences to Our Royal Family at the loss of our Queen.
The committee will open the Room of Requirement accessed from the side of the hall facing the Rose garden on the right hand side. Through the brown door. It will be sign posted. Open from 10am - 2pm from Tuesday 13th September everyday and including the weekend and until and including Tuesday 20th September.
Or post on our online Book of Condolence and we will print and add those into the book before it is posted to the Palace.
Important Pricing Notification
Unfortunately as there will be astronomical utility increases in October we will need to increase our hire charges to help keep the hall open. Though it is our aim to support our community by keeping hall charges as low as we can, there is no cap on our energy bills.
This increase will be effective for all new hires and invoices for regulars from 1st October. Each hire band for the main hall will increase by £5 per hour and the Room of Requirement by £1.50. We can only apologise for this and assure you the committee have not taken this decision lightly.
Lullababy Starting in the hall Friday 7th October
My name is Laura and I am Mummy to 2 amazing children aged 5 and 1.
I have been a qualified and practising midwife for the last 13 years, supporting women and their families, caring for babies and educating new parents.
I attended groups with both my children and loved the environment and the idea of encouraging bonding and development of babies and toddlers through play.
I look forward to being able to provide this environment for parents and caregivers to meet others, where they can get support and share experiences whilst also spending quality time with their little ones.
I can’t wait to welcome you along to LullaBaby
Contact Laura via her website here
Arrived in September
Learn and Play the Messy Way for the Under 5's
New to the Hall on a Thursday morning from 9 - 10.30am. In the Main Hall is a messy play group for the under 5’s. With Sand and Bubbles it’s a beautiful sensory way to learn and play. If your interested in bringing your little one for a beautiful morning with Vicky please contact her on 07980 680704
A new Ballroom class has started in the hall on a Thursday evening, 7 - 8pm with Lin Green. It is a Ladies Ballroom Step class to learn Ballroom and Latin American style dances. The class is already proving popular, as the class has an aim where you can take what you have learned anywhere and be able to dance. Lin is currently on our Warm Welcome page. So please take a look.
Hall Dress Up Day
As Trustees we realised we were unsure of the amount of tables and chairs the hall could take for a comfortable sit down meal or quiz night. So the team gathered together to take stock of our furniture and dressed the hall as if there was to be a party. Along the way we realised that the hall had many broken tables, so we have made a shopping list of what is required. Once we have purchased the tables the sit down capacity would be 80 persons. Without buffet tables this could afford more table under the window. Which if using said tables could seat another 16 people.
We are Volunteers
A little about our hall....
Ashingdon & East Hawkwell Memorial Hall is a large beautiful village hall situated between Rochford and Hockley close to Southend. It is available for hire for up to 200 people in safer times. It has been completely overhauled to meet Covid-19 guidelines and has recently had the floor renovated, which is perfect for dancing and exercise.
A new committee has recently bought the hall to the forefront of the community, by holding community events to help families celebrate certain occasions through 2020 that couldn't have happened due to the Covid-19 Government restrictions. See our Halloween, Remembrance and Christmas Drive Thru event pages.
The Committee have many more plans they would like to bring to the hall like craft fairs, a teaching kitchen, a pantomime, a café and an internet café. None of this can be achieved without the hard work of the committee and the support of our community.
The hall also needs some renovations, the roof needs repairing, the heating needs updating and the kitchen (is closed) needing urgent refurbishment. Even though we were in lockdown the committee still achieved so much. A more detailed list of achievements can be read on our blog 'A Story of a New Committee Member'.
Our hall makes an Ideal Venue and is suitable for Children's Birthday Parties, Business Meetings, Fitness and Dance, Classes, Corporate Events, Quiz Nights, etc. It also has many added extras that make it such a user friendly hall to hire. A Sprung Maple dance floor, Stage area, Bar area which doubles as a serving area for food through its hatch to the hall (it has a microwave, coffee machine, Kettle, coffee cups and sink) Wheelchair accessible Disabled toilet, Children's play area behind hall (King George’s Playing Field), Large free car park, and free Wi-Fi.
We will soon have a separate room called our 'Room of Requirement' this will be for smaller meetings, classes, meditation, craft clubs, health support clubs, and as an extension to the hall should it be required.