The Annual General Meeting of The Batheaston New Village Hall will take place on Tuesday 3rd July 2012 commencing at 7.30 pm in the Church Hall, School Lane,  Batheaston.

All residents of the Parishes of Batheaston and St Catherine and the immediately surrounding area are welcome to attend and receive Reports and Accounts from the Trustees and to elect Trustee/Directors of the Company Limited by Guarantee for the next 12 months.  

The existing Directors, Carole Bond, Brian Kallender, Rob Mimmack, Derek Redding, Pam Burcombe and Allan Giles are all offering themselves for re-election.

If anyone else would like to serve as a Trustee/Director or to offer to help in any other way, please get in touch with Rob Mimmack on 01225 859708. The project has now reached a critical stage and more hands are needed to lighten the load of the existing team.

In any evert, the Trustees hope that as many people as possible will come along to the meeting.


Batheaston New Village Hall Secures a Major Grant.

Sunday 13 May, 2012

You may have read in the Bath Chronicle that Bath & North East Somerset council recently announced the award of a grant of £74,999 towards the building of the Batheaston New Village Hall.

This is a major achievement and large step forward for the project towards realising its goal of replacing the existing Church Hall on the School Lane site.

A major factor in securing this grant was not only the need and benefits of the proposed new hall but also the high level of support demonstrated from the local community through fundraising activities and participation, for which the trustees wish to thank the many village hall friends and supporters.

The grant brings the total raised so far to a brilliant 71% of our £750,000 target.

The award has been made through the Local Strategic Partnerships group (LSP), which received £1.3m funding from central government for their work in meeting challenging targets between 2007-10. The LSP brings together the local NHS, Fire & Rescue, Police, voluntary organisations, local business and community groups. 


Project Updates

April 2012

The trustees have been in dialogue with B&NES Planning Department for pre-planning advice and negotiations prior to submitting a full planning application (expected May/June). As a result of feedback from them, both green transport and full operational plans have been developed with help from experts and an arboricultural report has been commissioned to assess the trees on site. There has been a great deal of work required which is now being collated ready for submission.

On the fundraising front, the local community has been very busy with a number of well supported events, including a spectacular film night quiz, a safari supper and two fun “TGIF” pub and dancing nights. More TGIFs and other events will be coming up soon so keep an eye out in all the usual places! We are also involved with activities for the Queen’s Jubilee weekend in the year that the Church Hall also celebrates its own 60th Jubilee.


All the cakes go at Dolphin House!

Sunday 5 June, 2011

George and Jane Riley kindly opened the doors of their home (and B&B!) at Dolphin House for a Summer Tea Party as a community fundraising event.

The weather was unpromising in the morning with heavy rain but started to dry out before starting again precisely at 2.30pm when the doors opened! Did the rain put the people of Batheaston off - definitely not! Over 80 turned up to enjoy the tea and tasty spread of donated homemade cakes and scones, as well as enjoying their beautiful garden after the rain stopped.

In addition to the cakes, an extensive sale of donated plants held by Rosemary Richardson was popular and a young entrepreneur decided to raise some addition funds directly (well done Bethany Ede).

In total the event raised £535.00.

Thank you again to George and Jane and the many others who contributed and helped.

Derek Redding


Big Turnout for the Feasibility Event

The Feasibility Event was a great success. Thank you to all for your valued input, which is now being taken into account for the development of the design options. These will be presented at the next event in mid January.

To view a report on what the feedback and general views were on the day, please click on the following link: 6186 REP 003 TS Consultation.pdf


"Villager's Generous Bequest Helps to Fund New Village Hall"

Click on the link below to see the article from This is Bath on Patsy's legacy for Batheaston also reproduced below.

A lifelong Batheaston resident has left her £460,000 home to her community to help pay for a new village hall.

A consultation exercise is about to begin to find out how people want the new hall at Northend to look.

The trust which runs the hall is in the process of selling the house left by retired medical social worker Patsy Townsend, who died at the age of 94 last November.

Ms Townsend played an active role in her community, and was particularly involved in the parish church and existing hall.

Her will stipulated that her home at Northend should be given to the Batheaston New Village Hall Trust, which is planning a new £750,000 hall to replace the existing building put up by volunteers working for 12 months across 1951 and 1952.

The money from her will has provided a major fillip for villagers disappointed when a bid for lottery cash was unsuccessful three years ago.

Ms Townsend lived in Batheaston from the age of four and served as a captain in the Auxiliary Territorial Service during the Second World War before training as what was then known as an almoner - now medical social worker - and working at the Royal United Hospital.

She funded the hall’s heating system in memory of her sister but the state of the building - now being used as a hall by Batheaston Primary School while refurbishment work goes on there - means it is in need of replacement.

The community has established the trust to work with residents on the design of the new building at the site in School Lane.

A public appeal will be launched to raise the rest of the money needed to build the hall.

Villagers are invited to attend a drop-in consultation where they can meet the architects and charity trustees and give their ideas for the new village hall.

Chair of the trust Graham Richardson said: “Thanks to the incredibly generous legacy from Patsy Townsend, we are now working to create a state-of-the-art hall for everyone in the community to enjoy.

“We want this project to be a true community collaboration and we look forward to hearing your ideas at the consultation this weekend.”

The consultation sessions will take place at the hall on Friday from 3pm until 7pm, and on Saturday from 10am until 1pm.

For more information, visit, where people can also have their say.