Rame from Penhale


St John Village Hall was built in 1926, and provides a focus for the village community, as well as many friends who come to our functions from neighbouring parishes.

The hall itself has a stage and is equipped with a kitchen and can accommodate up to a hundred guests. Recently new LED lighting has been installed to provide a variety of lighting moods, as well as a new sounds system.

The Village Trust has applied to the National Lottery Community Fund for a grant to allow us to carry out a range of improvements and refurbishments to ensure the future of the village hall building.

These improvements include:

  • A three meter extension to the west end of the Village Hall, to incorporate: wheelchair access; a disabled toilet; an improved function room; a dedicated storage room.
  • Infrastructure repairs to Village Hall’s timber frame together with new
    insulation and waterproofing.
  • Improved kitchen facilities and equipment including a dishwasher!
  • An updated heating system including a new compression boiler and radiators (as required).

The Trustees have commissioned the independent charity Devon Communities Together (DCT) to carry out a questionnaire survey to help us understand your support for the scheme and the importance of the village hall in St John. This will be carried out over the period Wednesday 26th February 2020 to Friday 6th March 2020.

There will also be a Community Consultation Event on Monday 16th March (16.00 – 19.00). Do drop in to the hall to see a sample of the results so far, and help us to better understand the best way to use the hall in the future! Refreshments will be provided.


Everyone is welcome at the Wednesday coffee mornings from 10.30 am where fresh eggs can be bought, second-hand books can be borrowed and plenty of friendly chat is on hand.

The hall also has a snooker room with a first class snooker table and associated features, and an active snooker club is popular with residents and friends.

The rear garden of the hall is provided with a Boules court with seating and lighting. Boules is organised as regular open-to-all events throughout the year, weather permitting.

There is an active indoor Bowls club, which meets every Tuesday throughout the year. The hall is equipped with two bowls mats, and the club would welcome new members.

On Monday mornings there is a regular Singing Group, where everyone is welcome, especially those that can not sing!

The full description of the administration of the Village Hall can be found by clicking the link below,

St John Village Trust – Administration Document

Trustees of the St John Village Trust

Richard Dolton (Chair), Chris Morris (Vice Chair), Charmaine Ferguson (Treasurer), Emma Tanner (Secretary), Ray Waldock, Sue Huke, Christian Ferris, Derek Richards and Bob Keys.

Fundraising Group

Sue Huke (Fundraising Co-ordinator)

Infrastructure Group

Christian Ferris (Chair)

Bob Keys (Vice Chair)


St John Village Trust – Committees