Rame from Penhale

Message from the Chair of the Village Hall

If you’ve been peeking around the hall field, you’ll have seen how fantastic it is looking and that we’re now on the home straight. Just a few more weeks to go and we are already planning to get “up and running” – all being well. With everything else going on and the risk of tighter Co-Vid measures, it is difficult to be firm on completion dates, so what we’d like to do is ask you ALL to keep an eye on the village noticeboard and this website for the latest information.

First and fore-most we’re going to need VOLUNTEERS and I know there are many of you who’ve been longing to get together and chat and what better place than at Your Village Hall! So please watch out on for the dates to be announced!

 Clean up the hall and prepare for re-opening
 Team up and seal and stain the new woodwork cladding
 Rake up, weed up, trim and seed the field and hedges

Don’t be shy! You’re not too old and not too young! Surely, you’re not too busy!
New to the village? – then please just come along and say hello!

There’s so much we can plan for the Autumn – and we need your ideas – but we need you to tell us! Clearly the field will need time for the re-seeding to set but there’s the patio and boules court ready for outside events.

There are two new activity groups, Darts and “The Drectly Club” and information will be added soon to this website. The new Annexe offers great opportunity for smaller groups to use and enjoy the lovely views.

It’s now over to the Community of St. John to grasp this tremendous gift we have been given from the National Lottery and take us forward……so please do come and discuss new ideas at the AGM.

Make a note on your calendar

 National Lottery Official Opening – date to be announced
 St John Village Trust AGM – provisionally Monday 1st November 2021 at 7:30pm
 Christmas Party – provisionally Saturday 11th December

Richard Dolton



1. You must not enter if you or anyone in your household has COVID-
19 symptoms.

2. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms within 10 days of visiting these
premises you must seek a COVID-19 test.

3. Maintain social distancing as far as possible from anyone you do not
have regular contact with.

4. Use the hand sanitiser provided on entering the premises. Clean your
hands often. Soap and paper towels are provided.

5. Avoid touching your face, nose, or eyes. Clean your hands if you do.

6. Face coverings SHOULD be worn in confined areas (eg toilets, corridors)
unless an exemption applies to a person (eg for health reasons, those aged
under 11) and you are encouraged to wear them at a busy or crowded event
if the organizer asks you to do so, so as to protect more vulnerable people.

7. “Catch it, Bin it, Kill it”. Tissues should be disposed of into one of the
rubbish bags provided. Then wash your hands.

8. Check the organisers of your activity have cleaned door handles,
tables, other equipment, sinks and surfaces before you arrived. Keep
them clean. We [do our best to/cannot] clean all surfaces at the hall between
each hire.

9. Take turns to use confined spaces such as corridors, kitchen and
toilet areas. Standing or sitting next to someone is lower risk than opposite
them. Briefly passing another person in a confined space is low risk.

10. Keep the hall well ventilated. Close doors and windows on leaving.


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.

In 2021 the Village Hall benefited from a very substantial National Lottery Community Fund grant, which has resulted in many modifications and enhancements namely:

New annexe providing an additional room 7.5m by 5.5m with direct access to kitchen

Refurbished kitchen with industrial dishwasher, plate warming and new stainless-steel worktops.

New kitchen stable door and serving hatch blind.

Re-furbished toilets with addition of disabled toilet with baby changing facilities.

New furniture storage facilities, and storage system behind stage.

New plumbing throughout the building.

New gas fired central heating system, supported by new wall insulation.

New fire alarm system with enhanced emergency lighting.

Provision of wheelchair access into building including access to function rooms.

New patio with wheelchair access, with new hard landscaping, including steps/ramp.

Improved vehicular access to parking at rear.

Re-cladding of building.

These improvements resulted from a survey commissioned by the independent charity Devon Communities Together (DCT)  to help us understand your support for the scheme and the importance of the village hall in St John. This was carried out during February 2020.

The survey was followed by a Community Consultation Event on Monday 16th March.

So what happens in our Hall?

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!

There is also a new Darts Club and a new social evening on most Friday evenings called the Dreckly Club.

Here is a table of weekly activities

Notice Board info updated 3.9.2021 copy


Administration of the Trust

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