Barcombe Village Hall is a beautiful and modern architect-designed sustainable building. The hall has been built to accommodate a wide variety of activities and functions and can seat 120 people around tables. The main hall and stage can be used as a single split-level room or, with the aid of sound-proof stage doors, as two separate function rooms. The walls to the north and east are built substantially of glass and afford the most magnificent views down to the reservoir and across the Barcombe countryside towards the Ashdown Forest and across to the Ouse Valley. In addition, the Meeting Room provides an area for smaller groups.
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Outdoor Theatre in Barcombe!
At last! Something to get excited about! The wonderful Rude Mechanicals are planning to perform on the village hall lawn on Thursday 15th July at 7.30. It will be something to give us a good laugh and raise our spirits – and we all need that! The play will be ‘Little Lily Harley’, postponed from last year, and is about Charlie Chaplin’s childhood in Lambeth. With a drunken but charismatic actor father who was rarely around & a beautiful young actress of a mother who had three children by different fathers, he had to learn along-side his big brother Sydney how to survive a very precarious existence. Sometimes fostered by other people, sometimes in a school for destitute children, sometimes separated from Sydney & sometimes living on the street (as a child!) he nevertheless managed to triumph over all this to become arguably the greatest film actor ever. Pete Talbot, the director, says, “When I wrote the play in 2019, I could not have known how apt it would be for today. The message of hope, triumph over pain, through the imagination and laughter, is really important for today because people are desperate to see theatre and escape for a while. That is why we must do it.” Tickets are available online from The Rudes website from 1st March. Because of social distancing spaces will be limited, so BOOK EARLY! You will get your money back if you can’t subsequently come. Prices will favour people booking in bubbles of four or more. Go to their website for details. It will make you cry, release all that tension and laugh out loud. Full of music hall and silent movie magic with a great team of professional actor/musicians! Featuring Chaplin’s powerful classic music, ‘Smile’. The company say that the date might be delayed because we don’t know how the rules may change but that it is ‘highly likely’ to happen. Watch the company’s website - therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk – for changes ring The Rudes on 01323-5012560, or email them at email@example.com.
Music to our Ears
Something to look forward to when we all return to normal and the Hall is able to open again:- Pippa Dames-Longworth
with the Singing Salon plan to give a concert in aid of the NHS and the community and residents of Barcombe.
Meanwhile, during earlier rehearsals the Singing Salon had a unique and most appreciative audience (see below) ....
For more information about The Singing Salon please see www.singingsalon.co.uk
We used Barcombe Village Hall to run a Planet Barcombe Eco Fair in March 2020. The event was a fantastic success. From an organisers point of view I cannot recommend Barcombe Village Hall highly enough. The booking system is very well organised and helpful with regard to drinks licenses etc. The booking officer was very available to answer questions and knowledgable regarding organisational bits and bobs and key codes etc. They went over and above in suggesting things that we may need to think of. The hall is very well equipped for running refreshments. We were able to run several different aspects of the fair in different spaces; stands and displays in the main hall, hands on workshops on the stage, talks in the men’s room and various stands outside as well.
There is onsite parking and the hall is easy to find. In addition to all the practical elements, it has outstandingly beautiful views to enjoy through windows.
Emma Burnett, Bradness Gallery