The Lease: The Trust leases the building at a peppercorn rent from the Bristol Diocesan Board of Finance and St Sampson’s Parochial Church Council, who are the owners of the Hall The Community Trust has a 35 years lease (from July 2007 to 2042). with an option to renew for a further 64 years. An Albermarle Scheme provides that St Sampson’s Church has specified free reserved use of the Hall. There is a 3-month tenant notice provision.Key facts about the Jenner Hall:
- Located in the centre of Cricklade, within the Cricklade Conservation Area.
- Grade 2* listed building.
- The building consists of the Main Hall (10.2m x 5.5m), adjacent North Hall (7m x 4.5m) and the adjoining 3-storey building, known as the Schoolmaster’s House. The ground floor of the Schoolmaster’s House provides toilet & storage facilities for community use and the first and second floors provide ‘away from home’ office spaces for local small businesses.
A Community Hall: The Jenner Hall has been used and supported by the community throughout its 350-year history. Today, it is valued as the home of the St Sampson’s Parish Church Sunday school and Youth Group and it remains the Parish Hall.
The Open Door (a day facility primarily for older people) and other charitable & community groups have made it their home. No other hall in Cricklade provides the same intimacy, whilst allowing the space and facilities for groups of people to meet together.
The Jenner Hall is a popular venue for children’s parties and also anniversary celebrations, providing good-sized space without being too large. It also provides a well-lit training facility and hall for small intimate lifestyle groups, such as Pilates & Yoga clubs.
The high ceilings and second floor windows give the Hall a light and airy atmosphere. Even when the rooms are filled to their capacity of 60 people, it does not feel overcrowded.
The location, appearance and good light levels in the Hall make it an ideal venue for exhibitions and other Community functions.
Key supporters of the Jenner Hall’s continued role in the community are:
St Sampson’s Parochial Church Council, who lease the Hall to the Trust to manage both the day-to-day running of the Hall as a community venue but also to ensure that the upkeep of the Hall continues. They support plans to ensure that the fabric of this valuable community historic building is made sound and is compliant with modern standards of Health & Safety.
Cricklade Town Council – as the Custodial Trustee for the Jenner Hall Trust. They also value as the Jenner Hall an important part of the community, particularly as the venue for the Open Door (Cricklade’s provision for the elderly as a Community Day Centre). It is also a valuable part of the historic Town at the centre of the conservation area and as such the Town Council supports the Trust’s management to ensure the future of the building.
Cricklade & Wootton Bassett Area Board – over the years the Hall has benefited by the financial support of the Area Board, ensuring the improvement of the building so that it is available for community activities.
Wiltshire Council Northern Committee Area Partnership (NCAP) – the NCAP Community plan 2005 -2015 states the intention of promoting the historical town image of Cricklade by the promotion of its historic buildings and conservation area, plus the importance of good community facilities for the town. The community use of the hall and its importance as a major historic building in the centre of Cricklade Conservation Area align well with these priorities.
Wiltshire Village Halls Association – our membership of this association provides support on latest developments and best practices for village hall management and funding.