Henton Village Hall was built in 1999 after several years of fund raising. It was proposed many years before as is apparent from the Trust deed to manage and run the Hall was enacted in 1995. It replaced the old wooden "Hut" which had stood on the site since about 1933. The Hut was connect to the church who were joint trutees. The church however gave up any link on the building of the new Hall. However a plaque in the foyee still mentions the local familiar term of calling the Hall the 'Hut'.
It could be argued that the Hall was a year early in that the weather cock that was placed on top shows 2000 but perhaps this indicates the hall is of a standard and encompasses facilities that are of the 21st century rather than the last. The hall has therfore inbuilt emergency lighting and conforms to modern health and safety regulations as well as ensuring disabled people in wheelchairs can be accommodated.
Its spacious main hall can hold 240 people seated but also has the height to cope with such things as Badminton and the length for Short Mat bowls. There are also many other clubs and societies that enjoy this well lit, warm and friendly venue. It is regularly chosen by National Societies to hold key meeting such as the National Trust, as well as a range of local clubs and Socities. for their weekly or monthly meetings. It is also chosen by the parish church of Christ Church as a place for their outreach Sunday Breakfast which is a regular monthly meeting to allow the whole community to come together for a time of fellowship by sharing a free breakfast.
The Hall was built with a steel frame and concrete block walls under a tiled roof. It has full central heating and ample lighting in all arears. Outside is a small field which can be used for outdoor events such as the annual church fete. Car parking on two levels ensure there is ample parking and includes two disabled slots. .
The committe of Trustees are drawn from regular user groups as well as volunteers who may have special skills. The Hall is a Registered Charity No 1050967
The Trustees are anxious to maintain the Hall in good order and regularly ensure that the decor is refreshed. The Kitchen has been updated to include two large fan assited ovens as well as an infared hob. A dishwasher has also been installed to cope with large functions were food is served and ample crockery ensure the hall can cope with such events as wedding breakfasts and Golden Anniversaries or Jubilee events.
The Hall has even recently acquired a C.Bechstein baby grand piano.
The Hall Trust is a member of The Community Council for Somerset and has been accredited with Hallmark 1 & 2 whereby the hall's facilities and management processes are checked to ensure they are maintained to a high standard.