At the beginning of December we gave a new venue a try. It’s the village hall at Harlton and we quickly decided that it would be our new home. The hall is in the former village school and has a lovely atmosphere. The main hall has tall ceilings, big windows that let in lots of light, easily controlled heaters (not too hot, or too cold, in fact just right), lots of lighting and plenty of plug sockets. The room is of a similar size to our old venue, but because of the light levels, tall ceiling and no clutter being stored in the hall, it feels much bigger. In fact the main hall is perfect as a venue for our varied creative activities.
The kitchen is next door to the main hall, with a hatch opening into the hall, making sharing food easy and allowing you to still feel part of the group even when you disappear off to make a cuppa!
There are plenty of tables and lots of chairs (of course) and because we’re hiring the main hall (and not the second smaller room) we’ll mostly have the venue to ourselves.
For those creators with children (like me) there is a small playground for when we bring our helpers and need to allow them to run off some energy. There is also a lovely village green just outside the hall, which I suspect will be perfect in the summer for taking picnic lunches as a break from the creative endeavours and for gaining inspiration when some is needed.
If you’re joining us for a session, the hall doesn’t have mugs, so do bring one if you like your tea or coffee in a mug. There also isn’t a microwave or small saucepan for the hob, so also bring one of those (the saucepan not the microwave!) if you’re bringing something that needs reheating for lunch. Oh, and for some reason the taps in the kitchen turn off in the wrong direction (and caught everyone out) so do watch for that!
Best bit! The hall is available for a longer session on the Saturday allowing for extended creative play/work from 9am until 6pm! How cool is that?