Galhampton’s village hall and playing field are run by a charity called, quite aptly, Galhampton Village Hall and Playing Field. The charity is managed by a committee of up to 12 trustees who are elected at each annual general meeting, usually held in May. At their first meeting following the AGM the committee elect their officers: chairman, treasurer and secretary.
The object of the charity is (excuse the slightly arcane wording): “To provide or assist in the provision for the inhabitants of Galhampton and the neighbourhood thereof facilities for recreation, other leisure-time occupation and welfare with the object of improving the conditions of life for the said inhabitants.”
As well as providing the facilities of the village hall and playing field, the committee ensures these facilities are maintained, insured and kept in good condition. The committee is also responsible for managing the finances involved in running the charity. It is usual for the committee to run a variety of community and fund raising events, such as monthly village gatherings/coffee mornings, monthly lunch club, film nights, 200 Club and bonfire night.
The current charity is an amalgamation of two previous bodies, the Galhampton Village Hall charity and the Jack Bartlett Playing Field Trust.
Galhampton Village Hall began with a conveyance in August 1930 and was registered as a charity in December 1967 (charity number 254470) with the objects of: “Village hall for recreation, social intercourse and mental development and for the advantage and benefit of the inhabitants of Galhampton and their neighbours”.
The Jack Bartlett Playing Field Trust was set up via a Trust Deed in April 1978 and was registered as a charity in April 1979 (charity number 277622).
In November 1998 a Charity Scheme was established to combine these two charities into one, with The Jack Bartlett Playing Field Trust being renamed Galhampton Village Hall and Playing Field (same charity number, 277622) and the Galhampton Village Hall charity being closed (not until January 2001).
The committee serving for the 2020/21 year (appointed at the 2020 delayed AGM held on 16.2.21) are:
Alan Rickers – Chair
Fiona Hooper – Secretary