About us


Coolham Village Hall opened its doors around 1950 when the current building replaced a small wooden hall. Since then it has always been managed by a small committee of local volunteers, who offer their various skills and services. The management committee look after the fabric of the building, organise hirings and run social events for the village and surrounding areas.


Coolham is a very small village with few facilities. It has only a pub and the village hall - so the hall is a very important resource for the village community, and the committee are determined to ensure that it remains fit for purpose.


We have a number of regular users, including a Montessori nursery school, a karate class and a martial arts school. All of these provide social, creative and educational opportunities for the local community, and the committee are dedicated to supporting as many of these as possible.




As the current building ages, like all buildings, it has needed repair and renovations. The hall receives no official funding of any kind, and is thus dependent on fundraising and grant monies to maintain it. The committee has been active in both fundraising and in initiating a range of such repairs and renovations.


We have been very fortunate in obtaining a number of grants from local and national bodies, notably £9,500 from Viridor, a £10,000 grant from Awards for All in 2008, and a £37,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund in 2010.


We have also received a number of smaller awards from local bodies such as the Gatwick Airport Community Trust, Horsham District Council, the Grass Roots scheme and Shipley Parish Council.



  • Resurfacing part of the car park

  • New curtains for the main hall and stage area

  • Woodworm treatment

  • Insulation of the loft areas

  • Redesign of the garden areas, with gravelling to suppress weeds

  • Purchase of new tables and chairs

Improvements include:
  • Re-roofing of the entire building

  • Repairs to the drains

  • Internal refurbishment and redecoration, walls, ceilings and floors

  • New kitchen and toilets, including a dedicated disabled toilet

  • Disabled access at both front and rear of the building