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Great Bromley Village Hall

Village Hall

Great Bromley Village Hall is a comprehensive community facility that is available for hire by organisations and individuals from within and outside the village, subject to status. Built in the 1920s, it has been upgraded and extended in recent years to offer suitable accommodation for a wide range of activities and functions.

The Village Hall was gifted, via a trust deed, to the Parish of Great Bromley in 1946 by the Crossman family. Overall responsibility for the Hall is vested the Village Hall Trust, the trustees of which form the management committee.

To obtain detailed information on the Village Hall and its various facilities please click on the appropriate option below:

General Information, History and Management Arrangements


The Village Hall is built of brick with a slate pitched roof and a later addition being of felted flat roof construction. It has four areas available for hire together with a kitchen, toilets and car parking space for those using the Hall and adjoining cricket pitch. It has facilities for the disabled.

Registered Charity

The Village Hall including the adjoining land, used as the village cricket ground, is registered with the Charity Commission as Number 301310.

Postal Address

Great Bromley Village Hall, Parsons Hill, Great Bromley, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7JA, England.


Situated in the Village of Great Bromley some six miles to the East of Colchester, the Hall stands beside the road known as B1029 (Parsons Hill) in the county of Essex. The British National Grid Reference is TM086253.


The Village Hall was built originally circa 1923 at the expense of Sir Percy Crossman of Great Bromley Hall (now called the Seven Rivers Cheshire Home), on land which was part of Glebe Farm. In 1946, the building and associated land was conveyed as a gift by Douglas Peter Crossman (son of the late Percy Crossman) to Grantees to hold upon Trust for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Parish of Great Bromley.

In 1966 it was deemed desirable to vary the Trusts and powers set out in the 1946 conveyance and a Trust Deed was drawn up in January 1967 modified by a Deed of Rectification in October 1967 to create the current Charity under which the Village Hall (including the associated land) is held.

Custodian Trustee

Great Bromley Parish Council is the custodian trustee, responsible for holding good title to the land on behalf of the Trust, although it has no executive or management powers or responsibilities.

Committee of Management

Village Hall trustees from the Management Committee which comprises Elected and Representative Members and may include Co-opted Members. There are up to five Elected Members, up to seven Representative Members appointed by appointing organizations named in the Deed and up to three Co-opted members on the Committee. Currently (2018) the committee comprises 5 elected and 5 representative trustees. They are all elected or appointed annually. A quorum at management committee meetings is formed when not less than one third of the total number of members for the time being are present.

Management Committee Members

The following are Management Committee Members (All are Trustees):

  • Martin Frostick (Chairman & Secretary)
  • Jackie Lear (Treasurer)
  • Mary Fawcett (Bookings Manager)
  • Kate Strowbridge
  • David Beech
  • Sue Clark
  • Richard Lawson
  • Andy Lear
  • Jenny Kaye
  • Kathryn Ealden


Bookings: Bookings Manager Tel: 07543 974751 
Email: villagehallbookings @
Caretaker: Marion Britton Tel: 07979 521283 or 01206 822946
Secretary: Martin Frostick, Grove House, Frating Rd, Gt Bromley, CO7 7JL
Tel: 01206 250263
Email Secretary here
NOTE: this for management only, NOT bookings - see above.
Treasurer: Jackie Lear, 16 Meadow Close, Great Bromley, CO7 7UG
Tel:01206 252332
Email Treasurer here

Details of Facilities

Main Hall Approximate size is 8.5m x 15.0m (127.5sq.m) excluding stage area at one end.
Stage size is 2.8m x 6.2m (17.3sq m) with access from the rear. Can be extended to 3.4m x 6.2m (21.0sq.m).
Stage lighting is controlled from a gallery at the opposite end of the Hall.
Seating capacity for dancing is 120.
Seating capacity for theatre style is 180.
Maximum capacity is 220.
A Badminton court is marked on the Junkers Beech wooden floor.
Heating is provided by hot water radiators.
main hall main hall
Millennium Lounge Approximate size is 6.1m x 6.8m (41.5sq.m).
Maximum seating capacity is 40 persons.
Floor finish is carpet over cement screed.
Heating is provided by hot water radiators.
Can be used as additional side room of the main hall or separately.
Committee Room Approximate size is 3.9m x 6.6m (25.7sq.m).
Maximum seating capacity is 15 persons.
Floor finish is carpet over cement screed.
Heating is provided by electric convector heaters.
Can be used separately or as a room to support stage productions.
Has direct access to the rear of the stage (two doors).
Small Hall Approximate size is 4.2m x 11.0m (46.0sq m).
Can be used for small functions or as a support area for functions using the main Hall. Floor comprises wooden boards. Heating is by hot water radiators.
Snooker Room Contains a full size snooker table and is used in conjunction with the Small Hall Room. The table is not available for general hire but may be played upon with agreement of the Great Bromley Men's Social Club who own and maintain it.
new kitchen
Kitchen Recently fully refurbished, the approximate size is 3.4m x 5.0m (17 sq.m).
Equipped with cooker, fridge, sinks, water heater and work-tops.
A full set of crockery and cutlery is available on request.
Can be used to support either Main Hall, Committee Room, Lounge, Snooker Room or Small Hall.
Kitchen may have to be shared between concurrent users of the Village Hall.
Car Parking Space exists for approximately 60 cars in two main parking areas around the Village Hall. Further parking is available on the roadside or in a nearby lay-by.
Wifi The hall benefits from a 4G wifi service which is available on request for an additional hourly charge of £1. It is suitable for low to medium usage such as to supprt EPOS system or to download limited numbers of training films etc., at an average speed of 16MB/s

Hiring the Facilities

All enquiries about hiring the facilities, including availability and charges, should be directed to our Bookings Clerk - refer to contacts above. An answering service may be in use part of the time, if so please leave your name and contact number so we can call you back.

The hourly hire charges for the main facilities are shown below. A discount is offered to village residents and organisations.

All booking charges include occasional use of the kitchen on a shared basis to produce hot drinks and light refreshments. If heavier use of the kitchen is required, including the oven, this must be declared at the time of booking to ensure that it is amenable to concurrent hirers of other rooms in the hall.

Comprehensive use of the kitchen will occur an additional charge of £10 per hour.

Facility Village Hire Rate per hour External Hire Rate per hour
Main Hall £ 15 £ 18
Millenium Lounge £ 9 £ 11
Committee Room £ 7 £ 8
Small Hall £ 6 £ 7
Main Hall and Millenium Lounge together £ 20 £ 25
Exclusive use of whole Village Hall £ 27 £ 32

Terms of Hire

The conditions of hire are available for download in PDF Format or as a webpage here.

Organisations using the Village Hall

Those organisations currently using the Village Hall on a regular basis include:-

  • Great Bromley Parish Council
  • Great Bromley Badminton Club
  • Great Bromley Carpet Bowls Club
  • Great Bromley and District Cricket Club
  • Great Bromley Friendship Club
  • Great Bromley Men's Social Club
  • Great Bromley Village Hall Management Committee
  • Great Bromley Women's Institute
  • The Disabilities Trust

Occasional users are:-

  • Great Bromley School and Parent Teacher Association
  • Tendring District Council
  • Various People for Private Events