Reflecting on a brilliant year…and looking forward to the future

It has been another busy year for Ashover Parish Hall Events Centre; from anniversaries to weddings, christenings to birthdays, charity events to folk festivals, there have been many exciting events held here over the last year.

As well as the popular puppy training classes, Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) courses and Chapples Voice Coaching, the hall continues to be used by several local groups including Ashover Baby & Toddler Group, Village Art Group, Ashover Brass Band, Badminton Club, Indoor Bowling Club, Guides, Home Produce Club, Old People’s Association and Young Farmers for meetings.

The dance and fitness classes have literally gone from strength to strength! We are proud to have highly experienced instructors holding weekly classes at the hall including Liz Atak’s Pilates, Jenny Meadows’ Yoga, Mike Douglass’ Karate, Cheryl Eggleton’s Ballet & Theatre Dance Class for Children as well as Kathleen Cresswell’s Dancing for Beginners (Salsa, Sequence, Latin and Ballroom). We’re also introducing #fitnessthursday with new circuit training and Zumba sessions to being held by personal trainer Sophie from May 2016. There really is something for everyone and new members are always welcome!

We have also seen the return of BBC Two’s ‘The Big Allotment Challenge’ Floral Expert Jonathan Moseley as he hosts a variety of courses and workshops throughout the year which remain extremely popular.

We were delighted to welcome our new Housekeeper Ann Wallhead in December, who prides herself on making the Parish Hall a home from home for our hirers!

We had a busy year with the return of theatre group High Tor Players, who brought their hilarious comedy ‘Table Manners’ in  April, and will be back with another production in November. The Interesting Theatre Company shall also be returning on 30 June with a three night run of ‘A Servant to Two Masters‘.

We’ve had the pleasure of helping many couples create the perfect wedding reception venue over the last year. We regularly work together with J & CA Fisher Marquee Hire to line the hall, creating a wonderful marquee effect with the convenience of having any facilities you could need already in place; including three spacious function rooms, a stocked and manned bar, a fully fitted kitchen for outside caterer or hirer use, sound and lighting systems and ample car parking space.

In January 2016 the status of Ashover Parish Hall changed to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Charity No. 1165348. The centre is run on a not for profit basis and the success of the hall would not be possible without the support of the local residents, the committee and regular hirers of the hall so we thank you all for your continued support.

We have been grateful to receive wonderful feedback for our facilities and service over the last year – if you would like our help to create the perfect event or celebration, to start a new class or for further details on any of the above classes, please get in touch:

Tel: 01246 590005