Lee Memorial Hall

Facilities
  • Carpark

  • Coach parking

  • Disabled access

  • Disabled toilets

  • Inside toilets

  • Kitchen available

  • Stage available

Description

Lee Memorial Hall has been awarded Hallmark 1 and 2. Hallmark is a national quality assurance award for community buildings which recognises high standards of facilities and management.

Lee, on the North Devon coast, is fortunate to possess a fine village hall. The original Hall is a splendid structure, built in 1923 as a memorial to those in the village who gave their lives for their country during the First World War. It is a lovely stone built building that blends very well into the beautiful valley in which the village is situated. It is in a conservation area within the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is opposite the delightful parish church of St Matthew. Adjacent to the Hall is a privately owned car park which is sufficient for the needs of most occasions when the Hall is used.

Over the winter of 2009/10, very extensive refurbishment and new building took place at the Hall to provide outstanding facilities. The Hall was reopened in March 2010 following this work. The original Hall has been redecorated, but the new buildings now provide a brand new, large and very well equipped kitchen, excellent new toilets, a purpose built disabled toilet with baby changing facilities, and notable improvements to the stage and committee room. These new and refurbished buildings replace the previous life-expired ones and provide the Hall with first-rate facilities conforming to all modern requirements. They have been built to very high standards and, externally, the new buildings, with a pitched slate roof and stone walls, complement very well the original 1923 building. Further extensive work was completed in March 2014. This work has involved comprehensive insulation of the main hall, the fitting of underfloor heating and a new floor, and the installation of a biomass boiler. As a result, the premises are always warm, even on a cold winter's morning, and the majority of our energy needs now come from renewable sources.

As well as the Hall, the Trustees own the large adjacent meadow which was left to the village by a benefactor a number of years ago. The meadow is also a delightful place where anyone can relax and enjoy the beauty of the area. There is a small but well used children’s play area. The meadow is used for events such as the Spring Fair and, subject to conditions, can be used to erect a marquee.

The Hall is used extensively by village organisations. Regular users include the Parent and Toddler Group (the Mini-Monsters!), Lee Women’s Institute, St Matthew’s Church, the Fuchsia Valley Quilters, the Residents’ Association and the Flower Show. The Hall Committee organises regular social events such as Race and Quiz nights as well as days when light lunches and cream teas are served. Highlights of the year include the Spring Fair and the Arts and Crafts Exhibition, held in August each year.

As well as use for village organisations and events, the Hall welcomes bookings from individuals and groups from North Devon and elsewhere. Charges are very modest. The Hall is a favourite location for children’s parties and wedding receptions. The maximum capacity of the Hall is 75 for a seated function. Please do make contact with the named contact or one of the officers. We should be very pleased to show you round and discuss your requirements.

Hire Charges

£30 per session (Lower rates for village residents and organisations). £300, including setting up beforehand and clearing up the following day, for major functions such as wedding receptions. Additional charge for erecting marquee on meadow.

Activities & Services
Activity Type Description Day(s) Time Contact Phone Email
Arts
Art group
Monthly Wednesdays
AM PM
Brenda Keeble
01271 863367
Email
Children and Young People
'Mini-Monsters' Parent and Toddler Group
Fortnightly Mondays
AM
Joe and Jen Steer
01271 866771
Email
Education
Fuchsia Valley Quilters
Fortnightly Wednesdays and Thrusdays
AM PM
Margaret Hill
01271 864257
Email
Rooms available
Room name Description Seating (at tables) Standing capacity Tables Chairs
Main Hall
Hall with balcony and stage
75
100
12
75
Committee Room
Linked to stage by sound insulated partition
12
12
4
12
Stage
Linked to main hall and committee room
12
12
4
12
Kitchen
New and fully equipped