SWAY VILLAGE HALL
Our Village Hall is run by a Trustees & Management Committee made up of representatives from each of our User Groups.
The Annual General Meeting is held on the third Monday of March in each year at 7.30pm in the WI Room.
User Groups who may not yet have a representative on the Management Committee are invited to send their representative along to any monthly meeting on the third Monday and we welcome all help and support.
Likewise, we invite any Sway residents who would like to be involved in what is happening at SVH to join in and help us in any way they can.
The Hall is for the residents of the Village of Sway and this is your chance to have a say in how it is run. If you have any ideas for, or would be prepared to run a fund-raising or other event, please contact the Chairman Graham Turner GGT_sway@msn.com’.
If you are thinking of using the hall for any kind of event or function do please call our Lettings Secretary Sharon Rickman on 07564 817130 or email email@example.com
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY
In 1921 Herbert Moser, a great benefactor to the village of Sway, gave land for a meeting place for the Women’s Institute, which had been founded in 1918.
Mr Moser’s sister-in-law, Henrietta Moser, was the first President. Mr Sam Crittall advanced money to purchase an old army hut, it stood where the Village Hall car park is now situated and had a tennis court behind it.
Built of wood and corrugated iron, the building had a stage, kitchen, cloakroom and an annex held a library.
A new building was planned, but this had to be put on hold due to the start of World War II.
During the war money was raised to support a war savings campaign and the monies raised were held in trust to build the new Village Hall.
In 1963 fundraising started with two successful “Sway Weeks”, grants received from the Government and New Forest Rural District Council and donations from the public.
The Women’s Institute offered a long term lease on the use of their site to build the new hall with a peppercorn rent of £1 per annum on condition that they had their own room in the building.
Building started in 1965 and the opening ceremony was performed by two local children, Jeanette Palmer and Jonathon Gale, on the 3rd September 1966.
In recent years the Hall has had extensive refurbishment with a new updated kitchen, double glazing, cavity insulation, upgraded heating and lighting systems and redecorations throughout.
FRIENDS OF SWAY
Friends of Sway Village Hall are delighted to inform you that we have reached £41,000 in our fund-raising efforts.
A huge Thank You from the Friends of Sway Village Hall for all the support you have given us this year.
Your donations to the Improvement Project will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Sway Village Hall has great Trustees and a great Management Committee, our Charity registration is about to be promoted to Incorporated status and our lease will be extended to 99 years.
All these are excellent reasons for villagers to seek to join our forward-looking, creative and friendly team. Deciding to come on board is easy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a note in the post-box at the foyer entrance to the Hall.
We are looking forward to meeting you all. In 2016, The Friends Group made a study of improving the Village Hall. This included carrying out a survey of villagers and users, a dimensional survey of the building and a feasibility study by a chosen architect.