Idmiston Parish Council (IPC)
Idmiston Parish Council (IPC)

Memorial Hall

Hire Rates and Booking Information           



The IPMH Mangement Committee has  received clarification of the guidelines from ACRE & WVHA regarding the “Rule of 6” , which has caused much confusion


  • Clubs/activities  can meet in the hall in groups of more than 6 but MUST stay in groups/pods/bubbles of 6 people max  and there must be NO mingling between those designated groups.
  • A meeting or activity may be held in the hall for more than 6 people where attendees all sit at individual tables or chairs , socially distanced and wearing masks.

The Committee hopes this will clarify the rules as they currently stand.


The statement below is ACRE’s interpretation of the current situation for activities taking place in village halls:


The version of the Government Guidance for Community Facilities issued on 14th September, has unfortunately given rise to misunderstanding and confusion.

Community halls are able to remain open and to host formal or informal clubs and hobby groups and amateur choirs and orchestras.


The guidance stresses that activities and clubs must be limited to attendance in groups of no more than 6 people following social distancing rules. Only “where there is a significant likelihood of groups mixing and socialising (and where it will be difficult to prevent mingling and therefore breaking the law)” should activities not take place in a community facility”.

The listing of activities such as Women’s Institutes, sewing clubs, book clubs, craft clubs, reading groups, amateur choirs and orchestras does not mean they cannot take place:  It is a flag for organisers of such activities to take particular care to ensure that individuals attend them in groups no larger than 6, and that these small groups remain socially distanced from each other and do not mingle while on the premises.


Such groups and clubs are important for the wellbeing of individuals, particularly those who have been isolated from the company of friends and family over the last six months. The emphasis is clearly on the need to conduct such activities safely, not to prevent them.


Where such activities are attended by individuals on their own (i.e. in a group of one) normal social distancing requirements will apply to their interactions with anyone else.




Following a meeting with hall user reps last night, it has been decided to reopen the hall on Monday 7th Sept . While we are hopeful that many of our regular users will return we are very mindful of all the concerns surrounding re engaging socially in these covid times and we will await the decisions of all individual groups. We have put in place some supplementary terms & conditions for hire regarding hall capacity, social distancing & of course extra cleaning measures which will need to be adhered to in order to maintain a safe & hygienic space. 

We will be open for private parties , please contact Katherine on 07870187941 or email for more details


We look forward to seeing you soon


Many thanks 


Katherine Wilford

Bookings Secretary

Sessions Local Groups/Regular User

Private Hire

(1 off)

  Large Hall Small Hall Large/Small
Morning (08:00 - 13:00) £25 £16 £50/£25
Afternoon (13:00 - 18:00) £25 £16 £50/£25
Evening (18:00 - 23.59) £25 £16 £70
All Day £120

Like to know more about what we can offer? Want to book the hall?


Contact us via email or phone:




Phone: 07870 187941

Corporate and Business Users - Please contact for hire rates


New lunchtime sessions 12 - 2pm - Please contact for further details

The Committee

A new committee was appointed in 2107 to oversee the running of the Memorial Hall.


Committee Members from September 2020


Chairman          Katherine Wilford

Secretary           Deborah Harris

Bookings           Katherine Wilford  

Treasurer          Rebecca Adams   

About the Hall

The Memorial Hall was built in Idmiston Road, Porton to commemorate parishioners who gave their lives in two world wars. It opened in 1959.


Although the exterior is not an architectural gem, the interior is warm, light, clean and modern, with facilities for disabled people.


There is a good sized car-park. Volunteers manage the hall and we pay a cleaner and grass cutter.


There is a timetable for the Groups that use the hall, it is also well used by private hirers especially for childrens's birthday parties, wedding anniversaries and Christening celebrations.


Main Hall capacity:

With tables and chairs - 80

Theatre style seating (no tables) - 100

With minimal furniture - 120


Small Hall capacity:

With tables and chairs - 25

Theatre style seating (no tables) - 40 to 50


As confirmed by the Booking Secretary, the Parish Council meeting arrangment of tables in a horse shoe shape with chairs for 15 Councillors and 1 Clerk is acceptable, and allows for a further 20 to 25 chairs to be available for members of the public.


Idmiston Parish Memorial Hall Activities

Hall Activities & Contact Details January 2020
IPMH Activities Jan 2020.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [122.0 KB]

Address and Location

Idmiston Parish Memorial Hall
Idmiston Road

Latest Accounts for the Idmiston Parish Memorial Hall:


March 2019 accounts awaited


Parish Clerk

Catherine Purves

Idmiston Parish Council,

Cranbourne, White Way


Salisbury  SP5 1DT


Telephone: 07763 411 595




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