Welcome to the Memorial
Hall’s section of the Lee Bay website. Information about the Hall is printed
below. In addition, there are links above to more detailed information. This
will give you access to a section on the history of the Hall, recent Hall
newsletters and to the Annual Report and Accounts.
Any of the Hall’s
officers would be delighted to answer any queries you have. Please contact the
Chairman Alan Bannister (01271 863 093) Treasurer Edna Thompson (01271 866 438 or
firstname.lastname@example.org ) or, for
bookings enquiries, the Bookings Secretary, Martin Johncock on
01271 269751 or
If Martin is not available, please contact Alan Bannister
The Hall has its own
entry on the Devon Association of Community Buildings website. This entry has
detailed information about the Hall and includes many photographs of the
building and its facilities. Please click on this link to
Lee is fortunate to
possess a fine community facility. The original Hall is a splendid structure,
built in 1923 as a memorial to those in the village who served their country
during the First World War – many making the ultimate sacrifice. 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 toilets, a
purpose built disabled toilet with baby changing facilities, and notable
improvements to the stage and committee room including the provision of a new
environmentally friendly heating system, WiFi broadband access, integrated
digital projector and sound system. 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.
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
Fayre 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 as well as days when light
lunches and cream teas are served. Highlights of the year include the Spring
Fayre and the Arts and Crafts Fair, held in August each year.
As well as use for
village organisations and events, the Hall welcomes bookings from individuals.
Charges are very modest. The Hall is a favourite location for children’s parties
and wedding receptions, and the broadband and presentation facilities make it
ideal for small business conferences or similar gatherings. The maximum capacity
of the Hall is 75 for a seated function. Please do make contact with one of the
officers who would be pleased to show you round and discuss your requirements.