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Griffin Memorial Hall - near Wantage, Oxfordshire

Great as a venue for:

  • Parties
  • Meetings
  • Exhibitions
  • Clubs

What can the hall offer you?

  • A refurbished Victorian school which provides a hall with a wooden floor and an attractive high beamed roof. (The hall can be divided by a curtain into a larger and a smaller area.)Chairs and tables (two sizes) comfortably seating 60
  • Well-equipped kitchen with cooker, microwave, refrigerator and a good selection of crockery and cutlery Service hatch to hall.
  • Male, female and disabled toilets
  • Disabled access to all areas
  • Baby changing facilities


  • Hire charges start as low as £12 per session (ie a morning, afternoon, or evening).
  • Block bookings of 10 or more sessions may be discounted.
  • Commercial rates on application.
  • Contact the booking clerk on 

“Save the Roof” Fundraising to Replace the Roof:

The roof dates back to the 1950’s, so has lasted well, but unfortunately the time has come for a new roof. 

The Committee have obtained quotations for the work and they range from £25,200 and £31,194 including VAT. These quotations do not include the installation of additional roof insulation. The decision as to what insulation can be installed will be made once the roof is off and the space available can be assessed, as a consequence the total price will increase.

The Committee is making applications to various grant bodies seeking funding, and has held several very successful fund raising events earlier this year. 

Demonstrating community support is a vital part of the grant application process. In addition to fundraising events, the Committee has launched the “Buy a Tile” scheme. For details click <here>.

Please support our fundraising events details of which will be advertised on the village noticeboards and within the diary section of this website. Or perhaps you could organise a fund raising event or seek sponsorship for something and donate the money to the Hall.

The Committee hopes to raise enough money for the work to be carried out during August 2017. You can follow our fundraising progress by checking the “Save the Roof” Ladder displayed on the Hall door or by clicking <here>.

Also: Raise money for Sparsholt village hall, without it costing you a penny! Click <here> to learn more.



See the Griffin Hall gallery by clicking the image stack:-

The Hall's History:

Originally built as a school in 1874 and run for 90 years until it closed in 1964 the building was eventually purchased in 1968 with the help of a generous grant from Charles Griffin whose wife and son had both been pupils, after further public donations the hall was opened. A plaque in the hall commemorates this.

More recently, 2007 saw the completion of three phases of renovation and new building works, photos of these can be seen on display in the hall. The works were designed to ensure the building complied with all necessary regulations, met the needs of various users and provides a pleasant environment. The two pictures of the old interior show for example the previous difficulties of leaving via the South Porch with its numerous steps - now wheel chair friendly, and the old ceiling insulation and inefficient heating all of which have been replaced.

The new Reception area, kitchen and toilets replaced the previous ones that had been added to the building over the years (many years ago) resulting in modern facilities which include a disabled toilet and baby changing facilities.