Welcome to another occasional newsletter from the Trustees of the Market Hall. This is going to our regular mailing list, plus some others – if you want to go onto our regular mailing list please tell Derek Oswald  ( . As with all other public buildings, the Hall has been closed since March. Sadly the Botley community has not had access to the Hall for parties, clubs, meetings and functions. However, we have been busy keeping the Hall safe for the eventual reopening, and planning improvements.


We have consulted all 20 or so clubs and groups who hire the Hall, and we are hoping to open our doors from early September. We welcome inquiries relating to existing clubs, new clubs wanting somewhere to meet and private hirers. We are very carefully checking latest Government regulations and guidelines and as such we have had to adopt major changes both in terms of capacity and layout of the Hall and also how hirers use the Hall. Our aim is the ensure the Hall is safe and clean – for example we are adopting a totally upgraded cleaning schedule.  We welcome inquiries and will be happy to answer any queries, and reassure hirers who may have concerns about safety.


Because the Hall has been closed we have not been receiving any income, yet there are still bills to pay. We therefore launched an Appeal, through Just Giving,, to the Botley community for money to help us meet the on-going running costs. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of local people and groups. One resident organised Botley’s first Scarecrow Trail which has been an amazing success, not only by the money raised, but by bringing the community together in these difficult times. This person has now joined the Hall Trustees  –  we welcome any others who might be interested in joining the Team! We have also obtained generous grants from the Parish Council and our County Councillor towards the Appeal. As a result of all this we have raised well over £3000 which will go a long way in meeting our on-going running costs. Furthermore we have received a generous grant from Eastleigh Borough Council which will help us purchase new cleaning equipment, pay for additional cleaning, meet improvement costs prior to re-opening and will enable us to help clubswho are aiming to re-open but with fewer numbers may find it hard to meet the rents.So a HUGE THANKYOU to everyone who has helped us in raising the money!


Over the past 20 years or so, we have organised film shows and live acts which have attracted large audiences. These have not only brought the community together, but they have also enabled us to raise money to pay for Hall improvements.  We have  reserved a return of the hugely popular “Victor and Albert”  for Saturday 14th November – put the date in your diary and we will keep you informed. Much depends on how things go with opening up venues for live performances.


The Hall is a stately and old Grade 2 Listed Building and has been serving the community since the 1850’s. However,  it is fully modernised and accessible to all   with all the facilities you may expect for a modern community venue. Likewise we aim to keep up to date with how we communicate with the community. Check out our website – We are also developing a Facebook presence :Our Facebook page will bring an updated connection between the Hall and a new audience of local people and beyond. We will publish up to date news on events and Hall availability, with direct links to the website and booking email. Groups who regularly use the Hall will be able to tag and locate themselves at the Hall, which in turn will promote them and us to a new generation of possible Hall users.


In May we were due to hold a major exhibition of work by  local artists and craftspeople. Over 20 talented people were lined up to exhibit at what would have been a marvellous exhibition. Sadly, because of Covid19 we had to cancel the event. However we are hoping to rearrange it for Spring next year. Watch this space


The generosity of a local resident and our County Councillor has enabled us to plan two major  improvements over the coming months – we will be having the external frontage of the Hall repainted (it was last done about 18 years ago) and we will be installing some external lighting on the front façade.


We had to cancel our Annual General Meeting this year because of the shutdown. However we welcome your support and involvement. The Hall is owned and run by a local charity. We rely totally on local volunteers to run the Hall, and normally receive no external funding to cover our running costs. Why not consider joining us? – as an occasional volunteer or on the Committee? No experience necessary – just an interest in doing your bit for the community. We are a friendly and supportive team! Ring Derek Oswald on 781155 to find out more.