The Tennis Club info on our site has been updated – it now meets on Wednesday evenings all through the year (with flood-lighting) from 19:30 at the Recreation Grounds.  There are 2 hard courts.  Once you’ve joined as a member, you can play at any time if the courts are free (the School makes use of the courts on occasions), Primary school children session is 3.30-4.15 on Friday and Tennis and Tea on the first Saturday of every month 16.00.  Please contact Taj Woodgate (Tel: 668420)


Thank you to everyone who came along to the 6th Great Inkpen Quiz at the Village Hall – and congratulations to the winners ‘Minus Max’! It was a great evening and good to see so many people supporting this popular event. A further thank you to the ‘Cheesy Knobs’ – the winning team from the 5th  Quiz – for setting the questions and running the 6th GIQ.


As was said in our last AGM Report we’re currently looking at options to re-grade the entrance to the Village Hall car park. We’ve been advised that adding more gravel may not be a good long-term solution and a concrete apron (only covering the incline at the entrance) may be a better option.


Inkpen Primary School PSA’s Christmas Shopping Evening at the Village Hall on the 6th December was a great event. With interesting stalls, drinks and mince pies. And some lovely carol singing by pupils from the school.


This was a wonderful evening at the Village Hall on Saturday 17th November. The Hall was packed to capacity again. Thanks to all villagers who supported it including last year’s winning team for setting and delivering a great set of questions, volunteers and partners for set up, take down, booze organisation and washing up! Well done to the ‘Cheesy Knobs’ team on your victory and looking forward to your questions next Spring on the 6th Great Inkpen Quiz. Look out for that date!


Thank you to everyone who came along to this busy charity event on Friday 28th September. Over £675 was collected for MacMillan Cancer Support.


As said at the AGM we are looking to upgrade the kitchen facilities in the Hall and to re-grade the car park entrance. We may also have to look at the boiler and boiler room.


The Village Hall AGM was on Monday 3rd September. This looked back over the year, what happened at the Hall and what shape the charity is in. You can read the Annual Report on the Hall here  AGM Report 2018


Thanks to our volunteer Helen Bates and by courtesy of Gigaclear the Village Hall now has a fast and free internet connection.



The winning photos from local photo competition have now been displayed on the walls of the Hall.


Over 30 people gathered for another tea dance on Sunday afternoon, 19 July.  Included in that number were those who practice ballroom dancing once a month at the village hall; the Ukulele Band, led by Helen Bates and including some Sticky Fingers members, who serenaded us during the tea interval and got everyone singing along to old favourites; and a group of rather more serious dancers who regularly attend social evenings organised by dance teacher, Zoey Price, at the Liberty Ballroom, Greenham.  Committee members (Anne, Terry, Helen and Patricia) provided a lovely traditional afternoon tea with sandwiches and cakes.  Colin Poyton, MC for the afternoon, and sporting a natty portable microphone, played a wide selection of music and got everyone up on the dance floor.  Everyone enjoyed the dancing, the entertainment and, of course, the tea.


On Saturday, the first Great Inkpen Quiz was contested at the Village Hall.  More than 60 people pitted their wits against the quiz masters, whilst enjoying each others’ company and frequenting the bar.  The “Magnificent 7″ team triumphed (without having a shoot-out) and won the ludicrously extravagant Quiz trophy.  Octaspot” picked up their equally attractive booby prizes.  All teams fought their way through 9 stupendous rounds plus a picture gallery and name-that-cheese platter.  Romila from the Crown & Garter Pub supplied the cheese packages as well as the questions for the food round.  Other rounds covered firsts and initials; on that day; film and TV; local area; music; art; and finally an enigmatic “curtains” round recalled the demise of well-known personalities and events.  As a tribute to the round, the last question asked quizzers to estimate material for a pair of double-width curtains!!  It was thirsty work, and the bar had to be replenished at half time.  And as it seems is always the case, people who’d lived near each other for years, met for the first time at the village hall.  With a few adjustments, to shorten the format and tune the more esoteric questions, quizzers will have the chance to battle it out next year to win the Great Inkpen Quiz trophy.  Who can possibly resist that!


Yesterday, Inkpen Village Hall held its first Tea Dance (for 50 years anyway).  12 couples glided round the hall, which still has a traditional wooden boarded floor – ideal for dancing.  The hall was beautifully decorated by Helen with bunting, flowers and white table clothes to suit the event.  The weather was balmy, and people were able to sit outside on our new picnic bench – we didn’t even need to get the gazebo out!  After some energetic dancing, coordinated by master of ceremonies, Colin (in bow tie), we had an intermission to enjoy a lovely tea, prepared by Anne and Julie, and some music.  Our very own Inke-Ukes beginners band, alongside the more advanced Sticky Fingers group from Hungerford, performed their repertoire of period tunes and songs.  Mary Cruikshank, local ballroom teacher, was guest of honour and treated us all to a display of her Latin technique.  A lot of fun was had by all.

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More photos here.

On Friday 19 September, twenty six volunteers from Vodafone gave up their day to redecorate the Inkpen Village Hall.  Terry Masters organised the event through Jacqui Letsome at the Newbury Volunteer Centre.  In the days beforehand, a team of Village Hall Trustees and Friends cleaned, primed and prepared the building for their arrival. Vodafone also donated £1000 towards materials and equipment – including paint, painting equipment, tarpaulins, two new picnic benches, plants and planters, and hire of scaffolding. Trustees and Friends lent ladders, dust sheets, strimmer and garden tools, and Sue from Vodafone lent us her pressure washer. Waitrose donated tea, coffee and biscuits, and Travis Perkins gave us some paint for free and materials at cost. Brewers gave us the tinted paint at 50% cost. Overall, the net cost to the VH was just over £100.

Vodafone volunteers started arriving at 8:30 a.m., and soon got stuck into painting the inside and planting, strimming and cleaning outside in the garden.  Heavy rain intervened but didn’t stop them working.  The 26 volunteers were organised into smaller teams to redecorate different parts of the building.  Some volunteers were experienced DIYers, and they helped their less experienced colleagues.  A few brave individuals climbed the scaffolding tower to paint the top of the gable ends, about 8m up.

By the time the Vodafone volunteers left, they had completely redecorated the hall and the entire ground floor, and made over the garden – in just one day! They worked incredibly hard, and yet enjoyed themselves too. The hall now looks spick and span. Stitch and Knit-ers will complete new curtains, with Terry’s help, to add a finishing touch.


The New Year’s Eve party went with a bang and plenty of fizz to see in 2014.  The hall was decked out to reflect the festive occasion, and jam-packed with 80 party goers. The evening included a curry prepared and dished up by the Indigo Palace, Ham, followed by dancing to the Rock of Ages, a bountiful raffle, and party poppers, balloons and champagne at 12 o’c, followed by more dancing.  All the merriment resulted in an amazing profit of £753.92, which will be ploughed back into the Village Hall and future events.  Thank you to all those who supported the event.


A new group of volunteers from Inkpen and Combe has set up the Inkpen Community First Responders.  First Responders are trained to attend a local 999 call in what might be life-threathening emergencies while the ambulance is on its way.  Calls may for instance be to a cardiac arrest, heart attack, stroke, choking, diabetes emergency, breathing difficulties, seizure and loss of consciousness.  The group is part of the South Central Ambulance NHS Trust team.  Dave, Sue and Tim are the three founder volunteers.  If you would like to volunteer, follow the link.


The committee would like to express its appreciation to those who came to the Pudsey beetle drive, and gave so generously.  And a big “thank you” to Nigel Pateman, aka Mr Pudsey, for making the evening so much fun.   Christine Titford won the prestigious Pudsey trophy this year – that ugly toad which Christine was so delighted to keep for another year!!  All the proceeds go to Children in Need, and after the bills were paid, we raised £380, which is fantastic.
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These were published quarterly and were delivered to Inkpen residents:

Village Hall News Issue No 10 (Spr 2013) – Forthcoming events and AGM
Village Hall News Issue No 9 (Win 2012) – Local events & Olympics
Village Hall News Issue No 8 (Aut. 2012) – Queen’s Honours; Friday specials
Village Hall News Issue No 7 (Sum 2012) – Forthcoming events
Village Hall News Issue No 6 (Spr 2012) – Jubilee preparations
Village Hall News Issue No 5 (Aut 2011) – New Chairman
Village Hall News Issue No 4 (Sum 2011) – Grand Jumble Sale preparations
Village Hall News Issue No 3 (Spr 2011) – AGM; cold weather; Black Legend
Village Hall News Issue No 2 (Win 2010) – Pudsey Drive; sloe gin competition
Village Hall News Issue No 1 (Aut 2010) – Marquee for hire; big screen

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