A village hall is a public building in a village used for various community purposes.
In the United Kingdom, a village hall is usually a building which contains usually at least one large room, kitchen and toilets, and is usually owned by a local government council or independent trustees, and run for the benefit of the local community. It is estimated that there are over 10,000 such village halls.
Such a hall is typically used for a variety of public and private functions, such as:
- Parish council meetings
- Polling station for local and national elections
- Sports club functions
- Local drama productions
- Jumble sales
- Private parties such as birthdays or wedding receptions
Village halls are generally run by a committee, and if this is not part of a local government body, such as a parish council, then they can apply for charitable status. They may have other names such as a Village Institute or Memorial Hall. In some localities a church hall or community centre provides similar functions.