An historic service to the community
Galmpton’s village hall, or ‘Institute’, as it has been known since its conception, was completed in 1902 under the instruction of the Lord of the Manor at the time, Thomas Bedford Bolitho. It was built to provide the village with a temperance hall, Galmpton, at that time possessing two inns, the Manor and Dartmouth Inns.
The main room or hall, remains very much as it was in 1902, one area that could be sub-divided with a magnificent wooden folding partition. That original partition remains in use today having last been renovated in 2015. The parquet floor is original.
Paid for by Thomas Bolitho, a Board of Trustees was then set up to manage the running of the Institute. The Trustees included representatives of user bodies of the Institute as it does today.
Following the Second World War, the building was enlarged with the addition of the stage area and storeroom on the South end and an enlarged kitchen on the East side.
Over the years the use of the Institute has varied considerably. Up until the 1960’s it had played the part of being the Parish Hall. During the last war as well as being the ARP (Air Raid Precaution) Post, it became an extension to the school with the arrival of evacuees. Should the air raid siren have sounded the children would shelter under the present snooker table!
In 1961 Institute users, with representative trustees, included Galmpton W.I., Pentecostal Church Council, Churston Parish Council, Waddeton Chapel Trustees, Galmpton Youth Club, Galmpton P.T.A. and Galmpton Billiards Club. A fascinating spectrum of the local community.
As we came into the 70’s a Nursery School took place here and today’s toilet area adjacent to the stage, then a storeroom, became a part-time doctors’ surgery with the hall being the waiting room! This was the precursor to Compass House Surgery being created.
Into the 21st century, we see the Institute adapting accordingly, from early education with the Pre-school to the sociability of Whist Club for the other end of the age range. The Institute retains a refined maturity in its structure but now boasts state of the art modern technology, recognising the new age.
Since 1902, Galmpton Institute and its trustees have served their community. The enthusiasm to do so continues today.
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Please contact us for enquiries
The hall is available for one-off parties and meetings or regular events. (See calendar above for availability.) It can accommodate a maximum of 100 people and there are 80 easily accessible chairs and a variety of tables. There is up to date audio visual equipment, with HD projection onto a 3m x 2m screen. If you wish to use this you will need to request access when you book. WiFi is available throughout the building with identity GVI-WIFI and passcode 467649c287. If you have any questions or wish to make a booking use the contact boxes below.Hire charges are £12 per hour for the whole hall, and £8 per hour for half the hall. Terms and Conditions apply Click here to view latest Ts&Cs.
Galmpton Village Institute
24 Greenway Road, Galmpton, Brixham, TQ5 0LT
Hall Bookings : 01803 842121
Chairman: John Risdon: 01803 844102
Charity No: 1156291
Monday - Thursday 08:00am - 17:00pmwww.galmptonpreschool.comPhone: 07967 893342
Mondays 19:00pm - 22:00pmOrganiser: Paul Savin: 07528 835205
Tuesdays 19:00pm - 21:00pmOrganiser: John May: 01803 858103
Wednesdays 17:30pm - 18:firstname.lastname@example.orgOrganiser: Liz Pauls: 07800 890962
Third Wednesday of month 19:00pm - 21:00pmChairman: Averil Bowles: 01803 843689Secretary: Paddy Jewry: 01803 842481
Last Wednesday of month 19:00pm - 21:00pmwww.facebook.com/Torbay-Owls-and-CompanyContact: Simon Glover: 07577 577199
Thursdays 18:45pm - 19:45pmwww.bodysenseclinic.com ~ Body Sense Clinicbodysenseclinic@gmail.comOrganiser: Clover Sterling: 07970 056987
Fridays 10:00am - 11:30amOrganiser: Lisa & Terry Kay: 01803 459416 or 07549 606255
Usually first Friday of month 14:00pm - 16:00pmbut not always, so please confirm with either of ...Secretary: email@example.comPresident: 01803 843853
Second Friday of month 13:00pm - 15:firstname.lastname@example.orgChairman: Mike Tate: 01803 842901
Occasional Fridays 19:email@example.comOrganiser: Richard Partridge
Occasional Fridays 19:30pmwww.galmptonandchurstonhistory.org.ukChairman: John RisdonTreasurer: Gary Deare
Occasional Fridays & SaturdaysChairman: Jeremy Partridge: firstname.lastname@example.orgSecretary: Ian Sharratt: email@example.com
Second Sunday of month 14:00pm - 16:00pmOrganiser: Beryl Tate: 01803 844901
Occasional Sundayswww.facebook.com/Galmpton-Festival-AssociationChairman: Jonathan Smith: 01803 661101Secretary: Mike Tate: 01803 844901
Galmpton Village Institute
24 Greenway Road,