Freeland Hall is the new Village Hall in Freeland. It is situated in the centre of the Village opposite the Yeoman Public House on Wroslyn Road. Its Postcode is OX29 8AL.
The first phase of the construction (the main hall with kitchen, toilets and store-rooms) was officially opened on 16th Sept 2011 by Rt Hon David Cameron, our local MP and Prime Minister.
The builder was Hyatt Construction Ltd., Unit 3, Station Lane, Witney, the Architect was Ray Tollady,dip arch (Oxford) 43 Ducklington Lane, Witney, the Quantity Surveyor was Rowland Butt of Brading Butt, 3 Meadow Court, High Street, Witney, and the Health & Safety Consultant was Brian Leech of B & L Associates Ltd., Freeland.
Funding for the first phase came from a £100,000 grant from West Oxfordshire District Council, a £50,000 grant from Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd (WREN) and local fund-raising, including £9,100 raised by Freeland Open Gardens as well as generous private anonymous donations. The remainder of the £500,000 project came from a loan from the Public Works Loan Board repayable over 25 years from the Precept.
The second phase of the project (originally called the Community Recreation Facility - or CRF) was the construction of modern sports changing rooms and a community recreation and meeting room (“The Newell Room”).
It was officially opened on 21 September 2013 by Mr David Mason, Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire. Mr Mason is a local large estate owner (Eynsham Park Estate in North Leigh) a former High Sheriff of Oxfordshire and a long-time supporter of Freeland Football Club.
The second phase was constructed by RMD Builders Ltd., Unit B1, New Yatt Business Centre, New Yatt, Witney. The Architect was Ray Tollady, dip arch (Oxford) 43 Ducklington Lane, Witney. The Quantity Surveyor was Rowland Butt and the Contract Administrator was Andrew Bird, both of Brading Butt, 3 Meadow Court, High Street, Witney. The Health & Safety Consultant was Brian Leech of B & L Associates Ltd., Freeland.
Funding for the second phase came from a £50,000 grant from West Oxfordshire District Council, a £50,000 grant from Sport England, a £50,000 grant from Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd (WREN), £7,500 grant from Oxfordshire County Council and £17,000 raised by Village fundraising events. The remainder of this £200,000 project came from generous private anonymous donations and a loan from the Public Works Loan Board repayable over 10 years.
For hiring Freeland Hall see:
Freeland Hall Management Committee
The Hall site is leased from the Parish Council for 70 years from 1965. Freeland Hall Management Committee with its Trustees and representatives of the Village organisations undertakes the maintenance and sets the hiring policies for the property.
Currently the Trustees (and their roles) are:
Robert Crocker, Chairman & Parish Council Representative
Terry Jones, Vice Chairman & Gardening Club Representative
Dorothy Sharpe, Treasurer
James Bugg, Secretary
Bill Phillips, Parish Council Representative
Salaried Committee members who are not trustees:
Arthur Treherne, Maintenance
Clare Mullett, Booking Secretary
All organisations that use the Hall are welcome to send representatives to the meetings of the Committee.
Photo © Joan Newell 2011
Photo © Peter Newell 2011
Photo © Peter Newell 2013
David Mason opening the Hall second phase Photo © Joan Newell 2013