The Ware Drill Hall
The Ware Drill Hall Association (WDHA) was formed to take over the operation of Ware Drill Hall from East Hertfordshire District Council (EHDC). The members of WDHA are volunteers from the local community, including representatives of user-groups, and councillors from both Ware Town Council and EHDC.
EHDC transferred the running of the hall to WDHA in 2001, following a management review. By using volunteers, WDHA has been able to reduce costs dramatically, while bookings have also risen as facilities have been improved and the community has recognised the value and potential of this remarkable asset. The Association subsequently became a registered charity and successfully acquired Grade II Listed Building status for the hall in 2006.
Following the negotiation of a 25-year lease and a £200,000 development grant from EHDC the premises have undergone major refurbishment work (see latest news section for details) to secure the long-term future of the venue.
THE FACILITIES AT WARE DRILL HALL WILL BE ACCESSIBLE TO HIRERS FROM SATURDAY 2ND JUNE
The return dates for regular users will be as follows:
Attendance Centre - Saturday 2nd June
Saracens Badminton - Wednesday 6th June
Hertford & District Dog Training Society - Thursday 7th June
Friday Prayer Meeting - Friday 8th June
Hertford Badminton (Summer Club) - Monday 11th June
REFURBISHMENT WORK AT WARE DRILL HALL
Following negotiations between Ware Drill Hall Association and East Herts Council for a 25-year lease, accompanied by a £200,000 grant package, the venue has undergone major improvement work both inside and outside the building. The key elements of the contract were completed at the end of May in order that the premises can be available for hire from the beginning of June.
The project plans include the following:
Rooflight replacement in main hall with Velux units
Motorised blinds system (for blacking-out main hall when necessary)
Thermostatic control for main hall heating system
Improved ventilation and cooling equipment
Theatrical and ambient lighting system
Redecoration of main hall and meeting room
Additional doorway between main hall and meeting room
Enlargement of usable floor space in meeting room
Repair and redecoration of frontage
Installation of illuminated noticeboards and signage
Replacement of guttering and downpipes
Resurfacing of rear yard
For further details about the Association’s plans, or to find out about hiring the facilities please contact the Hall Administrator, Catherine Ward (see contact details section).