History and Trustees

History of the Memorial Hall, Playing Field and Village Club

Foundation Stone

The Memorial Hall and Playing Field remain at the heart of a thriving community and are run by a trust, the Aylburton Village Club, which is a registered charity (No 301460).

The Hall

Memorial Garden

The Hall was constructed in 1920, when Aylburton was undergoing immediate post Great War rejuvenation, although the use of the field and carnival are known to pre-date this. The trust was formally founded in 1922 to commemorate those of the village who fell in the First World War. The land and buildings were paid for by public subscription and a generous donation by Charles Bathurst, 1st Viscount Bledisloe.

Hall and Cottage in 1921The Hall and Cottage before the official opening at Easter, 1921

The Village Club

The object of the Club is "to provide a place of physical and mental recreation and improvement for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Parish of Aylburton without distinction of sex or of political, religious or other opinions."

John Ridley's excellent short article from the Ducktown Echo in 2020.


Our Trustees

At present there are 7 trustees:

Simon Rutherford (Honorary Chairman),
Jayne Parker (Honorary Treasurer),
Rachael Slee (Honorary Secretary),
Beth Goldsworthy
Dan Keddle,
Colin Newman,
Mark Sargent

Trustees serve for 3 years and can be re-elected.

The officers of the Club must be re-elected every year.

The Club is always keen to hear from anyone who feels that they have the personal skills and experience needed to help in the running of the Hall and would like to become a trustee.

The Annual General Meeting held every February is an occasion when the trustees report on the work of the Club to the community.


Thanks are due to our recent past treasurer, Beth Goldsworthy.

Thanks are due to our longstanding and very patient former chairman Bob Berryman and our longstanding treasurer Sheila Berryman who stood down at the 2020 AGM. Thanks are also due to our longstanding secretary John Ridley who stood down in 2018.

The Club relies entirely on the efforts of the trustees and public support to keep this important community facility open.


The annual village carnival is held to raise money for the upkeep of the Hall and Field. It has been held for well over 100 years. The 2020 Carnival was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19. COVID-19 in 2020 has proved challenging for our activities, as for all Village Halls.

The 1939-1945 Gates

The wrought iron gates commemorating the 1939-1945 conflict are now in need of restoration. Road Wash from traffic disturbing standing water flooding down from Chapel Hill has rotted out the lower sections. The Flower and Vegetable Show has funded a £1000 grant for this purpose. The remainder will be funded by the Hall. We have asked a local business to undertake this work, so the restored and strengthened gates will be returned prior to May 2025.

Playing Field Usage

The field can be hired separately for sports events or car boot sales.

Parking spaces are limited but additional parking can be arranged on the field for large events if required.

Playing Field Rules

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times when on the field. Waste bins are provided.

Camping on the field is not allowed.

Sports Fixtures

Football teams wishing to use the field should contact the Secretary to discuss their requirements for the season.

Cricket Fixtures and Summer Events

Cricket teams should contact Mr Keddle.

Thank You