News: Emery Down & Bank Village Hall

Emery Down and Bank village hall

The trustees of Emery Down and Bank Village Hall are celebrating a refurbishment of the hall at a relaunch with Esther Rantzen on April 21st.

The hall, originally thatched, was given by the Chamberlain sisters of Bank, for the newly-formed Emery Down and Bank Women’s Institute.

The first president was Alice Hargreaves, the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice who lived at Cuffnells by Swan Green.

It remained a WI Hall until 1997 when the WI, an afternoon group, closed due to more women working in the day.

The WI hall, following instructions set out by the original donors and trustees, became a hall for village use. It had always been available for socials, school, church concerts and dances.

The trustees would like to discover more of who used the hall and how it was used over the years and create a display for the relaunch.

Unfortunately, the WI records, which the last president deposited in Winchester, have disappeared and past WI members are no longer with us.

We would also welcome pictures or information about any events at the hall.

If anyone has memories, photos, press cuttings or stories of activities in the hall or knows someone who might be of help I would be delighted to hear from them.

Please contact me at 023 8028 2842 or email

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