Village Hall – March Update

Following the Government’s roadmap out of COVID restrictions we need to begin getting back to ‘normal’.

Throughout the period of restrictions our decisions regarding the use of the Village Hall have been guided by ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) – a copy of the latest advice is available on the documents section of this website. So, based on this advice opening of our Village Hall will be a gradual process, as follows.

  • Commencing on 12th April – dance classes and other supervised activities for children will be allowed as will business training sessions subject to strict social distancing rules.
  • From 17th May some other classes can restart subject to social distancing rules, these will be held with strictly reduced room capacity limits.
  • All restrictions are to be removed on 21st June.

All the above is subject to the success of the vaccination programme and continued infection rate reduction, etc.. As you might expect the VH Management Committee are committed to keeping everyone safe so these details and dates are subject to change should circumstances dictate.

Village Hall – December Update


Although we were promised an end to the latest lockdown on 2nd December, Diseworth now finds itself in Tier 3 of the latest measures announced by the Government.

From our understanding of the new rules the Village Hall must remain closed to our community.

All the clubs and classes usually running must be kept on hold for the time being as the rules say, “group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead.”

However, there are exemptions from gathering limits including for “work” and “education or training – meaning education and training provided as part of a formal curriculum”. You may therefore see the Hall in use should we receive bookings that comply with these criteria.

The Village Hall Field and Children’s Playground will remain open for normal recreational purposes provided the required social distancing and cleanliness rules are followed.

Planning for all the usual social events at the Hall remains on hold in order to carry on the good common-sense measures already observed by the people of Diseworth. We remain committed to helping control and reduce the spread of the COVID19 virus.

Village Hall – November Update


Following the latest Government announcement, the Management Committee regret to advise that the Village Hall must close as of 9pm Wednesday 4th November 2020 and remain so for the duration of the current Lockdown.

All the clubs and classes currently running must be put on hold for the time being.

The Village Hall Field and Children’s Playground will remain open for normal recreational purposes provided the required social distancing and cleanliness rules are followed.

Planning for all the usual social events at the Hall remain on hold in order to carry-on the good common-sense measures already observed by the people of Diseworth, we remain committed to helping control and reduce the spread of the COVID19 virus.

Latest News for Clubs & Classes

Open to Clubs and Classes

Now the COVID-19 restrictions have been eased the Village Hall can be made available for limited use by most of our usual Clubs and Classes (as directed by government rules) – the Hall’s capacity is limited to 20 people (or 6 in the Committee Room) and we have followed the advice given by government agencies with regard to signage, information, cleaning and the provision of sanitising products, etc.

It is, however, the responsibility of the class or group organiser to ensure that guidelines are understood and followed.

Please read the special conditions attached to the ‘Hire Agreement’ and the requirements of the ‘VH COVID19-Notice’ available below and from the ‘Documents’ section of this website.

Our Bookings Secretary has the details of what activities are currently allowed and will be pleased to advise you as required.

Note: Our usual special events  cannot be run due mainly due to the social distancing requirements (see previous update, 27/7/20).

Village Hall – Latest Update


Following the Government’s announcement that Community Buildings can re-open subject to social distancing rules the Management Committee have been studying the information and guidelines regarding reopening the Village Hall. As I am sure you will understand from other news sources the guidance is complicated and often contradictory.

What we are most concerned to do is carry-on the good common-sense measures already observed by the people of Diseworth and not introduce any unnecessary risk of introducing COVID19 to the village.

Given the current situation, and predicted future risks, we cannot see how we will be able to run any of our planned events for the remainder of 2020.

It is with regret that the delayed VE Day celebration set for 8th August must be cancelled as will be our annual Fireworks Display and Beer Festival.

In parallel to the above the Village Show Committee concluded that there is no practical possibility of us putting on this year’s show, so it has been cancelled.

We believe it may be possible for us to make the Hall available for some of the Clubs and Classes, where the number of people attending is small enough to guarantee adequate social distancing. However, this will be at the discretion of the individual organisers as they will need to be responsible for cleanliness and their attendees’ safety whilst using the Hall.

Village Hall – Temporary Closure

Following the Prime Minister’s announcements regarding the need for social distancing as part of the coronavirus response efforts, the Village Hall Management Team have taken the decision to close the Village Hall for the time being. Unfortunately, this means that all forthcoming events are postponed and we are unable to accept bookings until further notice.

The Village Hall recreation field and amenities will stay open – however, more now than ever, we urge dog owners to be responsible and clean up after their dogs, using the bins provided to ensure that the recreation facilities can be enjoyed safely by all users.
Thank you all for your continued support.

The Village Hall Management Team

Boxing Day Fun Run

Boxing Day Fun Run 2019

Although the rain on Boxing Day managed to wet a good few running vests, it didn’t even come close to dampening the spirits of any of the runners, spectators and volunteers who turned out for the annual Fun Run, the race’s 38th outing.

This year, the Run started from the Village Hall where folk were able to enjoy a fortifying hot drink before venturing out. Hilary’s spiced apple cordial proved very popular and one bright soul added to it a splash of something from a hipflask; perhaps a technique more might follow next year?

Fittingly, the race was started by Dave Adcock who began the Fun Run tradition back in 1981 and did the organising for many years afterwards. This year, the event was run by a team from the village’s four charities (the Friends of Diseworth School, the Heritage Centre, the Friends of Diseworth Church and the Village Hall) and a magnificent total of £1,162.20 was raised, with each charity receiving £290.55.

Sincere thanks to the many people who took part by running, spectating, organising, volunteering and digging deep into their pockets. It is impossible to mention everyone but the organisers would particularly like to thank:

Our Platinum Sponsors: Martin of “Wired Wright”, Rob of “R.O. Steven” and the Parish Council;

Our Gold Sponsors: Mike and Julie Doyle, Rob and Hilary Kenney, Neil and Margaret Hassall, Chris and Julie Draycott;

All at The Plough;

Rev. Louise Corke for judging the Fancy Dress.

This was a wonderful team effort and we’re hoping to build on this success next year when the Fun Run will be bigger and better. Start training NOW!


The Winners

Under 11 (one lap)

1st: Thomas Brown

2nd: A.J. Barratt

3rd: Beth Clark

Under 16

1st: Ben Higginbottom

2nd: William Marshall

3rd: Freddie Kleijwegt


1st: Claire Jarram

2nd: Tracey Darley

3rd: Sophie Shatford


1st: Daniel Shatford

2nd: Richard Martin

3rd Sam Gartside

Fancy Dress

Nigel Jackson

Special mention goes to Sophie Ridler (aged 2) and her cousin Rory (aged 3) who walked and cycled round twice, and to Beau Briggs-Minton (aged 9) who ran the whole 2-mile course.


Diseworth Blues

New for 2020

January will see the launch, and Diseworth Village Hall become the home, of a New Blues Club simply called “Diseworth Blues”.

The aim of the independent  club is to bring live music to the village on a monthly basis from national and internationally renowned Blues acts at a reasonable price. You will find details on the ‘Events’ page – click “Special Events”.

1) Friday 24 January 2020 Foregate Street Blues Band

2) Saturday 15 February 2020 Ian Parker and his Band

3) Friday 28 February 2020 One Eyed Crow

4) Friday 3 April 2020 The Achievers

Tickets can be obtained from or by calling Martyn on 07731 435758.

The organizers are absolutely delighted to have booked the Achievers as part of their National Tour. Of all the Bands booked they are the one that were wanted most of all. They are one of the best bands Martyn has seen live, ever. If you were thinking of coming to one of our events this one is not to be missed.