A HALL in Amesbury, which faced an uncertain future after being put on the market, will continue to be used as a centre for the community, its new owners have confirmed. 

The Diocese of Salisbury confirmed in May last year that the hall on Church Street was to be sold, which sparked concerns over the hall’s future and led to an action group of residents being set up. 

The hall has since been sold to an Amesbury couple and the new owners have confirmed it will “remain a much-needed community centre”. 

Local residents Christine and Richard Glover were amongst those in the community concerned about the future of the hall when the announcement was made to sell it.

The couple said they were “delighted” to announce they have acquired Wyndham Hall from the Church of St Mary and St Melor “with the intention of making it available to hire for community use, classes and private gatherings”. 

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Christine said: “Living near the hall we saw first-hand how many people in our community valued having a local hall for classes and functions. 

“We are convinced that it is needed by the local community and that it can be commercially viable, whilst being reasonably priced for everyone to hire. 

“It also provides a well ventilated space with adequate room for people to meet, during these difficult times, and Covid government guidance will be ensured.” 

Cllr Mark Verbinnen and his wife Rachel, who together ran the hall before it was shut down, have offered to rent and operate the hall on behalf of the new owners. 

Cllr Verbinnen, who sits on both Amesbury Town Council and Wiltshire Council, said they were “really happy” to be running the hall once again and to help “keep it alive” for the community of Amesbury.

“The plan is to keep it as a community centre and hall for hire, do our own events in there, and expand on that,” he added.

He said he was happy they have got a chance to make it work as it was a “really important” place in the Amesbury community and was “always well used and fully booked”. 

Cllr Verbinnen says he has already been contacted by a number of them who are keen to return to the hall. 

“For all these groups to be happy to come back is a good sign for us,” he added. 

If you are interested in hiring the hall contact 07590 335103 or email enquiries@wyndhamhall.co.uk

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