Armoury Village Hall



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Look what you missed!

. . . this amazing concert by harpist extraordinaire Jemima Phillips

in support of the women’s branch of the Royal British Legion and the Poppy Appeal.

Just shows what can be done with the upper hall in the Armoury




Results – Annual Village Show – Saturday, 8th September 2018

ANNUAL NEWNHAM SHOW – 2018 – Winners
Barbara Allsopp Memorial Cup awarded for most points in the Show Miss P Swinley & Sarah Hobbs
Bruce Webber Memorial Cup for most points – Vegetables Vickie Manning
Shilling Cup for the best exhibit – Vegetables Paul Moscrop
Galen Cup for most points – Fruit Miss P Swinley
Fedden Cup for the best exhibit – Fruit Miss P Swinley
Armoury Hall Rose Bowl for most points – Flowers Sarah Hobbs
Mary Boucher Rose Bowl for the best exhibit – Flowers Jane Samuel
Caulket Trophy for most points – Floral Art Julie Sparkes
Allsopp Cup for most points – Domestic Janine Gutherie
Cameron’s Trophy for best exhibit – Domestic Margaret Hogg
Willis Cup for most points – Arts & Crafts Michelle Hickman
Newnham Cup for the best exhibit – Arts & Crafts Sheila Miller
Cross Cup for most points – Photography John Hickman
Rental Centre Cup for the best exhibit – Photography John Hickman
The Blinston Cup for most points (children aged 7 and under) Ava Snell
The Barnes Cup for most points (children aged 12 and under) Amber Hood
The Townley Trophy for the best overall exhibit in the Children’s Section Charlotte Rand


. . . . and some pictures of the prize winning entries by Kirsty Prismall


As opposed to how the upper hall normally looks!



Upper Hall looking South West

Measures 13.7 (45 feet) x 8 (26 feet) metres,  area 100 sq.m (1076 sq.ft.). Seating capacity about 90



Upper hall looking North




North end



Lower Hall and Library

Measures 8.44 (27.6 feet) x 8 (26 feet) metres,  area 68 sq.m (730 sq.ft.). Seating capacity about 45.



Lower Hall and Library


Upper Hall decorated for a ceilidh and lower floor fully equipped kitchen.

Brief History

The hall is a listed Georgian building, built in the 1820s as an independent chapel, but its purpose changed in the 1870s when it became a drill hall for local volunteers and then an armoury.  In 1965, when it was in use as an artist’s studio, it was bought on behalf of the people of Newnham, with funds raised by them, as their village hall.

 In 2013 it was renovated with the help of generous funding from the Forest of Dean Local Action Group, a grant from Newnham Parish Council, and an incalculable amount of support and work from village volunteers.  A new light, airy hall of 112 sq.m. was created on the first floor when the roof space was opened up, exposing the A frames and purlins, and a pitch pine floor was laid. The WCs were moved downstairs, where the old hall was transformed into a smaller hall with pine tables and chairs for different events.  And we’ve now got a new fully-operational kitchen.

Booking the hall

Contact: Matthew Barnes (01594)825250, email

Hire rates

The rates for the halls upstairs and downstairs, and for daytime, evenings and weekends, are the same. (The minimum hire period for bookings ending after 7pm is 1½ hours.)

Activity and hire rate per hour

Non-commercial Newnham group: £7

Any other group: £9

Children’s party: £7

Local resident’s private party: £12

Non-resident’s private party: £15

Use of the kitchen, where appropriate, is included in the hire charge.  Sale of alcohol:  The Armoury has an alcohol licence, so the purchase of a Temporary Event Notice from the District Council for the sale of alcohol is unnecessary, but a fee of £3 per hour will be charged to offset the cost of the licence.


Located on the Dean Road, Newnham, GL14 1AB

Charity no. 269054

See “The Armoury Village Hall Into The Future“.