Armoury Village Hall





Did you know that Newnham’s community choir meets here most Wednesday evenings.

Check the above link to see when their next meeting is planned.


Newnham Armoury Village Hall

Newnham Armoury Village Hall, in the heart of Newnham-on-Severn, was bought for the village by the villagers in 1965, for meetings, lectures, classes and other forms of recreation and leisure-time occupation, functions it is still fulfilling today.

The Armoury has an active range of regular hirers including Newnham Community Library, a Community Café every Saturday morning, Yoga, Zumba and Pilates classes, Newnham Friendship Club, the George Choir, the WI, the Garden Club, Newnham Parish Council and the Annual Newnham Show, and is a great place for a private party or to meet new friends and get involved in the Newnham community.   



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“.