The temporary iron church in ' Bean Close' , on Glede Land, was built to accommodate the congregation, when the parish churches of Belchalwell and Ibberton, became unsafe and in a state of disrepair. It was some years before the restoration was taken in hand. It was built by Mr George Loder, Carpenter, of Okeford Fitzpaine, in the summer 1892, but was not used until some time in the spring of 1893. Its use for services was discontinued after July 1909. It is now used as a church room, all the interior fittings having been removed as well as the bell cote over the door. The bell was sold to a temporary church at Yeovil.
Extract from 'The Church of St.Eustachius, Ibberton, Dorset'
by The Rev L.S. Plowman
A brief history of the hall
1893 First service held.
1909 The building ceased being used as a Church and used instead as a Church Room for meetings, clubs, entertainment etc.
1948 The building, along with the surrounding Glebe land, was put up for sale, the purchaser being the Pitt-Rivers Estate
(owner of much land and property in the area at the time).
1949 The building became the “Village Hall” with Trustees and a committee and let by the Pitt-Rivers Estate on a 21year lease with
a nominal rent of £1 per annum.
1953 Connection was made to the electricity supply that was then being laid on to these villages.
1957 Extension-kitchen etc-were built at a cost of £445.
1977 The Pitt-Rivers Estate offered to sell the Hall to the Village Hall Committee for £250 (plus legal costs).
The offer was accepted.
1993 29th August - Church Service to commentate 100 years since the 1st service was held in the Temporary Church.
1996 The Hall’s structure required strengthening with steel girders to prevent it becoming unsafe. A grant from Dorset County
Council, the Parish Council’s of Ibberton and Okeford Fitzaine (Belchalwell is served by this Parish Council) and fund
raising enabled this work to be undertaken.
1999 First application was made for a National Lottery Grant to finance improvements. (Plans were on view at the Open Meeting on
9th February). Unsuccessful application .
Thank you the National Lottery, Dorset County Council, North Dorset, Ibberton and Belchalwell Parish Councils for providing us with the money to bring the Hall into the 21st Century
Photographs before the work began!!
2000 Reapplied in January after conducting a survey. On 9th May National Lottery Grant of £47,000 award towards £60,000
refurbishment project (£7,000 Dorset County Council, £4,000 Village Hall Committee Funds, £1,500 Ibberton Parish Council,
£500 Okeford Fitzpaine (Belchalwell) Parish Council).
2001 Work eventually began on refurbishment 22nd January. Applied for North Dorset District Council Grant in February, in March
receive grant of £7,400. Refurbished Hall opened by Mrs. Lois Rose, Dorset Village Halls Advisor, on 2nd June. All residents
of Ibberton, Belchalwell and Woolland invited.
2006 New Cladco-LJT roof-No painting for 15-25 years!
2008 4th January, 2008 Village Hall Connected to Broadband as a result of the 'Connecting Dorset' Project
2009 Received a grant from 'Grassroots' to purchase computer and film showing equipment for £2,375.
2015 Defibrillator installed outside front door.
2021 High speed fibre broadband installed direct to the building. .