Project information

Performance Arts

Children, young people and the wider community gain important life skills when involved in drama, whether performing or helping behind the scenes. We hope to develop confidence, emotional literacy, creative and communication skills, while giving all a 'voice' within the community.

December 2017 - December 2018

Charity information: Harwell Village Hall

Harwell Village Hall logo
  • Need


    Harwell now has a newly built, fantastic Village hall complete with retractable seating (grant aided by Biffa) but no stage, sound and lighting gear, back drops or wing flats! Many of the halls user groups would benefit from equipment for theatre productions, our Youth theatre group, film society, dance groups and amateur dramatic society in particular, as would touring theatre groups. This would allow people young and old to get involved in community projects.


    By delivering a fully equipped hall, suitable for concerts, stage productions, talent shows, dance shows, musicals and all forms of entertainment we will increase the revenue of the hall and re-engage our budding thespians. By encouraging young people, in the village to participate in projects, such as drama, we hope to involve their families and other residents as well, both on stage and behind the scenes.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To help young people to develop their capabilities and mature as individuals.


    » Restart the village youth club by employing a paid youth worker to work alongside volunteers.
    » Encourage participation in our weekly Youth theatre group and allow them to stage productions.

    What success will look like

    Success will be a vibrant youth club and theatre group, with engaged youngsters playing a greater part in village life. Volunteers offering to support the youth will also benefit.

    Aim 2

    Increasing the range of cultural activities in the village.


    » Broadening the range of performances, shows and concerts put on at the hall.

    What success will look like

    Our History group, Arts & Crafts, Dance classes, Music groups and exercise classes will have an
    increase in members and will put on more exhibitions and shows.

    Aim 3

    Providing a platform for education and to facilitate social welfare.


    » Encourage education, recreation and leisure time occupations with the objective of improving the conditions of life for the residents.

    What success will look like

    Increase in the number and range of activities held at the halls that encourage all members of society to take part and join a group. The halls being a central meeting place.

  • Impact


    In the long term we hope that the village will re-instate the annual pantomime; that the youth club will flourish for years to come; that our youth drama group will grow and become an active part of village life. We will also be able to hold a wider range of events and productions increasing revenue and making the halls more accessible to the wider community.


    The risks that we might encounter will be finding and retaining volunteers who have the skills to utilise the theatre equipment that we would like to purchase, as well as run the youth groups. A full training package has been agreed with the delivery of the equipment to ensure enough people learn how to use it and are then able to pass on that knowledge to others. We hope that having a paid youth worker will help encourage volunteers to commit their time and expertise to the youth groups.


    Donors will receive our Village broadsheet which is published every two months and will give news of all the activities in the village. Our website:
    deals exclusively with the Village hall and includes photographs and information about the events held in the hall.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £34,910

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,520 Youth leader Youth leader to work with volunteers, 42 sessions
      £24,781 Stage lighting LED beamlights, Profile spotlights, moving head wash lights etc
      £727 Sound equipment Audio mixer & interconnecting cables
      £3,882 Backdrop Rear of stage backdrop
      £3,000 Drama tutors 2 drama tutors for three terms (3x 10 weeks)

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Harwell Feast Committee £3,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our project is in the village of Harwell, Oxfordshire. The village hall has been at the heart of the community for many years and is a widely used facility. During the project to rebuild and refurbish our two halls, some activities were either displaced or ceased altogether. Our young people suffered most as they lost their base and now that the halls are finished we are determined to reinstate the youth club and amateur dramatics, which were always very popular.


    All residents of the village, (over 2000 people now), as well as the wider community will benefit from our project. Performance art is a way of bringing the community together and making good use of skills and talents. Our 'user groups' already make excellent use of the halls, on a weekly or monthly basis and by funding staff and stage equipment we will increase hall revenue considerably and ensure the future of the halls.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    In the last five years the Trustees of Harwell Village hall have successfully consulted, planned, applied for grants, raised funds and seen a major project of some £1.3 million pounds, to rebuild and refurbish our two village halls. The hall is well equipped but some elements are missing from our original plans due to budget restrictions. From its inception the Trustees wanted to offer 'Theatre' facilities and are actively pursuing ways to achieve this aim.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Janice Markey

    Trustee of Hall with a lifelong interest in the youth of the village and a passion for performance.

    Amy Scott

    Director of 'Gobo' Youth theatre, also a Trustee of the hall and keen to add performance to the halls calendar.

    Alice Dore

    Youth leader from Didcot's TRAIN, (TRAIN works with and for all young people in Didcot.)Alice is keen to extend TRAIN to Harwell Village