Saturday, June 2, 2007

Doors 7.30pm Performance 8.00pm

Smarden, Kent

Smarden Charter Hall

Pluckley Rd, Smarden, Kent TN27 8ND

phone: 01233 770 628

Price: £10.00

Gordon has played in Smarden on several occasions in the past to help with fundraising but this will be his first visit to their brand new Village Hall, now renamed the Charter Hall.

MP Damian Green attended the opening of the new Charter Hall in Smarden in February 2007. Afterwards he said:

"This week it is time for straightforward congratulations and celebration. On Saturday I enjoyed the opening of the new Charter Hall in Smarden, the result of five years hard fund-raising by the village.

The old village hall had been built forty years ago, and was showing its age. But for a village the size of Smarden to raise more than 700,000 is unbelievable. The combination of lottery funding and help from Kent County Council and Ashford Borough Council, as well as the Parish Council, has been boosted by 140 local fund-raising events.

The end result is a building that will last a lot longer than forty years, and that will play a significant part in the life of the village. Halls like this are important because they make it much easier to preserve the sense of community which ought to be at the heart of village life (and indeed urban life if you are lucky to be in the right area).

It is clear that Smarden does have that sense of an active community. The Chairman of the Management Committee, Mike Barkway, had a list as long as your arm of people to thank from within the village who had given their time and talents over the past five years. It is this sense of civic energy which is so important. Sitting back and expecting other people to solve problems just doesnt work.

The people of Smarden are lucky that in their midst are large numbers of people who will use some of their spare time for the good of their community. The result of that energy is now tangible in a state of the art building with facilities that would be envied in much larger centres. I hope thousands of people use it in the years ahead."

The Charter Hall is situated in the centre of the historic and picturesque village of Smarden. The village, often referred to as the prettiest in Kent, is well served by local hostelries, with a range of accommodation; and is three miles from Headcorn, which is served by a frequent main-line train service to London.

The Smarden Charter Hall was completed in 2007, built to a high specification, with under floor heating and double glazing. The attractive Wealden design complements the special nature of Smardens conservation area.

The hall has outstanding facilities, including a fully equipped commercial kitchen; 5.5m x 12m Stage with state of the art sound and lighting; disabled access and WC; shower room; CCTV and intruder alarm systems.

Plenty of parking available by the Hall.

Tickets are 10 or 5 for under 16's.

Please check availability of tickets and confirm date / start times with the organiser before setting out, as sometimes changes are unavoidable - thank you.

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