Brenchley Memorial Hall Charity


Brenchley Memorial Hall and Grounds




Brenchley Memorial Hall was constructed by the community in 1922 on land known as the Blackberry Field, purchased from a local farmer. The grounds incorporated the cricket field where Siegfried Sassoon had played cricket in the early 1900s. The Memorial Hall and the surrounding recreation grounds were created by the community for the use of the inhabitants of the Parish of Brenchley and the neighbouring area. Many members of the community in the 1920s made a contribution, either through donations of time or money, by fundraising or by assisting in the construction work. The Podmore family was generous with both its time and funding, making an invaluable contribution to the success of the project.

The village hall and recreation grounds were created to commemorate those men belonging to the Parish and its neighbourhood who gave their lives in the First World War. The Hall and complex were officially opened on 5th February 1923. The Memorial Hall and Grounds are now vested in the Brenchley War Memorial Hall and Recreation Ground Charity, which is administered by Trustees nominated by its sports clubs and the local community. All of the sports facilities are run independently by individual clubs. The former Men’s Club is now leased commercially to Gray’s, a not-for-profit community café, and is open to all.

Memorial Hall Facilities

The Memorial Hall has a number of facilities consisting of a main hall with a stage and lighting, together with kitchen & toilet facilities. The adjoining Meeting Room, originally called the Ladies Room, also has a small kitchen and toilet facilities. The building is surrounded by an extensive car park which provides parking for the Memorial Hall and for the sporting facilities. As well as being used by local societies and groups, the rooms may be hired for private functions, such as wedding receptions and birthday parties, as well as for bring and buy sales, cheese and wine parties, bazaars, fairs, etc. Throughout the week the halls are in use by numerous daytime and evening regular classes.

For more information, visit our website at www.bmhcharity.org . On that site, booking information is provided here and you can view availability of the various facilities here.

Memorial Hall Grounds



Totalling 3.35 hectares (8.27 acres), the current sports facilities on the surrounding land around the Brenchley Memorial Hall consist of Bowls, Football, Tennis and Squash.