Chelmsford's new Highwood Village Hall is getting off to a good start - it is in the process of applying for a licence so that it can hold indoor sports events, live music and hold plays for all the community to enjoy.
Village Halls up and down the country are the hub of activity and village life, and soon so will Highwood Village Hall.
After the old building was demolished for safety reasons, the new hall, in Loves Green, Chelmsford opened earlier this month.
Chelmsford Council’s licensing committee was set to decide on the application on Wednesday night.
Nicolette Chambers, ward councillor for Highwood, said: “I welcome this news and hope the new hall is going to get used to its full potential.
“I hope it does get used because there is so much we could do with it. I hope it does not end up like many village halls and just forgotten about.
“The community of the village is lovely and we have the potential to make it a real hub. I understand residents will be worried about the potential noise, but I hope conditions can be agreed which please everyone.”
If approved, the hall will be allowed to stage dance performances, boxing or wrestling events and any events with recorded music.
The conditions of the licence mean any of these events could take place between 8am and 10.30pm, from Sunday to Thursday, and between 8am and 11.30pm, Fridays and Saturdays.
It would also allow for events on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.