About Us

Address: Rhossili Village Hall, Middleton, Swansea SA3 1PL
Telephone: 01792 391509
Email: info@rhossili.org

The Hall Trustees

The hall is run by a Management Committee of twelve Trustees, who are responsible for maintaining the fabric of the building and for ensuring that it continues to serve the needs of the community.

Office Name Representing Since
Chair John Furneaux Elected 2001
Vice-Chair Sarah Walmsley Keep Fit 1991
Treasurer Stephen Walmsley Community Council 2006
Secretary (Minute) Vicki James Youth Club 2003
  Tracey Button Elected 2015
  Gill Evans Christian Fellowship 2007
  Jeff Higgins Community Council 2010
  Josephine Higgins Co-opted 2016
  Marian Potts Elected 2010
  Robert Symberlist Elected 1999
  Vacant Pitton Chapel
  Vacant St Mary's Church

Rhossili Village Hall became a registered charity in February 1973. The Trustees include representatives nominated by each of the groups that use the hall regularly, including two representatives from the Community Council, plus others nominated and elected annually by the local community. The Trustees undertake the work on a voluntary basis.

There are four sub-Committees that are tasked to meet as and when required to discuss detail and make recommendations to the Trustees:

  • The Building sub-Committee focuses on the development and maintenance of the facilities;
  • The Bunkhouse sub-Committee focuses on the management and running of the Bunkhouse;
  • The Marketing sub-Committee focuses on promoting the Bunkhouse and Hall;
  • The Social sub-Committee focuses on the planning and delivery of community events held at the hall.

The membership of the sub-Committees is not restricted to the Trustees. All local residents are very welcome to contribute to planning events and promoting and maintaining the facilites through one of these informal teams.

Rhossili Bunkhouse Limited

On 1st May 2014, Rhossili Bunkhouse Limited took over the day to day operation of Rhossili Bunkhouse on behalf of the Trustees of Rhossili Village Hall.

Rhossili Bunkhouse Limited is a not-for-profit company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rhossili Village Hall. The company has been set up to ensure that the primary purpose of the charity isn't compromised and that any risks to the charity associated with running such an enterprise are minimised. All profit generated by the company is donated to the charity. Two of the three company directors are also Trustees of Rhossili Village Hall.

Company No. 08436084. Registered Office: Rhossili Village Hall, Middleton, Rhossili, Swansea SA3 1PL

The Manager

Rhossili Bunkhouse Limited employs a part-time permanent Manager, Josephine Higgins, based at the Hall Office. Jo is responsible for managing all bookings for the Bunkhouse, Meeting Room and Hall, and submitting a monthly summary report of activity to the Trustees. Booking enquiries are submitted via the online form which automatically sends Jo an email message containing the booking details. Jo also coordinates the staff who 'Meet & Greet' Bunkhouse guests and the staff who Clean the premises.

About the Hall

Before the hall was built, there was a smaller hall just a stone's throw away within what is now the confines of Ship Farm (then 'The Ship' inn). Edgar Evans, who perished along with Captain Scott while striving to return from the South Pole, was born in Rhossili and was married in this earlier building.

The current hall was built in 1924 in Middleton, on land between St Mary's Church in Rhossili and the Chapel in Pitton; to serve the whole community. The original project was undertaken by four farmers and a butcher, who became the first Trustees and whose descendants still live in the area and use the hall today, plus an agent of the Penmaen Estate on whose land the "Public Hall" was constructed:

  • George Beynon, Farmer, Ship Cottage, Middleton, Rhossili
  • George Austin Button, Farmer, Pitton, Rhossili
  • Samuel Richards, Farmer, Bay Farm, Rhossili
  • George Thomas, Farmer, Worms Head Cottage, Rhossili
  • Martin Tucker, Butcher, Pitton Cross, Rhossili
  • Hopkin Llewellyn Prichard, Agent, Penmaen Estate

Apart from the main hall, there was an ante-room at the southern end, which later served as a kitchen and meeting room. Over the years, the building was extended twice, mainly to provide toilet and storage facilities. The Trustees took out a bank loan to fund an extension in the 1960s.

In the 1980s the land occupied by the hall was acquired by the Trustees.

During the late 1990s it became clear that the facilities were in need of a major facelift and, more importantly, would have to be modified to meet the new disability legislation (the Disability Discrimination Acts of 1995 and 2005) to enable equal access by all.

In 1999-2000 three reports were published highlighting the need for improved facilities in the village and recommending actions. The last of these reports was based on the results of a Community Appraisal questionnaire, which had a 70% return. This invaluable survey provided the direction and underpinned the actions taken subsequently by the Trustees.

In 2003 a development project was started to construct a separate building linked to the hall, which would not only meet the needs of the new legislation, but also meet the changing needs of the community and ensure the future sustainability of the facilities. This would be achieved through the provision of bunkhouse accommodation for visitors. Information about the project, which was completed in 2007, can be found on the development page.

Since 2007, the income from the Bunkhouse has enabled the Trustees to achieve their goal of the Village Hall becoming self-sufficient. So as to minimise any risk to the charity and to ensure that its Primary Purpose isn't compromised, a not-for-profit trading company was set up by the Trustees in 2013 to operate the Bunkhouse on their behalf. Rhossili Bunkhouse Limited started trading on 1 May 2014.

The extended community of Rhossili includes the hamlets of Middleton, Pitton, Pitton Cross, Pilton Green and Pylewell; around 120 properties that stretch east from Rhossili towards Scurlage. There are approximately 220 adults on the Electoral Register and 60 young people in the village. It is still a strong farming community, but also includes a number of professional people who work mainly in Swansea, plus a number of lively retired people.

It is becoming clear (2016) that as properties come onto the market many are now being bought as second homes or holiday lets rather than family homes. While this may be good for local businesses in the summer months, it is diminishing the number of permanent residents. However, the core of the active community continues to be enthusiastic and committed.

If you are a Rhossili resident and are interested in helping to maintain a lively community, perhaps because you have skills which may benefit the community, please contact us. You will be very welcome.

If you have further information about the history of the Hall, events, photos, stories, please contact us!