Bracecamp -- Click here for What's On

The Bracecamp Parish Hall lies in the centre of Ormesby St. Margaret and was built in 1939 as a church hall. The hall was named after the Revd. Frank Bracecamp who was the Vicar at that time. In 1987 the Church sold the hall to the Parish Council and Village. A Management Committee was set up to run the hall as a charity with all money generated being used to maintain and improve the hall's facilities for the benefit of all.

Since the church gave up the hall it has changed from being, a not much used, sorry looking building to an up to date well used and equipped facility.

The improvements since 1987 include a new roof, new windows, a heating system, improved toilet facilities including toilets for the disabled, a kitchen, a wooden floor in the main hall, a small room extension and store rooms. This has all been achieved by prudent management of the money obtained by fundraising, donations and grants.

The hall has evolved into a warm welcoming venue for the village and as a result it is used by 25 organisations mostly on a weekly basis. In addition to the 'regulars' the hall is used for bingo sessions, sales, parties and 'The Village Show'. Up to now 'The Juggler' (Booking Secretary) has managed to keep all the balls in the air.

Each year a new project

  • 2013 Replace ceiling tiles in Main Hall.
    Installation of new Sound System
    incorporating induction loop system.
  • 2012 New hand driers in toilets
    and new cupboards
  • 2011 Oil Tank Fenced. Kitchen Fire Doors
  • 2010 New Cooker, & Fridge, Floor Covering
    for Kitchen & Meeting Room
  • 2009 Heating of main lobby and toilets
  • 2008 Hall floor re-sanded and sealed
  • 2007 Curtains for the hall & stage
  • 2006 New chairs and a loop system

The Committee

The committee work together as a team for the good of the hall's many and varied users.

The fifteen person committee is made up of a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary with responsibility for bookings, Treasurer and a representative from each regular non business user groups.

The Aims

The committee has always striven to keep fees low so that as many people and organisations as possible can afford to use the hall and in this respect they have been very successful. At the same time they have been able to generate enough money to maintain and improve the hall, pay the bills and employ a part-time cleaner.

Guess who is at Bracecamp

Now it's quiz time. Before you proceed we invite you to take part in a little fun.

Put pen to paper and try to compile a list of the groups you think use the hall. We think you will be surprised by the diversity.

We'll give you a start ..... the Ormesby Lace Group