History of Mortimer Hall

Mortimer Hall, the village Community Centre, is sited on land owned by the Parish Council but the building was built by public subscription. It is run on a day to day basis by a Management Committee who all live in the area and are elected on a yearly basis.

Mortimer Hall is named after the Reverend John Hamilton Mortimer who was the vicar of Marston from 1904 to 1951. He was much loved by the community and played a significant part in establishing a recreational ground for the village (which was reduced when the Marston Ferry Road was built).

They pay the Parish Council a nominal rent of 5p a year for the land and an agreement was signed in 2005 giving a 35 year lease.

For several years the committee have been working towards improving the facilities by providing toilets for the disabled and improving the existing toilets. The roof of the hall also needs replacing and general repairs and upgrading is required. With the small committee this has taken longer than anticipated to achieve.

Activities at the Hall include a Pre-school and St Johns Ambulance use the hall for their youth group, We also have a Dancing School that covers a wide range of styles and an even wider range of ages, and ante-natal yoga class For further details on these activities see the notice-board at the hall.

The Hall is also used by a wide range of organisations including the Parish Council, the Allotment Association and Local and Government elections. The hall is available on Tuesday evenings for local organisations to hold meetings. It is hired out at weekends for children's parties -there is special rate on Sunday afternoons of £30 (maximum 30 guests). The hall is also available for adult parties. If you are interested in hiring the Hall, contact Chris Crane on 727995.

Finally if you want to get involved with the Hall come and join the Hall Committee, we are always looking for volunteers to spread the work around. Contact Chris Crane on 01865-727995 or e-mail at

In the mid-1980s the hall had fallen into a poor state of repair. Many local residents rallied around and raised funds for its refurbishment. Since then we have raised more funds to continue to improve the standards and provision of the premises and grounds and are grateful for the support of the Parish Council and local residents that have helped us to have a village hall of high quality that serves the community.

You can take a look at Mortimer Hall and its grounds on our gallery page. To find out more about Mortimer Hall and it’s history visit our Archives page.