28 School Lane, EX2 6LB


A friendly village hall for the community run by local volunteers

Village Hall Front

The first village hall in Countess Wear was built in 1922 by local men returning from the war, after the locally residing Lady Granger kindly gifted the land to the community to be used for such a building. In more recent years, members of the village hall committee and local community put in huge amounts of hard work to fund raise the money needed to build a lovely, new, modern hall (no more having to worry about a tin roof!) and in 2016, the hard work paid off and our current village hall was built.

We're proud to currently offer a wide range of activities, courses and events to the local community and we're able to offer great spaces available for hire.


The latest village hall newsletters;

August 2020
January 2020
We're Open!

It's great to have the doors open and the hall being used again after all this time.

Some fitness classes will be returning to the hall including Pilates, Yoga and Line Dancing, please get in touch with the class organisers directly to book a space as numbers will be limited to adhere to all social distancing guide lines or send us an email if you have any queries.

If you’re looking for a new venue to offer your classes or workshops from then we’d love to hear from you! We currently have more availability than usual in our weekly timetable and are always keen to offer more things to the community, please feel free to get in touch to arrange a visit to the hall.

Update from the committee

Hello everyone

Firstly, and most importantly, we hope you’re all keeping safe and well. These certainly are unusual times for us all and while things have sometimes been difficult, it has been a great source of positivity to see so many communities coming closer together to offer support and help to those who may need it. We wanted to keep you in the picture and give a brief insight into what we’ve been doing since March to try and ensure that anyone within our community who may need or want help from us, knows that we’re here.

The Village Hall Committee are; registered as volunteers with the Estuary League of Friends (ELOF) as they are the designated support hub with the council for this area, are registered with ECC and DCC community groups, have contacted our local community builder (Barbara) to offer ourselves as volunteers, have offered help on our Facebook page, have been in touch with people around the area (through friends, neighbours, informal groups, email groups, WhatsApp, Facebook etc), we’ve also posted notes through lots of doors in the area offering help.

So far our efforts have put two volunteers in touch with a family and we have a great team of people on standby who've come forward to help anyone else in need. A huge thank you to everyone who's been in touch to offer help and to the volunteers who helped distribute notes around the area.

In other news, due to the current measures in place, the committee have been unable to meet in person to elect new officer roles for 20/21 or to welcome the new members to the team so we have done this online instead. We've also taken this opportunity of unexpected down time to have the downstairs of the village hall building redecorated throughout to keep everything spick and span, ensuring that all social distancing guide lines are adhered to of course. We're working on possible plans for opening the hall later in the year when it's safe to do so and look forward to welcoming you all to our rescheduled events and activities.

Take care everyone and best wishes,
The Countess Wear Village Hall Committee



Due to the current situation, we're currently running a more limited timetable. More activities will be added here as and when they are confirmed and the timetable will begin to look a lot more like normal as things continue to get safer.




Craft & Gift Fair

We’ve rescheduled this fair for Autumn and as long as we can host it safely when the time comes around, then we’ll be welcoming back a variety of local crafters with lovely things for sale. From home made, organic soaps to ceramics, plants and textiles.

If we can, we will also have hot drinks and cakes available to enjoy with a sit down, so even if you just want to pop in for a cuppa and a look around, everyone will be welcome!


Hire the hall

We regularly hire the hall out for celebrations, classes, courses, meetings, wakes and all sorts of other events so please feel free to fill in the booking form below or get in touch if you have any enquiries, we would be happy to meet and show you around.

There are a number of different spaces available for hire, on the ground floor we have our main hall which is our largest, bright and airy room, there are plenty of tables and chairs if needed and there is also a serving hatch through to the kitchen. The kitchen is suitable for making drinks, washing up and is well stocked to serve premade food from. The ground floor also has ladies, gents and disbaled toilets as well as baby changing facilities and there is a lift up to the first floor.

Upstairs we have two cosier meeting rooms which are carpeted and have tables/chairs available for use as needed. We do also have a television and projector which can be made available for use during your hire, just let us know about your requirements and we'll do our best to meet them.

  • Main Hall
  • 13 x 7 meters
  • £15 per hour
  • Meeting Room
  • 5.5 x 3.5 meters
  • £12.50 per hour
  • Kitchen
  • Basic facilities
  • £5 per rental

It makes for a decent music venue for up to around 100 strong audience without too demanding a PA system. Have seen Mick Groves and the Spinners Legends perform at the venue in the past and hope to do so again.

It makes for a decent music venue for up to around 100 strong audience without too demanding a PA system.

Mark H, Facebook

We recently hired Countess Wear Village Hall to host after the funeral of a loved one. The facilities were immaculate, clean and new and the hall worked perfectly as a blank slate to build upon when styling. We'd like to thank those who volunteered and for being so kind and helpful especially when packing down and cleaning on behalf of the family.

The facilities were immaculate, clean and new and the hall worked perfectly as a blank slate to build upon when styling.

Rebecca H, Facebook

Lovely new hall.

Sandi S, Google

This is a really lovely, clean space and the staff are very friendly.

Craig G, Google

Great facility!

Lord A., Google


28 School Lane, Exeter, EX2 6LB
07709 687415
Trustees, Management Committee and Officers 2020-21
Trustees: Alan Suter, Chris Moore, Tim Davies, Vacancy*
Chairman: Carole Raymond
Deputy Chairman: Tim Davies
Treasurer: Sarah Brimblecombe
Secretary: Helen Laws
Committee Members: Angela Goddard, Carole Raymond, Chris Moore, Helen Laws, Jess Startin (Administrator), Jill Weller, Jo Dew-Jones, Mitzie Slater, Sarah Brimblecombe, Tim Davies
*Anyone with an interest in becoming a trustee should contact the Secretary via email

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