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During the 1960s and again in the 1980s, flat roof extensions were added to the hall with little regard to the historical significance of the old WW1 Officers’ Mess. Much of this space is not used efficiently, for example, the changing rooms occupy over 500 square feet but are used for as little as twenty hours a year. The football club has not used them at all in the last two years. The village hall team have to maintain the changing rooms despite them not generating any income for the hall. Following the storm damage in December 2017, the changing rooms have temporarily been converted to a meeting room.

All flat roof extensions will be removed. New, pitched roof extensions will be added front and rear.

The rear extension will allow additional floor space or seating space in the main hall.

The front extension will accommodate toilets and changing facilities for the theatre and sports clubs.

A new building will be added behind the hall. The ground floor will be leased to the community shop group, generating much needed revenue for the hall. Moveable shelving units will allow the shop to occupy the entire ground floor when it is open. When the shop is closed, the shelving units can be moved into the shop area and partitioned off, allowing the space to be used for activities and functions. The ground floor can also accommodate a Post Office and a cafe.


The first floor can be used for functions and exhibitions, and can house a permanent exhibition of historical artefacts and photographs. It will give the community a new, large room that can be hired for their activities and events.

The two buildings will be joined by an umbilical which will act as the main entrance to the village hall and house a lift to the first floor.

This is the view from the north. It shows the west wall of the Officers’ Mess has been restored to its former glory. During the 1960s, most of this wall was knocked down to give access to the flat roof extensions.


It is important to stress that the new building will not be higher than the old Officers’ Mess.

The ‘Nissan hut’ shape was conceived to remind us of the historical origins of the building. When the Officers’ Mess was built in 1917/1918, it was joined by a short umbilical to the YMCA which was a large Nissan hut which stood between the hall and the road.

When it was built, the Officers’ Mess had a large, shed-like extension at the back. This is why the north wall of the hall looks nothing like the other walls. This project will restore this extension, albeit, by a smaller one.

In addition, the car park could be used as a pick-up point for the South Baddesley School mini-bus. This will be safer for the children and cause less congestion on Main Road.

The great thing about this plan is that it will not take up any more space than the original flat roof extensions so no grazing will be lost. If the parking bay opposite the current shop is no longer needed, some of this could be returned to grazing.

Design and artwork by Guy McNair-Wilson

We must stress that what follows is very much an artists impression of what might be possible. It is a bold scheme and will only work if the local community support us.

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