Our existing user groups

Walton Village Hall offers excellent facilities for a whole range of users - from nursery children right through to our retired members of The University of the Third Age (U3A)!  We have included brief profiles of some of our existing users that give an idea of the flexible nature of the hall's facilities.  And of course, if you like the sound of any of our existing groups, get in touch - new members are always welcome.

Walton Pre-School

Walton under-fives Pre-School has been running for 18 years. Since the year 2000 it has been based in Walton Village Hall. This provides a great venue, with a spacious light playing area and a quieter room to the side. There is a fantastic range of equipment, toys and craft materials allowing access to the whole early years curriculum. Good use is also made of outside space including a special garden area as well as the local park and hard court.

The pre-school is run by dedicated, well qualified staff and has a low children to staff ratio. Each child has a named key worker who forges good links with the parents/carer. The pre-school received an outstanding Ofsted report in 2007 and has worked hard to maintain this level of practice since then; again receiving a good award in March 2015

The pre-school is open from 9am – 1pm Monday, Thursday and Friday and 9am - 3pm on Tuesday.  We take children from 2 years until they leave for school. The group has good links with the Walton community and the primary school next door.

For more information or to arrange a visit please contact Alison Harvey – Manager on 07770 757978



Jan Horrox Textile and Cloth Doll Classes

Jan Horrox is a textile designer and cloth doll designer/maker living in Glastonbury.  Jan holds several weekend workshops during the year in the large hall of Walton Village Hall, which provides an ideal comfortable space. These normally run from Saturday 10am – 7pm, and Sunday 10am – 4pm.  This provides 16 hours of quite intensive instruction on the art of designing and constructing your own cloth doll. These are Art Dolls and not suitable for small children.

All processes are covered, focussing on the sculpted head, features, five finger hands and jointing of limbs. Everyone attending is encouraged to bring their own design ideas which can then be made using a versatile pattern template. A kit of the basics is provided for all attending. Machine sewing competence is necessary to take part.

Jan Horrox has been working in textiles since the 1970’s when on graduating college she taught part-time at Somerset Art College in Taunton. Jan is the author of ‘An Introduction to Making Cloth Dolls’ as well as ‘Making Fantasy Cloth Dolls'.

Jan can be contacted by phone on 07734 747529 or by email - janhorroxx@gmail.com  Alternatively, visit her website - www.janhorrox.co.uk


Shapwick and Polden Cricket Club

Shapwick & Polden Cricket Club uses Walton Playing Fields as our home ground for our 3rd & 4th teams.  Formed in November 2014 following a merger between the neighbouring Ashcott and Shapwick and Chilton Polden Cricket Clubs., in 2017 it will field 4 senior teams on Saturdays with the 1st XI playing in the West of England Premier League (WEPL), the 2nd, 3rd XIs playing in the Somerset Cricket League and the 4th XI in the newly formed "Flexi" League. We will also field a team in the Taunton Sunday League.  Why not join us at our training night starting from Easter Tuesday from 6-30 at Northbrook Road, Shapwick.

We have a thriving junior section and teams for all ages up to under 16s, training occurs at Shapwick Monday evenings from 6-30 starting after easter for up to 13 year olds. This season we will be launching new “All Stars” ECB endorsed cricket programme that will be aimed at 5-8 year olds as an introduction into cricket.

As part of the Chance to Shine charity we coach cricket in local primary schools including Walton,.  If your child enjoys the cricket we coach them please bring them along on a Monday night for more of the same.

New members both adult and junior are always welcome as are volunteers especially to help coach the juniors. You can find a lot of information on www.aandscc.org but if you want to know more or get involved then please contact Jon Ball jon1978@hotmail.com or Martin Baker martin@aandscc.org and for Junior cricket information judithwanliss@hotmail.co.uk



Yoga Somerset

Starting on Wednesday 17th May 2017, traditional Hatha Yoga classes held weekly from 8 – 9.15 pm, cost £8 per class, taught by Julia Wheatley – a British Wheel of Yoga trained teacher who has been teaching since 1989.  These will be mixed ability classes, suitable for beginner and intermediate level students. Julia has experience of teaching yoga to prisoners on a drug rehabilitation programme, visually impaired people, and to school students at risk of exclusion. As well as being a member of the British Wheel of Yoga she is also a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS).

A typical yoga class will begin with a short relaxation incorporating a breathing practice, followed by warm up exercises, a variety of postures (asanas), and a final relaxation. Meditation and Mindfulness techniques may also be included. Please bring a mat +/or blanket, and wear loose, comfortable clothing.

For further details, contact Julia on 07941 550617, julia.wheatley@virgin.net or www.yogasomerset.co.uk

Holy Trinity Church Group

Holy Trinity Church (HTC), Walton is the Village church has been a long established user of the Village Hall. We have a regular repeat booking every year in October for the Harvest Supper. This has been a successful annual event since the opening of the Village Hall.

The hall is great as a useful and adaptable space to enable a variety of activities.  In the main, we tend to use it for hosting food / eating events. The space and layout comfortably enables us to seat approximately 120 people. In recent years we have successfully hosted our Harvest Supper, Charity fundraising suppers and events of this type.

Last year we had a lovely event when we hosted the Queen's 90th Birthday Village Tea Party...we had in excess of 200 people to the event. Folk came and went as suited over the three hour event - good company, tea, coffee, cake, scones, cool drinks and ice creams. The facilities enabled us to have a social and entertainment function in the hall, and enabled us to have a family interactive area outside, with bouncy castles and inflatables...something for everyone.

Children are an important part of our Church and Village life. We have a busy and thriving Friday evening Youth Group at HTC called - "Wildfire". This is based at the church starting at 7.00pm, but on occasions during the year, it transfers over to make use of the Village Hall facilities. Great to play rounders, 'flag' games and other large team activities on the playing fields, football on the MUGA, or to have a Christmas party and disco in the hall.


University of the Third Age

Street and Glastonbury U3A are delighted to be able to use Walton Village Hall for meetings of some of its groups and for events with larger audiences.

There are  local U3As all over the UK, which are charities in their own right and are run entirely by volunteers. Street and Glastonbury U3A has been in existence for over 25 years and draws upon the knowledge, experience and skills of its own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership. Each year there is the chance to take part in a wide range of activities in such fields as art, languages, music, history, life sciences, computing, dance, crafts, photography and walking.

The U3A approach to learning is – learning for pleasure. There is no accreditation or validation and there are no assessments or qualifications to be gained.

Currently in Street and Glastonbury we have a membership of 480 people and they participate in one or more of some 40 plus activities and events. Our membership fees are £10 per person. Most classes operate on a fortnightly basis for which a termly charge of £6 is made. Typically a term means 6 sessions. Individuals wishing to sample programmes are welcome. A nominal charge of £1 is made for such attendances.

For information on what activities are available see our website at www.u3asites.org.uk/street-glastonbury or contact Julie Hillman on 01458 446643.


Meet & Greet - Knit & Natter

Meet and Greet which is held every first Wednesday of the Month 2pm – 4pm in the Village Hall Lounge, is a friendly place where you can have a free cup of tea and a chat.  Some choose to stay for the 2 hours, others an hour or less; it is up to you.   The monthly meeting has become a life line for some. The following are the words of Pauline.

“When I moved here in January 2015, I felt very lost having left many good friends behind, then I saw the article in the Walton Village magazine, speaking about  the Meet and Greet, I showed this to a friend who was staying with me. So off we went on the first Wednesday and from that date I’ve never looked back, I’ve a host of new friends who are kind and helpful, which at my age is a blessing, they have certainly made such a difference to my life and to settling into a new home and area”.

People were asking if they could meet more than once a month, so Knit and Natter was born and is held on the Third Wednesday of the Month 2pm – 4pm again in the Village Hall Lounge.  You can come along with any craft and share your skills, or if you would like to learn how to knit or crochet there are people who can help you. I never thought I would be learning how to knit at my age but I am really enjoying it. Here is a little ditty from John one of our gentlemen members who comes along with his cross stich work.

“Knit and Natter what chatter, when we try to explain what the matter is. Stitches dropped what a pain,  we have to start off again. It is good to stop and have some tea it helps our family."

There is a small charge of £1 for the Knit and Natter. Any further information please contact Jenny on 01458 445380. Come along and give it a go we look forward to seeing you.


Walton W.I.

Walton W.I. is a great supporter of the village hall. We hold weekly table tennis sessions on Wednesdays 11.00am to 12.30pm, monthly evening meetings on the second Thursday of the month (except August), regular kurling sessions, social events such as the Soup and Puds lunches recently, the occasional barn dances and singing & entertainment practices there.   Our members support the Fun Day & church afternoons by providing help and homemade cakes, not to mention donating the water heater unit in the kitchen and sewing curtains where required. With a membership of sixty eight and a regular attendance at meetings of over fifty, Walton Village Hall is the perfect venue for Walton W.I.

The picture below was taken recently and shows some of our newer members outside the Cottage Brewery in Lovington before a tour there. Members activites include table tennis, golf croquet, singing, entertainment, tennis, 'Explore Your Local Area' walks and tours, kurling, skittles, crafts, theatre trips, outings, lunches, whist and Scrabble. We also support the Street Country Market on Thursday mornings and other W.I. and County events. For a list of upcoming events, visit our blog waltonwi.wordpress.com