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A new village hall for April 2019 serving Lyng and the surrounding communities

About Lyng & District Community Hall (Lyng Village Hall)

The Objects of our Charity...


To provide a welcoming and active hub for our community, with the means to achieve a

healthy and well-integrated community, considerably reducing loneliness and isolation and

forging a stronger bond between all age, social and interest groups through shared

activities and social interaction at Lyng & District Community Hall.


Our Aims

Our mission is to create a welcoming, inclusive hub for an active, healthy community:

  • enhance the recreational and social needs of our community

  • promote health and well being

  • provide activities to improve interaction and integration between all age, social and interest groups

  • benefit individual groups with specifically focused activities

  • draw together all sections of our community leading to fewer people experiencing feelings of isolation and loneliness

  • provide a functioning centre for our own community which is easily accessible

Trustees and Management

We are a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) with a Trust Deed and a Board of Trustees.

Board of Trustees

Chair: Mr Tom Gittins

Mr Scott Forster
Mr Mike Kibart

Mrs Emma Forster

Mr Nick Asbery

Mrs Simone Payne

Mrs Hannah Goodwin

SecretaryDeborah Asbery

Key Holders:

Scott Forster

Nick Asbery

Deborah Asbery

Simone Payne

Bookings: Emma Forster

Treasurer: Clare Hines
Housekeeper:  Becky Wade

Website & Publicity:  Emma & Scott Forster

"The object of the CIO is the provision and maintenance of a non-sectarian and non-political village and community hall for the benefit of the inhabitants of the parishes of Lyng and adjoining parishes in the County of Norfolk.
Without distinction of religious beliefs or political opinions, including for meetings, lectures and classes, and other forms of recreation and leisure occupation, reading, social intercourse and physical training."
String of Hands

History of the Project

1951 saw the conveyance of land from the Sayer family.  In 1953 the original building was built and used as a village hall and ex-servicemen's club for

Lyng and nearby Sparham, and was registered as a charity in 1966.  


By the 1990's the hall was becoming tired and a team of volunteers started fundraising for a new hall.  In 2011 a full structural survey report revealed the

building was not fit for purpose, and so a new project team of dedicated volunteers started work on getting Lyng a new village hall.

After a couple of failed attempts at Stage 1 to apply for funding from the National Lottery Community Fund in 2013 and 2014, a third application was

successfully accepted at Stage 1 in November 2015.

On 13th June 2017 we were incredibly pleased and proud to announce that our application to the National Lottery Community Fund was successful and

our community was awarded a grant of £744,516 to build a new village hall.


The original team of volunteers that started fundraising 

for a new hall raised over £40,000

In 2017 we received a grant
of £744,526 from the Big Lottery Fund

The Community Fund plaque
at the new hall


Buy-a-Brick Appeal

We raised over £6,200 with our community Buy-a-Brick Appeal.  It was a fantastic opportunity for individuals, families and businesses to make a donation and have an etched brick mounted on the outside of the hall.

We are starting our Buy a Brick fundraiser again due to lots of people asking if they can purchase a brick. The money raised from these will go towards the maintenance and running costs of the building.

To buy your brick click here


Thank you to our Funders

A sincere thank you goes out to all the people and businesses that have supported, volunteered and donated to our new village hall project.  

The following have given capital grants and donations towards the project costs, and equipment:

  • National Lottery Community Fund

  • Breckland Council

  • The Garfield Weston Foundation

  • The Geoffrey Watling Charity

  • The Snelling Charitable Trust

  • The Lind Trust

  • The Paul Bassham Charitable Trust

  • The Foyle Foundation

  • Lyng Stores Ltd

  • Lyng Activities Group (LAG)

  • Norfolk Provincial Freemasons, Royal George Chapter 52

  • Sport England

  • Norwich Office Supplies

  • Chapel Doors Ltd

We have also had great support from many people and businesses through our Buy-a-Brick appeal raising over £5,500:

  • Howdens Joinery, Dereham

  • Draper & Nichols Ltd

  • Manor Adventure – Norfolk Lakes, Lyng

  • MJY Patterns, Lyng

  • Lyng Stores & Tea Room

  • MPH Ltd

  • Norfolk Recycling Ltd

  • Mattishall Pharmacy

  • Norwich Viking Motor Cycle Club

  • Enviro Timber Engineering

  • Wensum Valley Nursery School, Lyng

  • Friends of Lyng School (FOLS)

  • Lyng History Group

  • Wensum Valley Hand Bell Ringers, Lyng

  • Women’s Friendly Hour, Lyng

  • St. Margaret's Church, Lyng

  • Bird Seed Sales, Lyng
    ...and to all the individuals and families that have donated too!


The whole project was completed with much help from the professional services of:

  • Draper & Nichols Ltd

  • Charles Emberson Architect

  • MPH Ltd

  • Andrew Morton Associates

  • Norwich Office Supplies

  • Britannia Blinds

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