Harpsden Village Hall enjoys a glorious rural position approximately one mile from Henley-on-Thames, South Oxfordshire. It is situated in the centre of the village of Harpsden, in an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. The Hall, meeting room and recreation field are available for hire to organisations and individuals. They offer an attractive venue for parties and celebrations, wedding receptions and activity group meetings.
Due to its unique ambience, Harpsden Hall has been used as a film location by the BBC in their ‘Down to Earth Series’ and recently by ITV for an episode of ‘Miss Marple’.
In addition to the small field behind the Hall, the Trust owns the football and cricket fields, used respectively by AFC Henley and Harpsden Cricket Club, which was founded by John Hodges. The football field is the site of the Harpsden Fĕte held each year in June on Father’s Day.
Press statement: 21st February 2017
The Trustees of The John Hodges’ Trust for Harpsden Hall fully respect how much the inhabitants of Harpsden and the surrounding neighbourhood value the playing fields. It is a tribute to what John Hodges, the benefactor, wanted to achieve that so much use is made of the ground, especially as he was a believer in the need for facilities for local inhabitants to pursue recreational activities as well as facilities for organised team sports.
There appears to have been a misunderstanding and we want to reassure everyone that the Trust and no other party has the right to set the terms and conditions for access to the Harpsden football ground*.
The Trust believes that inhabitants should have free access to the ground the whole year round when AFC Henley do not have matches, training sessions, or when maintenance is required. The Trust also believes that the Trust, AFC Henley and the local inhabitants should collectively do what we reasonably can to look after the quality of the ground, and particularly the goal mouths.
The Trust believes this approach is the best way to meet John Hodges’ objectives.
* The lease agreement with AFC Henley states: “The Tenant permits the Landlord to use the Football Field and/or the Pavilion for such purposes as the Landlord may require during the months of May to August inclusive and at such other times during the term as it may choose, but in the latter case only during such times as the same are not required by the Tenant for the Permitted Use.” (The Permitted Use means ‘use for the purposes of a football field’)