Village Hall ​​


Littlethorpe Village Hall
Littlethorpe Village Hall
Littlethorpe Village Hall
Littlethorpe Village Hall is a venue for a variety of community and social uses including meetings, classes, social events, talks and training sessions. With a capacity of 80 (seated), it offers:
A clean, well-decorated , well-lit and heated venue for most purposes.
​Wi-fi access.
Ample provision of tables and chairs.
A modern kitchen facility with equipment included.
Access and toilets for the disabled.
Baby-changing facilities.
Loop system.
Ample car parking.
Advice on possible catering support.
Regular classes
Art Group
​The Art Group, which has over 20 members, has been running for 18 years, originally meeting in the Ambulance Hall. Because of a shortage of space and lack of adequate parking, it moved to Littlethorpe in 2010. Due to numbers, it split into two groups with Barbara Evans running the Monday group and Brian Nixon, who has lived in Washington Close since 1980, running the Tuesday group. The majority of the artists are members of Ripon Arts and they come from as far afield as Northallerton, Harrogate and Exelby. Brian explained that it is not a teaching session but a workshop which they finish off with a critique of each other's work. Everyone brings their own materials which include cotton buds and twigs (yes, really!) and to quote Brian, "Do their own thing". If you are interested in joining, Brian can be contacted on 01765 604580 and Barbara can be contacted on 01765 677783. 
​The village hall was a hive of activity and fun with budding rugby players clearly enjoying themselves; the parents joined in too. The session even finished with a haka! (See photos below). Jon Steel, who runs the classes, said that the village hall was very inviting being cosy and warm with good facilities. It is a good size and has everything he needs with the car park being ideal as parents stay to watch and access to wi-fi is an added bonus. Jon sent the following information about the classes.

 Make your child's development more fun!
Our fun, structured play sessions for 2-7 years take children on a journey of sporting imagination with engaging and energetic coaches supporting them every step of the way whilst teaching how to catch, pass, kick, run with the ball and play as part of a team.
Our motto
Our motto is simple; "make it more fun". We do this by delivering our specifically designed programme for each age group with energy, enthusiasm and excitement. This creates an atmosphere in the class that is totally unique and engaging for parents and children alike.
Owen Farrell
England fly-half Owen Farrell says...
"Rugbytots' fun and exciting classes really engage the children and provide a fantastic introduction into the game of rugby. I would recommend getting involved."
What to expect...
"Be prepared to run across the jungle, wade through the quick sand or sprint through Rugbytots Valley avoiding all the smoking boulders. Get ready to protect your egg, launch a missile or  attack the pirates and seize the ship, all this of course, whilst trying to avoid the evil side lines!"

Rugbytots - Saturday's 
Age 2-3½ - 30 mins
Classes 8:50am & 9:25am 
Find out more about our toddler classes. Rugbytots’ activities for 2 to 3 year olds are a great way to spend time with your child will they learn and play.

Rugbytots - Saturday's 
Age 3½–5 – 45 mins
10am & 11:40am 
Rugbytots’ activity classes for 31/2 to 5 year olds begin to introduce children to Rugby and the specific skills involved, providing a positive environment for children to discover a new world of sporting imagination.

Rugbytots - Saturday's 
Age 5 – 7 – 45 mins
Class 10:50am 
As your child gets a little older, our classes gently introduce the basic rules of Rugby. Our activities for 5-7 year olds focus on fun, encouragement, building self-esteem and confidence.

A bit about me: My name is Jon Steel and I run Rugbytots Harrogate District & Northallerton. I enjoyed 15 years as a professional Rugby player, during this time representing Scotland in the Six Nations and Autumn Tests. 
Since retiring I have been a PE Teacher for four years. Now recently starting with Rugbytots and building the franchise up in my area. Please come along to the excellent facilities at Littlethorpe Village Hall for a free taster, you can arrange a taster by contacting me via email: 
Or phone: 0345 313 0283 
I look forward to hearing from you. 
How to book
Littlethorpe Village Hall
Charges for Littlethorpe Village Hall in 2018 are £9 per hour for village residents and £10 per hour for non-residents and commercial organisations.
To book the hall, contact Peter Moss on:
01765 450663
Mobile - 07584126254
email -
 ​ Littlethorpe Village Hall Committee
Chair - Angela Seeger-Horner
Vice Chair - Juliet Jowitt
Secretary - Christine Curtis Tel:01765 603786
Treasurer - Wendy Hunton
Bookings secretary - Peter Moss Tel:01765 450663
Committee members -
Christopher Burley
Carol Edmonstone
Sue Little​​
Church representative - Peter Moss
Entertainments representative - Rob Ankcorn
Parish Council representative - Jackie Laugher

​News, Reports and Minutes

Annual General Meeting
​The Annual General Meeting will take place in the village hall on Thursaday 17th May at 7 for 7.30p.m.
Following our recruitment posters for new committee/trustees to join our committee, I am pleased to report that we welcomed 2 new members to our recent committee meeting. Carol Edmonstone and Christopher Burley.  Thank you for volunteering.
We have had a phone line installed so that a phone, for emergency purposes only, can be put in.  This was brought about when the only phone box in the village was taken away.
The committee have also agreed that the installation of  wi-fi should go ahead and steps have been taken to progress this.
The village hall is  being well used on most days and a list of the classes taking place is being put together for next months Roundabout.  We hope you will try some of what is on offer.
Thank you for your support over the past year.
Wishing everyone a Happy and Peaceful Christmas.
​Christine Curtis
​Secretary to Littlethorpe Village Hall Committee

A.G.M. Minutes
On the 18th May we held the Village Hall Committee Annual General Meeting.
Our Trustees/Committee are as follows:
Chairman       Angela Seeger Horner
Vice Chair      Juliet Jowitt
Treasurer        Wendy Hunton
Secretary         Christine Curtis
Representatives of Organisations in the Village:
Peter Moss              St. Michael and All Angels Church
Mandy Downes     Entertainment Committee
Jackie Laugher       Parish Council
Trustee/Committee Members
Jan Laker                            
Sue Little
Angela gave her report thanking all those who help in anyway to keep the hall running smoothly.  Chris Laker for all the odd jobs he takes on, Richard Tite for looking after the flower bed in the car park and Steve Roberts for being our rodent specialist.
Peter was thanked for taking over the Lettings Secretary job from Jan Laker who has done a great job over the past 6 years.
We have had new L.E.D. lighting fitted in the hall and this appears to be going down well with the various classes.
Future projects we are hoping to carry out.  We are at present looking into costings for having Wi-Fi installed and for having an emergency phone.
We had placed a request on our website and in our local publication for people to put their names forward as new trustees but unfortunately no-one has come forward however, if you feel you would like to join us on the committee we would love to meet you.  Please contact Christine Curtis on 01765 603786 or email

Christine Curtis
Secretary Littlethorpe Village Hall

Chair's Annual Report
​Angela Seeger-Horner, Chair of the Village Hall Committee, gave the following report at the A.G.M. held on Thursday 18th May 2017:-

Firstly, I would like to thank all the Village Hall Committee for the continued support and work they do for the village hall. Including Christine Curtis for the work she does as secretary and for keeping the committee updated and Wendy Hunton as treasurer for maintaining the accounts.
As most of you are aware that Jan Laker was lettings secretary until recently when she decided that she wanted to spend more time doing other things and fortunately  for us Peter Moss decided he would take over, which we are grateful for and Jan has continued to support and mentor him during a transition period. Thank you Jan for the fantastic job you have done over the last 6 years ensuring the hall was clean, maintained and for securing bookings. We are pleased also that Jan has decided to remain on the committee as a member.
This year we see the resignation of Nicola Scott who the committee wish to thank for her pivotal role in the success of obtaining grants over the last few years for the hall through all her expertise.
A special thank you goes to Richard Tite for maintaining the little flower bed throughout the year, our ‘odd job’ man Chris Laker for small maintenance jobs he has done and to Steve Roberts our rodent specialist.
We must not forget all the other ‘friends’ of the village hall who support in many different ways when needed.
Again this year the hall has been well used, with numerous regular classes, hiring for birthdays, weddings, christenings and funeral teas, the parish council, entertainments and St Michaels church, because of this the village hall is self-sufficient.
During the last year the committee with the help of ‘friends of the village hall’ provided the teas for the national garden scheme at ‘the manor’ which was a great success and which we will be repeating again this year jointly with St Michael’s church. We also supported Louise Holroyd with her project for Syrian refugees and we continue to support younger people in the village with the ‘Young people’s development fund’ which has provided Kate Grey a grant towards her guiding project.
The committee continue to maintain the village hall to a high standard. The outside has been painted, new lighting is about to be installed with the help from commuted sums and we are currently looking at the feasibility of the availability of Wi-Fi and an emergency phone within the village hall.
Finally, I would like to thank Liz Tite on behalf of the committee for the article last month in ‘Roundabout’ on the rendition she gave on ‘Our Village Hall – a fabulous facility’ through the eyes of a villager over the last 10 years. We hope as a committee that the village hall continues to thrive and used for a long time into the future. We would welcome new members to join the committee who would like to be part of this vision. If anyone is interested please contact any of the committee to find out more.


Littlethorpe Village Hall is situated on Littlethorpe Lane in the heart of the village close to Ripon by-pass.
Leaving the by-pass at the Dalamires Lane roundabout, continue along Littlethorpe Road until you see the St. Michael's Church on the left-hand side (marked on the map). Carry straight on for approximately 50 metres and the village hall can clearly be seen on the lefthand side.
If arriving along Littlethorpe Lane, the village hall can be seen on the right just before the church.
​The postcode is HG4 3LG.