Approaching its 100th year in 2025, the Village Hall (affectionately known in its early days as “The Hut” ) is a unique venue in the heart of Godshill village in the New Forest in Hampshire. As well as hosting a range of fun and varied events throughout the year organised by the Village Hall Committee, the hall is available for private hire. The facilities include banqueting chairs and tables, a first-class well equipped kitchen, entertainment stage, lighting and sound system, and a skittle alley, all set within the delightful décor of this unique hall. The rural setting offers plenty of parking, disabled access and an induction loop permanently enabled. There's also outdoor space to make use of the hall’s marquee should the British weather not be too obliging! The hall has a WI-FI facility with access details provided on the notice board at the back of the hall's main room..
Godshill is a small, friendly village nestled in the natural and beautiful surroundings of the New Forest National Park. The village is situated on the north side of the Forest along the B3078, just over a mile from the charming riverside town of Fordingbridge, built on the banks of the River Avon. Indeed, Godshill is well placed. Less than 10 miles from the market town of Ringwood and just 30 minutes from Salisbury and Southampton. Bournemouth with its fabulous beaches is only 18 miles and Winchester less than 25 miles. Godshill is a popular spot for walking, cycling and horseriding and is home to the Fighting Cocks pub and Sandy Balls Holiday Park with all of its facilities.
The Village Hall was opened by Lady Hulse in January 1925 after it was agreed some two years earlier that a Recreation Room was necessary for the village! Up until the 1950’s Godshill was primarily a farming village with a population of just 100 in the 1851 Census, the villagers ran Commoners farms, which gives right to turn out ponies, cattle and donkeys to graze on the unenclosed parts of the New Forest. In the Second World War, the village formed its own Home Guard with Sandy Balls used as the vantage point when an invasion seemed imminent. The Cricket Pitch formed an airfield with troops (both British and American) camping along Southampton Road ahead of the D-Day landings and the close by bombing range allowed for the experimental bouncing bomb and Big Bertha. The Fighting Cocks pub stands opposite the old Village Green where the cock fighting pit is still visible today and the natural shallow pond (which usually dries up most summers) is a haven for the roaming ponies and donkeys,