28 School Lane, EX2 6LB


A friendly village hall for the community run by local volunteers

Village Hall Front

The first village hall in Countess Wear was built in 1922 by local men returning from the war, after the locally residing Lady Granger kindly gifted the land to the community to be used for such a building. In more recent years, members of the village hall committee and local community put in huge amounts of hard work to fund raise the money needed to build a lovely, new, modern hall (no more having to worry about a tin roof!) and in 2016, the hard work paid off and our current village hall was built.

We're proud to currently offer a wide range of activities, courses and events to the local community and we're able to offer great spaces available for hire.

Community Survey

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our community survey - we look forward to using your feedback to help shape our future plans.

The prize winners will be drawn and announced soon. We will also be launching a new feedback section on the website in the near future too - so watch this space!


The latest village hall newsletters;

We're Open!

From the 12th of April, this community venue can reopen for certain activities in line with the latest Government guidance. How great it is to be taking these steps out of lockdown and looking towards a more positive rest of year.

We have a special offer running at the moment for all regular rentals of £10 per hour to hire the main hall, instead of the usual £15! So if you’ve been thinking of starting a class or making an enquiry about using this community space, now is the perfect time!

Please see below for more information about the current activities running at the hall as well as lots of other things returning to the hall next month too. We’ll keep things updated as more things are added to the timetable.

Update from the committee

We’re delighted to say that the Village Hall will re-open for some activities from April the 12th, including our Ducklings playgroup, Drama Tots classes, The Maternity Collective antenatel & hypnobirthing classes and household bubble private bookings. Covid secure rules will continue, including hands, face and space, and our covid secure cleaning procedures will ensure the Hall maintains its high standard of cleanliness.

We usually host several regular indoor sport and exercise classes such as pilates, yoga, line dancing, karate and healing moves. These are scheduled to restart in line with step 3 of the Government’s road map in May. We hope to open fully on or after 21st June and although we have yet to confirm any community social events, we will keep you informed about the programme as it takes shape.

Your vote is your voice and on May 6th the doors will open for you to use your vote to make a difference in your community.

The AGM has been rescheduled for Friday, 2nd July. As well as the normal meeting business, Devon Wildlife Trust has agreed to give us an update of the work they are doing and share further information about the Northbrook Approach consultation. We hope you’ll be able to join us and enjoy some light refreshments.

Some things you might like to do:

Northbrook Approach:You may well already know about this, but the City Council and Devon Wildlife Trust are running a consultation on the future of the old pitch and putt golf course. The ideas sound really exciting and would create a green space which would act as a wildlife, and human, corridor between Ludwell Valley and Riverside. If you haven't already done so, do have a look and add your views. You can give your feedback via the City Council website where there is lots of information. The consultation runs until 3rd May

Community Survey: Over the next few weeks we will launch a community survey to find out what you’d like to see and do at the hall. We would like to use your feedback to plan a vision and a programme of events etc. If you are unable to access the survey digitally but would like to make a few comments, please contact us via our email address/telephone and we will deliver a paper copy for you.

The Great British Spring Clean is back! Join the million mile mission between 28 May and 13 June 2021. This spring, join Keep Britain Tidy are campaigning to clear litter from our streets, parks and beaches. To do your bit visit Keep Britain Tidy

Finally, we are always open to new ideas for community events, fund raising projects, etc, not to mention new committee members and volunteers to help on an occasional basis. You can contact us via facebook and email

When the time is right for you, we look forward to welcoming you back to the Hall.



Due to the current situation, we're currently running a more limited timetable. More activities will be added here as and when they are confirmed and the timetable will begin to look a lot more like normal as things continue to get safer.




Afternoon Tea and Book Shop

It’s so brilliant to have another positive thing to share with the community! Come along to the hall for a cuppa and a catch up and if you’d like to, why not bring some books along as well to swap with others. Nothing beats a good book and a friendly chat

Monday 12th July
2pm - 4pm

Vintage Fair

If you attended the previous Gift & Craft Fair we had at the hall, then imagine something similar, but this time the hall will be filled with all things vintage, retro and antique! An eclectic mix of things will be there, including but by no means limited to; books, furniture, jewellery, homeware, china, silver and there will be a bargain corner too! Excitingly, Michael Lovelock will also be attending with his wonderful plants again too.

We will also have a ‘cafe’ area open too where drinks and cakes will be available to enjoy with a sit down, so even if you just want to pop in for a cuppa, browse and a chat, everyone is very welcome. All proceeds from the cafe will go towards fundraising for the Village Hall.

31st July - 1st August
10am - 5pm

Hire the hall

We regularly hire the hall out for celebrations, classes, courses, meetings, wakes and all sorts of other events so please feel free to fill in the booking form below or get in touch if you have any enquiries, we would be happy to meet and show you around.

There are a number of different spaces available for hire, on the ground floor we have our main hall which is our largest, bright and airy room, there are plenty of tables and chairs if needed and there is also a serving hatch through to the kitchen. The kitchen is suitable for making drinks, washing up and is well stocked to serve premade food from. The ground floor also has ladies, gents and disbaled toilets as well as baby changing facilities and there is a lift up to the first floor.

Upstairs we have two cosier meeting rooms which are carpeted and have tables/chairs available for use as needed. We do also have a television and projector which can be made available for use during your hire, just let us know about your requirements and we'll do our best to meet them.

Special Offer

All regular rentals of £10 per hour to hire the main hall, instead of the usual £15!

  • Main Hall
  • 13 x 7 meters
  • £15 per hour
  • Meeting Room
  • 5.5 x 3.5 meters
  • £12.50 per hour
  • Kitchen
  • Basic facilities
  • £5 per rental

It makes for a decent music venue for up to around 100 strong audience without too demanding a PA system. Have seen Mick Groves and the Spinners Legends perform at the venue in the past and hope to do so again.

It makes for a decent music venue for up to around 100 strong audience without too demanding a PA system.

Mark H, Facebook

We recently hired Countess Wear Village Hall to host after the funeral of a loved one. The facilities were immaculate, clean and new and the hall worked perfectly as a blank slate to build upon when styling. We'd like to thank those who volunteered and for being so kind and helpful especially when packing down and cleaning on behalf of the family.

The facilities were immaculate, clean and new and the hall worked perfectly as a blank slate to build upon when styling.

Rebecca H, Facebook

Lovely new hall.

Sandi S, Google

This is a really lovely, clean space and the staff are very friendly.

Craig G, Google

Great facility!

Lord A., Google


28 School Lane, Exeter, EX2 6LB
07709 687415
Trustees, Management Committee and Officers 2020-21
Trustees: Alan Suter, Chris Moore, Tim Davies, Vacancy*
Chairman: Carole Raymond
Deputy Chairman: Tim Davies
Treasurer: Sarah Brimblecombe
Secretary: Helen Laws
Committee Members: Angela Goddard, Carole Raymond, Chris Moore, Helen Laws, Jess Startin (Administrator), Jill Weller, Jo Dew-Jones, Mitzie Slater, Sarah Brimblecombe, Tim Davies
*Anyone with an interest in becoming a trustee should contact the Secretary via email

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