Welcome to Lower Hardres Village Hall


The village hall is situated just off the B2068 (Canterbury to Hythe Road) in the hamlet known as Street End, Lower Hardres, Canterbury and is set in its own pretty rural grounds.

It is situated approximately 4 miles south of Canterbury in lovely countryside. Its name is the
John Baker White Memorial Hall
and was built in 1995.

It has obtained the Hallmark 111 award for its facilities and management. The hall has a rustic look from the outside in keeping with the surrounding countryside but is light and spacious inside. It is modern in design, boasting an attractive main hall, a committee room and kitchen.

It is the venue for many varieties of clubs, activities, dance and classes that are available for everyone. It has a large car park which can hold approximately 50 cars within its own grounds. The hire charges are competitive whether for shows, weddings, conferences, courses and parties.

The main hall dimensions are 9 metres by 14 metres. Hirers can cater for up to 120 sit-down meals. Facilities at the hall include disabled access, a removable stage, spot lights, PA system, projector, and screen.

The hall has a Performing Right Society Licence which allows performanceof copyright music. The hall is set in lovely countryside and is a beautiful venue for wedding receptions. The hall has everything that is needed to make a wonderful reception from a well equipped kitchen for either self catering or outside caterers to a lovely background for the photographs of the memorable day.




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    Main Hall

    This space is light and airy and can seat up to 120 people. Double doors open for access to the grass area. The hall can provide tables and chairs, crockery, cutlery for all functions. The hall has a Premises Licence to sell Alcohol. 

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    Grounds & Parking

    Well maintained and attractive grounds offering plenty of room for events such as barbeques, garden parties, and fetes. With ample room for a marquee, it is perfect for wedding receptions and parties too . The hall has off the road parking for around 50 cars.

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    Meeting Room

    This is a smaller room adjacent to the main hall seating up to a dozen people. It can be hired separately from the main hall and is often hired for committee meetings for various clubs and associations. It has independent access from the entrance hall.

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    The kitchen is 4m x 3m. This is fully equipped with fridge and a Rangemaster cooker. There is a large selection of cutlery, crockery and tea cups which are free to use for the hirer. A double sink for clearing up and tea towels are provided. The kitchen has a large servery area that opens out on the main hall.


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Village hall near Canterbury in Kent



Main Hall

Standard rate - Monday to Friday before 7pm is £10 per hour.
Private parties - After 7pm and at weekends is £15 per hour.
Large parties - 40 or more we require a £250 returnable damage deposit.
Additional time/hours for preparation/decoration or setting up must also be included in the hours
required when booking.

Committee Room
£4per hour.

To include from 7pm the previous day to 12 noon of the day following £550 with a £100 deposit at time of booking Plus a £250 returnable damage deposit.

Stage, microphone, projector and screen are available on request. There is a returnable deposit of £25 for the microphone and a charge of £15 for the use of the projector and screen.

Prices are periodically reviewed and subject to change.



Weddings at Lower Hardres Vilage Hall



The hall is set in picturesque grounds in a rural setting in the village of Lower Hardres and is 10 minutes from Canterbury and also 15 minutes from the M20. The hall is available for wedding receptions throughout the year, with access available from the night before for preparing the hall as well as the following morning for clearing up.

The main hall can seat up to 120 guests and in addition you can have the use of a removable stage, lighting and a PA system. In addition there is off street parking for 50 cars. The hall has good natural light, is spacious and airy and is complemented by attractive interior and modern facilities. It has a well equipped modern kitchen for either self catering or outside caterers to use.

There are great opportunities for wedding photographs within the grounds. The outside grassed area can also be used for marquees to provide additional accommodation in conjunction with the hall. If you are looking for a wedding reception venue in the Canterbury area, Lower Hardres Village Hall is an excellent choice.


To include from 7pm the previous day to 12 noon of the day following £550 with a £100 deposit at time of booking Plus a £250 returnable damage deposit.


Booking arrangements

By telephone to the bookings secretary, Jane Grundy 01227 700 655. Your booking will only be confirmed on payment of the deposit (50% of hire charge) and the balance payable four weeks before the event. The committee reserves the right to ask for an additional deposit for certain functions and to refuse the use of the hall at their discretion.


Cancellation charges

Notice of cancellation of less than 4 weeks forfeits 50% of your deposit of hire charge Notice of cancellation of less than 2 weeks forfeits all of your deposit of hire charge.






Tuesday evenings 7pm – 9.15pm and, Sunday mornings 9.30am – 11.30am.
Contact: Alex Creamer 07732227305, Email:

Alpine Garden Society

Full details of the programme of lectures, information about the Society and its activities, are available on: Monthly on 2nd Friday Evenings 7pm – 10pm (talks begin 7.30pm)
Contact: Jeremy Spon 01227 780038, Email:

Calligraphy 'Fresh Start Calligraphy'

Wednesday mornings 10.00am – 12.30pm
Contact: Phillip Young 01227 791972

Embroiderers Guild

Monthly on 3rd Saturday mornings 9.30am – 4.30pm Email: Jenny Simmons at Website:


An adult dance class. Monday 12 noon to 1pm. Contact Jen Kahawatte, 
01304 840632 for more information.


Friday 9.30am followed by Pilates 10.30am Contact Miles Standen,
01303 844552 Email:

Garden Club

A regular monthly meeting that has something for all gardening interests, opportunity for questions and topical tips, and demonstrations where possible. Monthly on 3rd Wednesday afternoons 1.30pm – 3.30pm Contact: Janet Bryant 01795 890396, Email:

Lower Hardres & Nackington Gardeners' Society

Three shows a year in Spring, Summer and Autumn and regular quiz nights New members always welcome. Contact: Lyn Cornelius, 01227 472104 Email:

Parish Council

Monthly on 2nd Tuesday evenings 7.30pm


Argentine Tango classes for all levels from absolute beginners up to advanced. Teachers are professionally trained in Europe and Buenos Aires and offer private tuition, regular classes, courses and holidays. Thursday and Sunday evenings Contact: Jon and Sarah Cardwell Davies 01227 459225, mobile 07761785142 Email: Website:

Womens' Institute (W.I.)

Monthly on 3rd Wednesday evenings 7.30pm – 10.30pm Contact: Emma Haines 01227 830558 Email:


with Shanta in the tradition of Satyananda integrated yoga Classes suitable for men and women of all ages and levels of fitness. Beginners especially welcome Mondays 10.00am - 11.30 am Contact Shanta 01227 700442 Email:



Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact us with the email above or fill out the contact form below and we will get back to you shortly.


Lower Hardres Village Hall

Lower Hardres, Lower Hardres, Canterbury, Kent, CT4 5NP.


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