Originally built as a temperance hotel in 1888 by Mrs Sarah Dorothy Miller of Shotover House, The Merry Bells is a substantial building, offering rooms to hire for any occasion.
Located in the heart of the village of Wheatley - seven miles east of Oxford just a mile from Junction 8/a of the M40. Car parking is available directly behind the building. It provides a central location for many clubs, interest groups and social events.
The building was purchased by the Village in 1970 when it became a charitable trust run by a Management Committee “for the purposes of a Village Hall for the use of inhabitants of Wheatley without distinction of political, religious or other opinions including use for meetings, lectures and classes and for other forms of recreation and leisure-time occupation with the object of improving the conditions of life for the said inhabitants.” The philosophy is to promote and encourage the use of the facilities for all.
The building is the full time home of Wheatley Library, Wheatley Archives, the Parish Council Office and also provides a local office for Thames Valley Police.
Two rooms are available to hire: The Main Hall and The Coffee Room.
This is a large room with a small annexe and well equipped kitchen, that can accommodate approximately 100. Perfect for a party, meeting, exercise class or talk/lecture.
There are 20 trestle tables and 80 chairs. Free Wi-fi is also available.
Charges: £12 per hour for the main hall with an additional £6 per hour if the kitchen is used.
A smaller room with 4 rectangular tables each of which can seat 6 people.
Hiring charge is £6 per hour.
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