Welcome to Hulse Hall, Breamore.
Breamore is a small village situated off the main A338 road in Hampshire on the edge of the New Forest between Downton and Fordingbridge.
Hulse Hall is the well-equipped village hall of Breamore. It is the ideal setting for birthdays, private parties, wedding receptions, theatrical performances, public meetings, band practice (we have been told the hall has excellent acoustics) keep fit and dance classes in addition to regular village events, and is now available for hire.
In early 2008 a new Hulse Hall committee was formed which successfully managed to save the hall from demolition.
Since then the village hall has changed radically and not just cosmetically. The Hall now plays a vital role to the village, offering a meeting point for the villagers at the Breamore Brunch, a source of fun at events and as a venue for clubs such as the thriving table tennis and line dancing groups. It is now equipped with full facilities for the disabled, including an induction loop to support hearing aids.
Many regular hall user groups also donate time and energy to Village hall projects, running events, contributing via hall usage and donations and participating in community initiatives.
The Village Hall is supported by their hard work and strives to provide the best possible facilities for the community. It is very much the focus of local events and provides facilities for local people and visitors alike to enjoy social occasions and celebratory events.
The 6th Baronet, Sir Edward 1859 – 1903 was the M.P. for Salisbury and fought in the Boer War, where his brother Charles sadly lost his life. On 1888, Sir Edward married Edith Maud Lawson, daughter of Lord Burnham, the founder of the Daily Telegraph. They had one son, Edward Hamilton. When Sir Edward died in 1903, The Hon. Lady Hulse worked diligently to put the Breamore Estate into good order. She presided at Breamore at a time of momentous change. Lady Edith faced the opposition of her groom, Smerthwaite, and introduced the motor car and together with her chauffeur, Harwood, brought Breamore into a new era. A great patriot and tireless supporter of the War effort, Lady Edith is one of twelve Ladies featured in ‘Women of the Great War’. Lady Edith was a member of the Fordingbridge District Council and later Salisbury City Council through her ownership of Hulse House (a memorial to her son), a property used for child welfare and maternity work as well as serving as the headquarters of the Y.W.C.A. She later became Mayor in 1927 and 1928.
The loss of her only son in 1915 was a tragic blow and in addition to Hulse House, she also built Hulse Hall in Sir Edward’s memory. There is no question that Lady Edith was an outstanding chatelaine of Breamore – she died in 1937 in the arms of the inestimable Mr Cooper, her butler, who later became Verger at Salisbury Cathedral. There can be seen a statue in Salisbury Cathedral in memory of Lady Edith Hulse “Great Lady in Deed and Word” July 19th 1866 to Nov 1st 1937.
Booking the Hall
If you are interested in finding out more about the hall or booking for your own event, please contact us or call Jane Whidden on 01725 510093 or 07713 025751, stating the date, time, duration and contact details for your event, and we will get back to you to confirm availability.
Hall charges are £7.50 per hour for Villagers, and £10.00 per hour for those living outside the Village, but please get in touch for an accurate price.
The Cathedral City of Salisbury is just over 8 miles to the North – 15 minutes away, Ringwood 9 miles South, again 15 minutes. The New Forest starts here and Breamore House & Countryside Museum is a walk away, as is the village of Woodgreen should you wish to venture further. The Bat and Ball Inn, with its friendly bar and superb restaurant, the availability of holiday lets and B&Bs in the surrounding area, and the easy access by virtue of being situated on the A338 make the village of Breamore and the Hulse Hall the perfect venue for your next event.
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Hulse Hall Committee
Chairman: Anthony Swift
Treasurer: Andy Finch
Secretary: Adam Elphinstone
Bookings: Jane Whidden
Additional members: Jude Holliday, Mark Van Beirendonck, Dennis White, Jayne Godden, Hilary Bowen