The hall has stood on its current site for over 100 years. It was refurbished in 1985 and renamed to commemorate the life of John Venus who was the rector of Coldharbour and Abinger between 1983 and 1993. It housed the village post office which was closed on 16th August, 2001. It is located about 200 metres from the junction of Broomehall Road and Abinger Road.

It has a large hall with tables and chairs, a kitchen and disabled toilet facilities.

The hall is available for public and private hire. It is used regularly for village events including talent night, quiz night, history society and parish council meetings. Aikido, Pilates and Judo classes are held here. It also houses the polling station for local and general elections.

The hall has recently been repainted, the curtains have all been replaced and new curtains have been hung on the north end of the hall to help reduce sound echo, thanks are due to volunteers for this excellent work. To make a new booking call Su Jones on 07779 726930.

Hiring Charges

The hall is available for morning (9 - 1), afternoon (2 - 6) and evening (7 - 11) sessions.

Cost per session: £20 week day or £40 at weekends, Cost per day: £50 week day or £100  at weekends (repeat bookings receive discount e.g. 4 sessions a month costs £70). Reduced rates for children's parties and public meetings.

Take-away hire: £50 deposit, Tables: £1 each, Chairs: 50p each,  Garden Gazebo: £5 each. Return within 24 hours, hirer responsible for collection, return and insurance.