On 03 October 2011, local people from Stourpaine have been consulted on plans to redevelop the village hall site. The proposal combines a mixed development of nine new homes for sale, shared ownership and affordable rent with plans for a new hall to be located elsewhere in the village.Representatives from Raglan Housing Association and Stourpaine Village Hall Committee were on hand to answer questions and concerns raised by local residents and also to register interest from any potential purchasers and tenants.The event was a great success, attended by over 100 people, and both the Village Hall Committee and Raglan received extremely useful feedback from the community.All comments will be reviewed by the two organisations and can influence changes to the plans before a planning application is made, probably by the end of the year......October 2014:The Village Hall and the Church have now exchanged contracts for the sale of the Hall and the land known as Clerkes Acre, to Raglan Housing Association.The proceeds will finance the project to refurbish and insulate the existing Pavilion, and build a bright, new and well insulated village hall. Before committing to this we had to be certain that we had sufficient funds to meet the full costs of both building projects. This has been achieved.Once the sale of Clerkes Acre is completed and we receive the funds the project will start with the refurbishment of the Pavilion, which we hope can be completed before the end of the year. The new hall should be complete by mid-summer 2015.
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The first documentary evidence is contained in Domesday and is a record of a gift of land to the church. The record reads that in 1085 Humphrey the Chamberlain gave half a hide (roughly seventy acres) to the church. A fragment of this gift of nearly nine centuries ago existed in our century and is known as “Clerke's Acre”, i.e. Priest's Acre.Over the years various renovations have been carried out. Sometime in the fifteenth century the nave and tower were pulled down and new ones in the Perpendicular style of the time were erected. The tower still remains and the aisle-less nave was extended to about two thirds of the present nave. In the eighteenth century a small window was put in between the porch and the tower. The chancel and nave were filled with large square pews all held by the farmers and there were benches for “the others”.Stourpainemust have passed through some distressing times in subsequent years as sadly the church became dilapidated. The severity of the dilapidation was such that during the 19th century it was decided to call in T.H.Wyatt. He pronounced that with the exception of the tower, complete rebuilding was necessary.Many repairs have been undertaken in the 20th Century. Floorboards at the rear of the church were replaced due to beetle infestation. The War Memorialwas moved into the churchyard when the main road was widened in the 1970s. Two choir stalls have been removed, altar frontals replaced and most recently the major renovation of the Grade II listed Lychgate. Today Holy Trinity is well maintained and plays a prominent role in the life of Stourpaine. There is an active band of bell ringers and the work amongst the children of the village is flourishing. There is at least one service every Sunday, utilising both the modern forms of Common Worship and the well-loved traditional services from the Book of Common Prayer. A small group of worshippers meets every Friday for evening prayer and the church is open every day during daylight hours for private prayer and reflection.