Ashford Village Institute, Wednesday 27th October at 7:30pm

It could be a loved one or a stranger!  Come and learn or remind yourself how to do it - our qualified trainer will demonstrate all you need to know about resuscitation and the use of defibrillators.


Find out about our community hub, how we're run and what we offer for villagers and visitors

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Take advantage of our regular classes, one-off events and fabulous facilities 

Host your wedding reception at the village hall and enjoy its idyllic countryside setting for your celebration with family and friends.

Wedding Decor

Host your event at our village hall.  Or start your own regular group or class using our facilities.  

Festive Party
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There will be a Christmas Craft Fair at the Institute all day on Sunday 5th December, with plenty of craft stalls to browse for your Christmas gifts whilst enjoying some festive refreshments.  
We are holding our annual Village Christmas Gathering on the evening of Wednesday 15th December at 6:30pm.  Join us for mulled wine, mince pies and carol singing around the Christmas Tree by the Church. 


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Ashford War Memorial Institute is located just outside Bakewell in the beautiful village of Ashford in the Water. The site was gifted to the village by the Duke of Devonshire and was officially opened Saturday 28th September 1929. The Duke 'hoped that the Institute would not only be a memorial to the great war but also of the war before'. We take great pride in our village hall and we welcome anybody who would like to help us keep the memorial building going and also join our committee. You do not have to live in the village and you can be involved as little or as much as you like.

We currently have many events and groups here at the AWMI including Yoga, Adult Education classes, Floristry, Snooker club,WI, Tae Kwon-Do, Boxing Boot camp amongst others. The hall is also a popular place to hold meetings and charity events. We also take private bookings for weddings, Christenings, birthday parties etc. We have our own parking area. Facilities include a good sized kitchen,and a separate bar area. If you would like to take a look at our hall or be part of our team of volunteers please contact us.

Children’s parties (up to 3 hours) £60

Parties/Discos/Socials (up to 4 hours) £90 + £20 extra hour

Weddings (Use of hall from 8am until Midnight plus set up day before and tidy up day after) £500

Charity Rate £22 (2 hours) + £11 extra hour or £70 for whole day

Ashford Members & Organisations £17 + £8.50 extra hour

Other Organisations £32 (2 hours) + £16 extra hour or £140 for whole day