Hullavington is a village with ancient roots, but a thoroughly modern outlook.
Situated in the North of Wiltshire, it’s about three miles north of junction 17 of the M4, approximately five miles south of Malmesbury and seven miles north of Chippenham. The village is well placed for access to Swindon, Bath, Bristol and Cirencester.
There is an excellent community spirit, fostered through the many and varied local groups, which meet on a regular basis. These include Short Mat Bowls, Jolly Tots, Book Group, Film Club, Brownies, Rainbows, Poetry Group, Village Voices, Ballroom Dancing, Golden Threads, a Recorder Group and The WI.
As well as these groups, the Village Hall is often host to visiting lecturers, plays and comedy events.
The village has many facilities, including The Star Inn, The Stables Coffee Shop, a village shop, the Village Hall, the Garage, a Mobile Library and buses to both Malmesbury and Chippenham.
There are two Churches in Hullavington.
St Mary Magdalene is C of E and dates back to the 12th Century. It holds regular Services on a Sunday. Other groups such as ‘Little Lights’, TOAST (the teenagers group) and the Genesis Children’s Choir meet there during the week.
Mount Zion Church is a Baptist Church dating back to the mid 19th Century, which now meets weekly on Sundays in the Village Hall. Their Band and Choir are particularly popular and they host a fantastic free Christmas Meal each year for all the older residents of Hullavington.
Both the Churches work together to organize MESSY CHURCH every second Sunday in the Village Hall for Pre- and Primary age children.
The Nursery and Primary School is an integral part of village life. It is a special and unique school, which prides itself on the warm welcome extended to all who come to it. The school has a highly motivated and dedicated staff who work as a team to provide the best possible opportunities for the children to develop to their full potential.
It is a village school with a difference. About 40% of the children are from families posted with the Army to Buckley Barracks, who may come from all over the UK. There are also children from Foreign and Commonwealth families, who could have arrived from many different countries around the world. The children are from all cultures and backgrounds. From here, the children move up to Malmesbury Academy, an “Outstanding” secondary school.
There are two main festivals within the village each year.
Harfest, The Hullavington Music and Arts Festival, began in 2006, and was developed to celebrate the wide array of talent within the community. Singers, dancers, musicians and artists from a range of backgrounds performed and exhibited to enthusiastic audiences. Some of those who had come together for the first festival chose to continue in the groups that had been set up. Quintets, choirs, rock bands, jazz duos, poets and recorder ensembles are now well-established and have grown in accomplishment, continuing to delight their audiences as each Harfest event takes place.
Prices for these events are kept low to make them accessible to all. However, the popularity of Harfest has resulted in a profit being made year-on-year. St Mary Magdalene Church Council, who had initiated and generously underwritten the first festival, agreed that any surplus money should go back to the community. To date, approximately £7,000 has been allocated to village projects and resources.
Every year, around Autumn, the Village Show is held in the Village Hall. The Show has classes in vegetables, flowers, cookery, poetry, plus art and crafts. There is a cup awarded for the most points gained by a new entrant. There are also classes for children. 2016 will be the Show’s 40th anniversary.
You can find more information on all the facilities and groups mentioned above, as well as the Village Show and other news and events, in the Hullavington News, the village magazine delivered free of charge every two months to all households.