In the early 1970s, Sutton on the Hill Church of England Primary School was sadly closed due to declining numbers. At that time local people argued that the school should be kept as a village focus as it was the only remaining meeting place for Sutton on the Hill and the surrounding villages. The school was bought from the church by South Derbyshire District Council and since then it has been open as a Village Hall – managed by a group of trustees working on behalf of the village. It has been well used by local people since then.
The educational focus has been retained by the thriving Pre School group. It has also been used for evening classes and as a meeting place for the Women’s Institute, local Clubs, as a polling station and for many fundraising and private events.
In 2004, the District Council offered to sell the village hall back to the Village as it was no longer able to maintain it. It was quickly agreed that, if at all possible, the Village Hall should be bought by the village to keep it as a very valuable meeting place.
Many local people contributed money to buy the Hall and the Village Hall was finally bought by the villagers from South Derbyshire District Council in 2009.
Thanks to work by the District Council, donations, fundraising by villagers and a welcome £10,000 grant from the Awards for All Big Lottery Fund, the hall, kitchen and toilets have all been refurbished to give a warm welcoming village meeting place.
The formal opening of the Village Hall took place on Saturday December 4th 2009.