A venue with history

The original village hall was located in the small field east of the War Memorial. Built of timber, the whole floor shook when dances were held there!

It was demolished in the 1950s after the new building was constructed, at the behest of Guy Benson who also gave land away to the council for the Briar Leaze housing.

The new hall opened in 1955 and bears his name in respect of his generosity.

Its large size for such a small village makes it a very useful and versatile space for all sorts of functions, including parties, meetings, wedding receptions, classes, etc. Compton Hall Amateur Dramatic Society (CHADS) stage productions annually, and Rural Arts visits with various touring shows.

Most recently, the hall underwent a major upgrade to include a 165″ cinema screen, a 4K Ultra High Definition projector and full Dolby Atmos. As a result, we are now able to offer the largest cinema screen for Calne and its surrounding area.

The hall and its lawns are the venue for other events, such as the summer village fair.


We are a registered Charity (No: 305495) managed by a board of trustees for the benefit of the local community.

The trustees are also responsible for the management of 18 Compton Bassett and a small paddock in the village


Benson Hall provides a venue where members of the local community can gather to enjoy events hosted by both the Village hall trustees and third parties.

As a charity, we ensure that events and hirings raise sufficient funds to ensure ongoing maintenance and improvements


We aim to be a venue that provides entertainment, social support, and celebration for the local community and surrounding area.

Working closely with the parish council and local church, we also provide a safe harbour in the event of extreme weather or emergencies.

Book your next event with us

Whether its a birthday party, wedding, or christening, Benson Hall is a great place to celebrate.

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