I hire the hall three times a week for yoga classes and agree with the above comments that without 'outsiders' attending, sometimes these classes would not have run. These people are coming to Cherhill for a reason, whether it is to join an activity with their friends who live here, because the day / time suits them or because the activity is not available where they live. I also know some people who come to my classes would not go to one elsewhere as they like to be with people they know. They would much rather have people from Calne, Lower Compton, Winterbourne Monkton, and Compton Bassett come to the class as well than see it close. I am sure this is the same with other groups such as scouts, toddler group, and Wednesday Oldbury Club.
With regard to hiring the hall to people to who do not live in Cherhill, I think this needs some discussion and thought. How many young families have children who go to the dance classes in the hall each week? These are run by a lovely lady from Chippenham who is offering a service to our community, and I feel we should support her. When my daughter was small it would have made a huge difference to me if I could have walked her to a class at the hall, rather than driving into Calne.
I understand the concerns about bookings for parties or events in the evenings, but as Simont says, these are a valuable income which will go towards the upkeep of the hall, and also future improvements. Perhaps an idea would be to limit the number of times per month it can be hired in the evening at the weekend.