In 1911, Mrs Campbell, of Ashford Court, financed the building of the Village Hall, which was initially known as The Parish Room. The Hall was extended in the 1960s to provide toilets and a kitchen. In 1970, Dr Zair and Mr Claud Saxby donated the use of land beside the Hall to provide a sports field and playground for the village. In 2008 the 1960s extension was demolished and a new service extension built to provide an up to date commercial kitchen, improved toilets and storage. The funding for this project came from Shropshire Council and £30,000 was raised by the Village of Ashford Carbonell.
The Hall is the ‘community hub’ of the village, a weekly ‘Pub Night’ on Friday evenings 7.30pm and fortnightly ‘Afternoon Teas’ on a Thursday 2.30 – 4.00pm have proved to be very popular. The annual village barbeque is held in August with a Car Boot Sale in September. Throughout the year the Village Hall committee arrange Quiz Nights, Musical and Cultural evenings and Christmas and New Years Eve gatherings.
Groups using the hall and sports field include –
- Ashford Carbonell Parish Council
- Ashford Carbonell Sports & Social Club
- Bishop Hooper Primary School
- St. Mary Magdalene Church PCC
- Caynham & Ashford W.I.
- Ashford Bowls Club
- Ashford Bridge Club
- Tenbury Wells Bridge Club
- Ashford Walking Group
- Ludlow & District Bee Group
- Yoga classes
- Scottish Country Dancing classes
- Weekly Post Office
- Flicks in the Sticks and Arts Alive performances
All of the above help to provide a lively social community for people living in a rural area.