OPEN HOUSE at Horndean’s former Manor House!

It’s an OPEN HOUSE at Horndean’s former Manor House!

Horndean’s community, arts, education, corporate, function venue is opening its doors to showcase all that it has to offer this Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th February, 10am – 4pm each day

Standing proud in Horndean, Hampshire for nearly 300 years and a highly popular venue for over 60 of those years, Merchistoun Hall provides a vast range of services in many areas.

The open day will promote the rooms and services it offers whether it’s a meeting room for an AGM or a long term office rental opportunity. A wedding with all the trimmings or a performance space using its raised stage … or hire out nearly all of the Grade II listed Georgian building for an AWAY DAY complete with refreshments, various sized rooms and more!

Merchistoun Hall Open Day 2016

In addition there will also be opportunities to find out about the association’s many volunteering opportunities and their groundsman will be on hand throughout the day to give an insight to the wonderful grounds & plans to enhance them further

Their Minnows preschool will be open for an ‘interactive visit’ and RKdia (specialist caterers) will be on hand to give advice (and a taste of their hand made chocolates) on how they, in partnership with the Horndean Community Association, can offer you a wonderful wedding experience at the hall.

On the evening of Saturday 13th the halls regular troupe Now That’s Jive will be presenting a Valentine Dance evening to round of day one of the Open House Weekend and Brendan Charles Association Manager for the association said ‘Merchistoun Hall is a community facility with a difference! and Horndean is very proud to have in its parish such a wonderful building ‘full of old world charm’ which makes it an ideal and different venue for what-ever the need’.

Admission to the event is Free (there will be a charge for the Valentine Dance).

For more details on bookings, services, office rentals and services offered at Merchistoun Hall call 023 92597114 or email manager AT merchistounhall.co DOT uk


Merchistoun Minnows Pre-School Announcement

Announcement on behalf of the Trustees of Horndean Community Association

Minnows-PreschoolWe are pleased to announce the appointment of Carol Cockett as the new Manager to our Merchistoun Minnows Pre-School.

Carol has worked and managed highly successful preschool settings for many years and parents will also know her as part of the current team at Minnows

We wish her every success in her new role and look forward to her taking the preschool forward in 2016

We wish you all a very merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you all back at Minnows Preschool in the New Year on January 4th here at Merchistoun Hall

The Trustees of HCA


Pre-School Assistant appointment due to Maternity Leave

Minnows-PreschoolHorndean Community Association is looking to appoint, due to maternity leave, experienced staff to the temporary post of Pre-School Assistant at Merchistoun Minnows Pre-School.

To work as key person as part of the preschool team under the direction of the Preschool Manager to provide safe high quality education and care for young children.

Deadline for applications December 29th
Interviews December 30th & 31st
Start Date as from Monday January 4th 2016

For further information and to download an application form please visit out Situations Vacant page.



Merchistoun Hall Christmas Market Sunday 6th December 2015

merchistoun-hall-father-christmas-2015Santa makes special flying visit to Merchistoun Minnows Pre-School to tell the children about the Christmas Market here at Merchistoun Hall on Sunday 6th December 2015!

The Christmas Market will include:

  • Children’s rides
  • Festive Xmas Hamper Raffle
  • Tombola
  • Festive Stalls
  • Refreshments (including mulled wine for the Adults)
  • Live entertainment with the opportunity to join is some favourite Christmas Carols.

The Merchistoun Hall Christmas Fair is on

Sunday 6th December 2015

from 5pm – 9pm

Admission is free


Horndean Community Association is looking to appoint an experienced Preschool Manager

  • Minnows-PreschoolTo lead and manage the provision of early years education.
  • Ensure that the preschool meets all legal requirements.
  • To ensure the preschool is actively engaged in continuous quality provision.
  • To be the Safeguarding Officer for the preschool.
  • To ensure the preschool operates in an effective financial manner and to be accountable for its financial stability.
  • To ensure that the Preschool and its services are appropriately marketed within the local and wider community.
  • Qualifications: NVQ level 4 minimum with a minimum of 3 years experience in a preschool setting.

Salary £8,892.00 per annum for 20 hours per week term time (38weeks) plus additional preparation and training days (10 days per annum)

Deadline for applications: 5pm Friday 27th November

Interviews will take place during the week of Monday 30th November

Expected start date: January 2016

For more information and to download an application form please see our Situations Vacant page.