The ownership of church halls is mixed. Some, such as former church schools which are now halls, are owned by a Diocesan Board of Finance, but held in trust for the benefit of parishes. Likewise, some halls are held by Diocesan Trusts or the Representative Body or managed and owned directly by the parish.
Church Halls are the responsibility of each individual PCC. If you are considering major work to a church hall or are thinking of selling it, you should first check who owns it, as permission will be needed. Contact your Diocesan Office or the Representative Body to ascertain ownership or for any queries regarding property boundaries.
If you are looking for ways to improve your church hall, you should think carefully about its relationship with other parish buildings before planning any changes. For example, would it be easier to re-order the church as a community resource rather than refurbishing the church hall? In this way, only one building will need maintaining instead of two. Or perhaps your church hall (or church) is one of several in a new Ministry Area that no longer requires so many buildings. A thorough buildings appraisal of all parishes properties will help to clarify this and may save you spending a lot of money refurbishing a church hall that has no long term future.
Sometimes, a new or fully refurbished church hall will be the best option for a parish, especially if it can be clearly demonstrated that it will be a benefit to the community as a whole. If this is the case, then many of the grants available from organisations like the Big Lottery, should be accessible for church hall projects. See the Grants page for more information or contact the Wales Council for Voluntary Action.
It is possible to organise the management of the hall via a user group and this can be a very convenient vehicle for accessing funding. The User Group would be a committee of the PCC and would comprise of representatives of all the likely users of the facility. The group would discuss and present issues concerning the hall to the PCC who would be obliged to consider their requests. This way the wider community has a voice in the management of the hall but it is not an arrangement where control of the hall is passed to another body (and where a rent would have to be paid.