Our Trustees

Our Trustees manage the Village Hall and make sure it’s a great facility for our community.  They are:

Ivan Gosden (Chairman)

Ivan has been an active member and Trustee of the Hall since 2005 and, as its current Chair, brings a wealth of experience to its day-to-day running. An inaugural member of the Beer Festival, Ivan sits on the Beer, Fundraising and Fete Committees.

In the steps of three generations of Parish Councillors, Ivan also served as a parish councillor for over 30 years, both in Sherfield and previously in Hurst, Berkshire.

After his family bought Goddards Farm in Sherfield in 1983, he moved here with his wife Wendy and their son in August 1992. A life-long farmer, Ivan is working towards passing on the farm business to his son, grandsons and hopefully many generations of farmers to come.

My main passion has been the refurbishment of the hall and my involvement in fundraising for the next phase of its improvements and up keep: so the next generations of Sherfield Village and beyond can enjoy our beautiful and unique village hall in the heart of the village.”

Derek Tarrant (Treasurer)

Derek, originally from the South Coast near Emsworth, moved up to Farnborough to work in aerospace research at the RAE MOD establishment.  He subsequently worked for 35 years in healthcare, specialising in imaging system and healthcare solutions in military and disaster relief, and management of pandemic diseases working with DFID and WHO. 

Derek moved to Sherfield-on-Loddon 25 years ago to bring up his family. An active member of many village fundraising activities over the years and an active member of the Fete and Beer Festival committees, Derek is a musician and is also the Squire of the Morris dancing team based in the village.

As well as being a Trustee of the Village Hall, he is also the Treasurer of the charity, helping to maintain our great Village Hall for future generations.

Ian Sellars

As well as being a member Trustee, Ian is Chairman of the Beer Festival Committee and he also sits on the Fete and Fundraising Committees.

Originally from the west-country, Ian’s career brought him, his wife, Alison and their three children to Hampshire in 1992. After 18 years in Hook and with the kids grown up, Ian & Alison moved to Wildmoor Lane in August 2010.

During his career, Ian headed up Corporate Learning & Development divisions for large corporations, namely, Xerox and Abbott Laboratories. He also has experience in Organisational Design, Project Management and Public Speaking.

Bruce Batting

Originally from near Henley-on-Thames, Bruce moved to Sherfield-on-Loddon in July 1973, following a move to the Basingstoke office of the firm for which he was working.

In the early days, Bruce was a member of the original Village Green Committee and Captain of Sherfield Cricket Club, of which he is still a Vice-President. Bruce has been a parish councillor for longer than he can remember and was Chairman of the Parish Council for 13 years.

Bruce has been a Trustee of the Village Hall since 2007; he chairs the Village Fete Committee and recently handed over the chairmanship of the Beer Festival Committee to a colleague.

During his working life, Bruce worked for three firms of Chartered Surveyors and for the Borough Council’s Property Services Division, so he has extensive knowledge of property management and building maintenance.

Alan Ball

A member of the Village Hall Committee since 2008, Alan was chairman of the Fundraising Committee for 7 years, a member of the Fete and Beer Festival committees for several years, and also served on the Parish Council for 5 years.

Originally from Erith in Kent (now Greater London Borough of Bexley), Alan lived in East Kent until work took him to Epsom, Surrey, and then in the early 90’s moved to Sherfield with his wife Hazel and their daughter Alex.

Career wise Alan has worked in technical support, communications, management and marketing for Barclays Bank, American companies Pfizer, Digital and Oracle, and also set up and managed the local IT services company, Basingstoke Network Services.

Eleanor Burt

Eleanor moved to Sherfield-on-Loddon when she was just a year old and has lived here ever since. Her career began when she trained as a secretary and now Eleanor works in finance for the Wellington Estate.

When Eleanor is not working or volunteering for various village activities, her passion is for her lovely horse, Magic, who needs lots of time, attention and exercise.  This photo shows Eleanor and Magic the right accompanied by daughter Clare.

Eleanor’s pivotal role on the Village Hall committee is Minute Taker. This involves listening closely to all the discussions and decisions being made by the Trustees, and recording them accurately. These minutes then have to be distributed to the Trustees and all relevant documents made available for future meetings.

Management Team

Sherfield-on-Loddon Village Hall is a registered charity, number 272385, managed by the following Management Team:

Ivan Gosden Chairman 01256 881007 ivangosden@hotmail.com
Ian Sellars Secretary 07899 364722 iansellars249@gmail.com
Bruce Batting 01256 882605 bruce.batting@btinternet.com
Alan Ball 01256 883838 alan.ball@basingstoke-network-services.co.uk
Derek Tarrant Treasurer  01256 882504 derek_tarrant@hotmail.com

Sherfield-on-Loddon Village Hall
Reading Road, Sherfield-on-Loddon, Hook RG27 0EZ
Registered Charity 272385