East Dean is a small Sussex village in the middle of the South Downs National Park in West Sussex. The oldest building in the village is the 13th Century All Saints Church with several houses in the village dating back to the Middle Ages. There are 100 houses in the village with approximately 180 residents.
At the centre of the village is the pond and green surrounded by many old houses built in the classic Sussex flint style. Nearby is the village pub, The Star & Garter, which is a favourite watering hole and restaurant for locals and visitors to the area.
The Hall was originally the village school built by the Church of England and financed by the Duke of Richmond. In the late 1950s, the old school became the Village Hall and in 2006 it was comprehensively refurbished with funds from Chichester District Council, Defra, the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Hyde Group, South Downs Joint Committee and local fund raising.
The Hall is greatly cherished by the village and is regularly used for events including Children's Parties, Gentleman’s Lunches, Parish Council Meetings, The Monday Club, Quiz Nights, Pilates & Yoga Classes, Summer Hog Roasts, Weddings and Birthday Parties.