You may like to read the content of a speech given at this event - photographs have also been supplied:
"Hello everyone and welcome.
We’ve come here today to mark the closure of the Village Hall. But this event is not new to us: it’s been closed before of course when it burnt down in the early eighties and although it’s going to be knocked down again, this time it will rise again too.
To make sure that when it does return, it remains faithful to its roots and purposes and continues to be an important and accessible resource in the community, some of those who have a long association with the hall are here today.
We are asking these people to safeguard the key to the hall as a symbol of continuity until it does open and to ensure we continue the history and traditions already established.
These people are our guarantors that our new hall will be as useful and accessible to the community, perhaps even more so given the new configuration, space and therefore possibilities.
So today we look to Doreen, Doreen Green who has been in the village around 45 years and on various Village Hall committees for 42 of those years. This is dedication indeed and as Doreen is still serving this community on the Village Hall Management Committee as we speak, it is an even greater achievement. We say thank you Doreen and please accept these flowers as a token of our appreciation.
Clodagh West; Dave and Gill Rumbelow; Doreen Green;
Philip and Joan Franklin; Sheila Redshaw; Ian Goldsworthy
An achievement indeed.
We say thank you and would like to present you with these Gill and to you Dave, the greater reward of the Social Club’s best.
|Gill and Dave Rumbelow|
|Jim and Ann Hardy|
Thanks also are due to other many villagers who have ‘done their time’ supporting this hall, some of them are here with us. Joan Franklin, a big thank you and Lorna Storr, both who still give their time to the Village Hall committee.
But progress requires change, and the Parish Council have also put considerable time and effort into developing the plans for a new Hall, and we look forward to seeing it rise up on new foundations.
And on behalf of the Village Hall Management Committee, it is to Ian as Chair of the Parish Council, that I give the key to the Hall, to keep in trust until the new hall is built. We all hope to be here again in the not too distant future, to see the key to the new Hall presented back to a new committee, and we hope that you will all be with us to let Ian know what you think of it!"
Clodagh West (Chair of Village Hall Management Committee)
Photographs by Dave Chapman
|Sheila Redshaw; Clodagh West; Ian Goldsworthy|