Across the main road from the old cedar tree is Church Road, at the top of
which is St Anne's Church (see later
in the tour).
At the 'bottom' end of Church Road is the Parish Hall. Built as the
community's village hall in the 1920's it continues to serve the village
and is used by many and varied organisation including
Scouts & Cubs
Mother & Toddlers
Good Companions Club
as well as the Church's use and public hire for events ranging from private
parties to jumble sales.
A building of this age is not without its problems in this day and age.
In particular modern expectations for kitchen facilities and toilets, including
toilets for the disabled, far exceed those that were relevant at the time
the hall was built. Converting and adding facilities, is not easy,
and is expensive, but has been addressed by a team of volunteers during the
past decade and the hall now has super new toilets and disabled facilities
- but lost a small meeting room to provide the space - a re-fitted the kitchen,
new windows, and most recently a rearranged cloakroom , redecoration and
a new ceiling.
Many of my correspondents have fond memories of the
Parish Hall including Ann Roberson (nee Kircher) who writes:
"St Anne's Hall was the place to go on a Friday night to meet
friends and especially the boys. I met my husband there and have been married
for 48 years. The live band was terrific and it is where we learned to dance
the quickstep, waltz etc properly. The Hall was a favourite place for wedding
receptions after the church ceremony up the hill." and Teresa who writes
"It was also the venue for the Old Time Dancing Club, held on a Monday
evening at 8 o'clock. I used to go regularly with my Godmother Win Beauchamp
(who worked in Mr. Dollery's Fish and Chip shop)". 6118ix06
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