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Village Halls Domesday Book 2021
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Village halls in Cumbria
Burton Memorial Hall
Built in 1956/7, the Hall has been the centre of village life ever since. Serving all age groups and abilities, we host a wide range of activities, societies and groups, along with a twice-monthly library book drop. The Hall is run by a management committee comprising representatives of user groups along with directly elected residents. It has three meeting rooms and a large central hall with a stage, kitchens, toilets, baby change, hearing loops, and a car park.
Casterton Village Hall
The land on which Casterton Village Hall is sited was given by Lucy Constance Bickersteth and Mary Lilian Bickersteth to the Carlisle Diocese in 1911 and the building was erected in 1912. A trust fund relating to the running of the Casterton Church Room was drawn up in 1915. In 1978, the Carlisle Diocese set up a 60-year lease and trust deed which specified that the Registered Charity should be administered in accordance with the deed by a management committee, the Casterton Village Hall Committee. This committee includes representatives from user groups and elected residents. The hall is on the A683 in the centre of the village and is a focal point for social events in the village. It has undergone a number of modernisations and is a pleasant meeting place suitable for a wide range of private or commercial events. It is available for hire by the hour for private parties. South Lakeland District Council hires the hall as a Polling Station for elections and regular users include the Parish Council, the WI, Kirkby Lonsdale Scouts, Casterton Community Trust and Yoga classes. Talks, coffee mornings and plant sales are organised by the committee and we started hosting live entertainment provided by the Highlights company in 2019. We have used the lockdown period to do repairs to the cellar and the outside of the building and are looking forward to welcoming back our regular users.
Eamontbridge Village Hall
The village hall offers users from the village and surrounding area a large room for their activities and is currently improving the condition of the wooden structure. We have just installed double glazed windows and doors and are now looking to insulate the rest of the building and install solar panels to make it more comfortable. The hall was built in 1933 and opened in 1934.
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Glenridding Village Hall
Originally set up in 1913 as Reading Rooms for the village’s mining community, our Hall now offers a light and modern meeting place for local groups, wedding and birthday get togethers and music and theatre evenings. We have recently hosted fashion shows; our Big Breakfast; a Burns Supper; ceilidh evening; folk and modern music; theatre productions. And we have plans for 2021 and beyond.
High Wray Village Hall
Our village hall is the place where local people and members of the wider community can gather, entertain, educate and support each other.
Newbiggin Village Hall
Situated on the edge of the Lake District we opened in 1956 and were rebuilt in 2010. Since then we have gone from strength to strength and have taken the opportunity of the Covid-enforced closure of 2020 to add an additional function room to meet increasing demand.
Orton Market Hall
Orton Market Hall was built in 1864 to provide an indoor venue for the local butter market. Today, as well as providing a public hall for the parishioners of Orton, since 2001 it has hosted a monthly farmers’ market.
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Oulton Village Hall
I hope we can get the support and backing of the community to repair and refurbish our village hall to keep it going for further generations. The building was bought and erected by the Oulton community in 1924.
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Skelton Toppin Memorial Hall
Skelton Toppin Memorial Hall, Cumbria (charity registered as: John Castlehow Toppin Memorial Hall), was gifted in 1923, by Fred Toppin, Vice -President of the company which controlled the famous White Star line, to honour his father, Mr J.C. Toppin, Alderman, Chairman of the local Rural Council and Guardian of the Poor for 57 years, who died in 1915. 2020 was the year we received a National LotteryGrant to allow us to begin the process of a major refurbishment to bring the venerable, architecturally unique and well loved village hall into the 21st century. The Pandemic took hold shortly thereafter, as we all know, with the national lock-down from March 23rd. With the great help and guidance from ACRE and more locally, ACTion with Communities in Cumbria, we, as were a number of halls, able to complete a risk assessment, become a Covid Secure building and re-open at the end of September. This allowed, the local village school, Youth Dodgeball, the Brownies, and Young Farmers to come back into the hall. (The village school was even able to have their Christmas party.) We held one trustee’s meeting, socially distancing in the hall, with the rest of the meetings being held virtually from our homes on the Zoom platform. Our zoom was offered to other hirers, with the Brownies making great use of it in periods when not able to be in the hall. We managed a flag raising to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day and helped sponsor a village wide patriotic commemoration, where residents placed wartime family memorabilia and bunting in front of their houses over that weekend. Now in the New Year, we’re hoping to be able to get on with our refurbishment efforts. A copy of our plan is attached. Our Centenary is in 2023 and we hope to have at least some of the phases completed by then and to assist in the recovery of our rural community. (Please see the links on our website for refurbishment plans and video)
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St Bees Village Hall (Hodgetts)
St Bees Village Hall, also known as “Hodgetts” was built in about 1882 as the St Bees Liberal Club. In 1924 it was bought by the Parish Council to be the village hall and is now run by the hall committee and used for a variety of purposes. We’re using the 2021 lockdown period to carry out some refurbishment to take us further into the 21st Century!
The Joseph Harris Memorial Hall (Greysouthen Village Hall)
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Thursby Parish Hall
Thursby Parish Hall, originally a WWI ammunition hut brought down from Gretna, has been Thursby Parish’s community building since 1922. It was rebuilt in 2010 to provide a purpose built, well heated and economic venue. Until the first national Covid-19 lock down in March 2020, the use of this modern building increased steadily from, for example, weekly craft classes to monthly Lunch Clubs and Table Top sales, to wedding receptions and funeral teas. The Hall Committee looks forward to a time when all of our community will enjoy and feel comfortable to return to meeting up with friends, having celebrations together and again feeling part of an active, welcoming community.
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