Village Hall Centenary Celebration – Report

19 May 2021

VILLAGE HALL CENTENARY CELEBRATION REPORT

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On the 31 st March 1921 a small group of Houghton residents sat down for the first
committee meeting in the new Village Hall. What times the hall has stood through over
the last hundred years: fetes, skittle competitions, parties, pantos, bowling greens,
bombs, extensions and finally the closure and restrictions due to the pandemic.

However, social guidelines duly followed, we were delighted to be able to support the
momentous occasion at the Village Hall Centenary Open Afternoon on 3rd July. We
were pleased to welcome so many people, of all ages, to the event. Our history timeline
displays were very well received, blending some fascinating facts about the village and
the hall, together with the brilliant work by the children of Houghton School; big thanks to
the school for supporting us. Grateful thanks also to the fabulous contributions by Carol
Davis (former Chairperson) and local historians such as Huw Francis and many more.

The weather too couldn’t have been kinder, with glorious sunshine, allowing all planned
outdoor activities to go ahead: games; old fashioned sweets (at prices from bygone
times and paid for with real old money; much to the bemusement of our younger
guests); a splendid demonstration by the Bowls Club and delicious refreshments – big
thanks to all who baked and donated. A particular highlight was celebrating the past and
present Chairpersons – Carol Davis, Ian Hill and myself.  It was especially enjoyable to
once again feel the community friendliness which the Hall is there to facilitate. We are
sharing more of our photos and detailed timeline information on our
website.

The Village Hall Trustees and Volunteers have worked incredibly hard over the last year,
to keep the hall afloat and opening safely as well as organising events such as the
Centenary and the Community Cinema. It is heart-warming to see the return of old
friends and new customers, as life returns to a different normal.  We welcome the 19th
July lifting of the remaining social-distancing rules, allowing greater usage of the hall, but
understand that people may feel cautious and have adjusted our guidelines accordingly.
The greatest gift anyone can give us right now is their time.  If you can spare us even
just a little, and would like to get involved and join our friendly team of volunteers and
helpers, please do drop me a line  – details below.
Deb Tull
debtull22@outlook.com

Houghton Village Hall,
Main Street,
Houghton-on-the-Hill,
Leicestershire
LE7 9GE

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