Re-opening of Coffee Shop is scheduled for 2nd January. Grand re-opening of hall with tea and cakes in the afternoon and a Ceilidh in the evening is on 3rd February. See the Events Diary for more details.
When operational, the Memorial Village Hall is available for hire. All the proceeds go towards maintenance and development of the hall.
The Community Council has very successfully raised money through the village Memorial Hall Fund and the hall is subject to an ongoing update and improvement programme to make the space better and better as a community amenity and as a public hiring space.
The hall benefits from a kitchen with serving bar, a pretty garden and patio seating area as well as a bigger lawned area surrounding the building, new purpose built WC facilities including disabled toilet and shower area with baby changing facilities. There is also a small separate meeting room.
Current Standard Hire Charges
All Day £125
Special deals available for regular non-commercial use and supply of Bar, Barbecue, Caterers, Staging, Audio/Visual Equipment and Marquees.
All Enquiries and Bookings through contact at bottom of page.
The Memorial Village Hall was erected ‘as a thanksgiving offering for victory in the second world war and as a memorial to the fallen’. In 1951 Dr. Malcolm Poign from “The Beeches” donated the land on which the hall now stands.
In January 1952 Frederick Ellis, Ralph Richard Clarke and Stanley Collins signed a Trust Deed and as Trustees of the land employed an architect to draw up plans for a village hall. In 1959 the completed hall was hired out for the first time. It became a Registered Charity in July 1964. For more information see James Turners book Wartime Walsham – Walsham le Willows 1939-1945.
A Charitable Trust was established by Trust Deed. The hall was built mainly by the voluntary labour of the people and craftsmen of the village. The 1.33 acres of land on which the hall stands is situated in the centre of the village and includes the car park and bowling green. It is held in the name of the Trust as a public amenity for the village.
The Trust was originally established for the “purposes of physical and mental training and recreation and social and moral and intellectual development… for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Parish of Walsham le Willows in the county of Suffolk and its immediate vicinity without distinction of sex or of political, religious or other opinions…”
In 1990 the Village Hall Committee stood down and its responsibilities were taken over by the Community Council and separate financial accounts continued to be operated for each charitable trust.
- The Charitable Trust is No. 278321
- The Memorial Hall Registered Trust is No. 304950
For hiring and any other Memorial Hall related enquiries please contact Keith Rothon | 01359 258 807 | Church Rise Cottage, The Causeway, Walsham-le-Willows