Memorial Hall

Last updated on October 16th, 2017 at 11:54 pm

Line drawing of workman at base of ladder, kneeling with paint pot


Work is already under way to the main hall – replacing windows, insulating and relining the walls and ceiling, fitting new, energy efficient heating and lighting systems,  and redecorating ready to hand back in the New Year.  Reopening is scheduled for 10th January.

Walsham Village Memorial Hall building from the main entrance, cream coloured concrete block building with a green corrugated roof
Village Memorial Hall

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 Hire Charges

Whole Day Rate is £100

Hourly Rate is £13

Hourly Rate for Local Regular Users  is £8 (hirers from within the village booking the hall at least once a month)

Charges are all inclusive subject to normal /average electricity usage.  For heavier users of electricity a rate will be agreed at the time of booking.

Special deals are available for supply of bar, barbecue, caterers marquee or, in some cases, where the staging is required.

A keyboard / organ is available at no extra charge.

Some history

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. extended memorial hall interior

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