Granborough Village Hall was built in 1910 on land donated to the Village by Ralph Verney for the purpose of building a Parish Hall and Library. To quote from the original conveyance:
“The Trustees will hold the land and buildings hereby conveyed upon trust for the following purposes:-
- For the purpose of a Parish Hall and Library to be used by all the Parishioners of Granborough of both sexes and all classes.
- For the purpose of public and private meetings without preference of religion or politics.
- For the purpose of concerts, games and other forms of recreation and social events to the advantage of the Parish generally.
- The Management of the said premises shall be in the hands of a Committee of no less than eleven in number and the Trustees shall be ex officio members of such a Committee.”
The Committee should consist of the Vicar, Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Parish Council and any other Parishioners.
The Hall is an interesting building with a first floor that originally housed a library and a Committee room. During the Second World War Evacuees were housed in the Hall. Since then the library has disappeared and the Hall has been extended and improved so that the upstairs is not used very often. However, it is well maintained like the rest of the Hall. The hall is shortly to undergo a full restoration project.
Hiring The Hall
The internal refurbishment of the village hall has now been completed and it is looking good! The new central heating is up and running in time for this cold weather. All we need now are some chairs! The external work is now our priority and we plan to begin work in the Spring. The restoration includes structural repairs to the oak beams and doors at the front of the hall, re-rendering the walls and chimney where necessary, inspecting and replacing the guttering, roof tiles and painting. The good news is that we have received confirmation of a large grant from the FCC Communities Foundation that enables us to complete the external work and buy new chairs.
The plan is to hold a grand reopening of the village hall in early summer.
The Future of Granborough Village Hall
Whilst the external restoration of the village hall is not yet complete the good news is that we begin to look forward to some future events in 2021. These occasions will begin with a grand re-opening sometime after the 21st June when all restrictions will hopefully be raised. Maybe also a coffee morning or a table top sale. Look out for future details. The one annual event that we definitely hope to hold on the first Saturday in September ( 4th ) is the Granborough Produce and Handicraft Show. So gardeners begin growing your prize vegetables and flowers! Handicraft people begin planning your work and photographers start clicking! The theme for this year’s photography for both adults and children is ‘your favourite place in Granborough’. We welcome everyone between the ages of 5 to 105 who live in Granborough to enter, especially the many new residents who have moved in during the past year. If you would like an idea of the criteria for entries then please contact Davina on 670596 for a copy of a previous programme or a chat. Meanwhile the hall will remain closed under the current COVID 19 restrictions and no new bookings will be accepted at this time.