Come and celebrate our thriving village hall being 30 years old.
That is the invitation from Grimsargh Village Community Association, which runs the popular village hall.
A number of events are being planned this month to celebrate the milestone anniversary, kicking off with a Big Band Supper Dance.
This will be held on Saturday, October 19, at 7.30pm in the hall and the committee has booked a 20-piece big band from the Fylde called Switch on Swing. A hot supper is included in the ticket price of £15.
Chairman Anthony Cowell and vice-chairman Sian Middlebrough are hoping there will be lots of support for the 30th celebrations.
“We are hoping the community will come out and support both of these events,” said Anthony.
The second event – this time concentrating on the children – is on Saturday, October 26, when everyone is invited along to a Halloween-themed family production and drama workshop, called Dracula Spectacular, at 2.30pm. Tickets are £4 for children and £6 for adults.
Anthony and Sian say community association strives to continually upgrade and improve what they believe has become the hub of the community to ensure it continues to be suitable for the 21st century.
Recently a lot of work on energy conservation, including installing solar panels, has been carried out.
To celebrate the hall’s 30th anniversary, it is being redecorated throughout. The next project will be the refurbishment of the toilets.
“We are constantly improving this well-used facility,” says Anthony, adding that the hall is not only available for parties, weddings, meetings, dances and fundraising events, but is also the base for many regular users.
Among these regular users of the hall are important village organisations, including the pre-school and toddlers’ groups, Guides, Brownies, Rainbows, badminton, youth and gardening clubs, the WI and parish council.
And, of course, the flagship monthly farmers’ market is held at the hall.
Anthony says the committee of 10 members meets between four and five times a year and says he joined many years ago, after reading a story in the Longridge News.
The committee was in danger of folding and the village could have lost the hall.
This would have been a great shame, he believes, especially considering all the work put in the past 40 years.
The idea of a hall was first initiated when the parish council called a public meeting on May 13, 1971, at which a committee was formed “to undertake the provision of a community centre in the village”.
This set off 12 years, and thousands of hours of hard work and fundraising by local people, as well as appeals for funding before enough was raised to allow the building of the hall to start in the winter of 1982-83.
Grimsargh Village Hall was officially opened on October 8, 1983, by Harold Bridges OBE.
l For further details of both events, contact Sian on 07834700542 or email: email@example.com
l Grimsargh Pre-School is also holding two events to mark the anniversary, a wine tasting evening on October 11 and a Halloween disco on October 30.