Lurgashall celebrates village hall 100 year anniversary

A trip down memory lane at Lurgashall
A trip down memory lane at Lurgashall

LURGASHALL villagers took a trip down memory lane at an exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the village hall.

It was the first of a series of centenary events which are being organised this year and was mounted by Sarah Matthews, Rose and Francis Dillon-Thiselton, chairman of the hall management committee Kate Fisher and Sue Lambot.

The exhibition included the history of the WI, now disbanded, whose meetings were held at the hall, school plays, dances, amateur dramatics and wedding receptions over the past 100 years.

And dozens of old photographs sparked long-forgotten memories.

The evening began with a welcome and ‘thank you’ to the many villagers who had contributed their photos and recollections.

Kate Fisher paid special tribute to Anthony Crandon who, over the years, ‘has given the committee his advice on a great many projects and problems to do with the fabric and structure of the hall’.

“She thanked him for the ‘countless repair and maintenance jobs’ he has undertaken to keep the hall in good working order and up to a good standard.

A highlight was a demonstration by Francis Dillon-Thiselton of the still-working original bingo machine acquired about 30 years ago and still in use.

See next week’s paper (April 10) for a trip down memory lane at Lurgashall Village Hall.