Villagers in Westoning recall decades of occasions, disaster and celebration at 75th anniversary exhibition

Westoning village hall 75th anniversary exhibition
Westoning village hall 75th anniversary exhibition

Back To The Future was the theme for Westoning Village Hall’s recent anniversary exhibition to celebrate the 75 years since Howard Spensley gave the building to the village.

Fantastic historic displays depicting occasions, disaster and the activities of the regular users of the Hall since 1940 proved to be very popular with visitors. Many individuals and groups had donated photographs, posters and information for the exhibition which was led by Yvonne Robertson. The Trustees of the Hall are looking to update it to meet the needs of the 21st century and some draft plans were also on display.

All the village groups past and present were represented including the Brownies, Guides, Cubs, Scouts, the Westoning Players, Pre-School, the WI, Parish Council, Golden Age, Church groups and the Spensley Trust to name a few. There were reminders of the tanker disaster on September 11, 1976 when the hall was used as the designated place of safety, and photographs of an evening of celebration to see in the Millennium.

The building was once Westoning National School and the school log on display made interesting reading. One entry for October 12, 1917 mentioned that Mr Welch

had called in and advised pupil, Harry Church aged 8, to wear a cap in school!

Edward Short, aged 95 years, born in Westoning, visited to reminisce with his daughter. Other visitors from long established families and more recent arrivals also enjoyed it.

Visitors were asked to share their opinions and invited to comment on the plans for the future of the building, which include an enlarged hall, separate meeting room, a new kitchen, improved disabled facilities along with improved heating, ventilation and insulation.

The Village Hall is available to hire and details can be found at: www.westoningvillagehall.co.uk email: enquiries.wvh@gmail.com or call 01525 712088.