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Wincanton's Memorial Hall

Monday 29 November 2010, 15:44
By Brian Sales

Wincanton Memorial Hall opened 50 years ago on 9th January 1960. The hall is situated at the top of Wincanton High Street right next to the large car park which runs parallel to the High Street.

External view of the front entrance

There are disabled parking bays just outside and the hall has access for wheelchairs.

Floor view from the front left, kitchen corner

The main hall has a beautiful sprung dance floor and can be used with tables and chairs in it if you prefer. A new LED, energy-efficient lighting system has just been installed and can be directed towards the large stage or the dance floor. A sound-mixing desk is available for public address and music.

KitchenMeeting room, off the left side of the main hall

The bar is located in the sun lounge next to the hall and also has a small kitchen at the other end. Another side room is available which leads from the hall and the kitchen and is ideal for your buffet.

The Sun Lounge, including bar and mini-kitchen

The hall is used for a variety of meetings; activities range from Short Mat Bowling to The Gardeners Club; from Wincanton Amateur Dramatic Society's pantomime to Archery. We welcome regular user groups and have many bookings for coffee mornings in the Sun Lounge. Of course we are not restricted to groups. Private hirers are also very welcome.

Flower, fruit and veg show

The hall is also used by a range of other groups, Weight Watchers, Slimmer's World and is a popular location for Birthday parties, Anniversaries, Wedding Receptions and a variety of dance groups. There is a regular hairdresser, even a course on sailing.

Wedding reception

The initial decision to have a hall built was taken in April 1945. Suitable land was acquired in 1949 but funds were insufficient for the start. In 1954 the local company Cow and Gate made a generous covenant of £3000. A further £5750 was needed so the locals of Wincanton were canvassed for their help but at a public meeting it emerged that most did not want a hall but would rather have a swimming pool. In 1957 the Charities Commission ruled that the original trust had been formed to have a hall built and this could not be changed to a swimming pool. Determination grew to get the hall built from this point and after a further two years building began.

The hall was opened on January 9th 1960 by the late Freddie Goodliffe who was the secretary of the Somerset Rural Community Council. After the opening there was a concert and in the evening a grand dance. In 1962 the lounge extension and the bar were added. The BBC used the hall in 1964 for the radio programme "Any Questions" and in 1975 the hall won a cup for the best-kept hall in the Yeovil Area.

A Memorial has been built in the grounds of the hall to remember those who served in the forces and those who have given their lives.

Expo

To discuss your personal requirements for your event, please contact our Secretary Mrs Lynn Vallis on 01963 33397 or email . For any lighting or sound enquiries please contact Brian Sales on 01963 33555, mobile 07966691383, or email .




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