Herringswell Village Hall - History & Refurbishment


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In 1917 the Davies Memorial Hall was opened .


In 1946 the Herringswell Village Trust was formed. The land and hall was donated to Herringswell Parishioners for social and recreational use. The Live and Let Live Club ran a members club from the Village Hall since the 1960's and during the 1970's villagers got together to build an extension as a further piece of land was gifted to the Village.

old hall

Since the mid 1990's up until October 2007 the Live and Let Live club operated a members social/drinking club. However, they began to make serious financial losses and approached the Parish Council for assistance. A meeting of Herringswell Parishioners was held in May 2007 to elect a Village Hall Committee.

It was necessary for the new committee was to resolve the irregularities, which had arisen over the years and ensure that the hall was available to all Herringswell residents to use for social events and gatherings.

A programme of massive fund raising and refurbishment followed from October 2007 until January 2010 when the hall was officially re-opened by our Member of Parliament, the Rt Hon Richard Spring MP. The committee raised funds in the region of £60,000, which combined with the help and support of Herringswell residents, has allowed us to bring to the community this wonderful facility.


Fund Raising April/May 2008 - Ridgeons have promised to supply us with materials to create the kitchen.  Plans have been drawn up and we await to hear from them as to the units they will supply us.

May/June 2008 - Volunteers carry out work to strip out old bar area, remove old equipment and take down drop ceiling.  Thank you to all volunteers, this has saved us quite a bit of money.

June 2008 we have been awarded £10,000 from Suffolk Environmental Trust. 

July 2008 - Applications have been made to the Garfield Weston Trust, Suffolk County Council and Awards for All.  Watch this space!

August 2008 we have been awarded £10,000 from Suffolk County Council.

September 2008 - Garfield Weston Trust have donated £2,000

February/March 2009 - Work has started on installing the kitchen. 

April 2009 - Grant forms have been submitted to The Suffolk Foundation and Awards for All - fingers crossed!

April 2009 - The co-operative bank have donated £650.00 for a computer system for the Village Hall

April 2009 - the main hall and the kitchen almost completed.

May 2009 - The Suffolk Foundation Grassroots have awarded us £250.00

May 2009 - Forest Heath District Council have agreed to a Capital Grant which will allow us to complete Phase 2 of the project.

July 2009 - Awards for All/Big Lottery Fund - awarded £9,126 to pay for new furniture and staging.

November 2009 - Forest Heath District Council - £250 Community Grant to help equip the kitchen.

January 2010 - Official opening by Richard Spring MP on Friday 8 January 2010


With thanks to the following who have granted us funds:

Forest Heath District Council
Suffolk County Council
Suffolk Environmental Trust
Garfield Weston Trust
Ridgeons Timber & Builders Merchants Ltd
The Suffolk Foundation "Grassroots"
The Co-operative Society
Waitrose Supermarket
Suffolk ACRE
Cllr Bill Bishop
Cllr Lisa Chambers, Cllr Colin Noble, Cllr Roger Dicker, Cllr Andy Drummond
Awards for All/Big Lottery Fund
Suffolk ACRE
and, of course, Herringswell Residents and Parish Council who are continuing to support us


We need to repair and paint the exterior and the car park. Any donations will be gratefully received. Thank you


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