The Village Hall
On Saturday, November 14th, 1964, the first Village Hall was officially opened by Mrs. Rosemary Pease of Hurworth, daughter of Major and Mrs. Evans of Worsall Hall. Two years previously Worsall school, which had been used for village social activities, had been closed by North Riding Education Committee.
Residents made the decision to build a new Village Hall and, under the Chairmanship of Mr.Isaac Bainbridge and with the stalwart support of the farming Community, fund-raising was started. Mr.Leslie Bainbridge donated a plot of land and within two years the target of £4,000 was raised.
By the 1970’s, the hall was being used to capacity. Regular users were the Women’s Institute, the Folk Dancers, the Badminton Club, Further Educations Classes and a thriving Play Group.
Dances, parties, Domino drives and other social activities were popular and so it was decided that an extension to house a new supper room, kitchen and bar facilities should be built. Again the necessary money was raised.
By 2005, there had been marked deterioration in the fabric of the building and the building was becoming uninsurable.
The Management Committee sought expert advice and considered all the options available given our financial limitations.
All indications were that this is a dynamic community, so it was decided to aim for a new Village Hall to meet its needs.
To raise the necessary amount of over £600,000 was a daunting task but, as ever, residents responded with enthusiasm.