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100 BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION - 4th November 2012

The Hall gets ready for its special day!

Saturday, 4th November, was the 100th birthday of St Paul’s Parish Hall, and we celebrated in style!

Robin Webster gave three illustrated talks throughout the day, describing the various ways in which the hall has been used over the past 100 years.  He recalled his time as a schoolboy attending classes held there, as an extension of the national primary school further along Kents Bank Road in the building which is now the British Legion.  As well as extra classrooms which were required mainly for the children evacuated to Grange during the the 2nd World War, it was used as a dining room and gymnasium – Robin pointed out the hooks where the ropes had hung!  The hall has, of course, been used by the Parish Church for Sunday School , youth events, meetings, celebrations, and various fund-raisers.  It has also been hired by other organisations in the community:  Social Services as a day centre, Adult Education, the Over-60s, Cancer Drop In, the Operatice Society for rehearsals, etc, and numerous events have been held there to raise funds.  It would be interesting to know just how much money has been raised within its walls!

An exhibition entitled 'The Arkwright Story' showed the history of the Arkwright sisters, Sophia and Henrietta, two local benefactors of Grange, and the source of their wealth.  Sophia laid the foundation stone of the hall, and built the Fell Church in memory of Henrietta. 

Coffee, lunch and teas were served throughout the day.