Institute

Chelmorton is a small village with a surprisingly large hall.

Financed by public subscription and officially called the War Memorial Institute, Chelmorton’s village hall was opened in 1922 as a memorial to those of the parish who served in The Great War and whose names are recorded on a handsome marble memorial. A further plaque displaying the names of those who served in the Second World War was added in 2012.

The hall was used for many years as a men’s social club, the meeting place for The Women’s Institute, Parish Council, The Friendship Club (the village over sixties club) and the canteen for the local school. Occasional social events were also held.

It is currently used by a Whist Drive Group which welcomes new members, the local Film Club, the start and finish post for a yearly cycle race and every year a huge event is held raising funds for the Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning. Dances and quizzes are held several times a year as fund raising events and the hall is used for adults and children’s birthday parties and has hosted keep-fit, meditation and dance teaching classes. The Parish Council holds its meetings in the hall and local and national elections are also held there. A small group of talented ladies, all with Level 2 Hygiene Certification, cater for coach parties for lunch and afternoon tea. Bookings are always welcome.

Downstairs room during Jubilee celebrations 2012.

Downstairs room during Jubilee celebrations 2012.

Since the hall’s renovation in 2002 several wedding receptions have been held using the ground floor for dining and the upstairs for entertainment. The Institute is an independent body administered by the Charities Commission and does not hold allegiance to any church or religion and will consider receptions for weddings whether civil or religious.

Waiting for guests to arrive for wedding reception, downstairs room.

Waiting for guests to arrive for wedding reception, downstairs room.

Upstairs at same wedding. Exotic decor prepared by groom.

Upstairs at same wedding. Exotic decor prepared by groom.

As well as the above mentioned activities the committee would be interested in hiring the hall for art, photographic or any other display exhibitions, drama or indoor sport such as short mat bowling or table tennis (we have two full size tables available). Please contact the number below and we will consider your requirements.

Village ceilidh in upstairs room.

Village ceilidh in upstairs room.

The building consists of two floors each with an overall size of approximately 8.0 X 13.0 metres. The upstairs floor has a stage approximately 2.5 X 5.0 metres making it suitable for entertainment events. Fire regulations stipulate a total of 250 persons over the two floors. A small but well equipped kitchen is available downstairs. Double entrance doors and an easy access toilet have been fitted to cater for those with mobility problems.

Local swing band provides entertainment.

Local swing band provides entertainment.

To book the hall please contact Ann Mayo on 01298 85344.