History of Roxton Parish/Village Hall

How it all started

Roxton Parish Hall Committee was started by a few parishioners in the early 1950s with the document of trustees being dated August 1951. Money was raised by fund raising events and the process of building an establishment to hold meetings and social activities began. This was done mostly by local people putting in much time and effort. Previously there had been cottages on the site, burnt down in a serious fire.

The old hall, as now known, was well used by the Parish by a wide range of organizations and committees, and hosted many social events. All efforts have been given on a voluntary basis, and when an alcohol license was acquired, the steward of the bar, plus helpers, spent endless hours dedicated to making it such a success in supporting the events. The age of the hall and different regulations meant that in 1994 a fund was opened to acquire finances for a rebuild. It was becoming increasingly hard to keep the building in a condition that was safe, warm and up to a competitive standard. The committee worked so hard to raise money from many enjoyable events. Local people were very generous, and with an enormous amount of work, the fund meant we could start with the plans, and finally the build. Several members of the committee used personal finances to enable this to happen.

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In 1996 the new hall was finally completed with Mr Fred Marshall, the then chairman, inviting the mayor to attend the grand opening. Since then the hall has been in constant use by many organizations, mums and tots, keep fit, dancing clubs and class, bridge, W.I., history groups, Parish Council meetings, auctions, the flower show, carpet bowls and of course plenty of private functions.