Scawby Village Hall History


After the first World War suggestions were made by some of the more prominent people living in the village that a hut should be purchased at a government surplus auction sale to be used as a meeting centre for the inhabitants of Scawby. Following a public meeting on 16th March 1921 it was agreed that this should be done and subscriptions amounting to £198.3.0d (£198.15) were promised towards the expected total cost of £250. This included purchase, removal and erection on a site to be provided free of charge by Lt. Col, Nelthorpe of Scawby Hall.


Further meetings and fund-raising activities resulted in the establishment of the Village Hut on the site of part of the present Village Hall. It consisted of a room and kitchen for women, a reading room and club for men and a main room for public use. A Management Committee of 12 was appointed including 4 of the larger subscribers, 4 representatives of the women's room sub-committee and 4 representatives of the men's room sub-committee.


The Hut was used by the villagers and also let to organisations from outside Scawby. During the Second World War it was well used as a centre for village activities but some years later when maintenance costs became increasingly high it was decided to begin fund-raising for a new building to meet the growing needs of the village.

In 1967 it was decided that a new Village Hall should be built on the existing site at a cost of approximately £7,500 and to this end a committee was formed consisting of one member from each local organisation plus elected members to raise the necessary funds for this project. Plans were drawn up and outline planning permission obtained. Unfortunately these plans had to be set aside when it was pointed out that to obtain grants from the government for new buildings a qualified architect had to be retained. A local architect and a quantity surveyor gave their services free of charge and a larger and more imposing building was designed. Fund-raising continued and much help was received from the Rural Community Council.




In 1972 the new Scawby Village Hall was opened, it had cost £25,000 to build and furnish. Initially there was some adverse comment to the effect that it had been built back to front but the reason for this was to make the most of the lovely pastoral view from the large windows in the main hall. Initially the working capital of the hall was provided by a bank overdraft and interest free loans from some of the villagers. The hall was registered as a charity.  To pay off the overdraft and loans as soon as possible budgetary control was instituted. This gave  the committee the necessary information for reasonable letting charges as well as monitoring the effects of all fund-raising activities. It was the enthusiasm of the members together with support from the Parish Council that made it possible to raise sufficient funds to achieve this objective. Winning the National Girobank Humberside Hall of 1987 was a wonderful achievement and a real triumph not just for the Management Committee but for the whole village. The Hall was extended in 1996 thanks to a generous grant from Glanford Borough Council.

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