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TWO VILLAGES, ONE HEART

LACEY GREEN & LOOSLEY ROW

LACEY GREEN & LOOSLEY ROW

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History of the Village Hall

Research by Joan West (2021)

Site History

The site upon which the Hall stands was, even before the Enclosures of Princes Risborough in 1823, one of the very few premises privately owned freehold.

Porto Bello


Village Hall future site

In a map published in 1818 the site is clearly shown. It consisted of a meadow, in the north - west corner of which stood Porto Bello Cottages. It is named "Russell's Porto Bello".

It is very unusual for any property to be given an actual name at that time. "Russell Close (field)" would have been more usual.

It is not known if Russell was the owner, the mortgagee or it had simply previously belonged to Russell and so been called "Russell's, but where did Porto Bello come from?

Village Hall future site

1823 Enclosures

In the Enclosures of Princes Risborough it is recorded as an old, freehold enclosure, number 642 allotted to Sarah Shard of Grymsdyke Lodge.

Hall History

Deeds Of Gift

  1. 3rd April 1924. Deed of Gift from Harold Edward Carter of Grymsdyke 27 perches of land.
  2. 8th February 1977. Piece of previously loaned land to the rear of the Village Hall, given by Lady Bateman.
  3. January 1977, Gift of a flag and flag-pole from Mrs Waite of Loosley House

A perch is an old English linear measure equal to 5.50 yards or 16.5 feet (5.03 meters)

In this case possibly meaning the per imeter = 150 yards (136 meters)

Information

The Following extracts are from articles published in Hallmark over the years. Some are anonymous, but research shows the contents to be accurate

Article 1

Saunders And Son

"I contacted Mr John Saunders, who was able to give me more details. The Hall was originally built during the 1914-18 war at Halton Camp, where it was used as the Sergeants' Mess. It was split into several "rooms" but the dividers were left out when it was re-erected. Mr Saunders thinks it was acquired in 1923 or 1924 and he and his father (J.W. Saunders) dismantled it at Halton and brought it in sections to Lacey Green. When they rebuilt it they raised the foundations to give the building greater height."

1st Village Hall

Money And Help

"Getting the Hall in those days meant a lot of work for these two small villages. To help get the money there was a house-to-house collection, also a call for volunteers for the road work for the entrance to the Village Hall. Mr Albert Kirby and Mr Arch Lacey were two such volunteers. I cannot say how many more.

Roads back then were made from local chalk as in this image.

Chalk Rd
1st Village Hall

Inside

The Hall in the first beginning had oil lamps for the lighting, also a round black boiler with coal, so it meant a lot of cleaning weekly.

Three women applied, the lowest at 5/- (5 shillings) per week. About £15 in todays money.

Boiler heating system

Water

Water had to be drawn from the tank adjoining the Hall. The copper had to be filled and lit by wood and heated up by coal.

Later a new kitchen was added on the front, which was a treat, not to have the long journey to the original Kitchen."

1st Village Hall

Article 2

Village Hall Beyond Repair

From the Parish Council Meeting minutes of November 1934
A letter was received from the Hon. Secretary of the Lacey Green Village Hall to the effect that at the General Meeting concerning the Village Hall it was unanimously decided that a new hall was essential as the present hall was beyond repair. The committee decided to ask the various organisations of Lacey Green and Loosley Row to consider the subject and to send a representative who would place before the Hall Committee their ideas respectively at a General Meeting to be held November 16th, 1934

The parish council declined to attend the meeting deciding this was an area over which they had no jurisdiction."

Researcher's Note

In 1934

  1. The Church, the Methodist Chapel, the Baptist Chapel, the School, the Woman's Institute and the newly formed Parish Council and any of their sub committees were the only organisations in the villages in 1934.
  2. The country was in turmoil and heading into a severe depression
  3. It is not known what happened at the meeting on November 16th 1934, but in the 1950's, after the 2nd world war, the same old hut had some modernisation (some 17 years after the cry for help for a new hall had gone out in 1934).
  4. Read later how the same old hall was renovated and extended in 1979.
  5. And later still how the "much needed new hall" was eventually built in 2002, 77 years after the old second-hand army hut was brought to Lacey Green.

Article 3

As Told By The Village Hall Itself In 1983.
(Suspected author Ted Janes, Hallmark editor)

By Horse and Cart
"I came to Lacey Green in 1923 by horse and cart, bought by the villagers by a door to door collection. It was reincarnation rather than birth, as my life had started as a mess - a sergeants' mess at Halton Camp in 1916. When I was surplus to requirements, together with many such buildings, we were sold off and dispersed far and wide.

Harold Carter
I was re-erected by local builders Saunders & Sons, on 27 perches of land given to the village by Harold Carter of Grymsdyke.

A Great Asset
Right away I was a great asset to the community. Clubs, groups and organisations formed themselves to meet under my corrugated iron roof to the often quoted "When it rains it don't 'arf rattle". But it was cosy enough inside, particularly when the wind was in the right direction to draw the two coke combustion stoves up to a red glow, and my oil lamps casting gentle shadows across the whist players' hands.

Loosley Row And Lacey Green Women's Institute
Quite soon after my opening, one such newly formed group was the Loosley Row and Lacey Green Women's Institute. They quickly became my guardian angels, supplying many of my needs, window curtains, stage curtains and back cloths. With so many W.I. Members serving on my committee, for many years I was under 'petticoat' government.

Saturday Dances
In those early days not much took place on week-nights other than the mens' clubs, playing cards and billiards, also a few meetings. But on Saturday nights it was whist-drives (up to 20 tables) or dances with the local bands of Cecil Saunders and Harold Williams. Many couples met at these dances, wed and held their wedding receptions under my roof.

The Vicar Attacked
These dances were at first attacked from the pulpit. The Vicar warning his young congregation that to attend these Saturday night jollifications would make them not eligible for Confirmation Class.

Attack Short Lived
My conflict with the church did not last long and I recall The happy moments of those Sunday School Christmas parties, and combined denominational services, particularly those to mark Armistice Sunday (alas no longer held).

Benefactors
Luckily I have never been short of benefactors, from the first gift of ground from Harold Carter, to the new kitchen and toilet block in 1959 and additional ground in 1977, both by Lady Bateman of Grymsdyke. And more recently generous grants from the Bucks County Council and the Department of the Environment.

My Carers
For 50 years of my life I was lovingly cared for in a caretaker capacity by Mrs Min Adams, and if that's not enough her husband Fred Adams was secretary or joint secretary for 40 years. Also their daughter Phyllis married to Bill Dell, is at present (1983) the longest serving member of my committee. A unique record of 60 years dedication to me by one family.

Dedication Of Officers
It seems that dedication is a quality I attract. The Chairman, Secretaries and Treasurers throughout my life could be counted on both hands; such people as the late Mr and Mrs Carter, Fred Adams, the Reverend Steward, Mr Tong, Miss Fagge, Mrs Jourdan, Arch Lacey, Lady Bateman, M Knott, "Mosh" Saunders, Ted Janes, Vera Griffiths, Geoff Prince, Randall Evans, Brian Lunn and Sue Parslow.

Frantic Money Raising
By the early 1970's the influx of people into Lacey Green and Loosley Row made it obvious that I was too small, and my committee began ten years of frantic money raising, helped by many of the newcomers, my seams were stretched to their limits by the success of month after month of fund raising events, making the sum of £15,000, that together with grants made it possible for my renovation.

Baby Welfare and B.C.C. Library
My uses today are much more of a sporting and entertaining nature. In the 40's and 50's I housed the baby welfare clinic for 20 years, dishing out 100's of gallons of orange juice and cod liver oil. Also the Bucks County Library manned by W. I. volunteers.

WW2 And After
I recall with pride my wartime service, training facility for the Home Guard, and the entertainment I was able to supply the boys in blue from Bomber Command. After the war the victory celebrations, also the many celebrations for royal occasions.

Fun Factory
Today my critics say I look like a factory. That may be true, but then I am a sort of 'fun' factory. Inside I feel I have few critics, because as a functional, cosy and comfortable hall I am the envy of many of my brothers and sisters throughout Buckinghamshire.

The Future?
What of the future? Will my modern plastic cladding last as long as the old corrugated iron? Maybe not, but I am confident from the past records that Lacey Green and Loosley Row will always find the people to keep me respectable and useful for this community. To all those who have done just this during my last 60 years, I send my grateful thanks."

Village Hall future site

Village Hall future site
Mini Adams then retired

Researcher's Note

Transformed From Barren Hall

As mentioned above it was the newly formed Women's Institute in 1924 that transformed the army hut into a welcoming amenity during its early years here.

When the first enthusiasm passed, a committee was required, a treasurer was needed to keep track of the expenditure and income from lettings, and a secretary to record decisions and bookings. This was done on an effective but somewhat casual basis until Ted Janes got involved.

Article 4

Ted Janes,

Chairman Of The Village Hall Committee

Ted Recalls
"In the late 1950s my wife and I ran the Village Youth Club and I attended the Village Hall AGM to repudiate criticism that the youth were causing damage to the Hall. I left the meeting having strongly made my point and also having been elected Chairman, proposed by Mrs. M. Bateman (her husband had not yet become Sir Geoffrey).

Not Democratic
In this new position I soon found my job not very easy. A quartet of ladies, namely Miss Fagge, Mrs Frederick, Miss Fletcher and Mrs Bateman had set themselves, very commendably, as custodians of the hall. The week before a meeting, over coffee mornings and telephone conversations, the contents of an agenda would be cut and dried. I had to be very firm and made it plain that if I was to remain chairman, things would have to be conducted a little more democratically.

No Secretary
Like many organisations, the post of secretary was vacant and no-one could be found until Mrs. Bateman volunteered. So, as Chairman and Secretary, we worked harmoniously and happily for several years. I got to know what a kind, considerate and caring person she was and of course, she was very generous

Mrs Bateman's Generosity
The old hall benefited greatly from her generosity, as did the Sports Club, Lacey Green and Speen Schools and many other charities she supported. But it was never Margaret - always Mrs Bateman and never Ted - always Mr. Janes.

Ground To Enlarge The Hall
About this time, I was also Chairman of the Parish Council and several times I pleaded with her to sell or give the field that is now Roundlands and Eastlands estates for a playing field, but to no avail. But the fact that those estates include some old people's bungalows was through her initiative. And she did give a good strip of ground at the back of the old Hall, without which it is doubtful the new Hall could have been erected. Sir Geoffrey and Lady Bateman retired in 1970, moving from the village.

Researcher's Note

Taken For Granted
In Researching the Hall it does seem that many of the residents here never think about "What makes it tick?". They can't think it runs itself? Luckily there has always been a dedicated committee to keep it ship-shape and running successfully. Over the years finances have sometimes been very tight, especially when the building needed major work done to it.

Hallmark
Hallmark is a Village Hall Committee magazine, first published in 1970. There is always a report from the Village Hall Committee in that.

Rising To The Occasion
Although the villagers may seem to take the everyday running of things for granted, when the call goes out to raise money for a major project they always seem to "pull out all the stops". Something in which the residents of Loosley Row and Lacey Green excel. It has been proved over and over again.

Call To Raise £15,000 In 1978
Is raising money a good excuse to have some fun? Yes there was certainly that. But I also remember the vicar, Bernard Houghton, setting off on a 15 mile sponsored walk, limping, for he had painful arthritis. And, yes he did complete it. Over and above the call of duty! I'm sure there were others too who were not just having fun, but rising to the call.

A Really Major Problem
By 1970 with a rapidly growing population and a very ancient building, the Village Hall applied for a grant towards a new Hall. It was turned down. However, grants were being given for renovation. Architects drew up complicated plans.

Article 5

Village Hall Committee Report

- February Hallmark 1977

Gift Of Land
The piece of ground at the rear of the hall, loaned for many years, is now kindly being given by Lady Bateman. For the purpose of conveyance Mrs Vera Griffiths And Mr E W Janes (Ted Janes) will act as trustees.

Letting Conditions
Concern expressed about the improper use the hall receives; fire extinguishers moved from their positions, electrical appliances tampered with. A letting code of conditions and conduct is to be prepared.

Harder To Raise Money
The Social committee is finding it harder to raise money than last year. The Christmas sale made £105, the Turkey Supper £50 and £135 for catering for a private party The Carol Singing on a terrible night, poorly attended, raised £7 for charity.

Article 6

Land Adjoining The Village Hall

By County and District Councillor Geoffrey Spear.
Hallmark Feb 1978

When the Council purchased the area of land behind the Village Hall for development, there was a strip of land included which connected the land to the Main Road It is proposed as part of the layout to provide a three metre wide path between the estate and the Main Road for use of residents, and this will leave an area approximately 295 square metres spare.

The Village Hall Committee are anxious to aquire this land for additional car parking space, and discussions have accordingly been held with them which have resulted in a provisional agreement whereby the public path will follow the boundary of the adjoining property and will connect with the Main Road in the position at present occupied by the bus shelter. It is proposed accordingly to convey to the Village Hall committee the land, most of which will provide an extension to the Village Hall boundaries, but one triangle of which will be on the other side of the footpath. The sale will be subject to the bus shelter being moved onto this land and the triangle of land to be available for public use. There will also be a condition that the remainder of the land forming an extension to the Village Hall grounds will be used only in connection with activities in the Village Hall.

Article 7

A New Village Hall.

Report In Hallmark By Randall Evans, Chairman,
Village Hall Committee

A letter from the County Education Department was presented to the committee of 13ty July 1978. The letter made formal offer of grant aid for the extension and restoration of the Village Hall. The sum offered is three-quarters of the first half of the total estimated cost. No promise for the second half until next year's grants are considered. The committee agreed to accept the sum offered totalling £17,775 and to instruct the architect to proceed with working drawings and specification for the whole scheme.

The committee felt that it must take the slight risk involved as we might otherwise lose our place in the queue.

Village Hall Plan 71

Article 8

Village Hall AGM Report

7th March 1979 (Hallmark)

"The A.G.M. of the Village Hall was held on March 7th, surprisingly with a smaller attendance than last year. I say surprisingly, because with building work in progress at the hall I would have expected stimulated interest. Those who did attend were welcomed by the Chairman, Randall Evans, who outlined the work already in progress on stage 1 on the hall renovation and extensions, to be completed by June, and the second stage, provided grants are available, to carry on from June, to be completed by the end of September or early October.

A jubilant Treasurer reported a record year with income from lettings, fund-raising and investment totalling over £4,000.

The Elected Committee Members for 1979/80

The Representative Members Honorary Officers

Balance Sheet 31st December 1978
Reserve fund 1st Jan 1978 £11,685.97,
plus Excess of Income over expenditure £1,031.51
TOTAL £12,717.48

Article 9

Modifications

June 1979 In Hallmark

By Randall Evans, Chairman Of Village Hall Committee

Dell Brothers
"Dell Brothers are well on with the first phase, which comprises the larger extension along the back of the hall. This will provide the new entrance where the old bar was, inside mens and womens toilets on either side, and straight ahead the committee room and bar. The new entrance to the Hall proper is here too, in the opposite corner from the old one.

Cost
Exactly half the total cost is in this phase - £23, 698, including fees and V.A.T. Of this sum we have to find less than £6,000, the remainder being grants, 25% from the County and 50% from the Department of Education.

2nd Phase
The second phase should start at the end of May and all approvals for this have been given, but we are waiting for these in writing This phase consists of new building right along the street side, containing stores and extensions to the Hall, all the work of renovating inside the old Hall and a new covered portico at the entrance.

Double In Size
With the extensions the Hall proper will be more than doubled in size, but sub-divided by sliding, folding partitions into five spaces so that multiple use will be possible. We shall have a dismountable stage which can be placed wherever it is wanted for functions, and to enable us to dine 150 or seat 200 for a show.

Best In District
When we reopen in October this year we will have made from the old 1914-18 hut one of the best equipped and best looking Halls in the district.

We are going to be tight for money to pay for kitchen equipment and external works, but God Willing and Weather Permitting, we will get all of this before the day.
Randall Evans, Chairman.

Before

Village Hall future site

After

Village Hall future site

Article 10

Circulated Letter - Final Appeal

By Joan West

This letter signed by the chairman and the treasurer explained the expenditure involved in renovating the Village Hall and thanks for the generous and willing support that has been given. It goes on : -

"We are now desperately short of money for fixtures and fittings. For example we need £300 for curtains, £600 for stage, £1,272 for extra chairs and tables, £1,000 for kitchen equipment and £250 for piano renovations. With this issue of Hallmark we are taking the liberty of launching a final appeal. Enclosed is an envelope which will be collected in a few days' time, or can be posted to the treasurer Cheques or donations whether £100, £50, £10, £5, or silver will be gratefully received and will ensure that the hall can be completed as originally intended".

Article 11

The Reopening

Report By Ernie Cummins

Hallmark November 1979

Celebrations
I am at a loss for superlatives, because November 10th and 11th were such enjoyable, remarkable days. The Village Hall was re-opened in all its new splendour, and all the collecting, saving, planning, dances and sponsored walks were over for the time being.

By 2.30 p.m. the building was filled to capacity and the gathering which included many special guests, gazed all around with appreciation, waiting expectantly for our chairman to open the proceedings.

  1. Right on cue, Randall Evans, our present chairman made his preliminary remarks and then handed over to --
  2. Ted Janes, committee chairman from 1967 - 76, a prime mover in the fund raising saga just completed. Just over £15,000 had been collected by the villagers, starting right back with the "nest egg", set aside by the late Miss Fagge, treasurer in the late 50' and 60's.
  3. Timothy Raison, our present Member of Parliament spoke. The Government having given 50% of the total grant.
  4. Next the Chairman of the Wycombe District Council, Councillor Paul Ensor
  5. And Geoffrey Spear, local representative on both County and District Councils.

Official Opening By Lady Bateman
The speeches led up to the introduction of Lady Bateman, who opened the Hall officially by unveiling two plaques

  1. A plaque commemorating the opening, and : -
  2. A plaque commemorating 50 years of service to the Hall by Mrs. Adams.

Lady Bateman, a village benefactor for many years, reflected on the Hall of earlier times, vividly describing its pumped water, coke fire - heated state. Having been responsible for the building of our last kitchen, 20 years ago, Lady Bateman was in a good position to comment on the latest arrangements, which she judged to be excellent

All the speakers praised the helpers, too numerous to mention in the main, nevertheless no one could object when special mention was made to the efforts of Vera Griffiths, now retired after so many years as secretary, and Messrs Jack and Bill Dell, but for whose fantastic labours the project would never have been completed: they have built the Old Hall into the New with painstaking skill and time consuming attention to detail. Both the completion of the Hall and the management of its re-opening are events for which the organisers should be highly commended

After the formalities, we all wished the New Hall well with a toast in free wine, and while we circulated around the premises, we were treated to a selection of light music by the pupils of St. John's School, directed by Mr. McBurnie, which the Palm Court Orchestra could not have improved upon.

The 'Canadairs', mature musicians of a different sort, played for the Dance and Buffet in the evening. Their choice of music, and its amplification, gave the structure of the building a severe test. Their virtuosity was dazzling and their volume deafening, but the dancers did them justice, really testing the floor

I noted specially that the food provided was 'good value for money' as usual, thanks to the social committee ladies. The bar too was in full spate, so we can say the Hall was well and truly christened that night. (NB, If we had 20% less amplification, we could have 100% more conversation, surely a good idea.)

Sunday Service
By way of Thanksgiving for all this, a combined service was held in the Hall on Sunday, 11th November for all interested parties, organised by the local Anglicans, Methodists, Baptists and Roman Catholics. The service was conducted by Revered Bernard Houghton who reminded us that it was fitting on this Remembrance Sunday to remember those who had given their lives to preserve this village life that we love so well as we remember all the events and the people connected with the Hall so far, in the 60 years we have used the site.

  1. Mrs. Margaret Stevens, representing our Roman Catholic friends, read Psalm 121, which emphasises our complete dependence on God's favour.
  2. Yours truly, representing the Baptists read Lesson, John 15. 'Love one another'.
  3. Reverend Ruth Orton, our local Methodist minister, picked up this theme again in her address, stressing our need to encourage all sections of the local community to enjoy our new facilities. Our loving attitude to each and every one person in the village is essential to the future happiness of our little community, as Jesus said over and over again.
  4. The three lovely hymns were beautifully accompanied by the playing of Mr Ron Rogers of the Wycombe Organ Centre, on an organ they had kindly loaned for the day.

Afterwards we were all guests of the committee for free tea and cakes.

What a wonderful weekend, - a milestone - never to be forgotten, E. C.

Village Hall future site

Ted Janes - left. Lady Bateman speaking.

Article 12

Disco Complaints

from the Village Hall Committee

Hallmark June 1980

The pressure from certain quarters to close the three weekly disco continues to mount. Inside the hall the disco is properly supervised, in fact extremely well run. Noise and congestion outside at 11 o'clock is great, but only for a short while, and only every three weeks. Far better that parents should meet their teenagers than they should go home alone.

Teenage drinking is a national problem, and one feels sympathy for the local publicans, but it's a cross they have to bear, their town colleagues have these problems nightly, every occupation has some hazard. As a village hall committee we understand the position, but we are supplying a need, admittedly for the surrounding area, but also for our own local young people. We try not to forget that the village hall is for all sections of the community, and we trust that tolerance on all sides will prevail in order that we can keep to that commitment.

Article 13

The Disco - The Facts

from the Village Hall Committee

Hallmark January 1982

Soon after the Village Hall re-opening in November 1979, a commercial disco moved to our hall from Naphill Village Hall - they had to have a larger hall and we (the Village Hall Committee) were happy for a 'good let'.

This disco is professionally and strictly run by Bob Egerton from Speen, regarded by the youngsters as one of the best discos for miles around, and patronised from a very wide area.

Right from the start, complaints arose from the noise, village vandalism, litter and drink problems (although the disco is soft drinks only), and in fairness it must be said that many of these complaints arose because older youths were not being allowed into the junior disco, so problems arose not from the disco but just from the event being held at the hall.

Throughout 1980, at nearly every monthly committee meeting the disco has been debated. The early view being that the criticism was always from a few people living near the hall and, with the disco only every three weeks, this was a small inconvenience to pay for the only village function that caters for the village youth. In the early days the police advised us to stop it, but the committee did not heed this warning, reiterating their view, that unless damage was inflicted on the hall the disco could continue.

Major damage has never been experienced in the hall, although the wear and tear from nearly 300 teenagers has taken its toll of the decorations and floor cleaning is a great problem. (Why must they keep running in and out?)

Towards the autumn the committee's attitude began to change, complaints became more numerous, the caretaker became disgruntled with the mess, and so by a two-thirds majority the committee agreed to terminate the disco at the end of 1981.

Complaints then came from the parents, re. depriving their youngsters of this popular event (also unnecessary abusive letters). So as a result the committee came to the decision that the disco be allowed to continue to the end of March, with the letting charge doubled to cater for the extra cleaning and decorating costs. A vote to be taken at the A.G.M. on March 9th.

So it is up to you, a sort of referendum at the Village Hall, 8 p.m. Those who oppose the disco versus those parents who wish the youngster's disco to continue. We say parents because under the Village Hall constitution as laid down by the Charity Commissions, the only people eligible to vote at the A. G. M. are residents of Lacey Green and Loosley Row over 18 years old.

The result must only be a guide for the committee because whatever happens, as a management committee with two thirds representative members from the organisations that use the hall and one third elected members from the A.G.M. they must, in the last resort, be allowed to manage the hall for the benefit of the community.

Article 14

Letter in Hallmark

by Gerald Smith

Representative on the V.H. Committee for youngsters at the disco.

Hallmark February 1984

The Issues
It was an almost unanimous decision of the Lacey Green and Loosley Row Village Hall Committee at their meeting on January 8th to stop hiring the hall for public discos. The decision was reached after a full and exhaustive debate - one of many; the committee being aware of the differing and often conflicting interests of the parties concerned. On the one hand the 280 plus young people who attend and on the other certain aggrieved residents of the village and others; particularly those that live close by or en-route to the hall

Briefly. Complaints Were Made
  1. The noise of the music loudspeakers
  2. Motorcycle engines in the car park
  3. Youthful voices (no doubt often exuberant)
  4. Engines and doors slamming of the cars arriving at about 11 p m collecting those leaving the disco
  5. Nuisance of "rowdy gangs" attempting to get served at the local pub
  6. Intimidating customers in the local pub
  7. Empty drinks cans littering verges and residents gardens
  8. Loud and objectionable language
  9. Cars at 11 pm obstructing the village 'High Street'
  10. The last bus drivers often being intimidated to the extent that they might not stop at the village centre bus stop.
Gerald Smith's Response At The Meeting
  1. The loudspeaker noise ('music' to the youngsters) was well within the limits of intensity as laid down by the Department of Environment
  2. The music would only be heard by a few very nearby residents who moved into their dwellings in The Full Knowledge that the nearby hall had a music and dancing licence
  3. The hall could not reasonably legislate for the type of transport that a hirer and guests might arrive and depart in/on
  4. It was never, as far as I was aware, the discoers themselves who brought cars along at 11 p.m.
  5. It was never proved, as far I was aware that it was the discoers who tossed empty drinks cans or used bad language, or caused trouble at the pub or intimidated bus drivers, or ………….etc. etc …….

The Decision
It was still, despite the logic, decided that although the aggravation was not necessarily Caused by the disco or discoers it was nevertheless attendant upon it and coincided with the disco night. The decision was probably further influenced by a strongly worded letter to the licensee (the Chairman) pointing out that the licence must be re-applied for in due course and the granting (or refusal) of its renewal might be dependent on the number of complaints received (or not).

Regret
The committee feel it is sad that a function obviously enjoyed by so many people must be denied the use of the village hall.

Article 15

Poor Reflection Of Society

Editorial

Hallmark February 1984

The Village Hall Management Committee's decision to stop letting the hall for public discos (except for under 14's) wasn't reached lightly or with relish. Elsewhere the facts are dealt with fully. Here we would like to say that the problem was not one of the disco itself, but of the public disorder that the police, the organisers, the hall committee or anyone else seemed unable to control, a poor reflection on today's society.

Article 16

Village Hall Diamond (60th) Jubilee

Report By Randall Evans

Hallmark October 1983

A sub-committee of Lily Barber, Ted Janes, John Hanna and Ernie Anderson was appointed to come forward with ideas. They produced an excellent programme of events for the whole of September, involving almost every organisation in the village, which was completed with the dance on the 1st October.

  1. A combined church service in the hall on the 1st Sunday in September. Well attended, Mrs Kathleen Stansfield playing the hymns on the renovated village hall piano and followed by tea and cakes
  2. Tuesday 6th September the 81st Club opened their AGM to visitors. After the 'business' a short quiz organised by the W.I. which at time became hilarious. Eg. One question "Who is the patron saint of shoe-makers? The shouted answer from the back - "Cobblers" The tea served by the younger ladies made the O.A.P.'s feel like V.I.P's
  3. Thursday 8th September. The W.I. Put on a cake icing demonstration, held a produce show and had tea.
  4. Sunday 11th.September. The Village Hall Committee, past and present, and the Sports Club planned a cricket match. Unfortunately the weather washed out the match.
  5. Wednesday 14th September. The Diamond Jubilee Quiz organised by the W.I. 20 teams of 4 people with an enthusiastic audience. Every village organisation was represented. Appropriately won by the Parish Council.
  6. During the tea break at the quiz, Edwin Williams, on behalf of the Sports Club presented Randall as Chairman of the Village Hall, a Shield bearing the following inscription :
    "In recognition of sixty years' service to the community by the Village Hall Committee. With thanks to all the public spirited people who have served thereon Presented by the Lacey Green and Loosley Row Sports Club. September 1893.
    The shield now hangs in a prominent position in the entrance hall
  7. Sunday afternoon 18th September a "Treasure Hunt" by car started from the hall at 2 pm. 11 cars took part, full of people of all ages. It was very enjoyable. Organised by Gerald Smith and Les Hazel.
  8. Wednesday 21st September. At the Horticultural bi-monthly meeting was open to the public. A special competition was held for a flower arrangement contained within a cube with a Jubilee theme.
  9. Friday 23rd September, the annual St. John's Church Harvest Supper, held for the first time in the hall, was opened to the congregations of both Chapels and all villagers. The hall was packed, the meal excellent and entertainment by the church choir all one expect of this enthusiastic body.
    A crystal rose bowl was presented to Mrs. Rene Sanders, recently retired from hall caretaker after 4 years after reopening when it carried a heavy burden.
  10. Saturday 4th September. No village celebration would be complete without a Jumble Sale and a super one was held on the Afternoon. A profit of £112.43 was made for hall funds.
  11. Saturday evening 1st October. The Grand Final Dance. The hall was full, the music by Michael Moss and his band and Ted Janes was the Master of Ceremonies.
  12. The Grand Diamond Jubilee Draw, organised by Lily Barber will have made a considerable profit. (not yet finalised).