All Saints Community Hall 10th Birthday.
All Saints Community Hall is an excellent facility in the centre of Melbourn. Whether you have a party, a workshop, a class or almost any other event it provides the perfect venue. Free wi-fi is available and use of the fully equipped kitchen are just some of the benefits hirers can expect to enjoy. This June sees the 10th anniversary of its opening.
The previous building on the site was a church hall, which was built in the 1960s, had no insulation and was a rather basic, tired construction. In the early 2000s it was agreed that a new building was needed and so the project was led by the vicar of All Saints Church at the time, Reverend Andrew O’Brien. A great deal of fundraising then ensued as the build would cost £261,000. It was hard work but monies were raised, £100,000 corporate and £85,000 private donations were generously given. Grants amounted to £32,000 and another unique way of raising funds was to sell bricks at £10 each. It meant that you too could own a small part of this new facility. A book is held at the hall showing who owns the bricks that went into the build.
With funds in place the building works could commence in 2006. Finally, the building project was complete and opened in June 2008. The new hall was also to change its status from being a church hall to being a community hall, which took much time, effort and cost to achieve. Even today because the hall is on church land, it often wrongly perceived that it is a church hall. But it is indeed a Community Hall available for all to use, at the heart of the picturesque South Cambridgeshire village.
This month the hall celebrates its 10th birthday. To commemorate this milestone, Friday 22nd June sees the start of a weekend of celebratory events. The first will be film club night, a very popular monthly event, where as well as the usual soft drink and popcorn, a licensed bar will be available. On Saturday, there will be the highly entertaining Prosecco Monologues, starring local actress Claire Hogan and friends. This will include a light supper and will also have a licensed bar. The finale to the weekend of celebrations on Sunday is an Afternoon Tea with Bubbles and superb musical entertainment from Roy Crosby’s Great Little Jazz Band.
All Saints Community Hall in Melbourn has so much to offer as a venue and provides a great space at excellent value. It really is a hall for all.