Residents celebrate 50 year anniversary of Brome and Oakley Village Hall
Almost 100 people visited Brome and Oakley Village Hall to mark its 50th anniversary earlier this month.
On November 13 and 14, villagers came to contribute to and reflect on a ‘Memories and Memorabilia’ display that was set up inside the hall, as they paid tribute to half-a-decade of service to the area.
The building, in The Street, used to be the village school until it was closed in July 1969.
Villagers spent two years transforming it into a community venue, before it was formally inaugurated by the then MP for Eye, Sir Harwood Harrison, in November 1971.
Former pupils, who attended the school as far back as the 1930s, were among dozens of visitors who attended two ceremonial events: one on Saturday, November 6, and another on Sunday.
“It means a great deal to people in the village,” said chairman John Parry, 73. “It’s effectively the social centre of the village.
“There hasn’t been a pub here for some years and we don’t have a bus service, so it’s not easy for people to get out to other towns and villages – so it’s really become the centre of social life here in the village.
“People remember coming to New Year’s Eve parties here and they were very pleased to be reminded of the old place.”
One of those in attendance over the weekend was 92-year-old Peter West, who had served as the village hall’s treasurer from its inception all the way through to the 1980s.
“Peter has played an active part in supporting the village hall for 50 years, and he’s been involved in village life for more than 70,” added Mr Parry.
“I think he was very pleased to see everyone come along over the weekend. He’s a very committed supporter of communal life in the village, and always has been.”