Celebrations mark official hall opening

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Bank Holiday Monday was a very special day for the villages of Bempton and Buckton, for it saw a host of celebrations to mark the official opening of the new community hall.

Although the hall has been in use for 15 months, 4 May was the day when it officially swung open its doors, and about 600 visitors came along throughout the daytime and an evening ‘party time’ supper dance to help celebrate.

Inside the hall, throughout the day, there was a wide variety of musical entertainment, including the Quaynote Jazz band, Midlife Crisis, Coastal Voices and the Excelsior Brass Band – in fact, something for everyone.

At 1 pm the hall was officially opened by lifelong Bempton resident and former village hall Chairman, Mr Jeff Wardlow.

Then presentations were made to the out-going chairman of the current committee, Mr John Beales, and committee member, Mr Roger Marriott.

These two gentlemen were primarily responsible for steering the plans through the procedures necessary to receive the Lottery Grant which enabled the new Hhall to be funded, supervised the building of it, then serving on the committee to organise and run it.

Presentations were also made to Mr and Mrs Burnell, who have served on the committee for over 30 years and act as the bookings secretary and maintenance manager of the hall, as well as one to Mrs June McComb, who is retiring from her position as hall secretary and sadly leaving the village shortly.

The day’s activities were rounded off that evening by a hugely enjoyable ‘party time’ supper dance, with the ever popular local group, ‘Remix’, providing the music and entertainment. A choice of hot or cold buffet supper was greatly appreciated and during the interval a raffle was held, which raised the sum of £400, which the chairman of the hall was able to present to Mr Jeff Wardlow in support of ‘The Brain Tumour Charity’.

Throughout the day collection boxes had been accepting donations for the Nepal Earthquake disaster fund, and the total raised, when added to what had been collected at the ‘Tour de Yorkshire’ event, meant that a donation of £541.14 will be forwarded to that most worthwhile cause.

During the evening Mr Beales made a short speech in which he thanked all who had given their time and effort over the years to bring the dream of a new hall in the villages to such a splendid fulfilment.

He also thanked the parish council for donating the land, North Wold Lions, who had given £500 towards a magnificent exterior clock; A special word of thanks though had to go to Mr Gareth Patchett, who had been tasked by the hall committee to oversee the organisation of the day’s events.