Hall hits 100

THERE was a family link as residents celebrated the centenary of their village hall.Gillian Bence-Jones, the granddaughter of Lady Beatrice Pretyman, who performed the original opening of the building back in 1906, was the special guest to mark Kirton village hall's 100th birthday.

THERE was a family link as residents celebrated the centenary of their village hall.

Gillian Bence-Jones, the granddaughter of Lady Beatrice Pretyman, who performed the original opening of the building back in 1906, was the special guest to mark Kirton village hall's 100th birthday.

Mrs Bence-Jones cut a celebration cake made in the shape of the numerals 100 with a slice given to everyone present - with more than 300 attending.

The afternoon featured a variety of activities including skittles and roll the penny, a Treasure Hunt and sideshows, plus traditional cottage-style plant and cake stalls, and a display of country dancing from pupils of Trimley St. Martin primary school.

In the hall there was an exhibition of old photographs, documents and the original minute book, while the Women's Institute's members provided tea, coffee, sandwiches, homemade cakes and biscuits.

The village hall in Falkenham Road, run by a dedicated team of people, is a hive of activity and used throughout the week.

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On Mondays there are Whist Drives, Tuesday evenings it is home to the Short Mat Bowls Club, and every Wednesday the ever popular over 60s club meets to chat, play whist, dominoes, and bingo.

It is also home to the monthly meeting of the WI and gardeners' club, and also used for a variety of private and public functions, including children's parties.

The hall can be booked via Vic Wilkinson on 07961 594360 or Bob Deex 448711.

WEBLINK: www.kirton-suffolk.info

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