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‘Help us or lose us,’ say village hall trustees

Musical director Andrew Clingo and A Handful of Harmonies rehearsing at Bromley Memorial Hall, Pode Hole.

Musical director Andrew Clingo and A Handful of Harmonies rehearsing at Bromley Memorial Hall, Pode Hole.

The future of Pode Hole’s village hall is in doubt unless volunteers come forward to help run it, according to its management committee.

Bromley Memorial Hall in Bourne Road is in danger of closing because most of its six-strong committee are too old to carry on and some are intending to step down later this year.

The hall also needs to raise about £20,000 for urgent roof repairs and a public meeting is being held on Thursday, February 6 between 3pm and 7pm in a bid to recruit new volunteers.

Committee chairman Tina Rodgers said: “We have an aging committee and we’re looking for people to come on board and help with the administration of the hall.

“It also requires roof repairs which is quite an expensive job and although the hall raises a certain amount of money from bookings, it’s not enough to repair all of the roof and carry on maintaining it.”

The hall was built in 1958 and hosts ballroom dancing classes, WI meetings, sewing, radio and over 60s clubs, parties and wedding receptions.

But bookings secretary Pat van Gemeren said: “We need the roof repairs very badly and we need more help from people living in Pode Hole.“

 

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