Gosberton hall trustees quash closure rumours as bookings boom

Gosberton Public Hall. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG240118-114TW
Gosberton Public Hall. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG240118-114TW
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Trustees of Gosberton Public Hall have quashed closure rumours as the popular venue experiences a bookings boom and cash pours in to fund upgrades.

Chairman Rowland Perry said: “The Public Hall belongs to the villagers and is here to stay.”

Rona and Rowland Perry at a Public Hall open day. (SG200817-121TW)

Rona and Rowland Perry at a Public Hall open day. (SG200817-121TW)

His wife, Rona, said birthday parties and other celebrations are being booked on an almost weekly basis and the hall has so far had more bookings this year than for the whole of 2017.

District councillors Jane King, Colin Johnson and the late Robert Clark donated cash from their ward budgets to buy new furniture for the meetings room, and there have been two big donations towards a new £4,100 stair-lift.

So far, a farmer has given £1,000 and £300 came from a Spalding food company.

Mrs Perry says trustees themselves have raised £1,300, leaving £1,500 to find and she hopes the parish council will fund that amount.

We are overwhelmed by all the kindness and support we have received and yes Gosberton Public Hall is here to stay for the next 100-plus years.

Rona Perry

She said: “Neame Lea, our local garden centre, are donating and planting out our hanging baskets and tubs, so the hall will be well dressed this year.”

A Spalding firm has also given wood suitable for panelling for one project.

Mrs Perry said: “We are overwhelmed by all the kindness and support we have received and yes Gosberton Public Hall is here to stay for the next 100-plus years.”

She said the hall has a full calendar with quizzes, bingo, afternoon teas, 1940s music and dancing evenings, and the place is buzzing with something for everyone.

Mrs Perry said: “We are raising money at each event to upgrade areas in the hall where it has been neglected over the years, purchase necessary equipment for modern times, a sound system for the hard of hearing and security equipment. We are also bringing the kitchen up to disability compliance.”

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