Looking back, the Hall had played a key role in the local community. From puppy training to jumble sales, St James’ Parish Hall on Eign Road was once a thriving hub of activities.
Faith Ford recalls: “Our elder daughter attended a fantastic nursery/playgroup run by Mrs Stafford there in the mid 1970s and later another good play school; Rainbows, was run from there. It was refurbished in the 1980s, when the Hall was home to junior and senior youth clubs with activities like table tennis, iceskating trips, and holiday clubs run by Rev George Fleming - cheap to attend, with fancy dress competitions and trips included!
Faith also remembers: “Both school and church hosted social events there with pantos and shows while Mrs Charles from Park Street ran ballet classes. I recall Park Street’s Margaret Butcher, in the role of Maria, singing with children to a Sound of Music song while George Fleming did a comedy drag act in the same show! “
The St James Parish Hall was, controversially, sold for development by the Church in the early 1990s. Later the old Vicarage was converted to a community centre by the RVS in 2005, but sadly this is now closed.
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