History of the Pavilion and HallAccording to the Marnhull Book [Published by the Blackmore Press 1952] the Parish Council first discussed ‘The proposal of building a hall in the recreation ground in August 1927’. In June in the following year it was moved that ‘the Parish Council look on the scheme of building a Hall with sympathy and will endeavour to forward the views of the Hall Committee providing the necessary funds are forthcoming and guaranteed’. In 1930 it was decided to erect a pavilion and £100 that had been left in the will of a former councillor went towards the cost. Plans were submitted in 1932 and tenders received. The recreation ground had been given to the village in 1898. It is said that the piece of land had few footpaths crossing it so that the Parish Council could close it and charge admission three or four times a year. A wooden pavilion was built 1n 1932 by Bill Guy and Cyril Warren and the keys handed over in January 1933. It was said at the time that it would add to the usefulness if facilities for heating water could be added. Unfortunately, it burned down mysteriously in 1940! Soldiers billeted in the village were the chief suspects. In April 1943, the R N Air station Henstridge rented the recreation ground and there is a report that in 1944 damage was done to Parish council sheds on the recreation ground. That year Wings for Victory week funds were to be devoted to the Village Hall. In March 1945, a Compulsory Purchase order was applied for the purchase on extra land at the Recreation Field for a Village Hall The present pavilion built of brick by E G Wilkins was opened by Captain and Mrs Brocklebank in 1951 replacing little huts that had provided changing rooms for the football and cricket teams. It was built as part of the Festival of Britain celebrations. Electricity, a hot water tank and showers were installed by members of the football team in 1967. Beyond the pavilion, tennis courts and a bowling green were provided. The idea of a new hall was revived after the war and various ideas were put forward over the years. Eventually Marnhull Village Hall was opened by Sir Joseph Weld, Lord Lieutenant of the County, in 1970. The cost was £15,000 which was largely paid for by grants from the County Council [50%] and the Playing Fields Association [25%] the remainder [£3,500] was raised in the village largely by holding a carnival in the last week of August. After the opening money was raised for furnishings including chairs, tables, curtains etc. The kitchen was opened in 1971 and the area between the hall and the pavilion was roofed over. Since then there have been continuous improvements ranging from the erection of the stage to lighting in the car park and now in its half centenary year a much-needed refurbishment and extension. Improvements to both buildings have continued over the years including a new kitchen in 1995 and culminating in the new extension and supported by funds raised by the Village Hall Committee, The Village Hall Supporters Club and Marnhull Entertains and many others. They have worked hard to provide a facility for which Marnhull can be proud and celebrating the building’s 50th anniversary. The above information can be found in greater detail on pages 49 – 52 in ‘Marnhull, A Dorset Village at the Millennium’, edited by Adrian Bailey, published in 2001, ISBN 1 – 903583-01-02 and in the Marn’ll Book pp 136 and 143 published by the Blackmore Press in 1952 and edited by Ernest Roscoe.
What the Village Hall and Pavilion can offer:•Capacity of 87 people seated at tables, 120 seated theatre style or a maximum of 150 for dancing.•Large and small tables•Large Kitchen - equipped with serving hatch, preparation areas, electric cooker, dishwasher, plate warmer, water heater, refrigerator, ample cutlery and crockery.•Bar Area - separate serving hatch, wine and beer glasses.•Stage with curtains, access from “green room” to the side (Stage lighting by arrangement)•PA system with wireless microphone•The pavilion is available for sporting events or small meetings up to about 10 peopleParking for 40 cars
The hall as was: watch this space for the new hall!!