Hanworth with Gunton Memorial Hall

Welcome

Welcome to the Hanworth with Gunton Memorial Hall Website

Welcome to the Hanworth with Gunton Memorial Hall website where you can find information about the hall, conservation and renovation plans, forthcoming events and details of how to hire the hall.

History of the hall

Hanworth with Gunton Memorial Hall serves as a World War 1 and World War 2 memorial for those who lost their lives in these wars. It also acts a community village hall for the small parish of Hanworth and Gunton. The Common itself is used for grazing purposes between March/April and October each year, and is reportedly the largest enclosed common of its type in the country. Hanworth Memorial Hall was built in the 1850's as the village school, funded by the third Baron Lord Suffield, and may have been built by Chapman's, a local builder based in the village, who also built the school at Matlaske and built church pews, which were exported all over the country. Coat hooks from the old school remain inside the building to date. The school closed sometime around 1912. The hall became a memorial after the first world war to those who lost their lives. A plaque records the roll of honour. A second plaque was added at the end of the second world war. Records indicate that the Hall was well used in the past, hosting village meetings, youth clubs, indoor bowls and darts. More recently it was hosted events including film nights, star gazing and the Hanworth Half marathon. Since this Cache was first published in 2017 the Hall has undergone an extensive renovation to restore it too its former Glory.

Conservation & Restoration

The hall has undergone extensive restoration to date, with the a new kitchen facility, toilet block and multi-functional space with stage.

We are currently planning to replace current run down billiard room extension, with a multi-functional room that will provide a facility for small meetings, fitness groups, indoor sports (eg table tennis) and family functions. The additional accommodation will enable two functions (ie one in main hall and one in extension) to take place simultaneously, both serviced by the new kitchen

Events

We are looking forward to getting the community together again for more events on the common.  We will publish details of future events here.

Previously we have hosted a number of events including Cake on the Common, Carols on the Common and the Hanworth Fun Run.

Booking and Contact Information

The hall is available for booking. For more information, or to make an enquiry, please call 01263 768690.

News

We are expecting further news about our planning application before the end of August 2021 (Ref PF/21/1209). The builders are ready to start work as soon as our application is approved.

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