Saturday April 6th 2019
100 years since Ellastone Parish Hall was returned by the Red Cross
Local villagers celebrated a very special milestone on Saturday 6th April 2019. One hundred years ago the people of Ellastone had the Parish Hall returned to them after 5 years of service as a local auxiliary hospital during WW1. This special occasion (click to see the video) was marked with a ceremony to commemorate the moment when, on April 4th 1919, the Parish Hall was handed back by the Red Cross. Light refreshments were served and there were displays of local historic photographs, including the history of the Hall.
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One hundred years on the Hall hosted a special tea party for residents, past and present from Ellastone, Stanton, Wootton, Ramsor and Calwich. This beautiful and historic building is still at the heart of the community today.
The Hall dates from 1910 and was given to the Parish by the local estate-owners, including Col. Bromley-Davenport of Wootton Hall, and Col. Bertram Heywood of Wootton Lodge. This fine building was the brainchild of Col. Heywood (also an architect), who donated half of the funds. Within just four years war broke out, and it was transformed into an auxiliary hospital to care for wounded soldiers.
In total 345 injured servicemen were treated in the Hall during its time as a hospital, and whilst the war ended in 1918, treatment and convalescence continued until February 1919. The Hall was finally handed back by the Red Cross in April 1919.
When it was originally handed over by the Trustees in 1910 it was said to be one of the finest Parish Halls in the country. It was designed to encourage local people to meet up for social activities and stem the tide of people moving from villages into cities. Today the Hall is still at the heart of the community, with weekly classes in yoga, tai chi, painting and fitness, as well as regular social events, and is increasingly attracting users from further afield following recent modernisation and improvements including internet access.
Editor’s Notes – Photo opportunity
There will be a formal key handing-over ceremony at 12.00pm with local residents in WW1 Red Cross and period costumes.
For more information contact: Kaye Burnett, Chair Parish Hall 01335 324750