More volunteers needed to support Holyport War Memorial Hall

Grace Witherden

Grace Witherden

More volunteers needed to support Holyport War Memorial Hall

The fate of a community asset may be in jeopardy after only two residents attended its annual general meeting.

Holyport War Memorial Hall, which is run entirely by a committee of volunteers, needs new members to join to help with the running of the venue in Moneyrow Green.

At the meeting, four committee members resigned and now the group is looking for trustees and a secretary.

Anette Abrahamsen, treasurer of the committee said: “It was disappointing that only two villagers turned up as thousands use the hall every year.

“So many groups use the hall, we have brownies, two WI groups, Darby and Joan Club, mother and toddler groups and Zumba.

“I think people might think it’s run by the local authority but it’s actually run entirely by volunteers and we also have to maintain the adventure playground opposite and the tennis courts.

“The problem is getting people to sign up as trustees, we need support urgently.”

Holyport War Memorial Hall, built in 1954, is a charity that provides a community space for groups to hire, and Holyport residents receive a discount.

The hall is run by a committee which includes a chairman, treasurer, secretary and trustees which help improve the hall.

To promote the meeting, the group advertised it as a ‘meet and greet’ to try and attract more residents and set up social media pages.

Anette used to be secretary but took the role of treasurer after nobody else put themselves forward.

She said: “Sometimes we have to book electricians to do work in the hall and someone has to be there to meet them, it would be nice if there were more of us to take it in shifts, especially if an emergency at the hall arises.

“I think maybe people think it’s a lot of work, but it’s only 10 meetings a year which includes the annual general meeting.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve the hall for the hirers and we need people with fresh ideas to join the committee.”

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