At last, Ryhall Village Hall celebrates its Jubilee… a year late

We did our best to make up for lost time when we celebrated Ryhall Village Hall’s Jubilee with a special tea party.
The event should have been held last year, but was postponed because of Covid restrictions.
So on Sunday (19 September), we welcomed friends old and new to our 50+1 event.
It was a special afternoon which our hall secretary Anne Virgin described as “lovely”.
We had guests of all ages – toddlers to hall friends in their 90s – and Anne says everyone had a thoroughly good time. “It was a pleasure to have so many people came along to help us celebrate this landmark,” she said.
We were delighted to see former members of the Ryhall Revellers, a group who for three decades staged variety shows annually at the hall and helped raise thousands for its upkeep.
There were others who, individually or as groups, also supported the hall in many ways, including Phil Altham who raised hundred for us by running in the Great North Run. He was also one of the many key backstage workers at our successful pantomimes and his wife Anita was a valued performer.
Parish councillors joined us too, which was pleasing as the council has been a staunch financial supporter of the hall over the years.
As you know, the hall was originally a school built in the 1830s and it closed when the new school was opened in 1963. The hall became a community asset in 1970 after years of campaigning by a dedicated group of villagers.
One of them is our hall president, Mrs Betty Edwards, and she said: “It’s marvelous to see so many friends.”
The party was a great team effort.
There were complimentary tea and cakes and a free raffle – thanks to everyone for their donations and Lynda Bellairs for her framed sketch. The cakes and scones were prepared by Sandy Collins, Abbie Houghton and Paul Huddleston.
On show we had photographs by Martin Virgin showing how the building has been vastly improved over the years. There were also snapshots from past events including the Revellers with a scrapbook from Betty Edwards, and pantomime productions.
We lifted spirits with our celebratory 50-years balloons and our thanks to Anne and Martin, John Saunders and Simon Houghton for helping set everything up.
More fundraising events are in the pipeline, including the upcoming comedy show Holmes and Watson on Friday October 8. We can assure you it will be terrific.
To book tickets or make enquiries contact Anne Virgin on 01780 754621 / 07751 098996 or email: anne.virgin@btopenworld.com
Meanwhile, here are are pictures from the party. And yes, we are looking forward to the next 50 years!

Betty Edwards, Peter Rickett and Betty Lamb

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