New appointments have been made at Holmfirth Civic Hall to take forward the further development of the iconic Grade 2 part-listed building. Following last year’s community asset transfer the Hall is being run by the Holmfirth Civic Hall Community Trust, who have, so far, managed the operation on a volunteer and interim basis. Two appointments have now been made with Dawn Whiteley MBE joining as Centre Manager and Liz Annett as Assistant Manager.
Dawn joins following a long career in enterprise support, helping people setting up and running their own businesses – she will be responsible for driving the Hall forward, so it becomes a busy, vibrant, welcoming facility, well used and recognised as a hub for community activity.
Liz joins following a management career in engineering– she will be the primary user liaison and will support Dawn in the wider development of the Hall.
Holme Valley Parish Council acquired the Hall via community asset transfer in April 2017 and handed operation to a new charity, Holmfirth Civic Hall Community Trust, formed to run and manage the Hall on a day to day basis. The Trust’s vision is to make Holmfirth Civic Hall an inclusive, cohesive and sustainable community asset – run in our community, by our community and for our community. The Trust will be responsible for growing the profile and the usage of the Hall and investing any surpluses back into the building, its maintenance and upkeep, ensuring its viability as a community facility for the long term.
Trust Chairman, Judith Patrick said ‘We are delighted to have a new staff team in place to take the Hall forward, as Trustees we have been managing things on a volunteer and interim basis so far, but we want the Hall to become ‘our hall for all’ and to do that we believe it is important that there is a dedicated team in place, and in Dawn and Liz we believe we have just that.
They both bring a wealth of skills and experience to support the future progress of the Hall, and they are also members of our local community, so it matters to them, as it does to us all, that the Hall flourishes.’
Holmfirth Civic Hall is an impressive building lying in the heart of the Last of the Summer Wine countryside and is an amalgamation of two buildings – Holmfirth Town Hall was built in 1842 at a cost of £2,200 and had various uses, including a Magistrates Court and welfare clinics. Meanwhile the Drill Hall was built in 1891/2 at a cost of £1,700. Both buildings were purchased by the borough council in 1946 and were reopened as Holmfirth Civic Hall on 7 November 1947. The building is now used for a wide variety of activities including concerts and theatre performances, badminton and fitness classes, exhibitions and conferences, and meetings.
For further information about the Hall, to make a booking or to take a look around, get in touch with Dawn or Liz, they will be there as a minimum between 10am and 3pm each weekday.