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Covid-19 Update

We are getting ready to open to small classes as soon as the government gives us the green light. We are putting new measures in place and can not wait to welcome you back to the Hall.


➡️ Separate Entrance and Exits for each class

➡️ Hand Sanitiser gel upon entry and exit of the hall

➡️ Cleaning Spray and Wipes to use on door handles/light switches, chairs, etc.

➡️ Separate toilet facilities for each hall space

➡️ Social distance must be adhered to in each group

➡️ Posters around the hall to remind everyone how we can fight this together, and keep our community safe.

Only Fools and Horses star to perform at the Hall.

We are thrilled to announce Only Fools and Horses star, John Challis, will be bringing his intimate tour ‘Only Fools and Boycie’ to to the hall on Sunday 23rd May 2021.

In this one-off show the national treasure will reveal secrets from the set with stories and anecdotes from his dazzling career. Having worked with some of the biggest names in show business, he’ll be spilling the beans about Only Fools and Horses co-stars like Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst and friends and fellow performers like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Oliver Reed and George Best. He’ll also recall tales from his time in Dr Who, Coronation Street and other TV classics.
Mr Challis will also meet fans after the show to sign autographs and pose for pictures, while signing copies of his autobiography.

We expect this to be a very popular event. Tickets now available at https://www.wegottickets.com/event/502101

£3000 to help Holmfirth Civic Hall during current COVID-19 pandemic

Holmfirth Civic Hall Community Trust has been awarded £3000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund towards its running costs during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

The outbreak of the virus and the consequent shutdown of businesses as of 23rd March 2020 has left the sport and physical activity sector facing a period of uncertainty.

In response, on 31st March 2020 Sport England announced a £195m package to help the sport and physical activity sector through covid-19.  Within the package is a £20m Community Emergency Fund, of National Lottery money to deliver immediate funding to those who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus.

Judith Patrick, Holmfirth Civic Hall Community Trust’s Chairman, said:

“The grant will provide much needed funds – even with the Hall closed there are ongoing costs which need to be covered and with no income coming in the future of the Hall is in jeopardy.  We want to be in a position to continue our work on securing the long term future of the Hall once some of the lockdown measures are lifted, but with costs still being incurred whilst the doors are closed funds such as this are vital to support us in that aim.”

Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England’s Chief Executive, said: 

“As the body responsible for the growth of sport and physical activity participation, we want the vital grassroots organisations that make sport and physical activity happen in this country to not just to come through this crisis but to be in a position to thrive again in the future. The £20m Community Emergency fund, made possible by National Lottery players is part of a multimillion pound package of support we are providing to ease the pressure on a huge number of the organisations who are central to the nation’s health and wellbeing.

“We are proud to be able to provide vital funding to Holmfirth Civic Hall Community Trust to help it through these extremely challenging times.”

Coronavirus

With concerns over the Covid 19 pandemic continuing to grow and many events elsewhere being cancelled the management team at Holmfirth Civic Hall would like to confirm that, for the time being, the Hall remains open. 

We continue to monitor the news and government advice as the situation develops, and have reviewed our policies and procedures in order to continue to operate in a safe and hygienic manner for the benefit of all those coming to the Hall.

Events and activities organised by the Hall will continue as planned unless central government or the local authority instruct us to make alternative arrangements.  Some of our hirers may choose to cancel or rearrange their own events and activities and we will keep our website and what’s on calendars up to date with any information on any events as we receive it.  Please contact event organisers for any other clarification required.

We would ask that if you feel at all unwell you should not attend the Hall.

In the meantime, we have taken the following steps to maintain excellent hygiene standards in the venue:-

  • Our cleaning schedule has been reviewed and is now operating with a greater focus on washrooms and contact areas (door handles, hand rails etc).
  • Our staff team maintain a high level of cleanliness but we will be increasing our sanitation and cleaning standards throughout public hours, for example regularly cleaning tables and high-touch areas.
  • Soap in the washrooms is now antibacterial hand wash.  Hand sanitizer is provided in the foyer.
  • All staff have received advice in maintaining good personal hygiene.
  • Increased public information is in place in washrooms to remind visitors of good hand washing practice.  We encourage all our customers to keep their hands clean throughout their visit.

We thank you for your cooperation and patience as we make the necessary adjustments to our routines, as and when any changes to our approach occur we will provide updates accordingly.

Holmfirth Civic Hall Community Trust

17th March 2020

Let the fun beGIN – Gin Festival returns to Holmfirth Civic Hall

Saturday 3rd November 2018, 7pm to 11pm

Following a very successful Gin Festival held at Holmfirth Civic Hall last year – the event is returning! In association with GinTopia, Holmfirth Civic Hall are delighted to bring another ‘Let the evening beGIN’ event – tickets are priced at £12.00 per person – they can be purchased direct from Holmfirth Civic Hall, online via www.wegottickets.com/holmfirthcivichall (charges apply), at TalkActive classes or from Andrew’s Greengrocers.  Ticket price includes glass, menu and G&T on arrival!

GinTopia will be bringing a gargantuan selection of gins, from Huddersfield, Europe, Africa, America and beyond, so there’ll be something for everyone.  All gins are served with a selection of Fever Tree tonics and appropriate fresh garnishes – ensuring a perfect serve every time.

Timed in the run up to Christmas it will also be the perfect opportunity to get some great Christmas gift ideas for your gin loving friends and relations; there will be Gin Filled Baubles available on the night too!

Gin is quintessentially English, and as Yorkshire is the biggest consumer of gin outside of London, the idea for GinTopia was formed.  GinTopia constantly scour the globe ensuring they have the right mix of newcomers and iconic offerings, including Yorkshire small batch and craft varieties, gorgeous garnishes, and tantalizing tonics, and if gin is not your thing they also have other premium spirits and mixers to suit all tastes.

There will also be live music and a raffle on the night, with all proceeds being used for the upkeep of Holmfirth Civic 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.

Contact the Hall for more details.

Children’s activities come to Holmfirth Civic Hall

With the summer months approaching the new team at Holmfirth Civic Hall were keen to ensure that some activities suitable for children formed part of the programme of events for the hall.  There is a lot going on at the hall on a week to week basis, but little of it involves children and the team were keen to change that.  Some canvassing of local people took place and a number of suggestions were made, holiday clubs, treasure hunts, roller discos to name but three – and the hall are delighted to announce that all of those suggestions have been taken up.

The first treasure hunt took place at the beginning of June and was well attended and well received by the children who came along and their families, so we’re pleased to be running another one in the summer holidays – on 3rdAugust – registration at the hall from 10.30am, £2.00 per child (adult supervision required). The treasure hunt will take a walking route in and around Holmfirth and is suitable for those on foot, or in a pram! No booking required, just go along and enjoy the fun!

On Friday 20thJuly the hall brings its first Roller Disco – in collaboration with Super Funk two sessions will run from 4.30pm to 6.00pm for children and families (all children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult), and from 6.00pm to 7.30pm for teens, families and adults. Tickets start at £5.00 for an individual or £18.00 for a family and can be purchased direct from the hall or online via WeGotTickets – children and families session (http://www.wegottickets.com/event/443869) or teens, families and adults session (http://www.wegottickets.com/event/443873).  Tickets must be purchased in advance, but fun is guaranteed – so get booking and get boogeying!

The hall are also delighted to be working with Project Sport to bring holiday clubs to the hall during the summer holidays – Project Sport will be running their Olympics programme for three days in three consecutive weeks during August and bookings are now being taken via their online booking platform (http://www.projectsport.org.uk/?s=civic). It is the first time that Project Sport have provided an indoor programme in Holmfirth and a good turnout is expected, so book early to avoid disappointment.

The hall will review all of these activities and take some of the other suggestions into account in order to determine what future activities to put on for children, but do get in touch if you have any other ideas – Dawn and Liz are available between 10am and 3pm each week day and will be only too happy to show you around.

Mozart’s classic comedy comes to Holmfirth

Dulwich Opera Company present Mozart’s Così fan tutte

Dulwich Opera Company are making their debut at Holmfirth Civic Hall this September with Mozart’s classic tale of love and deception. Awarded 4 stars by The Stage, which described it as having ‘pace and panache’ and being ‘lively and convincingly detailed’, this production presents an elegant take on the comedy, set to some of Mozart’s most glorious music.

Featuring a cast of young professional singers, the opera is performed in the original Italian with English surtitles. The creative team is headed by international opera director, Ptolemy Christie, and designer Leah Sams.

Premièred in 1790, Mozart’s Così fan tutte remains one of the most loved and performed of all operas around the world, and includes the famous arias “Come scoglio” and “Un’aura amorosa”, as well as the divine trio “Soave sia il vento”. Also known as “The school for lovers”, the opera tells a wry and light-hearted tale of love, fidelity, and human infallibility.

Described by Opera Today as “compulsive and enjoyable”, this young and vibrant company look forward to bringing their acclaimed production of Mozart’s comedy to Yorkshire building on 2017’s first successful tour away from their base in London.

Some of the performers give some insight into the opera here, as well as some audience reaction here…..

It will be the first time that Holmfirth Civic Hall has presented opera and comes as the trust set up to run and manage the hall look to broaden the range of events and activities taking place there.

Tickets are available to purchase direct from the hall or via WeGotTickets (charges apply) using the link provided.  Priced at £18.50  per person.

Standard ticket – £18.50 per person
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Holmfirth Civic Hall – One year on….

It’s been a year since Holmfirth Civic Hall Community Trust took over the running and management of Holmfirth Civic Hall, and things are starting to happen!

Significant repair and improvement works will begin soon, a refurbishment programme is underway, and a team of professionals have been brought in to get the Civic buzzing once again.

The usual programme of regular events has continued during the first year – the variety of weekly events such as fitness, dance, meditation and weight loss. Later in the year the Civic will welcome back, amongst others, Holme Valley Brass Band Contest, Holmfirth Festival of Folk, Holmfirth Music Festival and Turn Again Theatre.

But the Trust want to bring new and different things to the Civic as well – a Gin Festival, after last year’s successful fund raiser, and later in the year opera will be coming to the Valley. There are a whole host of other events being considered – children’s activities for the summer holidays, a community cinema, a charity fashion show, comedy nights and tribute acts to name just a few!

Volunteers have been at the heart of what has been achieved so far and the Trust is very grateful for all the support it has received to date. The Hall is a wonderful facility, but it takes a lot of looking after and volunteers are always welcome, with a recruitment drive currently underway to bring in even more support.

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’. Running the hall as a registered charity, 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.

The saving of the Civic Hall, for the benefit of the community, has happened because of the help and support of a large number of people and organisations – not any one group. The Trust would like to thank everyone for their support so far, especially Holme Valley Parish Council which has provided significant financial support, allowing it to plan for the future with confidence. Without the support of so many, all this wouldn’t have been possible.

To find out more about the Civic Hall or the plans the Trust has for its future development, please get in touch.

New team join Holmfirth Civic Hall

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.