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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.