Domesday book Lawshall Entry
Domesday Book Project:
Many of England’s 10,000+ village halls date back to the 1920s. To celebrate the contribution they make to rural communities, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) has created a virtual ‘Domesday Book’ for village halls to record the work they are doing in 2021. The record will help make the case for sustained funding and support for village halls which will be especially important as the country recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. Let’s get a really good representation of Suffolk Village Halls registered!
“Village halls have been a crucial part of rural life for the past century. They provide a space for activities and events that bring people together, create a sense of community, reduce loneliness and support local businesses.
At a time when many village halls are closed because of coronavirus, it is especially important to recognise and celebrate the work they do. As such, I wholeheartedly encourage anyone involved with a village hall to sign this ‘Domesday Book’ and help create a record demonstrating how important these buildings are, and what is needed to make sure they survive in the future” (January 2021)
from Lord Gardiner of Kimble who is a Parliamentary Secretary of State (Ministry for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity)
This is Lawshall’s Entry:
In comparison to some of the Villages listed, our Hall is relatively modern. It has a large, well fitted out kitchen with a dishwasher, a large hall with a curtained stage and a smaller room with a large hatch to the kitchen with a further smaller room which is generally used as storage for additional chairs. There is further storage in a room at the side of the stage as well as underneath it. There is also outdoor space where a marquee could be used. We have an assortment of groups using the hall ranging from a Gardening Club, Dog Training, Pilates, Karate an Over 60’s Group and a Ladies Club as well as a Young Farmers Club to name but a few. The Hall is also booked for Parties and the occasional Wedding. We have held MacMillan Coffee Mornings and various entertainments at Christmas. The Village Hall has recently obtained a Projector and installed WIFI to encourage business groups to use the Hall.
During the recent Lockdowns, the Village Hall Committee instigated a Wednesday Market in the Car Park. Traders pay a small fee to the Village Hall and the Market is quite well attended as we do not have a shop in the Village. We have a Fruit and Veg Stall, A Cheese and Pie Van, A Meat Van and a local resident collects pre-ordered bread from the nearby Town to be collected.
Alongside the Market a recently retired lady from the Village has started a Community Cafe with help from volunteers within the Village. It is hoped that this will go on to serving light lunches. We also have a Fish and Chip Van stop in the Car Park on Tuesday evenings. Like most Villages, we cannot wait to get out of the awful situation that we are currently in as a Country and have normality return to our Village life.