Preston Community Hall – Putting heart into the community!

Maureen Jones 96 - centre

Graham Stuart cuts the ribbon to open the refurbished Preston Community Hall

AN ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD of about 50 people watched as local MP Graham Stuart formally re-opened the newly refurbished Preston Community Hall at 1.15pm on Saturday 15th September 2012.

“This building represents the way that the local community comes together.” said Graham during his opening speech, and many people present expressed a similar view that the Community Hall was not just a building, but an ‘organiser’ and a focal point of the local community.

Geoff Catterick of the Management Committee told us that the present building was already second-hand when it was erected on its present site in 1956. It was in desperate need of a makeover. The newly refurbished hall has been the result of lots of hard work over 20 months. The 10-strong Management Committee had driven the project forward but hundreds had been involved in the fundraising and it had been a real community effort. Local firms had been involved and volunteers had helped with the decorating.

The hall’s original sign had recently been found buried under ivy on neighbouring land. A lovely feature of the opening festivities, was when Preston’s oldest resident Maureen Jones (96) was photographed with the original sign by the local press. Maureen still uses the hall and remembers it opening the first time round in 1956.

The new hall, with its brightly lit, cream coloured interior has a warm, welcoming feel. “It evokes warmth” Graham Stuart told us later and helps “create a sense of community ownership”.

Parish Council Chair Janet Weatherill was delighted with the refurbishment and with the turnout for the opening event. But Janet wondered what headline we would use for this article?

The Rev. John Staton from Preston Methodist summed up the purpose of the hall – and provided our headline: “Buildings like this bring people together to make things happen. They put heart into communities!”

The new hall will undoubtedly get very busy, but new bookings are always being sought. To book the Community Hall Contact: Mrs. A. Acey.  Tel: 01482 896101 or Mr. J. Myers.  Tel: 01482 896631.

Preston Community Hall re-opening

About the Author

Ray Duffill (Editor)
Ray Duffill (Editor)
Ray Duffill (photo by Neil Holmes) is a former community development manager but now describes himself as a beat-blogger or citizen-journalist. Ray lives in Hedon and also edits the Hedon Blog and is the Hedon correspondent for the Holderness Gazette.

2 Comments on "Preston Community Hall – Putting heart into the community!"

  1. News Release from Graham Stuart MP: ‘On Saturday 15th September the Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart officially opened the newly refurbished Preston Community Hall.

    Graham said, “I was delighted to be invited to officially cut the ribbon at the opening of the hall and offer my congratulations to the hall committee, Preston Parish Council and local residents who have worked tirelessly for almost two years to update their hall and provide a facility fit for the future.

    “It is marvellous to see communities pulling together to address their own needs and aspirations which is something that has been championed by the Prime Minister through his nationwide Big Society campaign.”

    Chair of Preston Community Hall’s Management Committee, Alison Acey said, “The refurbishment of our Community Hall gives the residents of Preston a Hall that they can be proud of and allows residents to organise and take part in the many functions planned for the future. The refurbishment from planning to completion has taken some 20 months but has ensured a Hall that will be serving the people of Preston for many years to come”.’

  2. What a transformation! To think what the building used to look like, it’s a credit to the organisors.

    Well done to all concerned. Preston can now be proud of this community facility, and I think it will get very well used.

    John Dennis. (Cllr.)
    ERYC Ward Member for SWHolderness

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