The new look Salt Village Hall

Pictured at the plaque unveiling ceremony are Councillor Len Bloomer, Cathy Russell, Village Halls Adviser at the Community Council of Staffordshire and Robert Walls Chairman of Salt Village Committee
Pictured at the plaque unveiling ceremony are Councillor Len Bloomer, Cathy Russell, Village Halls Adviser at the Community Council of Staffordshire and Robert Walls Chairman of Salt Village Committee

Salt Village Hall has been completely refurbished thanks to a project, raised by the Village Hall Committee, to replace the two remaining wooden walls of the former First World War army hut with brickwork. The wooden walls had rotted at the base and urgent action was needed to ensure the long term viability of the hall.

These building improvements were funded in part from generous contributions by villagers to a Buy-a-Brick scheme and interest free loans. Staffordshire County Council made an award from its Capital Grant Scheme for Village Halls & Community Centres which is administered by the Community Council of Staffordshire and Councillor Len Bloomer made a contribution from his Local Community Fund allocation. The hall now has excellent facilities and is a very attractive asset to the village

A ceremony was held on 27th May by Salt Village Hall Committee to thank the funders and to unveil a plaque officially recognising the generous support of the contributors to their Buy-a-Brick scheme. The plaque was unveiled by Councillor Len Bloomer, accompanied by Cathy Russell from the Community Council of Staffordshire.

The hall is managed by a dedicated and enthusiastic committee who work hard to run the hall and who organise social events for the village and its surrounding areas. The hall has been used for many different purposes down the decades and, in its heyday, produced Old Time Music Hall performances put on by villagers in the ‘70s and ‘80s that always played to full houses.

Recent events have included a Valentine’s Supper, a Jubilee Dinner, Scottish Evening, Coronation Lunch, Harvest Suppers (jointly with the Church) and a number of Live & Local performances. There was a James Bond Night for the grand re-opening after the recent building work and this was followed by a Barbershop Bight and both of these were complete sell-outs.

In addition, three times a year Bacon Butty mornings are held when the skip lorry comes to the village and these occasions are always popular for a social catch-up and natter.

Regular activities include a thriving Art Class, Quiz Nights, Pilates and Yoga classes and a Friendship Group.

The hall is now functioning as a popular community centre and it serves the neighbourhood in a variety of ways and we hope it will continue doing so for many years to come.

The newly renovated hall is an ideal venue for weddings, social events, meetings and educational and leisure classes. For details of the hall facilities and booking arrangements visit www.saltvillagehall.btck.co.uk