The (Old) Village Hall
ON THIS PAGE is information on the Village Hall in the old School building; the current Village Hall; memories; some organisations that meet there; and the more recent Mulbarton Players.
The Wingfield Hall continued to be used for a variety of clubs and events until it closed in 1972. To repair and modernise the hall became too costly, and in 1970 a committee was formed to raise money for a new Village Hall. Members had their eye on the village school when it was finally closed - as there was no suitable site for a village hall and the old school was built on Common Land so people thought it should only be used for the good of the village. The Committee raised over £7000 in five years, through a series of Village Festivals and other events.
problems with the Charity Commissioners, the Wingfield Hall was finally sold in
1975 by sealed bids. The highest offer (£2000) was withdrawn at the last
minute, and the building was sold at a lower price to Mr. Frost. It was
demolished and permission was given for a modern house to be built on the site
for one of Mr. Frost's employees. The proceeds of the old Parish Hall was about
10% of the cost of the replacement Village Hall, which was purchased from the
County Council in 1975. In addition to funds raised by the Village Hall
committee, grant-aid enabled them to buy and convert the old school, and later
add the changing rooms. As the village grew this hall became too small and was
replaced by a much larger hall and social club with money raised through the
Parish rate supplemented by grants.
(Information from Harry Walsh & Ann Baker, members of the Village Hall Committee)