Village celebrates local hub

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A village community hall has celebrated its fifth birthday with a special autumn fair.

Shilbottle Community Hall was opened at the end of September, 2010, and to mark the occasion, a number of stalls were placed around the venue.

There was also a chance to have soup and a roll for lunch served by the W.I.

Gill Bray, Treasurer, had set up an impressive display showing how the hall had developed since 2010.

Volunteers behind the million-pound renovation of Shilbottle’s community facilities and the various user groups and individuals had been asked to contribute their Reflections and Dreams by writing down how they perceived the hall had progressed and also what they would include on any wish list for the future.

Organisers said that: “This will help with the next business plan. It was interesting to see how much more has actually taken place compared with predictions of the original plan”.

Shilbottle resident Lillian Hume was asked to cut the wonderful birthday cake made by Irene Marshall and decorated by Eve Wilson.

She congratulated the committee on the first successful years and wished it well for the future.

Earlier in the year, Lillian laid claim to be the longest-serving organist at St James’ Church in the village.

During its five years the hall has become the central hub of many activities enjoyed by young and old alike throughout the year.

The hall hosts a variety of different events throughout the week from Boxercise fitness classes to carpet bowls games right through to Sing With Me sessions with local singer Avril Huntly. To take a look at some of the activities, visit