Great Haywood Memorial Hall welcomes all

Our Hall hosts lots of groups which are open to everyone. You can find out about these on our website.

We’re also available for private parties and meetings and our newly re-furbished hall and meeting room are very well used. Our state-of-the-art kitchen is proving particularly popular. Groups as varied as the annual meeting of a group of narrow boaters, the Stafford Morris Men’s Annual Feast with members from all over the country attending, Cub Pack sleep-overs, and a tea dance organised by St John’s Church, have all used the Hall.


And this is as well as the events organised by several of the groups active in the Haywoods and by the Hall Committee, including film evenings and craft fairs and a community lunch for the village with entertainment by the Anson School Choir.



One of the much appreciated events was an Armistice Day coffee morning. A large number of people from the village came for a morning of tea, coffee, cakes and chat. Donations were requested on behalf of the British Legion.

A very moving, short act of remembrance was held just before 11.00am when poems were read, the 2 minute silence observed and a wreath laid at the First World War memorial on behalf of the parish by the Chair of Colwich Parish Council, Councillor Andy Cooper.





Biffa Award funds roof renovation project at Salt Village Hall
























Salt Village Hall Management Committee has secured a £21,630 grant from Biffa Award; a multimillion pound fund that helps to build communities and transforms lives through awarding grants to communities and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund. Their project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme, is to re-tile and insulate the roof of the hall. The existing felt tiles have perished and are lifting in places and the roof is uninsulated causing high heat losses through the roof and a condensation problem inside the hall.

Project Manager Bill Mitchell said “We are delighted to have received this award which will benefit our community by improving the long term viability of our village hall. The provision of roof insulation will reduce our energy costs and improve the efficiency of the heating creating a more comfortable environment for hirers and those attending our functions and classes. The roof renovation work started early in January and we are confident that our much improved venue will attract new users”

David Shepherd, regular supporter of village hall events, said “Really good news about the Biffa Award grant for the roof renovation project at Salt Village Hall. What a difference the last fifteen years of hard work and fund raising on the part of the hall committee has made. When I moved to Salt in 1978 all we had was a decrepit old World War 1 wooden hut, now transformed into a little gem which has encouraged the development of so many varied activities for the neighbourhood. Goodbye dripping ceilings – this last step really does cap it off”

Gillian French, Biffa Award Head of Grants, said: “We are thrilled to have supported this project with a grant that will transform the village hall. Thanks to Landfill Communities funding, the village of Salt will be able to renovate their village hall roof and ensure the survival of this well-loved venue”


Beth Rowland, Communications Officer, Biffa Award: media@wildlifetrusts.org

Bill Mitchell, Salt Village Hall Project Manager: w.h.mitchell@btinternet.com

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Congratulations to Tixall with Ingestre Village Hall Management Committee on its recent renewal of the Hallmark 1,2 and 3 Awards.


















The press cutting below was sent in by Mr and Mrs Bufton.  The picture was taken in 1982, a few months after a few local families decided to open the unused village school for the use and entertainment of the village.


Eventually, enough money was raised to buy the building from the owners and it became a parish hall.   Over the years, the committee has put on many different functions, including, 60’s nights, barn dances, treasure hunts and rambles, quiz nights, etc.


Mr Bufton said “My wife and I retired from the committee after 29 years of being bar staff, in house DJs and quiz masters, which during those years gave us a lot of satisfaction, working for the community.”


Although the committee has changed over the years, the hall is still there serving the community.