The Village Hall is situated in the centre of Diddlebury Village between the School and Church.
The Village Hall building was constructed in the years immediately after the end of the Second World War and its construction is documented in a letter written by a village school pupil at the time. We thank R E Lewis for this contribution. We have also a synopsis of the Village Hall’s conception to its opening as supplied by Mrs Auriol Henry.
The Village Hall is a much-loved building and has been the venue for many events ranging from weekly Girl Guide meetings to exuberant Young Farmers’ Discos over the years.
The passing of time and the extensive use has resulted in the building looking very “tired and old”.
The DVH Committee and the community all agree that something should be done as the building is becoming economically unsustainable.
A DVH Renewal Project commenced early in 2012 when two public meetings were held. The essence of the meetings was to involve the Diddlebury Community from the project outset, and to gather the Community’s opinion on what should be done to the building. Three proposals were laid out at these meetings:
- Refurbish the present building
- Demolish the present building and rebuild on the present site
- Demolish the present building and rebuild on a new site
A DVH Renewal project questionnaire mailing was sent out to all 284 Diddlebury households in June 2013. The responses were analysed and were used in two public meetings that were held in November 2013. At these meetings another Powerpoint presentation was made that incorporated the Community’s questionnaire responses.
In June 2014 we received the GREAT NEWS that the Big Lottery Fund have accepted our Stage One Proposal for funding our Diddlebury Village Hall renewal and have invited us to proceed to the next stage.
In December 2015 we received even GREATER NEWS that the Big Lottery Fund had accepted our bid and awarded us monies in excess of £570,000.
For further details please go to our “Big Lottery Bid Success!” page under our web menu heading “RENEWAL PROJECT”