Bellerby Memorial Hall reopens with new floor

Bellerby Memorial Hall's new floor.

Bellerby Memorial Hall has reopened following the replacement of its original floor with a modern insulated Amtico Floor.

The hall, which originally opened in 1930, was built by public subscription and a grant from The Carnegie Trust with stone quarried and dressed from a quarry above Bellerby in Wensleydale.

The venue was built as a memorial hall in memory of those men from Bellerby who lost their lives in service during the First World War.

The names of three further men from the community killed during the Second World War were added.

In putting their improvement project together the memorial hall committee were keen to ensure that the venue remained a key community facility into the future offering both a cost effective and warm facility.

At the same time they wanted to ensure that the memorial background to the hall being built was retained for future generations.

After 90-years of use by the many groups that have and do use the hall, the floor was badly worn, cold, draughty and significantly adding to the heating bills. After installation of the new floor background temperatures have risen by 5C.

The major element of funding support for the floor was provided by the National Lottery Community Fund Awards for All Scheme.

Memorial hall chairman Richard Jowett said: “We are very grateful for the support from The National Lottery Community Fund and their Awards for All Scheme.

Without their support we could not have implemented the floor replacement so quickly and possibly not at all. Having the funding in place also meant competitive quotations for the work could be secured.”

Additional financial support to complete the full funding required for the new floor was obtained from Bellerby Open Gardens and Events Group, Bellerby Educational Trust and North Yorkshire County Council along with Bellerby Memorial Hall’s own reserves.

Richard added :“The invaluable support from each of these groups and organisations allowed the project funding target to be reached after the initial award from The National Lottery and for the work to then go ahead.”

The work was undertaken by Wright’s Flooring of Skipton and was completed in one week allowing the hall to reopen on 28 May.

Bookings can be made by contacting via email to bmh.hallbookings@gmail.com or by request through the Memorial Hall’s Facebook page.