New village hall officially opened. | Knutsford Times

New village hall officially opened.

By on December 9, 2009

The project to replace the ageing wooden village hall at Marthall with an Eco friendly new building supported by a grant from the Big Lottery.WREN , Manchester Airport and local community fund raising events came to fruition, by the Official Opening of the New Hall on Sunday the 6th December at Marthall .

Mr John Mason a local farmer and one of the oldest residents in the villages of Marthall ,Ollerton and Little Warford carried out the opening ceremony along with a younger member of the community Michael Leech with Sir Bobby Charlton and George Osborne MP in attendance.Representatives of the major funding bodies along with 200 local residents were also present to take part in the event.

Mr Robert Weston Chairman of the Marhall ,Ollerton , and Warford project team (MOW) responsible for managing the project made reference to a vision of a new hall to replace the old village hall becoming possible as a result of the success of  major grants from both the Big Lottery and Wren.

He also made refered to the special fund raising activities such as the evening with Fances Osborne talking about new  book, the evening with Sir Bobby Charlton  recalling hid life in football and the £600 raised by Michael Leech from his marathon swim and finally the financial support of other organisations such as Manchester Airport ,East Cheshire Council , local businesses and residents of the three villages Ollerton ,Marthall and Little Warford.

The Hall at Marthall is at the forefront of incorporating Eco Energy saving systems and Mr John Mason  in opening the Hall stated that he was pleased to see a new hall  available to replace the one that he had enjoyed over 40 years and he hoped that the next generation represented by Michael Leech would continue to enjoy to the full  the new facilities.

George Osborne: “It was great to open the new hall at Marthall.  My wife, Frances helped to raise funds and I was there when the construction began.  At a time when we want to do everything to support communities, it is fantastic to see a community coming together in this way”

Photo Credit – P.Spooner

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