Sixty years at heart of village

Outwood memorial hall is celebrating its 60th anniversay.
Outwood memorial hall is celebrating its 60th anniversay.

SIXTY years ago Outwood Memorial Hall was built to commemorate those who lost their lives during the Second World War.

It was constructed on Victoria Street for the people of Outwood, so they had somewhere to meet.

And it has continued to be at the heart of the community, providing a home for local groups and organisations.

On Sunday a special celebration will be held to mark its diamond anniversary.

Committee chairman Chris Welch said: “It was paid for by the people of the village and it is has been run as a charity entirely by volunteers ever since.

“The hall is used by local groups for their meetings, by individuals to hold their celebratory events and by the community of Outwood to mark special occasions. It is central to the life of the village.

“The hall has played a major part in the lives of most of the people of Outwood. It exists just to serve the residents of Outwood.

“It is time to have a party to commemorate its success and to look forward to the next 60 years.

“The Queen has held her Diamond Jubilee, now it’s time for Outwood to do the same.”

On Sunday, from 10am until noon, exhibitions will be put on display by the various groups who use the hall, including dance clubs, a stroke club, a card making group and children’s groups.

Between 2pm and 4.30pm dance and sports groups will provide entertainment for children including face painting and balloon modelling.

Then from 7pm Outwood Video Group will show films to show how life and music has changed since the hall was built. The event will be hosted by Charlie Keith.

For more details about the hall contact 01924 822640.