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Old Hall
The rather dilapidated old Hall photographed on 3rd March 2008.
The newer-looking grey walling on the right is the boiler room extension that was added in 2005

Marshgate, partly in the parish of Otterham and partly in the parish of St Juliot, is a small village in a sparsely populated area of North Cornwall. There is neither a Church nor a Pub, just a Village Store and Post Office, a few farms and a number of houses. However, the focal point of the village is the Village Hall - "The Otterham & St Juliot Village Hall" to give it its full title.
 
Silver JubileeLeft: The Hall all decked out for the Silver Jubilee Party in 1977.
 
The previous Hall was an old military building, re-erected by local people in the early 1950s on land that was given for the purpose. An extension was added in the 1980s to provide a further small room and bar area. Construction of the building was of steel with timber A frames; the exterior walls were of corrugated metal, the roof was felted on boards and the whole building sat on wooden pilings. In the early 2000s revenue from hirers was all being spent on repairs to the fabric of the building, and with the inevitable deterioration of the wooden pilings as well as the interior fittings, walls and roof, the building was no longer viable. The heating system was inefficient, wasteful and therefore expensive; and the kitchen did not meet the required standards.
 
The decision was taken that a new building was required and an application for Lottery funding was made, but was not successful. Some serious fund-raising was then embarked upon and eventually some £85,000 was raised after some five or six years. It was obvious, though, that fund-raising alone would never be sufficient for the new building, the costs for which were only going in one direction, so another attempt at obtaining Lottery funding was made with an application to the Big Lottery "Reaching Communities" programme. After a lot more work, and a huge effort, Hall Secretary Val Gill received the good news on 23rd February 2012 that the latest application had been accepted and the bid could proceed through to stage two of the application. Then on 19th September 2012 came the news that the stage two application was successful and the Committee was now through to the final, and most onerous, stage three of the application.
 
Demolishing the old Hall On 18th June 2013 came the announcement from the Big Lottery that everyone had been waiting for - a grant of £418,379 to build a new Hall had been awarded.
 
The building of the new Hall commenced on 10th March 2014 and by mid-September 2014 work had reached the stage at which the old Hall could be demolished, something that was completed by mid-October, after which the space it occupied became the car park for the new Hall. In November 2014 the work was sufficiently advanced for the new Hall to be open for business, though with some work still remaining.
 
Right: The last remains of the old Hall as it was being demolished.

Photos from some events in the old Hall

Presentation in 1977 In 1977 Marshgate W.I. presented the Hall with a new nameboard, and the photograph shows Mrs Marion Dray, the W.I. President making the presentation to Mr Gerald Heard, Vice-Chairman of the Hall Committee, with the help of local children:
Helen Reynolds, Jonathan Hooper, Toni-Ann Mason, Joanne Walford,
Kathryn Hooper, Paul Wadey, David Routly, Colin Reynolds, Michael Heard,
Andrew Bolt, Paul Sleep, Robert Hooper, John Walford and David Hooper.
 
A Harvest Party was held in 1983. The photograph alongside shows the tables and food set out. Presentation in 1977
Photograph courtesy of Mrs Kaye Wadey
 
Harvest Party, 1983 The Vicar, the Rev. David Nash, addresses the assembled throng whilst on the stage last minute preparations for an auction are under way.
Photograph courtesy of Kaye Wadey
 
The auction in full swing! Harvest Party, 1983
Photograph courtesy of Kaye Wadey
 
1980s photo A photograph taken at the Hall during during the 1980s.
Back row: Daphne Routley, Denis Horwill, Frank Algar, Ron Mason, Basil Sandercock, Jack Bray & Clive Horwill.
Middle Row: Martin Hancock, Bert Saunter, Joan Prout, Edith Algar, Gladys Bray, John Routley.
Front row: Dave Langley, Harry Northcott, Frank Routley.
Photograph courtesy of Dave Langley
 
Some Flower Shows were held at the Hall by the Juliotter Garden Club during the 1990s. Here the Hall is set out for one of these. Flower Show
Photograph courtesy of the late Maureen Westaby
 
Christmas Lunch The Hall set up for a Christmas Lunch held on 27th November 2007.
Photograph courtesy of Colin Bennett
 
A collage of photos from the Harvest Supper held on 17th October 2008. Harvest Supper
Photograph courtesy of Val Gill
 
Cabaret Supper A collage of photos from the Boscastle Players' Cabaret Supper held in Boscastle, and in the Hall on 17th January 2009.
Photograph courtesy of Val Gill
 
A collage of photos from the Hootenay Evening held in the Hall on 22nd May 2009. Hootenay
Photograph courtesy of Val Gill
 
Cabaret Supper Photos from the Boscastle Players' Cabaret Supper held in the Hall on 16th January 2010, with Joan Kinsman serving the fruit and cheese.
Photograph courtesy of Val Gill
 
The then N Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson talking with villagers at the charity coffee morning held in the Hall on 29th January 2010 to raise funds for Shelter Box in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. Coffee Morning
Photograph courtesy of Val Gill
 
Harvest Supper A Harvest Supper was held in the Hall on 15th October 2010. Part of the evening's entertainment was provided by the Homeleigh Singers and David Lamond, Peter Chisholm-Taylor and Roger Nichols from the Boscastle Players, all of whom may be seen here - just!
Photograph courtesy of Val Gill
 
The Tintagel Orpheus Male Voice Choir was in the hall to give a concert on 19th November 2010. The choir is pictured above with its Musical Director, Penny Barclay. Just out of this picture is the accompanist, Alan Dawe. Tintagel Orpheous MVQ
Photograph courtesy of Colin Wadey
 
Take Note Also singing on the same occasion was the Ladies Choir "Take Note".
Photograph courtesy of Colin Wadey
 
The Community Christmas Lunch, held in the Hall on 24th November 2010. Christmas Lunch 2010
Photograph courtesy of Kaye Wadey
 
In the kitchen The busy Christmas 2010 Lunch workers in the kitchen, seen through the serving hatch.
Photograph courtesy of Kaye Wadey
 
On 14th April 2011 the Marshgate WI celebrated its Diamond Jubilee. Here are all the members who were able to attend.
 
From left to right: Margaret Kemp, Wendy Trevennor, Barbara Parsons, Pat Blunt, Diana Hall, Tessa Best, Kaye Wadey, Maire Stickney, Val Gill, June Smyth, Marion Richards, Ann Clarke, Jo Symons, Jill Smith, Brenda Porter, Carol Kessel, Jackie Barton-Jenkins, Roberta Jones, Valerie Ellam and Janice Meekings.
Members of the Marshgate WI
Photograph courtesy of Val Gill/Peter Richards
 
Members of the Marshgate WI The winning team from the 1950s Music Quiz held during the evening receiving their prizes from Quizmaster Peter Richards.
From left to right: Margaret Kemp, Brenda Porter, Jean Gliddon, Tessa Best, Betty Bickerstaff and Judy Covelle.
Photograph courtesy of Val Gill
 
The 2011 Harvest Supper was held on 22nd October and featured the Boscastle Players as the entertainment. Harvest Supper 2011
Photograph courtesy of Val Gill
 
Harvest Supper 2011 The evening finished with a rousing rendition of the Song of the Western Men, better known as Trelawney!
Photograph courtesy of Val Gill
 
A Cabaret Evening was held on 12th May 2012 with everyone tucking in to a very good meal after a drink or two. Cabaret EveningI
Photograph courtesy of Val Gill
 
Boscastle Players The evening's entertainment was provided by the ever popular Boscastle Players.
Photograph courtesy of Val Gill
 
Oliver and Fagin, aka father and son duo Roger and Ben Nicholls, singing 'You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two' from Oliver. Roger and Ben Nicholls
Photograph courtesy of Val Gill
 
Garden Club Quiz Evening On 28th September 2012 the Juliotter Gardening Club held a quiz evening in the Hall.
Photograph courtesy of Val Gill
 
On 15th June 2013 there was a gig with the group Mad Dog Mcrea in the Hall with people attending from Camelford, Crackington and the surrounding area as well as locally.
Here is a photo of the evening in full swing.
Mad Dog Mcrea Evening
Photograph courtesy of Val Gill
 
Mad Dog Mcrea Evening Alongside - time for a breather outside!
Photograph courtesy of Val Gill
 
On 27th July 2014 an Old Hall Memories Evening was held to which people were invited to take a plate of food to share and some drinks. People were asked to bring to the evening any photos they may have of events over the years with the idea to compile them into a book.


Here Gloria Bowler, Muriel Mason and Pam Langley seem to be sharing a fun memory!

Old Hall Memories Evening
Photograph courtesy of Kaye Wadey

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