Back to the past: Frustration builds over grant for public hall

Winslow Public Hall in May 1974 PNL-140105-100306001

Winslow Public Hall in May 1974 PNL-140105-100306001

Winslow Public Hall required some much needed renovation work in May 1974 but it seems the grants to carry out the work were not forthcoming at the time.

In the May 3 edition, the Advertiser reported members of the Winslow New Public Hall Supporters’ Association agreed to invite Buckingham MP Bill Benyon to the crumbling public hall, which they had been working for over the previous four years.

Some members of the association, including the chairman Ray Phillips had been trying to get the hall replaced or brought up to standard since 1965.

During the annual meeting of the association, memers were told that £5,000 had been raised for the new public hall fund through a weekly lottery, a donkey derby and donations from local organisations.

There had also been an application for a grant from Bucks County Council, which was sent in July 1973 and if approved by the Department for Education and Science, would amount to double the county council grant.

But there were concerns there had been a delay in approval of the grant application and fears this would lead to supporters of the weekly lottery dropping out unless work started soon.

Improvement plans for the hall included new kitchens and cloakroom, new entrance and committee rooms.

> Also in May 1974, The former Bishop of Reading, Right Rev Eric Knell, confirmed 15 young people and an adult at Maids Moreton Parish Church. Rev Knell replaced the late Bishop of Buckingham, Right Rev GCC Pepys.

> In May 1987, Sponne School in Towcester received another set of wheels courtesy of the Parent Friends’ Association. PFA chairman Eddie Craven presented the keys to the new £7,000 minibus to headteacher John Mayes.




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