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Warning that Quedgeley Village Hall subsidence is 'serious'

By citizenmike  |  Posted: December 28, 2013

  • Opening of the original Quedgeley Village Hall in 1928

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Much-loved Quedgeley Village Hall is suffering from subsidence – but councillors have vowed to protect it.

Structural engineers have visited the hall, off Bristol Road, and found that it has a subsistence issue.

Quedgeley parish councillor Jean Hanks said that Quedgeley was originally ‘built on a swamp’.

She said: “If you build on a swamp you are going to get these issues.

“There was a lot of work done on the village hall a few years ago but it sounds as though it hasn’t worked.”

Parish councillor Steve Smith, who sits on the village hall committee, said: “It is quite serious now. Relocating the village hall has been spoken about.”

Quedgeley has had a village hall since 1928 but that building was superseded by the current hall when it was unveiled on February 17, 1962 by Miles Curtis-Hayward. Afternoon tea was put on for Quedgeley’s pensioners.

The first major social event to take place there was later that evening, when villagers were invited to a party.

A poster advertising the party read: “Come and see your new hall and have an enjoyable afternoon and evening.”

But it warned: “The committee regrets that the wearing of stiletto heeled shoes must be strictly prohibited at all times in the new hall in order to preserve the magnificent floors, and it is hoped all ladies will co-operate fully with the committee in this respect.”

Parish councillors have stressed just how important the hall’s role in the community is – and the parish council says it will offer support in applying for grants to address the subsidence problems.

County councillor Barry Kirby (L, Grange and Kingsway) said: “There is a really good stage in there. We have put on lots of school productions over the years. It would be a big loss to lose that.”

Parish councillor Nick Lee added: “The bowls club play there as well. A lot of people use the hall.”

Councillor Graham Smith, vice chairman of the parish council, said: “It is not our intention to take over the village hall but we need to offer our help.”

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  • JemmyWood  |  December 29 2013, 8:36AM

    So Quedgeleyhas a Village Hall and community center, virtually next to each other. Now, call me picky Mr Picky... Why should we be paying for the upkeep of both, especially if one is sinking into the ground as reported. Why can't the larger community Centre absorb what is done in the Village Hall? Isn't the Tory mantra 'do more with less' or are we up against local tin pot politics (again) with the Village Hall posse wanting to be different to the Community Centre Crew. I also don't like the way, the Parish council has 'vowed' to protect it' and spend OUR money... Yes its OUR money, not yours on saving it. Sometimes, its worth walking away and saving money, rather than throwing money away over an ideal. Time for some tough choices and I think its time to consolidate the two into one.

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