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Quedgeley has had a village hall since 1928 but that building was superseded by the current hall when it was unveiled on February 17, 1962 by Miles Curtis-Hayward.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.”