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  • Memorial Hall and COVID-19

    Following Lockdown, Village and Community Halls were able to accommodate indoor sport and exercise, dancing classes and certain other performance-related activity from 25th July 2020.The Memorial Hall Management Committee is taking a steps to qualify the hall as being COVID-19 Secure as follows: We have conducted a Memorial Hall Risk Assessment and made it available to all users. We have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with UK Government guidance We have taken all reasonable steps to help hall users keep safe from COVID-19 We have taken all reasonable steps to help Hirers maintain Social Distancing when using the hall Where people cannot keep 2m apart we have advised Hirers on the mitigating actions they might take to manage transmission risk
  • VE Day 75 - Stay at Home Street Party - 8th May 2020

    Stay at Home Street Party - Decorate your House in Red, White & Blue and enjoy a picnic in your front Garden”.The village was bedecked in red, white and blue bunting (see also a short video taken by resident Charles Charlesworth on the Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall FaceBook page)Teas were prepared by the local coffee shop, Sophie's.With sandwiches, sausage roll, cream scone and Victoria sponge. One recipient later declared it to be “As good as tea at the Ritz”. A VE day quiz was also distributed with each tea.A group of volunteers distributed the teas, one came appropriately dressed in an outfit from the 1940s
  • Frank and Peggy Shuffe - Licensees at the Joiners Arms 1956-1977

    Frank Shuffe, the from 1956, was an English professional footballer who played as a right back for Bradford City and later became trainer at Valley Parade.On leaving football he became manager of the The Prospect Hotel at Ecckeshill, Bradford during October 1953 before moving on to become Landlord of the Joiner's Arms in 1956 Frank died at Harrogate Hospital on 7 February 1973 after a short illness aged 55. Peggy continued on with their son John, a keen sportsman, until she retired in 1978 and moved to live near friends in Scotland  
  • The 'Spanish Flu' - Hampsthwaite 1918

    Milly Hebblethwaite was  a delightful and diligent 14 year old pupil at Hampsthwaite school, who came from a growing family who lived in the Hollins.  The previous year the school had given her a prize for her excellent attendance.  She died of influenza on 10th November, 1918;  This was one day before the end of the ‘War to end wars,’ the first World war.[article by Angela Sansam - June 2020]
  • DTOnline

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  • Here I Belong by Matt Hartley

    Performed by Falling Stars Theatre Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall, North Yorkshire, HG3 2EJSat 25th April 2020Travel through time from 1953 to the present day in this moving, funny and charming play about village life. Elsie has lived in the village for sixty years. She has seen elections, weddings, wars, people coming, people going. The village is where her daughter grew up, it’s where her husband died and it’s where she’s going to stay.Performed by Falling Stars Theatre. Known for their immersive style of performance they will capture your imagination and make you feel like you are living the play with the characters. Don’t miss this opportunity to see exciting, engaging theatre right on your doorstep.Tickets available via TicketSource at : https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/hollins-lane/hampsthwaite-memorial-hall/here-i-belong-by-matt-hartley-performed-by-falling-stars-theatre/2020-04-25/19:30/t-amzgoq
  • VE Day 76 – Saturday 8th May 2021

    Our Memorial Hall was built to honour the fallen in two world wars and give thanks to those who returned. It is appropriate therefore that we played our full part in the national celebrations and village activities which were planned for May Day Bank Holiday 2020 - moved to Friday 8th May for the purpose - but which had to be cancelled because of Covid-19.In its place we supported a very successful  - Decorate your House in Red, White & Blue and enjoy a picnic in your front Garden” which was organised by local volunteers and received support from the Knabs Rdge Community Fund.The intention now is to repeat this for VJ Day on August 15th 2020 and, on this occasion, funding support will be provided by the Memorial Hall
  • UCI Road World Cycling Championships Come Through Hampsthwaite 2019

    Click on the NYCC Interactive Map below to see details of all road closures, parking restrictions, diversions and race timings. Briefly for Hampsthwaite they are as follows:Tuesday 24th Sept. 2019 for High Street and Elton Lane : No Parking: 23 Sep 22:00 - 24 Sep 18:30 - Road closed:  08:30 - 17:30 Mens U23 Individual Time Trial due to come through between 10:35 and 12:18 Women Elite Individual Time Trial due to come through between15:07 and 16:35 Saturday 28th Sept. 2019 for High Street and Elton Lane : No Parking: 27 Sep 22:00 - 28 Sep 16:00 - Road closed: 28 Sep 13:40 - 15:00 Publicity Caravan - leaves Ripon at 12.34 so due here around 1.10pm Women Elite Road Race due to come through between14.29 and 14.47 Click on the FanZone image to see full details of the many attractions on Harrogate centre during race week
  • Plans, Layouts and Resources

    Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall can provide facilities and resources for most events and has a good car park with marked spaces for over 50 cars. There is a well-equipped kitchen and catering area with dishwasher, water-heater, micro-wave, Rangemaster Pro induction cooker and ample supplies of crockery, glassware and cutlery. Adjacent to the Kitchen is a Servery with hatchways through to both the Main Hall and Dining Room (or small hall) which can be used as a bar. The Memorial Hall is licenced to sell alcohol. The Main Hall includes a well-equipped stage area and Green Room at one end, with P.A. system, both rear and front projection facilities for DVD, Blu-ray or data, ample stage-lighting, star-cloth, a mirror ball, and can be rigged with a ceiling canopy if needed. The Main Hall can open out into the adjacent Sun Lounge to accommodate larger numbers or as a bar area. The Dining Room, or small hall, is used for meetings, for groups, to place a buffet for example, or as another alternative bar area. There are ample chairs to furnish each of the spaces using either rectangular or circular tables. Table cloths and chair covers are available on request.
  • George Frederick Grimshaw - biography

    George Frederick Grimshaw 20th October 1914 - 17th June 1940
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The Dale Hall

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[The modern housing development of Dawson Court which now stands on the south side of Hollins Lane occupies the site of the old Dale Hall the history of which is described in the following article by Carol Parker and based on a conversation with Leo Dawson…….]

The Dale Hall, which until recently stood on Hollins Lane, played a large part in Hampsthwaite’s life and for many years was the only “gathering place” for the villagers. It was erected and run by the Dawson family.

Charles Frederick Dawson brought his family to the village in 1902 to live at the newly-built “Springhaven”.  He was a very keen gardener and kept adding to his land until he owned the whole area fronting on to Hollins Lane from the butcher’s shop and abattoir (now numbers 24 and 26) to just below the Police Station. Here he laid a tennis court and built a swimming pool, as well as growing specialist plants and shrubs. He extended the house in the mid-nineteen twenties.

After the end of World War I – in 1920 to be exact – C.F. Dawson’s sons, Roland and Oliver, started to erect individual houses on part of the land, often for members of the family. They had no building training, but learned their skills by watching craftsmen at work and by copying them.

In their spare time the brothers formed a Dance Band, Roland playing the piano and Oliver the drums. They performed at village halls up and down Nidderdale, but there was no venue in Hampsthwaite itself.
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It was in 1927 that Roland and Oliver decided to remedy the situation by building for the village what was to become the future Dale Hall. Their father provided some money; they worked hard themselves and employed local labour; the whole thing was done on a shoestring. The stone was quarried at Reynard (pronounced “Rennie” locally) Crag and was collected every morning by Roland. It was crushed and screened on site, every piece being used – either mixed with cement and pressed into building blocks or made into concrete. The mould in which the blocks were made is still in existence.  The building was sited over the old swimming pool, which formed a cellar, and the windows came from an old school in Masham. C.F. Dawson, who was interested in the possible promotion of amateur dramatics in the Hall, insisted upon a full-sized stage.

The Hall was finally opened for dancing – accompanied by the Dale Hall Dance Band – on September 14th, 1929, while a Grand Concert, featuring Miss Geraldine Peck, daughter of the vicar and sister of Mrs. Roland Dawson, followed on December 5th.
Interior of Dale Hall in the 1990's
Interior of Dale Hall in the 1990's

The ceiling of the Hall and the upper walls were painted by Mrs. Oliver Dawson with murals depicting Shakespearean characters.

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A large entrance hall at the top of the wide exterior steps greeted visitors. The inside staircase, with cloakrooms on either side, swept up to a café on the first floor. In the 1930s this eating place – run by the Dawson family – was a popular venue for Afternoon Tea, particularly with those taking a run out in their cars. It was also used by Leeds taxi drivers on their annual trip for needy children. The main hall itself, meanwhile, was used for Amateur Dramatics, Badminton, Film Shows, other village functions and even boxing bouts, arranged by Harold Styan, (founder of a Youth Club for Boys near the Little Wonder in Harrogate).
Harrogate Dress Shop Fashion show at the Dale Hall in 1946 - Click to enlarge
Harrogate Dress Shop Fashion show at the Dale Hall in 1946 - Click to enlarge
There were also regular Friday and Saturday night dances with the Dale Hall Dance Band.

In 1935 the Dawson family opened their servicing garage – with two manual pumps – behind the Hall; not until 1959 were the three new petrol pumps installed on the roadside in front of it.

1937 saw the arrival of the electronic (Hammond) organ with its flashing lights - similar to the one in the Blackpool Tower. It was actually played by the popular BBC organist, Reginald Foort, at a special concert on February 4th, 1950. Meanwhile, many residents in the village enjoyed Roland’s playing as the music drifted across the fields on summer evenings.

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When World War II began in 1939, the Hall was closed to the general public and was used as an army billet. Later, the Air Ministry took it over as a depot for cork, steel and processed aluminium, which were still there at the end of hostilities in 1945!

By 1946 Roland and his wife had begun to restore the Hall and eventually a Fashion Show was held to celebrate the end of clothes rationing.

For the next fourteen years it reverted to its pre-war use, but great changes lay ahead. A wall was built across the building; the internal staircase was removed and the front of the Dale Hall became a Showroom. The remaining part was used for badminton, until Bryan Thompson took it over in 1989 as an Auction Room.
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Wurlitzer Cinema organ - click to enlarge
In 1961, when the Gaumont Cinema at Oldham was demolished, the Cinema Organ Society wanted to preserve its Wurlitzer organ. Roland agreed to install it in the Hall in place of the Hammond. Even with the Society’s assistance, it took him four years to restore it to playing standard.

The Wurlitzer theatre organ is shown in the background above and is now installed in Victoria Hall, Saltaire
Roland gave the Dale Hall to three of his sons – Leo, Gerald and John – in 1973. Leo left the business after a time and moved to Burnt Yates, while Gerald and John continued to run the garage and filling station, with occasional help on the pumps from their father – until he was eighty, that was!

At this point “Springhaven” was converted into four flats, two of which were sold to Michael Lister.
The Dale Hall in the 1980's
The Dale Hall in the 1980's
In 1993, Gerald suffered a severe heart attack and was advised to retire before his sixtieth birthday. By this time technology in the motor trade had increased: the intervals between services had lengthened and the supermarkets nearly all had filling stations. Sadly, it was no longer viable to offer the personal service for which Gerald and John were so well known. Thus it came about that, following the trend in so many privately-owned petrol stations all over the country, they decided to close down and to sell their land for building.

In December 2000 the filling station, garage and Dale Hall were demolished to make way for housing. The “Springhaven” flats were left standing on the north-east corner - to be joined by DAWSON COURT, a development of twelve houses, in one of which, happily, Richard DAWSON, son of Gerald and Carol, has taken up residence with his family. Thus the DAWSON name continues on the site.
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