MP toasts Parish Hall’s 50th

Local MP David Rutley, was on hand to propose the toast at the celebration dinner to mark the 50th anniversary of Lower Withington Parish Hall.

More than 120 people were in attendance at the dinner to recognise the contribution that the Parish Hall makes to the life of the village. At present, the hall hosts an active and varied programme of regular events, including indoor bowls, art classes, pilates and whist drives, as well as the very strong, active and award winning local Women’s Institute branch.

Lower Withington, located near the iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory, has enjoyed a village hall since 1926, with the current hall opening 50 years ago on 16th April 1966.

Speaking following the dinner, David paid tribute to the hard work of all those who support activities at the Parish Hall. In particular, the long service of Chairman, John Venables, and Secretary, John Ryder. The pair have held their positions for 55 years each, and in so doing have become well respected pillars in the community.

David went on to say, “It was an honour to be able to propose the toast at such an enjoyable celebration for the whole village. The Parish Hall truly is the heartbeat of the community, and is always a pleasure to visit. I wish all those involved with it continued success in the decades ahead.”

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