Holbeach WI Hall

Appeal to help run historic hall

Holbeach could lose its historic Women’s Institute (WI) Hall unless new blood is found to run it, it’s been warned.

Shirley Wilson (76) has been a member of the Women’s Institute for 60 years, involved with the running of the hall for 45 years and spent 15 years as the chair of the committee that runs it.
However, that committee needs more members – including a chair and
secretary – to run the hall.

And Shirley warns that unless people don’t step forward to help run it, the nearly 90-year-old hall could close its doors.

“The hall itself was built in 1936 by Carter’s for the WI and a committee was formed to maintain it,” she said. “I know it’s a very difficult time for everybody but we need new blood.

“The committee is getting older and we need to get younger people in.

“I’m 76 and was chair for 15 years before stepping aside, but now that position needs filling again and we need a secretary.

“You don’t have to be a member of the WI and we only meet about three times a year.

“But the hall is here for a host of groups and clubs as well as for celebrations.

“We don’t want to lose the hall.”

The hall itself also puts on fund-raising initiatives and it was refurbished relatively recently.

Shirley continued: “It would be nice to pass it on to the next generation.”

For more you can contact Shirley Wilson on 01406 424669.

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