A Village Hall for Old Marston
(Oxford Mail, Wednesday 29th August 1962 -
Old Marston's new village hall in Oxford Road, Old Marston, will be officially opened on September 6. The one-
The building will be called Mortimer Hall, in memory of the late Rev. John Mortimer, a former vicar of Marston, who gave the village its recreation ground in Oxford Road, together with some money towards the cost of building a village hall at the side of the ground. A third of the cost has been provided by the parish, through accumulated contributions from the village and the proceeds of Fetes and the concert party shows over several years. Another third is being contributed by the Ministry of Education and the remainder will come from the local authorities.
Already the village hall is almost fully booked up. Scottish dancing on Tuesday evenings will be a new feature of village community life in which anyone can join and on Saturdays, talks, demonstrations, exhibition and cultural events will be arranged by the village hall management committee. The management committee is also sponsoring a nursery play group which will be held each morning from Mondays to Fridays with qualified staff. Monday evenings will be reserved for youth club meetings and Wednesday evenings for the new boys club led by Mr Michael Howard. On Thursday the Marston Players will rehearse there and on Friday evenings whist drives, bingo drives, dances and other social events will be held.
"The idea was to make the village hall as flexible as possible," says Mr Philip del Nevo, of the Oxford Architects' Partnerships, who designed it. It gives a chance for all the many activities in the village life to have a focal point.
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