Wass Village Hall
The History of our Village Hall
In the 1920s villagers decided to raise money to build a hall. The current plot was rented from Captain Wombwell for 1 shilling a year. In 1928 the hall was completed at a cost of £370. However £78 was still required to clear the construction costs. Now, they had a hall to use for raising the money via rabbit pie suppers and dances. In the mid 30s the committee decided to extend the hall by adding a billiard room. In 1944 Captain Wombwell sold the land on which it stands and the purchaser very generously donated it to the village. Renovation in the 1970s by a team of volunteers saw the original pine replaced with stone blocks and the addition of a kitchen and meeting room. The hall also acquired a larger car park.
(Summary of information in The Life and Times of Wass and Byland)
OUR VILLAGE HALL’S LAMENT (to be sung to the tune of John Reilly)
Push open my old heavy door and listen to my plea.
Just eighty years ago they said, ‘a hall is what we
The clack of cue on snooker balls, the Christmas party games,
Now water seeps through every crack, I’m sad with damp
They meet and talk most earnestly of ways to deal with me.
I’ve watched their celebrations through years of peace