Gould’s Hill Area

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Victoria Avenue

St Laurence School - to 1976

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Victoria Avenue

Following 10 years of community fund raising, the hall was officially opened in November 1956 - as a lasting memorial to those villagers who had lost their lives in the two World Wars.

At the opening ceremony Admiral Sir Victor Crutchley, Dorset's High Sheriff, commended the idea of a hall as a war memorial, being a most useful and thoughtful monument.  The Dorset Evening Echo reported in a review of 1956 - 'Twice, before this Century was yet half grown, war burst upon the world, shattering nations and cities and millions of people.  But Upwey and Broadwey escaped unscathed and in gratitude the inhabitants erected a splendid memorial hall - one of the finest in all Dorset.'

On Remembrance Day 1957 an oak memorial plaque, recording the names of those villagers who lost their lives in the two wars, was unveiled.

The hall quickly became a centre for community activity, including dances, stage shows, flower shows, bingo and was popular as a venue for wedding receptions.  Dorset County Council opened a library there in April 1957 and the WI converted part of the attic to become their headquarters in 1966.

In 1975 the library was closed, becoming an additional meeting room, and replaced with a mobile library.  In 1986 the former library was named 'The Menzies Room' in recognition of the dedication and hard work of one of the Hall's longest serving members - Captain Menzies.

Victoria Avenue

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