The Leigh and Bransford Memorial Hall and Recreation Ground is built on land given to the residents of the parish by Frederick Paget Norbury after the First World War, in a deed of gift dated 20th January 1920. The original Hall, which opened in 1922, was financed by public subscription as a permanent memorial to those from the parish who served and gave their lives in the Great War. Fifty years later, using a mixture of public donations, legacies and grants, the original hall, kitchen and toilets were upgraded and a second, larger, hall was added, with a stage and a further set of toilets. The refurbishment and new build was completed in time to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, in 1977.
The Memorial Hall and Recreation Ground is a registered charity (number 523163) and is managed solely by a Committee of Trustees on behalf of the residents of the parishes of Leigh and Bransford “in the interests of social welfare, to improve the conditions of life . . . . without distinction of political, religious or other opinions by the provision of facilities for recreation and other leisure-time occupation.” Since inception the Memorial Hall continues to rely upon revenue generated through hire fees, fund raising activities and the occasional charitable donation to pay its way. It has no other source of regular income or support.
The Trustees work hard to keep the Halls, their facilities and the surroundings in a good state of repair and decoration. At the same time, they are always seeking out and applying for grants and awards to undertake improvements. Since 2013 they have secured funding to refurbish both sets of toilets (adding facilities both for disabled users and baby changing), much-needed improvements to the external guttering and fascia boards and, most recently, to install a brand new kitchen. In addition new curtains have been hung and a programme of internal decorating has commenced.
The original Memorial Hall has a south facing elevation, with a truly magnificent view of the Malvern Hills. We have parking space for about eighty cars, and a seating capacity across both Halls for 310 people a flexible hiring format that allows us to accommodate a wide range of functions.