About Us & Our History
The Leigh and Bransford Memorial Hall and Recreation Ground is built on land given to the residents of the Parish after the First World War in a deed of gift dated 20th January 1920 by Frederick Paget Norbury.
The original Memorial Hall, (which opened in 1922 and still stands today), was financed solely by public subscription to serve as a permanent memorial to all those from the Parish who served and gave their lives in the Great War.
Fifty years later, in the 1970’s, once again using a mixture of public donations, legacies and grants, the original hall (now known as The Small Hall), kitchen and toilets were upgraded and the building itself extended to create a second, larger, hall (known as The Large Hall), complete with 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, its facilities and surroundings (including the large, adjacent recreational field) 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); create a brand new, fully fitted kitchen; install a sustainable, air-source heating system; restore the original wooden flooring in both halls; replace the curtains; completely redecorate throughout; complete much-needed improvements to the external guttering and fascia boards and, most recently, install new front doors and double glazed windows in the Large Hall.
The Memorial Hall benefits from a south facing elevation, with a truly magnificent view across to the Malvern Hills. The site has parking spaces for about eighty cars; a seating capacity across both Halls for 310 people, (160 in the Large Hall and 150 in the Small Hall); tables and chairs that are available to hirers included in the cost of the hire; a bar room that has serving hatches to both Halls; a modern, fully fitted kitchen; a curtained stage in the Large Hall and a flexible hiring format that allows us to accommodate a wide range of functions – all of which are available to hire at very competitive rates.
We look forward to welcoming you at some point in the future either as a hirer or as a guest at one of the many clubs, societies, or public and private functions that are hosted at the Hall each year.