History of Kirby Cane Memorial Hall

(In Commemoration of WW1)

The building of Kirby Cane Memorial Hall was funded by Simon John Crisp of Kirby Cane Hall and dedicated to those of Kirby Cane who sacrificed their lives in World War 1:
A. Baldry
P.F. Buck
C.L. Buck
W.G. Buck
A.V. Grimwood
 WW1 plaque


In the original conveyance dated 31st December 1924 the trustees were:
John Robert Crisp, Henry William Alpe, Alfred William Baker, John Francis Crisp, Reginald Harvey, John King, Frederick James Morris, Albert Osborne, and Albert Tills.Memorial Hall

When the last trustee died on 27th November 1966 new trustees were appointed. These were: John Simon Crisp, David Frank Webster of Sheepwalk Farm, Harold John Hinsley of Belle View, Ernest James Warnes of Pinecroft, Mervyn Harold Acquin Martin of Leet Hill, William Sydney Verdun Leech of Newgate and George David Henderson of Red House Farm.

In 1962 the Hall was registered with the Charity Commission (number 2137904). Following the Charity Act of 1993 a scheme of management was agreed.

In 1967 the hall management was handed over to the Kirby Cane Parish Council. There are two sets of trustees: The Charity or Managing Committee and the Holding or Custodian Trustees (the Parish Council).



1982 saw the beginning of the popular Christmas shows produced by Jo Gooderam, which ran until 1988. Sadly, through changing times the Bowls Club, the Drop In Club, Whist Drives, Youth Club, Table Tennis Club, the Hundred Club, and W.I. all closed. However, a good range of clubs now use the hall, including a newly formed W.I. In addition the hall is used for private hire, social gatherings, for parties, church events, parish meetings and elections.

Many major improvements have taken place over the years with the help of The Lottery, South Norfolk District Council, WREN, the Parish Councils, the local charities and others. In 1996 a new floor in the main hall, followed by renovation of the committee room, new uspended ceiling and recessed lighting was provided. Double glazing and new heaters throughout, new disabled toilets, a modern kitchen and new roof, brought the hall up to date.

In the winter of 2005/6 every household in Ellingham and Kirby Cane was surveyed to investigate why the Memorial Hall was not used more frequently by residents of the parishes of Ellingham and Kirby Cane and to identify the requirements of the parishioners. The survey was conducted by representatives from Ellingham Parish Council, Kirby Cane Parish Council, Kirby Cane Village Hall Committee and members of the community.The resulting report, published in February, gave the Memorial Hall Committee several suggestions for improvement and the results suggested there was insufficient demand from the current population for a new community centre.

Sadly, with nobody to organise the bowls events, the bowls club closed in 2011 (date to be confirmed).. The green is now used by the pre-school and for public events.

The hall facilities continue to be improved. Ellingham United Charities provided comfortable new chairs. In 2013 brick weave paving was placed to front and side entrances provides easy access for wheelchair users and pushchairs. The latest addition has been double fire doors leading out onto the green and a summer house has been installed to replace the old bowl's pavilion which was beyond repair.

In June 2015 an Automatic External Defibrillator was installed, courtesy of the Ambulance Service and the parish council, on the front wall for public use.

Latest news on the Memorial Hall

Feb. 2016 - Building work commenced to improve the facilities to the rear room. The aim being that the hall will be able to stage two independent events simultaneously. This involves adding a kitchen to the rear room, modifying the toilets and other aspects of the rear room. Work is likely to be completed this spring.

Work in progress at rear of Memorial Hall

From the archive

1950's photograph showing the Memorial Hall (left), the shop (right of centre) and the Methodist Chapel (right):

Memorial Hall, shop and Methodist Chapel