Slaley Commemoration Hall

The Commemoration Hall is a substantial stone building consisting of a large main hall, a smaller meeting room with bar facilities and a kitchen. Built by Charles Samuel and Agnes Mona Hunting of Slaley Hall to commemorate the safe return of their children from the First World War, it was given to the community at the end of December 1922, to be managed by trustees.
The management of the Hall is carried out by the Committee, elected annually. Further details and membership information can be found here.

Regular activities: These include meetings of the Women's Institute, Slaley Film Club, Parish Council meetings, Mother & Toddler group, Badminton, Keep Fit and Carpet Bowls.

Main hall: 14.4 m x 7.5 m, maximum capacity 150.

Meeting room: 5.6 m x 4.6 m, maximum capacity 30.

Kitchen: 4.7 m x 4.0 m, a well equipped kitchen with modern range cooker, refrigerator, microwave, commercial dishwasher and place settings for 100 people.

Other rooms: Toilets (ladies & gentlemen), storage area.

Access: Wheelchair access is provided to the main entrance, and from one emergency exit. Disabled toilet facilities are provided off the main hall.

Facilities & equipment: Flexible staging can be erected in the Hall and elsewhere when needed; a PA system with induction loop is also available. The hall is continually warmed and aired throughout by gas central heating, which can be varied at the turn of a knob, and a heat extractor fan is installed. Portable staging and disabled toilet facilities make the Hall a very economical venue for many proceedings, especially those wanting to cater for their own party, fashion show or various fund raising events. Unlicensed bar facility in the meeting room (hirers must obtain their own Temporary Event Notice).

Parking: Off-road parking is available for a limited number of cars or vans on the hall forecourt.

Available for hire:
  • Meetings or conferences
  • Parties & private functions
  • Fairs & sales, exhibitions
  • Indoor sports
  • Music & dancing
  • Social events
Rates: Contacts: Ros Doonan (Chairman) (01434) 673173, Margaret Weatherley (Treasurer) (01434) 673495, David & Ann Wright (Bookings) (01434) 673366

Management Committee

The Commemoration Hall is managed by a committee, representing all those using its facilities on a regular basis.

The current membership of the Committee is:
  • Ros Doonan (Chairman)
  • Michael Elphick (Vice Chairman)
  • Pat Wilson (Secretary)
  • Margaret Weatherley (Treasurer)
  • Ann Wright (Booking Clerk)
  • Brenda Hutchinson
  • Bobby Johnston
  • Marge Rastall
  • Margaret Rowell
  • Helen Savage
  • Debra Taylor (Parish Council)
Minutes of committee meetings are published when they have been approved, as are the latest annual accounts. The minutes and annual accounts available to date are:

Waitrose Community Matters are supporting the Hall!

Good news!  Waitrose in Hexham have chosen the Commemoration Hall as one of three causes in their Community Matters scheme for the month of September. We need everyone's support, so if you're shopping in Hexham please put a token in for us!

Every month this branch will donate £1000 between three local good causes. At the checkout you'll receive a token, which you then place in the box of the good cause you'd most like to support. The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive.

Our survey has finished!

Built and given to the people of Slaley by the Hunting family of Slaley Hall and opened in September 1922, the Commemoration Hall is fast approaching its centenary, and the current trustees are embarking on a facelift of the facilities.

We are committed to upgrading the toilet facilities and bringing the storage area up to the level of the main building, but the Commemoration Hall is more than just better toilets. To help us make the right decisions, we asked you to complete the short questionnaire, and over 50 people have responded.

You can still complete it online (below) or just let us know what you think.

Or thanks to those who have taken the time to help us with this survey.

The results will be published here and in other ways when the committee have discussed your views and suggestions.