Keelby Village Hall has been serving its community as a village hall since the early 1980s; but as a Grade II listed historic building, it has a very fascinating past.
Located in the heart of the village, Keelby Village Hall hosts a number of community groups and activities as well as the perennially popular Keelby Pantomime!
Construction commenced in 1897 (as the Church Mission) and the foundation stone laid by the Right Honourable Victoria, Countess of Yarborough, in November of that year can still be seen. A subsequent substantial bequest, in the Estate of Miss Elizabeth Dawson, enabled the extension of the building in 1910 (when it became the Church Institute) and took the form it has today.
The property was purchased by the community, for the community and the Village Hall Committee created to maintain, manage and run it in 1982. In 1985, it was listed as a Grade II historic building. In 2000, following extensive refurbishment, Community Lincs named it as being the Best Kept Village Hall in Lincolnshire!
Fundraising is key to the maintenance of the building, which is continually required, including the many historic stained glass windows, which cost £3000 on average per window! The Village Hall Committee has signed up to the West Lindsey Lottery where people can buy a ticket and with just 50 tickets sold, groups can raise £1,300 every year. For more information visit: https://www.westlindseylottery.co.uk/
The ground floor offers full accessibility to guests with disabilities and features state of the art toilets that also include baby-changing provision. The Dance Room and Snooker Room on the first floor are reached by a stairway. Among the other amenities available are a fully equipped modern kitchen, a piano, a stage with up to date lighting and sound systems and a well maintained garden area. The building is fully enabled for wireless broadband internet access and is also proud to host one of Keelby’s two community defibrillators (AED’s).
Keelby Village Hall is the pre-eminent community facility in our area and a venue of choice for all manner of activities, events and functions. For bookings (or enquiries) please speak with Mr Fred White, our Booking Secretary and Keyholder, on 01469 560492 or 07305 184389 (preferred).
Louisa Atkinson, Secretary to the Keelby Village Hall Committee said:
“We are very fortunate that we have a proactive team that work hard to open up the facilities and raise funds for the continual maintenance of our fantastic Village Hall. We know that we are not alone and that there are many high-quality village halls throughout West Lindsey, providing key assets for communities to come together for meetings, social events, exercise classes, elections, lunches and much more. For many parishes they are one of very few facilities in the community, if not the only facility and it’s important that communities continue to support their local village hall or community centre.”
This business is part of West Lindsey District Council’s Think Local campaign, which aims to encourage the residents of West Lindsey to support their local independent businesses.